Discover Nepal

Discover Nepal

A Region Remarkably Well Suited to Tea

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Sustainable Tourism: Nepal Tea Collective

Nepal Tea Collective, based in the US, offers a unique ten-day tour that allows visitors to experience Nepali tea gardens from various perspectives. They offer their guests a chance to peek into the trade secrets, meet amazing tea farmers and producers, and taste unlimited delicious teas directly from the organic gardens lapped on the Himalayan foothills.

Discover Authentic Nepal

Nepal’s altitude, seasonality, soil, and various microclimates combine to establish a remarkably well-suited terroir for growing tea. The country’s finest teas are delicate with subtle aromas; Handmade teas are an expression of the tea maker’s art, inspired by new demand for delicate whites, oolongs, and airy black teas sold directly to retailers in Europe, Asia, and North America.

A Tale of Two Kathmandu Tea Shops

Bhairab Risal, a veteran journalist with a sharp memory at 94, speaks with ease and zeal of his memories of the early days of Kathmandu’s tea culture. In 1948, at the age of 20, he recalled his first cup of tea at Tilauri Mailako Pasal, one of Kathmandu’s earliest and best-known tea shops. In this article, Kathmandu journalist Prawash Gautam shares tales of two storied tea houses.

Nepal Kanchenjenga

Nepali Tea Opportunity

A lack of infrastructure, a lack of capital, natural disasters, a pandemic, and a very tough competitor at the border – are the challenges faced by Nepal growers. The Nepal Tea and Coffee Development Board report that very few (3,244) of the three million employed in Nepal’s tea industry work full-time. Seventy-four percent of temporary workers are women, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. There are 18,180 small farm owners, in stark contrast to India's vast tea plantations and the social complexity of such systems. The farmers can either process the tea themselves or sell the raw leaves to factories.

Marketing Nepal Tea

The Nepal tea industry has the potential to grow and prosper. However, for this to happen, effective marketing strategies must promote Nepali tea domestically and internationally. Nepal is investing in marketing its tea globally through NISTEP (Nepal Increased Sustainability Tea Exports Project). NISTEP funded this marketing plan, customized to meet the goals of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies.

Tea Processing at Innovative Jasbire Tea Factory

To get his fill of the best quality fresh tea leaves, Sharad Subba partners with 80 farmers in the neighborhood. This is one of the many ways Jasbire Tea Processing Center keeps the manufacturing of tea communal and delivers one of the finest Nepal teas. The quality tea made in Subba's factory is consistent, distinctive, and truly representative of Jasbire.

Barbote Tea Farm, Nepal

Nepal’s Specialty Tea Evolution

The Barbote tea farm is nestled in the steep hills of Ilam, Nepal. It was planted by Narendra Kumar Gurung's grandfather and tended by his father. Narendra spent most of his working years with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Like most of Nepal’s new-generation farmers, specialty tea is a new endeavor built on a century-old foundation of commodity production.

Milan Khatri Sakhejung

Rural Entrepreneurs Establish Nepal’s National Brand

Nepal's eastern tea-growing region leads the country's tea trade, but the landscape is changing as rural entrepreneurs expand the tea terroir. Upcoming tea brands are establishing Nepal Tea as a global brand offering premium differentiated products with a compelling story that is authentic and modern.

Kanchanjangha is Nepal’s First Certified Organic Tea Garden

Long before marketers labeled it organic, Nepal tea was grown with care. Harmony with nature was always the province of the nation's 18,000 small tea farmers clinging to the mountainsides like the trees they nurtured.

Purnima Rai’s Nepal Garden

Smallholders are the backbone of the tea industry, especially in underdeveloped Nepal. Here’s the story of one Nepali smallholder: a widowed grandmother who has spent a lifetime nurturing tea in turn with nature, faith and family.