Aussie Bec and her daughters lovingly ran Matan Chhen,
their traditional Newari-style guest house in Panauti, Nepal,
from 2015 until March 2020 when the pandemic hit.
While Bec is currently back in her Australian residence for a while, the team at Himalayan Trails is serving as caretaker, and warmly invite you to stay the night.
The 1st and 2nd floor are self-contained 1 bedroom apartments,
each with a personality of their own, containing a kitchen,
living room, bedroom & bathroom.
Dinner will be a traditional Nepali meal prepared on the fourth floor in the Guest Kitchen. You are more than welcome to join us and learn how to...
The Himalayan Trails staff will be taking care of you during
your stay at Matan Chhen
Panauti is a picturesque village 35 kilometres South East of
Kathmandu, surrounded by rice paddies. It is renowned for its
culture, traditions and ancient monuments. It is sometimes called
the 4th artistic and cultural heritage site after Kathmandu, Patan
It is cloaked in legend from the past – the mystery of the third invisible river, the temple at the centre of the legend about Shiva’s ligam. It is the site of many wonderful festivals, Malas, which fill the streets with colour, music and celebration.
It is also said to be earthquake proof, with many buildings in Panauti remaining undamaged in the 1934 huge earthquake that flattened much of the surrounding area. Many of the buildings are from the Malla period (13th – 18th centuries) with the Rana period (19th and 20th centuries) also influencing Panauti’s gorgeous architecture.
Panauti was also remarkably unscathed by the 2015 earthquake with the majority of houses only suffering minor cracks despite surrounding villages being completely destroyed.