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This Tour in Nepal Lets You Experience Life as a Tea Farmer

The journey from crop to cup has special meaning when you’re along for the ride, especially if you’re a dedicated tea drinker who likes to know all that’s involved in the creation of a quality brew.

Now you can experience this process first hand, on a seven day tour through the first tea estate to be certified organic in Nepal.

Experience Life as a Tea Farmer in Nepal

Not only will you have the opportunity for a hands-on approach in the production of tea; you will meet the farmers face to face and discover parts of Nepal that most don’t have to access to.

Be prepared for an immersive tour that has you working alongside the farmers at the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center (KTE-RC), where you’ll experience the production of tea first-hand.

Not for the faint-hearted, this tour will have you travelling along bumpy roads on the top of a truck and you might expect a few scratches and bruises while toiling in the Nepalese soil.

This journey will have you involved in the complete cycle of tea production, which will bring life-changing rewards you might never have dreamed of.

Now that tea-tourism is on the rise, it’s the perfect time to get involved and gain a new level of appreciation for the tea as well as the people responsible for its production.

Maybe you’ll start your own tea business, like a recent participant who continues to travel the world to bring back quality tea for his customers.

In the Foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha

Established in 1984 by Nishchal Banskota at the base of the third highest mountain in the world, this organic tea estate has a heritage that encompasses the rich history of the region along with the Nepalese tea culture from farm to market.

You’ll acquire so much more than the immersive experience of tea production.

Meeting the farmers and learning about their struggles and stories will enhance your enjoyment of tea, making it so much more than just a beverage. With the added bonus of being able to take home the tea you harvest and a private label, it will be a trip to remember.

Tea is a way of life in Nepal and this tour will afford you the opportunity to understand the fine art of tea making and the science behind it. Nischal Banskota advises that participants are involved in setting a prime example for social change, with their focus on creating Fair Trade and organic tea.

Benefits of the Tea Tour

  • Deepening community roots for both participants and the farmers
  • Sharing stories and making lifetime friends
  • Contributing to social awareness and promoting Fair Trade and Organic tea
  • Immersion in a new culture and local resources
  • A new understanding of the production of tea from crop to cup

The seven day tour includes sight seeing in Kathmandu, staying at the tea garden lodge and spending time plucking, rolling, firing and roasting tea leaves; hiking, a visit to the school and nearby villages as well as tasting the tea you have helped harvest and process.

Social Responsibility with Nepal Tea Tourism

The Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center was seeded with the help of a bank loan commissioned by the King in 1984, operating on a model where the farmers were the owners, receiving free housing, subsidized food and full educational scholarships for their children.

Taking responsibility for the entire supply chain, the company eliminated the middlemen who exploited the poor farmers in Nepal while hiking the cost of tea for the consumers. Empowering the farmers meant improving their lives for the whole community, with their “Do Good to Others” motto.

Nepal Tea imports directly from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Centre, located in the Panchthar district at the border of Darjeeling. More than 100 farmers have joined the co-op, producing organic tea on land that was once considered almost unsustainable.

If you consider yourself a tea enthusiast who is passionate about organic and Fair Trade production with a focus on community and environmental responsibility, this tour might be the experience you’ve been waiting for.

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