Facts

Eight of the world’s ten highest mountains can be found in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains.  Most notably, Mount Everest is the highest point above sea level in the world at 8850 meters (29,035 ft.).  From its mountainous northern border with Tibet (China), Nepal’s topography falls to near sea level at its southern border with India on the Ganges River plain.  Most of the over 36 ethnic groups in this South Asian country live in the central hill area and in the flatter and arid lowlands in the south. Nepal’s Sherpa guides of the Himalayas and the Gurkha military regiments are peoples recognized internationally for their skill and bravery.

Isolation and a long-ruling monarchy have contributed to Nepal being one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. It is estimated that 25% to 40% of the Nepalese people live below the poverty line.  Most of Nepal’s people are subsistence farmers where geographic, environmental, and political factors have impacted the growth of agriculture as well as industry.  Nepal ended its long line of monarchies by becoming a republic in 2008, yet political instability, civil strife, and labor problems continue.

 As the world’s last remaining Hindu kingdom, over 80% of the Nepalese people are Hindu.  Buddhists comprise around ten percent of the population. Religious freedom is legal under Nepalese law, but restrictions are imposed on non-Hindu groups. Christian believers are at risk for fines and even imprisonment for proselytizing.  Though the percentage of Christians in Nepal is small, the number of believers is growing.  Each of the 75 districts has a church plant and believers can be found in almost every people and caste group.

Itinerary

Travel Dates ~ June 15 – 25, 2017 / Flights from San Diego

Thursday, June 15 – Fly to Los Angeles

Friday, June 16 – Flying and overnight to Hongkong. Then Hongkong to Nepal.

Saturday, June 17 – Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal /  Stay the night on Salvation Bible College.

Sunday, June 18 – 23 – Ministry all week / Stay the night on Salvation Bible College.

Saturday, June 24 – Church in morning / Sightseeing in afternoon / Fly out from Kathmandu to Hongkong

Sunday, June 25 – Then Hongkong to Los Angeles / Arrive at San Diego

Costs

The cost per person is $600. Money must be brought in cash and will be collected upon arrival. 

This cost covers:
1. Airport pick up and drop off
2. American breakfast, Nepali lunch, and an occasional dinner on campus(a local Cook will be hired especially for us)
3. Electricity
4. Water
5. Propane – used for cooking, hot water heater for the shower, and room heater (if needed)
6. WiFi
7. Transportation throughout the week (not including any transportation to or from any sightseeing locations)
8. “Housekeeping” (toilet paper, etc) and laundry services (washing towels, sheets, etc. before and after stay)
9. In-country cell phone with minutes and phone numbers pre-programmed
10. Gas for generator – if/when used 

The cost does not cover:
1. Plane ticket
2. Tourist visa
3. Eating out at restaurants 
4. Sightseeing 
5. Shopping 

The cost of airline tickets varies depending on the time of year – anywhere from $1,100 to $1,500. 

Depending on your spending preferences, personal money of $100-300 is recommended for eating out, snacks, tourist attractions, and souvenirs.

Ministries in Nepal

Medical Outreach

Visit Leprosy Colony

Lead program in Orphanage

Gospel Sharing

Ministry at the Slum

Youth/Women/Men ministry