Who is Resilience Builders?
Resilience Builders is an Australian based company that delivers resilience-building programs for teenagers, athletes, business managers and executives and teams.
I haven’t heard of Resilience Builders, tell me more.
Resilience Builders main point of difference is that their programs are experiential and are operated in remarkable locations such as the Nepal Himalayas and the rugged Tasmanian wilderness. Participants are immersed in a stunning and undistracted environment which is key to the profound outcomes these programs deliver.
How do the programs work?
Our Everest Base Camp Resilience for Teens expedition combines a trek to Everest Base Camp with a unique syllabus designed to build resilience in young people. This program is the safest and best resourced Everest Base Camp expedition available. The program itinerary incorporates daily activities and challenges that build resilience and promote positive health and wellness strategies. The participation of at least one parent with their child (or children) is mandatory on this program.
What does Resilience Builders consider responsible travel?
We take our responsibilities as a program/trip operator in Nepal very seriously and we take great pride in the care and well-being of all our Nepalese workers. Resilience Builders pays above average wages to our Nepalese guides and porters and we ensure all our staff are properly equipped (clothing and equipment wise) on every program they undertake with us. Resilience Builders invests heavily in the health, education and training of all our Nepalese workers.
We also pay substantial garbage deposits for all our Nepal based activities and ensure we return all our hard waste in accordance with the requirements of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). We strictly adhere to minimal impact camping guidelines and always adhere to the “Leave No Trace” principles.
Are their any age limits for your programs?
Our Resilience for Teens Everest Base Camp Program is designed for young people aged 13 – 23. All persons participating on our Nepal based programs (irrespective of age) are required to undergo a medical health check prior to departure.
Are immunisations required for Nepal and if so what ones must I get?
Yes, a range of immunisations are essential prior to travel to Nepal. We recommend you visit your local doctor to discuss and arrange for these. Some very helpful information is available at The Travel Doctor in relation to travel to Nepal. Please allow a couple of months prior to departure to ensure the necessary course of immunisations can be administered.
Do I need a tourist visa for Nepal?
Yes, a tourist visa is required for Nepal. We can provide you with all the necessary forms and information to obtain your visa for Nepal. For current information about the visa process for Nepal (for Australian residents), we also recommend you visit the Nepal Consulate online.
How fit do I need to be for a program in Nepal?
We require a signed medical declaration to ensure you are in good health. When it comes to fitness, the fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy your program with us. We provide all participants with a tailored fitness and training program to help get them ready. We recommend a moderate to good level of fitness in order to undertake our Resilience for Teens Everest Base Camp program.
How long will it take me to prepare for a program in Nepal?
To properly prepare for your program in Nepal will take around 6 – 8 weeks. The main reason for this being that most participants will require some immunisations prior to travelling. And it’s recommended that these be administered at least 6 weeks prior to departure. If you don’t have one, arranging a passport can take around 3 weeks. A tourist VISA for Nepal will typically take a week but these can be issued on the spot if you are able to attend at the Nepal Consulate. Arranging flights and travel insurance is straightforward. Resilience Builders staff will help you with everything you need to know – including preparing your clothing and equipment.
Are there any medical requirements in order to participate on these programs?
All persons participating on our Nepal (and Tasmania) based programs (irrespective of age) are required to undergo a medical health check prior to departure. A completed medical declaration must be signed by both the participant and their doctor.
What clothing and equipment do I need?
We will personally help you with all of this. You’ll be supplied with comprehensive clothing and equipment lists for both Nepal and Tasmania based programs.
If I participate on the Nepal based program, will I have time to explore Kathmandu?
Yes, all Nepal based programs include a half-day sightseeing tour (with guide) on your second day in Kathmandu. You will also have time in Kathmandu after your program (and time in the mountains) concludes. Additional days can easily be added to your itinerary if you’d like to spend more time exploring Nepal after your program.
Where do we stay in Kathmandu?
In Kathmandu we stay at The Radisson Hotel in Lazimpat. This ensures a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your course. All breakfasts are included at The Radisson and a great rooftop swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Do I need travel insurance and if so what type?
All participants must be adequately insured before participating on our Nepal and Tasmania based programs. We can assist you in selecting an appropriate travel insurance policy for your program.
Address details for the Nepal Consulate in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Melbourne: Level 7, 28-32 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney: 9 Napier St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Adelaide: 133 Portrush Rd, Evandale SA 5069
Brisbane: 5/269 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
These program FAQs are a partial list only. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.