Frequently Asked Questions:
Questions for Permaculture Adventure in Nepal:
If I join this adventure, what do I need to pack?
The Short answer is: Pack light!!! The less you have to carry around, the more free you will free to enjoy the environment around you. You do not need a sleeping bag, or any fancy trekking gear at all. Most importantly, have shoes that you are comfortable hiking in for hours at a time. If you buy hiking boots, make sure they are broken in before the trip. Limit clothing to what is essential.
How much trekking will we do?
Certain destinations along our way are only accessible by foot path (and because of this, they are incredible). Aproximately 3 days of the trip, trekking will be necessary, and will take about 4-5 hours each day (at a relaxed pace). Other times, trekking will be encouraged, but optional, and taking the bus to our destination will also be available if needed. There will also be optional day excursions 1-2 hours each way to visit caves, waterfalls, temples, etc. In summary, if you are here to trek, you can easily get your fill, and if you are concerned that it will be too much, don’t worry… there are always creative solutions. Unless you have some sort of injury that gives you pain when you walk, we can custom fit this trip to your needs.
Is the purpose to learn permaculture, or to learn from the locals?
Both! This program is an equal exchange of knowledge and skills with local people, and is designed to provide participants with a good understanding of Nepali traditional lifestyle and the applications to Permaculture Design. Some of our permaculture lessons will be discussion format, amongst our group, but more often, these lessons will be practical, involving local villagers and students.
Do I need to know anything about Permaculture in order to enjoy this trip?
Absolutely not! This journey will provide you with the fundamentals of Permaculture ethics, theory, and practice. Our curriculum will highlight certain methods appropriate to subtropical, temperate, and arid climates. Participants have expressed inspiration to bring the tools they’ve picked up in Nepal back home with them. Fundamentally, Permaculture is a way of thinking that can be applied across any sort of climatic conditions. Permaculture design ethics and principals are applicable to our land systems, as well as invisible structures such as social systems, relationships, language, arts, and more!
Who are the “communities” we’ll be working with, serving, and learning from?
There are 4 main community groups along our way that we focus on:
- Bhupen’s Organic Farm in Tatopani- This family owned site is a developing example for permaculture in the local area. They’re goal is to create an educational center to host courses accessible to local and foreign visitors.
- Shree Jana Adarsh School- This higher secondary school has become an “agriculture” school. In collaboration with the PermaculTourism Initiative, they are creating a model system to demonstrate Permaculture in their temperate climate.
- Village of Paudwar- Only accessible by foot, this traditional Nepali village is a shining example of sustainable village life. In our visit to Paudwar, each participant will have the opportunity to learn a skill or craft of their choice from various local people (farmers, master craftspersons, mothers, etc)
- Tibetan Village of Chhairo- This Tibetan refugee settlement is a beautiful example of cohesive community structure, who work together, eat together, and pray together. We will have a day to interact with them, learn more of their culture, and assist them in their agricultural work.