There are numerous factors for an unforgettable travel experience and most of these are unique to each traveller. Whether it is adventure or relaxation that your client is looking for, there is almost always a single factor that can transcend their experience: authenticity. Travellers, now more than ever, aren’t just looking for any type of vacation. They are looking for authentic experiences that pave the way for a connection to the local destination – travel that is transformative and meaningful. Lucky for us, that is exactly what we specialize in at Royal Mountain Travel.
So, how does a tour operator achieve authenticity? By practising sustainable travel initiatives that work with local stakeholders to ensure that profits stay within the communities, culture is preserved and the environment is taken care of. That’s why we chose to work with Impact Travel Alliance, a nonprofit aimed at improving our world through tourism, to host a FAM trip that showcases the best of our sustainable practices to conscious travel agents. Attendees included representatives from The Nature Conservancy, Borderfree Travels, Off Season Adventures, Lokal Travel and more.
Throughout the 11-day adventure, there was one activity that stood out the most to our travel agents as an authentic, transformative experience and that is our integration of the Community Homestay Network into the trip. Community Homestay connects travelers to host families that open their homes to show visitors their daily life, from cooking lessons to partaking in local festivities, the traveler becomes a part of the family. Not only does this enhance the traveler’s experience through connection, but it also uplifts the local community by supporting the women who run each homestay.
Eytan Elterman of Lokal Travels shares his experience:
“The trip to Nepal was truly an amazing adventure! We visited a monastery and watched a beautiful monk chanting ceremony at sunrise; we had several homestay experiences where we got to spend a few nights with families and learn about their way of life, and spent a day at Chitwan National Park and had incredible luck spotting several rhinos. It was interesting to be in a country bordering China and India, which was evident culturally in many ways, but one of the most prominent was the food, which spanned the likes of traditional Indian Dal plates, to a fusion food like a momo; a dumpling filled with chicken, pork, or veggies, or more traditional Chinese foods like noodles or fried rice. One of my favorite experiences of the trip was participating in a welcome dance with members of the Panauti community, it was our first of three homestays and I was really excited to see what community tourism was going to be like in Nepal. The women led tourism project was great to see firsthand, and also great to know that the trip we were on was helping empower women entrepreneurs all over Nepal. I have nothing but great memories from my first trip to Nepal, and look forward to returning for a second adventure sometime soon!”
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Nepal |Oct 21, 2014
Nepal’s great festival of Dashain is over and done with. For this year, at least! But, everybody’s looking forward to the another big one, that is, Tihar, which is just around the corner.
Tours |Jul 4, 2023
Tistung is also known as Tistung Deurali (deurali: resting place). Once upon a time, when the Tribhuvan Highway was the only road to the capital from outside the valley, most buses used to stop here for lunch.
Tours |Jun 26, 2023
Baikuntha Simkhada and Puskar Aryal are registered as both city guides and trekking guide. They have been with Royal Mountain Travel for the last decade or so. Besides being, Fit and well educated, they both have an openness that draws
Tours |Jun 19, 2023
I am sitting in a quaint restaurant at five in the morning trying to put on paper my varied impressions of a little hamlet called Hile in eastern Nepal, 13 kilometers from Dhankuta, and a four-hour drive from Dharan.
Tibet |Mar 23, 2014
Mani Rimdu is celebrated from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (mid-October‒mid-November) to the nineteenth day of the month.
Nepal |Nov 11, 2019
For years, Kathmandu, Everest, and Annapurna have enticed travelers with dreams of exotic cultural experiences and epic trekking routes.
Nepal |Jun 21, 2023
In Nepal, specifically in Kathmandu, Bhai Ratna Bajracharya is believed to be the country’s first trader of spices. He began the business about half a century ago, and his shop, ‘Shankha Pasal’ in Kothunani, Ason, is still up and running, though of course, being run by succeeding generations.
Tours |Apr 2, 2015
My flight from Helsinki to Kathmandu was very relaxing. One and half hours delay at Istanbul Airport for my onward flight was no surprise. Turkish Airlines has a lot of delays towards Kathmandu, I was previously warned for that. 🙂
Trekking |Jun 21, 2023
Ramechhap is about 184 km east from Kathmandu. The trek to this region is well known as the Numbur Cheese Circuit, and it’s generally a two week outing. Enough time to get your fill of the magnificent mountain
Tours |Jun 16, 2023
On the way to Pokhara on the scenic Prithvi Highway, you will come across a small town called Bimal Bazaar in Tanahun District. A half hour from here will take you to the largest cave in the country, the Siddha Cave, which is also said to be the largest cave in all of South East Asia.
Women Empowerment |Dec 13, 2019
As the Community Homestay project picked up in Panauti, I volunteered to help out the community with logistics management and teach the English language to the women homestay hosts.
Others |Jun 22, 2023
Seven thousand one hundred and eighty three—that is number of plant species found in Nepal. Three hundred and eighty—that is the number of fern species that can be found growing in this small country. Three hundred and sixty one—that is number of orchids registered as growing in the country.