Nepal—Community, Technology, and Sustainability
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Nepal
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Students will be staying at Pasa Yard, which means “place of friends” in the local Newari language. Pasa Yard is a multipurpose venue with hostel-like accommodations and an onsite kitchen and dining area. It is near many NGO/INGO offices, bookstores, a major grocery store, banks, restaurants/tea houses and Patan Dhoka.
In Pokhara, accommodations will be similar to those at Pasa Yard. Pokhara is a small city that is known for its natural beauty, located on a lake and serving as the gateway to trekking in the Annapurna region. Pokhara is approximately six hours from Kathmandu by bus. It is home to several university campuses, museums, a major teaching hospital, cultural institutions, and a mix of old and new markets. It is also the location of multiple Nepalese NGOs and government agencies, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, an important Nepalese effort to support place-based, sustainable regional development in an ecologically varied area of 7,629 sq. km. that is home to over 100,000 residents of different cultural and linguistic groups and tremendous biodiversity.
Participants will visit key cultural and historical locations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, local university campuses, Nepalese NGO leaders and government officials focused on community development, and neighborhoods and villages associated with collaborative project activities. We will traverse the middle hills countryside while traveling between Kathmandu and Pokhara by bus.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)
Nepal has been described as a “yam between two boulders” referring to its dynamic geographic, political, and cultural location between Tibet (currently occupied by China) and India. Within only 200 miles, Nepal stretches from the sub-tropical forests and lush farm land of the Gangetic Plain to the Himalaya, the highest mountains in the world. Its diverse topographic landscapes are home to a vast array of ethnic and cultural groups; over 120 languages are spoken among its 26 million inhabitants, who practice a mosaic of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Shamanism.
With its small-scale agriculture, limited and landlocked transportation networks, and challenges in ensuring that all children have access to formal education, Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world and faces many unique development problems. Environmental crises related to deforestation, flooding, climate change, and, most recently, a massive earthquake add to the difficulties of sustainable development. Nepal is also a place undergoing many social, political and economic changes. A Hindu Kingdom until the early 2000s, Nepal is now a parliamentary democracy and has a new Constitution. The country has experienced rapid urbanization and surging out-migration of young adults seeking work and/or higher education opportunities abroad. Information and communication technology has enabled unprecedented national and global linkages, and a new generation is serving as pioneers and ambassadors in this transformation. Nepal offers exchange students a unique and vibrant context to witness rapid social, political, economic and environmental change and learn from and with young local leaders.
Currency: Nepalese rupee
Language Spoken: Nepali
December is the beginning of the winter season. The average high temperatures are around 59 F reaching highs of 70 F and dropping to an average minimum temperature of 46F.
This period is also ideal for hiking and walking tours as the visibility is better than at other times of the year and there is not the same expectancy of rain as at other times of the year. Learn More.