Ropain: Get Local

6/7/13 3:51 AM

Rice Plantation

One of the benefits of traveling is the chance to explore the local culture in a way you wouldn’t be able to if you stayed home. Through Ropain: The Rice Planting Festival, travelers can experience a rural festival as the locals do. On June 29, head out to the fields for a traditional rice planting festival with socialtours, a five time Responsible Award nominated company.

You’ll work alongside residents of Lalitpur, home to the indigenous community of Newars, as they stand knee-deep in mud to plant the bright green rice stalks. Rice plantation is no easy feat; people do not work alone, but rather with other community members to take on the daunting task of growing one of the most important commodities in Nepal. Come prepared to work like a farmer. Socialtours will provide traditional Newari snacks and a meal to bring strength back to your body.

The price for
Ropain, meaning plantation in Nepali, is Rs. 1750 for adults, Rs 1000 for children below 10 years old, and free for those below 4 years old. In addition to the local food, the price covers your pick up and drop off as well as chance to try local rice beer and play in the mud. 

The package also includes the priceless benefits of challenging your body, connecting with the locals, toiling in the fields with fresh air, and understanding what it takes to feed a country that has reserved for rice a central culinary role.

Only 50 spots are reserved for this experience. To make a reservation, visit

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Kora Cycling Challenge ‘13


In Buddhism and Hinduism, a kora is the circumambulation of a religious structure such as a temple or stupa. The Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge will pay homage to Nepal’s kora tradition with a 50 kilometer cycling challenge around the Kathmandu valley on July 20.


The challenge will take cyclists on dirt trails in the outskirts of the capital, where mud homes, lime green paddies, and brightly clothed locals are as much a part of the landscape as the well-known mountains are. Because there is no requirement to complete the 50 kilometers and the trails are relatively easy to traverse, the challenge accommodates both novice and expert cyclists.


While registration is free, riders are highly encouraged to raise Rs. 100 (less than US $2) for each kilometer they cycle. Funds raised from the event will go toward building an eco-designed birthing facility in far western Nepal, one of the remotest parts of the country. In 2012, close to 300 Nepalese and foreigners participated in the challenge, securing nearly Rs. 1 million for a birthing facility in another area of Nepal.


Register, sponsor a rider, or donate at

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Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) will be celebrating its 25th Silver Jubilee Rafting Festival 2013 on May 25th, 2013.  NARA is expecting  over 700 people to participate in the festival when they go down the Trishuli River. The white water rafting adventure will start from Belkhu and end in Malekhu covering a distance of 20 km approximately. 


Nepal boasts some of the world's most thrilling whitewater with its many rivers from Trishuli River, Seti River, Bhote Koshi River, Kali Gandaki River, Marsyandi River, Sun Koshi River, Arun River, Karnali River and Tamur River. The whitewater consists of a wide range of difficulties, breathtaking scenery and an amazing adventure.


Take part in NARA's 25th Silver Jubilee Rafting Festival 2013. For more information, please visit Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA)'s website.


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Tour de' Lumbini


Cruise through Nepal as the country celebrates the peace ambassador Buddha’s birthday this month. The three day cycle tour, which begins on May 23, will have cyclists reach Buddha’s birthplace on his birthday on the 25th. The 275 + kilometer route starts in Kathmandu and makes it way through Kuringhat and Bardaghat before ending in Lumbini.

For more information on Tour de' Lumbini and to join the hundred people expected to partcipate, please visit



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If you’d like to get more oxygen in your body than how much Yak Attack  offers, join the Trans Nepal mountain bike race this December.


The 5-day off road race follows the same path as Yak Attack the first 4 days before veering west to Pokhara.  Competitors will have to complete 8 timed sections as they make their way across the Himalayan foothills.  Even if the riders never reach more than approximately 1,900 m (6,234 ft.) in altitude, they won’t miss out on the astonishing views of the snow-capped mountains jutting up 8,000 m into the sky.


Trans Nepal, which includes plenty of opportunities for competitors to ride together and enjoy the scenery in between the timed sessions, is limited to 30 people.  For more details, including how your friends and family can join you without participating in the race, visit


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How high are we talking, exactly?


So high that you’ll find only about 50% of the oxygen available at sea level. This happens at an altitude of 5,416 m (17,769 ft.). If the race doesn’t sound tough enough for you, add 30 cm of snow over the first 4 days; temperature dipping at points to -15 °C before wind chill; and passing 400 km through rough descents, soft sand climbs, mud, landslides, and suspension bridges with a total altitude gain of 12,000 meters.


Do you now get why a former participant said,“this isn’t racing, it’s torture”? Yak Attack may be torturous, but it’s the type of pain people keep coming back to year after year. Join them and other extreme challenge seekers as they make their way through 8 stages during the 8 day race in March 2014.


A place in one of toughest bike races in the world is strictly limited to 25 riders. The 13-day Yak Attack package includes accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in addition to the race course locations. To find out more about what another rider described as the “most awesome riding I've ever done,” check out


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Get away from it all and come back restored.

The Nepal Heart Exploration Nature Retreat will take you to Dhulilkhel, where verdant hills and a panoramic view of the Himalayas will make you forget that the bustling city of Kathmandu is merely 30 kilometers away. Engage in 6 hours of deep trance and shamanic journeying each day as a shamanic healer helps you meditate, delve into your inner consciousness, heal old wounds, and quiet fears and destructive thinking.  During these four days, you will have a 1-on-1 session with the healer to do heart-mirroring exercises. Absolute silence will be maintained in between exploration sessions and meals to facilitate the restoration process.

Other retreat activities include a shamanic fire ceremony, a silent circle, a traditional shamanic healing ceremony, and sightseeing. Visit for more information on the 6 day retreat, which starts on April 30th, 2013.



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Those who trek along the imposing mountains of Nepal are challenge seekers—that’s clear. But how about those who run the 26.2 mile marathon from Mount Everest Base Camp in the world’s highest altitude marathon—what do we call them?  

Maybe as fast as a cheetah. Maybe astonishingly brave.  Maybe extremely determined. Or maybe downright crazy. However, the important question isn’t what to call them. It is: Are you one of them? Find out on the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s tallest mountain on May 29, 2013.

On your downhill run from the height of 5,365 meters (17,602 feet), find motivation to make it to the finish line (and forget about the lack of air) in the astonishing view. You will pass high altitude moraines, enormous yaks, multi-colored prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan wind, mellow meadows, and Sherpas going about their daily lives.

A 19 day travel package that starts on May 16th is available to help you prepare for the exhilarating chance to run the highest altitude marathon in the world. If friends and family want to join you on your journey without running the marathon, they can. To find out more about the Tenzing Hillary Mount Everest Marathon, which had over 150 participants last year, visit  



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Imagine a game of tug-of-war that divides a city in half. If you want to leap from just imagining to actually seeing, make your way to Bhaktapur for the Bisket Jatra in April. The Jatra, or festival, takes place for more than a week in the days leading up to and following the Nepali New Year in the ancient Newari city.

The Jatra starts off with the game of tug-of-war between the residents of the eastern and western parts of Bhaktapur. Each group tires to pull a three-storied pagoda chariot to their side of the city during the vehicle's procession through Bhaktapur.

However, the hard work isn’t over after the match ends. On the last day of the Nepalese calendar (April13th this year), the men of the city come together to erect a 25 meter ceremonial pole. They divide again into their respective teams the next day for another round of tug-of-war, this time to compete for the pole. The New Year officially begins when the pole crashes to the ground, and celebrations continue for three more days.

News source:,; The Himalayan Times

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