Volunteer in the heart of the Himalayas amongst the rugged Himalayan mountain people that have made Nepal famous
At a glance: For those seeking a taste of rural Nepal, these mountain (Himalayan Region) homestays will place you right into the midst of the famously hospitable Sherpa people.
Solukhumbu (Mt. Everest) Himalayan Region:
Teaching in Schools, Teaching English in a monastery, Health Clinic and Construction
Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of Solukhumbu District. It is everything you would imagine from the Everest mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan refugee camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. Recently a road has been connected with Salleri and regular jeep services operate from Kathmandu, taking about 10 hours. The nearest airstrip is at Phaplu, about 20mins uphill walk from Salleri.
Accommodations & foods are in simple lodgings at the local host family with a shared bathroom with pit toilet, but will have running water. There is now also basic internet in the town too.
Garma (Himalayan Region):
Teaching in Schools, Health Clinic, Construction,
Garma is a small village in the Salleri area, which is 2162 metres above sea level. If you are looking for remote mountain life then this is your best choice. You will be far from modern services and amenities, but the experience of living with the Sherpa people will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Many volunteers love the isolation and peace of the mountain lifestyle and do short trips to get closer views of Mount Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and Ama Dablam (6,556m).
Teaching in schools
Sitting at just over 5000 feet, Okhaldunga is an ideal destination for immersion in a genuine Nepali village. The magic of this town is conveyed in both its hospitality and natural beauty. Although a narrow dirt road now connects this district to the rest of Nepal, the hilly terrain makes travel to Okhaldhunga difficult at best, and at times quite treacherous. From Kathmandu, the short bus route is about 200 km, which is rough and takes a full day. The best and safest way to reach Okhaldhunga continues to be the two day walk from the town of Katari. Rumjatar is the only airport in Okhaldhunga district, which is connected with Kathmandu and Biratnagar Airport. There are 3 flights a week.
Amidst a scenic wonderland, Okhaldhunga offers a truly Nepali experience. The district head quarter is Okhahdhunga, which is at a height of 1849m above sea level. It is a small town surrounded by hills dotted with farming villages. In the area are a number of local hikes and treks, including a three-hour walk to Pokali, the second largest waterfall in Nepal. During certain times of year, the crisp, clear skies show views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.
Okhaldhunga also offers the opportunity to accomplish many things; working hand in hand with the community in such areas as education, English instruction, sanitation and waste management, health, youth activities, infrastructure planning and development, and more. Your trip to Okhaldhunga is an opportunity to live and work in the real Nepal, far away from ity life.
Please note that English speaking is much more limited in rural areas than in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. If you want to volunteer in remote, rural areas then please be prepared to learn some Nepali.