Join us in Nepal and do conservation volunteer work in the Himalayan mountain range. You’ll help with wildlife research and other important activities, and work closely with conservation experts. Everything you do here is part of our ongoing efforts to protect biodiversity in the Annapurna mountain range.
Living and working in the shadow of the majestic Himalayas is a great way to add unique experience to your CV, and help protect our planet at the same time. You’ll do things like set up and monitor camera traps and identify and count wildlife species. You’ll also help raise awareness in local communities about the importance of protecting the environment.
You’ll stay in a family-run hostel in the small rural village of Ghandruk, with the Himalayas in sight wherever you go. You’re bound to have the experience of a lifetime as you live and work at the top of the world!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is mountain conservation volunteering in Nepal right for me?
This project is a great fit for you if you are passionate about conservation work and want to live in a unique environment like the Himalayan Mountains.
You’ll live and work in a mountainous region, surrounded by towering peaks and forests as you learn from conservation experts. It’s a unique opportunity, as we are the only volunteering organisation running a Conservation Project in this area and contributing to important ecological research. This is also a wonderful way to add conservation work experience to your CV, which could help your future career, or just to have the chance to do something wildly different.
You don’t need any specific qualifications or experience to take part. Our staff will teach you everything you need to know, and you can reach out to them for guidance and help at any time. Please be aware that this project does involve of a lot of walking and hiking, so you need to be reasonably fit.
This project runs year round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We strongly recommend that you stay for a minimum of four weeks if possible, to avoid spending too much of your time travelling.
What will I be doing as a mountain conservation volunteer in Nepal?
You’ll work alongside conservation experts to preserve biodiversity in the Annapurna area in the Himalayan Mountains. Your tasks are dependent on what time of the year you choose to be in Nepal. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Assist with bird surveys and monitor butterflies
- Identify and study reptiles and amphibians
- Assist with the Rhododendron Regeneration Survey
- Raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment
- Setup and monitor camera traps
Your work can be divided into three main categories:
You will assist and participate in several of our wildlife research programmes throughout your stay. Through these initiatives, we are able to monitor the population of wild animals in the area. This enables us to keep an eye on the balance of the ecosystems, and create a strong database to use when creating conservation strategies. We do this through:
- Bird surveys and inventory
- Butterfly surveys and inventory
- Reptile and amphibian studies
- Remote sensor camera surveys
- Indicator species surveys
- Assembly and monitoring of camera traps
It’s likely that you will participate in the Rhododendron Regeneration Survey during your time in Nepal. The aim of the study is to discover whether the Annapurna area is home to the largest rhododendron forest in the world. You will help by measuring trees and recording data.
Raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment
Raising awareness in local communities is part of our ongoing conservation work in Nepal. You’ll help with this by running workshops and events in the community. During these workshops, you’ll teach local people about their surrounding natural environment and the importance of preserving it. You’ll also discuss recycling, and how litter and pollution harm the environment. We also do regular rubbish clean-ups.
Himalayan Mountain Conservation Project Partners
In Nepal, we work with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) at our Conservation Project.
ACAP is a government organisation that works to preserve and enhance biodiversity in the area. We are helping them create baseline data that show the need for conservation strategies. We then assist them with implementing these strategies successfully. ACAP also uses this data to measure the progress of the region, and the impact of our joint efforts.
Where will I be working?
You will live and work in Ghandruk. This picturesque rural village is located in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. Ghandruk is home to truly spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains as well as plenty of friendly people. You will stay at a guesthouse.
Pokhara, one of the largest cities in Nepal, is the closest city. Simultaneously vibrant and laid-back, Pokhara is home to plenty of attractions and restaurants, making it an ideal weekend getaway spot.
A typical day as a Conservation volunteer in Nepal
A typical weekday will begin with breakfast at your guesthouse before setting off on your morning activity.
You’ll work for about five to eight hours each day from Monday to Friday. Your day will be split into a morning activity, and an afternoon or evening activity. These activities will take place over two to four hours. In one day, you can could find yourself monitoring animals using camera traps in the morning, and helping with a forest study in the afternoon.
You will receive your schedule at the beginning of each week. It’s likely that you will work on several different programmes in one week, so no one day will be exactly the same. You may also participate in some initiatives that require a full day or overnight trip. In this case, the daily schedule would change to accomodate the trip.
All meals will be provided for you at your guesthouse, so you will return for lunch and dinner each day. You’ll have the evenings free to play cards with your fellow volunteers, stroll through the village, or just relax in your room.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The major aim of this project is to protect biodiversity in the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas. We do this through a combination of research and community work.
This area of Nepal is home to a large variety of spectacular plant and animal life including several vulnerable and endemic Himalayan species. The area is under threat as a result of habitat degradation, failed natural resource management, and a change in the livelihoods of local people.
Through this project, we aim to reduce these threats and preserve the beautiful biodiversity of this area. We strive towards this goal by working closely with a local government organisation. Together, we conduct
research and studies, and help local people understand the importance of protecting their environment.
By joining us in Nepal, you’ll become part of these ongoing efforts. As we are the only volunteer organisation doing this kind of work in the Annapurna area, we need people like you to help. The more volunteers we can bring on board, the more we can do for the environment.
Join us as a Conservation volunteer in Nepal and help us protect and enhance the natural biodiversity of the Himalayan Mountains.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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