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5 to 16 Days
Availability : Jan 18’ - Dec 18’
Kathmandu
Rural Cultural Area
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 50
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People often ask about how to get away from the crowded trails that at times can seem to be nothing but a series of hotels, albeit majestically draped with extraordinary natural appeal, yet with little to no cultural interaction. Rural Nepal is rich in heritage; travelling away from the main tourist track and visiting nearly anywhere in the mid-hills and higher can be an immensely rewarding endeavour. The hospitality of the hill people is unmatched, as is their spirit, and many of these areas remain relatively unblemished by modernisation.

Below you will find six trekking trails, which can take you off the beaten path but into the cultural heart of Nepal.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuwan International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Guide Map
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Annapurna Sanctuary (Base Camp) Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek (The Great Himalaya Trail)
Chomrong – Ghorepani Trek
Dhampus – Sarangkot Trek
Ghandruk Mid Hills Trek
Ghorepani Classic Trek
Jomsom – Muktinath Trek

Chitwan Chepang Hills Trail

Trekking into the Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail, takes one through the charming villages of Nepal’s hills, and also gives an opportunity to experience first-hand the Chepang culture prevalent in this region. Chepangs, believed to be influenced by Tamangs, speak their own distinct language, leading a nomadic life and their primary lifestyle, hunting, foraging for wild roots and fishing and traditional farming near jungles. A Praja Pande (faith healer) might be an interesting figure for cultural tourists to be introduced to. They inhabit the remote and sparse contours of Makwanpur, Chitwan, Gorkha and Dhading districts. Other ethnic groups found in this region largely comprise of Tharu, Musahar, Satahar, Danuwar, Tamang, Kumal Gurung and Magar.
Chepang 1The Chitwan Chepang Hills Trail offers a rare combination of cultural and sightseeing experience and often the only option will be to stay in a home, giving opportunity for interaction and cultural insight. People will be enthusiastic to meet you and foreigners in rural Nepal are few and far between outside of the usual routes. Most Nepali people feel that it is an honour to have a visitor.


Chepang Museum
A Chepang Museum has also been established at Shaktikhor with the view to preserve and promote primitive cultures, originalities, costumes, and lifestyles of the people. Different materials used by the Chepangs and relics like catapults used in killing birds, slings and bows used for hunting animals, crushing devices, dhiki and janto (traditional stone tools for beating and grinding grains), pots, wooden containers, drums have been kept in the museum.

Chitwan Chepang Hills Trail Itinerary
Indigenous People Trail

GAURISHANKAR FROM SAILUNGThe IP Trail is a memorable blend cultural, Himalayan views and scenic landscapes. The trail boasts spectacular mountain views including the unique Himalayan panoramas from Sailung offering one of Nepal’s few unimpeded Himalayan panoramas of the entire 400km Himalayan range including the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest and Kanchenjunga Himal ranges. The serenely peaceful and scenic IP Trail has been designed primarily for Homestay-based cultural trekking experiences. You are are welcomed into the culture and lifestyle of indigenous communities including Sherpa, Newar, Thami, Tamang, Yolmo and Majhis. The two predominant Nepali religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with a variety of gods and goddess, temples, stupas, monasteries and sacred caves.

IP Trail 3The trail passes through the beautifully folded Mahabharat range and rolling terraced farmlands. The virgin forests at Sailung, Rajveer, Augleshwori, Galba and Khandadevi are the unique habitat for varieties of wildlife including pheasant, deer and Longoor monkey, as well as a seasonal spring blaze of blooming rhododendron. The beautiful sunset and sunrise view and waterfall along the river at Daduwa, thatched houses and traditional colorful festivals such as Janaipurnima (August), Sora-shraddha (September), Lhosar (February) and Buddha Purnima (May) are also among the special attractions offered on the IP Trail. The final trail destination, Lubughat on the Sun Koshi River, provides visitors the memorable experiences in river fishing and rafting as well as culture of the host Majhi community, Nepal’s indigenous riverine people.

Trekking Itinerary

IP Trail MapLying entirely on the Mahabharat range, the IP Trail offers mainly local Home Stay accommodation experiences offering trekkers a rare opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyle of six different Nepali ethnic groups. This top-down, gentle trek suits all types of trekkers particularly visitors wishing to avoid extreme high altitudes. The weeklong trail takes visitors from a starting elevation of 3146m at Sailung to 533m at Lubughat by the Sunkoshi River.
We recommend a 7-nights / 8-days itinerary for the Indigenous People Trail, but for people with less time available we can appropriately customise an exciting 4-nights / 5-days itinerary.

Indigenous People Trail Itinerary
Numbur Cheese Circuit

The ‘Numbur Cheese Circuit’ boasts superb breathtaking views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Numburchuli (6.959m), Sarmoche (5.255m), Ramdung (5.930m), Chukyima Go (6.259m), Parchamo (6.273m), Bigphrea Go Nup (6.666m), Paniyo Tippa (6.696m) and PaniyoShar (6.549m). It is also home to beautiful glacier and moraine such as Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier, Likhu Glacier and other various tiny glaciers in the surroundings. High Himalayan lakes, revered by pilgrims and rich in biodiversity including Panchpokhari, Jatapokhari, Bhalepokhari, Dudhpokhari are also among the prime attractions of the NCC for visitors.

Numbur 2The trek encompasses a variety of terrain- deep river gorges, glacial lakes, terraced rice fields, temperate to alpine vegetation, and Sherpa villages to the towering peaks of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibara) and Numburchuli. One can also observe Yak Cheese factories and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way. In March and April, rhododendrons bloom in profusion and eagles, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr are a regular sighting!

NCC is primarily an eco-camping trek. Accommodation on the the NCC ranges from a few well-established lodges at Shivalaya, Garjyang, Deurali and Bhandar on the Everest Base Camp route; to newly developed eco-camping sites in Panipakha, Manedanda, Panchpokhari, Tare and Ngeju; and family home-stays in magnificent Sherpa homes in Khahare, Lhachhewar, Kyama, Gumdel and Lapchane.
Numbur 4Visitors are kindly requested to trek gently; respect local people, culture and traditions, contribute to the local economy and help to maintain the natural environment while trekking in the NCC. The NCC trails lies on Gaurishankar Conservation Area so trekkers must follow rule and regulations of the conservation.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Itinerary
Tamang Heritage Trail

The ‘Tamang Heritage Trail’ is an exciting new trekking route located between Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. A culturally rich region steeped in Tibetan tradition, the local Tamang people are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in Nepal.
Tamang 3The trail passes through traditional Tamang villages where life, culture, and crafts have remained unchanged since the beginning of the settlement. The panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Sanjen ranges can be distinctly experienced from Nagthali, which used to be a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. At Tatopani, which literally means ‘hot water’, you can cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that ease away your aches and pains.

The trail is equally a pleasure for natural experiences. The unique landscape around Goljung Bhanjyang, Thuman and Brimdang, pristine forest between Tatopani- Nagthali-Thuman and kaleidoscopic view of the Langtang mountains, Sanjen range, Ganesh Himal, Kerung and Gosaikunda range give a wholesome experience of Himalayan landscapes and vegetation.
DSC02816The inhabitants of the Langtang Valley are thought to be descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who intermingled with Tamangs from the Helambu area. The inhabitants of Briddim, Thuman, Timure and Langtang are of the Tamang ethnic group but a marked influence of Tibetan culture and tradition is noticed in their lifestyle closely resembling that of most Tibetan villages. They are mainly sheep and yak herders, but grow some hardy grains and vegetables.
The daily life of the villagers includes raising livestock, agriculture, and trade with Kerung in Tibet. Wheat, maize, potato, soyabean, and millet are their staple food. In addition, you can also observe Syabru dance, Khampa dance, Shaman performance and other colorful performances during major festivals like Lhosar (February), Chhiju (December), Baisakh Purnima (April- May) and as per your request.

YouTube Impression of Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail Itinerary
Dudhkunda Cultural Trail (Solukhumbu Trails)

Dudhkunda (4.560m) is a holy mountain lake in the lap of Mt. Numbur, a popular trekking destination of Solu. The trek to Dudhkunda, starting from Phaplu, can be done either only around the Dudhkunda Lake or combined with Dudhkunda 1cultural experience passing through Khaling Rai and Sherpa settlements and then back to Salleri through dense forests or rhododendron and a variety of wildlife. The trail combined provides one with a close encounter with the unique Khaling Rais of this area. Dudhkunda, which literally means ‘lake of milk’, is said to be a sacred lake and is revered by the local people. It is believed that taking a dip in its holy waters will fulfill one’s wishes. During full moon nights in August Pilgrims and Jhakris (Shaman priests) hold a weeklong celebration.

YouTube Impression of Dudhkunda-Pikey Cultural Trail

Dudhkunda Cultural Trail Itinerary
Pikey Cultural Trail (Solukhumbu Trails)

Pikey Danda (4.065m) is one of the tallest hills of Solu. From Pikey you can see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks – Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Lhotse, and many more. Pikey 1The peak also offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views during good weather. A trail through Jiri – Chaulakharka – Ngaur leads to the Pikey Danda area. The trail starts at Phaplu and ends at Salleri. From here the trail descends through dense forest finally meeting the Everest trail at Taktor. From Pikey, one can also continue on to the Dudhkunda Trail. One of the most beautiful Sherpa villages, Junbesi 1Junbesi, is on the way from Pikey to Dudhkunda. Once can also visit the famous Thuptenchholing monastery on the way. The name Pikey is derived from the name of a Sherpa clan deity. During the month of July the locals hold celebrations to worship their clan god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, as Pikey Hlapchen Karbu. Besides trekking, Pikey is a good spot for paragliding, mountain biking, bird watching, pilgrimage, and mediation.

Junbesi & Thuptenchholing Monastery
Junbesi (2.700m) is one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages with its astonishing landscapes, cultural wealth, and the hospitable Sherpa people. It is also a junction of the Everest Trail and Thuptenchholing monastery.
Monastery 1The monastery is an hour from Junbesi and it was founded in the late 1960s by Thulsuk Rinpoche. It is popular as a center of religious tourism and its reputation has been further boosted by the fame of His Holiness Thulsuk Rinpoche. There are more than 500 monks and nuns who study Buddhism, meditate, and offer prayers in this monastery. It is one of the biggest nuns’ residential monasteries in the country.

YouTube Impression of Dudhkunda-Pikey Cultural Trail

Pikey Cultural Trail Itinerary
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