Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Nepali breweries tasting Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Solu District Pikey Peak
  • Max Altitude 3640m/11,942ft
  • Group Size 2-20
  • Starts Drive to Dhap
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking and Drinking
  • Best Season Spring, Autumn and Winter

Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek Overview:

The Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek is one of the most unique and epic drinking adventures that we organize in the mountains of Nepal. However, this isn’t some conventional Nepal nature hike where you test your physical and mental endurance in a high-altitude alpine environment.

This is a cheerful adventure that takes you through the glorious Himalayas surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and remote villages, sipping on special brews brewed by the friendliest Nepal mountain people.

I’m talking about getting lit on gentle Millet moonshine or rice wine that punches you like Mike Tyson. It is an adventure to try all those mysterious grain-based local brews that will make you see Yetis and Snow Leopards. This is a boozy trek for thrill-seekers, not for the faint of heart.

To all adventurers - If you are seeking an experience that blends trekking through breathtaking landscapes, knowing the rich cultural traditions, and indulging in the finest local brews, the Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek is an absolute must.

However, a word of caution – this trek is not for the faint-hearted or non-drinkers.

Our Boozy Expedition: Local Alcohol Drinking Trek

Our boozy expedition begins in the Solukhumbu District, home to the towering peak of Mount Everest. At the foothills of the world's highest mountain lies the gorgeous Pikey Peak. Pikey Peak is still very untouched by the crowds of tourists which gives you a genuine trekking experience with solitude and serenity.

We will be trekking the Pikey Peak route which offers jaw-dropping vistas of Everest and surrounding Himalayan giants. This epic trek is not just about epic scenery that even Edmund Hillary has talked about but it also provides a great cultural experience. As we walk into this off-the-beaten path we will visit remote villages and bond with locals over their proudly crafted brews. Get ready to be welcomed into the homes and hearts of Nepal's finest homebrewers.

A Tipsy Trek Through Nepal's Majestic Landscapes:

Get ready to trek through Nepal's magical landscapes and sip on some local brews on this Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek. This adventure will take your taste buds on a beautiful journey through Nepal's majestic mountains and exceptional brews. Just imagine soaking in the views of the mighty Himalayas while tasting local breweries crafted from grains like Millet, Rice, and Corn.

This is not some conventional mountain trek, it is a most thrilling trip that keeps you worry-free out of all the harsh realities. It is a trip that connects you with nature, Nepali Culture, and friendly people and of course, gives you the taste of their homemade brews.

Besides, the towering snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and picturesque villages of Pikey Peak welcome you as you walk the region. Furthermore, this trek is more than just breathtaking scenery, it's a gateway to a world where ancient brewing traditions are celebrated and treasured.

Tasting the Local Brews:

The highlight of this Pikey Peak Trek besides the grandiose view of the mountain is tasting locally brewed wines, each crafted in a very unique way. For generations, Himalayan villagers have been crafting these homely alcoholic beverages using local grains.

The way these local breweries are brewed has time-honored special techniques. From the comforting sweetness of Millet wine to the strongest Raksi (popularly known as Fire Water) has its own process and surely comes with a surprising punch.

We travel from traditional village to village meeting Nepal's finest homebrewers and trying their home-brewed breweries. As we trek and test the local brews, this trip becomes so much more than just trekking and drinking. It's about connecting with the incredible warmth of the Nepali people and their cultures.

We will exchange stories, experiences and share laughter, and make beautiful friends over glasses of Chhaang and Rakshi, or Tongba. With new bonds over Traditional Nepali Breweries, we will understand the real treasure of JOY of the Himalayan people. However, it is to be noted that every sip comes with an unbeatable mountain vista.

Understanding the Process of Brewing:

Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek isn't just about tasting local brews; it's a beautiful journey understanding the art of brewing these local brews. Every day we will stay overnight in remote villages of the Pikey Peak region where you'll have the rare opportunity to learn from local expert brewers.

It is certainly a privilege to observe and participate in the ancient brewing techniques that have been perfected over centuries. From the selection of the finest grains to the fermentation processes, every step will provide you with the tradition that has shaped these unique brews. Watching their traditional brewing techniques and tasting reveals to you the secrets of the system that have been passed down through generations.

To tell you in all honesty, the Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek promises an adventure like no other.

A Boozy Cultural Adventure.

This adventure is all about trekking, being in nature, filling your cups with those warming Millet wines, and fully experiencing the amazing culture of Nepal. Every night we will sit around the warm campfires up in the beautiful Himalayan settlements sipping the traditionally made brews.

We will listen to our Nepali friends' songs and their fascinating old stories and tales that have been passed down through generations. Maybe they'll even teach us a few other secret recipes so we can try making them when we get back home.

At the end of our trip, we are sure to look back into our unique Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Adventure and laugh over things we did or said over a few cups of those Fire Water. However, the deep connection we have made with nature and people over countless glasses of Chhaang, Raksi, or Tongba will stay with you forever. And of course, you can always book another similar exceptional trek with Nepal Pyramids when you need an escape from the punching monotony of daily life.

This is one spiritual pilgrimage your liver will never forget. Cheers, my friends!

Highlights of the Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek:

  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan giants from the summit of Pikey Peak (4,065m)
  • Trek through the most dramatic forest setting of rhododendrons with blooming flowers in spring.
  • Visit remote mountain villages inhabited by Sherpas and Tamangs and taste their homemade alcoholic beverages.
  • Sip Chhaang or Chyang (Beer made from Rice, Millet, or Corn) by the campfire with a billion stars overhead.
  • Try Raksi (strong spirit distilled from grains, rice, or fruit) and learn about the distillation process.
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of the local villagers as you're welcomed into their homes – get the luxury treatment.
  • Witness Tamang women in colorful outfits weaving cloth and carrying large loads along the trail
  • Listen to folk songs and stories about Sherpa/Tamang myths and legends about the mountain gods
  • Visit ancient monasteries and witness the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the region.
  • Visit Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple and overnight stay in this heavenly hill station which is known as 'The Switzerland of Nepal'.

By trekking with Nepal Pyramids into the remote local settlement, tasting their unique brews, and engaging with remote mountain communities, you'll have the most authentic Himalayas experience.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in kathmandu - Welcome dinner with local brew
  • Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar (2932m / 9,619 feet) - 240km 8/9 hours
  • Day 03:Trek to Jhapre (2829m / 9,281 feet) - 14km 5/6 hours
  • Day 04:Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3640m / 11,942 feet) 14km 5/6 hours
  • Day 05:Trek to Pikey Peak (4,065 m / 13,335 feet) and terk to Jase Bhanjyang (3520m / 11,548 feet) 4/5 hours
  • Day 06:Trek to Sete via Lamjura
  • Day 07:Trek to kingja and DRIVE to Bhandar – visit paper factory and local market
  • Day 08:Trel tp Shivalaya (1,838m / 6,030 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Jiri and Drive to Mirge Village (45 minutes Drive)
  • Day 10:Drive to Kalinchowk
  • Day 11:Drive to kathmandu - lunch at Sukute Beach
  • Day 12:Trip Ends - Transfer to international airport.

Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek Detailed Itinerary

                          What's Included
                          • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
                          • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
                          • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star with twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
                          • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
                          • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
                          • LOCAL BREWERIES FOR TASTING: Complimentary tasting samples will be provided - purchases beyond the included tasting samples will be at the guest's expense.
                          • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
                          • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
                          • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
                          • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
                          • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                          • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
                          • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
                          • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
                          • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
                          • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
                          • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
                          • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
                          What's Excluded
                          • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                          • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                          • ALL LOCAL BREWS: All local breweries.
                          • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                          • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                          • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                          • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                          • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                          • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                          • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                          • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                          • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
                          Essential Trip Information

                          Visit to Kalinchowk and Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple:

                          A visit to Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple is another highlight of this trek. Located at the high Himalayan ridge, Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple is a spiritual sanctuary that promises an unforgettable experience. Situated at an altitude of 3,842 meters / 12,604 feet, this Hindu shrine offers one of the most spectacular vistas of mountains. The panoramic views that Kalinchowk offers include the highest Mt. Everest, Mt. Gaurishankar, the majestic Jugal range, and the iconic Annapurna range.

                          Situated within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, Kalinchowk holds a special significance as the origin point of two of Nepal's renowned rivers, the Sunkoshi and the Tamakoshi. This sacred site is a pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees seeking the blessings of Goddess Bhagwati. The Bhagwati Goddess is renowned for granting the wishes and desires of her devotees.

                          Reaching Kalinchowk is an adventure in itself. From Kathmandu, it is a journey of 13.2 kilometers to the town of Charikot, followed by another 18-kilometer off-road trek to Kuri Village. From there, visitors can either trek for one-and-a-half-hour or for convenience you can take a five-minute cable car ride to the temple.

                          We stay overnight at Kalinchowks Kuri Village which offers a unique experience. The guest house we stay overnight is traditionally built houses that provide visitors with a genuine cultural and architectural experience. Kalinchowk is aptly termed as the 'Switzerland of Nepal', due to its charming architectural style house and the most stunning mountain vistas. Kalinchowk certainly promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas.

                          Klinchowk Kuri Village

                          When is the best time to do Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek?

                          The best time to do the Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek is during the Spring Season which starts from March till May, the Autumn Season which starts from September to November, and Winter from December to February.

                          However, this trek is not ideal during the monsoon season which starts from June till August.

                          Is there any chance of getting Altitude sickness during this Traditional Nepali Breweries Tasting Trek?

                          No, there is hardly any chance of getting altitude sickness on this trip since we start from a very low elevation and gain altitude gradually. The undulating altitude variation in this trip gives travelers enough time to acclimatize at high altitudes.

                          Is it safe to drink locally brewed brews in the mountains?

                          Yes, locally brewed brews in the mountains are considered safe to consume and don’t have the potential health risks. Consumption of too much alcohol is certainly injurious to health. However, these traditional brews have been part of the mountain culture for generations. The mountain people have lived on these brews for centuries and have used them on every occasion. 

                          According to some local research, homemade brews in the mountains are considered safer than bottled distilled alcohol due to the traditional brewing methods and the use of natural ingredients. 

                          Additionally, the locally brewed brews don’t contain the presence of harmful additives or byproducts posing potential health risks.

                          Most importantly, we only take you to those local breweries that have earned our trust and confidence, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable experience while traveling in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal's mountain communities.

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