Indigenous People Trail

11 Days
  • Tea House
  • Hotel and Resort
  • Car and Jeep
  • Moderate

The Indigenous People Trail offers a different experience away from the busier trekking tourist routes,.it is scenic trekking at relatively low elevations, below 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). Bounded by mountain peaks to the north, the golden Sun Koshi River to the south, and the Tama Koshi River to the east, this is an unforgettable adventure. Witness magnificent views of the peaks of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Everest, Rowaling and Kanchenjunga mountain ranges and get an insight into culturally diverse groups, including Tamang, Newars, Sherpa, Thamis, and Majhis.

The trail allows you to stay overnight in private homes in traditional villages, far from the commercialized tourist trails. Rooms are simple but well renovated, and families prepare meals to high standards. You will live life as a local and be treated as part of the family in a serene atmosphere. Visitors often get involved in local activities, from cooking classes through to attending traditional weddings or learning the local dance. Unlike commercialized routes, trekkers walk through uninhabited areas and meet few fellow travelers.

Arrive in Kathmandu meet with our representative at the airport and transfers you to a hotel in the Thamel district. The area is a Wi-Fi free zone, so catch up on your emails or social networking, or enjoy the great restaurants, serving food from around the world.

Meet your trekking guide to discuss the program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. You will have time to visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The rest of the time you can use to explore Thamel and get any shopping for last minute equipment or other necessaries.

You will travel by local bus from Kathmandu to Mudhe and then to Dhunge Village. 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.

At 3,146 meters (10,322-foot), Sailung 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.

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.

White Male Lord of the Earth.” Get an insight into their ancient ancestry and role as former border patrollers.

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.

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 Homestay.

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

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 and an overnight stay.

a 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.

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

A 45-minute walk through the valley brings you to Nepalthowk where you will catch the bus for the return drive to Kathmandu.

Say farewell to your fellow trekkers and transfer to Kathmandu airport for your return flight home or onward journey.

The Cost Include(s)

  • All ground transportation, pick-up / drop-off according to itinerary,
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle,
  • Entry fee at various sightseeing places during Kathmandu valley sightseeing,
  • Standard meals. Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner during the trek,
  • Home-stay/ community lodge accommodation during the trek,
  • English speaking, government licensed guide throughout the trek,
  • Travel insurance for our field staff.
  • Permit, government taxes and other official expenses,

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • All beverages, bar bill and other personal expenses,
  • Travel Insurance (Essential with medical evacuation),
  • Tips and gratuties.

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Indigenous People Trail