Expeditions, Trekking & Travel to Nepal
Outposts have been running expeditions to Nepal and the Himalayas for many years. We have established links with excellent providers and are always striving to upgrade our programmes whilst keeping them affordable for all participants.
At Outposts we fervently believe that expeditions & trips should be an exciting blend of adventure travel, culture & history, treks and safaris, interaction with local people and voluntary or charity work. We have seen the wonderful and enriching results of expeditions that combine these exciting elements by opening up people’s minds to a world of new experiences and giving them the opportunity to share these experiences with like-minded people. Our expeditions are tailored to suit each group's requirements and interests.
Why go to Nepal?
The once mountain Kingdom, now Young Republic, of Nepal is home to half of the world's 8,000m peaks, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. This small country of 147,000 sq.km contains a diverse range of topography and climates, from the freezing high Himalayas to the hot and humid plains of the south.
James and Fee Bellamy
lived and worked in Nepal and have over 15 years experience of this wonderful country. They can put together an exciting and varied expedition for you to ensure that time in-country is the experience of a lifetime. Our expeditions can take you from the vibrant and exhilarating city of Kathmandu, where you will have time to explore the history and culture of this ancient hub, to Pokhara in the foothills of the Annapurna's and an astonishing trek through forests of bamboo, oak and rhododendron. We can visit the Asian Elephant breeding Centre, established in response to the increasing shortage of young elephants which are so essential to the work of the Nepalase. We could end your expedition with a visit to the EFF Community Project of which more below.
The peoples of Nepal are formed of many different tribes, the best known being the Sherpa people of the Kumbu Region. The religious divide of the 25 million Nepali population is 70% Hindu, 25% Buddhist and 5% other.
The city of Kathmandu is famous for its Archaeological and Historical sites. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains four major fabled cities, Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kiritipur. The skilfully built temples and palaces, delicately- engraved stones and metal images, carved wooden columns and pillars and the history laden shrines and Chaityas (stupas) of these four historical cities stand as an example of the artistic achievements. The valley is rich in places of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage.
Outposts supports a variety of community projects including the ongoing support of the Education First Foundation (EFF), which is registered with the Nepalese Government NGO Charity (Pan No: 303019400).
The situation regarding education and illiteracy is slowly improving, however there are still many underprivileged children in Nepal whose parents cannot afford the costs for their childrens education. The scholarship program of EFF helps those families where the parents are able to provide basic care and safety to their children but have not enough financial means to cover educational related costs. Through this assistance, EFF hope to be able to break, step by step, the vicious circle of the families poverty and illiteracy. In order to find out exact needs and costs EFF have a Nepalese fieldworker, who visits the schools and the families to gather all information and data about the children and their current situation.
At the moment EFF are helping more than 120 students with our program. Most of the sponsored children are from very poor families (monthly income less than 50 Euros), but there are also more complicated cases like half orphans, children left by one parent, disabled children etc.
Project work in the local Solu Khumbu academic schools, the Thangkpa (pronounced "tanker") Painting School (thangkpas are devotional paintings) and with the Sagamartha Pollution Control Committee. As people's needs in the mountains change daily, projects may vary.
Nepal's climate varies with its topography and altitude. It ranges from the tropical to the arctic. The low-land Terai region (Chitwan National Park) with its maximum altitude to approximately 305M, which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot and humid climate that can rise above 45 Degree Celsius (113 Degree Fahrenheit) during summer.
The mainland regions (Kathmandu) are pleasant almost all the year round, and the northern mountain region (Khumbu Region, on trek), at around an altitude above 3,300M has an alpine climate. Monsoon in Nepal is not the typical monsoon of Asia. Rains usually occur during the night-time leaving the sky clean and clear by the morning making the Himalayan view even more dramatic.
The charm and culture of its people, the variety of locations and the magnificence of the scenery makes Nepal the perfect location for an expedition.
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