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 // 16. - 18.10.2020
        Virtual trade fair // 16. - 18.10.2020

        We love travel! - virtual

        "Stronger together, stronger than ever!" with this motto the We love travel! The Hybrid Fair starts from 16.-18.10.2020 in Berlin and virtually.

        The event supports the recovery of the tourism industry, with both exhibitors and visitors being free to choose whether to participate digitally or with physical presence.

        The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will have a virtual booth at the fair to present reliable travel suppliers from Ecuador, Colombia and Tunisia.

        Our partners offer unforgettable experiences in the most beautiful corners of the world, far away from mass and package tourism. Sustainability is at the forefront of all these tours, while at the same time meeting the needs of European tourists. All providers are carefully checked by IPD and prepared for the requirements of the EU travel market.

        Within the framework of We love travel! we network you virtually with selected travel providers.

        Detailed information on our companies will be available here from mid-September.

        For further questions in advance please contact:

        Nora Eichkorn

        Virtual trade fair // 09.-11-11-2020
        Virtual trade fair // 09.-11-11-2020

        wtm - virtual

        Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, it is still not possible to hold trade fairs on site. But WTM is not deterred by this and is organising a virtual trade fair for the first time in 40 years. Under the motto Recover. Rebuild. Innovate., tourism professionals and tour operators from different countries and continents will meet live on the computer from 09-11-2020.

        The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will also be present with a virtual stand at the fair to present reliable tour operators from Ecuador, Colombia and Tunisia.

        Unforgettable experiences at the most beautiful places in the world, breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters - all this is offered by our partners far away from mass and package tourism. In all trips, the focus is on sustainability while meeting the needs of European tourists.

        Our tour operators have been carefully screened by IPD before the pandemic and prepared for the requirements of the EU travel market.

        Detailed information on our companies can be found here End of September.

         For further questions in advance please contact us:

        Nora Eichkorn


        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).

        Bonn/Berlin // 29.01.2019

        ITB 2019: A wide range of offers for sustainable tourism

        The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) introduces Ecuador as a nature destination with potential

        Bonn/Berlin, 29.01.2019 – Volcanic mountain landscapes, wide beaches, the original Amazon region with its indigenous peoples, the city of Cuenca, certified by “TourCert” as the first sustainable destination of Latin America, and the well-known Galapagos Islands – with its diverse travel destinations, Ecuador’s country pavilion surprises at ITB 2019. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German partner for sustainable tourism, will be represented for the first time at the leading trade fair for international tourism industry, which takes place from the 6th to the 10th of march in Berlin. The IPD is expanding its activities to the tourism sector and supports tourism professionals from developing and emerging countries in presenting their travel offers on the EU market and linking up with tour operators.

        Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019
        Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019

        BIOFACH 2019: Exotic herbs, spices and oils

        Import Promotion Desk supports organic producers from developing and emerging countries

        Bonn/Berlin, 22.01.2019 – Coriander and Sesame oil from Egypt, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indonesia, ginger and Jatamansi oil from Nepal – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings a wide range of exotic herbs, spices and oils to BIOFACH 2019. Around 40 companies from 12 countries will showcase their diverse range of organic products at the world´s largest trade fair for organic food with the support of the German partner of im-port promotion, which takes place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. The products include herbs, spices and teas, essential and cold-pressed oils. In addition, the exporters will be presenting the regional specialties in organic quality at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Stand 4 | 4-561) and at the respective national pavilions.

        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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