Nepal & India Adventure with Gapforce

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Embark on an epic Gap Year journey through the Indian Subcontinent. Over 8 weeks you will go from the highest mountain in the world, through India and on to the beaches of Goa. We have used our twenty years experience to put together the best that India, Nepal and Goa have to offer. An exotic combination of volunteering programs in two countries combines with an epic 2,000 mile adventure. Run by our highly trained Gapforce guides, this program is unique to Gapforce and our gap year team.

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based on 26 reviews
  • Housing 8.4
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.9
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9.2
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Max
9/10

Really enjoyable

I found this trip to be really enjoyable. The scenery was fantastic and the group was really nice. The leaders were there to help if needed. The trek was a real challenge and I would recommend doing some training before hand as well as packing a warm coat as when we got the the highest point it exceeded -10 although the view were definitely worth the cold and the effort. The volunteering and the safari were an added bonus but the trek was the main body of the trip.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maxim
8/10

Lit

It was lit. Don't really know what else to add. Feel like it's my ucas form having to fill the characters up. Would recommend to anyone who's game for an outdoor adventure. Inclusive for anyone of any age though gap year students seem to be the most common. I thought the leaders being Barney and Paul were exceptional to the trip and really made it. I felt that, regardless of whom you are with or where you are, good leaders ( and in this incident, EXCEPTIONAL) are crucial.

How can this program be improved?
Not sure
Yes, I recommend this program
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Casie
10/10

Would do it again in a heartbeat

This trip really does push you to your limits and gives you a chance to challenge yourself. I loved every minute of it! I had so much fun, saw so many amazing things, with an amazing group of people. The whole thing was very well organized, but allowed us our independence as well. Easily one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I didn't want to leave, and I hope I get the chance to participate in another Gapforce adventure soon.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I can think of that might need some improvement is the accuracy of our gear list. Many people in our group needed to by more gear while we were in Nepal.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alice
8/10

Nepal Trip

I had a really good time on this trip doing a whole variety of things Nepal has to offer. We enjoyed a good chunk of time in Kathmandu and also visited Chitwan national park before heading off on our trek. In Kathmandu we stayed in nice accommodation and had a lot of fun getting to know each other and exploring the sights. Chitwan was great too, we got to see rhinos in the wild and ride elephants. The trekking was challenging but fun and we were well supported by our leaders. After the trek we did a weeks volunteering which was really rewarding. We managed to squeeze a lot of variety into a relatively short trip which made it fast paced and fun.

Our leaders on this trip were excellent and fitted in their roles well. They're reliable, well trained and a good laugh so you know you're in good hands. While good fun, it's not a trip for the faint hearted and it would be highly beneficial to have experience of trekking and a good standard of fitness before you depart.

How can this program be improved?
The pre departure information was slightly limited. While I appreciate that organising these expeditions is tough, and a degree of flexibility is a necessity, it would have been good to have more detailed and accurate information about the volunteering project and the itinerary of the trek pre departure. I think we would all also have benefitted from more information on the necessary kit and a better idea of the fitness standards required for the trekking.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lubnah
10/10

Nepal Adventure

Amazing trip, definitely worth it. Trip leaders were awesome. However we had a really big group, so we couldn't do the home stay which I was really looking forward to. The office should be careful as to how many people they allow on the trips so it doesn't interfere with the trip's schedule. Also, it would have been beneficial if Gapforce emphasized that its best to be fit for the trek, as I was told its suitable for all fitness levels. It is, but it would really really really help to get as fit as you can. It might be better if Gapforce extends an additional week on the EBC trek so people can take it easy, considering the amount of people that got sick. Overall, amazing trip. Need to come back!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Vincent
8/10

Nepal road trip

I am from China and study in UK. I traveled here with Gapforce from UK! This was an excellent trip when I spent one month in Nepal. Delicious food, friendly people! Chitwan national park was wonderful, wild animals and elephant riding! The experience in orphanage was memorable!! Meeting lots of children and staying with them was happy! Dan is a reliable guy who take care for one month! Many thanks

How can this program be improved?
Price should be cheaper
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mary
10/10

To EBC and Back Again

To say that this trip has changed my life is a huge understatement. Within a matter of five weeks, I've been to dozens of temples in Kathmandu, went on an elephant back safari through the jungle in Chitwan National Park, worked at a wonderful orphanage and trekked to Everest Base Camp. While this trip isn't for the faint of heart, I can highly recommend it. GapForce has been a great company to travel with and I wouldn't change a thing about my time spent in Nepal.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Paddy
9/10

Nepal

I can honestly say that this trip is one of the best things I have ever done, the highlight being without doubt the trek to Everest base camp at the end! The trip is action packed, finding yourself riding down rapids, exploring the jungle on elephants, playing endless games with kids in an orphanage and of course seeing stunning scenery on the way to Everest base camp.
It's worth mentioning that the orphanage is actually for kids whose parents are in prison and is one of many set up by internationally renowned Indira ranamagar, a human rights activist. It is an understated but fantastic part of the trip, well worth putting your all into!
Chitwan national park is packed full of stuff to do, I didn't stop for a moment, finding myself being squirted water at by an elephant to being metres from a crocodile as we canoed down a river in the next.
The Everest base camp trek is of course the highlight. As I've mentioned the views we saw were incredible, at one point we even saw a rainbow over mount Nuptse. The bucket list moment of reaching Everest base camp is hard to beat and combined with all the other adventures this project has to offer it is one that I would happily recommend to anyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hayley
9/10

Nepal and Mount Everest expedition

This was an intense but thoroughly enjoyable 5 week programme. The programme included a week exploring Kathmandu and the local area, followed by Chitwan national park. 8 days was then spent at the orthanage which was one of the best weeks spent with the children. The last 2 weeks was spent trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest which was a truly incredible experience.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps spend less time in Kathmandu as the first week seemed quite long.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophie
10/10

Nepal

Over the five weeks we spent a week in Kathmandu, a few days in Chitwan, 9 days in an orphanage and then the remainder of the trip trekking to everest base camp. I had an amazing time and our leader dan was excellent, and made the trip so enjoyable. Everything was quite flexible to allow us to have the best time possible, and I'd definitely use Gapforce again, and recommend dan as a leader.

How can this program be improved?
I would have a little longer in Chitwan.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tom
9/10

The social mountain of the world

The program includes a project, a visit to chitwan national park and the trek to Everest base camp.
I stayed at a homestay in chitwan which was a fantastic village based well away from the tourist and backpackers route so I felt I saw the real Nepal.

When in town we stayed at a hostel that had lots of people from all round the world looking to explore the best mountain range in the world. This is a great chance to meet other people and there is extra time to explore what Katmandu has to offer.

Everest Base camp lives to to its name and has a great walk all the way. Going through rural villages, meeting other trekkers and drinking nepalese tea is just a part of the wonderful experience.

How can this program be improved?
During the project phase you do not get an option of where you are based. I was luckly because the orphanage was very friendly. I met a few people who had been sent to orphanages that had terrible facilities and very bad owners who made volunteering hard.
Yes, I recommend this program

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