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The rate of global progress is not keeping pace with the aspirations of the SDGs global agenda and countries are still confronted with daunting challenges such as lack of education, climate change, lack of peace and justice, etc. In this context, the active youth engagement is a key to successful SDGs implementation as they will be key actors of the SDGs initiatives, frameworks and processes in the future.

International SDG Action Camp is an exceptional opportunity to share and exchange the best ongoing SDG practices led by youths around the globe. Top 3 ideas would be awarded with USD 1,000 each as seed funding for its implementation after the event.


Eligibilities


  • 16- 35 Years of Age.
  • Students and young professionals having experience on SDGs
  • No Criminal Record or Ongoing Criminal Judicial Cases.
  • Should be fluent in English

Application Process

Fill up the application form available above. The selection committee will go through your form. Successful applicants will be notified via email by 15th March 2020.
Deadline for International Application:   13th March 2020

Schedule Plan

  • Day 01 10 April 2020
  • Day 02 11 April 2020
  • Day 03 12 April 2020
9.00 AM-12.00 PM
Registration and Opening Remarks.
Venue:Nepal Tourism Board

Program Opening

● Registration
● Opening Remarks (speeches)
● Visit Nepal promotional presentation (with video)
12.00-1.00 PM
Session 1
Venue: Nepal Tourism Board

GOAL 4: Quality Education

•Network Building
•Group Discussion
01:00-02:00 PM

Lunch Break

02:00 - 03:00 PM
Session 2
Venue: Nepal Tourism Board

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

•Networking
• Group Discussion
03:30 - 05:00 PM
Session 3
Venue: Nepal Tourism Board

GOAL 13: Climate Action/ Disaster Risk Reduction

•Network Building
•Group Discussion
9.00-10.00 AM
Session 1
UN House, Pulchowk

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

• Network Building
• Group Discussion
10.00-11.00 AM
Session 2
Venue: UN House, Pulchowk

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

•Network Building
•Group Discussion
11.00 AM-1.00 PM
Session 3
UN House, Pulchowk

SDG Work in Nepal

● Presentation from best 3 SDG actors working in Nepal
● Group Discussions
1.00-2.00 PM

Lunch Break

2.00 AM-3.00 PM
Session 4
UN House, Pulchowk

Idea Pitch

● Pitch ideas (competition) to tackle one of the SDGs
3.00 AM-5.00 PM
Session 5
UN House, Pulchowk

Closing Ceremony

● Award ceremony (award $1000 each for 3 best ideas to implement)
● Certificate distribution
● Formal closing
8.00 PM

Dinner

● Farewell Dinner (with cocktail party)
10.00 AM-1.00 PM
Session 1
Venue:Kathmandu Valley

Explore Kathmandu Valley

● Cultural heritage tours (listed under UNESCO)
1.00 PM-3.00 PM
Session 2
Venue:Kathmandu Valley

Food Fest

● Local food feast
3.00-5.00 PM
Session 3
Venue:Kathmandu Valley

Adventure

● Rock Climbing

WHAT TO EXPECT

Interact & Exchange with SDG Experts

Explore best SDG practices in Nepal

Opportunity to win USD 1000 for 3 best SDG ideas

Free Cultural Heritage Tour

Free Accommodation And Meal

Choose a Package

Free

$0

  • Conference Kit (agenda, pen, diary, t-shirt, cap and bag)
  • Free Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Shared Accommodation
  • Certificate & Booklets (post event)
  • Cultural Program
Gold

$100

  • Conference Kit (agenda, pen, diary, t-shirt, cap and bag)
  • Free Meals (breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
  • Shared Accommodation
  • Certificate & Booklets (post event)
  • Airport Pick-up Facility
  • Nepali SIM Card with Limited Internet Facility
  • Cultural Program
Diamond

$200

  • Conference Kit (agenda, pen, diary, T-shirt, cap and bag)
  • Free Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Deluxe Accommodation
  • Certificate & Booklets (Post Event)
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop Facility
  • Nepali SIM Card with Unlimited Internet Facility
  • City Tour Facility
  • Rock Climbing (adventure)
  • Welcome & Farewell Reception (unlimited drinks)
  • Photography Package
  • Cultural Program

Scientific Advisor


Alphabetical order

Homnath Acharya

Principal Budhanilkantha School

Khem Lakai

CEO at GATE College

Dr. Manju Mishra

Chair person, CJMC

Prasanta Uprety

Founder of Nepalese Blood Donors Association France

Sampada Malla

Nepalese media personality

Subhash Ghimire

Editor-in-Chief at Republica English Daily, Nepal

Management Team

Prem Lamichhane

Director

Milan Dulal

Co-ordinator

Anish Lamichhane

Finance & Admin

Ankur Shrestha

Content Writer

Vijay Adhikari

Resource Management

Sanjay Shrestha

Marketing & PR

Aliza Acharya

Research

Raju Shrestha

IT & Graphics

Travel Information

For any inquiries,
please contact:

Vijay Adhikari

Resource Management
  • Geography

    Nepal is located in South Asia between China in the north and India in the south, east and west. The total land area is 147,181 sq. km including water area of the country that is 3,830 sq. km. The geographical coordinates are 28°00′N 84°00′E. Nepal falls in the temperate zone north of the Tropic of Cancer. Nepal’s ecological zone run east to west about 800 km along its Himalayan axis, 150 to 250 km north to south, and is vertically intersected by the river systems. The country is divided into three main geographical regions: Himalayan region, mid hill region and Terai region. The highest point in the country is Mt. Everest (8,848 m) while the lowest point is in the Terai plains of Kechana Kalan in Jhapa (60 m).

    The Terai region, with width of ranging 26 to 32 km and altitude ranging from 60 -305 m, occupies about 17 percent of total land area of the country. Kechana Kalan, the lowest point of the country with an altitude of 60 m, lies in Jhapa district of the eastern Terai. The southern lowland Terai continues to the Bhabar belt covered with the Char Kose Jhadi forests known for rich wildlife. Further north, the Siwalik zone (700 – 1,500 m) and the Mahabharat range (1,500 – 2,700 m) give way to the Duns (valleys), such as Trijuga, Sindhuli, Chitwan, Dang and Surkhet. The Midlands (600 – 3,500 m), north of the Mahabharat range is where the two beautiful valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara lie covered in terraced rice fields, and surrounded by forested watersheds.

    The Himalayas (above 3,000 m) comprises mountains, alpine pastures and temperate forests limited by the tree-line (4,000 m) and snow line (5,500 m). Eight of the 14 eight-thousanders of the world lie in Nepal: Sagarmatha or Mount Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,163 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m). The inner Himalayan valley (above 3,600 m) such as Mustang and Dolpa are cold deserts sharing topographical characteristics with the Tibetan plateau.Nepal holds the so called “waters towers of South Asia” with its 6,000 rivers which are snow-fed or dependent on rain. The perennial rivers include Mahakali, Karnali, Narayani and Koshi rivers originating in the Himalayas. Medium-sized rivers like Babai, West Rapti, Bagmati, Kamla, Kankai and Mechi originate in the Midlands and Mahabharat range. A large number of seasonal streams, mostly originating in Siwaliks, flow across the Terai.

    Of 163 wetlands documented, the nine globally recognized Ramsar sites are: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Beeshazarital (Chitwan), Jagdishpur Reservoir (Kapilvastu) Ghodaghodi Tal (Kailali) in the Terai, and Gokyo (Solukhumbu), Phoksundo (Dolpa), Rara (Mugu) and Mai Pokhari (Ilam) in the mountain region.There are more than 30 natural caves in the country out of which only a few are accessible by road. Maratika Cave (also known as Haleshi) is a pilgrimage site associated with Buddhism and Hinduism. Siddha Cave is near Bimalnagar along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Pokhara is also known for caves namely Bats’ shed, Batulechar, Gupteswar, Patale Chhango. The numerous caves around Lo Manthang in Mustang include Luri and Tashi Kabum which house ancient murals and chhortens dating back to the 13th century.



  • People

    The population of Nepal was recorded to be about 26.62 million according to a recent survey done by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal. The population comprises of about a 101 ethnic groups speaking over 92 languages. The distinction in caste and ethnicity is understood more easily with a view of customary layout of the population.Though, there exist numerous dialects, the language of unification is the national language, Nepali. Nepali is the official language of the state, spoken and understood by majority of the population. Multiple ethnic groups have their own mother tongues. English is spoken by many in Government and business offices. It is the mode of education in most private schools of Kathmandu and some other cities.

    Northern Himalayan People:

    In the northern region of the Himalayas are the Tibetan-speaking groups namely Sherpas, Dolpa-pas, Lopas, Baragaonlis, Manangis. The Sherpas are mainly found in the east, Solu and Khumbu region; the Baragaonlis and Lopas live in the semi-deserted areas of Upper and Lower Mustang in the Tibetan rain-shadow area; the Manangis live in Manang district area; while the Dolpa-pas live in Dolpa district of west Nepal.

    Middle Hills and Valley People:

    Several ethnic groups live in the middle hills and valleys. Among them are the Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Sunuwars, Newars, Thakalis, Chepangs, Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakuris. There are also occupational castes namely: Damai (tailor), Sarki (cobbler), Kami (blacksmith) and Sunar (goldsmiths).

    Ethnic Diversity in the Kathmandu Valley:

    Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural cauldron of the country, where, people from varied backgrounds have come together to present a melting pot. The natives of the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars. Newari culture is an integration of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Newars of Kathmandu Valley were traders or farmers by occupation in the old days.

    Terai People:

    The main ethnic groups in Terai are Tharus, Darai, Kumhal, Majhi and other groups. They speak north Indian dialects like Maithili, Bhojpuri. Owing to the fertile plains of Terai, most inhabitants live on agriculture. There are, however, some occupational castes like Majhi (fisherman), Kumhal (potter) and Danuwar (cart driver).

  • History Of Nepal?

    Records mention the Gopalas and Mahishapalas believed to have been the earliest rulers with their capital at Matatirtha, the south-west corner of the Kathmandu Valley. From the 7th or 8th Century B.C. the Kirantis are said to have ruled the valley. Their famous King Yalumber is even mentioned in the epic, ‘Mahabharat’. Around 300 A.D. the Lichhavis arrived from northern India and overthrew the Kirantis. One of the legacies of the Lichhavis is the Changu Narayan Temple near Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture), which dates back to the 5th Century. In the early 7th Century, Amshuvarma, the first Thakuri king took over the throne from his father-in-law who was a Lichhavi. He married off his daughter Bhrikuti to the famous Tibetan King Tsong Tsen Gampo thus establishing good relations with Tibet. The Lichhavis brought art and architecture to the valley but the golden age of creativity arrived in 1200 A.D with the Mallas.

    During their 550 year rule, the Mallas built numerous temples and splendid palaces with picturesque squares. It was also during their rule that society and the cities became well organized; religious festivals were introduced and literature, music and art were encouraged. After the death of Yaksha Malla, the valley was divided into three kingdoms: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) and Patan (Lalitpur). Around this time, the Nepal as we know it today was divided into about 46 independent principalities. One among these was the kingdom of Gorkha with a Shah ruler. Much of Kathmandu Valley’s history around this time was recorded by Capuchin friars who lived in the valley on their way in and out of Tibet.

    An ambitious Gorkha King named Prithvi Narayan Shah embarked on a conquering mission that led to the defeat of all the kingdoms in the valley (including Kirtipur which was an independent state) by 1769. Instead of annexing the newly acquired states to his kingdom of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan decided to move his capital to Kathmandu establishing the Shah dynasty which ruled unified Nepal from 1769 to 2008.

    The history of the Gorkha state goes back to 1559 when Dravya Shah established a kingdom in an area chiefly inhabited by Magars. During the 17th and early 18th centuries, Gorkha continued a slow expansion, conquering various states while forging alliances with others. Prithvi Narayan dedicated himself at an early age to the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley. Recognizing the threat of the British Raj in India, he dismissed European missionaries from the country and for more than a century, Nepal remained in isolation.

    During the mid-19th Century Jung Bahadur Rana became Nepal’s first prime minister to wield absolute power relegating the Shah king to mere figureheads. He started a hereditary reign of the Rana Prime Ministers that lasted for 104 years. The Ranas were overthrown in a democracy movement of the early 1950s with support from the-then monarch of Nepal, King Tribhuvan. Soon after the overthrow of the Ranas, King Tribhuvan was reinstated as the Head of the State. In early 1959, Tribhuvan’s son King Mahendra issued a new constitution, and the first democratic elections for a national assembly were held. The Nepali Congress Party was victorious and their leader, Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala formed a government and served as prime minister. But by 1960, King Mahendra had changed his mind and dissolved Parliament, dismissing the first democratic government.

    After many years of struggle when the political parties were banned, they finally mustered enough courage to start a People’s Movement in 1990. Paving way for democracy, the then-King Birendra accepted constitutional reforms and established a multiparty parliament with King as the Head of State and an executive Prime Minister. In May 1991, Nepal held its first parliamentary elections. In February 1996, the Maoist parties declared People’s War against monarchy and the elected government.

    Then on 1st June 2001, a horrific tragedy wiped out the entire royal family including King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya with many of their closest relatives. With only King Birendra’s brother, Gyanendra and his family surviving, he was crowned the king. King Gyanendra abided by the elected government for some time and then dismissed the elected Parliament to wield absolute power.In April 2006, another People’s Movement was launched jointly by the democratic parties focusing most energy in Kathmandu which led to a 19-day curfew. Eventually, King Gyanendra relinquished his power and reinstated the Parliament.On November 21, 2006, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chairman Prachanda signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) 2006, committing to democracy and peace for the progress of the country and people. A Constituent Assembly election was held on April 10, 2008. On May 28,2008, the newly elected Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic, abolishing the 240 year-old monarchy. Nepal today has a President as Head of State and a Prime Minister heading the Government.

  • Climate Of Nepal

    Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with their geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters severe, while in the south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has five seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

    In the Terai (south Nepal), summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The Kathmandu Valley has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

    Good to know is that on average temperatures drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

    The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of all the rain in Nepal is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang.

    There is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

    Average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

    Place

    Summer (May, June, July)

    Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

    Max (°C)

    Min (°C)

    Rain (mm)

    Max (°C)

    Min (°C)

    Rain (mm)

    Kathmandu

    28.1

    19.5

    312

    19.3

    3.0

    15.4

    Pokhara

    29.7

    21.3

    829.7

    20.3

    7.7

    26.3

    Chitwan

    33.0

    25.3

    404.0

    24.1

    8.3

    13.8

  • What to Bring?

    This will vary depending on the time of year in which you visit Nepal and what additional activities you intend to participate in during your stay in Nepal.

    With the exception of some medicines and high-tech trekking gear, you can buy everything that you would need for your placement in Kathmandu (and it is likely to be cheaper than in your home country). Here are a few suggestions on what to bring:

    Recommended:


    Basic First Aid Kit- A full supply of any medication which you require for the duration of your stay, along with the prescription.

    If you wear contact lenses - spare lenses and enough solution

    Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is especially useful during power cuts)

    Sleeping Bag / sleeping bag liner (depending on season)

    Hiking boots

    Flip flops

    Waterproof jacket (a lightweight fold-away jacket is fine)

    Fleece jacket (during winter months)

    Light-weight cotton clothing

    Mosquito repellent

    Sun cream

    Sunglasses

    Water purification tablets and/or high quality water purifier

    Face mask (depending on the time of year, Kathmandu can become very polluted and dusty).

    Passport photos (you’ll need these for trekking permits, buying a SIM card and for your Cheers volunteer card)

    Optional:

    A few examples of your local currency

    Basic Learner's English/Nepali dictionary

    Coloured pencils and pens, drawing books, stickers

    Books/materials on teaching English/English Grammar for your reference

  • Politics

    On the 21 November 2005 a peace agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists was signed, thereby ending a decade long conflict in Nepal. Both sides agreed to a permanent ceasefire.

    In 2008 a Constituent Assembly was sworn in following a democratic election and the Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a republic.

    The Maoist-led coalition government took office in September 2008, but in May 2009 the Prime Minister announced his resignation, increasing political uncertainty.

    A new Prime Minister was sworn in, supported by all parties except the Maoists.

    · On 19 November 2013, elections were held to form a new Constituent Assembly tasked with writing the country’s constitution (something the previous assembly failed to do after it became deadlocked).

    · The Nepali Congress, the country’s oldest political party, won 105 of the 240 directly elected seats. The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) came second and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) secured only 26 seats, a small fraction of the total it earned in the 2008 elections.

    · The CPN (Maoist) leader is alleging voting fraud, and is threatening to withdraw from the Constituent Assembly. However, he is facing mounting pressure from both national and international quarters to accept the people’s poll and partake in the process peaceably.

  • Things to do?

    ADVENTURE & MOUNTAINEERING

    • Trekking

    • Sky Diving

    • Bungee Jumping

    • Mountaineering

    • Rafting & Kayaking

    • Canyoning

    • Mountain Biking

    • Paragliding

    NATURE

    • Mountain Flights

    • Mountain Viewing

    • Jungle Discovery

    • Butterfly Watching

    CULTURE

    • Traditional Crafts

    • Meet the People

    • Village Tours

    • Food & Culinary

    • Cultural Tours

    SPIRITUALITY AND PILGRIMAGE

    • Full Moon Concerts at Kirateshwar

    • Yoga

    • Meditation

    • Ayurveda

    • Faith Healing

    • Astrology

    • Pashupatinath Tour

  • Flora and fauna

    Ranging from the subtropical forests of the Terai to the great peaks of the Himalayas in the north, Nepal abounds with some of the most spectacular sceneries in the whole of Asia, with a variety of fauna and flora also unparalleled elsewhere in the region. Between NepalÕs geographical extremes, one may find every vegetational type, from the treeless steppes of the Trans-Himalayan region in the extreme north and the birch, silver fir, larch and hemlock of the higher valleys to the oak, pine and rhododendron of the intermediate altitudes and the great sal and sissau forests of the south.

    The rolling densely forested hills and broad Dun valleys of the Terai along with other parts of the country, were formerly, renowned for their abundance and variety o wildlife. Though somewhat depleted as a result of agricultural settlements, deforestation, poaching and other causes, Nepal can still boast richer and more varied flora and fauna than any other area in Asia. For practical purposes, NepalÕs flora and fauna can be divided into four regions:-

    1. Tropical Deciduous Monsoon Forest:

    This includes the Terai plains and the broad flat valleys or Duns found between successive hill ranges. The dominant tree species of this area are Sal (Shorea Robusta), sometimes associated with Semal (Bombax malabricum), Asna (Terminalia termentosa), Dalbergia spp and other species, and Pinus rosburghi occurring on the higher ridges of the Churia hills, which in places reach an altitude of 1800m. Tall coarse two-meter high elephant grass originally covered much of the Dun valleys but has now been largely replaced by agricultural settlements. The pipal (ficus religiosa) and the ÔbanyanÕ (ficus bengalensis) are to be noticed with their specific natural characteristics. This tropical zone is NepalÕs richest area for wildlife, with gaurs, buffaloes, four species of deer, tigers, leopards and other animals found in the forest areas rhinoceros, swamp deer and hot deer found in the valley grasslands and two species of crocodile and the Gangetic dolphin inhabiting the rivers. The principal birds are the peacock, jungle fowl and black partridge, while migratory duck and geese swarm on the ponds and lakes and big rivers of Terai. Terai forests are full of jasmin, minosa, accecia reeds and bamboo.


    2. Subtropical Mixed Evergreen Forest:

    This includes the Mahabharat Lekh, which rises to a height of about 2400m and comprises the outer wall of the Himalayan range. Great rivers such as the Karnali, Narayani, and Sapta Koshi flow through this area into the broad plains of the Terai. This zone also includes the so-called Ômiddle hillsÕ which extend northwards in a somewhat confused maze of ridges and valleys to the foot of the great Himalayas. Among the tree species characteristic of this region are Castenopsis indica in association with Schima wallichii, and other species such as Alnus nepalensis, Acer oblongum and various species of oak and rhododendron which cover the higher slopes where deforestation has not yet taken place. Orchids clothe the stems of trees and gigantic climbers smother their heads. The variety and abundance of the flora and fauna increase progressively with decreasing altitude and increasing luxurance of the vegetation. This zone is generally poor in wildlife. The only mammals, which are at all widely distributed, are wild boar, barking deer, serow, ghoral and bears. Different varieties of birds are also found in this zone. Different varieties of birds are also found in this zone.


    3. Temperate Evergreen Forest:

    Northward, on the lower slopes and spurs of the great Himalayas, oaks and pines are the dominant species up to an altitude of about 2400m above which are found dense conifer forests including Picea, Tusga, Larix and Abies spp. The latter is usually confined to higher elevations with Betula typically marking the upper limit of the tree line. At about 3600 to 3900m, rhododendron, bamboo and maples are commonly associated with the coniferous zone. Composition of he forest varies considerably with coniferous predominating in the west and eracaceous in the east. The wildlife of this region includes the Himalayan bear, serow, ghoral, barking deer and wildboar, with Himalayan tahr sometimes being seen on steep rocky faces above 2400m. The red panda is among the more interesting of the mammals found in this zone; it appears to be fairly distributed in suitable areas of the forest above 1800m. The rich and varied avifauna of this region includes several spectacular and beautiful pheasants, including the Danfe pheasant, NepalÕs national bird.


    4. Subalpine and Alpine Zone:

    Above the tree line, rhododendron, juniper scrub and other procumbent woody vegetation may extend to about 4200m where it is then succeeded by t a tundra-like association of short grasses, sedge mosses and alpine plants wherever there is sufficient soil. This continues up to the lower limit of perpetual snow and ice at about 5100m. The mammalian faun is sparse and unlikely to include any species other than Himalayan marmots, mouse hare, tahr, musk deer, snow leopard and occasionally blue sheep. In former times, the wild Yak and great Tibetan sheep could also be sighted in this region and it is possible that a few may still be surviving in areas such as Dolpa and Humla. The bird life at such as lammergeyer, snowcock, snowpatridge, choughs and bunting, with redstarts and dippers often seen along the streams and rivulets. Yaks are the only livestock, which thrive at high altitude. They serve both back and draught animals. The cheeses prepared out of the milk are edible for months. The female Yak provides milk to the Sherpas.

    Of the wonderful flora and fauna must suffice to indicate what a paradise Nepal is to the lovers of wild animal and bird life, to the naturalists and to the foresters.

  • Economy

    Nepal is developing county with an agricultural economy. In recent years, the country's efforts to expand into manufacturing industries and other technological sectors have achieved much progress. Farming is the main economic activity followed by manufacturing, trade and tourism. The chief sources of foreign currency earnings are marchandise export, services, tourism and Gurkha remittances. The annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about US$ 4.3 Billion.




    Agriculture : Eight out of 10 Nepalese are engaged in farming and it accounts for more than 40% of the GDP. Rolling fields and neat terraces can be seen all over the Terai flatlands and the hills of Nepal. Even in the highly urbanized Kathmandu Valley, large tracts of land outside the city areas are devoted to farming. Rice is the staple diet in Nepal and around three million tons are produced annually. Other major crops are maize, wheat, millet and barley. Besides food grains, Cash crops Like Sugarcane, oil seeds, tobacco, jute and tea are also cultivated in large quantities,




    Manufacturing : Manufacturing is still at the developmental stage and it represents less than 10% of the GDP. Major industries are woolen carpets, garments, textiles, leather products, paper and cement. Other products made in Nepal are steel utensils, cigarettes, beverages and sugar. There are many modern large-scale factories but the majority are cottage or small scale operations. Most of Nepal's industries are based in the Kathmandu Valley and a string of Small towns in the southern Terai Plains.




    Trade : Commerce has been a major occupation in Nepal since early times. Being situated at the crossroads of the ancient Trans-Himalayan trade route, trading is second nature to the Nepalese people. Foreign trade is characterized mainly by import of manufactured products and export of agricultural raw materials. Nepal imports manufactured goods and petroleum products worth about US$ 1 billion annually. The value of exports is about US$ 315 million. Woolen carpets are Nepal's largest export, earning the country over US$ 135 million per year. Garment exports account for more than US$ 74 million and handicraft goods bring in about US$ 1 million. Other important exports are pulses, hides and skins, jute and medicinal herbs.




    Tourism : In 1998, a total of 463,684 tourists visited Nepal, making tourism one of the largest industries in the Kingdom. This sector has been expanding rapidly since its inception in the 1950. Thanks to Nepal's natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and the diversity of sight-seeing and adventure opportunities available. At one time, tourism used to be the biggest foreign currency earner for the country. Nepal earned over US$ 152 million from tourism in 1998.



    Safety and security

    Nepal is a safe country to travel or volunteer. There is good access mobile phone and internet

    Cheers ensure your safety during your volunteer placement in Nepal, and to make sure you are placed in a safe environment while volunteering.

    Attacks against tourists, Crime, Scams and Theft are very rare.

    Politically Nepal is continuing to undergo a period of change, and in light of this you should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. Bandhas (shutdowns), rallies and demonstrations can cause widespread disruption as they are often called at short notice, and disrupt transport. However, in general CN volunteers are not impacted by these types of demonstrations, as their site of volunteering is in close proximity to their accommodation.

    If you plan to go trekking during your stay in Nepal you are advised to use reputable trekking agencies, to keep to established routes, and to always walk in groups. Trekking alone is not recommended.

    Volunteers should also avoid travel on overnight buses in Nepal.

    You should also not become involved with drugs. Being found in possession of even very small quantities of drugs can lead to imprisonment..

    For trekking, Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk with at least one other person.

    Altitude sickness is a risk, including on the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Base Camp treks.

    -Make sure your insurance covers your basic health insurance.

    Flights across Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed due to poor weather conditions.

  • Visa, Permits and Fees

    TOURIST VISA

    Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the government. for visiting a foreign country prior to apply for visa.




    a) Entry: No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in Nepal without valid visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal.

    b) Chinese citizen are requested to apply in Nepalese Embassy or other Nepalese diplomatic missions as there is no provision of on arrival visa for them.

    c) Visa Fee:

    1. Fee required to obtain Tourist Visa from Nepalese diplomatic agencies and entry points:

    a. US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.

    b. US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.

    c. US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days.

    d. Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days.




    2. Fee to be levied for renewal or regularization of tourist visa

    a. Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 2 per day to renew the validity of tourist visa.

    b. If multiple entry facility is required to be valid for the renewed period, additional US $ 20 along with fees prescribed in 2 (a) has to be paid.

    c. Foreigner who have stayed here without renewing visa, need to pay Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 per day along with the reqired extension fee.

    d. Foreigners, who have already overstayed for more than 150 days without renewing tourist visa shall be levied the fees referred in clause 2(c) and a penalty of Rs 50,000 as per the Immigration Act.

    e. Regardless of provision stated in 2(a), 15 days is counted as minimum extension period and visa fee is charged accordingly. For extension period more than 15 days, visa fee is charged as per the provision of 2(a).

    Note:

    - The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means January to December).

    - A tourist who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year.

    - However, foreigner visitors, who have entered the country towards the end of a visa year, can use the remainder of his visa period in another visa year.

    TREKKING PERMIT

    Trekkers planning to travel to controlled areas in Nepal opened for group trekking need to get Trekking Permit issued by the Department of Immigration under the Home Ministry. The government has opened following previously restricted trekking areas for group trekkers. Trekking permits will not be issued to individual trekkers in those trekking areas.



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