VSN Tour & Treks

FAQ

Volunteer Society Treks Nepal (VSTN) is a part of VSN, Volunteer Society Nepal, a charitable organisation based in Kathmandu. For almost a decade VSN has been devoted to improving the lives of needy women, children, disabled and poor people in Nepal. You can read more about us on our main Volunteer Society Nepal website.
VSTN is more than just a travel company, we are a part of Volunteer Society Nepal, a registered charity and humanitarian organisation based in Kathmandu. For every tour or trek that VSTN runs, the profits are donated straight back into the local community that VSN has been supporting for almost a decade now. We have projects throughout Nepal and are constantly developing new ways to help Nepali people in need.
Most Nepali people speak English, but a simple knowledge of Nepali language can make life easier and help to connect you with the community. VSTN includes simple Nepali language classes in some tours, or you can request it to be added to the first few days of any other tour.
Yes, it is important that you can speak English, but it does not have to be your first language.
Any time you like! All of our tours are available on an on-demand basis, meaning that as soon as you are ready, we are too.
You can read our itinerary pages for the different tours, our blog and news posts, and our Volunteer Society Nepal website. We also have an active Facebook and Instagram account where we share photos and stories about what’s been happening in our world.
Very safe! Despite some general warnings, Nepal is a safe country for foreign tourists and trekkers to explore. It’s even safer when you join a government registered tour or trekking company and travel with a licensed guide. VSTN ensures that all guests are accommodated in safe locations and are well taken care of during their stay.
Our team are available 24 hours to offer advice and help, to support you throughout your tour in Nepal. Our office is open daily for you to drop-in, or if you’re out of the area we are available to contact by cellphone, email, or Facebook.
While on a volunteer placement with VSTN you will live in a homestay with a local Nepali family, who will also provide breakfast and dinner for you. When on the road, sightseeing, and trekking, accommodation will be in hotels or camping, according to your itinerary. We always ensure to place our guests in comfortable and clean accommodations within the community.
If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have specific food allergies and restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will do what we can to accommodate this. Vegetarianism and veganism are well catered for in Nepal, but allergies to staples such as rice may be more difficult.
Wifi is easily accessible all over Kathmandu now, and to some degree in Nepal’s other cities. Internet connection is available at local hotels on most of the treks and you can also connect to 2G/3G GPRS connections through your smartphone with a Nepali sim.
This depends entirely on the season and activities that you will be engaging in while in Nepal. However, there are some general guidelines: men and women should both dress respectfully, especially when visiting holy sites. Modesty is a part of Nepali tradition, and this should be respected. For more details about what to wear for your tour/trek, please see our information page.
It’s very simple – complete the online form on our website or send us an email and we’ll get you started planning your dream trip to Nepal.
We require a deposit prior to your arrival in Nepal, but no initial booking fee is required. Once you are here the balance can be paid in Nepali rupees or USD cash in our office. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, please mention this to us and we can arrange the details with you.
Depending on how different the new plans are, we can accommodate most changes. Simply speak to one of our managers or your tour guide, and we will do what we can.
Depending how far in advance you cancel, we have different penalty rates that you will be charged. Please see our information page for more details.
If you have already begun your trip in Nepal and decide to cancel it, you are not entitled to any refund.
If your itinerary must be changed or cancelled due to extreme circumstances beyond VSTN’s control, we will do our best to inform you as soon as possible and to offer an alternative itinerary or replacement tour.
  • All food and accommodation
  • Transfers and transport within Nepal (excluding flights)
  • Nepali language lessons
  • Tour guide salary, insurance
  • Driver’s salary, insurance
  • 24 hour support from VSN throughout your tour
  • Porters, yaks, cooks, etc during trekking
  • Flights to and from Nepal
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal drinks eg bottled water, alcohol
  • Visa fees
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Personal shopping/spending
We recommend that you take out personal travel insurance, as you would for any international travel. Make sure you look into the details of your policy to ensure that it covers medical emergencies and travel delays in particular.
You should apply for the tourist visa online at least fourteen days before you leave your country, and bring a print out of the visa application receipt to show the Immigration Authority at the Kathmandu airport. Please follow this link for the application form: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa or see more on our information page.
When taking a tour with VSTN, 20% of your tour price will go towards our charitable projects.
Yes! We always welcome people to visit our projects, even if just for half a day, to get to know the people you are helping by taking a tour with VSTN.
You can read our website, to find out more about our projects and ongoing work.
There are many ways to help: you can donate money to a specific project, donate goods such as stationery, books, or clothing, you can spend time volunteering with a project, or you can simply enjoy your tour with VSTN. Remember, profits from every tour is donated straight into the projects we run, so even just by trekking with us you are helping the Nepali people.
This depends on your timing and itinerary, we offer volunteering programs from one day up to several months, so let us know what you would like to do and how much time you have, and we can arrange something suitable.
Yes! You can still donate to any of our projects, either with money or goods. We always welcome people to visit our projects, even if just for half a day, to get to know the people you are helping by taking a tour with VSTN. Remember, profits from every tour is donated straight into the projects we run, so even just by trekking with us you are helping the Nepali people.
Many donations such as food and stationery supplies can be purchased easily and cheaply in Kathmandu, however items such as English language books and medical supplies are difficult to come by. Please contact us before your departure if you wish to bring goods to donate to one of our projects, and we will let you know what is needed.
For general volunteering, no specific skills or experience is required except a desire to help others and a passion for making a difference. We believe that every volunteer has unique skills and abilities that can be put to good use on one of our projects, so please let us know about your experiences and we will find something appropriate.
VSTN offers group tours in summer that include volunteering, touring, and trekking. Throughout the rest of the year we offer tours on-demand, but if you would like to travel or volunteer with other people please let us know and we can do our best to arrange it.
As long as you are in good physical shape, no previous hiking experience is required for short treks. However, if you are planning a trek longer than a week, some physical preparation such as running, swimming, or hiking is recommended before you embark.
Tea House Trekking refers to treks in the well developed tourist regions of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang. On these treks accommodation is in good quality guesthouses and lodges, and western cuisine as well as Nepali food is readily available.
A Camping Trek is a fully organised and supported expedition with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals at each camp. Trekkers need only carry a small bag with their day-to-day necessities. At night, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and seating will be set up to make a comfortable camp.

Travel with VSTN, and Make A Difference

Every Volunteer Society Treks Nepal tour contributes directly to local charitable projects that empower and educate Nepali people. By travelling with us, you are making a difference to the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged women and children; you are giving them a brighter future.