Staff arrive at the airport to welcome Projects Abroad volunteers in Nepal.

Nepal Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights, and visas for your trip to Nepal

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visa queries to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in Nepal. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airport and pickup in Nepal

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, a Projects Abroad staff member will be there to welcome you. They will then drive you to your accommodation in the city, where you’ll be able to relax and settle in. It’s about a thirty minute drive from the airport to the city centre.


Conservation volunteers will generally spend one night in Kathmandu, before travelling to Pokhara the next day. You can travel by bus to Pokhara, which is between six to eight hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.


If you’re being placed in Chitwan, you’ll also spend your first night in Kathmandu, before travelling to Chitwan the next day by bus.  


The cost of your airport transfers are included in your project fee.  

Booking your flights with us to Nepal

Projects Abroad has over 20 years of experience arranging flights for thousands of volunteers around the world. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. Let us do the work for you!


We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options, no matter how complex your travel plans. Find out more about booking your flights through us.

Visas requirements for your volunteer project or internship in Nepal

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.

Your induction and orientation in Nepal

On your first day, you’ll receive a general introduction to the area where you’ll be living and working. We will also give you an induction pack, which contains useful information such as local maps and contact details.


A local staff member will take you on a tour, pointing out useful places in your area. They will help you to buy a local SIM card and exchange money. You’ll also learn how to navigate the local public transport system. In addition, there will be a visit to our local office, where you’ll find out more about the way we run our projects in Nepal.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in Nepal

It’s important that you’re prepared for the work you’ll be doing at your placement. That’s why you’ll receive a comprehensive orientation on your first day. A Projects Abroad staff member will accompany you to work from your host family so that you learn the how to get there.


You’ll be shown around and get to meet the different people you’ll be working with. You’ll also get to see how the placement is run. By your second day, when the real work begins, you’ll be feeling confident and prepared.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.