Dive head first into Nepal’s culture through a variety of immersion experiences, including:
Culinary Programming – Take part in a hands-on cooking class in Kathmandu or Chitwan where you will be introduced to a variety of dishes.
Homestays – Homestays are a culturally rich alternative to guesthouses and lodges while trekking through Nepal.
Organic farming – Take an inside peak into the world of organic farming through two different projects we are proud to promote.
Hands-on activities – Small villages of artisans outside of Kathmandu are keeping the terracotta tradition alive and allowing travelers the opportunity to visit their workshops and participate in the creation of these treasures.
Spiritual activities – Take a day to learn about Buddhism one-on-one with a monk as you walk between the villages.
The opportunities here are a small sampling of what is on offer in this diverse country. If you have a special request or passion, please let us know.
Nepal is known for its obsession with dal bhat, but that doesn’t mean you need to get stuck in a rice and lentil rut. Take part in a hands-on cooking class in Kathmandu or Chitwan where you will be introduced to a variety of dishes.
In Kathmandu, you may have the chance to make the famous momo (buffalo, chicken, or vegetable-stuffed dumplings), aloo paratha (potato stuffed bread), or other local delicacies on the menu that day.
In Chitwan, you will immerse yourself in the local village culture as you cook with a family inside their home. You will learn what it takes to prepare a delicious meal with the simplest of ingredients.
Homestays are a culturally rich alternative to guesthouses and lodges while trekking through Nepal. You will have the opportunity to overnight with a local family and take part in their daily life. Depending on the homestay, you may simply share a dinner before moving on or you could contribute to their fieldwork, help cook a meal, or teach the children a few words from your language.
Homestays are often rugged affairs that open travelers’ eyes to a different way of living. These opportunities are currently available in Chitwan and while trekking amongst the hilltribes.
Organic cafes and menu items are popping up all over the country and many travelers wonder where all of the produce comes from. Take an inside peak into the world of organic farming through two different projects we are proud to promote.
In Pokhara, you may visit an organic farm that specializes in coffee, but also plays host to various types of rice and fruit trees. Depending upon the season, you may participate in the harvest or simply interface with the inspiring owner of the farm and learn about what ‘permaculture’ and ‘organic’ means in Nepal. Check out our ‘Favorite Programs’ for a full ‘from coffee bean to coffee cup’ itinerary.
Outside of Kathmandu, you may visit a nearly self-sustainable organic farm where you can spend the afternoon or even spend the night. This is the perfect place to reflect upon your journey, help out in the gardens, or practice yoga.
Terracotta was originally used for storage of food and water and was paid for with rice. However, times have changed as plastic and aluminum are threatening the important terracotta industry in Nepal. Fortunately, small villages of artisans outside of Kathmandu are keeping the tradition alive and allowing travelers the opportunity to visit their workshops and participate in the creation of these treasures.
Do not mistake this for a commission-based, tourist-oriented excursion – this is engaging visit where you feel like you have stepped back into time.
This can be combined with a visit to an organic farm and possibly with a bicycle excursion through the countryside.
Walk with a Monk
You see them praying in the Tibetan monasteries, wandering about Kathmandu in yellow and red, and even typing away on their iPads. You want to take their pictures, but what about getting to know them?
Take a day to learn about Buddhism one-on-one with a monk as you walk between the villages. You will be given an introduction to meditation, visit a local home, and have the privilege of learning what it means to be a Buddhist monk in Nepal direct from the source.
Currently only available from Kathmandu and nearby.