GAP Year Nepal


At GAP Year Nepal, we pride ourselves on providing an enriching and memorable travel experience to each and every guest who comes to visit us.

Established in 2011, we have always been and will continue to be driven by the concepts of sustainability and responsible operating practices, as we share in Nepal’s natural and cultural beauty.

Through our tours, our goal is to promote Nepal’s tourism sector, while preserving the environmental and ethical values she has to offer. We accomplish this by connecting main-stream tourism with community-based tourism, ensuring the local regions get equitable profit from our visits. The volunteer component of our trips goes a long way in achieving this goal.

Each member of our GAPYear Nepal team has many years of experience in the tourism industry of Nepal. The security and enjoyment of our guests is the top priority of our entire team, including our management, travel experts and group leaders.


Nirmal Lama Marga Nayabazar
Nayabazar 44600


Yes, I recommend this program

Yes, you're right, I have a lot of stories from Nepal, and I think I have shared all of them, so it's hard to choose.

Overall, I especially remark my superlovely rice killers family, my new friends in Pokhara and Chitwan, my visits to the GapNepal office in Kathmandu, the incredible views of Himalayas and Everest, the dirtyness of Kathmandu, the beauty of Pashupatinah, the festival in Bakthapur.

And of course, the local people there: teachers, friends, tourist guides and the amazing children of Nabin English School.

A life experience!

Response from GAP Year Nepal

Thank you very much, Eulalia Millaret Lores.

Yes, I recommend this program

I have learned so much in those few weeks that I don't even know where to start! The kindness of local people, the culture, the food and all the daily travels and weekly adventure.
Wow! I have spent time in local villages. Climbed steep mountain, watched the most amazing views ever...
I have gained so many life skills while on a program. If you want to learn how to become independent and have lots of fun this is it!

You have to come and experience for yourself!

What would you improve about this program?
I guess things could be done more western way sometimes, but learning how people think and how the get things done is great too!
Response from GAP Year Nepal

Zuzanna Thank you so much for your review.

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Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Nepal was amazing thanks to this program, Anish was extremely helpful, knowledgable and I felt safe at all times. The group was fun, like minded and I made some long life friends.
Nepal is definitely a trip I will never forget. Loved every single moment. The traditions, food and culture are also a wonderful experience.
The accomodation was also lovely and clean.

Thank you Gap year Nepal!!!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I thought it was fantastic.
Response from GAP Year Nepal

Lisa thank you.

Yes, I recommend this program

it was an amazing experience! the travel, families and kids in the school. Came back home a change person. From the center of Kathmandu to Everest base camp, chitwan. The culture, food, people is just awesome, ive been back twice and would love to visit it again. The first trip i did solo, highly recommend it, but not easy if your not an experience traveler. Sit down and talk to people get to know their stories and you'll be surprise how many will surprise you.

Response from GAP Year Nepal

Andre Thank you for your feedback.

Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a majority of my summer in 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was an extremely enriching experience for me that allowed me to grow and learn in so many different ways. I was forced out of my comfort zone on so many occasions that I can't even count them. I not only learned to appreciate a different culture, but come to feel like I was a part of the culture. I learned so much about Nepal, people, and myself during my two months abroad. I was especially lucky, because I got to experience the extreme resilience of the Nepalese firsthand, since I arrived in Nepal two weeks after the second major earthquake hit.
Ultimately, I wouldn't trade my experience for anything, and would completely recommend GAPNepal, and Nepal in general to anyone looking for an extremely life-changing experience. I am forever thankful for the friends I met in Nepal, that became my family as I spent the two months away from my own family. I am even more thankful for the person I was able to prosper into after such an unique experience.

Response from GAP Year Nepal

Lily Thank you so much.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Santosh Dhakal

Job Title
Chief Program Coordinator
Santosh is well known amongst the volunteers for his pleasant and charming personality. He integrates quickly with the volunteers and starts making their experiences rewarding from the very first day.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Bangkok has always been my favorite travel destination. From the very first time when I rode the speedy motor cycle taxi, it has remained with me as a fun and memorable experience.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

When I first started working for my current company I was involved in basic assisting roles helping volunteers in their day-to-day activities. The training, motivation from my seniors, and team building efforts inside the organization have transformed me fully, and today I am working as a Chief Program Coordinator.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Every participant has their own unique stories which have been helpful in their career transformation. If I have to pick from one of them, he is a graduate in landscape architecture, who turned himself as an international humanitarian development expert. He took part in our two week community building program and explored his future career.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I keep participating in most of the program however, I would always love to join our Teach and Trek four week program, as this program takes participants to the Everest region.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My company focuses in the community integration programs and is concerned about the sustainability of the projects. Both hosts and participants find our community programs meaningful and rewarding.

After the 2015 earthquake one of our school buildings was completely demolished and the team coordinated very well with the community, school management, and volunteers to raise the building in just fifteen days.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Any company that helps the local community to grow through knowledge, employment generation, and active participation in any projects can the biggest factor in being a successful company. Also, the in-house management which supports the individual growth and personality development as a part of team building is very vital.

As my company focuses on these matters, today I can proudly say that we are a leading company in Gap Year programs in Nepal.