Nepal homestay trekking vacation
US $1150ToUS $1670 excluding flights
Minimum 2 people required for this trip. Max group size: 7 pax If dates for fixed departure doesn't match contact us for customized tour. Best time to visit: October-June
Description of Nepal homestay trekking vacation
2021: 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 21 Dec
2022: 20 Feb
2022: 20 Feb
1 Reviews of Nepal homestay trekking vacation
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020 by Bryan Salte
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
This trip was exactly what I had envisioned. It was a trek at lower altitude than the treks to Anapurna and Everest base camps. That meant that the trek was
somewhat easier than at higher altitude, but was still enough to provide a challenge. In contrast to those treks, it was non-commercial. During the week of
the trek we saw only local people. The lifestyle of the people we saw has changed little over time. Stays were in people's homes, where we shared the food that they cooked for their families. The people we met were universally friendly, although little English was spoken. They welcomed being photographed.
This was very much a genuine experience where we were able to participate to a limited extent in the usual lives of the people we met.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be in reasonable physical condition. Be prepared for somewhat basic accommodations and to have only local food available. If you think that the trek will be a challenge, you may want to arrange for a porter at about $20 to $25 per day so that you can walk without your pack.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The local people received some money for our visits. We ate local food and drank only local water which we sterilized. Our footprint was very small.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Excellent. Ajay and Lesia, who operate the travel company were remarkably friendly and helpful. I had dinner with them on two occasions. The two guides
Kumar and Chandra were both excellent and helpful. I have travelled to over 40 countries and this was definitely in the top few experiences.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe do not support and do not promote any trips that can bring harm to the environment or wildlife. We designed this beautiful low-altitude trek to decrease crowds of Everest region. While mostly everyone first-time traveler is trying to complete a popular destination, we strongly suggest discovering off beaten path treks.
Why so? Well, firstly all Nepal is beautiful and from everywhere you can observe snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. When we discover new trails we bring a positive impact. When there is a demand in some direction - more chances the government will try to develop this part of the region, like building good roads, providing more facilities to develop tourism, conserve the nature, protect the animals and keep the area well maintained.
Nepal has a problem with trash pollution. Our aim to make sure we recycle what is left, the government has designed special areas only on famous routes where we can utilize and sort the trash. But these hidden paths have to be cleaned as well not only in touristic places but everywhere. If there is a flow of tourism then the next steps will be taken to keep the area clean. We hope that preventing plastic pollution and educating locals will bring a bigger result than just cleaning the territory once in a year.
Nepal is very rich on waters, but pollution of waters also becoming a thing. Not only humans but wildlife are using water to drink and bath. We free the land, sea and waterways from rubbish and pollution.
The only source of energy is solar panels. There is no problem to charge your devices if you bring your portable panel with you.
PeopleWe offer 5% of the total cost of the trip to support the annual lunch program of a particular remote school in Syangja district which we encounter during this trek. This area is very remote and families cannot send all their kids to school because they don't have enough financial funds. We took responsibility not just to donate the money to the school because the level of corruption is high, but we prefer to buy food from local farmers and provide it to schools.
In this way, we create a demand for locals to keep doing farming, and at the same time, teachers and children have their lunches every day.
The problem of education is that no teacher wants to go and live in remote areas of Nepal with little salary and no comfortable facilities for living. We also provide opportunities for locals to become teachers, stay at home with their families and give proper education to children.
Newari culture is very unique as they hold their own language, cuisine, traditions, customs and we would love to promote this, to keep it alive and respected. For this, when you follow the program we ask locals to show as much as possible the beauty of their culture. We believe as long as they practice it and do the performances, it can't be forgotten.
Everything on our way is owned by locals: shops, restaurants, homestays. Our guides and porters are also only locals who were born and raised in this region, who know the language and culture. So all you spend is going to them. By choosing to stay at home with families you create income for them, same when you're eating at local restaurants locally grown organic food or when buying traditional handcrafts to take home as souvenirs.
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