Discover your passion and purpose. Join Pacific Discovery for an impactful, overland gap semester thought the cultural heart of the Himalayas: Nepal and Tibet.
On our Nepal and Tibet Semester, you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive group of 14 students with two instructors to facilitate and mentor your experience. Experience Nepali language and culture immersion while home-staying in a rural village and volunteering on a valuable community development project. Trek the Annapurna Circuit, in the shadow of Himalayan giants through Annapurna National Park. Study yoga, meditation and Tibetan Buddhism while living at a small monastery. Enjoy one of the world’s top river journeys, rafting down the Kali Gandaki River. Travel overland across the roof-top of the world between Lhasa and Katmandu, through the spiritual heart of Tibet’s incredible landscapes, amazing historic sites, and Everest Base Camp. You will also have many opportunities for meaningful connections with local people that will deepen your own global perspective. We support you to develop your leadership skills, resourcefulness, resilience, and independence. Pacific Discovery is committed to sustainability and ethical travel, which we'll be practicing throughout the program.
Develop a global perspective, independence, leadership and a sense of self through outdoor expeditions, service learning projects, and authentic cultural immersion. Pacific Discovery programs foster empathy for other cultures, ethical and sustainable travel practices, and awareness of international issues. Students leave with a deepened sense of their identity, passion, and purpose.
Pacific Discovery is a global leader in experiential education, offering inspiring summer, semester, and gap year programs abroad since 2001, and is an inaugural member of the American Gap Association.
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I was looking for a trip that was going to be a diverse and authentic experience. Without a doubt, I found it! Nepal and Tibet are truly incredible places, and coming home, I feel like I really got to connect with each of them and live like a Nepali. I can't even count the times that I ended up laughing and singing and discussing life with locals. I felt so lucky every day, and so grateful for every experience, from trekking to rafting to getting lost in the cities to paragliding to yoga to biking and every other wonderful moment. The Pacific Discovery staff was knowledgeable to the greatest extent, teaching us everything from the very basics of travel to the pressing social and political issues in Nepal. Our leaders trusted us and supported us completely, and they were my friends above all. I'm coming home with fantastic memories, a boatload of new friends, and a whole network of Nepali family that would accept me back with open arms if I ever decided to go back. Before I left for Nepal, I was uncomfortable with ordering a pizza on the phone, and dying to find the self-confidence to change that. Yesterday, I spent an hour on the phone with my state Congressman. As cliche as it sounds, the confidence I found in Nepal will be life-changing. Overall, the best decision I've ever made! Couldn't recommend it more :)
I traveled with Pacific Discovery to Nepal and Tibet and it was the most amazing experience. I was researching gap year programs during a 9-5 summer internship and I knew that I wanted to go somewhere that would give me hope that there is more to life than sitting in front of a computer all day. Not only did the trip give me hope but it far exceeded my expectations, showing me that there are so many opportunities out there and wonderful people to meet. Not many people can say that they've been to Nepal and Tibet, and every day on this trip I felt lucky to be experiencing something that people (including me) only dream about. Not only were the places we went beautiful , and so diverse (especially the Annapurna trek), but the people we met were so friendly and had such good hearts. We were all so sad to leave our guide in Tibet, and at the home stay I didn't want to part ways with my host family. It's hard to pick a favorite part of the trip but I would say it was quite an experience getting to see a movie showing in a Nepali village up in the mountains where we sat on yak fur seats and were served tea and popcorn. What I really appreciated about Pacific Discovery was that it gave me a real and authentic experience, which taught me a lot more about myself than if I had stayed at five star hotels every night. Overall it was the best decision I've ever made. Thanks PD!
This program had been my dream for over two years. Finally as a junior in University I was able to make this amazing experience a reality. The friends and memories made in the 9 weeks is not comparable to anything else I have ever experienced. Prior to the trip I was still unsure where my education was leading me. After seeing a part of the world in such a unique way through Pacific Discovery, I have clear career goals and all new aspirations for my future. Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime!