Coffee Origin Trip in the Himalayas

Expedition Details

Coffee has a very rich and ancient history. It has been a beverage from the rich, the poor, the working class, royalty and of warriors. Some believe coffee's first cultivation dates back to 575 B.C. in Yemen. It is said that a pilgrims from India named Baba Budan smuggled out the first seeds to be germinated from the very tightly controlled areas of the Middle East. Coffee quickly found a place in south Asia's traditions and culture until the 1700's when a disease called "rust" wiped out many of the plantations. We are reintroducing coffee and coffee culture back to South Asia where it has very strong roots.

Coffee has been grown in Nepal and sub-continent for hundreds of years. Tea was the natural choice since it is resistant to the rust disease. In the 1980's coffee was planted in the Terai and the hill regions of Nepal. The new varieties have thrived and are producing fair amounts of coffee. Coffee can be commercially produced in many parts of the country. However, there is great potentiality in mid hills region for organic coffee production as it has got suitable climate, topography, Soil, relative humidity, Temperature and Rainfall for Arabica coffee.

Some Districts like Gulmi, Palpa, Arghakhanchi, Lalitpur,Tanahu, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Kaski, Gorkha, Syangja, Parbat, Baglung are successfully growing and producing Coffee beans and is increasing gradually. This will certainly help in diversifying process and will increase the income of the farmers as well as other individuals involved in coffee processing and marketing enterprise. With the popularity of Nepali coffee among the tourists and expatriates, the demand of Nepali coffee in the domestic market improved from the mid nineties, creating renewed interest and the growers started planting coffee in an extensive way.

07 Nights / 08 Days

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, Transfer to Chhahari Retreat (Feb 28th 2020)

    Arrive into Kathmandu and transfer to Chhahari Lodge Retreat. We will begin with a welcome drink, do some introductions and have a simple orientation about the lodge. Everyone will be assigned their room and the afternoon is as well as a free time to relax, explore the grounds or take a short walk down in the nearby village. Dinner this evening will be a mix of Nepal and Western dishes while enjoying the night views below of Kathmandu city.

    CHHAHARI RETREAT in Kathmandu on Twin Share with meals (Dinner).

  • Day 02 Tour of the City with visit to small local coffee shops, Overnight in Chhahari Retreat (Feb 29th 2020)

    After breakfast at Chhahari, We will visit today some of the highlights of kathmandu.  First, we drive to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), then we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square.  Here at the square, we will visit small coffee shops.  We will probably have lunch in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    From here, we drive to Patan Durbar Square, a mediveal city.  We will spend the rest of the day visiting some smaller coffee shops, and learning about the coffee culture in kathmandu.

    CHHAHARI RETREAT in Kathmandu on Twin Share with meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 03 Kathmandu - Drive to Coffee Farm (Mar 01st 2020)

    After a delicious western style breakfast that includes fresh orange juice and fruit we'll leave Chhahari lodge for the coffee farm. Today's drive will take us North West out of the Kathmandu Valley, and onto the Trishuli "Highway". We'll leave behind the bustling streets of the city for the rural terraced countryside that is so famous in Nepal. The terraces amaze even well-seasoned travelers as they rise and descend for thousands of feet around you. In about an hour and half we'll stop at the village of Kakani and Rani Pauwa where we'll have expansive views of Ganesh (23,494ft), (add another summit) as well as other snowy Himalayan summits to the north of us. We're nearly at our destination and soon arrive at Paintish kilo. We'll have a short tour of the village of Paintish Kilo, and then we walk down a winding dirt road to arrive at Lekali Coffee estate after about 40 minutes. But your duffle bag will be transported to the Lekali farm on truck or jeep.

    Upon arrival lunch will be served in the trekking style of tables and chairs while overlooking a 250 foot waterfall, the surrounding thatch roof villages, and of course the coffee farm. Accommodations will include; Safari tent 9 by 10 foot tent and has 2 beds with foam camping mattresses clean sleeping bags and pillows. Toilet tents will be erected a discreet distance from our camp site. Meals will be authentic Nepalese; tasty, but with some western touches (not too hot). Dine will be set inside a dining tent or use the space inside the processing building every evening. A hot water shower tent will be available for those who wish the simple pleasure of an overhead bucket to wash the days dust away.

    In the evening the Lekali Coffee operation Manager Tenzing Sherpa will provide an orientation about the farm, cherry picking techniques. Tenzing will explain you about Nepali coffee history the challenges and future opportunities in Nepal. You are introduced to our helping hands (people) at the farm; you will meet our farm in-charge and family who live there all the year round. They are the people for next few days talking and walking with you. Today there are no major activities planned, this is a relaxing day to walk around the camping site, get to know the surrounding trails, the villagers, perhaps spot a colorful Himalayan squirrel or simply relax.

    TWIN SHARE TENT Accommodation with meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

  • Day 04 At the Coffee Farm (Mar 02nd 2020)

    Awaken to the sounds gregarious Red Bill Magpies and other birds who are greeting the day. The morning begins with a hot cup of tea or excellent Nepali coffee. Breakfast will be prepared and served in the dining tent.

    After breakfast it's time to get dressed for coffee cherry picking; including rubber boots, and gloves too. You can fill up your water bottles while at the dining tent. Lekali coffee crew member will arrange / provide everyone with a cherry picking bag. Tenzing will divide everyone into groups to smaller team and assign each team a block of coffee trees they may harvest. We will be picking around 10:00 a.m. this is when the local village coffee pickers will also gather at the farm to begin their work day. Interact and engage with these locals to collect the coffee cherries. Volunteer yourself to pick as much cherries as you can. After each bag of cherry is picked, all the coffee cherries are then brought to the collection center for processing. Guest-pickers will both register their name and the total weight that they picked on their very own bag of cherries. Time will fly and it's soon time for a lunch break.

    After lunch, refill water bottles, and grab your cherry bag for some more fun with the coffee trees until another bag is full and time to register that one too. Our coffee cherry picking will last long until; we have enough cherries to put into the processing machine. Processing: Lekali will check and decide of process only after several hundred kilos of cheery is picked in a day. Minimum 200 kilos of fresh cherries required to save energy and time to process. Lekali will store the fresh cherries soaked in the fresh water until the enough cherries ready to be processed in the machine.

    TWIN SHARE TENT Accommodation with meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

  • Day 05 At the Coffee Farm (Mar 03rd 2020)

    Today, after the breakfast around 8 am, we can do a morning walk around the villages. Our local will gather around 10am in the morning, and then we will begin the same process again, as earlier day.

    TWIN SHARE TENT Accommodation with meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

  • Day 06 Back to Kathmandu (Mar 04th 2020)

    After a late breakfast around 9am, walk up to Jurethum, then we drive back to Kathmandu. We continue our drive to Kathmandu city. We will check into Chhahari lodge. Freshen up yourself, and enjoy the afternoon at Chhahari lodge with drinks.

    CHHAHARI RETREAT in Kathmandu on Twin Share with meals (Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 07 Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (Mar 05th 2020)

    Breakfast in the lodge, our first destination site is the famous Hindu shrine Pashupatinath Temple. It is famous and religious temple among the Hindus, Pashupatinath temple offers great prospective on Hindus. Approximately about 5 km north-east of Kathmandu, is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the guardian spirit and the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal. Pashupatinath area is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimages for the followers of Hinduism. Thousands of devotees from within and outside the country come to pay homage to Pashupatinath every day. And on special occasions like Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) people congregate here in far greater number. Pashupatinath area is also included in the list of world cultural heritage.

    After Pashupatinath, we will walk towards Boudhanath. Boudhanath Stupa is primarily for Buddhists. You will be the next one to take walk around the big Stupa. Buddhist walks around this temple, the walk known as KORA around the Stupa. You will find locals, and elderly folks walking and praying around this Stupa. The Great Stupa of Boudhanath is the focal point of the district, and in fact until the 1980's there was very little else here. Since then, there has been a construction boom, and outwardly, at least, there is little these days to distinguish it from any other congested Kathmandu suburb. The culture, though, remains very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans and Sherpa, and this can be evidenced by the number of restaurants selling momos and thukpa and other Tibetan favorites.

    In fact, when traveling into the area, it is often the sight of maroon clad Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns that indicate you are getting close. Boudhanath remains a fascinating area with many Buddhist temples and eccentric characters, though don't come expecting to find a peaceful and quiet environment to sit and contemplate the wonders of the Stupa. If you do, you'll be disappointed.

    CHHAHARI RETREAT in Kathmandu on Twin Share with meals (B, D) Lunch will be included during tour

  • Day 08 Depart Kathmandu (Mar 06th 2020)

    You will be transferred to the airport for your final departure from Kathmandu. Breakfast included

  • Coffee Origin Trip in the Himalayas
  • Trip Details

    • Date: Tentative 28th February, 2020 to 06th March, 2020
    • Inland Total Days / Price per person Twin Share: 08 Days/ $2980.00
    • Single supplement: $3405.00 for Single Room use for entire trip
    • Min Pax to Operate: 04
    • Max Pax Limited to: 10
  • Cost Includes

    Chhahari Lodge at Shivapuri National Park with Breakfast (Double/Twin Sharing), Transfer within the country, Entrance Fee & Guide Fee for Tours in the country, All meals from Day 01 - until Day 08 breakfast (Drinks are not included), Private transfers to and from the Coffee Farm to the Lodge, At the Coffee Farm accommodation in Tented safari style camp (Twin Share only), Professional Coffee Expert of the Lekali Coffee Estate (Mr. Nima Tenzing Sherpa), 1 kg of Lekali Coffee Green Bean to take home

  • Cost Excludes

    Visa Fees, Insurance, Items of a Personal Nature, Tips to Local City Guide & Drivers, Alcohol, Emergency Evacuation, International Airfare, Travelers Insurance, Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Drinks in the Coffee Farm and in Kathmandu, Meals, Souvenirs

  • Trip Highlights

    • Trip Lead by Mr. Nima Tenzing Sherpa (Certified Licensed Q Grader in Nepal and Certified SCA Barista & Roaster)
    • Visiting Lekali Coffee Estate - operated by Nima Tenzing Sherpa
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley
    • Experiencing the Coffee Culture in Kathmandu
    • Coffee Harvesting, pulping, processing, fermentation, and drying
  • Coffee Origin Trip in the Himalayas
  • Note on Itinerary

    Although we generally stay to the schedule date, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, lodging availability, and the group's general timing.

    Deadline for booking December 29th, 2019.

  • Air Travel

    Please check with your travel agent for a better route to fly into the arriving destination. We advise you to check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

  • Single Travelers

    This is a group tour program if you are interested to join with the group, we suggest you to email us, and provide us your request. If you wish to room single, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary.

  • Qualifications

    This trip is strictly for Coffee lovers and who want to learn about Nepalese Coffee. We suggest you inquire with us, to ensure that this is right for you. Although being a coffee origin visit tour, this trip also has some sightseeing, and slight hiking and overland drives.

  • Weather

    February to April, the tail end of the dry season, is the second-best time to visit. Spring season in Nepal is also considered as the best season. In this season offers different varieties of the wild flora blossoming of the giant rhododendrons above 3000m and hunting paradise during this season, which makes high altitude trekking more comfortable and interesting. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and quite moderate temperature at higher elevation over 4000m, which provides spectacular and excellent mountains View.

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