What to expect

For those looking for meaningful travel experiences, Our Tour company Hands on Development specialises in Immersions to Nepal. These immersions challenge perspectives and offer personal growth. Unlike other travel, Hands on Development's mission is to enrich the lives of both the traveller and the locals. 

This tour changed my life for the better
— Mark Bremner

Cultural Immersion

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 Highlights

  • Visit grass roots organisations and be inspired by local change makers
  • Live and experience the beauty of remote villages with Nepali families
  • Gain deeper insight into the cultural and religious beliefs of these peaceful people.
  • Learn Nepali cooking & crafts
  • Basic language lessons
  • Contribute your skills to feel the difference you can make

Cultural Trek

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Highlights

  • Explore the breathtaking mountains of the Himalayas through the Annapurna circuit for a 5 day trek
  • Live and experience the beauty of home stays in remote villages with Nepali families
  • Gain deeper insight into the cultural and religious beliefs of the country and its beautiful people
  • Learn Nepali cooking & crafts
  • Basic language lessons in Nepali
 

Inclusions

Twin sharing accommodation, all meals, local transport, entry and activity fees and two nepalese guides

*visas, travel insurance and flights are organised by travellers.

Inclusions

Twin sharing accommodation, locally prepared meals, local transport, entry and activity fees and two nepalese guides, porter, local teahouse accommodation

*visas, travel insurance and flights are organised by travellers.


Seven Women and Hands on Development

In 2012, Seven Women Founder and CEO Steph was looking for ways to make the charity more financially sustainable. As a proponent of true capacity building and empowering whole communities to develop, the notion of ethical tourism which employed not only the women of the Seven Women charity, but helped bring money into the local community was deeply appealing. Hands on Development was born.

At Hands on Development we offer curated ethical tours of Nepal which showcase the amazing work of the Seven Women charity, organisations such as Fred Hollows, as well as the unique beauty of greater Nepal. We directly train and employ beneficiaries of Seven Women as tour guides. 

Through our tours we have been able to train women in the hospitality industry, increase sales in our manufacturing business and other areas by bringing groups to participate in activities such as cooking class, basic nepali language lesson and craft classes at the seven women centre. We now also offer these activities to other tour companies, generating a local income for seven women which has contributed greatly to build a strong and sustainable model. This is a model where the women share their culture and skills and earn a living while the profits are channeled back into the charity to fund our programs. 

Who are the tours suitable for?

If you are looking for meaningful travel and giving back, have a sense of adventure and looking for long lasting friendships, this tour is for you.