Get to know the real Nepal, in areas that are rural, remote, and untouched near Mount Everest. Meet people who live in traditional villages and learn about their culture and way of life.
Unique matrimonial practice at Everest
The trek takes place a two- to three-day walk below Lukla where the regular trek 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 involves ‘technical’ trekking. This trek is suitable for the more accomplished/avid hikers.
The idea is to bring travelers off the beaten path to show ‘Real Nepal,’ its culture, and a pristine environment that remains untouched by the tourism industry. Rai ethnic clan of Nepal mostly populates this area. Their matrimonial practice is unique. When both the bride to be and the groom to be along with their families agree on the partnership, they get engaged. Upon engagement, they start living together. It could be years or even decades before the final solemnization of their marriage takes place due to financial constraints.
The families of both the bride and groom face a massive financial burden to conduct such marriage ceremonies as they have to slaughter pigs, chickens and provide free flow of alcoholic beverages for several days before and after the actual service.
The date for this wedding ceremony 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 wedding of the Rai ethnic group. We were the first and so far only trekking company to have brought foreigners to these villages.
This package has been designed so you get to see the real Nepal and experience a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event. It is also a great photographic opportunity, meeting people who are not in a touristic part of Nepal.
Part of the proceeds from this trip will go towards helping both families’ wedding expenses. It is estimated between 100 – 200 relatives and villagers will attend this wedding event on each side of the families – which is a substantial financial burden on the families.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Phaplu and drive on a rough road for 4-5 hours to a small town. Camp overnight.
Day 03: Trek to a lovely village for lunch and continue to camp at a forest.
Day 04: Trek to a pristine Sherpa village. 5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Forest camp.
Day 06: Trek to the viewpoint.
Day 07: We trek to the bride’s village and observe the pre-wedding preparations.
Day 08: Participate in the marriage procession to the bride’s village with much fanfare and merrymaking returning to the groom’s village with the wedding procession.
Day 09: Trek to the vehicle pick-up point and drive to Phaplu.
Day 10: Fly back or continue drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Extra day in case of delays caused by unforeseen circumstances.
Day 12: International departure
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s have done and completed their treks 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 name.
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.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained 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 properly 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 be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.