Everest Watch Project

The Mountain Trust and British Army Gurkhas among others, are working together to get an English watch to the top of Everest. Read more here.

Expedition Route to summit
Jack, Fiona, Elena & Lynn

Jack, Fiona, Elena and Lynn, all Cambridge medics, had a blast working with The Mountain Trust on health matters in Chitwan and Pokhara. They became key members of the MT summer intern team.

Lovisa's Placement

Lovisa worked with The Mountain Trust in 2014. She shared her expertise in development for the benefit of our upcoming Civic Education Radio Project, representing the Trust in Kathmandu.

Lovisa in Nepal!
Hugh's Placement

Hugh worked on various projects as a coordinator and Lead Intern for 8 months in 2014. Hugh made a big impact for The Mountain Trust, working mainly on the Civic Education Radio Project.

Hugh with scholarship student Sabina
Aradhana's Placement

Aradhana graduated from a Masters degree in Public Health and worked with The Mountain Trust in Pokhara on community health and sanitation. Read about her placement here.

Aradhana in action at the community sanitation project
Becki's Placement

Becki, a masters student from the University of Essex, came to Nepal to build her CV and gain some work experience. What she actually found was much more rewarding. Click here for more.

Becki in Southern Nepal with an elephant!
Alice's adventure

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Nepal on work experience with my father, who was working with maths teachers in the area.

Children in the riverbed community, Pokhara, Nepal
Ramyia's Placement

In the summer of 2013 Ramyia, a medical student at Oxford University, went to Nepal with The Mountain Trust. Ramyia 's experiences led to her developing a curriculum for our new Health and Hygiene Teaching Programme.

Ramyia with small child in rural village in Nepal
Nandhini's placement

A month with the mountain trust was hardly sufficient. My 28 days were full of new worlds and experiences, which I couldn’t possibly have imagined sitting on the couch at home.

Nandhini during her internship
Steph's Internship

Steph worked on developing feedback for the Radio Guru education programme as a Lead Intern. Her remit was to gather interviews about the programme and posit ideas about its development. Read more.

Steph in the field during research
Jeremy and Michael's Medical Elective

Jeremy travelled to Nepal with his coursemate Michael and worked in various clinical settings for 6 weeks. Their placement included research, work on a neurosurgery ward and in paediatrics.

Michael at hospital
Rita's Internship

In October and November 2013 Rita worked with Freedom Forum in Kathmandu, a prestigious organisation working in the field of freedom of information, the press and the protection of Human Rights.

Jan's Internship

Jan worked on the Mountain Trust's Riverbed Sanitation Project for 6 weeks in October and November 2013. Read more

Jan volunteer intern with Ama in Pokhara Nepal
Lai Lin's Experience

Mountain Trust intern Yeoh Lai Lin tells us about working in Nepal in the early summer of 2013 with the Nepali Times. Lai Lin had a lot of fun and explored Nepal during her month-long placement.

volunteer intern Lai Lin enjoying her internship
Anita's Internship

In September 2013 I spent five weeks at the Chakrabarti Law College in Kathmandu, on a teaching and research trip organised by the Mountain Trust. It was a fantastic trip, intense but very rewarding.

Anita our intern at Chakrabarti Law College
Projects Announced for 2013/14

Programme priorities for 2014 have been finalised. Healthcare priorities are sanitation, health & hygiene education, and healthcamps. Education priorities include expanding scholarships and Radio Guru.

Boudha stupa taken by an education volunteer

The Mountain Trust is recruiting Volunteers for 2016/17 to work on a unique range of exciting projects from rural health, education and teaching, our flagship radio based teaching initiative Radio Guru, earthquake rebuilding projects and Human Rights and media placements. We offer tailored placements designed to bring maximum benefit to both volunteers and some of Nepal's neediest communities. 
We're recommended by The Lonely Planet guide to Nepal and supported by ex Python and explorer Michael Palin and the Speaker of the Commons, the Rt Honourable Sir John Bercow.

Read our information pack here
See a volunteer-made film about Radio-Guru here
Follow our story on Facebook and Twitter
To apply, email your CV and covering letter to nmb@dig.co.uk or visit our apply section

Please support us : http://www.justgiving.com/mountaintrust

Volunteer doctors working in Pokhara Nepal

Since 2001, The Mountain Trust has provided medical assistance to thousands of people throughout Nepal. The Trust’s very own Land Rover Ambulance team goes off-road to facilitate free mobile health camps. We also provide medical assistance to local hospitals through donations, medicines and the regular placement of interns and volunteers.

Scenery in nepal

The most rewarding and valuable experiences are the direct result of finding the right internship or voluntary placement. We tailor all internship and volunteer opportunities to suit your expertise, timeframe, and interests. Positions include hospitals, schools, NGOs and social enterprises as well as our own health and education projects in Nepal.

Sabira Gurung sponsored student pokhara nepal

The Mountain Trust has pioneered Radio Guru - a radio education programme broadcast every week to hundreds of thousands of school-age students in Western Nepal. High-impact low-cost projects are the Mountain Trust’s signature and initial studies indicate great success. Teaching volunteers are key to our education and school support strategy.

Support Us

Land Rover ambulance

Support The Mountain Trust and you are supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in Nepal.

Fundraise through marathons, sponsored cycle rides, mountain climbing, raffles, collection boxes, for example.

Volunteer with us and you can help us carry out our health and education programmes in rural Nepal.



Sponsor A Student

Mountain Trust student sponsorship and scholarship programmes have allowed hundreds of hard-working students to prosper at school over the last decade.

To sponsor a child simply make a monthly donation of £5 or annual donation of £60 here including a note about student sponsorships. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information before you make your gift.

Sponsored school students at Bal Mandir Primary School

Human Rights

In 2006 Nepal emerged from a decade long civil war which claimed 16,000 lives. Great energy and reserves of goodwill on all sides led to peaceful moves to end the conflict, but this energy dissipated quickly after 2006 and many of the underlying causes of the conflict, namely pervasive poverty, corruption and the weak state, remain unaddressed.

prayer flags at buddhist shrine nepal

Riverbed Communities

Nepal is a land-locked country without beaches, the building trade demands that people break stones into aggregate or dig up sand in the riverbeds to sell to construction sites and contractors. The labour is backbreaking and hazardous to the people involved, leading to diseases and risk of being washed away in flash flooding and stong river flows.

Riverbed community residents - photo taken by volunteer

Nepal Partners

Over the last decade working in Nepal, The Mountain Trust has forged valuable partnerships with organisations working throughout Nepal in many diverse fields. The Trust receives support from these partners and in turn provides support in advice, logistics and project development.

Durbar Square

Health and Hygiene Teaching

Children and young adults in Nepal struggle to find basic information about their personal health. Knowledge like the causes of certain illnesses, how to maintain hygiene standards or sex education, can be scarce in Nepal. Volunteers work with rural schools and our team to deliver impartial health information in a fun and engaging way.

Health and hygiene education from interns and volunteers Nepal


There are all sorts of ways to raise funds to help the people of Nepal through The Mountain Trust. Marathons, sponsored events, volunteering, collection boxes, the list goes on. Individual supporters, like you, play a vital and growing role in enabling our work for some of the most disadvantaged people in Nepal.



Donating to the Mountain Trust is quick, easy and very, very valuable. We believe in squeezing the most out of every penny. Our projects are designed to be high-impact and low-cost. The generous giving of time and support from volunteers and donors alike allows The Mountain Trust to punch well above its weight.

old Nepali man in Kathmandu

Supporting Schools

Education in Nepal, even in state schools, is not free. Sponsoring a school can help children to thrive. Sponsored schools receive support enabling them to provide a cooked meal each day (for some children the only one of the day), hardship funds for students, and basic playing and learning equipment.

Image of Bal Mandir Secondary School, pokhara, Nepal

Education Volunteers

Volunteer teachers are in great demand in Nepal. Schools are often under-staffed and under-resourced, but children have a huge desire and energy to learn making the teaching experience a lot of fun. The Mountain Trust offers you the opportunity to teach English, maths, sciences, or any other subjects you are able to.

School students in Pokhara, Nepal

Medical Volunteers

Medical volunteers can be accommodated in many roles. We aim to offer placements to volunteers which are valuable for the volunteer and for the people of Nepal. The Mountain Trust's medical support work is dependant on skilled and well-motivated volunteers. Our aim is to enable access to healthcare for those most in need and facing hardship. Volunteers are key in enabling The Mountain Trust to achieve these aims.

Medical volunteers in hospital in Nepal

About Us

The Mountain Trust is an innovative organisation providing novel solutions to problems encountered by some of Nepal's most disadvantaged people. Our mission is to improve the lives of people in Nepal who struggle to access healthcare, education services, and human rights. We achieve this, in part, through our exciting programmes, projects, and volunteer & internship placements.

rice fields in rural Nepal

Health Camps

In collaboration with local hospitals and district health offices and local Village Development Committees, The Mountain Trust provides regular free Health Camps in rural villages in Western Nepal. Medical volunteers travel in the Land Rover Ambulance to diagnose patients and treat them for problems ranging from psoriasis to brain tumors.

Blood pressure checks are part of the pre-screening for healthcamp participants


The Mountain Trust

20a High Green, Great Shelford,

Cambridge, CB22 5EG, UK

Contact Details

Email: Contact Us

phone: [+44] (0)1223 844204

Charity Registrations

The Mountain Trust UK Charity Registration No. 1112841

Nepal Charity Registration - NGO No. 3442/072/073