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.
How to get to your village?
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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