Why is this trip special?

Guided tours by our founders
Pluck, process, and prepare your own tea professionally
Open access to Nepal Tea’s family garden and two more!
Experience Nepal and all its treasures your way
Leave all your problems behind to seek respite in the gardens of the Himalayas.

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Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for you, if you are

A tea lover

Purpose driven

Culturally curious

Eager to experience Nepal

This into-the-wonders-of-Nepali-tea tour is made for you!

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What will I be doing in Nepal?
Day 0

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

The capital city of Nepal - Kathmandu will be your first stop in Nepal Tea’s Tea Tours! This day, we’ll check you into a nice hotel and set you up with a nutritious meal! Kathmandu is an amazing place full of rich history anywhere you look and if you choose to we can go sightseeing or have a cozy day in!
Day 1

Explore the mystic valley

Our first stop will be the Garden of Dreams. It is a neo-classical garden in Kaiser Mahal Kathmandu, Nepal, built in the 1920s. From this heavenly garden, we’ll visit two of three royal palace complexes called the Durbar Squares. Full of spiritual temples and architectural treasures, these destinations will be an entryway to the historically rich Nepali culture.
Day 2

Explore hidden local gems

On the second day, we will visit Bouddhanath Stupa. This peaceful destination will be the beginning of a calming day. We will visit unmissable local tea shops, meet local craftsmen, and learn better about the history of the country. We will end the day with a casual evening of dumpling-making with a home chef.
Day 3

Enroute to the tea capital of Nepal

On the third day, Nepal will feel like a home to you. And then you’ll be ready for the tea gardens. We’ll take a morning flight to Bhadrapur. From Bhadrapur, we head towards the tea capital of Nepal - Ilam. This will be a three-hour long drive.  As soon as we leave Bhadrapur behind, you’ll be surrounded by tea gardens. Commonly known as the Queen of hills, we’ll visit La Mandala Specialty Tea garden and spend the night at Jasbire basking in the local teas and cuisines.
Day 4

Visit the majestic gardens of Jasbire

Lapped in the perfect microcosm of the budding tea community of Jasbire, we will visit Jasbirey Tea Processing Center and Baraha Tea Factory. Depending on your customized itinerary, we will spend the night at one of these smallholder farms getting to know the producers closely.
Day 5

Visit Nepal's first organic tea garden

On the fifth day, we will visit Nepal Tea Collective’s founders Nishchal and Pratik’s family farm. KTERC is Nepal’s first certified organic tea garden. Rich in history and tea culture, you will stay in its residency and eat delicious homemade meals in the company of our talented young tea producers.  If possible, we will also get some fine plucking done and leave your harvest for processing.
Day 6

Become a tea farmer & producer for 1 day

On the sixth day, you will explore KTERC’s two of the six gardens. We will travel and experience the tea community firsthand. Get your hands dirty and feel the mud, pumping life and flavors into the tea leaves. You will meet the community experiencing the difference with your contribution.
Day 7

Back to Kathmandu

On the seventh day, we will travel to Bhadrapur early in the morning and get back to Kathmandu by the evening. We will take the last flight out of Bhadrapur. Back in Kathmandu, you’ll have plenty to reflect on. This will be an evening to unwind and relax and count all the treasures you bring back.
Day 8

Casual tea tastings in Kathmandu Valley

Explore the valley some more and get to the crux of the budding tea scene. Our founding team will get you a tea-tasting session and great conversations with the tea people of Nepal! 
Day 9

Unwind with the view of the mountains

It’s a sin to visit Nepal and not seek the views of the Himalayas. With an early trip to the outskirts of the capital, we’ll explore the luxury of a breathtaking view in style.
Day 10

Last Day of the Tour

This will be your last day with Nepal Tea Tours but it need not be your last day in Nepal. Feel free to end the formal Nepal Tea tour and stay on. We might not be around, but we can definitely guide you and help out during your stay!
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But we promise you, there’s plenty of room for magic and serendipity! And everything is customizable to your needs.

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When can I go?

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What’s included ?

This 10 days personalized tea trip, let the wonders of tea melt away your worries!
We will take care of:

Local Transport

Three meals a day

Tea tasting by experts

Introduction to local cultures and cusines

Deep exploration of the Nepali tea world

Unlimited cups of tea for the entire duration

The trip won’t include International flight, Visa fees and travel insurance.*

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The Gardens

Kanchanjangha Tea Estate
Kanchanjangha Tea Estate & Research Centre (KTE) is located at Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district in eastern Nepal at an altitude of 1300-1800m.
La Mandala Specialty Tea
Kanchanjangha Tea Estate & Research Centre (KTE) is located at Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district in eastern Nepal at an altitude of 1300-1800m.
Jasbire Tea Factory
Jasbire Tea Factory was established in 2017. The tea factory has been producing specialty teas since its establishment.
Kanchanjangha Tea Estate
Kanchanjangha Tea Estate & Research Centre (KTE) is located at Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district in eastern Nepal at an altitude of 1300-1800m. The tea garden lies at the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha, the third tallest mountain in the world. The enterprise was launched in 1984 by Mr. Deepak Baskota, our founder Nishchal Baskota’s father, along with the local farmers on a cooperative model. Over a 100 farmers joined hands, pooled in their marginal land holdings and became owners of the first orthodox tea plantation covering nearly 94 hectares of land.
La Mandala Specialty Tea
Kanchanjangha Tea Estate & Research Centre (KTE) is located at Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district in eastern Nepal at an altitude of 1300-1800m. The tea garden lies at the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha, the third tallest mountain in the world. The enterprise was launched in 1984 by Mr. Deepak Baskota, our founder Nishchal Baskota’s father, along with the local farmers on a cooperative model. Over a 100 farmers joined hands, pooled in their marginal land holdings and became owners of the first orthodox tea plantation covering nearly 94 hectares of land.
Jasbire Tea Factory
Jasbire Tea Factory was established in 2017. The tea factory has been producing specialty teas since its establishment. Each tea produced inside the factory is closely monitored by Sharad Subba, the owner himself. Jasbire Tea Factory is an accumulation of years of Sharad's hard work to dive deep into the world of tea. Jasbire works closely with the community in the village it is named after and supports a slowly increasing group of farmers around. Due to its unique and pure flavors, thanks to the microclimate in Jasbire, the tea has been greatly appreciated all over the world.

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Testimonials

Melissa Salazar
(Tea Master / Blend Specialist)

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My experience of Nepal Tea tour was nothing short of amazing , with the beautiful picturesque landscapes, high altitude lands and trails. The experience of plucking and producing my very own high quality organic tea has enriched my life and business. Nepal will forever hold a special place in my heart and continued business. As a Tea educator it is with honor that I will share my Nepal tea experience and tea with each and everyone of my students.

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Danielle Beaudette
(Owner - The Cozy Tea Cart)

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The trip was extremely helpful learning about the tea garden and the processing and harvesting of tea. Additionally, I really enjoyed the time we spent learning and meeting the people in the village and seeing all that Nepal Tea does to give back to the community.

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Aubrey Lopatin
(Arbor Teas)

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Unlike other tea estate visits in other countries, this visit offered a truly immersive experience that exceeded my expectations. Not only was I able to observe the plucking and processing of the tea leaf, I was also able to "experience" the life of the tea farmer and processor." -

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Cody Gross
(Student / Tea Lover)

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Thinking back on the experience I really felt I was able to immerse myself into the life of a tea picker and really felt connected with the locals. I am very thankful for Nishchal Banskota, his family, and the wonderful people who work at the plantation. They were so welcoming I felt as if I was family. I hope one day I will be able to go back and once again enjoy the company of the people form the KTE tea plantation.

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FAQs

Will we have a driver and a tour guide?

Yes. The $3300 tour will cover all transportation in Nepal. On top of that, you will be guided around town by the founding member of Nepal Tea.

What is included in the Tea Tour package?

  • Local transport 
  • Three meals a day
  • Guided tours of the locale
  • Introduction to local cultures and cuisines 
  • Deep exploration of the Nepali tea world 
  • Unlimited cups of tea for the entire duration of your stay 

What is your cancellation policy?

Fully refundable up to 30 days in advance notice. 

Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?

Yes! You'll need to apply for a tourist visa online or at the airport when you land. It is a simple form and we encourage you to fill it out online beforehand. Here's the application form: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

The tea tour will not cover your passport and visa costs. We will however cover all local transportation, accommodation, and meals. 

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes, after Covid, it is generally required to have travel insurance. The tea tour will not cover the travel insurance fee. 

How many people do you cater to?

The trip is completely customizable and can be catered according to your group and your needs. We will need to know the details which can be planned in calls. Book a call with Nishchal to discuss any concerns now. 

What level of fitness is required for this tour?

Nepal is best experienced through walks. The walking will be short and should be manageable for all. There will be short walks and hikes in the tea gardens. But if you have any concerns, do let us know beforehand. Book a call with Nishchal to hash out any concerns you may have. 

Is this tour suitable for children?

It’s a no and a yes. According to the NHS, tea (Camellia sinensis) isn't suitable for babies and young children due to the caffeine content in tea leaves. But tea gardens are a sight to behold and we think witnessing the majesty of passionate tea makers will be a great experience for young minds. We will leave the decision up to you.  

Are there any other fees I should be aware of? 

No. There are no other fees you should be worried about. 

Who will be my contact person in Nepal?

Nepal Tea Collective team is spread between the U.S. and Nepal. You will be in touch with the founding member throughout the tour as they will be your tour guide.

What do I need to bring with me?

We’ve prepared a general packing item list with short hikes and city exploration in mind- 

  • Light, quick-dry sweatpants and t-shirts 
  • Rain jacket
  • Warmer clothes for the evenings
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Power adapter
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Easy backpack

The tea tour can be as comfortable as you desire it to be. So bring the items that make your tea explorations easy and convenient for you. 

Do you cater to dietary requirements?

Yes! Tell us everything and we’ll make sure you get the best of Nepali cuisine!

Is tap water safe to drink in Nepal? 

The tap water and river water in Nepal is not safe to drink. You have a choice between bottled water, purification tablets, or boiling water. All the water will be provided to you during the trip and they will all be safe to drink.

Do we need to bring toiletries with us?

If you have specific requirements for your hygiene and care routine, then we encourage you to bring your own toiletries. But if you are okay with the basic toiletries, then everything will be provided for you. 

We are vegetarian- will we be able to find vegetarian options in the restaurants?

Yes! Nepal has great variety of vegetarian dishes. Almost every restaurant will be loaded with vegetarian dishes. Most of the typical Nepali vegetarian dishes are vegan as well.

What are some of the most common greetings that I need to know?

Namaste, Namaskar (hello)and Sanchai hunuhuncha (how are you doing/are you well?) are the most common greetings in Nepal. You will find your favorites as you explore the local areas more! 

What will the weather be like?

The best times of year to visit Nepal for warm weather are from early April to early June. The weather has a little nip in the air during late September to October. For our tea tours, summer months are perfect since this is when you will be able to get to witness the tea world in action. The tea gardens will be full of life with pluckers singing and talking as they pick young tea leaves and tea processing centers will run for days on end with producers’ heads completely in the game!

We don’t speak Nepali. Can we manage well with English?

We think you shouldn’t have a problem especially since you’ll be traveling with our founding team who are fluent in both English and Nepali. 

Is tipping expected?

At the farms where you visit, it is definitely not required but please feel free to tip the cooks and other people if you’re happy with the service!

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

Nepal is a beautiful country and it’s safe to visit. We know we’re biased but Nepal is full of extremely friendly people and are known for their  hospitality towards tourists and visitors.

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