A sustainable Tour Operator in Nepal – #GAPNepal

Founded in the year 2011, GAPNepal as a tour operator develops travel programs that connects the travelers visiting Nepal to the traditional communities, allowing them to discover, explore and share each other’s culture, knowledge and ideas. With an aim to achieve a sustainable development goal by promoting tourism in Nepal, GAPNepal designs travel programs in the most sustainable and environment-friendly manner, benefiting both the traveler and the nation. GAPNepal has been committed to designing the trips in an efficient manner where the travelers are encouraged to carry out welfare activities such as teaching in schools and facilitating community interactions as well as cultural exchange programs. GAPNepal offers trips that consider an inclusive and two-way benefit for both the guests and the hosts in terms of cultural immersion, knowledge sharing, and progress of each party.  We believe that the beauty of a place lies in its authentic culture and pristine environment; hence, the programs organized by GAPNepal are designed accordingly. GAPNepal ensures that the weeks spent by the travelers in Nepal are fun, productive, and educational in every way possible. Therefore, we take you on an incredible journey, starting from the very origin of Nepal’s tradition and culture to experiencing the current lifestyle of the people in the mountains and villages.

GAP Year programs in Nepal with GAPNepal

GAPNepal operates with the specific objective of setting an example for its fellow competitors as well as people from around the world to carry out sustainable tours and travel practices. We take pride in the fact that we, as a company, have initiated change from ourselves. We strictly abide by the rules of reducing the use of plastic, paper, and energy as well as promoting the use of eco-friendly products in our offices. We have initiated seminars and programs that encourage people to manage, reduce, and recycle their personal wastes generated. Similarly, our objectives include encouraging travelers to travel responsibly while being mindful of the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts. A simple traveling experience is offered by almost every travel agencies functioning in the country, but what makes the experience unique while traveling with GAPNepal, is our commitment to provide our clients with the supreme taste of generousness with the simple act of sharing kindness towards the local people and the overall community through the trip. We help you share happiness among the children by offering the gift of knowledge along with a chance to understand the challenges faced by them, and we provide you with a chance to help the locality strategically overcome the challenges.

GAPNepal organizes trips from the foothills of the mountains to the remote summit of the Himalayas along with several thrilling activities like river rafting, paragliding, jungle safari, and many more. We understand that travelers seek experiences that involve more insights into the lifestyle of the local people. Hence, we foster the communication of travelers with people of the local communities by the help of various activities, allowing the travelers to build intimate relationships with the locals. In order to provide a better understanding of local lives, we encourage our clients to stay at the local home-stays, which give travelers a delightful opportunity to converse with people from different backgrounds, listen to their stories, experience their lifestyle, and most of all try the new food every day. Apart from that, we encourage our clients to look closely into the agricultural practice of the local communities and partake in the local festivities and events. However, the travelers also get the chance to tell their stories to the hosts and see for themselves as to how much of a difference they can make in the local lives. Our full-time service and constant communication help us understand our clients and their requirements better, which further helps us to come up with trips that suit them the best.

GAPNepal wishes to provide you with the insights of the core values and cultures of these communities which will not only give you an exposure but will also offer you a sense of belongingness, humbleness, and accomplishment. With a set of rules and regulations based on our philosophy, we hope to be able to promote sustainable tourism in the country and around the world, so that we can make this world a better place and also leave a better world for our future generation.

GAP Year programs in Nepal with GAPNepal

GAPNepal – 3I Model of Cultural Immersion:

When staying in a foreign country for an extended period of time, it is important for a person to fully immerse oneself in the culture. The ability to experience cultural immersion can be a useful skill. When one can truly immerse themselves into another culture, it makes it easier to connect and understand the people in that culture and gain more practical knowledge. It can also make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. GAPNepal has a simple model to help the participants experience full cultural immersion.

            Introduction

When you first arrive to Nepal, you will have a period to adjust. Nepal is quite different from other countries, especially those in the Western world. Participants will be given a broad introduction to the Nepalese social system. This includes an explanation of the pros and cons of the both the social system and the common practices found in Nepal.

 

Once you’ve been introduced to the country, hopefully you will be more open to the other aspect of the culture and ready to enjoy the full Nepal experience!

            Integration

Integration is about moving you, the participant, into the culture. This can be achieved through experiencing traditional Nepali food – including learning how to cook some of it – and learning some simple Nepali words and phrases. It’s also suggested to participants to try and experience the common Nepali fashion. Experiencing the culture is different from simply reading or learning about it in some way, and can help increase your understanding and acceptance of the cultural practices. The homestay is an important aspect of this integration, as it allows for more opportunities to experience and participate in the Nepali culture.

Immersion

Once the integration has begun, from there it is a seamless transition into full immersion. Once you begin integrating yourself into your homestay, you will eventually see a change in yourself. There comes a point where you will simply start to follow the traditions in the home without needing to be reminded of them. You will start using simple words and phrases in your everyday conversations. You will not question when people act a certain way. The Nepalese people are very open and welcoming, and once you can see and recognize that and understand that they are more than willing to share not only their culture, but their homes and their lives with you – and once you are able to do the same – you will be able to fully immerse yourself in Nepal and Nepali culture and enhance your experience(s) here!

It is important for you to remember that full immersion can take time, and trying to rush your understanding can be detrimental to that understanding. Take your time and go at your own pace. There are many differences between Nepal and other countries, and culture shock can take a little time to get over; there may be times when you feel some dissonance between what you are used to and what you are actively experiencing, and that’s okay! Take as much time as you need; the important thing is that there comes to be a mutual understanding between you, the participant, and the host country. The speed at which this understanding is reached is not critical to the understanding itself.

Final Note to the Participant

Any participants who feel that they have fully experienced and benefited from the full cultural immersion experience are encouraged to share their experiences with the Cultural Immersion team to help assist future participants with the experience!