Himalayan Cannabis Tour
Do you like marijuana? Do you enjoy amazing mountain views, and ancient cultures? Why not put them together in a Himalayan Cannabis Tour? That is exactly what Upper Himalayan Treks and Adventure did. Now, for the first time, you can have a guided Himalayan Cannabis Tour. This tour combines the natural beauty of the Himalayan mountains, the rich cultural heritage of Nepal, and all the cannabis you set your eyes on.
History of Cannabis in Nepal
Cannabis is native and indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. This means that Nepal and its people have grown and developed next to each other for 1,000’s of years. As proof of such a relationship, cannabis is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, which was written 500 to 200 BCE.
More recently, (date unknown) up to the 1970’s, the king of Nepal sold cannabis products to people in government-run hashish shops. These shops were shut down in the late 1970’s, because of political pressure from foreign governments.
The king then outlawed cannabis, but Nepali citizens protested the new law. The protest resulted in neutralizing the law. Although still a law, it is now not enforced.
During Shivaratri, the law is removed and everyone can partake in nation wide cannabis celebration, more on this later.
Cannabis production and celebration in Nepal
Cannabis grows wild throughout Nepal. It is also grown in gardens for its seeds, hash, and foliage for goats. By the way, goats love it! I would say each household that grows it, grows enough for 12 people or 2 goats. These plants get massive, upward of 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide. They can be extremely fragrant too.
Since most of the gardeners want seeds in their cannabis, they freely allow pollination. The seeds are used to make a food condiment used as a dipping sauce for vegetables. Its pretty good.
The hash produced from their plants is used during Shivaratri, which is a national holiday celebrating the Hindu god Shiva. Shivaratri is a Nepali version of St. Patty’s day, except with marijuana and not alcohol. In the words of Bob Dylan, “Everybody must get stoned.”
Shivaratri is based on the lunar calendar, so the date is different each year. It occurs in March or April, which correspond with the Nepali month Magha.
The Himalayan cannabis tour takes you on a high-flying adventure through Nepal. We visit Pashupatinath temple, which is known for its ganja smoking sadhus, Boudhanath stupa, andSwayambhunath Stupa as part of our introduction into Nepali culture and history.
You will also get to visit the historic “freak street”, where the king’s government sold hash to “alternative travelers” in the 60’s and 70’s.
We spend the remaining time traveling to different villages to respectfully “inspect” their horticultural practices. It is from these villages we gain phenomenal views of the Himalayas in bliss.