Rebuilding Nepal Adventure


Adventure Overview

  • Dates: October 10-22, 2016
  • Pricing: From $3,250/pp
  • Activity Level: 4/5

Program Introduction

On April 25, 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal. More than 100,000 homes were destroyed, and thousands of people lost their lives. In partnership with Grand Asian Journeys, Muddy Shoe Adventures is proud to play a small but vital role in the rebuilding of this beautiful and spiritual land. On this two-week journey together through Nepal, we will be camping in tents and traveling with staff including porters and a cook who will prepare all of our meals. During the days we will work on rebuilding efforts, and in the evenings we will have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and hear stories of their experiences. A shower tent with a drum and lukewarm water for bucket showers will be available. We will work with an expert engineer to ensure the designs are consistent with government guidelines, are earthquake resistant, and that local design has been incorporated.

Along the way, you'll be supported by Michael Bennett, MSA's Founder & Chief Adventure Officer, on your journey of personal exploration and discovery. Michael will use the trip's many adventures as catalysts for casual yet inspirational discussions that will help you learn from what you are experiencing and develop a strategic action plan for kick-starting the next chapter in your life!


Meet Your Program Leader

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer @ MSA

Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach who has dedicated his life to helping others change their lives through his coaching and travel programs. Inspired by his own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, Michael launched MSA in 2011 as way to support others in bringing more passion, purpose, and meaning to their lives. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and both his Global MBA and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. 

Read more about Michael's first story of transformational travel here!


Detailed Itinerary

Rebuilding Nepal: Day 1

  • Eat: Dinner
  • Sleep: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu) 

Arrive in Kathmandu -- Welcome to Nepal!

You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transferred to Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu. Meet your new friends and fellow travelers, grab some food, and head to bed! 


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 2

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu) 

Meditation Class + Visiting Kopan Monastery

You'll have a chance to sleep in a bit before breakfast. After we eat, a special treat: An hour-long guided meditation led by Minakshi Rana. Properly blissed out, we'll get to know one another better through introductions, take time to review the program, and talk about what called you to this Adventure. After lunch, we'll visit the famous Kopan Monastery, a Buddhist Monastery in the Tibetan Tradition situated on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, we'll learn how to cook Nepali style Daal-Bhat (rice and lentils) and curry, and then dine on the fruits of our labors!


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 3

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu) 

Exploring Kathmandu

Today we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Accompanied by our a city guide, we will visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old palace complex that was most affected by the earthquake. Return to our hotel for a leisurely afternoon of conversations with the group before a traditional Nepalese dinner. 


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 4

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges

Travel from Kathmandu to Barpak (6400ft) 

Start early on a 4 x 4 to Gorkha. This section of the drive is on paved road. Past Gorkha it is a 3-4 hour bumpy ride to Baluwa on jeep track. From here it is an strenuous, all steep uphill, hike to Barpak - the largest Gurung village in Nepal. Barpak was at the epicenter of the first earthquake and the extent of the damage will be apparent.


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 5

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges 

Trek from Barpak to Lower Laprak (5600ft)

From Barpak, it is a steep climb to the top of the hill (8800ft) – a 2400-foot ascent that can take anywhere from 3-4 hours. From the top of the ridge, views of the Ganesh Himal range and Boudha Himal are spectacular. Descend steeply for about one-hour to lower Laprak, where we stop to camp.


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 6

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges 

Trek from Lower Laprak to Singla (6400ft)

From your campsite at Laprak, descend steeply to the suspension bridge and climb gradually to Singla village. The hike to Singla can take up to 3 hours. Once in Singla, the afternoon free to explore the town and enjoy spending time with your new friends.


Rebuilding Nepal: Days 7—9

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges

Rebuilding in Singla (6400ft) 

We begin rebuilding. You will be required to get your hands dirty: Lifting rocks, hammering nails, digging ditches, mixing cement with sand and gravel etc. If the school is in session, you can volunteer to teach English or art at the local school.


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 10

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges

Trek from Singla to Laprak

Hike for about 5 hours to Gupsi Danda which is an hours hike from Laprak Village. This is where the majority of the village of Laprak have moved after the earthquake because the main village of Laprak is considered unstable.


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 11

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Tents / Lodges

Trek from Laprak to Barpak

If the morning is clear, views of the Ganesh range from here are unbeatable. You have the option to hike to the highest ridge for unobstructed views. Descend to Barpak. You will arrive here in the early afternoon and have enough time to explore the village – which is the largest Gurung Village in Nepal.


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 12

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: Hotel Tibet (Kathmandu)

Trek from Barpak to Baluwa; Transfer to Kathmandu

We'll descend on foot to Baluwa, where we will have lunch and then hop on a chartered vehicle back to Kathmandu for a hot shower!


Rebuilding Nepal: Day 13

  • Eat: B, L (?)
  • Sleep: None

Depart Kathmandu

Our program is over. After breakfast, we'll close our time together with some final reflections and say goodbye to our new friends and to Nepal before departing for home! 


Accommodations

HOTEL TIBET (KATHMANDU) | Enjoy charming and spacious accommodations at Hotel Tibet, located in a walking distance to all major embassies, airline offices, banks, and the famous shopping centers of Thamel. Only 8KM from Tribhuvan International Airport, Hotel Tibet offer panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills. We'll spend the first 2 nights and the last night of our trip in this delightful hotel.

 

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TENTS & LOCAL LODGES | For the remainder of our trip as we are trekking and doing our rebuilding work through Nepal, we will stay in small local lodges or in tents.  A shower tent with a drum and lukewarm water for bucket showers will be available. 

 


What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

The following items are included in your Adventure:

  • 1 pre-adventure coaching call with Michael
  • Airport transfers between KTM and Hotel Tibet
  • All accommodations throughout the program
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All guided adventure activities (Ex: Hiking, etc.)
  • Facilitated MSA Program with your Program Leader 
  • Tips for services (Accommodation, food, guides, etc.)
  • 1 post-adventure coaching call with Michael

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

The following items are NOT included in your Adventure:

  • Transportation to/from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nepal Visa ($25 upon arrival)
  • Snacks or beverages outside of planned MSA meals
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of scheduled activities
  • Souvenirs or personal gifts
  • Items of a personal nature (medicines, toiletries, etc.)
  • Tips for MSA program leaders (optional)

Every Adventure also includes our 3-month pre-trip Call to Adventure and 1-month post-trip Return of the Hero group coaching process. 


Program Rates

Pricing for this Rebuilding Nepal Adventure varies slightly depending on the number of people who go on the trip with us! (Hint: Get some friends to sign up, too ... It makes it cheaper for everyone!) Rates based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be available upon request. Contact us for more information.

  • 4 People: $4,250/pp
  • 6 People: $3,750/pp
  • 8 People: $3,250/pp

Single supplement may be available upon request. We are happy to offer different payment options for you. We always strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Occasionally we offer scholarships and work/trade opportunities for those that are interested. Please contact us for more information.

Note: Rates are tentative and are subject to change until all reservations are made. 


Apply for this Adventure Now!

Ready to travel the world and transform your life? Submit an application for this Rebuilding Nepal Adventure by clicking the button below! 

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Want to help rebuild Nepal but can't make these dates work? We are happy to create a custom Nepali Adventure for you. Click the button below to get started!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about this Rebuilding Nepal Adventure. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us!

 

IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

This program is for you if you want to help the people of Nepal rebuild their homes, schools, and community after the devastating earthquake of 2015. You love traveling, making new friends, challenging yourself with physical activities, exploring new cultures, engaging in group conversations about what you are experiencing and learning, and thinking about how you can apply those lessons to your life! On top of that, you are ready to create something exciting and new in your life — a job or career or even a new company, a new relationship, and/or new perspectives and new ways of looking at things.

 

DO I NEED TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO PARTICIPATE?

You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to walk/hike for 4—6 hours at a time, occasionally on steep terrain. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, please contact MSA at (424) 216—8339.

 

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORK ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

The personal development aspect of this program includes casual and light-hearted yet super-powerful and inspiring group discussions, time for personal reflection, and the option to work one-on-one with Michael as your coach. The ultimate goal of our work together is to use the many experiences and insights from your time in Nepal to shift your perspectives of self, others, and the world, and to inspire you to take action to transform not only your life but the lives of those around you!

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE GOING WITH ME ON THIS ADVENTURE?

We limit the group size for all of our Adventures to a max of 8 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.

 

WHO WILL BE LEADING THIS PROGRAM?

Your Program Leader for this Adventure will be MSA's Chief Adventure Officer Michael Bennett. Check out Michael's bio above.

 

HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT? WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE LIKE?

MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. We can break your remaining balance into two payments: One due approximately 120 days before the program and the final payment 90 days before the program.

 

WHY DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM?

We ask that all prospective Muddy Shoe Adventurers submit an application prior to participating in one of our Adventures for a few reasons. First, the process of submitting an application — and answering the questions on the application — begins the process of reflection and introspection that is so critical to our programs! Secondly, having an opportunity to interact with you before the program gives both you and MSA a chance to make sure that your participation on a Muddy Shoe Adventure is the right fit for both of us. 

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS LIKE?

The application process is pretty simple:

  1. Submit the application online.
  2. A MSA rep will contact you within 72 hours to review your application and make sure we have the info we need.
  3. Chat with a MSA Program Leader to discuss your application and make sure that this is a good fit for both parties.
  4. If things go as expected, we'll send you an invoice requesting an initial deposit for your Adventure!

Please note: Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance to a Muddy Shoe Adventure!  

 

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN NEPAL IN THE OCTOBER?

PERFECT!! Temperatures are typically in the low- to mid-70s during the day, and can drop into the 50s (or below) at night. 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

The best approach is to bring layers of clothing: Everything from shorts and t-shirts to jackets and sweaters. We strongly encourage you to purchase trekking poles for this adventure, as we’ve found them to be incredibly valuable on day hikes, particularly when exploring unfamiliar terrain. A broken-in pair of hiking boots with excellent tread is critical. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 90 days prior to the program date. 

 

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (KTM) is the airport you should plan on flying into and out of. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT ADDRESSED HERE?

Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any additional questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.