Local Experience: (2 Days)

Stay at Ilam Organic Tea Farm



  • Gain hands-on experience on our small scale family run Nepali tea farm
  • Help with and learn the whole tea farming process
  • Experience authentic rural Nepalese way of living

Welcome at Ilam Organic Tea farm! As our guest you can get involved in the regular farm activities. You will gain hands-on experience helping the tea farmers and local communities to cultivate and harvest organic tea through sustainable farming methods. Tasks and projects vary depending on the season and current needs. Farm maintenance chores include soil preparation, weed control, cultivating seedlings, working on the tea plantations, pruning, harvesting, processing and packaging. You are also most welcome to lend a hand in our vegetable plots and kitchen. We do not have any fixed working days and hours.



You stay at my home with my family. Nepali people are extremely hospitable and you will be well looked after. Our home is typically Nepali and therefore basic by Western standards. There is mostly a regular electricity supply. We have two rooms, which we offer. You will have your own simple room with basic things. Typical Nepali meals will be served at least three times a day and include simple, but nourishing rice, vegetable curry, dal (lentil soup), chutney, milk and sometimes local fruits. The food is mostly organic and we can prepare vegetarian options as well.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day

Price excludes:

  • Drinks

Local Host


Enjoy your trip with Dipak

My name is Dipak and I am 35 years old. I live together with my parents, my wife and my son in Phikkal in the Ilam Districit where the best Nepali tea comes from. The Tea farm is a small-scale family run farm. Beside this, we also have some agricultural plots where we grow varieties of vegetables and some cereals too. We also have few livestock. While staying with us you will experience authentic rural Nepalese way of living, our culture and tradition, language, every aspect of tea gardening, ecological farming practices and methods.


Ilam Organic Tea Farm

Address: Aarubote Village Phikkal VDC Ilam District NEPAL


1. How do I know if a local can be trusted?

We have incorporated several measures to ensure safe and trustworthy experiences:

a. References

We ask every local for references, like experiences from volunteers and/or travelers, NGO's and government bodies.

b. Quality check

We have verified information such as name, address, social profiles, phone number, payment details and description of experience.

c. Frequent contact

We had contact with the locals frequently by phone and/or email

d. Review system

The local can be reviewed after an experience, giving you greater confidence in the experience.

2. Do the locals speak English?

In general they speak English, but in some cases people didn’t receive proper English education. In those cases there will be an English-speaking guide available.

3. How much time does a local have to respond to my booking request?

Locals have 48 hours to officially confirm or reject booking requests. You will be updated via email about the status of your request.

4. How do I know a reservation is confirmed?

Once your request has been officially confirmed, you will receive an email notification from the local with all the necessary information

5. What happens if my reservation request is rejected or expires?

If your reservation request is rejected by the local or expires, no charge is made for the reservation and you are free to book with another local.

6. When do I need to make the payment?

As soon as your booking is confirmed the money will be captured from your account. The money will be paid to the local hosts once the experience has taken place.

7. How does the Tripcultr payment system work?

When submitting a booking request to a local, you provide your payment details and the payment method may be authorized for a charge. If the booking request is rejected or expires we do not complete the charge and any authorization is released.

8. What payment methods do you offer?

For the payment I Like Local supports several payment methods. Options may include:

Major credit cards and pre-paid credit cards: Visa, MasterCard.

9. Where do I find my receipt or itinerary for my booked activity?

Once you have a confirmed booking, your billing receipt and itinerary will be automatically emailed to you.

Your itinerary contains a lot of useful information about your reservation, such as the date and time of the activity, the number of people, the address, telephone number and email address of the local, and I like Local’s contact information.

10. How can I get in contact with a local?

As soon as your booking is confirmed by the local, which will be within 48 hours after your booking request has been sent, you will receive your itinerary by email. On this itinerary the telephone number and email address of the local are mentioned and you can arrange meeting point or pick-up location.


Alterations & cancellations

Can I cancel my booking and do I receive a refund?

You can cancel a confirmed booking at any time up to the moment of the activity. When cancelled more than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the local experience date you will be refunded, except for the service fee.

When cancelled less than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the activity no refund of the paid amount will take place

How do I alter a reservation?

If you want to change a reservation you can send the local an email with your request. In case you encounter any problems you can contact us via sales@tripcultr.com

How do I cancel a reservation?

To cancel your reservation send an email to sales@tripcultr.com. By cancelling the reservation, please note that you are initiating the cancellation and will be noted as the party responsible for the cancellation.

For what circumstances is a guest eligible for a refund?

We understand circumstances come up that affect travel plans. Depending on the case, a refund may be authorized outside of the cancellation policy and you may be given a full refund, meaning the local will receive no payout.

If you are cancelling due to extenuating circumstances, we will reach out to the local right away to explain the situation.

Extenuating circumstances cases will be contingent upon the reservation being cancelled prior to the check in date and upon you contacting Tripcultr to provide proper documentation where valid. Only the cases found in the Tripcultr policy will be considered.


Please know that if you cannot provide the proper documentation, we will not be able to give you a refund for your reservation.

Types of documentation can include: notes from a medical professional on hospital letterhead explaining why you should not travel, a jury duty summons, a valid obituary or death certificate, etc.

Will I get my money back if a local cancels or doesn’t show up?

In case the local cancels the booking you will receive the total amount paid.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are issued for many reasons. For each situation, certain conditions may apply (see below). Just send us an email with the reason you would like to get a refund together with proof if required. We will then process your request and email you the outcome.

Once you receive notification that you'll be receiving a refund, it takes 5-7 business days to be reflected on your statement after which we process them. Some refunds issued to international credit cards occasionally take up to 30 days to be reflected. Refunds issued to PayPal accounts occur within 24 hours.


Traveller Name: Sophie

Rating: 5

Date: 26-Feb-2018

I stayed few days at Dipak & kaussila organic tea farm and it was one of the most interesting and peaceful place I stayed during my 2months trip... Smiley and happy, Dipak shares his knowlages in passion and love. Kaussila often sings during she is cooking a delicious organic food dinner... Just a perfect stay ! Thank you so much for your happiness and your good vibes. Sophie

Traveller Name: Philipp

Rating: 5

Date: 11-May-2017

This farm was very nice and Deepak and the people were very lovely and interested. Thanks a lot!

Traveller Name: Tea Travelers

Rating: 5

Date: 13-Apr-2017

We are a young French couple traveling around the globe to discover the world of tea. We have spent couple of days with Deepak's family, plucking tea and producing blakc and green tea. It was an amazing experience as we learnt so much. Deepak and his family are adorable guests and they will make you feel at home in less than 5 mins. Highly recommended. For more details check out : http://www.teatravelers.fr/en/project/ilam-eng/

Traveller Name: Justine Mathieu-Denoncourt

Rating: 5

Date: 01-Sep-2016

Getting to Deepak's farm was an adventure in itself! I flew from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (180USD each way) then took a cab to Phikkal (2000Rs) then walked 40 min to the farm in Aarubote. There is also the possibility of taking a 20h bus from Kathmandu, which is much cheaper. Once I got to the farm, I knew it was all worth it. The tea plantation is gorgeous! Deepak thought me about tea farming, picking, processing, etc. His wife taught me how to cook momos. The whole family is very welcoming and speaks excellent english. It is an excellent place to relax, meditate, recharge, etc. I wish I could have stayed much longer!

Traveller Name: Daiva Urbikaite

Rating: 5

Date: 23-May-2016

I had a nice stay in Ilam Organic, Deepak's farm in Aarubote village. All family members were very welcoming and friendly. The cozy and clean room, good food. Really enjoyed tea picking. Farmer generously shared information about tea producing, also organized and lead visits to tea factories and local temple. This stay let me experienced local Nepalie's life in the village and I have gained knowledge about tea producing. Thank you so much Deepak! It was real pleasure to meet you and your family! Definitely recommend this place!

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