Home stay program with Nepalese - 3 night / 4 days

Home stay program with Nepalese - 3 night / 4 days

Sirubari village is a totally unspoiled Gurung settlement set in the hills at 1700 meters above sea level. Sirubari village is a short drive and walk from Pokhara, the major tourist center for the Annapurna region. It is reached from the road to Lumbini. The trail to the village is steep but well made and most people manage to reach the village after a three-hour walk.

The hills above Sirubari village offer panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna massif including Macchapuchare, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung and Hiunchuli. The climate is ideal at any time during the September to June season with warm days and cool nights.

In the past touring in Nepal has meant either trekking along the trails or staying in specially built resorts. Getting to know the locals and their culture has been difficult. In Sirubari, one can experience a stay in an unspoiled village living as a family member. You will be welcomed into the community and invited to stay in the home of one of the village families. Each night there will be entertainment provided by the community. One evening this will be in the form of traditional Gurung and Nepali dancing and singing.

The accommodation is simple but comfortable with clean room with good beds as well as clean toilet facilities (squat toilets). The food is delicious and you will be eating your meals as one of the family. During your stay, you will be able to feel what it is like to live the life of a Nepali villager. Walk with your family while they go about their daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, or simply sitting in the sun talking to the neighbors. Feel free to wander, safely, by yourself and look at all of the developments that the community have supported and funded. And, at the end of the stay, you will be overwhelmed by the farewell that your new family will give you. Even if you never come this way again, the village and its people will remain in your heart forever.

Day 01:  Drive to Pokhara approx at 9am by road for Sirubari and lunch on the way. Arrive Sirubari village around 3pm-4pm.  Welcome ceremony,blessing by village lama, snacks, allocation of ccommodation.  5pm onwards- At leisure with families, dinner, bed.

Day 02: Breakfast Walk to Dahare Durali to see The holy women life back to Sirubari meet see the Government School back with family.

Day 03: Early breakfast then climb to Maidan Kharka and Thumro for Himalayan panorama. Refreshments at community plant nursery. Sirubari for lunch.Descend via Panchamul, visit high school, return toAfternoon in village, tiffin in community hall with caltural programme Dinner with family.

Day 04: 6.30am Breakfast with family:
7.30am Group meets at gomba for farewell ceremony
8.30am Depart Sirubari for Pokhara Lunch at on the way
1.00pm Arrive Pokhara

Home stay cost:

Group size: 2 pax:US$ 250 p/person

 

Cost includes:
01. Delicious local food and drink,
02. Comfortable accommodation (clean room, clean beds, clean toilet),
03. Welcome like you have never had before and the cultural experience of a lifetime 

Cost does not include:
01. Transportation to Pokhara (US$ 5-12 for tourist bus)
02. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara
03. Personal nature expenses

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

The following can be incorporated into any programme for special interest groups provided at least four people per group participate.

Rock climbing:
There are some undeveloped rock faces above the village which will give challenging climbing. For experienced climbers only, own equipment required.

Cave exploration:
There is an unexplored limestone cave near the road head at Arjunchaupari. The cave has some formations and is at least seventy five metres deep. Only locals have entered the cave so far. There is an abandoned mine (copper) above the village which could prove interesting provided it is safe. Preliminary exploration will take place this summer.

Bird watching:
The jungle above Sirubari is rich in bird life. A day or more can be set aside for serious ornithologists to spend time here. Animal life is also abundant.

Meditation/Buddhism study tours:
The Gurung villagers around the valley are all followers of a particular style of Tibetan Buddhism. Scholars or recent converts alike can spend time in meditation in the peaceful atmosphere of the village and its surrounds.

 Extended sightseeing:
Longer trips around the valley rim are possible but overnight stays outside the village will be required. Tents or local accommodation can be arranged.

 Festivals:
 When festivals coincide with group tours then the itinerary will be varied to suit, according to the guest’s wishes.
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