Today, more and more travellers seek an authentic experience, a change from familiar hotel chains, strict packages and lineups at scenic views. People want more than a sightseeing timetable, they want the chance to deeply experience another country’s culture, people and environment.
Community-based ecotourism in Nepal is a rare jewel, offering visitors unique, diverse and enriching experiences. With more than 80% of the country’s population living in rural areas, travellers can homestay in villages, learning and experiencing the rich values, religions and traditions of the local people among some of the most stunning landscapes on earth.
There is also a huge diversity of activities that visitors can enjoy. From helping grow oranges to spending time exploring historic palaces, to learning about agricultural techniques and trekking nearby mountains and valleys. Such activities, combined with the hospitality and friendliness of a local family can provide visitors with a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Rural tourism provides an avenue to sustainably improve the social, economic and environmental well being of the entire community. Half of the people living in rural Nepal live below the poverty line and rural tourism can play a huge role in changing that statistic. Rural ecotourism creates opportunities for youth to gain skills and experience in hospitality, retail, guiding, transport, and catering and eco-friendly operations.
Rural tourism offers an alternative to experience the real Nepal, in a way that can benefit visitors, villagers and the environment, for generations to come.