Fostering Partnerships for Strengthening Community Impact

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Community Homestay Network (CHN) officially embarked on its three years collaborative partnership through the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) on 20 July 2021. The primary objective behind fostering partnerships is to establish and strengthen community homestays within Bhutan, India and Nepal areas of the Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL). 

Fostering Partnerships
Tea fields in Illam, East Nepal

CHN and ICIMOD understands both the socio-economic potentials as well as the vulnerability of traditional rural communities. Recognizing the need for an innovative and sustainable approach to strengthen the well-being of rural people, both CHN and ICIMOD would be working on developing and promoting community-based tourism by capitalizing homestay as a brand to build the image and competitiveness of these destinations. This collaboration would foster grassroots development, harmony and well-being of the rural communities. Understanding the potentials of rural communities, their way of life and zest for entrepreneurship, we envision to add value on existing tourism products and services by promoting the community homestays while diversifying offerings, developing capacity of communities and enhancing the experience of clients. 

Fostering Partnerships
Locals in traditional attire in Maipokhari, Ilam

Through this collaborative partnership, CHN and ICIMOD focuses on fostering and strengthening national, cross-border and regional networks of Community Homestays. Mr. Shiva Dhakal, Chairperson, CHN, and Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD signed the LOI on behalf of their respective organizations.


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Community Homestay Network is a leading provider of authentic and immersive local travel experiences. We connect global travelers with real and authentic Nepal by letting them stay with the locals and experience a typical Nepali lifestyle. Our experiences are designed with the goal of leaving positive impact on the local communities and environment.

CommunityHomestay - Team

Community Homestay Network is a leading provider of authentic and immersive local travel experiences. We connect global travelers with real and authentic Nepal by letting them stay with the locals and experience a typical Nepali lifestyle. Our experiences are designed with the goal of leaving positive impact on the local communities and environment.