A Higher Calling

Everest Base Camp Trek and Volunteering Program in Nepal

Trek to Mount Everest’s Base Camp before contributing to global impact goals set by the United Nations.

Durations:  6 weeks

Program information

Challenge yourself with a two-week trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, bonding along the way with other participants from around the world. Next, travel to Pokhara to work at achieving one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Program overview

Trek to 5364 metres above sea level, up to the foot of the tallest mountain in the world, while experiencing the scenic natural beauty of the Himalayas first-hand. The ascent will take you through picturesque meadows and traditional mountain villages up panoramic vistas of the valleys below. Throughout your journey, you will be staying at the many teahouses, locally owned lodges, that dot the trail. 

Afterwards, join your fellow trekkers and other GVI participants at our base in Pokhara, a city built around Phewa Lake, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range. Here you will learn about development challenges in Nepal and contribute to our on-going sustainable impact initiatives. A typical day for volunteers might involve renovating a classroom at a local school, facilitating educational classes for young learners, or teaching local women conversational English. Each of our programs is aligned to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role you play in these projects will be determined by your existing skills and interests as well as the needs of the community at the time of your program. This is a very active program. Physical fitness is a requirement. 


  • Tick ‘Everest Base Camp’ off your bucket list. 
  • Contribute to one or more United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Immerse yourself in a range of Nepali cultural traditions. 
  • Live with other participants from all over the world in a Nepali homestay in Pokhara, a bonding experience that often results in life-long friendships.

Program details

Program type
GVI Asia, Nepal, Pokhara
Volunteer with Children


The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date. The itinerary shown below has been followed by our staff and group volunteers in the past.


Day 1

If you’ve arranged an airport pickup, you will be met at the airport. Speak to your Enrolment Manager about how you can book accommodation for the evening.


Day 2

Meet up with a GVI staff member at a local meeting point in Kathmandu. Here you will meet the rest of the volunteers and your local guide.