Indigenous Peoples Trail Nepal Home-Stay Trek, 12 Days
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Indigenous Peoples Trail Nepal Home-Stay Trek, 12 Days

Days: 12 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)

Indigenous Peoples Trail offers unique, living, exposure to one of the most culturally diverse areas of Nepal. ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail Nepal’ is scenic trekking at relatively low elevations, below 3000m. Bound by Thulo Sailung peak in the North, the golden Sun Koshi flowing along the South and the Tama Koshi in the East, the ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ presents an incomparable and natural blend of cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity coupled with breathtaking Himalayan panoramas, stretching from Dhauligiri and Annapurna in the West to Numbur Chuli and Kanchenjunga, world’s 3rd highest peak in the East. The ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ is possible almost throughout the year, although the best season is October to December, and March to April when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. Against a magnificent Himalayan backdrop visitors gain invaluable insight to the culture and lifestyle of several local Indigenous Peoples including Tamang, Newar, Sherpa, Thami, Yolmo and Majhi. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, temples, stupas and monasteries. The ‘IP Trail' allows you to stay overnight in private homes in traditional villages far from commercialized tourist trails. Rooms in local houses are renovated, but otherwise expect a few tourist-style comforts. Host families are trained to prepare meals hygienically. When staying with a Nepali family guests live the life as the local people do, and are treated like part of the family. The homes reflect the traditional and simple atmosphere of the people. Apart from the pleasure of being amidst peaceful and serene environment, tourists can also enjoy the traditional folk dances and music presented by the local men and women in their colorful traditional dresses. The focus for the guests is on experiencing and learning from an authentic and enriched culture. Visitors are often involved in local activities that range from cooking classes through to attending a traditional wedding, watching a local cultural dance. The Home-stay allows visitors to discover the real Nepal and to enjoy the untouched countryside. Unlike highly commercialized routes, trekkers walk through uninhabited areas and meet few fellow travelers. Target international tourists include repeat visitors, adults and children (soft trekkers), mediators, researchers, university and college students, backpackers/budget tourists and short-duration holiday makers. Here are few "Interesting Places to Visit" during the Indigenous Peoples Trail. 

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Facts of the Trek:
Trip Region: Rolwaling Valley
Types of Trip: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 12 Days 
Highest Elevation: 2950m
Mode of Trip: Home-Stay
Grade: Moderate
Average Walking: 4-5 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal home-stay during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov), Spring (March-April-May) and Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb)
Transportation by: Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Indigenous Peoples of Nepal including Tamang, Newar, Sherpa, Thami, Yolmo and Majhi.
Major Himalayan Sights:  breathtaking Himalayan panoramas, stretching from Dhauligiri Range and Annapurna Massif in the West to Numbur Chuli and Kanchenjunga, world’s 3rd highest peak in the East.
Highlights of the Trip: Experiencing with local culture and tradition of Indigenous peoples of Nepal, spectacular mountain views, walking on the cultivated lands, visit sncient Buddhist monastery, natural beauty and dense rhododendrone forests.

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Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunge and trek to Sailung (Khola Kharka) 2950m/2 hours,
You will travel by private land cruiser from Kathmandu to Mudhe and then to Dhunge Village which takes about 5 hours of driving. From Dhunge, it is a short 90-minute climb to Sailung hilltop. Following the short trail down to the Sherpa village of Khola Kharka you will spend the night in the newly established Khola Kharka Community Lodge run by local Sherpa and Tamang people. Overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 4: Explore to Thulo Sailung & Rajveer Environs,
Morning after breakfast, you walk to Sailung at the altitude of 3,146 meters which offers resplendent views of the Annapurna, Manalsu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje-Lhakpa, Rowaling, Everest and Kanchenjunga mountain ranges. The hillside village of Thulo Sailung is regarded by the Tamangs as home to their deity, Sailung Phoi Sibda Karpo, or “White Male Lord of the Earth.” Get an insight into their ancient ancestry and role as former border patrollers. Overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 5: Trek from Kholakharka-Rajveer-Surkey 1840m/5 hours,
Today’s tour descend Sailung Forest for Surkey Village where you will be invited to receive a blessing from the Lamas at Rajveer Monastery. Along the route you will pass through a Sherpa village and a Tamang village, each with their own Buddhist Gompas. Prayer flags, chortens and mani stones are scattered along the route. Native trees and birds will demand your attention. The trail continues to the spectacular 40-foot Thinghare Waterfall, then on to the beautifully terraced settlement of Surke. You will spend the night in one of five newly renovated Newari Homestays and visit the endangered Thami Community. A local Thami band will be on hand to entertain and visitors can sample the local Raksi, a traditional alcoholic drink. Overnight at Home-Stay. 
Day 6: Trek from Surkey-Tinghare-Doramba 2055m/4 hours,
Experience the Thami cultural programme at Tinghare village before taking lunch at Deurali. You will trek through the Doramba Valley, where the trail traverses along forested hillsides to the terraced fields of Doramba. It is a leisurely hike that follows the contours of the valley, leading to the bustling Doramba Bazaar, where you can purchase cold drinks, snacks and music cassettes of a local Tamang singer, Shashi Moktan. Doramba is one of the largest Tamang settlements in Nepal and most of the Thangka painters found in Bhaktapur and Bouddha are originally from this remote village. Enjoy a superb evening of cultural performances before your overnight rest in a Tamang Home-stay. Overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 7: Trek from Doramba-Galba-Khandadevi 2000m/5 hours,
Leaving the Doramba valley, the route ascends to the sacred Hindu shrine of Agleshwari Danda, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas and the rolling Mahabharat hills below. Descend through a local slate mine, past pine forests and emerge at Galpa Bazaar. This bustling center is an ideal place to break for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Khandadevi Temple, perched on top of a 1,985-meter (6,512-foot) peak and encircled by ancient stone walls. Dedicated to the Goddess Khada Devi, it was discovered in 1458 AD by a shepherd who saw milk oozing from a sacred stone, said to be an emanation of the Goddess. Overnight at Home-Stay. 
Day 8: Trek from Khandadevi-Hiledevi/Dongme 1980m/4 hours,
Rise before dawn to catch the sunrise as you trek towards Hiledevi. The trail navigates through thick and hilly pine forest. You will encounter birds and mammals, as well as the enormous rock that is adorned with an image of Shiva, before emerging at Dhonghme, an ancient Yolmo settlement. In the evening, you will climb to the summit of Sunapati. Here, amongst the Buddhist Chortens, you will enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Himalayas, before returning to the monastery lodge for an evening of Yolmo culture. Overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 9: Trek from Hiledevi-Sunapati-Lubughat 820m/4 hours,
After another magnificent sunrise, descend to the village of Lubughat on the golden Koshi River. You will be walk along one of the newly renovated Eco trails to reach the Sunapati hilltop. In Lubughat you will meet the Majhi people, renowned for their fishing expertise. You will be invited to join them on a Majhi fishing adventure and barbecue, followed by a cultural demonstration. Overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 10: Drive from Lubughat-Nepalthowk-Dhulikhel-Kathmandu
A 45-minute walk through the valley brings you to Nepalthowk where you will catch our private land cruiser for the return drive to Kathmandu which takes 5 hours and transfer to Hotel.
Day 11: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van 
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 
Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination. 
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
Booking open now: Join with us on a Indigenious People Trail in 2018/2019.
Trip is available

Price Adult below 12 years below 6 years
USD 1,485
EUR 1.399
SFr 1.489

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing trip in Kathmandu Valley as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Home-Stay/Community Base Lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter  for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Indigenous Peoples Trail Nepal Home-Stay Trek, 12 Days


Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH, Switzerland
Swiss Himalayan Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd

Ganeshtan-6, Pharping Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone +977 4710390
Cell +977 9803200543 Stephan
Cell +977 9849193453 Ashta

Indigenous Peoples's Trail Home-Stay Lodge Trek 12 Days, 6 November to 17 November 2014

If you would like to explore Nepal and get off the beaten track without going to high altitude, meet the people and see the magnificent countryside and life as it really is without hordes of tourists then the Indigenous People's Trail organised by the Swiss Family Treks is a perfect choice. We are a middle aged couple Ian and Beth Cummings from the Shetland Islands who love travelling and had always wanted to visit Nepal. Stephan and his team at Swiss Family arranged our pick up from the airport to our comfortable hotel where we spent our first three nights and also the last night on our return from the trek.  We spent two lovely days with our guide Deepak who was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Nepal exploring the sights of Kathmandu and the valley before heading to the remote mountains of the Ramechapp area for our 7 night trek. Our driver Suresh was a very experienced, patient and careful driver coping with the unbelievable chaos of driving in Kathmandu and the challenge of the narrow mountain roads with ease! Our guide Lalu and porter Ronik were a really great team!  They were very friendly and were native to the area we were trekking and staying in with the Tamang people. We had a great time and lots of laughs with them!! Lalu was a very experienced and knowledgeable guide with good English and a great sense of humour.  He knew the countryside extremely well and could name all the mountains by sight and showed us many interesting things as we trekked.  He knew most of the plants and crops and even showed us how sesame seeds grew amongst many other things.  He translated during our trek and homestays so we could communicate and even taught us a few words in Tamang, much to the delight of our hosts. An excellent guide and very nice person!! Ronik was a strong and enthusiastic porter with good English and a great sense of humour too.  He often chatted to the Tamang people as we trekked finding out interesting things which he related to us and translated to the people in the villages and home-stays so we could communicate and also found some local shortcuts in the mountains and villages if we wanted to take them. He will make a very good guide in the future and is a very nice person!!
Lalu and Ronik got along really well and they made us feel very comfortable at all times. They tailored the difficulty of the trek to our ability which was very much appreciated especially by Beth who was slower on the steep uphill parts.
We stayed in 7 different places during our trek. The families were very friendly and welcoming and cooked us local food which was often their own produce.  We ate the local staple, Dal Baht on several occasions with each host preparing it in their own unique way.  A warm sleeping bag and several of layers of personal clothing is essential kit as it is often really warm during the day when you are trekking and turns very cold at night. A head torch is also a must as there is no mains electricity. You will need sun screen and we found baby wipes and good deodorant helpful as any water for washing is cold but homes will provide warm water heated on a fire at an extra charge to you if you wish.  We didn't bother with such luxury :-)  Please try to keep rubbish to a minimum and take a small plastic bag and carry any used wipes or rubbish with you in case the hosts can't dispose of it for you.
We had sightings of the majestic snow covered mountains of some of the major Himalayan ranges as we trekked through the steep tree clad and terraced mountains where the local Tamang people lived and grew their crops. We walked through and stayed in small villages where we were made very welcome and were often surrounded by curious smiling children some of whom had never seen a foreigner before.  We ate home cooked food prepared and cooked by the fire and were offered the local drink Raksi (which was very welcome at Khola Kharka after a long hike up over Sailung) and even danced with some of the locals.  Our trip ended up at the beautiful Sun Koshi river where we relaxed in warm sunshine with our feet in the cool water and were lucky enough to witness a gathering of hundreds of people for a religious ceremony at Nepal Tok before heading back to the Kathmandu area where we had a wonderful lunch and very welcome glass of wine with Stephan at his home in Pharping and met members of his family. Thank you!
A truly wonderful, humbling and unforgettable trek and experiences!!!  Thank you Swiss Family Treks, Stephan, Lalu, Ronik, Suresh, Deepak, all the local host families and their friends and also the beautiful, curious, smiling children of the cities, mountains and villages of Nepal for making it so special.
Don't hesitate!  Just go!  It's worth it!!!!!  Ian and Beth from Shetland Islands