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Kaphar hunnu bhanda marnu ramro


The world’s only Gurkha cultural weekend gives you the chance to experience the lifestyle of a Nepalese Gurkha in the great outdoors.  Learn about their culture and history, take part in fun activities, and eat Nepalese curry cooked by the Gurkha chefs around our campfire. 


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Who are the Gurkhas

Gurkhas are noble and respected Nepalese soldiers who are specially selected to serve in a unit of the British Army. They are known for being as brave in combat as they are good-natured in their everyday life. Each Gurkha carries two khukuri knives, one for every-day use and one for ceremonial purposes. Their famous war cry, “Ayo Gorkhali” translates as “The Gurkhas are here”. Their motto, 'Kaphar hunnu bhanda marnu ramro' means, 'It is better to die than to live like a coward’.

"A stimulating weekend break outdoors in nature, with like-minded people, having fun, learning, sharing and supporting a cause."


Join our Snowland team along with Gurkha soldiers for an exclusive weekend of culture, talks, fun activities, field skills, film screening and campfire cooking.


Experience a window into another world, culminating in a chance to try some Gurkha physical activity with the renowned Doko Challenge - a team race carrying a traditional Nepalese Doko basket.


Participate in ceremonial drills and dance with the Brigade of Gurkhas sacred Kukri knife, both a formidable weapon and a useful tool used by the hill tribes in Nepal. (Don’t worry, you’ll be safe with our wooden training Kukris!)

"A fun, eclectic, international, cultural, military and nature learning immersion that stimulates all the senses in the best possible way."


"Brilliant!  Wouldn't have missed it for the world."

What participants will gain:

  • Experience the warmth of the Nepali people,

  • Be inspired by the Gurkha mindset and resilience,

  • Build knowledge of practical outdoor skills,

  • Spend time with like-minded people and skilled facilitators,

  • Revive yourself in nature.

"Once in a lifetime stuff."

An energising, inspiring weekend with a difference that will revive you in the great outdoors and give you an unforgettable experience. 

 Come and join us on the world’s first Gurkha weekend! 


We limit numbers on this extraordinary experience so book your place asap!



Proceeds from the Gurkha Getaway support the work of Snowland Journeys, enabling young people in Nepal to maintain contact with their families alongside their education, and developing livelihoods in Himalayan communities. 


So not only do you get to enjoy an extraordinary experience, you will be helping Nepalese children at the same time. Adventure meets social value!


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The Gurkha Getaway is held at Hawkwood College, Stroud, set in 42 acres of stunning countryside. 


We have exclusive use of their 'outdoor classroom' with views over the rolling Cotswold valleys, with extensive grounds to explore including an orchard, biodynamic farming land, natural spring and gardens with an array of beautiful flowers.  


We'll set up a field base with a communal roundhouse, outdoor kitchen and camping 'village', set in woodlands.



Camping is included in the course price for those wishing to bring their tents.


Or you may prefer to book a bedroom in the converted 19th-century Grade II listed building.

Dates: 6th - 8th August 2021

Places are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.



You don’t have to compete with the Gurkhas or even come close to their fitness level to take part! A moderate fitness level is all you need and there will be plenty of rest time and cultural time. As long as you’re in reasonable shape, this weekend is for you!

At the moment our Gurkha Getaway is open to over 18's.

A family version is in the pipeline... watch this space!  




The cost of the Gurkha Getaway includes the weekend of activities, 

camping pitch, food for all meals, military ration pack, soft drinks, tea & coffee, Nepalese beer, film screening, cultural talks, a special free gift, and hire of a military bivvy bag.

Covid Health & Safety procedures are followed.

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