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Nomad Community Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Max-Altitude: 1800 m
  • Fitness Level: Easy
  • Group-Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Nepal is a country filled with multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multiethnic and varied bio-diversity which offers a various flavor of experiences to the people from the outside world. In this small country, there are 125 ethnic groups of people speaking 124 different languages where one can find various culture, nature, the floras and faunas, and the vegetation. The Nomads (Nepali name: Rautes) along with other indigenous groups (Chepang). Rautes are the unique ethnic group denying any idea on the permanent settlement, education or agriculture. They are the only nomadic people in the country who never settle permanently in any particular place. They fulfill their necessities by bartering their wooden pottery and traditional crafts for food-grains with the local people and also engage in monkey hunting while adopting forest life. As Rautes are totally dependent on forest resources for their livelihood even in this modern age; they are considered as an important part of biodiversity. The main habitat of this community is in the hills of mid-western part of Nepal roaming around Salyan, Acchaam, Dailekh, Jajarkot and Surkhet districts

Itenerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, our representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you will be transferred to the hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest and relax at the hotel. After short rest, we take you short Thamel tour which is main tourist hub in Kathmandu to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer, Supermarket, gear shop and other necessary things you might need for your trip. After a short explore you will be taken to our office for a trip briefing meeting. Overnight in hotel. If your arrival is late today, this tour and trip briefing will be shifted for tomorrow.
After having breakfast we will proceed the sightseeing. Pashupatinath Temple: It is a most famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. One of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotees around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March. Boudhanath stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime directions, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy. After back from the tour you have some times for rest and prepare your gear and so on. Overnight in hotel.
After having breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to catch the flight to Surkhet. The flight will take 1 hour time to reach Surkhet airport. Now, from here your tour to Nomad Community begins. You will commence the jeep drive which will take approximately 3 hours to reach a village called Dharampokhara. Dharampokhara in located at Gurans rural municipality of Dailekh district. After you reach there, you will check in to the local hotel and rest there for some time. In the evening, you can either stroll around the surroundings or stay in the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
You will have your breakfast at the hotel. After having breakfast you will commence walking to reach the Nomad, “Raute” community. You will have a pleasant walking of 2 to 3 hours to reach their settlement. As you reach their settlement; you will be able to see the daily lifestyle, their huts, the small children playing in the mud without clothes in their body, the adults getting engaged in the preparation of wooden vessels for the barter exchange and all other daily activities of the Nomads. You will spend some hours with these people and know more about their life, living system, and culture. In the late afternoon, you will commence returning back to Dharampokharawhich will take you 2 hours; where you will spend today’s night. Overnight in Hotel.
(This day has been added in the itinerary by keeping in mind the fact that the Nomads are the people who always engage in traveling from one place to another place in the jungle and we could have plenty of time to find them.) Overnight in Hotel.
You will have your breakfast at the hotel. Now, you will check out from the hotel and then start driving back to Surkhet. Once you reach Surkhet, you will check in to the hotel and have your lunch. After having lunch, your sightseeing tour around Surkhet starts here. Today, you will visit the famous Bulbule Tal, DeutiBajei Temple, and the famous Kakre Bihar. After finishing the sightseeing, you will return back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
After having breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Surkhet airport to catch the flight back to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel and you can rest and relax for the remaining time of the day. Overnight in Hotel.
Today, you will start your journey to experience another flavor of culture and tradition i.e. Chepang community; another indigenous community of Nepal. This morning you will have an early breakfast than other normal tour days. After breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel to commence your journey to the Chepang community; one of the rare indigenous ethnic group of Nepal. You will have a scenic drive to Hugdi Bazaar (82 Km from Kathmandu on the Kathmandu - Pokhara highway). From Hugdi Bazar, you will commence walking until you reachHattibang, a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views. Overnight local lodge.
After taking breakfast in the homestay in Hattibang, you will commence walking to reach a beautiful Chepang village, Jyandala. You will be walking through the dense jungle where you can enjoy the chirping of the birds and a purely natural environment. Once you reach Jyandala, you will check-in to the homestay and stay overnight. Here, you will have detailed interaction with the local villagers (Chepangs) and facts about their life, culture, traditions. Overnight local lodge.
You will wake up at the beautiful village of Jyandala with the first chirping of birds. Have your breakfast in the homestay and explore the Chepang village in the fresh air of the morning. After some time, you will commence walking down to Shaktikhor. You will have your lunch here and rest for some moment. From Shaktikhor, you will catch the vehicle and it will transfer you to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel.
Today we will walk around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour to capture the snaps of the centuries-old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. We explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa, etc. Then we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu 3 hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop.
    • Nepal 3 star standard hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • Nepal standard hotel with breakfast lunch & dinner in Dharampokhara.
    • Nepal standard hotel with breakfast lunch & dinner in Surkhet
    • Nepal standard hotel with breakfast lunch & dinner in Hattibang
    • Nepal standard hotel with breakfast lunch & dinner in Jyandala
    • Air ticket (Kathmandu –Surkhet-Kathmandu)
    • Private Transportation (Dharampokhara to Surkhet, Kathmandu-Hattibang, Shaktikhor-Kathmandu)
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation.
    • All meals (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner).
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day).
    • A professional Trekking Guide and Porter (Helper) and Assistant Guide(Above 5 pax)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
    • Land transportation (Kathmandu- Syange&Pokhara-Kathmandu)
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Flease liner, and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu         
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

What to bring ??

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. That equipment can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand washes liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sunblock cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1.  Hand gloves (1 light pair and 1 warm pair)

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2.  Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plastsband-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. Bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

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

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