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Indigenous Peoples Trail Trek - 10 Days

Indigenous Peoples Trail trekking offers the different side of in unique living and cultural diversity. The ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ offers scenic trekking at relatively low elevations, below 3126M. Trekking to experience the Indigenous culture and tradition is the major highlights of this trekking trail.

Highlights of Indigenous Trail Trekking

  • Homestay trekking in mid hill
  • Excellent views of mountains
  • Cultural tour with families in Nepal
  • Less crowded trekking route

Indigenous Peoples Trail trekking offers unique living and cultural diversity with exciting views of Himalayas. The trekking is promoted by Nepal Tourism Board which is now getting popular day by day.

Well known as Indigenous Peoples Trail offers scenic trekking at relatively low elevations, below 3126M. Bound by Thulo Sailung peak in the North, the golden Sun Koshi River flowing along the South and the Tama Koshi River in the East, the ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ presents an unique and natural blend of cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity coupled with unbeatable Himalayan panoramas, broadening from Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in the West to Numburchuili, Gaurishanker, and Kanchenjunga in the East.

Beside the magnificent Himalayan view, visitors will experience invaluable insight into unique culture and lifestyle of several local Indigenous Peoples including Tamang, Newars, Sherpa, Thamis, and Majhis. The two principal religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, temples, stupas, and monasteries.

The Indigenous trekking in Nepal is homestay based trekking allows you to have the experience of spending the time with the indigenous people and stay overnight in private homes in traditional villages far from commercialized tourist trails.  Accommodations of the local houses are mostly renovated and expect to have few tourist-style comforts. Houses and family who host the guest are trained to prepare meals hygienically. While staying with them we will experience the warm hospitality as the Nepali people has the root values to show the respects to the guest. The host homes reflects the traditional and Nepali simple atmosphere. Beside the simple, peaceful and the serene life tourists can also enjoy the traditional folk dances and music presented by the local men and women in their colorful traditional dresses. The motive of the trips would be learning and experience an authentic and enriched culture of the actual Nepal. The visitor can also experience the learning of the Nepali authentic cuisine, traditional Nepali wedding, watching a local cultural dance. This trip will provide visitor to explore the real Nepal and its untouched countryside.

Outline Itinerary

Day Program Elevation
1 Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu. 1440m
2 KTM-dhunge sailung (7 hours)
3 Sailung & Rajveer Environs
4 Kholakharka-Rajveer-Surkey (4.30 hours)
5 Surkey-Tinghare-Doramba (4 hours)
6 Doramba-Galba-Khandadevi (4.30 hours)
7 Khandadevi-Hiledevi/Dongme (4 hours)
8 Hiledevi-Sunapati-Lubughat (4 hours)
9 Lubughat-Nepalthowk-Dhulikhel/Ktm (4 hours) 1440m
10 Farewell

Day 1
Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.

Day 2
KTM-dhunge sailung (7 hours)

Drive from Kathmandu - Mudhe - Dhunge takes 7 hour drive. The starting point is Dhunge village in Dolakha district, accessible by local bus from Mudhe a 3-hour drive from Dhulikhel or 4.5 hours from Kathmandu. From Dhunge, a short 90-minute climb will take you to Sailung hilltop. From there passes through the short trail down to the Sherpa village of Khola Kharka where you will find the newly established Khola Kharka Community Lodge run by local Sherpa and Tamang to spend the night.

Day 3
Sailung & Rajveer Environs

Enloy the sun rises over the Eastern Himalaya. At 3,146 m Sailung offers glorious views of the Annapurna, Manalsu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje-Lhakpa, Rowaling, Everest and Kanchenjunga ranges. Thulo Sailung is regarded by the Tamangs as the abode of their territorial deity, Sailung Phoi Sibda Karpo, which literally means ‘White Male Lord of the Earth'. From there you will also visit the monastery which also offers meditation stays. Savour the evening Sherpa cultural programme before your overnight at Kholakharka.

Day 4
Kholakharka-Rajveer-Surkey (4.30 hours)

During the descent to Surkey Village through the Sailung forest, you will see a wide variety of native tree, shrub and bird species. Tourists are welcome at Rajveer monastery to receive a blessing from the Lamas. Then you will enjoy the beautiful water fall crashes onto the rocks below. After a short you will reach to the beautifully terraced settlement of Surkey where you will spend the night at the newly renovated Newari Home-stays houses.

Day 5
Surkey-Tinghare-Doramba (4 hours)

After the night stay you wil head towards Tinghare village. At Tinghare village you will Experience the Thami cultural programme before crossing Doramba valley where the trail traverses along the forested hillside around to the terraced fields. Tonight you will sleep in a local Tamang Homestay of Doramba.

Day 6
Doramba-Galba-Khandadevi (4.30 hours)

From Doramba valley the route ascends to the sacred Hindu shrine atop Agleshwari Danda where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalaya and the beautiful Mahabharat range below. From there you will head towards Galba bazar and About 2 more hours walking brings you to the Khandadevi temple where you can enjoy the beautiful sun set and some sight of sun koshi river. At Khandadevi you will Enjoy your night at the newly developed tamang and magar Home-stay.

Day 7
Khandadevi-Hiledevi/Dongme (4 hours)

After enjoying the pre-dawn and sunrise photographic experience you head towards Hiledevi following a long ridge of thick pine forest. And head towards the Dhonghme, an ancient Yolmo or settlement, inhabited by many Lamas. In the evening, make the gradual climb to the summit of Sunapati, well-known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Here amongst the Buddhist Chortens you can enjoy sunset over the Himalaya before returning to the monastery lodge to spend the night and enjoy a Yolmo cultural evening.

Day 8
Hiledevi-Sunapati-Lubughat (4 hours)

After enjoying the sunrise at sunapati you will head towards Lubughat through the Sun Koshi River valley. There you will enjoy learning of ancient river fishing with majhi and relax on the sandy beach. You can also enjoy the evening relaxing and having the BBQ and enjoying the unique dance and music of majhi community.

Day 9
Lubughat-Nepalthowk-Dhulikhel/Ktm (4 hours)

From Labughat you will walk 45 minute walking through the River valley takes you to Nepalthowk. Catch the bus for the one-hour journey up Dhulikhel where you can find luxurious hotels and stunning Himalayan views before returning to Kathmandu. Take an extra night at one of the many comfortable lodges in Dhulikhel or continue direct to Kathmandu.

Day 10
Farewell

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
  • Ground Transportation Kathmandu - Mudhe - Dhunge and Lubughat-Dhulikhel to Kathmandu
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel ( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Tea house/tent camp.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) - ( we need two photos each for permit
  • All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa
  • Necessary number of porter’s their meal /accommodation / transportation / salary / insurance / equipment’s are included in price.
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking Maps
  • Rubbish Disposal
  • Our Service Charge and Government Taxes

Price Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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