We at Tin-Tin Trekking understand that not everyone has the same expectations or desires from their trip abroad. Or, that while people want to go overseas, they don't necessarily want to be too far from the metropolis. In light of this, we also undertake to organise all manner of unconventional trips to Nepal. Some recommendations we have include:
1. Nepali Family for Seniors: If you're a senior citizen and want a change of scene and pace, we recommend a taste of a culture where the elderly are given the space, respect and consideration that is their due as people with real life experience. We can arrange for you to stay in one of Kathmandu's international standard serviced apartments with a Nepali family coming in to give you company and help you out. They will pamper you and do fun activities with you; everything from food and grocery shopping, sightseeing, introducing you to their friends and social circle, if you wish, and going on short, unstrenuous trips around Kathmandu Valley.
2. Language Courses: Kathmandu is a veritable South Asian hub for expats involved with business, volunteer work, the UN and other international non-profits who live in the region, as well as writers, artists, and people from neighbouring countries. The great advantage of this is that it is now home to a number of excellent language instructors who have for years been teaching (usually Westerners, as well as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese people) Nepali, Newari, Tibetan, Hindi. More recently a number of expats have started taking up teaching others their own language - English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, among others. The cosmopolitan atmosphere means that you constantly run into people who speak one or the other of these languages, whether they are long-stay residents, travellers, or dharma students, and can always practise.
3. Research Support: Our vast network of friends and associates includes people from all walks of life, and if you wish to conduct a research project on anything from health, development, art, music, journalism, ethnic issues - really, just about anything - we can help organise this too.
4. Artists' Retreat: Kathmandu has for decades been a source of immense inspiration to artists from all over the world. It's a combination of the seminal art in its 'living museums' that are filled with brilliant, definitive works of architecture, sculpture, statuary, and painting, and a thriving contemporary artists' scene. We know many people who have prepared entire exhibitions while based in Kathmandu, and not just art that is overtly Asian-inspired, but all genres. So we already roughly know what you're after. We're happy to arrange short- or long-term retreats.
5. Culinary Explorations: Kathmandu is home to a rich range of sophisticated and simple ethnic and regional cuisine that it's easy to fall in love with. There are also people here passionate and knowledgeable about this culinary heritage. So it's a great place to come if you want to learn all about any of these cuisines, and how to prepare them: Nepali, Newari, Tibetan, Indian, and Szechuan Chinese in particular.
6. Volunteer projects: The spirit of volunteerism is valued here, and there are many many respected empowerment, health, literacy, and other development projects, particularly non-governmental ones, that always need people. If you think this is a worthwhile thing for you to do, we're happy to arrange a position as well as living and other logistical details.
7. Serviced Non Serviced Apartments: If you have any other reason at all for wanting to spend time in Kathmandu, we can fix you up with a serviced non serviced apartment and any other facilities you may need,
Other Custom Tours: If you have any other sort of custom tour in mind in not just Nepal, but also Bhutan, India, or Tibet, do let us know, and we'd be happy to organise it for you.