Dil Maya Trek & Expeditions can guide you through any of the well-known trekking routes. However, for those who prefer the road less traveled, we also specialize in routes not well-known to other trekking companies that avoid the heavily frequented Annapurna tourist trail, utilizing pathways used primarily by the Himalayan people living in the hills, through villages principally occupied by the Gurung people and others, and through unspoiled areas of Himalayan Nepal rarely visited by outsiders.
I first met Dilmaya Gurung in 1969 when she was a teenager. I was adopted into her family, so she became my younger 'sister'. When I returned again and again to Nepal from 1986 with my wife I lived with her and her family in the mountain village of Thak. She became my best anthropological informant and the subject of many hours of my films.
Home Stay places visitors with a local Himalayan hill village family to experience the local lifestyle, and to learn some of the indigenous language or improve their language skills. No other form of tourism can give visitors a fuller sense of the lifestyle of local peoples. While Home Stays may occur in any destination worldwide, Nepal does more to encourage Home Stay than many other countries as a means of developing their tourism industry and sharing information about the country and its culture with others. Hosting a Home Stay visitor also allows the local family to earn some additional, much-needed income. Home Stays are surprisingly affordable, and can not be regarded as strictly commercial activity, but more of cross cultural exchange.
For those who would like this unique opportunity to experience the Nepali hill village lifestyle in a more personal and immersive way, Dil Maya Treks and Expedition is pleased to offer a Home Stay Program in some of the beautiful hilly villages of the Himalayas.