On April 25th, 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal. The epicenter of the “Gorkha Earthquake” was at Barpak, 80 kilometers from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The earthquake severely affected 14 of the 75 districts in Nepal. On May 12, 2015, an aftershock measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck near Dolakha district, causing additional damage. The Government of Nepal has officially put the death toll at 8,500 and injury count at over 20,000. The World Health Organization believes that out of the population of 28 million, 8.1 million people have been affected, amongst which 1.7 million are children. 5,00,000 homes have been destroyed and 2,50,000 households are damaged.

If there has been a silver lining to the devastation then it has to be the way the young people of Nepal rose to the occasion and filled the leadership void created by the politicians. A generation thought to be out of touch with its country’s needs took charge when the country needed it the most. Nepalese in general seem to have rediscovered a sense of community. It will be years before Nepal recovers from this 55-second incident, however, the country is lucky to have motivated youth who want to help Nepal recover and make it stronger than it was on April 25. We, the Global Shapers Kathmandu Hub, are fortunate to be part of this effort and we welcome you to be a part of it too.

Arrival in KTM and Checkin 1200 to 1800
Gather at Dinner Location 1800 to 1830
Annoucement of Gandhi Change Awards 1900 to 1930
Dinner 1930 to 2130
Registration 0700 to 0730
Breakfast at Garden Terrace 0730 to 0830
Keynote Speech 0830 to 0845
Departure for Learning Tours 0845 to 0900
Learning Tours as Tribes 0900 to 1400
Return to Hotel 1400 to 1500
Break 1530 to 1600
Panel Discussion: First Response 1600 to 1700
Panel Discussion: Lessons Learnt 1700 to 1800
Cocktail hour and time to get ready (formal/ national dress) 1800 to 1900
Presentations and Gala Reception 1900 to 2230
Breakfast 0630 to 0730
Depart for Patan 0730 to 0800
Keynote 0800 to 0830
Tours of Patan with Experts 0830 to 1230
Lunch with Speech 1230 to 1400
Walk to Maya Foundation Site 1400 to 1415
Briefing from Maya Foundation 1415 to 1430
Work at Site 1500 to 1700
Depart to Hotel 1700 to 1730
Reflection Sessions + Closing Remarks 1730 to 1900
Break and Preparation for Evening Program 1900 to 2000
Dinner and Dance Program at Attic/25 Hours 2000 to 0000
Return to Hotel 0030 to 0100
Breakfast 0700 to 0900
Checkout and Departure for Airport 0900 to 1300
Global Community Partners
Banking Partner
Local Event Partners
Travel Partner
Knowledge Partners


Facts about Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital and largest metropolitan city of Nepal. It is a city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern form a beautifully unique amalgamation. With the population nearing 4 million people, it is one of the fastest urbanizing cities in Asia. As the capital, it is the cultural, economic, and social center of the country. It is the urban core of Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas, which also contains two sister cities namely, Patan or Lalitpur, 5 kilometers to its southeast (an ancient city of fine arts and crafts) and Bhaktapur, 14 kilometers to its east (city of devotees). The city’s rich history is nearly 2000 years old, as inferred from an inscription in the valley. The Metropolitan City has a population of 1 million and measures 50.67 square kilometers.

Business Hours

Banks : Banks are open between 10.00 and 5.00 during the week and some are open on Saturday mornings.
Shops : Supermarkets are open from 08.30 until 8.30 Monday to Sunday.


Dollar rate: Major credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are accepted at hotels, major restaurants, and most shops in Kathmandu. The currency rate as of on 13th August 2015 is 1 US$ = 104.36 NPR. Note that if you need to exchange funds, be sure to do so on or before 21st November as our schedule on 21st and 22nd November will not allow time during local business hours. Not all stores are outfitted with debit/credit card machines and therefore, we recommend carrying sufficient cash with you.


220 VOLTS, 50 MHZ. Electric plug is two or three wound prongs, but not flat.


Nepali is the common language of the city, though many speak Nepal Bhasa (Newari). English and Hindi are understood by all of the educated population of the city. The official language of the meeting is English.

Mobile Networks

Nepal uses the international GSM (Global System for Mobile Telephony) standard. Foreign visitors can use mobile phones outside the national network under the international “roaming” system. The country code for Nepal is +977.


In November, the average temperature in Kathmandu is 15°C, but temperatures range from 9°C to 22°C.

Time Zone

Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT/UTC.

Local Customs

Culture and customs in Nepal run deep. Some of them you will find interesting, some strange and others beyond logic. But as long as you show respect and sensitivity to local traditions, willingness to learn and adapt to Nepalese ways and values, you will be fine. “Namaste” is a common act done by putting the palms together in a prayer like gesture to greet anyone in Nepal. Bargaining is very common in Nepal. You would often need to bargain while shopping and riding cabs in Nepal. You will be mostly engaged with and assisted by Kathmandu Hub Shapers so there is nothing to worry about.


Conference venue/Accommodation

Shape South Asia 2015 will be held at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu. All participants are recommended to stay at this venue because special room rates from Thursday, November 19th to Sunday, November 22nd have been secured by the Kathmandu Hub (100 USD net for double room, incl. free Wi-Fi and breakfast). These rates will only apply for the aforementioned dates.

Check List

Bring plenty of business cards with you; participants have been known to run out of it.

Dress Code

Dress code for entire event is casual. Please bring at least one dress representing your state/country/culture.


By Air

You will be arriving by air at the Kathmandu airport (Tribhuwan International Airport). Once your itineraries are finalized, the hotel will take care of your pick-up /drop-off. Please report to Global Shapers booth/volunteer once you arrive.

By Bus

There are bus services available from Delhi to Kathmandu. If you wish to travel by bus, you will have to join us directly at the venue, Hotel Soaltee.


Within the city the most preferred mode for commuting is the taxis, which are available throughout the city. The meters, however, are not updated and correct fare at times, and can be brought down upon bargaining.

Friends and Family

The Kathmandu Hub welcomes friends and family members of Shapers to Nepal. However, only Shapers can attend the conference.

Traveling to Kathmandu

Kathmandu is ready to welcome back its visitors. The city has returned to normalcy since the initial quakes and thousands of tourists travel in and out of the country with ease. Global Shapers Kathmandu hub will be taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of fellow Shapers in case of any emergency.


Please check that you have a valid passport before coming. Individuals from all SAARC countries except Afghanistan will be provided with Visas on arrival at the Kathmandu airport (Indians are exempt from the Visa on arrival process). For information on countries outside the SAARC region, please check the link below or contact your Nepalese consulate/embassy. A letter for visa application will be attached with your confirmation letter for the event. Shapers are responsible for making their own travel insurance arrangements. For more information, please go to:


Global Shapers Community

The Global Shapers Community is a global network of city-based hubs developed and led by exceptional young future leaders between 20 and 30 years of age, who collaborate and undertake activities that generate a positive impact and improve the state of their communities. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference.

Global Shapers commit to working together with other Shapers in their local hub to take action on issues they care about. Local hubs are committed to local impact and are designed to be local in focus, activity and governance, but interact and collaborate across borders on global or regional projects, to gain insight and impact the global dimension.

Kathmandu Shapers

Aashmi Rana

Founding Curator

Shivanth Bahadur Pandey

Curator 2013-14

Amod Raj Bhandari

Curator 2014-15

Sneh Rajbhandari

Curator 2015-16

Kaushal Silwal

Vice Curator 2015-16

Gaurav Kandel

Youth Activist

Lokesh Todi


Hitmaan Gurung


Rajneesh Bhandari

Multimedia Journalist

Utsav Shakya

Communications Expert

Surath Giri

Public Policy Researcher

Pushpa Basnet

Social Worker

Vidhan Rana


Riken Maharjan


Arpit Agrawal


Shristi Mishra


Louisa Zhang

Anne Dekyi

Ankur Agrawal


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Soaltee mode, Kathmandu, Nepal