Extended Deadline: 19th March 2017


“Leadership is about enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. When there’s certainty, when you know what to do, you don’t need leadership. It’s when you don’t know what to do that the art and creativity of leadership matters. It matters even more in enabling others to work together to achieve a common purpose in the face of uncertainty.”

Marshall Ganz,
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Founder, Leading Change Network

Nepal Leadership Trek is designed for young professionals, and undergraduate and graduate students looking to sharpen their leadership skills while fulfilling their thirst for an adventurous and thrilling journey in the Himalayas. The trek introduces students to the fundamentals of adaptive leadership and redefines widely practiced concept of a leader while providing them time and resources for self-awareness and discovery. The Trek features NLA’s flagship graduate level equivalent course, Leading Innovation, a result of 18-month research conducted by NLA Coach and Former Harvard Senior Fellow Dr. Pukar Malla with distinguished professors Marshall Ganz and Ronald Heifetz at Harvard Center for Public Leadership. The course assimilates NLA’s learning about adult development and social innovation gained from training 200+ changemakers in civil society, business, bureaucracy and politics in Nepal and abroad. The trek is designed around three themes of Rebuilding and Resilience, Cultural Exploration, and Rural Enterprise Innovation.

The three themes focus on enabling participants to connect with different cultures and communities, to empathize with the adversities in earthquake-affected areas, and to provide technical and adaptive analysis and solutions to challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs. The itinerary covers major world cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara Valley, and Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Buddha), one of the best-rated trekking routes in the world in Annapurna mountain range, and one of the most well-preserved wilderness of Chitwan National Park. The trek will traverse from 500 meters to 3300 meters altitude from the sea.

Health: Nepal Leadership Trek involves trekking and community activities. We will be walking between 4-5 hours most of the days. The highest altitude traveled is at 3300 meters. Altitude sickness is not an important factor but you should be prepared for some amount of physical activity.  

Cost: $2,600 

Inclusive: Leadership course tuition fee, bed and breakfast, meals during the treks, travel within Nepal, and city excursions.

Exclusive:  Airfare (about $1,100-$1500), visa fee, personal expenses, meals in the cities, and  travel and medical insurance.

Duration of the Course: 24 Days (Including the days of arrival and departure)

Time:  June 1st  to June 24th,  2017 .

Please arrive in Kathmandu by no later than the evening of May 31st and plan your departure no earlier than the evening of July 4th.

We will be trekking on the trail with a fixed schedule for each day. Therefore, we will be unable to accommodate different schedules.


Nepal Leadership Trek (NLT) Itinerary, June 1st to July 4th, 2017 (34 days).

Week 1 – 5

Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 NLT Orientation & Ice Breaking: Kathmandu Tour
Day 3 Leadership Course Module 1: Introduction to Adaptive Leadership
Day 4 Travel to Pokhara
Day 5 Leadership Course Module 2: Listen to Oneself
Day6 Leadership Course Module 3: Empathize with others
Day 7-11 Trek to Ghorepani (Poonhill)
Day 12 Rest in Pokhara
Day 13 Travel to Palpa
Day 14-15 Home stay at entrepreneurs
Day 16 Leadership Course Module 4: Analyze
Day 17 Leadership Course Module 5: Do
Day 18-20
Home stay at entrepreneurs
Day 21 Travel to Lumbini
Day 22 Travel to Kathmandu
Day 23 Summary Shared Journey of Leadership and Learning, Conclusion, Cocktail Dinner
Day 24 Return

Deadline: 19th March 2017


Prospectus NLT_2017