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Return Flight Information & Travel Day...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2017 Nepal Group B Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Team B at the Ashram

Instructor team, Instructor

After a wonderful village Homestay at Chokati, the Team B arrived at the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir (Ashram) located in the foothills of the Chandragiri mountains overlooking entire Kathmandu valley. This one of a kind self sustainable community is......Read More

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Today’s Forecast: Bluebird Skies and...

Lucas Lepinard, Participant

Instructor disclaimer: Drama and hyperbole added for effect. No students were harmed in the making of this yak, or in real-life 🙂 Altitude was in the low 4000 meters, but morale had stayed behind at sea level. Today’s morning frost was not......Read More

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Today I was a kid again

Whitney Merriman, Participant

Today I was a kid again. My eight year old homestay sister brought me to a long bridge over a beautiful river. She grabbed my hand and ran across with pure joy. Then she took me to a large pile of hay and we did dozens of somersaults through it.......Read More

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How to walk

Austin Schmidt, Participant

Yak of the Week

Over the past few weeks we have done a lot of walking. We have walked from elevations as low as 1100m and as high as 5000m. Walking is the most basic form of human transportation and there is something so unique about only relying on our own legs to......Read More

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Mountains: beauty and power

Whitney Merriman, Participant

The most memorable part of the trek so far has been the day hike from Na when we made it to 5000 meters. Each step up the mountain the air got thinner, but we were motivated by the fact that each step brought us closer to the view of a lifetime of......Read More

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This silence

Benjamin Felser, Participant

Written at Tso Rolpa, high altitude lake. The sound of silence pervades the valley. It’s echoes drown out the distant hum of wind, the soft rasping scuffle of feet on rock. It is mirrored in those tiny ripples drifting across the lake’s......Read More

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These are mountains, not hills

Natalie Pierce, Participant

I’m sitting on the bank of a glacial river, right next to a bridge covered in prayer flags. The water is icy-crystal blue. There are mountains all around. The village of Na is a tiny, quiet and unbelievably beautiful place in the Rowaling......Read More

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The Wheel

Benjamin Felser, Participant

Yak of the Week

The wheel of my life is ever turning. Nothing I can do will change that ancient truth. My mind may flit back and forth and from past experiences, but onwards the wheel turns. It’s strange. I remember my first day in Patan so clearly. The......Read More

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Music, the universal language

Alessandro Cohen, Participant

When I first came to Nepal I didn’t think that I would have such an amazing connection to music. The moment that I heard that there were any musical options for ISPs, I was ecstatic. Benjamin and I picked tabla, which are two closed drums that......Read More

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Futsal: More than a game (a yak from Patan)

Carter Hermes, Participant

The path to the pitch took about 25 minutes. It wound and turned around  temples and brick buildings. The match was the United States versus Nepal. Both teams marched onto the pitch, ready for battle. Throughout the match I realized that it was not......Read More

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Students up at high camp!

Program Director, Participant

Hi friends and families I have received another update from the team and their trek is continuing to be extremely successful. The whole group got up to high camp, the village of Na which stands at 13,770ft, and ascended to the high altitude lake at......Read More