About the project
The Heaven Hill Academy currently welcomes 100 students, aged 3-10. All students from the village are welcome, regardless of caste. The academy focuses on helping students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.
Currently, they are constructing grade 6, to expand their school and their teachings. Furthermore, they are starting a computer lab teaching computer skills to the children, a gardening project to teach the children about agriculture, horticulture and science. The items produced from the garden will also be used in the cooking class, where they teach the children about hygiene, nutrition and cooking.
Help to finance the support of the local community!
Already financed: 60%
About the homestay
Heaven Hill Academy is located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna. It is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal that later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract many people from all around many times a year. Gaunshahar is 4km uphill from Besisahar, one of the starting points of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.
The homestay includes four shared guest rooms inside a traditional Nepali eco-roundhouse made from stone and a metal roof, and space to set up tents. The cost includes three meals (Dal Bhat) filtered water, cold shower and WiFi. Their food is sourced almost entirely from local ingredients and they can easily accommodate vegetarian diets. Next to the house, Bimala has a local shop where you can buy snacks, drinks and other items.
- Rooms & price per night: There are 3 rooms with several beds for 5 USD pp for a night.
- Food & Drinks: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Drinking water for free.
- Amenities: Internet access/WiFi, light/lamp, mosquito net.
- Leisure: During your time there you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life, and there are many activities you can engage in, including hiking, short walks in the nearby villages, or taking tea with the locals. The surrounding mountains and the tranquility of the village creates a perfect setting for yoga and meditation. If you are interested in longer treks, they can help you organize trips around Lamjung. In addition, Besisahar is one of the starting places of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the necessary permits can be purchased in town. If you like, they can also provide some Nepali lessons, so that that you can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language. Furthermore, if visitors are interested in learning how to cook Nepali cuisine, arrangements can be made on request.