Map of Kathmandu Valley & Baseri Village Trek
Highlights of Trek around Kathmandu Valley
1. Stay in a local homestay, to learn more about the Tamang people and their way of life.
1. Stunning View of Dorje Lakpa & Langtang Himalayas.
3. Support people rebuilding their lives and livelihoods after the earthquake
Young Monks at Ani Gumba
We are working with this village on a project to develop tourism in order to give them more incomes. The village of Baseri was strongly affected by the earthquake of 2015 and most of the village was destroyed. We have worked with the NGO Thelma& Louise Nepal to build a school and a community building to improve the life of the villagers. Your hosts in the village are members of this local NGO Thelma& Louise Nepal. They will be more than happy to share their views on Nepal’s development. By staying with locals in Baseri, you will be able to experience local culture, while local people also learn from their guests in a mutual process of experience sharing.
On the way to Baseri you will have amazing views of both the impressive Langtang and the Himalayan range while discovering the Katmandu Valley. Besides, living in a Tamang village, where the people are generous and welcoming, it will allow you to live a wonderful human experience. Meeting the very friendly Baseri villagers will make you want to come back again and again for sure!
Totke Baba, sharing the his spiritual practice and life at Shivapuri Jungle.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Chisa Paani
Day 02: Chisapani to Baseri
Day 03: Trek and drive back to Kathmandu
Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.
Trip Cost: 250 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10
1. 1-night tea-house in Chisapani in twin sharing basis
2. All transport as mentioned in Itinerary
3. All foods and accommodation in Trek and Village
4. Porters and Guide according to your requirement
5. 4WD to back Kathmandu from Village
6. All necessary government permits
1. Personal expenses
2. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
3. Tip for diver, guide, and porter (normally they expect)
Water meal at Village.
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Today we will need to wake up early to start the trek. We will walk through Kathmandu to reach the national park of Shibapuri. Then from here we can begin our ascension. The trail goes through magnificent forest and as we climb this hill you will be able to have a lot of amazing views on the Kathmandu valley. We will reach the monastery of Nagi Gumba which is a monastery where only women monks live. After the monastery the trail is mostly made of stairs. Those stairs will bring you to Bag-Dwar, the origin of Bagmati and home of Todke Baba. The place is named after the Nepali term for tiger, and has a stone spout resembling tiger’s face. It is a small courtyard between two hills with a small pond amidst which a small sculpture of Lord Shiva stood. The water from the place is said to be the origin of the holy river ‘Bagmati’, thereby making it an important place for Hindus as well as Buddhists. After the source we will rest at a small house where Totke Baba (holy man) lives and eat lunch there. This man has been meditating for 24 years in this forest. After this short break we will continue the ascension to reach the lodge in Chisa Paani. Chisa Paani is a small village who was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake. You can still see the abandoned old houses which were destroyed by the earthquake. From Chisa Paani you can enjoy an amazing view on the Himalaya range with the impressive Langtang in the background. You can take the rest of the day to rest, enjoy and take pictures of the fabulous views.
After the long day of walking that you did yesterday this one is easier. We will walk slowly to reach the village of Baseri. On the way, we will go through small villages. Almost at the end of the trek to Baseri we can visit a local water mill next to a waterfall. We can also take this occasion to take a bath in this amazing natural waterfall. The water might be cold but after walking it is all that the body needs. After this refreshing pause, we will go to the village of Baseri. The walking day is now done so you can visit the village and the construction that Thelma& Louise Nepal built. From Baseri village you can enjoy a great view of a big valley. You will stay with local people and will have dinner with them.
After the breakfast, we will leave the village of Baseri and start our way down to the valley. We can enjoy a lot of great views on our way down. After that, we will take a local bus to Kathmandu. (3 hours). It is possible on demand to have a private vehicle.
Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.
1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.
1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip of your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger, and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is a good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviors, but don’t join in either.
10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
11. Ancient and sacred sites: there is a few protocol that is handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to the temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
15. If you’re granted an audience with a Lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks, and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.
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