Tibetan People of Pokhara Valley, Nepal

Pokhara Valley, Nepal

Tibetan Refugees

In partnership since 1999

Teams live and work with the Tibetan refugees in Pokhara Valley of Nepal, 45 minutes by plane from Kathmandu.

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Site Specifics

Pokhara Altitude: 2,480 ft.
Airport: Kathmandu, Pokhara
Typical Foods: Sweet tea, rice, beans
Lodging: Communal quarters
Language: Tibetan, Nepali and English
Transportation to Site: Meet at Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara. Transport to community.

A Brief History of the Partnership

Xperitas partners with the Lodrik Welfare Committee, a group of Tibetan refugee leaders dedicated to their community. Decisions for the settlement are made as a group and on behalf of the collective.

In the past, Xperitas teams have worked on a variety of projects in Pokhara Valley. The Lodrik Welfare Committee has invited Xperitas teams to partner with local settlement families to repair damaged roofs in the community.

CP Philosophy

Xperitas is committed to deep and intentional relationships with our primarily indigenous community partners. Projects are designed and led by the community and serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural learning. Participants agree that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and most important aspect of the program. As an organization we have cultivated sustainable relationships with our partners that are long lasting; it is important that our participants engage with the community respectfully and honor our partnership.

What will we do? Sample Activities

Because Xperitas CP programs are led by our partner communities, every program is unique. The day-to-day activities will be determined and led by the community and as a result participants experience an authentic immersion experience. Based on past programs, here are some activities you may engage in:

  • Learn about the resettlement of Tibetan leaders to Nepal and their unique journey.
  • Collaborate on community efforts like moving rocks, building garden walls or other construction projects.
  • Harvest rice with local community members.
  • Build relationships by sharing stories, cooking or playing games with host families.
  • Reflect on shared experiences with the team and developing knowledge of the community.

Extend your Trip Ideas

Many past participants have extended their stay in Nepal to explore other enriching activities. While we are not a provider of these services, we may have recommendations and contacts near the site who can assist you with your trip extension. Contact Xperitas for more information.

Here are some ideas for other activities you might enjoy:

  • Spend time in Pohkara, where you can either relax on the shores of a quiet lake or kick it up a notch with a white water rafting trip nearby.
  • Become immersed in all of the unique sights, smells and sounds of Kathmandu.
  • Take a short, moderate trek to Everest Base Camp and see the world’s highest peak.

Contact us to learn more about programs to Pokhara Valley.