General

A soft 8-day trekking product, the first of its kind in Nepal, the ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ offers unique, living exposure to one of the most culturally diverse areas of Nepal. The ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ offers scenic trekking at relatively low elevations from 3,146 m to 533 m. Bound by Thulo Sailung peak in the North, the aqua-blue Sun Koshi flowing along the south and the fast-flowing Tama Koshi in the east, the ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ presents an incomparable and natural blend of cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity coupled with breathtaking Himalayan panoramas, stretching from Dhauligiri and Annapurna in the west to Numburchuli and Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak in the east. The ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ is possible almost throughout the year, although the best season is October to December, and March to April when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. Against a magnificent Himalayan backdrop visitors gain invaluable insight to the culture and lifestyle of several local Indigenous Peoples including Tamang, Newar, Sherpa, Thami, Yolmo and Majhi. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, temples, stupas and monasteries.

The ‘IP Trail’ allows you to stay overnight in private homes in traditional villages far from commercialized tourist trails. Rooms in local houses are renovated, but otherwise expect a few tourist-style comforts. Host families are trained to prepare meals hygienically. When staying with a Nepali family guests live the life as the local people do, and are treated like part of the family. The homes reflect the traditional and simple atmosphere of the people. Apart from the pleasure of being amidst peaceful and serene environment, tourists can also enjoy the traditional folk dances and music presented by the local men and women in their colorful traditional dresses. The focus for the guests is on experiencing and learning from an authentic and enriched culture. Visitors are often involved in local activities that range from cooking classes through to attending a traditional wedding, watching a local cultural dance. The Home-stay allows visitors to discover the real Nepal and to enjoy the untouched countryside. Unlike highly commercialized routes, trekkers walk through uninhabited areas and meet few fellow travelers. No fees or permits are currently required for this trek. Targetinternational tourists include repeat visitors, adults and children (soft trekkers), mediators, researchers, university and college students, backpackers/budget tourists and short-duration holiday makers.
Target domestic tourists include university and college students, cultural researchers, and religious pilgrims and short-duration holiday makers.

In summary, the trail experiences include panoramic Himalaya, mid-Hill and riverine confluence views, culture (6 ethnic groups) and cultural performances, Homestay, soft trekking, monastery visits and meditation, temple visit and animal sacrifice, mountain biking, bird watching, forest walks, fishing, pig and fish BBQ, Janaipurnima (Hindu) festival (summer), and agro-tourism activities (potato, rice and millet cultivation – production and harvesting).

Trekking Facts

Trekking price:            $750.00
Trekking type:             Home Stay
Trekking grade:           Medium
Trekking duration:       8 (days)
People in group:          2+

Available departures

Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment

Itinenary

Day 01     Kathmandu - Sailung
Day 02     Sailung (KholaKharka) - Raj Veer Gomba
Day 03     Raj Veer - Surke
Day 04     Surke - Doramba
Day 05     Doramba - Khandadevi
Day 06     Khandadevi - Dongme
Day 07     Dongme - Lubughat
Day 08     Lubighat - Kathmandu

The Itinerary we are proposing you is only on outline. You could use it to best fitness and interest when practically you are in the field our guide are very comfortable, flexible and understanding to make your trip with full of pleasure

Day 01 :  Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu-Dhunge-Sailung (7 hours)
The Starting Point is Dhunge village in Dolakha District accessible by local bus from Mude (on the Kathmandu-Charikot-Jiri hardtop road), a 3-hour drive from Dhulikhel or 4.5 hours from Kathmandu. From Dhunge, a short 90-minute climb will take you to Sailung Peak. Follow the short trail down to the Sherpa village of Khola Kharka where you will spend the night in the newly established Khola Kharka Community Centre.

Day 03 :  Sailung & Rajveer Environs
Rise early to reach the summit of Thulo Sailung as the sun rises over the Eastern Himalaya. At 3,146 m Sailung offers magnificent views of the Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Rowaling, Everest and Kanchenjunga ranges. To the south the Mahabharata hills roll over the Sun Koshi River sliding down to the Tarai lowlands. Thulo Sailung is regarded by the Tamangs as the abode of their territorial deity, Sailung Phoi Sibda overnight at community centre.

Day 04 : Kholakharka-Rajveer-Surkey (4.30 hours)
During the descent to Surkey Village through the Sailung forest, you will see a wide variety of native tree, shrub and bird species. Tourists are welcome at Rajveer monastery and to receive a blessing from the Lamas. Along the route you pass through the Sherpa village of Dadhuwa-Dara and a Tamang village, each with their own Buddhist Gompas. Prayer flags, chortens and mani stones are scattered along the route overnight home stay.

Day 05 : Surkey-Tinghare-Doramba (4 hours)
Experience the Thami cultural programme at Tinghare Village before crossing into the Doramba valley where the trail traverses along the forest-covered hillside around to the terraced fields of Doramba overnight home stay.

Day 06: Doramba-Galba-Khandadevi (4.30 hours)
After a pleasant walk out of the Doramba valley, the route ascends to the sacred Hindu shrine atop Agleshwari Danda where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalaya and the rolling Mahabharat hills below overnight in local home stay.

Day 07 :Khandadevi-Hiledevi/Dongme (4 hours)
Following the pre-dawn and sunrise photographic experiences, trek towards Hiledevi following a long ridge of thick pine forest. The trail traverses up and down through thick pine forests before crossing into another valley overnight in local home stay.

Day 08 : Hiledevi-Sunapati-Lubughat (4 hours)
After breakfast the next morning you get to enjoy an equally stunning sunrise before the final descent to the village of Lubughat on the renowned Sun Koshi River. Enroute you will enjoy newly renovated eco trails leading to majestic views of Sun Koshi river confluences. Arriving in Lubughat, you will meet the Majhi people, renowned for their fishing expertise and their cultural milieu overnight in local home stay.

Day 09 :
Lubughat-Nepalthowk-Dhulikhel/Ktm (4 hours)
Cross the rivers by Majhi boat and suspension bridge to Nepalthowk to catch the local bus or micro-bus for the short two-hour drive to Dhulikhel. Take an extra night at one of the many comfortable lodges there or drive direct to Kathmandu overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Transfer to airport for final departure.

Community/Monastery Lodge

Visitor can experience the community/monastery lodge in Kholakharka and Dongme. In Dongme, you will be enjoying the accommodation and lodging managed at the monastery guest house by the Hyolmo people where as in Kholakharka, there is a community lodge run by local Sherpa and Tamangs.

Tamang

By their location on the ancient trading routes, the history of Tamangs has been influenced by Tamang By their location on the ancient trading routes, the history of Tamangs has been influenced by Buddhist Tibet and the Hindu Malla kingdom of Kathmandu. Traditional customs are still followed during births, deaths, marriages and at other important times in a person`s life. The "Tamang Selo" dance is performed to the rhythmic sound of the "Damphoo" musical instrument which the dancers carry in their hands. The dance full of fun and vigor and the brisk movement and rhythmic beat of the Dampoo depicts a style peculiar to the Tamangs. It is performed on occasions like marriage ceremony, Lho-Chhar, childbirth and village fairs.

Majhi
The Majhi peoples are indigenous to Nepal and are known throughout the country and world for their fishing Majhi The Majhi peoples are indigenous to Nepal and are known throughout the country and world for their fishing expertise. From the dawn of time the Majhi have had a special and intimate relationship with the rivers of Nepal and hence inhabit the banks of Nepal?s rivers. Possessing their own language, dress, and culture, the Majhi people are very proud of their heritage and communicate this through their own traditional songs, dances and many ritual functions. The ancestral occupation of the Majhi people is to help other people in crossing the many rivers of Nepal in their Majhi made boats. However modern bridges and government interference in their traditional working areas is destroying the traditional Majhi way of life.

Yolmo
Sindhupalchok, Northeast part of Nuwakot and Southeast part of Rasuwa districts. The name, Yolmo Yolmo Yolmo are the Indigenous people of the Helambu region, which comprises the Northwest part of Sindhupalchok, Northeast part of Nuwakot and Southeast part of Rasuwa districts. The name, Yolmo, has been derived by two words Yol (high area surrounded by mountains) and Mo (goddess). Like the other inhabitants of the northern region, the culture and identity of Yolmo indigenous people are derived from Tibetan language and culture. Mahayana Buddhists have revered Yolmo lands since at the 8th century, when Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Mahayana Buddhist, traveled there and chose it as one of the places to leave behind his secret treasures of wisdom. Also the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa pursued his rigorous meditative retreat there. Having strong links to this history and to Mahayana Buddhist in general, the lives of Yolmo people are centered on the Buddhist faith and its practice. As describe in the religious text, Yolmo is considered as an sacred and 'hiding places for sacred treasures' where the great master left his sacred treasures of wisdom (doctrine) concealed to be revealed by powerful masters in future in the time of need.

Thami
With a total worldwide population of only 30,000, the Thami Indigenous Peoples of Nepal have a unique but Thami With a total worldwide population of only 30,000, the Thami Indigenous Peoples of Nepal have a unique but endangered culture. According to their mythology, based on their oral tradition and religious texts, Paloke, they are the successors of Yapati Chukku and Sonari Aaji who reached the head of Tamakoshi, while travelling in ancient times, from Simangadh. Thamis call themselves Thangmi, meaning ?people of pastureland' or ?people living in borderlands'. Followers of neither Hinduism nor Buddhism in complete sense, Thami?s are worshippers of nature. Today Thami people are well known throughout Nepal for their traditional expertise in producing quality bamboo products and their strong sense of cultural pride.

Sherpa

Sherpa?s, literally translated as easterner, referring to their origins in Eastern Tibet, are well known Sherpa Sherpa?s, literally translated as easterner, referring to their origins in Eastern Tibet, are well known throughout the world for their reputation as high altitude climbers. While their reputation as climbers is nothing short of historic, local Buddhist, animist and cultural traditions equally shape their unique, Tibetan influenced culture and traditions. Also closely connected with Lamaism, Sherpa rites and rituals are based on and determined by their religion. Subsequently, the lamas of the monasteries wearing red robes direct the religious life of the region and are considered the religious social heads of the community. Throughout the year Sherpas show their cultural pride and religious respect through numerous colourful festivals, most noteably, Lhosar, Mani Rimdu, and Dumje.

Accommodation
IP Trail is a home-stay accommodation based cultural trekking trail built on the local cultures. The ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ has comfortable accommodation available to meet the basic tourist standards.
Home Stay Accommodation

Throughout the IP trail, home-stay accommodation offers closer contact and greater insight into ethnic lifestyles that cannot be found along the more developed trekking ven¬ues where interactions can be more commercially oriented. Visitors can enjoy the basic accommodation and lodging facilities at the traditionally managed home-stays of various ethnic communities. Boiled and filtered drinking water and hygienically tiled toilets are available at all accommodation options and bucket hot shower can be available upon request.

Other Facilities and Services

ACCESSIBILITY
A Kathmandu-Deurali-Dhunge regular bus service takes visitors toDhunge within 5/6 hours via Mudhe bazaar at Araniko highway. The seven days long trek finally reaches Lubughat. The next morning, visitors can catch a bus/microbus at Nepalthowk, 30 minutes walking distance from Lubughat that goesto Dhulikhel/Kathmandu within 2/3 hours.

COMMUNICATION
Local telephone facilities are available in every village along the way with ISD available in Doramba, Galpa Bazaar and Lubughat. Internet is ONLY accessible in Dhulikhel and Kathmandu.

HEALTH FACILITIES
Along the trail in Daduwa, Deurali, Doramba, Manthali, Galpa Bazaar, Pokharidanda, and Nepalthok are health posts providing basic health facilities. As the trek remains at relatively low altitudes there is little chance of altitude sickness.

TREKKING SUPPLIES
As the trail is new, visitors are advised to hire an experienced trekking guide skilled in basic cooking. Visitors are also advised to bring a first aid kit, and handy food such as dried fruits, chocolate etc, a hat and hiking clothing, sunglasses and sun cream.

Categorically, visitors can explore following tourism attractions in the IP Trail:

Mountain panorama :From Everest region to the east to Annapurna to the west. Significantpanoramas are the Numbur, Rolwaling and Langtang ranges
Other mesmerizing landscape : Folded Mahabharat hills, rolling terraced farmlands, waterfalls (Surkey), Serpentine Sunkoshi River
Major Valley : Sunkoshi River and Tamakoshi River valleys
Major ethnic groups : Sherpa, Thami, Newar, Tamang, Yolmo and Majhi
Sacred pilgrimage sites: Thulo Sailung, Rajveer, Khandadevi, Augleshwori and Sunapati
Best view points : Sailung, Augleshwori, Khandadevi, Sunapati
Beautiful monastery : Rajveer, Doramba, Domgme
Beautiful flora : Sub-tropical to temperate vegetation, Sal forest, Pine forest, Alnus and blooming rhododendron
Beautiful fauna: Various species of birds, Deer, Langur Monkey, varieties of endemic fishes
Socio-economic-practices: Terraced farming, ethno-botanical practices, thatched houses, mechanical grinding of rice and millet
Socio-cultural practices : Lhosar celebration, Janaipurnima festival, Buddhapurnima festival, Sorashraddha, Shamanic performances, Lama Dances

Possible Tourism Activities
The serenely peaceful and scenic IP Trail has been designed primarily for Home stay-based cultural trekking experience. The unique tourism activities include soft trekking, panoramic mountain views, visits to sacred Sailung, monastery visits at Rajveer (offering meditation), Doramba and Dongme, temple visit at Khandadevi, forest walks, bird watching, traditionally decorated homes, sunset and sunrise views and cultural performances. Traditional agricultural practices and Majhi fishing are additional attractions along the IP Trail. Mountain biking is also possible along the trail. Visitors can enjoy the following tourist activities on the IP Trail:

Exciting driving through the mountain: Kathmandu –Mudhe-Dhunge.
Home-stay experiences: Kholakharka, Surkey, Doramba, Khandadevi and Lubughat
Monastery/community lodge experience: Kholakharka and Dongme
Monastery visit: Rajveer, Doramba, Dongme
Pilgrimage visit: Thulo Sailung, Rajveer, Augleshwori Temple, Khandadevi temple, Dongme Monastery
Cultural performance: Sherpa (Rajveer), Thami (Surkey/Tinghare), Tamang (Doramba), Yolmo (Dongme), Majhi (Lubughat)
Slow food organic food experiences: Potato, barley, mushroom, and other local foods
Soft trekking: Dhunge-Sailung-Lubughat
Sunrise/sunset view observation: Thulosailung, Doramba, Khandadevi, Sunapati
Mountain biking: Throughout the trail (from Mudhe to Lubughat)
Rafting: Lubughat-Seleghat
Fishing: Lubughat, Seleghat
Forest walks: Khandadevi-Hiledevi section
Bird watching: Dhunge-Sailung, Kholakharka-Rajveer, Surkey-Doramba, Khandadevi-Hiledevi section.
Bio-diversity study: Temperate to alpine vegetation, rhododendron, conifers, birch, colored pasture grasses, NTFPs, a variety of bird species, deer, jackal, fox, clouded leopard.
Agri-tourism activities: Participating in rice and millet cultivation and harvesting.
Fish and pig BBQ: Lubughat, Seleghat