With the majestic Himalayas supplying their stunning backdrop, this is a unique and unforgettable visit to a truly amazing country. As we explore the Kathmandu Valley with its many ancient temples, we spend time with weavers and handmade paper producers, members of the vibrant network of fair trade producers in Nepal. We also search for rhino in Chitwan National Park and spend time in the lakeside city of Pokhara which provides dramatic views of the Annapurna Himal.
During our time in Nepal we visit Get Paper Industries (GPI), one of Traidcraft's partners. Established in 1985 as a family business producing handmade paper products from cotton and paper waste, GPI is now a co-operative and workers are involved in all aspects of decision-making through a number of committees.
Mahaguthi's story begins with the legendary social reformer Tulsi Mehar. Inspired by his work with Mahatma Gandhi in India he returned to set up a spinning and weaving project in the Kathmandu Valley which now lives on in the fair trade organisation Mahaguthi, which works with more than 1,000 producers across Nepal. Working together with local tour operator Mt Kailash, Mahaguthi's knowledge and passion for fair trade ensures we have the sort of experience few tourists get to enjoy.
“Pre-holiday service was brilliant! Up to your usual fantastic standard – thank you.”
“An enormous ‘thank you’ from us both for enabling such a memorable holiday. We saw so much of interest, met some inspirational producers and people and were guided by such a thoughtful person in Prajol.”
“What can one say – we met so many amazing people who have achieved so much”
“It was great to be in a country where being a vegetarian isn’t a problem!”
“The holiday provided a very good balance of producers and tourist attractions which left us with the feeling that we have a much better understanding of the country and the people in it both from an historical and cultural viewpoint and of life and the problems the people face today”
“Prajol was a really excellent tour leader – friendly, conscientious, well organised, and ever helpful. His knowledge of Nepal and everything about the country was very wide and he seemed to be able to answer just about every question we put to him and we put plenty of them”
“It was a really lovely, well-organised trip with such lovely people”
“I wanted to let you know how inspiring these visits were and what a privilege it was to meet such dedicated, enthusiastic people running them and to witness first-hand the amazing benefits fair trade has brought the poorest and most marginalised members of Nepalese society”
All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
75% meals provided
3 long road transfers
5 producer visits including 2 Traidcraft supplier
7 tourist visits
1 wildlife visit
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Following the fascinating journey along Kathmandu’s crowded roads, and past temples and busy shops, we arrive to the warmest of welcomes from the team at GPI (Get Paper Industries). Coming from the bustle of Kathmandu, there’s a sense of calm at GPI, but what also comes across quickly is the strong work ethic, and a … Continue reading "Meet Get Paper Industries, our friends in Nepal"
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