Chandra's Wedding Trek. Witness a traditional Rai marriage ceremony in Rural Nepal.
Many of you know Chandra from trekking with him either in Nepal or India or both countries and Tibet. Chandra comes from Rai ethnic clan of Nepal. Their matrimonial practice is unique. When both the bride to be and the groom to be along with their families agree on the partnership, they get engaged. Upon engagement, they start living together. It could be years or even decades before the final solemnization of their marriage takes place.
Such a ceremony can be a massive burden financially to both the bride and groom's families. They have to provide a free flow of alcoholic beverages (locally distilled or fermented); pigs and chickens are slaughtered to feed the guests all day long for several days.
Chandra’s marriage is to be solemnized on the 18th of February 2018. Chandra and I have discussed to open up his wedding to be witnessed by our friends from overseas as well. This event will be a great cultural experience for those attending. Very few foreigners have been to this part of Nepal as it lies off tourist/trekking trails. We have sent the first and only trekker to this part of Nepal in October 2016.
We have designed this package, so you get to see the real Nepal and experience "once in a lifetime" cultural event. It will also be a great photographic opportunity meeting people who are not in a touristic part of Nepal.
Part of the proceeds from this trip will go towards helping both families’ wedding expenses. It is estimated between 100 – 200 relatives and villagers will attend this wedding event on each side of the families – which is a substantial financial burden on the families.
14/2/18: Arrive in Kathmandu to be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Well, well arriving for the wedding on Valentine's day... Hmmm.
15/2/18: Drive towards Patale on the border of Okhaldhunga and Solu Khumbu districts. We will be staying overnight in a basic lodge.
16/2/18: Drive for 3 hours or more depending on the road conditions to Inku River. We will start the trek to Chandra’s village of Majgaon, Pawei. The trek begins with a steep climb for about 2 and half hours and turns in undulating terrain. 4 hours trek. You will be treated to a traditional Rai feast and cultural show in the evening. Overnight in a tent.
17/2/18: We will go for a short walk outside of the village. In the afternoon, lunch with Chandra's immediate family, e.g., his parents, brothers and their families – provided they are not preoccupied with the wedding chores.
18/2/18: Today we will be part of Chandra’s family wedding procession to the bride’s village. They will be playing traditional musical instruments, drinking, dancing and making merry on the way to the bride’s village. We will stay in the bride’s village for the night in tents.
19/2/18: We will witness some traditional ceremonies before we leave the bride’s village to head back to Chandra’s home with much festivity.
20/2/18: We retrace our steps back to the road head and drive to Phaplu where there is an airport.
21/2/18: We take a short 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free to wander around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu.
22/2/18 International departure.
Cost US$1200 per person on twin sharing basis.
Two nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Two nights in lodges outside of Kathmandu with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Six lunches and dinners when outside of Kathmandu.
Drive to Chandra’s village in private jeeps.
Tents while in the villages.
Domestic flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu.
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