Medicinal plants and sacred sites

Spices from the Himalayan region
There are more than 1,800 species of wild herbs and spices in the Himalayas: Nepal is one of the best addresses in the medicinal and aromatic plant sector.

Medicinal plants from the Himalayas are perfectly suited for making high-quality products for natural cosmetics or pharmacy. In addition, Nepalese traders offer a wide range of wild herbs, essential oils, and spices from wild collection, as well as certified organic teas and natural ingredients for food production.

The range of spices in certified organic quality, such as Szechuan pepper, ginger, and curcuma, is without comparison.

Nepalese ginger is a speciality. Tests have shown that ginger varieties from Nepal have a very high content of essential oil. This quality criterion determines the exceptionally intense aroma of Nepalese ginger products. Farmers from the Nepalese uplands still cultivate ginger plants using traditional farming methods and without pesticides.

The Import Promotion Desk connects European importers with selected suppliers who source their raw materials directly from wild herb collectors and organic farmers.


Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics:

  • Medicinal and aromatic plants from wild collection, e.g. Asparagus racemosus, Swertia chirata, Berberis aristata
  • Essential plant oils, e.g. valerian oil, jatamansi oil, lemongrass oil, wintergreen oil, cinnamon oil
  • Herbs and spices, e.g. ginger, cardamom, curcuma, black pepper, Szechuan pepper in certified organic quality
  • Tea, e.g. black Assam teas, black and green teas (also flavoured with natural ingredients such as ginger, mint, orange peel, or cinnamon)

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    Alternative travel offers
    Nepal offers unique travel destinations: the ice-covered eight-thousand-metre peaks of the Himalayas, the national parks Chitwan and Sagarmatha, and the imperial cities in the valley of Kathmandu are touristic highlights. The most beautiful way to get to know these natural paradises and sacred sites are trekking tours or cultural trips.

    Jungle safaris, for example, offer nature lovers the chance to trace the King Tiger or discover Nepal's fascinating birdlife. Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy the mountain scenery of Mount Everest and the Annapurna Massif, unhindered and in peace, well off the beaten track of mass tourism.

    On guided tours into the Kathmandu Valley, those who are interested in culture can learn more about Buddhism, Hinduism, and the traditional way of life of the Nepalese.

    The Import Promotion Desk provides European tour operators with contacts to local travel providers in Nepal who are specialised in cultural and adventure travel.


    Culture and adventure travel:

    • Trekking tours in the Himalayas - from family trekking to expedition-type tent trekking
    • Wildlife and jungle adventure, e.g. safaris in the Chitwan National Park with wildlife observation (tigers, elephants, Indian rhinoceroses) and accommodation in primaeval forest bungalows
    • Nature adventure trips for families (activities in the jungle, such as elephant rides, canoeing, birdwatching, jungle hikes)
    • Cultural and study tours to the imperial cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan
    • Hiking trips with excursions to sacred sites
    • Meditation and yoga trips


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        Success Stories

        Success Story

        Medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalaya


        Trade in medicinal and aromatic plants is an important source of income for the Nepalese population and makes an important contribution to the national economy. In Nepal the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are working together to support enterprises with the marketing of these highly sought-after plants. One company to benefit from this co-operation is the exporter Satya International.

        Success Story

        GIZ and IPD collaboration in Nepal bearing fruit


        Within the framework of the “Nepal Trade Integration Strategy” GIZ and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project promoting the export of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project shows how specific sectoral support can help establish efficient value creation chains and enable Nepalese firms direct access to the German trade market. The half-time evaluation of the export promotion programme in Nepal showed that in 2016 alone Nepalese producers exported to the EU medicinal plant products worth 1.2 million Euros.

        Facts & Figures

        Basic Data

        Official Name:Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
        Government  type:Republic
        Head of state:
        Bidya Devi Bhandari (president)
        Commercial languages:Nepalese
        Time DifferenceCET +3
        Currency:Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
        Prefix number:+977
        Area:147,181 km²
        Population:29.2 million. (2016, estimate)
        Largest cities and agglomerations:Kathmandu (1.7 millionen inhabitants), Bhaktapur (420,000 inhabitants)
        Most important exhibition centres:Kathmandu
        Largest airports:

        Economic Data

        GDP2016: 21.1 billion US$
        2017: 24.1 billion US$ (forecast) 
        2018: 26.1 billion US$ (forecast)
        GDP per capita
        2016: 732.8 US$
        2017: 824.2 US$ (forecast)
        2018: 882.9 US$ forecast)
        Economic growth
        2016: 0.4 % 
        2017: 7.5 % (forecast)
        2018: 5.0 % (forecast)
        Inflation rate
        2016: 9.9 % 
        2017: 4.5 %
        2018: 6.0 % (forecast)
        Exchange rate1 US$ = 105,67 NPR
        1 Euro = 130,4 NPR
        (effective: April 2018)
        Membership in regional OrganizationsADB, BIMSTEC, Colombo Plan, ESCAP, IMF, SAARC, World Bank, WTO
        Most important industries
        Agriculture, forestry and fishery, wholesale and retail Sales, Real Estate

        Trade Data


        Volumes2013: 0.9 billion US$ 
        2014: 0.9 billion US$
        2015: 0.7 billion US$
        Most important trade partnersIndia, USA
        Products and merchandise groups
        Textiles, food


        Volumes2013: 6.5 billion US$
        2014: 7.6 billion US$
        2015: 6.6 billion US$
        Most important trade partnersIndia, China
        Products and merchandise groups
        Food, petrochemistry

        Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee.

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