MAY 14 - MAY 27, 2017




No experience needed. Sign up for an adventure with a diverse group of Cornell alumni and friends to share the wonder of trekking through remote mountain villages of the Annapurna Region, and to retreat from the daily grind, reflect on life, and return with new insight and inspiration.

No ordinary trek, this experience offers an opportunity to reflect on both professional success and personal fulfillment using the stunning Himalayas and the inspiring Nepali culture as a back drop. Regardless of how you see your role in society, everyone is invited to be a leader on this program in search of the authentic self. It’s a magnificent setting for taking stock, renewing ourselves, and developing fresh perspectives on work, life, success, and contribution with fellow Cornell University alumni and friends. The culture, the views, trekking, volunteer service activities, remote villages, reflective exercises, and cross-cultural and spiritual exploration all work together for providing the inspiration for envisioning a more fulfilling future for ourselves. 

Co-led by 2 of Cornell University’s most experienced leadership and team mentors, Clint Sidle from the Johnson School, and Dan Tillemans from Cornell Outdoor Education, this 5th Nepal Leadership Trek is sure to be more engaging, more rewarding, and more fulfilling than just any old adventure travel trip. Clint and Dan have co-led 18 outdoor experiential expeditions together, including 4 Nepal Leadership Treks, are passionate about what they do, and look forward to making this experience a high point for each and every participant.

Testimonials from past program experiences include

“This trip exceeded all of my expectations. The trip leaders are open, experienced, knowledgeable and authentic. Nepal is beautiful in every way and the Nepalese people are gracious and a joy to know. This trip both challenged and delighted me. I highly recommend it.”

“A great program that combines magnificent views of the Himalayas with meditation and reflection.”

“Fantastic opportunity for personal reflection in a safe supportive environment immersed in the Nepali culture and surrounded by the Himalayas.”

“Come to the trek with an open mind and a willing body, and you will be rewarded with expanded view of your place in the world and a rejuvenated you for the future.”

“This was a special and unique trekking trip, strenuous but also fun and magical. The group leaders fostered real team bonding and personal reflection that distinguished this from a normal trekking trip.”



We fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, for 2 days of touring, and learning the language, culture, and health habits. Our head Nepali guide, Summy Udas, previously with the Cornell Nepal Study Program, will join us for the entire program to teach us the ways of Nepal. This will be the fourth leadership trek that she has guided. We will stay at the PRK Guest House, operated by the Sakya Tharig Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, a few blocks from the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, at the center of the Tibetan Buddhist culture in Nepal.

 We then fly to Pokhara in the West, one of the main tourist destinations of Nepal and the launching point for trekking on the front side of the magnificent Annapurna range.  Porters will carry our overnight gear, so we only need to carry a light daypack for trekking. We will trek for 7 days in the lower Annapurnas, staying in rustic lodges in the villages along the way and of course enjoying the local customs. These accommodations cover the basic needs and even include showers (often solar-powered), but are not extravagant.  Usually the dining area is positioned with a great view of the mountains, and the food is pretty good. The apex of the trek will be volunteering at a local school at Chomrong, before heading back out.

Some people may be familiar with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek. Though we will be trekking in the Annapurna Region, and the views will be fabulous, our route is less demanding than either of the above, allowing us to move at a more moderate pace, to spend more time experiencing the culture, to include 2 layover days, and to accommodate a rich curriculum. Every day will also include structured exercises for reflecting on the insights of the day, the experience, and life in general as facilitated by the trek leaders.

We then fly back to Kathmandu for a day at Boudhanath, visiting some of the monasteries and receiving a blessing from one of the masters.

TUITION: $3,100 includes meals and lodging, trekking support, ground transportation, and 2 flights within Nepal.  Excluding airfare to Nepal (about $800-$1100 from JFK), and personal equipment.

REGISTRATION: A $500 deposit is required. See registration link.