One of the leading agencies, Nepal Sanctuary Treks is a government registered trekking company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Ministry of Industry.

We are an associate member of both the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

With a growing reputation, we specialize in organizing engaging school tours that meet the requirements of students who seek highly personalized itineraries. Well-known for our quality service, we ensure that the students get real value for their travel money.

Our track record goes back to 1999, when we began organizing tours for various International Schools from Hong Kong, England, Australia and the USA to their complete satisfaction.

We take pride in our fne-tuned tours that allow students to highlight their Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and Interim week to meet the requirement of their syllabus of IB, Cambridge or A ‘level’s through our wide range of programs: treks, wildlife safaris, white water rafting, mountain biking, culture and pilgrimage tours, community work at orphanages and government schools in Nepal with inadequate facilities in remote areas without disturbing the pristine nature of the setting.

Many years of experience has enabled us to provide well-planned trips at a reasonable price, keeping the arrangements hassle-free with safety as our priority and strive to provide the best service in town. 

Our specialty lies in handling school groups on special missions, keeping in mind the anxiety of parents and teachers when sending children away on such excursions. 

While the children are in our care, our top priority is naturally, their security. But despite all the precautions that need to be taken, we allow the students freedom to  enjoy all the good things the spectacular Himalayas have in store for them.

 

Nepal is a great spot for scholars and university students to do research in the fields of geology, botany, zoology, anthropology and other fields.

The country has the world’s highest peaks in the north, descending sharply downwards to the plains 70 m above sea level, encompassing rugged mountains and varying landscape, climate, fora and fauna and ethnic groups in a very short span of 200-kilometers.

We work with guides who are university students in different subjects.

  • Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for development.
  • Undertaken new challenges.
  • Planned and initiated activities.
  • Worked collaboratively with others.
  • Shown perseverance and commitment.
  • Engaged with issues of global importance.
  • Considered the ethical implications of their actions.
  • Developed new skills.

The program aims to develop students who are:

  • Reflective thinkers – who understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth.
  • Willing to accept new challenges and new roles.
  • Aware of the fact that they are members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment they live in.
  • Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects.
  • Balanced—they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities that involve intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.

The program enables students to enhance their personaland inter-personal development through experiential learning.

Our well-thought out programs are designed to be challenging but at the same time enjoyable, resulting in a personal journey of self-discovery. For many students, our activities prove to be experiences that are profoundly influential and life changing.

They soon come to realize that many of the facilities that they enjoy in their schools in the west are a luxury for students here in Nepal. But despite the poor infrastructure, our students seem happy and oblivious of what they are missing in terms of facilities, which in the west are taken for granted.

Why Nepal Sanctuary Treks?

  • Our trips are specifically designed to meet the needs of the students’ score for their Creativity, Action and Service work.
  • Our guides and staff are well trained, friendly, professional, and responsible, with years of experience in providing customized services. They  also speak very good English.
  • They are trained in giving first aid when required and carry a comprehensive first aid kit with them at all times. They are competent and know how to cope with the mountainous terrain and also how to ensure the safety of the students. In case of an emergency, they have the ability to deal with it appropriately.
  • The emphasis is on eco-friendly trips and we provide training to all our staff in order to minimize the environmental impact around the trekking areas.
  • Personalized itineraries and school trips are planned keeping in mind the needs of both the teachers and students. 
  • We provide an environment-porter for each organized trek so that all the non-biodegradable items are brought back with them.
  • We take care of our staff/porters by providing enough/ warm equipment and clothes and each of them is insured.
  • We believe in conservation of nature and wildlife, and support the local economy as well as the social and cultural values of the local communities.
  • We follow to the letter, all the rules and codes of ethics set by the travel industry.
  • With safety in mind, we provide PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber), Oxy-meter and satellite phones.

 

<h3>Island School, Hong Kong</h3>

Why is Nepal a suitable destination for your CAS trip?

Nepal gives each student the opportunity to compare the stark contrast in the lives they lead in Hong Kong with that of locals here. It enables the students to reflect on their own privilegedlifestyle and seriously consider their responsibilities as global citizens. Nepal is blessed with some of the most astounding scenery and landscapes on the planet which provides an ideal setting for any out bound experience.

What is the mission behind a trip to Nepal and how will the students benefit?

The mission behind the Sevice trip is:

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<li>To raise the students’ awareness of their responsibilities as global citizens and to help them realize that they can make a difference.</li>

<li>To expose the students to an alternative culture and expand their understanding of the world.</li>
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The mission behind the trek is:

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<li>To place students in a physically and mentally challenging situation that facilities their personal growth.</li>
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Why is Nepal a suitable destination for your Interim week?

As a destination for high school students, Nepal offers a wide variety of experiences and challenges. Every trip, whether focused on a service objective or an outdoor sport, automatically includes encounters with the culture and people of Nepal. A wide variety of outdoor options are available including week-long trekking, minor mountaineering, white water rafting, bicycling, paragliding, and jungle safari. Service options include visiting schools and children’s homes that can include helping with construction projects or helping students practice English or to set up a computer lab with wireless Internet in a remote school or health center. Nepal, of course, offers a rich opportunity for cultural learning whether sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley, visiting a Buddhist monastery, or eating dal bhat and drinking tea in a village.

What is the mission and what benefits do students get from the Nepal trip?

Exposing teenage students to the situations of people in communities other than their own is one of the main objectives of Interim trips. This is accomplished through visits to local schools, children’s homes, and if possible, families living in villages and in cities. It is through one-to-one communication with people their own age that realization dawns on them that happiness is not necessarily dependent on material accumulation, social status or level of education.

<h3>Hong Kong International School</h3>

Why is Nepal a suitable destination for your Interim week?

As a destination for high school students, Nepal offers a wide variety of experiences and challenges. Every trip, whether focused on a service objective or an outdoor sport, automatically includes encounters with the culture and people of Nepal. A wide variety of outdoor options are available including week-long trekking, minor mountaineering, white water rafting, bicycling, paragliding, and jungle safari. Service options include visiting schools and children’s homes that can include helping with construction projects or helping students practice English or to set up a computer lab with wireless Internet in a remote school or health center. Nepal, of course, offers a rich opportunity for cultural learning whether sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley, visiting a Buddhist monastery, or eating dal bhat and drinking tea in a village.

What is the mission and what benefits do students get from the Nepal trip?

Exposing teenage students to the situations of people in communities other than their own is one of the main objectives of Interim trips. This is accomplished through visits to local schools, children’s homes, and if possible, families living in villages and in cities. It is through one-to-one communication with people their own age that realization dawns on them that happiness is not necessarily dependent on material accumulation, social status or level of education.

 

Birkdale School

Why is Nepal a suitable destination for your school trip and what is the mission behind the trip?
->I wanted to run a school trip that involved some type of ‘service’ aspect, where young people from the UK could ‘give’ as well as ‘ receive’.
I chose Nepal because it is a most beautiful country with wonderful wildlife and fantastic opportunities for adventure. In addition it is a poor country so there is plenty of opportunity for the service element of the trip. Finally the Nepalese are so friendly and welcoming making it a very ‘ safe’ country to bring young people to.

What benefits do students get from Nepal trip?
The young people on the trip get to experience a completely different culture. The service element of the trip is to teach in some poor schools and our students are trained in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) techniques before departure to Nepal.
In the schools our students soon learn that there are a large number of very bright children – in itself this is a lesson to our youngsters who are of the belief that if ‘you are bright you are wealthy’.
The trek is a great experience for them all as it builds the group as a team but individually some of those who struggle with the physical aspect of the trek learn a great deal about self-discipline and perseverance.

Sha Tin College

Nepal is the ideal location for CAS Week because it offers the combination of challenge on Creativity, Action and Service that IB CAS requires. There are few countries that can offer such breathtaking scenery and warm-friendly people as Nepal within an affordable budget and fairly close to home.
The local knowledge and length of experience in catering school trips is an important consideration when choosing Nepal Sanctuary Trek as our main operator. I know I can trust the company to adapt the itinerary to the needs of the students and their ability to handle emergencies have been tried and tested.

Ms. Meiling Tsang – Teacher, Sha
Tin College, Hong Kong

St Andrew School, Australia

Why is Nepal a suitable destination for your school trip?
Nepal is the ideal destination for school trips that focus on incorporating elements of personal challenge along with other adventurous and cultural immersion experiences. Nepal has iconic features, such as the Everest and Annapurna regions, which regularly feature on the bucket lists of travelers worldwide.

What is the mission and what benefits do students get from the Nepal trip ?
Gazing with awe at the spectacular and diverse beauty of the Himalayas.
Exploring with joy the dense tropical forests with its wealth of wildlife.
Rafting adventurously down the liquid highway of the Trisuli.
Living to the beat of Nepali time, sharing their traditional culture and their customs.
Becoming a global citizen by connecting in a genuine way to other communities. Students may follow different paths in their awareness – ecotourism, the preservation of wildlife, the protection of
vulnerable children, the ancient temples and architecture, and the respect for other values and thinking
– Robyn O’Shea, Head of Service Learning

Island School, Hong Kong
Island School trekking in Nepal

Island School is an international secondary school (11-18) in Hong Kong. It is part of the tradition of the school going back over 30 years to have an annual trek in Nepal for our senior students, interrupted only occasionally by the more severe bouts of civil disturbance. In the early days, treks used to take place over the Easter Holidays but in recent years, the treks have taken place in October during the school’s Quest Week in which all normal lessons are suspended for extra-curricular activities and trips

Why trek in Nepal?
Trekking at altitude is challenging and an excellent experience for our students. It taxes them physically and mentally, and it engenders team work. The training for trekking would start back in Hong Kong months before departure, although nothing really prepares the students for up to 8 days of relentless walking, reaching heights of over 5,000M. Equally important of course, is the stunning beauty of the landscape. The awe-inspiring mountains, waterfalls and glaciers; the change in fauna and flora with the change in altitude; the sparse settle ments and the beautiful villages along the way are par for the course on every trek. There is also the thrill of reaching the destination, be it Everest Base camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Khare Lake or over the Thorong La pass. That sense of achievement lives with our students (and staff) for the rest of their lives.
The nature of the trek is also special. On our treks we camp, and hence we need the support of a large number of guides and porters who not only bring all the tenting equipment, but also stools, tables, lamps, and in addition, carry our big bags leaving us with just the daypack to worry about. We also have our own kitchen staff responsible for cooking us 3 meals a day along with regular lemonades and tea and biscuits! For a typical party of 30 students and staff, we could have the support of 70 to 80 locals. It makes for a sizable and exciting expedition of the traditional kind!
Above all though, it is the people that make Nepal special. Their gentle kindness to strangers, their toughness in adversity, their unique cultures and diversity of religions, and their colourful festivals and celebrations are just some of those characteristics that bring visitors back for more. The chaotic bustle of Kathmandu and the relative tranquility of Pokhara – so much contrast, so much to see!

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Feedback on Nepal Sanctuary Treks’ services
Whether trekking in the Annapurna region or organizing community projects at Katja House, Nepal Sanctuary Treks always provides the highest level of service. Nepal Sanctuary Treks are acutely aware of the inherent risks when taking large groups of school children on such ventures and offer a very personalized service to ensure that the students enjoy a safe and meaningful experience. When trekking they use modern and high specification equipment. Further, Nepal Sanctuary Trek’s long standing relationships with local communities throughout Nepal ensures that trekking trips and community projects are well organized, appropriately resourced and sustainably managed.
Paul Harris, Teacher, Island School, Hong Kong.

Feedback on Nepal Sanctuary Treks’ services
I have used Nepal Sanctuary Treks’ service for the past six years and highly recommend it. They are perfect for the kinds of experiences we want to offer students. Their local guides are always helpful, courteous and friendly. They clearly enjoy being with the students and openly share cultural insights, Nepali songs and even give Nepali dancing lessons! Arrangements for hotels, local lodges, or camping are great and hassle-free. Local transportation, whether by air, bus or van, is also well arranged and convenient.
Richard Friedericks, Teacher, Hong Kong International School

Feedback on Nepal Sanctuary Treks’ service
Nepal Sanctuary Treks have directed our ‘ adventure’ aspect of the trip for many years now and they have always been brilliant. Each year we have had quality guides who cannot do enough for us and we have been looked after really well. Nepal Sanctuary Treks always try to find the best value for money in the travel arrangements, jungle lodges, tea houses and river rafting experience. I would thoroughly recommend them as someone who has now been travelling with young people to Nepal for 15 years.
Keith Muller Teacher, Birkdale School

I am Deputy Principal at Island School Hong Kong and for many years the school has organised an annual Himalayan trek using Tulsi’s company. Additionally he organised my own expedition from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Tibet) in 2001. He is also a trustee of an orphanage and school that we at Island School sponsor.
Tulsi has been a honoured friend of our school for many years. He can be relied upon absolutely to provide a high level of service. His reputation for honesty is beyond reproach. He is a delight to work with: a real gentleman.
I know that if you charge Tulsi with responsibility for organising an expedition into Nepal and Tibet the preparation will be impeccable. We went equipped with equipment to guard against altitude sickness, the drivers and guides were first rate and all the accommodation and food arrangments went according to plan.
As far as it possible to guarantee safety in this region, it can be guaranteed by Tulsi.
I cannot recommend him highly enough and I am appreciative that you have chosen to use his company as times have not been good for Tulsi and the Nepali travel industry in recent years.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to know more.
Regards and have a great expedition. I know from experience that you will find this type of adventure awe inspiring.
Chris Forse Island School, Hong Kong

OSU Student Field Trip
Dear Tulsi
I would like to thank you once again for a well-organized trip. We all had a great time. I am sure you will have some return customers. I specifically would like to thank you for the special consideration you gave to Patrik
Best regards -John
John Nabelek
College of Oceanic &
Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
104 COAS Admin Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331

Nepal Sanctuary Treks is a terrific guide company! They arranged a recent trek for me for 12 Dartmouth College singers. They had a fantastic time and everything was organized extremely well. Furthermore, it was safe from every standpoint. I highly recommend them and the family owners are great too
Mary C. Carroll
PO Box 654, Naalehu, HI
96772. USA

Dear Tulsi
We have the fondest memories and I think that for all of us it was a wonderful and enriching experience. We are so deeply appreciative of the kindly generosity of all the people on your staff who
helped us and made it such a resounding success.
Tim Hardingham, Steading West End
Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden
Essex, CB11 4UJ, UK

Why Nepal Sanctuary Treks?
We have used Nepal Sanctuary Treks from the year that it was set up. The owner of the company, Tulsi Gyawali was known to the staff at Island School through the previous company he worked for and we have come to trust him completely. He and his staff are very experienced in catering to the needs of school parties, and their willingness to go the extra mile to look after us has been exemplary and gratefully received through the years. Many of the Sherpas, guides and porters work loyally for the company as they are treated well, and our teachers have come to look forward to seeing those familiar faces year after year. They are a professional outfit of the highest caliber and they are passionate about serving their clients
Pak Chan
Island School teacher

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