Rice Planting with Locals 2N3D
This festival day, all over the farmer get-together at their paddy field where ladies plant the rice and gentleman plough the field to make the…
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This festival day, all over the farmer get-together at their paddy field where ladies plant the rice and gentleman plough the field to make the land suitable for planting the paddy.Rice Planting Festival is also known as Ropai Jatra in Nepali society. It is the Major season of planting paddy. Farmers do not depend on irrigation or other water resources. Nature itself drained water sufficiently to fertile the young rice paddy. The season is the busiest season for the farmer comparing with other seasons. Rice planting day a special day for the farmer as it is celebrated as one of the important agricultural practices in the country. This is also the time when the farmers sing the Asare Geet (Folk songs) while planting rice in the field. These songs entertain and help to forget the sorrows.
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28th June 2020, Day 01
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhyangle and then hike to Balkumari village(1250m /4101ft) by jeep,4 hour drive and 3 hours hikeFrom Kathmandu, we take three to four hour drive to Bhyangle. Daily jeep/buses leaves in the morning from Balaju station. In general your vehicle leave at 8 am in the morning. So our local guide will come to pick-up at your hotel at 7 am and then drive to jeep/bus station. Drive from Kathmandu for 3 hours is through local villages and mountain area mostly it is surrounded by high hills and rich with its traditions.After reaching Bhyangle, we will cross the hanging bridge which locals called as SHAUU. We will have some cold drinks, meeting with local students and start uphill hike to Kamare village. Hike will be though local village where you will be welcome by beautiful smile and interesting looks by locals. Once we reach to our host house, we will be welcomed with garland, local fruits juice, wise smile and big heart. Overnight at local house. Host cooking for us Host house. Includes:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Transportation Please note that: There will not be menu in our host house and they are very happy to cook veg. or non-veg local organic food with flavorful spice
29th June 2020, Day 02
Celebrate and learn rice planting with localsAfter breakfast, we wear light t-shirt, half pant and touch the muddy earth, sow a tender rice sapling, sing, dance and enjoy the local real life of remote Nepal. Rice planting in this month is the first planting of premier staple crop of the year. According to Nepali calendar fifteenth of Ashar is the day when the crop planting season officially begins all over Nepal. Rice planting work will go for whole day. You can enjoy in every way you can by learning ploughing field, riding OX in muddy land and getting in touch with their earthly existence.Overnight at local house
30th June 2020, Day 03
Hike to Bhyangle and drive to Kathmandu though GurjuBhanghyan, 2 hour hike and 4 hour drive.After breakfast in the morning, you will be fare-well by our host family and your new local friends and hike down to Bhyanglethen take shared jeep/bus to Kathmandu who will be waiting for us. It is same way drive back with nice view of green valley, terrace field and picturesque mountains. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Transportation
Although we do our best to follow the schedule above; on such adventurous and local village trip, itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route conditions, local politics, transport or and other factors beyond our control. Apex Himalaya Treks and Expedition guide/leader would decide the best alternatives considering the best concern of the whole group.
– Three times local meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea/coffee except breakfast during the trip.
§ Lunch and dinner will be rice with vegetables, pickle, lentil soup and chicken meat for non veg.
§ Breakfast will be serve with tea, boiled/fried egg, bread/toast and beans.
§ All the foods and vegetable are organic, healthy and prepared hygienic
– Fresh fruits every evening after dinner
– Accommodation during the trip in village house and twin-share rooms with beds with normal foam mattress and pillows included but shared bathroom and toilet. (Simply basic accommodation, the way how local live)
– Experienced English speaking local guide; Govt. Trained/Licensed holder and his salary, foods, transportations, insurance, and accommodations
04. Permits and paper work
– National Park fee, required permits and official documentation
– Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
– Government taxes and our Service charge
– Kathmandu to Bhyangle in a shared jeep
– Bhyangle to Kathmandu in a shared jeep
– Domestic bus/jeep station pick-up and drop
01. Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, which can be arranged upon your request.
02. Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
03. International and domestic airport pick-up
04. All the accommodations in Kathmandu and in Pokhara in decent hotel with breakfast, Nepal Cottage Resort or Truly Asia Boutique Hotel
05. Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara expect breakfast in hotel
06. Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
07. Local permits and donations
08. Sleeping Bag and other personal equipment which are not mentioned above
09. Personal Expenses, Batteries and Telephone calls, Liquor, hot water, Mineral Water , extra meals , extra drinks and Soft Drinks, Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
10. Tips at the end of the trek for guides and porters
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All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You can apply for a Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country.Alternatively, can also obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.On arrival visa program takes more than 1:30 hours because of queue for visa and luggage.
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Hotel name: _____________
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30 days US$ 50
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Many travelers will experience culture shock upon arrival in a new country and is a common experience whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or long term settlement. Nepal is no different, as it is unique in terms of its customs, food and language.
Gathering information and being completely prepared for the unexpected will ensure you can adjust quickly to Nepal upon arrival.
The following list provides some key facts to assist in your arrival and enable easy adjustment.
Food / Water
• People eat their food with the right hand. Take care to wash your hands. Importantly, it is suggested your left hand remains below the table if you choose to eat with your hands. In most restaurants you will be provided the option of using either a spoon, fork or chopsticks.
• Nepalese food is not too spicy, though if you wish to ensure that the dish you are ordering is suitable to your tastes, it is wise to ask.
• Whilst trekking at altitude it pays to eat simple foods whilst you become accustomed to the change in oxygen levels. The general recommendationsis to eat non fried foods. The traditional meal of Dahl Bhat which is rice, vegetable and dahl is a staple.
• Public display of affection (kissing and hugging) is considered offensive.
• When removing shoes, sandals or slippers place them the right way up. Placing them upside down is considered to bring bad luck. Inside a home or temple is it is common place to remove shoes, seek advice from your host or temple guide to clarify and direct you.
• Physical disciplining such as hitting or spanking a child by a parent is not considered improper in Nepal, though there are varying views and ideas. You will observe this at times throughout Nepal. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. In the event that someone disciplines a child or minor in an in-appropriate manner you can be assured that another Nepali person will step in. They understand the cultural norms and nuances.
• Animals may be sacrificed during Hindu festivals and in other religious and non-religious activities such as a visit to a witch doctor. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. This is likely to cause offence. Make enquiries with regard to what is to happen at a festival or religious event if you wish to avoid such a situation.
• In general, Nepali people are highly uncomfortable with nudity and immodest clothing. To avoid this, men should wear a top, even when it is hot. Women should cover shoulders and wear skirt/shorts at least to the knee. This is the case both in urban, rural settings and when trekking.
• If you decide to wear Nepali traditional clothing (kurta or sari for women, daurasuruwal and dhakatopi cap for men) this is usually welcomed as a sign that you respect Nepali culture.
• Nepali people take pride in their appearance and whilst it is not necessary to be too particular, having a clean and tidy appearance shows respect for yourself and for those around you – so keeping your clothing, hair and facial hair tidy will be appreciated.
On the street / General
• Be attentive on the street, assume that a vehicle may be on the opposite side that you expect it to approach. On a busy street without lights or an obvious crossing point, you may wish to cross the road with other Nepali people. A simple smile of recognition of the situation and you will find they will provide assistance.
• Buses stop even in places there aren’t bus stops. Just wave. They will stop.
• When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delays almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delay in activities.
• Throughout Nepal electricity outages and load shedding plays havoc with people’s lives. This can generally be avoided by staying in a reputable hotel. It is worth asking the hotel management if they have a back-up power supply and whether it is operational.
• The Nepali term for a strikeis “bandha” in Nepali. Although they are no longer common place, you may find yourself travelling in Nepal when a strike occurs. If there is a general and complete strike, buses may not operate and shops can be closed. Seek advice from your hotel manager, guide or local people if a strike is to occur. There is good information on the internet via a simple search.
Whilst Nepal is a very busy tourist destination, culturally the country continues to welcome visitors. There is an understanding by everyone of the importance of tourism economically.
Whether you are trekking in the mountains or touring the Kathmandu valley we suggest you that you treat the land its people with care & respect.
Below are some tips on how you can keep the environment clean and show appreciation for age-old culture and traditional religious beliefs. Nepal's Culture might be astonishing and surprising for newcomers therefore these tips are sometimes necessary.
• To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect.
• Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples)
• Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
• Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. People, especially women, do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another, but instead press palms together in a prayer-like gesture known as "Namaste" greeting is preferable.
• Don't eat with your left hand. The left hand is for toileting only.
• Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
• Try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.
R smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings. Remember, some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
• It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
• Don't offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
• The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
• Do walk around monastery or temple clockwise, so that the outer walls are always on your right. If you encounter a stone wall covered with Tibetan inscriptions, do the same: Walk past with the wall on your right (and don't take any of the stones).
• Don't lose your control. Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal too and will only make any problem worse.
• Do get a receipt of inauthenticity when purchasing an antique replica?otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country. And don't buy ivory or fur from endangered species?Your purchases encourage the trade in such illegal goods, and you won't be allowed to bring them back home anyway.
• Don't give in to children who ask for just one rupee. Although a rupee is a small amount that anyone can spare, successful begging leads young children to drop out of school and take up panhandling as their trade. If you want to help, give to a trustworthy charity or a school.
• Don't take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless consent has been provided.
Most treks pass through villages with very simple ablution facilities and farm lands. There is always villages above the trail, all water should be boiled or treated before consumption. Even clean spring water may contain biological or chemical contamination due to local minerals and be totally harmless to locals but may not be tolerated by tourists. It is wise to avoid non-boiled or untreated water. If it is available, bottled mineral water are provided at a reasonable cost. Consider your impact on the environment and bring water treatment methods to Nepal which ensure you don’t have to purchase bottled water or boiled water.
For internet you can use SIM data. You can also purchase wireless modems such as NCELL, NTC for your mobile and you will be able to use them. Do not expect fast internet through data. Most of the time internet will be slow.
Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close.
The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December, before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time.
It is best to visit hilly areas in summer that is, the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, which are very common. The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.
In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.
You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal you may need anti-malarial protection.
You can exchange primarily in Kathmandu. It really depends on your budget but approximately Nepali currency conversion rate of $50-$100 in cash for your trip would be sufficient. ATM cards and credit cards can be used in Kathmandu only.
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy 2-3 hours of walking in a day, you will find this trip suits you. As this trip have short walking hours normal fitness level is fine.
You will mostly be on well-maintained local routes that consist of dirt trails. The terrain on some of these trails have steep climbs or descents as well as dusty paths. Driving though mountain road is quite demanding but panoramic view and terrain farming will wisely entertain you.
Villager’s warm welcome and their friendly behavior are the most favorite part of this trip. They will never let you be alone as they are very much interested in you, your brown hair, whiiiiteee skin and blue eyes ;) . You will find some children walking around you and they are always happy to be in your camera.
Foods are little bit spicy than normal and most of your big lunch and dinner will be Rice, lentil soup and veg. curry with potato.
Most of what you need during this trip is normal cloths. Please note that weather will be quite warm or rainy, evening will be quite cool and refreshing. So please bring your normal cloths which suite above weather. Bring along a pocket knife, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, and a day pack. Others, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu for reasonable price.
Generally your hotel or lodge will let you store your luggage with them for some nominal or no fee. As long as you lock up your bags, they are normally safe. If you want then we can also store your luggage at our office store room in free of cost.
The weather can be rainy or warm. However, at night it is generally cool and refreshing and the days are generally warm. Temperatures could be as high as 32 degrees Celsius and as low as 14 degrees Celsius.
Your host, generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodations have private rooms with twin beds that may be used for double or single occupancy. Toilet and bathroom are outside of house because Nepali culture believe that toilet should be outside of house. Host house have two flat where in first flat they have kitchen and in second flat room for families.
In general, yes. But, it's always good to take sensible precautions in order to avoid any health problems. No matter how tempting and it can get very tempting after a long trek- avoid drinking any other water than bottled water. Do not eat roadside food that is exposed in the open air. Avoid buying and eating raw and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Other than that, it is fine to have boiled, fried or properly packaged food items.
You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately); flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.
If you want to make modifications to your customized itinerary (Not applicable for fixed departures) even after you confirmed your booking, it is possible. We provide free alterations one time. However, after this, we charge a US $30 dollar surcharge for every new modification but this must be made 15 days prior to your trip so that we can adjust our schedule to your new trip itinerary.
Cancellation of the trip is not possible and you will lose your 10% deposit amount. We won’t charge the amount if the trip is postponed (only once) with valid reason. Postponing notice is required a minimum of 30 days prior to trip departure. If you fail to give proper notice within 30 days prior to your trip departure or do not show up at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice, you will forfeit 100% of the total cost of your trip.
Note: Changes may be possible, but are not guaranteed.
Mr. Frank– :
It was an amazing experience with Apex team and host family in Nuwakot village. We feel this is one of the best way to explore Nepal and Nepalese festival.