“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 university students looking to hone their leadership skills while fulfilling their thirst for an adventurous journey in the Himalayas. The Trek introduces participants to the fundamentals of adaptive leadership and redefines widely practiced concepts of a leader while providing them with rare experiences of self-awareness and discovery.

The Trek features NLA’s flagship graduate level equivalent course, Leading from Within, 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 the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. The course assimilates NLA’s learning about adult development and social innovation gained from training 300+ changemakers in civil society, business, bureaucracy, and politics in Nepal and abroad.  The participants will learn analytical skills to understand oneself and others as well as design campaigns to achieve their goals while exploring the beautiful culture and landscape of Nepal.

The itinerary covers a historic tour through Kathmandu Valley, a wilderness trip to Chitwan National Park, viewing of the Himalayan range from Pokhara Valley and trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp, one of the world’s best-rated outdoor expedition. The Trek will traverse from 500 meters to 3300 meters altitude from the sea.

Health: Nepal Leadership Trek involves trekking and community engagement 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: $5,000

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, optional activities, and travel and medical insurance.

*Limited partial financial aid may be available for qualified candidates. Participants will be required to fund at least half of the cost of the program.

Sample duration of the Course: 22 Days (Including the days of arrival and departure)

Time: May 28-June 18, 2018.

Please arrive in Kathmandu by no later than the evening of May 26 and plan your departure no earlier than June 19.

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

Sample Itinerary:

Nepal Leadership Trek (NLT) Itinerary, May 28th to June 19, 2018 (22 days).

Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 NLT Orientation & Ice Breaking: Kathmandu Tour
Day 3 Bhote Koshi- The Last Resort Bungee and River Rafting
Day 4 Return to Kathmandu
Day 5  Leadership Course Module 1: Introduction to Adaptive Leadership
Day6 Travel to Sauraha, Chitwan
Day 7 Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari & Elephant Ride
Day 8 Travel To Pokhara
Day 9 Leadership Course Module 2 – Listen
Day 10 Leadership Course Module 3- Empathise
Day 11-18 Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek
Day 19 Leadership Course Module 4- Analyse and 5 – Do
Day 20 Return To Kathmandu
Day 21 Leadership Course Module – Staying Alive & Farewell Dinner
Day 22 Program ends/ Leave Nepal
“Leadership course catered to my values. The fact that it is not conventional leadership and that it questions authority instead of automatically thinking authority equals to leadership is interesting. Plus exploring Nepal was something that I really wanted to do. The course readings went into a depth that I had never thought before regarding leadership and regarding yourself. It is more about looking at leadership as a whole and not just something that you do alone, or something that you do superficially. It is a part of who you are. I learned a lot about myself and have tools from the course to go out and exercise leadership in a new way.” 
Sophie Christiane Brøgger Jensen, UWC Mahindra College
Nepal Leadership Trek 2017 Participant