Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative picks you up and then transfers you to the 3-star hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunge and trek to Sailung (Khola Kharka) 2950m/2 hours,
Leaving behind the capital city, we drive towards Dhunge early in the morning. After 5 hours of the scenic ride to Dhunge, we start our trek to the village of Sailung, inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa communities. It is about 2 hours climb to reach Sailung hilltop. Overnight at the homestay.
Day 3: Explore to Thulo Sailung & Rajveer Environs,
Today we take a day to explore Sailung village. We take a short walk to the high point of Sailung at the altitude of 3146m which offers spectacular view of Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna (8091m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Langtang (7234m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Melungtse (7181m), Everest (8848m), and Kanchenjunga (8586m). Tamang people regard the hillside village of Thulo Sailung as home to their deity, Sailung Phoi Sibda Karpo or “White Male Lord of the Earth”. Overnight at the homestay.
Day 4: Trek from Kholakharka-Rajveer-Surkey 1840m/5 hours,
Leaving the village of Sailung, we descend through the forested trail to Surkey and visit Rajveer Monastery, en route. We also pass through several Sherpa and Tamang villages along with the Buddhist gompas surrounded by prayer flags, Chortens, and Mani walls. We also come across the 40-ft Thinghare Waterfall before arriving in Surkey. Overnight at Homestay.
Day 5: Trek from Surkey-Tinghare-Doramba 2055m/4 hours,
We begin our trek towards Tinghare where we get to enjoy the Thami Cultural Programme. We then continue to trek through Doramba Valley along the forested hillside to the terraced fields. Doramba is the largest Tamang settlements in Nepal. Later in the evening, we can enjoy the Tamang cultural performances. Overnight at Homestay in Doramba.
Day 6: Trek from Doramba-Galba-Khandadevi 2000m/5 hours,
Today, we begin our trek by ascending to the sacred Hindu shrine of Agleshswari Danda from where we can get an amazing view of the mountains and the Mahabharata hills below. We continue to climb downhill through a local slate mine and forested area to arrive at Galpa Bazaar. Upon reaching Khandadevi, we go to visit Khandadevi Temple located at the top of 1985m peak surrounded by Mani walls. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Khada Devi. Overnight at Homestay.
Day 7: Trek from Khandadevi-Hiledevi/Dongme 1980m/4 hours,
Today, we trek towards Hiledevi/Dongme through a densely forested path filled with pine trees, where we may encounter different birds and animals. We also come across the massive rock that is adorned with an image of Shiva, before arriving at the Yolmo village of Dongme. Overnight at Homestay.
Day 8: Trek from Hiledevi-Sunapati-Lubughat 820m/4 hours,
Leaving Hiledevi behind, we climb down to Lubughat village. We trek early morning through the newly renovated eco trail to arrive at the Sunapati hilltop to enjoy the sunrise view. We then descend to Lubughat village located on the bank of Sun Koshi River. Overnight at Homestay.
Day 9: Drive from Lubughat-Nepalthowk-Dhulikhel-Kathmandu
We walk for 45-minutes through the valley to reach Nepalthowk. We then drive back to Kathmandu in our own private vehicle enjoying the roadside view. Overnight at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight for your final departure.
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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