Spiritual: Visit Monasteries and have the rare chance to meditate with a monk in the spectacular mountain scenery of Bridim.
Cultural: Observe ancient village traditions and participate in seasonal festivals.
Cultural: Bridim tours take you to unspoilt villages where a homestay experience gives you a rare taste of life with the mountain people and immerse yourself in well preserved ancient Tibetan culture and practices.
I am from Bridim village in Langtang National Park, Nepal. My mother fled Tibet as a refugee in 1965 and married my father who was Tibetan with Nepali citizenship. When I was 12, I was one of the few from my village to receive an education thanks to my Swiss sponsors. This changed my life. Since then I have worked in tourism leading groups for the likes of Cornell University Nepal Study Programme (US), Oak Hall Expeditions (UK) and Maya Travels (Germany), helping visitors experience the cultures and scenery of my beautiful country. In 2003 I co-founded Dolma Ecotourism together with British charity Dolma Foundation, which enables me to work in my chosen field while simultaneously benefitting the local communities, including my own. This help has never been more important since the great earthquakes of 2015.
Here are 5 ways that your adventure with Dolma Ecotourism will help local communities:
- Employment: Typically a Dolma adventure employs up to 40 people directly, and many more indirectly, at salaries far higher than the average village income.
- Education: Because Dolma Foundation is a non-profit organisation, profits from the tours fund education and health care (see next). Dolma Foundation provides over 150 scholarships to the poorest children, and children with disabilities, from our communities. Education, as I know personally, is the most effective long term tool to alleviate poverty.
- Health: Profits also go towards healthcare in the form of treatment and operations for villagers that have saved many lives.
- Craft sales: On each trip, guests buy local crafts directly from their makers, cutting out the middlemen, and helping preserve these ancient skills.
- Support for the future: All of the above, and the joyful process of socialising between villagers and guests, help put our communities in a position of strength to adapt to a rapidly changing world on their own terms while retaining their cultural heritage.
Come and join me in Nepal for the adventure of a lifetime while helping the communities you visit.
Tsering Lama. CEO, Dolma Ecotourism
When I first visited Nepal, I was bowled over by the remote communities that hosted me. It was as though everything we in the West are seeking – community compassion, organic farming, meditation, living in harmony with nature – was being practised by these ancient people.
At the same time, life was hard, people were poor, healthcare non-existent and parents wanted education for their children. Along with Tsering Lama, we started Dolma Ecotourism to invite guests to be hosted by these communities, while trekking through the glorious Himalayas. Dolma guests learn from locals that have mastered sustainable living while helping these communities improve their quality of life. But this oversimplifies things. Our guests form deep friendships with these remarkable people. The real lesson is, no matter how distant our cultures and countries, that humanity is one. There is no better way to experience this revelation than to visit Nepal with Dolma Ecotourism.
Tim Gocher, Chairman and Founder, Dolma Foundation