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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        Virtual trade fair // 09. - 12.03.2021
        Virtual trade fair // 09. - 12.03.2021

        ITB Berlin NOW

        The International Tourism Exchange Fair (ITB) has been held in Berlin since 1966, but in 2021 everything will be different: Following the innovative trend, the ITB will take place in purely digital form from 9 to 12 March 2021. Visitors and exhibitors can look forward to three focal points: content, business, networking!

        On this occasion, IPD will present carefully selected tour operators from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia.

        Our partners offer unique experiences, foreign cultures and unforgettable moments in exotic places, far away from mass tourism. It is particularly important to them that their trips are in harmony with the nature and culture of the host country. 

        We put European tourism professionals in touch with reliable tour operators in our partner countries. All providers were visited before the pandemic, carefully checked and prepared for the requirements of the EU travel market. 

        Use the virtual ITB for individual discussions.

        For further questions in advance please contact us: 

        Nora Eichkorn


        Bonn/Berlin // 17.02.2021

        IPD presents sustainable travel offers at virtual ITB Berlin NOW!

        Free services: IPD brings European tour operators together with reliable partners from developing and emerging countries

        Bonn/Berlin, 17.02.2021 - At this year's ITB, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present its entire tourism offer with 25 travel providers from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia for the first time. The travel offers are individual, distinct from mass tourism and particularly consider sustainability criteria. The import promotion initiative, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has carefully selected the tourism companies and is now supporting them on their way to the European market. This year, the IPD's tourism offer is set to grow further, with the inclusion of Uzbekistan as a new partner country.


        Bonn // 24.11.2020

        Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

        Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

        Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

        Berlin // 07.02.2020

        ITB 2020: Sustainable travel offers from developing and emerging countries

        Import Promotion Desk supports exhibitors from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia at ITB 2020
        Bonn/Berlin, 04.02.2020 – Sustainable tourism offers from selected emerging and develop-ing countries are in the focus of the trade fair presentation of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the ITB 2020. The German initiative for import and tourism promotion will present new tour operators from Ecuador, Tunisia and Nepal at the international tourism trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 4 to 8 March. The travel offers particularly consider aspects of sustainability and environmental and social compatibility. They range from ecological tours in the unknown north of Tunisia to bicycle tours in Nepal and the community-based tourism project Yunguilla in Ecuador. Around 20 travel companies from the three developing countries will be represented at the IPD stand (hall 5.2A | stand 113) and at the country stands of Ecuador (hall 23A | stand 110) and Tunisia (hall 21B | stand 216/217).

        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.

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