130km east of the capital city, different than the popular commercialized trekking routes or far-flung off beaten tracks, experience the real Nepal, cultural capital of the world. To sum up in one sentence, Nepal Eco Adventure’s Indigenous People Trail Trekking is “like a kinder joy, full of surprises in one small packet”.
This indigenous People Trail Trekking is suitable for all kinds of trekkers. From hardcore trekkers to the first timers, this trekking is suitable for all types of trekkers. This is the very first of this type in Nepalese trekking trails offered by Nepal Eco Adventure. This trek is suitable for the enthusiasts of hiking and those interested in exploration of Nepalese culture and lifestyle.
Indigenous Peoples Trail Trekking offers a unique journey to witness and be part of centuries old tradition of the culturally rich indigenous groups. We can experience the culture of the Newars, Tamangs, Sherpas, Thamis, and Majhis. We will visit beautifully built temples and monasteries of gods and goddesses belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism and even Animism.
Along with experiencing the beautiful culture and tradition of different ethnic groups, you will also be gratified by the environment of the surrounding periphery. The trail is bound by majestic Thulo Sailung Peak in north, the beautiful Sun Koshi flowing along the south and Tama Koshi in the east. The perfect blend of nature and culture will give you a treat of your lifetime!
Cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity to the absolutely splendid panoramic Himalayans, from walking through the lush green hills to crossing the snaking rivers on high suspension bridges, this trek provides just right amount of adventure, thrill, and gratification and bountiful of knowledge and entertainment.
We will enjoy the cultural performances of 6 different ethnic groups, home stay, soft trekking, visiting the ancient temples and monasteries, meditation, walking through beautiful forests widening from Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in the west to Numburchuli and Kanchenjunga in the east, along with the Langtang and Dorje Lakpa range.
Homestay is a special attraction of this trek. Throughout the trek we will be staying at different host families that are trained to prepare hygienic food and treat us like family. The homes we pick for homestay are very typical of a specific culture. We can enjoy the dance and music by men and women dressed in traditional attire. Home stay will allow us to study the culture and the people on a very micro level.
So, sign up for Nepal Eco Adventure’s Indigenous People’s Trekking Trail to experience and witness the vibrant and rich centuries old tradition and lifestyles of the indigenous people of Nepal, amid spectacular setting of beautiful mountains, hills and rivers.
Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. Our representatives will brief you about the trek. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own, or, take a cozy rest at your hotel.
Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Shikhara style. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture. We will brief you about the journey that starts tomorrow. You can do some last minute shopping for Indigenous People’s Trail Trek in Thamel or New Road.
Early morning after breakfast, we will drive 54 km to reach the small town of Mude on bank of Koshi River. The scenic bus ride will be around 5 hours long. We will drive through Araniko Rajmarga and reach Dolalghat. Here, we can take a little break and enjoy freshly cooked river fishes. From here we will drive through small settlement of Khadichau and reach Mude. On reaching Mude, we will again take a short refreshment break and trek to Deurali. We will trek through soft hills and trails to reach Deurali. It will take around 3 hours.
We will trek along a slender trail to reach the Sherpa village of Kholakharka. It will be around 6 hours trek, moderately easy. We will reach the summit of Thulo Sailung to catch the sunrise over the glorious eastern Himalayan. Standing 3,146 m tall the summit provides splendid view of the Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Langtang, Everest and Kanchenjunga range! We can also view the lush green Mahabharata range and Sunkoshi River snaking down to lowlands of Terai on the Southern side. We will spend the night in the KholaKharka community center.
During this five hour trek we will trek through a small beautiful settlement called Rajbhir. The trek will mostly be downhill for today. We will go across the beautiful Sailung Forest,that houses exotic species of trees, shrubs and birds! We can visit the Rajveer Monastery and receive blessings from the respected Lamas. We will pass through two other villages of Sherpas and Tamangs respectively. We can visit the Gompas in both village. We will pass numerous Gompas, Chortens, Prayer Flags and Mani stones to reach Surkey. Overnight in homestay.
We will observe the Thami culture program at Tinghare Village before entering the valley of Doramba. It will take us around 4 hours to reach this valley. The trail navigates along forested hillside to the green terraced fields of Doramba. Overnight in homestay.
After a refreshing hike out of Doramba, we will hike to Agleshwari Danda,a sacred Hindu shrine. From here, we can enjoy the beautiful view of the Mahabharata range and magnificent Himalayans looming over it. The trek will be around 5 hours long for the day. Overnight in homestay.
After viewing the beautiful sunrise on Himalayan from Khandadevi we will hike towards the valley of Dongme. We will hike through long ridge of pine forest. The trek will be relatively easy today and 5 hours long. Overnight in a camp.
Before descending to the village of Lubughar, we will again enjoy the beautiful sunrise on Himalayans form Dongme. We will walk along the massive Sunkoshi River. On arriving Lubughat, we will meet the Majhi people. Majhi literally means fisherman in Nepali. We will observe the lifestyle and tradition of the Majhi people. After the 4 hours trek, overnight in home stay.
We will cross the big river in Majhi boats and exciting suspension bridges to reach Nepalthok. From there we will catch a bus to Dhulikhel. After two hours of scenic bus ride we will reach the medieval town of Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is renowned for its distinctive Newari culture and the view of Himalayans. We can go around the old town and visit centuries old houses that showcases spectacular Newari craftsmanship. We can visit the historic temples while here. Overnight in a Newari Homestay.
After two hours on bus we will reach Kathmandu. You can spend the day further exploring this historic city. You can also go travel to the outskirts of the valley. Buy souvenirs at Thamel, Basantapur and old towns of Patan and Bhaktapur to take back home.
The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!
What is Included
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
- Three nights twin sharing standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley with private vehicle.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
- Accommodation (Tea house and home stay) during the trek.
- Fresh fruit every night after Dinner.
- Bus to to Deurali and again from Nepalthok-Dhulikhel -Kathmandu.
- Trekking permit and necessary paperwork for the trek.
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and Insurance.
- A Strong, porter to carry your stuff during the trekking (one porter = two trekkers) with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- Use of sleeping bags, down Jacket,duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, to be return after trip completed).
- Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap as souvenir.
- Government taxes and other official expenses.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.
What is Excluded
- Lunch and dinner whilst you are in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa for Nepal (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
- Travel and medical insurance (Recommended).
- International airfare.
- Your Personal Expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
- All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
- Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket and accommodation during the trek will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What do I need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
What currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
What are the main Nepali customs to know about?
Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a house
Ask for permission before entering Hindu temples
Most of the time, it will be forbbiden to take photographs inside temples
What about time and phone code in Nepal ?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC + 5H45
The Country Code is 977
Do we need to get vaccinated to visit Nepal?
You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. It is however recommended to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before travelling.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate last minute bookings. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Are Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.