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Nepal Field Research Study Opportunities

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Nepal Field Research Study Opportunities

The aim of this project is to enable participants to carry out their own field research project in their chosen discipline in the beautiful and far-flung West of Nepal.

Prices from US$1,395

The landscapes of Nepal are some of the most spectacular and geologically significant in the world. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush, green valleys teeming with exotic wildlife and throughout, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Here, you'll meet some of the friendliest and most generous people. With its mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Nepal thrives on ancient traditions and practices. Discover the clothing, handicrafts, and customs that bring colour and history to everyday life.

Western Nepal is a remote and relatively unknown region, rarely explored by tourists due to its distance from Kathmandu. There is the presumption that the area is unpopulated and inaccessible, the truth is the countryside is crisscrossed by trails in all directions leading to thriving villages of Nepalese Hindu’s and Tibetan Buddhist immigrants. In fact, the area is one of the only places in Nepal to see Hindu’s adopting many traditionally Tibetan practices. This country has endless research opportunities spanning a plethora of disciplines so is the perfect place to base your dissertation or in fact any research project.


  • Gather your data first hand
  • Gain local expertise for your research project
  • Create unforgettable memories


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Participants should be studying for a university degree
  • Participants should develop their own research project, with specific aims, methods and goals upon arrival
  • Participants should bring any specialist equipment required for field work


Location Western Nepal
Activities Being guided around your chosen field research location
Gathering field data
Meeting local people
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay, hostel, tea houses



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Personal guide and translator
Airport pick-up
Country orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The aim of this project is to enable participants to carry out their own field research project in their chosen discipline in the beautiful and far-flung West of Nepal. Western Nepal has much to offer any researcher, from geographers to anthropologists. The area has an amazing and unusual mix of cultures and this is reflected in the traditions and practices of its local populations. There is a mix of characteristically Nepalese Hindu traditions with influences from immigrants from Tibet who have brought Chinese and Buddhist customs across the border. There are many topics of research that could be conducted around these unique communities.

Western Nepal is also stunningly beautiful and the physical landscape has been little studied, offering an abundance of research opportunities. The steep valleys, snow capped mountains, clear lakes and rivers make for a handsome backdrop for your field research project.


This is dependant on you and the aims of your research project, but your personal guide will be on hand to help you find suitable field locations and to able to act as translator where needed.

Potential projects available include “a study into the impacts of annual flood displacement on local communities”


You will be collected upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport on the Sunday by a friendly local staff member and transported to a guest house in Kathmandu. Once you have had time to rest you will be given a local orientation and introduction to Nepal. Spending this time in Kathmandu will offer you the opportunity to purchase any last minute research supplies you may find hard to come by in the field before you head out to Western Nepal to conduct your research with your personal guide/translator.


During this project you may be placed in a range of different accommodation options, including tea houses, local guesthouses or a clean and welcoming homestay with a carefully chosen host.  Wherever you stay you'll be a member of the family, and your hosts will work hard to make you feel as such.


You will be provided with 2 meals a day whilst staying at the Volunteer house in Kathmandu during your orientation period. There is a wide variety of cusines available in Kathmandu, both Western and Nepalese. The most prevalent Nepali dish is daal, bhaat and tarkaari (lentils, rice and vegetable curry). This is the main course served in most Nepalese houses for both lunch and dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to south-western part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.

Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling and Tibetan bread and honey – a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. The Newars of Nepal are considered to be great connoisseurs, so watch out for Newari restaurants for a special Nepalese gastronomic experience!

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On this project your time is your own to manage, but after you have finished gathering your data there are an abundance of opportunities to exploit in Nepal. You could head back to the capital and explore the amazing city of Kathmandu, visiting its many spiritual temples and palaces. Frequent the many markets and shops or even try some of the local delicacies sold throughout the city. As well as traditional Nepalese foods, the city also offers modern bakeries and upmarket restaurants.

For the adrenaline seekers there is a wealth of opportunities available through local tour operators such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canoeing, white water rafting and rock climbing. Nepal is also home to some of the most breathtaking trekking opportunities in the world including Mount Everest and the infamous Annapurna circuit. The latter trek may also mean you could spend some time in the enchanting city of Pokhara. Should you wish to relax after all your hard work why not head down to Chitwan National Park for some wildlife spotting and relaxation in the sun drenched foothills of the Himalayas.


2 weeks US$1,395

Extra week US$445


Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before the first Monday of the month.


2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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