Around 8 million people suffer from some form of eye disorder in Nepal which is about 26% of the population. But only about 32% of those 8 million people are getting eye care services. About 106,000 people or 0.35% of Nepal’s 30 million population is blind compared to 0.15% in the United States. Every day, 125 persons goes blind in Nepal out of which about 7 are children

Eighty percent of the Nepalese population and ninety percent of country’s blind population live in rural areas. In Nepal, The highest rate of blindness in Nepal is for those who are over 70 years of age. The elderly are also more likely to live in rural areas. About 69% of blind people are females who account for 63.8% of cataract blindness because they do not receive treatment at the same rate as men. Potential causes of the difference could be that females are also more likely to be illiterate, live in a rural location and have lower income.

Such is the sad situation of eye care in Nepal but fortunately, 80% of the blind is avoidable or preventable or treatable. The survey data clearly indicate that eye care services is most critically needed in the rural villages where women and senior citizens are located. However, Nepal struggles to cope with providing adequate and inclusive eye care services. Nepal has only 11 ophthalmologists per million people compared to 60 per million people in USA. Likewise, Nepal has only 17 optometrists per million people and 34 allied ophthalmic personnel per million.

The volunteer travel program attempts to bring eye test services to the rural and remote communities so that the people with eye disorder may get or seek medical care to avoid blindness. In the bigger picture of eye care infrastructure, the volunteer travel eye care camps is the first steps to delivering eye care and the outreach may only save handful of people from visual impairment but saving even one eye is surely worthwhile initiative.


1 Arrival in Kathmandu – Check into Patan Home-stay – Happy Hour Meet
2 Kathmandu Sight-seeing / Visit Maiti Nepal, Pashupati Ashram, Kopan Monastery
3 Departure for River Rafting – Barbecue Beach Lunch / Overnight in Chitwan National Park Home-stay
4 Eye Camp in Tharu village
5 Eye Camp in Tharu village
6 Departure for Tansen / Lunch Stop in Lumbini, Visit Maya Temple / Set up Camp at Tansen village
7 Eye Camp in Tansen village
8 Eye Camp in Tansen village
9 Departure for Dhorpatan / Set up Camp at Kharbang
10 Eye Camp in Dhorpatan village
11 Eye Camp in Dhorpatan village
12 Drive to Sarangkot, Zipline to Pokhara – Check into Hotel
13 Free Day / Massage by Himalayan Healers, Blind Massage Therapists (Optionals: Canyoning/Paragliding)
14 Flight to Kathmandu / Check into hotel in Thamel / Free Day – Farewell Momo Dinner Party
15 Departure from Kathmandu


Excursion Package Cost: US$ 1475 per person Activities
– Airport transfers, domestic flights and ground transportation
– Meals during trekking, volunteering and ground transportation
– Trekking permits and sight-seeing entrance fees
– Trekking and tour guides
– Accommodation with breakfast and wi-fi on (city hotels) twin-sharing basis
– Welcome Happy Hour Meet and Farewell Dinner
– Daily Diary, Bagchal game and T-shirt
Bagchal Knock-out Daily Diary
Snap-shot Challenge
– International flight, insurance and VISA 


Project Cost: US$ 7300  – Fully or Partially Optional
The project equipment, tools, supplies and professional team may be completely or partially provided by the volunteer group which includes medical supplies, diagnostic equipment and tools and professional team. In the absence of these resources, a locally sourced solution can be fully arranged at the above mentioned cost or a reduced cost for partial fulfillment.