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Indigenous Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Trip Overview

Nepal is diverse with many ethnic indigenous populations and known for many languages – more than 100 – despite being a small country. Those indigenous ethnic groups speak their own language. Being a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural country, there is a diversity in culture, lifestyle, and heritages of people.

This trekking program is designed to showcase to you the diverse culture of people from Tamang, Newar, Lama, Sherpa, Yolmo, Thami, and Majhi groups. Tamang is the major ethnic group of Nepal mainly living on the outskirt of Kathmandu with some 6% population. Likewise, Newar is the people basically from Kathmandu valley and disbursed to the country after 1768’s conquer of Kathmandu by Gorkha King. Thami and Majhi can be found only in this part of the country and live by fishing in the rivers.

If you are looking forward to exploring Nepal in true color, then this trek, the indigenous Sailung Trek, should be the best option. This trekking is considered easy and short as well yet can experience diversity. The panoramic view of the mountains adds to the attraction of the trek.

Itenerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of the only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check in at your Hotel and then after short rest, you can go to explore the market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuff from the supermarket, or buy trekking gear – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for the next day according to feasibility.

You start the day with a delicious breakfast served at your Hotel. The sightseeing involves a tour of two religious and cultural sites Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing beside the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where the cremation of the dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and is located east of Kathmandu on the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with the intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built on the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed toward all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After a short tour of the city, we return to the hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at the hotel.

After taking breakfast in the hotel, you check out and then commence the day with a driving to Mude Bazaar, starting point of your trekking in Sailung. The drive adventurous and scenic both with view of the dotted villages, people on their urban or rural life, terraced farms, occasional forests/jungles, and beautiful rivers and river valleys. Once you reach Mude, you will check-in to the lodge and rest and relax at the lodge. Overnight in hotel.

You will have delicious breakfast in the hotel before the walk for the day starts. You walk through small villages, in jungles, and along the bank of the streams. In some three hours walk you reach Deurali – a very common word in Nepal for the valley/ridge-pass on the top of hill – where you may have your lunch. From here, walk two hours in a pleasant trail to reach Dhunge and another two hours to reach Kholakharka – our stoppage for tonight. Overnight Local lodge.

Enjoy your breakfast with mountain fresh air, and then embark on a a short hike to Sailung Danda (hill). It takes approximately 30 minutes to top of the hill Sailung. From this hill top of Sailung, you can witness mesmerizing view of the surrounding rolling hills and some higher mountains. You can visit a Buddhist monastery it that interests you. After enjoying the view and scenery continue walking to Doramba Gumba. From Sailung, it is about three hours walk to Doramba Gumba. As you reach Doramba, you will check-in to the local lodge and for the remaining time, you can stroll around the surrounding area and enjoy the beautiful environment of Doramba along with the lifestyle of local indigenous people. You see their mountain lifestyle from very near. Overnight at local lodge.

Wake up with birds chirping and enjoy the morning tranquil atmosphere of the surroundings. After having breakfast, you commence pleasant walking. The first part of the trek is totally downhill until reaching the bottom of the hill. From here, you have to climb the cliff and must reach at the top to reach Gurase Bhanjyang – literally means the Deurali or small plateau in the hill top with Rhododendron forest. Walking steep down to the bottom of a hill or in the bank of river, and then climb steep up again is commonality of Nepal’s mountain. Overnight at local lodge.

Today is comparatively long day than earlier. After breakfast you start to walk to Kattike Deurali. In around six hours of walking in diverse landscape and levels you reach Kattike Deurali for the overnight stay. Overnight at Local lodge.

Today is the last day of walking in the mountain. Tomorrow you drive back to Kathmandu and no more walking left. Like yesterday, you walk quite long to reach Palanchok Temple. Palanchok is the famous Bhagwati temple where a large number of Hindu pilgrims pay homage to ferocious goddess Durga each year. Check-in to the lodge and overnight stay, Overnight Local lodge.

After having breakfast in the lodge, you will visit the Palanchok Bhagwati temple and enjoy the surrounding area. Then you are ready to return back to Kathmandu after great trekking of the lower mountains of Nepal. Once you arrive Kathmandu, check-in to the Hotel. Overnight in hotel.

After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up & Droop off with representative.
    • Nepal’s 3-star level hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • All hotel/lodge/community guest house accommodations during the trip as available
    • English-speaking licensed and experienced Trekking Guide and porter to carry your luggage and other camping equipments/cooking utensils. (If you are in a group with more than 5 trekkers then assistance guide will be provided)
    • Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee three times a day during the trekking ).
    • All meals in the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.)
    • All required transfer in private vehicle (Kathmandu – Mude and Palanchok – Kathmandu)
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment, land transport etc for trekking staff.
    • Down jacket, Down Sleeping bag, and Duffel bag if required.
    • Sightseeing with guide, transport and entry permits in Kathmandu.
    • All taxes and Services charge.

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
    • International air ticket and Visa fee
    • Travel insurance that must include emergency helicopter evacuation

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipment can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

 

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
  4. Headlamp
  5. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  6. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. Gloves( not too warm and not light )

Core Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Shirts
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. Women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

 

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!

2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).

3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.

4. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.

5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..

6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

9. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.

10. Two pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.

11. light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.

12. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.

13. A pair sandals (Optional).

 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss this with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. One small personal-sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. Two bandanas.

Optional

  1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  4. Binoculars
  5. One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. One small stainless steel thermos

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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