Travel with a local for ease and experience the adventure of a lifetime
A Photography Tour of Nepal. A Culinary Tour of Nepal. A Cultural Tour of Nepal.
Travel with a Local. Travel with DIWAS Photography.
November 1-13, 2022 (12 days adults only)
November 22-December 2, 2022 (10 days, family friendly)
Taste, touch, and immerse yourself in all this amazing country has to offer. Join us as we curate and guide your connective experience into the culture, community, cuisine, and landscape of Diwas’ homeland. While doing so, feel good that you are uplifting while giving back to the community, the economy, and Nepal herself by supporting small, local, impact by-design hostels, local businesses + organizations, kitchens and more.
“… they took me on an insider’s journey into magical Nepal. I was introduced to a true local experience, including friends, family, food, and hidden spots that you won’t find in a guidebook.“P. D.
Your Nepali love story through our lens. Join us.
This trip is for you if you’ve always wanted to visit Nepal or South Asia but had felt it out of reach for whatever reasons. Imagine yourself with us. Travel with a local in Nepal. Find ease, community, and deep care. You’ll receive:
-an itinerary without the stresses of being a “tourist” in a far away land. We’ve got you!
-support in visiting historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful temples and Nepali architecture.
-a professional photographer coaching you on travel photography and then gifting you a documentary-style gallery of your Nepalese escapades through their lens.
-local and trusted guides take exceptional care of you as we navigate the culture, city and the countryside.
-knowledge of the spices and process to recreate your favorite Nepali meals for your friends and family at home.
-a knowing that you’ve given back to the Nepali people + programs through your competent and compassionate tourism.
-opportunities to cultivate relationships + create memories that will last you a lifetime.
This trip is for you if you want to:
Open your heart and mind to a new land and culture.
Have an off the beaten path, anti-tourist international travel experience.
Support local, woman + youth led initiatives through your conscious travel.
Learn, reflect, appreciate travel in community
Bring a sustainable + appreciative piece of Nepal home with you.
Bring home stunning imagery without the stress of prepping for a photo shoot.
This isn’t your ideal itinerary if you:
Are unable to hike or meander along uneven ground for a few hours.
Require 5 star accommodation – spaces will be Nepali nice, but they are not always posh!
Digestively or otherwise, eating ethnic foods like rice, beans, and spice is a hardship.
Are not interested in photography.
Require punctuality and are anti “go with the flow.” Operating on Nepali time is a real thing.
Prefer the frenzied rush of ticking a list of all the touristy things to see on vacation.
A journey of a lifetime, without the stress of planning.
Small groups. Curated itinerary. Compassionate + Competent hosts.
Nepal is a multi-faceted country with so much to offer. We will open a window of insight that can only be shared from the experience of someone who knows first-hand what Nepal encompasses, from the gorgeous landscape, beautiful architecture and the exquisite cuisine, to Nepal’s industries of tourism, agriculture, textiles, handicrafts and so much more.
“…I had my life transformed in unexpected ways that are still with me today. Be prepared to have all of your senses newly awakened and altered, even your sense of time.”P.D.
Experience deep cultural immersion
We’re not about appropriating the culture to make it more palatable for our small community of travelers. We will offer you:
- Education and insight on the cultural cues and clues of Nepal. We want to support you in being culturally competent visitors to this land as you enter into the homes and kitchens of our Nepali community. You could get started here.
- Local chefs to teach you how to prepare traditional Nepalese foods. The foods you learn to cook are better shared with community, both in Nepal and back home.
- Diverse overnight stays in both urban and village settings where we will be supporting local families and initiatives that train and empower youth to travel as well as host travelers, as tourism is Nepal’s #1 industry. We’ll guide you to pack accordingly.
- Community visits which foster appreciation of the artistry and labor within Nepali handicrafts + agriculture.
- History, folklore, and culture will be shared by Sadie, Diwas and a collective of trained guides that will provide insights and thought through your travels.
- Facilitation and community connection for other aspects of travel and experience you wish to have whilst in Nepal before or after your program with us.
- For families traveling, we will provide Nepali didi’s that will help caretake your littles as you experience Nepal with a little more breathing room, and maybe even a date night!
Explore ethnic Nepali meals and find yourself welcomed to the typically off-limits space of a Nepali kitchen to learn how to prepare a handful of dishes by native Nepali chefs. Consider your soul fed. Take home spices, recipes, stories and more.
Immerse yourself in a metropolitan city, a village stay and a lakeside town. Learn about the people, life and industry of Nepal, be guided through various UNESCO heritages sites, and maybe catch a glimpse of the sun rising behind Everest.
Professional travel lifestyle photography + iconic portrait sessions provided daily, in the most magical spaces throughout your journey. Receive a full gallery of your love story through our lens by DIWAS Photography. This is priceless
“On a personal note, Sadie and Diwas are kind, funny, easygoing, and all-around cool people. Bring an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of adventure, and Sadie and Diwas will take care of the rest.”P.D.
Sign up + Investment
$150 refundable deposit expresses your sincere interest + temporarily holds your spot as we roll out the paperwork to make this real for you, communicate with us here and we’ll send you an invoice. Program Contract, Packing List, Optional Reading List and detailed itinerary will follow. To secure your limited spaces, $1000 will be due with a contract delivered and balance due by October 1, 2022.
Adults (+ grown children welcome) : November 1-13, 2022
$5200 for 12 days of supported travel through Nepal
Families of all constellations w/small children: November 22- December 2, 2022
$4800/pp based on quadruple occupancy for 10 days of FAMILY travel . Infants under 1 travel for free. Space is limited.
* Clients for Life + Friends of DIWAS Photography save $500.
What’s included… and what’s not
Tour fees include:
Pre-tour Zoom meeting with Sadie + Diwas
Packing + Reading Lists
Daily ethical travel experience
Empowered engagement w/Nepali
Airport pick-up + drop-off
Domestic travel + site admissions
Multiple cooking classes
Portrait Session by DIWAS Photography
Gallery of High-resolution imagery from tour
Meals per itinerary
Lodging in guest houses
Cultural presentations + tours
Supportive hosts/family helpers
Tour fees do not include:
Flights to Kathmandu, Nepal
Travel Insurance (required)
Alcohol, Medical Aid/Assistance
Immunizations Required for entry
Meals/Accommodations before + after tour
Recreational Activities outside of itinerary
More information to come soon… In the meantime check out our blogs on Nepal, the food, the culture, the joy that is yet to come.
What others have said about traveling with DIWAS Photography as a local in Nepal.
“I traveled to Nepal in 2009 with Sadie and Diwas as my guides. It was my first trip to the Asian continent, and they took me on an insider’s journey into magical Nepal. I was introduced to a true local experience, including friends, family, food, and hidden spots that you won’t find in a guidebook. And of course, they made sure I experienced all of the beautiful historic and natural sites that make Nepal famous. Over the four weeks, I had my life transformed in unexpected ways that are still with me today. Be prepared to have all of your senses newly awakened and altered, even your sense of time. On a personal note, Sadie and Diwas are kind, funny, easygoing, and all-around cool people. Bring an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of adventure, and Sadie and Diwas will take care of the rest.” Peter D.