Homestay in Nepal and Tibet

Hey, my name is Connor and this is my blog post about one of the weeks spent at the at the homestay. we went paragliding, ran into some trouble with the law as a group and saw Dashain festivities full of dancing and sacrifices. On the morning of October 1st, we had a long hike up to Babu’s paragliding school. Babu is a Nepal legend, he was the first person to ever paraglide off of Mt.Everest, and won the National Geographic adventurer of the year in 2012. For most of us... Read more

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit by Luke, Nepal and Tibet

Update from Luke on the Nepal and Tibet Program Hello, my name is Luke Sena and this blog post will be a review of the first half of our trek through the Annapurna Mountain Range. The Annapurna Circuit covers roughly 131 miles and we are trekking it over a span of 17 days. Each night we stay in a tea house. The tea houses are cute little hotels that have meals and rooms set up for trekkers, the meals are amazing and the rooms are cozy. Our first day was an easier day, ... Read more

Homestay and Trek Preparation by Louisa, Nepal and Tibet

Update from Louisa on the Nepal and Tibet Program Hi friends and families! This week we transitioned from our homestay to relaxing and preparing for our trek in Pokhara. The last couple days we soaked up the last of our homestay—helping our families with the holiday (Daśamī) or hanging out by the river in Wāling. Leaving our homestay families was really hard. My family made me feel so welcome in their community and made a big effort to making sure I was eating enough o... Read more

A blog from Nepal: Life in the Village, by Madeleine.

I awaken to the bellowing of a rooster below me and the battering of rain on the tin roof above me. I roll over on my straw mattress, remembering where I am, and  drift in and out of sleep before breakfast. Yesterday, we left Kathmandu for the homestay portion of the trip. After spending a day or two relaxing and preparing in the city, the group embarked on a 12 hour drive. The drive was followed by a rather sweaty 40 minute uphill hike to reach our village. This is wher... Read more

A blog from Nepal - Week 1, by Owen.

So I’m sure all of the parents back home are wondering what their kids have been up to since they’ve traveled halfway around the world. My name is Owen Pflieger and I wanted to share about some of the things most of us are experiencing for the first time in our lives! Once everyone in our group landed safely in Kathmandu, we were treated with a special dinner known as dahl bhat. This is a traditional meal to the Nepali people and it was also my first time ever trying it ... Read more

Kathmandu to the End of the Universe: A little recap of our second day in Nepal

As our Nepal and Tibet Fall 19 group settle into life in Nepal, student Sarah has taken a moment to write down the groups experiences on the program so far, kindly updating us from the Hotel at the End of the Universe.   It's the morning after our first night in Nepal. Leaving our room, Olivia, Madeleine, and I make our way up to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast with the group at 8:30. It's raining outside, and the walk up the stairs - past open windows - offers us ... Read more

Instructor Intro: Caleb Lovell

Meet Caleb Hello! My name is Caleb, and I will be one of your instructors joining you as we embark on the adventures of a lifetime next month on your Fall Nepal and Tibet Gap Year Semester Program! I am very stoked to meet each of you and begin this journey together.  I wanted to take some time to introduce myself and share a little backstory, I was born in the USA, then moved with my family to Australia where I spent the second half of my childhood, and teenage years. ... Read more

Ten days in Tibet

Yaks dressed in neon decorations drag ploughs through cracked clay. Shaggy sheep fleck the mountains with white. Candles float in bowls of butter bouncing light onto ancient monastery walls. Villages of identical plaster rectangle homes become more dilapidated as we near Everest Base Camp. Colours of the rainbow bleed from fur blanketed mountains and silhouette Tibetans working the land. We flew from Kathmandu to Lhasa but were rerouted to Chengdu in mainland China due ... Read more

Annapurna Circuit

Wafting cinnamon smoke, frazzle-haired golden highland cows, prayer flags eternally flapping in the wind, handmade copper bowls overflowing with offerings, bunches of bells strung together on fences, silhouettes of religious stupas decorating every high point, timeless waterfalls that have carved trenches into vertical rock walls, and gold threads of light knit together the morning sky. There are dramatic snow peaks layered in impossibly thick slabs of hard packed glacia... Read more

Instructor Intro: Jessica Thomas

Namaste everyone! I'm going to be spending a big chunk of 2018 with you as one half of your instructing team for the Nepal and Tibet Semester. I come from even further away than the Himalayas - Australia. I grew up on a farm and by the beach on the south east coast of Australia, laughing and exploring under the strong Aussie sunshine with Mum and Dad and my little brother Daniel. Those mighty mountains in the middle of the earth have had a massive impact on my life tr... Read more