Live with a real Nepalese family in a farming village and leave with a smile

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Kaskikot village consists of 36 houses scattered on the slopes of Kaskikot mountain. Rice fields, stone houses and distant hills dominate the scenery. Lake Pokhara can be seen down below, and a white Himalayan peak view is just five minutes walk away.

The village is a tight-knit Hindu Brahmin community, where almost everyone in related to each other. It is natural to walk from house to house to drink some tea and exchange gossips. Farming and domestic animals are the main livelihood of village. Welcome to Kaskikot! Read more…

 
 
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COMMUNITY

36 house traditional Brahmin village
 

LIVELiHOOD

Millet & rice paddies, domestic animals

FAMOUS FOR

Sarangot hill, Annapurna trek & Pokhara

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RELIGION

Hindu Brahmin

LANGUAGE

Nepalese and very basic English

TRAVELLERS

Not likely to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village for travellers going to/from Annapurna or Sarangot hill outdoor activities; trekkers, vegetarians and those interested in traditional Nepalese and Hindu culture. Kaskikot consist of 36 houses, and most families are related to each other. The village still respects old traditions, like painting the floors of the houses everyday with cow dung, even if it is only 10 km from modern Pokhara and en-route to Annapurna region.


3 nights Kaskikot village EXPERIENCE TOTAL

96 EUR (norm. 120€)

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

ACCommodation: 

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


  • Private toilet and washing facilities

Meals:

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

activities, for ex:

  • Cooking delicious Nepalese food (mostly vegetarian) with fresh ingredients from the back yard

  • Making the famous cell rotis 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 (scary!), feeding goats and chickens

  • Hiking to the temple on top of the Kaskikot hill

  • Meeting the mother group of the village

  • Taking part in the village’s ceremonies when possible (they are plenty)

  • Relaxing and enjoying the peaceful country life

6 nights kaskikot VILLAGE village EXPERIENCE TOTAL

176 EUR (norm. 220€)

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

accommodation: 

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


  • Private toilet and washing facilities

meals:

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

activities, for ex:

  • Cooking delicious Nepalese food (mostly vegetarian) with fresh ingredients from the back yard

  • Making the famous cell rotis 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 buffalos, feeding and milking them (scary!), feeding goats and chickens

  • Hiking to the temple on top of the Kaskikot hill

  • Meeting the mother group of the village

  • Taking part in the village’s ceremonies when possible (they are plenty)

  • Relaxing and enjoying the peaceful country life

  • A one day mini trek on the surrounding hills

  • Sing and dance show of mother group (a 10 dollar donation per person is higly recommended)

  • Driving to the market OR visiting the village school

DUARA CONTACT: udaya

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

“This is my home village, and my relatives still live there. I grew up on the hills of Kaskikot, and now I run a small trekking company in Pokhara. I will make sure you have a real Nepalese experience when visiting my village and you can contact me anytime if any questions. I can also arrange extra activities like treks and paragliding.”

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


so where will you be staying when visiting kaskikot?

Kaskikot is a farming community on the hills of Kaskikot and Sarangot. The houses are traditional and so are the facilities. For guests the host family have prepared a bit more comfortable room with two double-beds, a private toilet and shower. In the kitchen open fire is still used everyday, and sometimes eating inside might be a smoky business.

Vegetables are mostly from own garden, and other products from nearby. There is a small kiosk in the village for buying drinks etc. On clear weather you can see Pokhara lake between the mountains. The domestic animals live right alongside of people, so if milking a buffalo is on your bucket list, here’s your chance.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a local bus from Pokhara’s Banglund bus park to Guntechour (Kaskikot), about one hour from Pokhara. The local buss will cost around 100 NPR per person.

The village is 1 km from the bus stop. Udaya will ask someone in the village to come and pick you up eighter per foot or by motorbike, as the road is not drivable even with a 4WD.

You can also go to the village by car, a private jeep with driver will cost around 3000 NPR and a regular car 2000 NPR. rent a car with a driver. Udaya can arrange a car for you if needed.

Kaskikot is on the way to Annapurna Basecamp, Australian camp and other trekking starting points. It is also close to the Sarangot peak, a paraglider’s favourite destination.

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what is done with the 10 % that goes to the village?


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The money you pay for your visit, is used for two purposes. One half goes to the local village school, to buy supplies and improve the learning conditions. The other half goes to the mother’s group renovating a community hall that can be used to hold ceremonies, weddings and funerals. If interested you can ask more about the project from Udaya, meet the mother’s group and participate in renovating the community hall.


Safety, Health and what’s not to worry about in nepalese home-stay?

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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.

In 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 Hindu food, prepared fresh from the house garden and freshly milked buffalo milk. A basic dinner is dal baht, a combo platter with lentil soup, rice, rotis and various other delicacies like pickled vegetables and of course curry.

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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.

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

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MEDICAL AID & INSURANCE

Pokhara is 10 km/one hour drive away from this village and has the best health facilities in the country after Kathmandu. For ex CIWEC Clinic has a branch in Pokhara. A basic visit will cost you around US$20 .

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

We provide you with a Survival Guide before your trip. And if you have any health or safety related concerns, don’t hesitate to ask salia@duaratravels.com!