Want to experience real village life? Price includes accommodation with a local family, home-cooked meals and activities that take you to the core of the village’s daily life.

 

“I will always remember my time here with my Tamang family, in the beautiful hills of Manikhel, Nepal. I learned so much about the culture, and was taken in by the community as if I was one of their own - cooking with them, exploring with them and learning their language. The hospitality of the people here never ceased to amaze me. They would take the coats off their backs for you. Thank you Ani, Indra and family for a wonderful stay.”

BIANCA, AUSTRALIA, ON HER SOLO TRAVEL

“We had a splendid weekend in Manikhel. It was a very calming time up in the mountains with incredible views. Though it was relax, our hosts also kept us active. They took us to some Buddhist morning prayers at 5 am in the morning(!), taught us how to make local bread, showed us such a charming little waterfall and overall kept great care of us. Food was good and plenty - we even felt like we were eating all the time! Eating took place in our host's kitchen, so we could also watch her cook. Our hosts were very considerate too, so if we needed private time to relax, we had it. In the evening we had the opportunity of another hike, which was a path to yet higher views through pine trees and up to a small Buddhist stupa. On the way down sun set on the mountains and the day felt very complete.“

HOPE FROM US & SAARA FROM FINLAND

 

Nepal is a wonderful country with wonderful people, and it has so much more to offer in addition to trekking. Stay for a few nights is Kaskikot village near Pokhara, or Manikhel village in Kathmandu valley, and you will learn so much more about Nepalese life. Book a stay through us, and you will also help the local community.


Nepalese village life on the mountain sides

Nepal is the destination for outdoor lovers and scenery junkies. This small country has 8 of world’s ten highest peaks, but this trekkers' paradise has also a lot to offer for culture enthusiasts, wildlife lovers or foodies.

A village stay in Nepal opens up a totally new perspective to the country and it’s people. Kaskikot village lies between Pokhara and Annapurna region, and is a welcoming stop for some home-cooked comfort and Hindu Brahman culture.

Manikhel village in Kathmandu Valley lies 2000 meters above sea level – with scenery to die for. This Tamang village is famous for it’s fresh,organic Tamang food – local foodies from Kathmandu drive here to get their delicacies.

Mr. Ubedi, one of our hosts in Kaskikot at Sarangot hill, Pokhara region. The Annapurna massif can be seen within a five minutes walk, and Pokhara lake is visible on clear days.

Mr. Ubedi, one of our hosts in Kaskikot at Sarangot hill, Pokhara region. The Annapurna massif can be seen within a five minutes walk, and Pokhara lake is visible on clear days.


How to get to your village?

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visit villages that are of the beaten path, but conviniently reachable

  • The Brahman village Kaskikot lies on the slopes of Sarangot, one hour drive from Pokhara to Annapurna direction

  • The Tamang village Manikhel is 35 km, a few hours, from Kathmandu in Kathmandy valley

  • Flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu and vice versa run daily, try Jeti or Buddha Air

  • Bus services between Pokhara and Kathmandu run daily

  • Reserve enough driving time as the terrain is very rough to both villages


Good to know about Nepal

Mrs. Subedi giving a cooking lesson in her kitchen: how to make cell rotis on open fire.

Mrs. Subedi giving a cooking lesson in her kitchen: how to make cell rotis on open fire.

nepalese food

Nepal restaurants are all over the world. But nothing competes with a Nepalese meal eaten in Nepal – preferably at somebody’s home, cooked by grandma.

Fresh ingredients are mixed with Indian and Tibetan styles to form authentic Newari and Thakai cuisines.

The most common daily meal is a bal baht, a combo platter combined from dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle).

Especially in the villages Nepalis do not use cutlery, but eat with their right hand. We recommend to try that out, it tastes better! One of the most popular snack among Nepalis is Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) and Rotis (flat bread) – which you can learn to make with your host family in Kaskikot or Manikhel.

Tika, made of rice and red coloring, is a symbol of victory in a Brahman Hindu village ceremony.

Tika, made of rice and red coloring, is a symbol of victory in a Brahman Hindu village ceremony.

traditions in nepal

Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. In the capital city Kathmandu cultures are blending, as Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century.

A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion, mostly Hindu, Buddhist or other traditions. A Nepalese year is full of festivals, and you might well find yourself in midst of a full celebration with dance, food and rituals.

A division to pure and impure rules Nepali life. For example cow, the holy national animal, cannot be eaten and it’s dung is considered to be pure for cleansing purposes. Experience this daily cow dung cleaning ritual in Kaskikot village!

Trekking
 

trekking in nepal

The Nepal Himalaya is the destination for trekkers, hikers and mountain lovers. Incredible mountain scenery, a good guide and the next stupa waiting you at the end of the day makes a perfect outdoor holiday for both beginners and the most experienced travelers.

Most popular trekking routes are in the Annapurna region, including Poon Hill and Annapurna Basecamp. Also Everest region is popular with trekkers. Kathmandu valley is a lesser known gem favored by locals: an other world with quiet villages, buffaloes and rice plantations.

The trekking shops, guides and porters make it a easy to plan and enjoy a trekking adventures. Canyoning, climbing, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking are all accessible from Pokhara and Kathmandu.


Annapurna South in sunrise as seen from the tea house of Ghandruk village.

Annapurna South in sunrise as seen from the tea house of Ghandruk village.

annapurna trekking

Pokhara is well-known as a starting point for various trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna.

A family trek to Ghandruk or Poon Hill, or a serious trek to Annapurna Basecamp or Annapurna circuit – it all starts from Pokhara.

On the way to Annapurna region is Sarangot hill, famous for it’s sunsets and paragliding – with a Duara host village on the slopes.

When trekking in Annapurna region you will experience the most impressive mountain scenery, including the 6000-8000m high Annapurna I-IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda.

Annapurna’s climate varies depending on the elevation. Best trekking weather is usually in autumn and spring. Annapurna weather can change rapidly, so equip accordingly.

Lake view in Pokhara and some friendly locals. A nice place to enjoy a beer and a sunset.

Lake view in Pokhara and some friendly locals. A nice place to enjoy a beer and a sunset.

THINGS TO DO IN POKHARA

Pokhara is Nepal's a trekking gateway to the Annapurna region and it’s famous Annapurna basecamp.

But more than that, Pokhara is a pleasant lake-side city with plenty of entertainment for individual travelers as well as families with kids. 

The Fewa lake is surrounded by a panoramical view over  the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif.

In and around Pokhara you can experience the best in trekking, boating, hiking, paragliding or lake-side relaxing at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range at the background. All mountain gears and arrangements can be made in Pokhara.

There are several daily flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The weather in Pokhara is mild, with clear sky, best periods are in spring and autumn.

Here lives the living goddess of Kathmandu, Kumari, in the living museum of Kathmandu.

Here lives the living goddess of Kathmandu, Kumari, in the living museum of Kathmandu.

What to do in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu is a living museum, an incredibly multi-faced city where ancient traditions meet modern life.

On one hand breathtaking Newari architecture, centuries old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and on the other hand shopping possibilities, good food and comfortable hotels – Kathmandu is overwhelming but lovable.

If you wonder what to do in Kathmandu, you have plenty of options. Visit Kumari, the living Goddess in Basantapur in Durbar Square or seek peace on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath northwest of Kathmandu Valley.

A quiet oasis in the middle of Thamel’s hectic tourist area is the Garden of Dreams.

Kathmandu’s climate is mild. The city is often dusty and polluted, but Kathmandu has good weather year around.


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