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While most tour organizers and tourists emphasize the major tourist stpots, whether it is the scenic treks in the mountains or cultural tours of Kathmandu valley, however, we at Accessible Adventure want you to be able to experience the life of an average Nepali living in the hills of Nepal. Visiting just the mountains while staying in lodges and inns geared towards serving tourists, does not give you an accurate picture of the “real” Nepal, that Nepalese people experience. This, we think is essential to understand the Nepalese culture and Nepal as a whole.
The village of Jyamrung lies in the Diatrict of Dhadhing, next to Kathmandu at a modest altitude of 1400m altitude around 120 km away from the city. Most of the people here are farmers who live off what they grow and collect from their animals. Here you will stay in local houses, built not as a hotel but as a normal family home. The houses are made of natural materials, clay, mud, straw, wood and bamboo make up the physical structure of the houses. Those who own cows, buffalos or goats will have a small shed right next to the house where they would be milked everyday. Oxen are used to till soil on terraced farms along with traditional tools. Much of the energy is spent grazing animals and collecting firewood for cooking also. The local schools here provide education to the children of the families in the village and are quite lively.
Through Accessible Adventures, you will be able to experience all of this. Depending on what you are interested in, you could help the villagers out with the tilling of the soil, looking after the animals and gathering milk and fodder to feed them or teaching and volunteering at the local school. If you have experience in the health industry, you can help the local health post too. During harvest season you will be able to help gather crops and cook local Nepalese delicacies for your host family. With this hopefully you will be able to experience the local life and help the community out too.
The local landscape of the village is mesmerizing too! The terraced farms in the hills, with beautiful snow capped mountains in the background make this trip worthwhile on their own. The Ganesh mountain range and mount Manaslu stand out in the vistas seen from the village.
Accessible Adventures believes in “tourism for a cause” and the community is economically supported by the tour. As a whole Accessible Adventure also supports local projects and activities within the village.
Your arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You will be welcomed by a bunch of flower or garland and transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
9:00 am: After having breakfast we will arrange a 4-5 hours guided tour in Kathmandu valley to visit world´s heritage sites. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
8.00 am: Pick up from your hotel; and drive a 3 hours through the Prithivi highway and reach to Dhading Bensi (530 meters), the head quarter of Dhading district; stop here for lunch and drive another 1 hour to reach Gol Bhanjyang. Then you will walk for 2 -3 hours (easy walking) through pine forest along the ridge; and villages and reach at Lamasthan Jyamrung; a lovely village of different cast and creeds. Overnight at home stay or tented camp.
7 am: After breakfast you will visit house to house to learn how people live; what they do etc..., see milking buffaloes; join them in their farms to help them (i.e. ploughing fields, planting rice, potatoes etc... Overnight at home stay or tented camp.
7 am: Visit local houses to observe milking buffaloes, churning yogurt, grinding rice; and afternoon visit community school to teach English to the students or learn Nepali from them. In the evening enjoy local culture program with songs and dances. Overnight at home stay or tented camp.
8 am. After breakfast, Villagers will see you off with Khatas and climb up the Salle Danda (1800 meters) in 2 hours; where your jeep will be waiting for you to drive you back to Kathmandu (110 k.m, 4 hours drive). Stop over at Dhading Bensi for lunch before proceeding to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
You will fly back home or extend your trip to onward destination with happy memories.
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