Ecotourism Village Projects In Nepal: A New Approach

Tourism is one of the primary means of earning revenue in Nepal, and as the land of the Himalayas, there are thousands of tourists and travelers inflow every year. Most tourists visit hot-burning city destinations such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, and others.

Yes, the travelers boom is high in the city areas while none in the rural areas. Hence, rural tourism or village tourism projects are new content in Nepal. For those unknown, village tourism can be the root of every traveler’s inflow in the remote areas of Nepal. This tour is the best way to explore authentic Nepalese villages and their traditions.

This tourism is designated so that the local Nepalese villages will mobilize their skills and resources to display their everyday lifestyle and environment. Yes, this approach will work forward to strengthen the village economy. Additionally, it will also have a good effect on the natural environment and local culture.

Explore The Rural Villages In Nepal

Rural or village tourism is the best way to explore the villages of Nepal. It gives you a closer look at the daily lifestyle of the villagers with interaction with the warm and hospitable local people. With this, you can also explore the surroundings, buy authentic handicraft products, and witness their ancient and traditional rituals.

Furthermore, village tourism also allows you to enjoy the landscapes and vegetation on the outskirts of the settlements. In addition to it, your trip will be exciting with colorful costumes, festivals, an agro-based lifestyle, and gracious hospitality.

Overall, the context of village tourism depends on the following mentioned aspects.

  • To provide financial benefits and empowerment to the local people.
  • To raise awareness and education on the villages’ traditional, environmental, and social climatic aspects.
  • To provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • To give a positive and joyful experience to both travelers and the host.
  • To build respect for the artistic side of the villages.

Village Tourism Destinations To Join In Nepal

All these village destinations are vibrant with their own culture, tradition, and lifestyle. One of the best memorable experiences of village tourism is the homestay. It is the best chance to live in the shoes of the villagers and learn in-depth about their day-to-day routine.

Below are some must-try village destinations if you want a rustic touch.

Sirubari Village Tour (7 to 9 Days).

Lying at an altitude of 1700m above sea level, Sirubari Village is a Gurung settlement in the Syangja district. It lies in the southwest part of Pokhara, which takes nearly a half-day drive. Talking more about this village, it is rich with people following Buddhist, Hindu, or Shaman.

Sirubari Homestay, Ecotourism village
Sirubari Homestay (Source – Google)

As for the climatic condition, this village has an ideal temperature with no snow. During your trip here, you can enjoy the Gurung culture and visit their cottage industries and nurseries. Not to mention, this settlement provides you with comfortable accommodation with clean toilet facilities.

In addition, your visit will always be pleased with the colorful blooming flowers in every field.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 4: Travel from Pokhara to Arjunchaupari and then trek to Sirubari Village.
  • Day 5: Explore the village for sunrise and sunset views. Enjoy the surroundings.
  • Day 6: Hike through the neighboring village and enjoy the culture and traditions.
  • Day 7: Return to Arjunchaupari and drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Siklish Or Royal Trek (9 to 10 Days)

Lying in the Annapurna region, the Siklish trek is a popular trek for those who prefer less crowded areas. One of the beautiful highlights of this trek is the splendid mountain views of Annapurna south, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Fishtail, and Annapurna II III IV.

Not to mention, this route lies around the Pokhara valley and is known to promote the local culture and lifestyle of the area. Additionally, this track takes you through the lush rhododendron forests, beautiful rice fields, rivers, and the settlement villages of Gurung, Magar, and other communities.

Siklish trek is for anyone who loves mountain ranges and hilly areas and is suitable for any age group.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 4: Travel from Pokhara to Kalikasthan and enjoy an overnight camp.
  • Day 5: Trek from Kalikasthan to Lamachour and then enjoy an overnight camp.
  • Day 6: Trek from Lamachour to Siklis and then enjoy an overnight camp.
  • Day 7: Explore Siklis.
  • Day 8: Trek from Siklis to Ghale Gaun and then enjoy an overnight camp.
  • Day 9: Return To Pokhara
  • Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Chepang Village Tour (5 To 7 Days)

Chepang is one of the mystical ethnic communities in Nepal that have their language, tradition, culture, and lifestyle. This Chepang village lies on the hilly side of Nepal with stunning views of the mountain ranges. This trekking trail takes you through the untouched hillsides of the Dhading and Chitwan districts.

Chepang Village, Ecotourism Village
Chepang Village (Source – Google)

Throughout this trip, you can enjoy the indigenous lifestyle of Chepangs, who lead semi-nomadic lives. Well, this particular trek starts from Hundi and ends in Shaktikhor. In addition, you can also add rafting in the Trisuli River during this trek.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Hugdi and then trek to Hattibang.
  • Day 4: Trek from Hattibang to Jautes to Changa to Dinglang and stay overnight at Jyandala.
  • Day 5: Visit Siraichuli for mountain views, sunrise or sunset, Chisapanitar for bird watching, and observe the historical fort at Gadi.
  • Day 6: Trek from Gadi to Shaktikhor and visit the Chepang museum.
  • Day 7: Drive from Shaktikhor to either Sauraha or Kathmandu.

Bandipur Village Tour (4 to 5 Days)

A total Newari village, Bandipur, lies above the Prithivi highway, which leads to Kathmandu Pokhara. This particular village is remarkable, with ancient history, architecture, breathtaking views of the Himalayas, fantastic natural caves, and unspoiled landscapes.

From here, some of the stunning views include the Dhaulagiri Machapuchare, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. During this trek, you can also explore the Thani Mai (Purano Kot), a famous hill for sunrise and sunset views.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Damauli and hike to Bandipur village.
  • Day 4: Explore Bandipur village, hike to Magar village Ramko or Mukhundeswari.
  • Day 5: Go further for a jungle safari in Chitwan or return to Kathmandu.

Nalang Village Tour (5 Days)

This trekking trail is one of the new addition, which is pretty short. You will walk through the rural villages and farmlands. Well, this village is located in Dhading. Also, this trek starts from the town of Kalidaha, which is 90 km northwest of Kathmandu.

As a fun fact, this small town includes five diverse ethnic networks of Brahmin, Kami, Damai, and so forth.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Kalidaha and climb the town trail.
  • Day 4: Explore Nalang village and hike on the “Siddheswar Hill Top” shrine and the dense forest hillside.
  • Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu or go on for further journey in Chitwan or Pokhara.

Ghale Gaun (Village) Trek (7 to 8 Days)

Lying 2,100 meters above sea level in Lamjung District, Ghale Gaun is also known as Asia’s model tourism village. It is one of the most pristine villages in Nepal and home to world-famous Gurkha soldiers, the Gurungs. Furthermore, this village is known for its authentic Gurung culture and tradition.

Ghale Gaun
Ghale Gaun (Source – Google)

It lies north of Lamjung district at the top of Dashthar Danda amidst mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and green forests. Additionally, this particular trek will give you astounding views of the Himalayas ranges such as Machhapuchhare (6693 meters), Annapurna (8091 meters), Annapurna II (7939 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Lamjung Himal, Bouddha Himal (6974 meters), Himalchuli (6747 meters), and some other peaks.

Altogether, this trek will pass you through Marsyandi, Khudi, and Midim rivers. Likewise, it will also explore your way through the lush rhododendron forests and impressive waterfalls. Some popular areas to visit while in Ghhale Gaun are the Utter Kanya Temple, Pempro Falls, Batase cave, and the Khudi hydroelectric dam site. Also, remember to go bird watching at Talangyo Lake.

Itinerary Of The Trip
  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudim to explore the most remarkable cave in Nepal, Siddha cave.
  • Day 4: Take four hours jungle walk to Ghale Village and then to Ghanapokhara and enjoy the sunset hours.
  • Day 5: Explore Ghale Gaun village, and enjoy the stunning sunrise and sunset views from Mt. Annapurna and Manasulu ranges.
  • Day 6: Trek north for waterfalls, caves, and construction of the Khudi Hydro Electricity Project.
  • Day 7: Explore Khudi Bazars and return to Kathmandu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main idea behind Ecotourism Village Projects?

The initiative will create new opportunities for promoting ecotourism and entice the private sector to build comparable camping communities in other regions of the province. Ecotourism is ethical travel to natural regions that respects and preserves the culture and environment of the area.

What is the possibility of ecotourism in Nepal?

Education on ecotourism can impact consumer, community, and industry behavior and contribute to the longer-term sustainability of tourism in natural areas. Local participation not only benefits the site and the ecology but also raises the standard of the tourist experience.

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