“Enrich your experience by embarking on sustainable Deusa Community Trek and discover local habitats and nature, acquire knowledge on biodiversity conservation, organic farming, and celebrate and respects traditional cultures, rituals, and wisdom.”
Eco-Community Homestay to Deusa village is an off the beaten trails situated in the eastern part of Nepal, 240 km away from the capital Kathmandu. It covers a huge area and is at an elevation between 1,000m to 2,100m. The village is inhabited mostly by the Thulung Rai people though there are some other groups like Tamang, Magar, Newar, Kshetri, who reside in the village. Tamang people are in upper part however some families are found in the middle part of the village as well. Likewise, another caste/ethnic groups like Rai, Chhetri, Dalits, and Newar are both in the middle and lower part of the Village Development Committee.
Deusa Village Development Committee encompasses a large hillside area, taking about two hours to pass from one side to the other. The village composed of a number of smaller settlements. The nearby villages are Waku, Kanku, Basa in the North; Mukli, Nele in the West; and the opposite of Dudhkoshi River, there are Jubu and Lokhim is in the South and East. In addition, you can see the mountain scenery of Mera and Kongde peak.
Deusa Community Homestay program encompasses comprehensive activities such as experiencing a different culture, interacting with local people, village tours, nature trails hike, performances, learning farming techniques visiting local schools, experience local cuisine, engaging in different activities that help to contribute to the communities. Further, diverse culture and customs revealed to you as you tour local villages, local market, ancient temples and nature hiking trails.
This Community Homestay allows you to connect closely with the communities that give you the opportunity to interact with diverse ethnic groups. These cultural exchange opportunities offer tremendous opportunities for visitors to develop a better understanding of the people of Nepal while considering significant global issues.
The visitors also get to acquire the farming techniques carried out by local people. For those who have spent the majority of their lives in the city, this is often a transformational part of the trip, as they ponder the variances between city and countryside life, riches versus poverty, and what it means to be a true global citizen.
Thus this purposeful community program offers you educational and authentic experiences while allowing revenue generated by visiting this place remains in the often rural, poor, or economically marginalized community.
Note: This is a sample itinerary; however we customize the program according to your needs and preferences.
- Day 1: Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel in our private vehicle. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. You will have leisure time to relax and freshen up.
- Day 2: Morning tour to ancient marketplace and visit world’s UNESCO Heritage sites
After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.
We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.
Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.
The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.
Jagannath temple built in 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.
Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.
You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
- Day 3: Drive to Deusa village Solukhumbhu; (2,000m/6,561 ft.) - 240 km; Approx.10 -13 hours’ Drive via 4 Wheeler
This morning we will take a long scenic drive to Deusa village located in the east part of Nepal, about 240 km away from Kathmandu valley. Upon arrival at Deusa village, you will be hosted by the staff of the community research center. After freshen up, you will be served with the scrumptious local meal. Our representative will brief on activities of the following day. Stay overnight in Community building.
- Day 4: Coffee Farm Tour (2 hours hike)
After an early breakfast, we take an hour walk to the coffee farm. Visiting a coffee orchard is an eye-opening experience where you can see the farmers cultivating coffee and get a chance to get the hand on experience from local farmers. During these tours, you are typically shown around the plantation to see the growing coffee in the field. You will learn environment-friendly organic coffee farms practice natural techniques of growing coffee by avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Stay overnight in Community building.
- Day 5: Visit Orange orchard (2 hours hike)
After an early breakfast, our tour guide will take you to an orange orchard. This Orange Tour takes you along quiet orchard where you will explore the cultivation of orange trees, the properties of the orange and the orange blossom. The magnificent trees, the moist soil, and the clean air provide you some soothing comfort in the lap of nature.
The orange farms of Deusa are the primary means of livelihood for the farming community of the region. The government declared Deusa village as the best fertile zone for orange and gooseberry. By visiting an orange farm you will not only support the local farmers but will also get an opportunity to get deep insights and experience their unique culture. Also, you get to interact with the farmers to learn about their traditional lifestyle and folklore. If you come in harvest season Mid Nov-Feb, then you will get a chance to see orange trees blossom and taste the freshly picked organic oranges from an orange orchard. During this season the beauty and aroma in the countrysides are inexpressible. It is an experience that will connect you with nature, landscape, as well as enjoying the beauty of its scenery.
After visiting an orange farm, you can learn cooking and preparing the family daily meals being part of the typical family helps them to know the way of living. If you are interested in learning how to cook Nepali cuisine, arrangements can be made on request. Stay overnight in Community building.
- Day 6: Hike to spiritual Jalem Pokhari and onto Ranan village (5-6 hours)
Early morning after breakfast, we set off the hike to Jalan Pokhari and Ranan village. During the hike, we walk through the pleasant trails through forest, village all the way to Jalem Pokhari. Jalem Pokhari lies right on the top of the village. It is believed to be there for a long period and considered as a sacred place. You can witness several old trees all over the area and place for shrine nearby including a very big cave. It is said to be very deep where people are not allowed to go into. Dhami (shaman) come to pay homage to the pond and goddess twice a year with their Dhole (people assisting the Dhami), their family and relatives.
The time when several dhamis assemble and worship the sound of drums and thaal (bronze dish sounding like a singing bowl) is very much enjoyable and fascinating to hear. If you are visiting during Buddha Jayanti (April/May) and “Bhaduaure Mela” on the day of Janai Purnima (July/August) then you can partake in the festival fair.
After visiting Jalem Pokhari we then hike towards Ranan village. Ranan is a picturesque village where you will get a glimpse of Mera and Kongde peak. You can experience ecological, social and cultural diversity with a vast medley of cultures and traditions, unprecedented heterogeneity in landscape and absolutely beguiling natural surroundings. Stay overnight in Community building.
- Day 7: Visit and Support the community schools
Early morning after breakfast, we will visit a local school where you can do a one-day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions. You can also participate in several meaningful community service projects like painting classrooms, create recycling program, constructing a pathway, wall or toilet/building block or planting and supporting an organic garden.
Visitors visiting Nepal can collect the old books in their home country before the trip to build a library to support an underfunded school. You can also conduct a talk program in communities, schools, in any topic of interest. For example, if you are a student of art, you can take a class and teach children how to draw, painting and make different crafts. The work can be customized to visitors’ interests and the requirements of the school.
In the evening, witness music, dance performed by the local people by enjoying the authentic cuisine. Stay overnight in Community building.
- Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu (Approx. 9-10 hours)
After an early breakfast, we will take a long scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Hotel.
- Day 9: Departure
It’s a day to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying learning experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer groups to TIA airport as per your flight departure time for your onward destination. You should check-in 3 hours prior at your scheduled flight.
- Airport transfers,
- 3 nights ***Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 5 nights in community building on full board
- Guided tour in Kathmandu with entrance fees
- Bus from Kathmandu to Deusa and back
- Staff insurance,
- Guide, Cook and supporting staffs
- Duffel bag
What's not Included
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- International airfare
- Visa fee: US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entries
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability insurance