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Lower Everest Remote Wedding Trek & Cultural Tour

Key Information

Per Person Min 4 persons
Private Tour Min 2 persons

Unique matrimonial practice at Everest

The trek takes a two- to three-day walk below Lukla, where the regular tour in the Everest region usually begins. We have chosen a route that brings trekkers through villages and areas where next to no trekkers have been through. Due to the very reason that no outsiders visit these areas, the trails are narrow and involve ‘technical’ trekking. Therefore, this trek is suitable for the more accomplished/avid hikers.

The idea is to bring travellers off the beaten path to show ‘Real Nepal,’ its culture, and a pristine environment untouched by the tourism industry. The Rai ethnic clan of Nepal mostly populates this area. Their matrimonial practice is unique. When the bride and groom are to be with their families, they agree on the partnership and get engaged. Upon engagement, they start living together. However, due to financial constraints, it could be years or even decades before their marriage’s final solemnization takes place.

Both the bride and groom’s families face a massive financial burden in conducting such marriage ceremonies. They have to slaughter pigs and chickens and provide a free flow of alcoholic beverages several days before and after the service.

This wedding ceremony’s date has to be set by their Shaman, who looks for auspicious signs. This unique program includes a trek to see mountains along the trail with a cultural immersion by witnessing a Rai ethnic group’s wedding. We were the first and so far only trekking company to have brought foreigners to these villages.

This package has been designed to see the real Nepal and experience a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event. It is also a great photographic opportunity to meet people, not in a tourist part of Nepal.

Part of the proceeds from this trip will go towards helping both families with wedding expenses. It is estimated that between 100 – 200 relatives and villagers will attend this wedding event on each side of the family – a substantial financial burden.

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    Detailed Itinerary

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?

Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?

We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.

Do I need a Visa?

A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.

A visa can also be obtained outside of Nepal at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.

For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

What should I bring on a Trek?

Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.

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