Who we are

Community Homestay Network (CHN) is a social enterprise that supports a network of community homestays in Nepal. We connect travelers with Communities across Nepal, providing a unique opportunity to stay with Nepali families and immerse in real Nepali life. At the same time, local communities get the opportunity to share their culture and landscapes with the world while gaining access to a sustainable source of income through tourism. The authentic experiences we offer travelers are created with the goal of having a positive impact on Nepali communities, women and families, as well as on the travelers themselves. Learn more about our Impacts here.

When You Book

At Community Homestay Network, we serve as the liaison between travelers and the communities of Nepal.

Once you book your homestay or experience with us, we coordinate with the communities and families and help you to arrange all your logistics to get there.

When you arrive at your homestay, the host family welcomes you as a special guest, like a friend and a member of their family. During your stay with your host family, there are many ways you can get involved in their daily lives. From cooking local dishes, exploring the surroundings of the community, participating in local festivals, learning local crafts and helping out with daily work.

There’s no better way to experience and learn about Nepali culture and life and to share your own culture and ideas too. Discover new perspectives, get inspired, inspire, and make your time in Nepal memorable! Check out our Blog, to read about the community experiences of past travelers.

How It Works

Our Story

From 2012 when the first homestay started in Panauti, there are now 20+ Community Homestays all over Nepal and the number is growing.

2012

With the motive of women empowerment and responsible tourism, It all began with just one house and one woman in Panauti, a place rich in culture but almost no tourists to observe.

2013

With tourists coming in, ten more houses joined to become Panauti Community Homestay which is currently one of the most popular community homestays in Nepal. With support from Royal Mountain Travel, Belkot Community Homestay in Nuwakot got a new platform for upliftment and promotions.

2014

A new model of Community Homestay was set up in Barauli, a rural Tharu village in Chitwan.

2015

With the increasing demand of various community homestays to be promoted with an international  standard, we setup the website, www.communityhomestay.com

2016

The first dedicated staff were hired for the Community Homestay project.

2017

Community homestay network P. Ltd was legally registered as a company and has been functioning through web platforms. Continues women empowerment project.

2018

€225,000 grant received from Booking Booster, CHN has created more jobs, more promotions, more social investment, overall more impact.

2019

Established several partnerships with amazing companies. We created  a Homestay Management training & redesigned our website for a better service experience. Our network of Communities across Nepal reached 22

2020

The COVID-19 crisis, which has brought an abrupt halt to tourism since March 2020, has put tourism-dependent communities under financial pressure. With aid from Booking.com’s booster program, we introduced “Collaboration for Communities” a project that supports tourism dependent communities across Nepal develop, brand and sell authentic local products (eg. traditional handicrafts) and generate income.

2021

Community Homestay Network is selected as one of the winners for UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Award UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Challange

Meet Our Team

We are a Kathmandu, Nepal based startup made of hip youth, driven to use tourism for good. We are mountaineers, artists, musicians, serial entrepreneurs.