A Higher Calling

Everest Base Camp Trek and Volunteering Program in Nepal

Trek to Mount Everest’s Base Camp before contributing to global impact goals set by the United Nations.

Durations:  6 weeks

Program information

Challenge yourself with a two-week trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, bonding along the way with other participants from around the world. Next, travel to Pokhara to work at achieving one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Included in your program

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Cook Nepali and Tibetan dumplings family-style

Share customs and cuisine in a Tibetan community

Join a Monk chanting session

Bike around Fewa Lake

Boat on Fewa Lake and learn local folklore

Watch a movie in a natural amphitheatre

Learn Buddhist principles at the World Peace Pagoda

Visit a Newari mountaintop village

Connect with our alumni
Want to connect with some of our past participants about their adventures? Get in touch with hundreds of friendly ambassadors all over the world who would be more than happy to answer any questions.
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Michael Whittle

11 Oct, 2018
One of my main priorities when choosing which volunteering organisation to work with in Nepal was responsible volunteering. To me this meant a well-coordinated programme that was well-integrated into the community and worked alongside locals to create a lasting impact after volunteers leave. After finishing my three weeks of volunteering I am very pleased with the work GVI are doing in Pokhara and believe that GVI are the perfect organisation to work with if, like me, you are also conscious about volunteering responsibly. I feel GVI are making a phenomenal difference in Pokhara without intruding on the culture and it is great to be a part of it.

Nikkiema Taylor

11 Oct, 2018
Every day I miss Nepal. My volunteering trip with GVI was by far the most amazing and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Volunteering overseas was something I have always wanted to do, so once I made up my mind that it was now or never I put all I had into looking for an organisation to support and travel with. I chose the volunteer adventure program that included volunteering, white water rafting, and a trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. For four weeks in Pokhara we worked with young girls and women in the conversation club in the afternoon, and socialised, planned and explored during the evening. The girls in the conversation club were inspiring with their thirst for learning and how their confidence grew.

Chelsea Wilcox

11 Oct, 2018
In January of 2014, I participated in the Nepal Volunteer and Adventure Experience through GVI. I choose this project because it included a once-in-a-lifetime trek and volunteering with children — it sounded like a dream trip! Although I had been abroad many times before, this was the first international trip I had ever done completely on my own. As a 23-year-old, solo female traveler I was nervous to set out on this adventure. I had no idea what to expect. As the last few weeks before my trip came and went, I was left questioning my ability to complete the trip. Was I in over my head? “It’s winter in the Himalayas. Am I going to freeze to death? I just ate McDonald’s and I am supposed to start my ascent to Base Camp in four days...am I crazy to think I can hike to 17598ft?” Thoughts such as these flooded my head. As I went back and forth as to whether or not I should postpone the trip, or perhaps, more drastically, not even go at all, I decided to ignore my nerves and just go. And you know what, I found there was no need for worry. Upon arriving at the airport and meeting my guide I knew instantly that everything was going to be okay. I felt myself immediately leaving all that pre-travel stress behind. The trek was absolutely extraordinary. Although nights were below freezing (I went in Jan to Feb!), I felt the happiest I had been in a long time. Something about the Himalayan Mountains brought me a sense of contentment and peace of mind. There were points during the trek where I would literally just have to stop, take a look at my surroundings, and internalize the happiness I was feeling. There are no words for the beauty and intensity of the Himalayas. I can't say the two-week trek was easy, but I can say it was one of the best experiences of my lifetime. Although the trek, in itself, was wonderful, I didn't realize that the most amazing part was yet to come. As we left the mountains we were onto the next chapter of our trip, which was volunteering in Pokhara. During my time in Pokhara I volunteered at a daycare and a school. Although I have worked as an assistant teacher and tutor before, working at the daycare and school was an opportunity to practice my skills as a teacher.

Jeigh Tiu

11 Oct, 2018
I needed something else. Something outside of my comfort zone. Something to change my perspective on life. My solution: climb a mountain and help those who truly need it. Those were my expectations and by the end of my 6 weeks in the majestic country of Nepal, I'm happy to report that GVI delivered — with interest! The trek to Everest Base Camp (or EBC, as us seasoned trekkers call it) was more than I could have ever hoped for. Don't get me wrong, it was extremely tough and you will pay the mountain toll in sweat, but the incredible Himalayan views will reward you 100 times over. The friendships I formed in the humbling presence of Sagarmatha will last a lifetime. The volunteering in Pokhara allowed me to experience something I've never felt before — the pride and fulfillment that comes from dedicating yourself to others. Just like the mountain, the volunteering tested me on many occasions but the positive impact I could see kept me coming back each day with gusto. In conclusion, this experience has changed my life and given me so much more than I could've asked for —it was all made possible through GVI.

Shelley Reynolds

25 Nov, 2013
Bandipur is a spectacular location and I felt lucky to be placed there. The students seemed to come to class for the experience of the volunteers and the bonus of learning in a different setting and manner. The Everest Base Camp trek was indescribable and a great way to close out our program. GVI was supportive and assisted me in the experience of a lifetime.

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