Stay for few nights in a homestay in a Tamang village over the clouds

 
Overall stay 4,66/5 (3 Reviews)

Overall stay 4,66/5 (3 Reviews)

Manikhel village is located a bit over 2000 meters above sea level on steep slopes of Kathmandu Valley’s mountains. The view from the village is incredible, and people, not used to tourists, very warm and welcoming. Read more about the village…

“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.” Read more reviews

 
 
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COMMUNITY

Traditional Tamang hilltribe on the mountains
 

LIVELiHOOD

Corn & rice paddies, domestic animals

FAMOUS FOR

Views, local organic Tamang food,
fresh air

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RELIGION

Villagers are Hindus or Buddhas

LANGUAGE

Tamang, Nepalese and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

You are no likely to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village for mountain lovers, foodies, travelers in search of places off-the-beaten-path and people keen to get to know the Tamang culture. The village is very rural and facilities are basic, but a stay here offers you a mountain adventure and totally authentic hill tribe experience.


3 nights Manikhel village EXPERIENCE TOTAL

120 EUR

Per person including 3 days / 3 nights with accomodation, food and activities (children -50%)

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, towels and bed sheets included


  • Shared outdoor toilet and very basic washing facilities

Meals:

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

activities, for exAMPLE:

  • Cooking a delicious Tamang curry with fresh, organic vegetables from the backyard

  • Baking roti bread in a traditional way in the earth-floor kitchen

  • Trying out the village’s daily farmer’s life according to the season: visiting vegetable garden & chicken farm, planting or harvesting rice and millet

  • Taking care of domestic animals: cutting grass for the buffaloes, feeding and milking them, feeding goats and chickens

  • Taking trip to fish ponds to catch a trout for supper

  • Finding a secret waterfall

  • Meeting the women’s group of the village

  • Relaxing and enjoying the peaceful country life

* Notice that there’s no public transportation to the village so prepare to pay extra for the drive. The roads are in varying conditions, but the village should be accesible through out the year. Winter times can get really cold up in the mountains, so be prepared with according clothing and gear.

6 nights MANIKHEL VILLAGE EXPERIENCE TOTAL

220 EUR

Per person including 6 days / 6 nights with accomodation, food and activities (children -50%)

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, towels and bed sheets included


  • Outdoor toilet and very basic washing facilities

meals:

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

activities, for exAMPLE:

  • Cooking a delicious Tamang curry with fresh, organic vegetables from the backyard

  • Baking roti bread in a traditional way in the earth-floor kitchen

  • Trying out the village’s daily farmer’s life according to the season: visiting vegetable garden & chicken farm, planting or harvesting rice and millet

  • Taking care of domestic animals: cutting grass for the buffaloes, feeding and milking them, feeding goats and chickens

  • Finding a secret waterfall

  • Meeting the women’s group of the village

  • Relaxing and enjoying the peaceful country life

  • Joining the locals for a game of football, badminton or Capardi

  • Hiking to the next village

  • Taking a trip to fish ponds to catch a trout for supper

  • Taking part in the village’s ceremonies (in case taking events during your stay)

DUARA CONTACT: INDRA

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Indra is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Manikhel. She contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact her in case you have questions before or during your stay.

“My name is Indra. I live in Lalitpur, Nepal. I am a botany student. As a botany student I am always curious about nature. I love to travel new places, reading books and tasting food. I am always interested in learning about different cultures and lifestyles of people. Visit to Manikhel will provide you an opportunity to understand roots of different culture, tradition, customs, practices and life style of Nepalese villagers. You may learn many things from village people, about indigenous method of farming, how to become nature friendly and most of all how to find joy within the simple means of rural life. “

Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: salia@duaratravels.com


WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING WHEN VISITING MANIKHEL?

Manikhel village is a rural, basic and very authentic village, even though it is only 35 km from Kathamandu. Expect no luxury or high-standard facilities, but welcoming smiles and delicious Tamang food. For example, if you stay at Hira Maya’s home, the view from your room opens to the most beautiful mountain landscape.

Your private room is simple with two double-beds and thick duvets, but be prepared for cold nights as Manikhel lays over 2000 meters above sea level. Especially in winter it is wise to bring your own sleeping bag. Also a head-torch is very recommedable. Squatting toilet is outside, and washing facilities are basic.


HOW TO GET THERE

Manikhel is only 35 km from Kathmandu, but the drive will take about 2,5-3 hours.

Take a local bus (200 NPR per person) from Kathmandu towards Manikhel. Take the bus from Ratnapark buspark (Kathmandu) to Lagankhel-Chapagaun-Manikhel. Let your contact person know when you are coming, so somebody will pick you up from the bus.

You can also rent a car with a driver. From Manikhel it costs about 5000 NPR for a day. Motorcycle hire  is about 1000 NPR per day. Your contact person can arrange a ride for you if needed.

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OTHER THINGS TO DO NEAR MANIKHEL:

  • A one day trek on the surrounding hills

  • Visit local school and health center

  • Local home factory tour and a bottle of medicated oil

  • A scenic drive to the local Hindu temple and Buddhist temple Gumba (you need to rent a motorbike or hire driver)


TRAVELLER RATINGS (3 REVIEWs)

Communication with the local contact person

Avg. 4,66/5

Avg. 4,66/5

Hospitality of the host family

Avg. 5/5

Avg. 5/5

Sense of security in the village

Avg. 4,66/5

Avg. 4,66/5

Facilities in the house you were staying at

Avg. 4/5

Avg. 4/5


TRAVELLER REVIEWS

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traveller from UK
may 2019

“My experience in Manikhel was lovely! I truly enjoyed the host family and her hospitality. The scenery was breathtaking and I got to attend a women's VDC meeting as well as visit the local monastery, some waterfalls, and a beautiful trout farm. Though, I truly enjoyed the stay, I felt the price was too expensive for what was included for Nepal.”

 
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SAARA, FINLAND &
HOPE, UNITED STATES
MAY 2019

“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.“

 
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BIANCA, AUSTRALIA
APRIL 2019

“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.”


10 % of your payment goes to the women’s SAVINGs GROUP

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The 10 % of your fee goes to the women’s group of Manikhel. Together the women act as a savings group, an insurance which helps when somebody is in trouble. They also help with schools, sanitation and ecological education and perform traditional dances (you might have a chance to see a performance during your stay!). If you want to meet them for a chat, they would love it. They want to improve their village and their children’s lives.


Safety, Health and what’s not to worry about in nepalese homestay?

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How safe is the food?

You are obviously looking for something more authentic than an all-inclusive resort chain. In this village you will probably be the only traveller and a valued guest, so they will make everything as smooth and safe as possible for you.

General life in the village is safe, and you should be able to eat anything offered without problems. So far we have had zero reported food related problem’s in this village. Food is basic but delicious Tamang food, prepared fresh from the house garden and freshly milked buffalo milk.

A basic dinner is dal baht, a combo platter with dal, lentil soup, rice, vegetable curry, rotis and various other delicacies like pickled vegetables, game meet if the hunters have been lucky and often trout catched same day from the river.

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drinking water & precautions

Drink only bottled water, even if the locals use tap water. Our hosts know that traveller’s need safe water to drink, and you can buy more from the village shop.

As a developing country, Nepal has it’s weaknesses and you should be aware of those when travelling to Nepal. Many of the most popular areas for visitors are remote and inaccessible, so you should read up on the possible health risks and check your goverment’s official guidelines for vaccinations etc.

Once you book, we’ll provide you our survival guide with more hands on tips on what to pack with you and things to consider.

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medical aid & insurance

Kathmandu is 35 km/3 hours away from this village and has the best health facilities in the country. Kathmandu has several excellent clinics, including the Nepal International Clinic and CIWEC Clinic, which has a branch in Pokhara.

Trekkers who become unwell in the mountains are generally evacuated to Kathmandu or overseas. Always take out travel insurance to cover the costs of hospital treatment and emergency evacuations.

It makes sense to carry an emergency medical kit so that you can treat any symptoms until you reach medical care.

If you have any health or safety related concerns, don’t hesitate to ask salia@duaratravels.com!