Total Duration: 12 Days
Group Size: Min. 2 to Max 10 persons in a Group.
Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Max Altitude: 3,146 M.
Trip Cost: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.
Join this fantastic classic camping trek to escape the congestion of commercialized trekking routes and get ‘off-the-beaten track’ to experience the real Nepal. Take the “Indigenous People (IP) Trail” in the Ramechhap District, 130km east of Nepal’s Capital, Kathmandu. First in its kind in Nepal, the IP Trail offers unique, living exposure to one of the most culturally diverse areas of Nepal combined with the beautiful natural landscape. Sailung Peak in the north and the golden Sun Koshi River flowing along in the south mark the start or finish point of the IP Trail which offers a unique and natural combination of ethnic cultural diversity coupled with breathtaking Himalayan and mid-Hill Panoramas.
New, only since 2010 officially open for trekking, without a doubt one of the best and (easy) treks in Nepal, the trail has been given a name of ‘Indigenous Peoples Trail’ (IP Trail) in honor of the six major ethnic settlements in the area. The trekkers are welcomed into the culture and lifestyle of indigenous communities including Sherpa, Newar, Thami, Tamang, Yolmo and Majhis in this lively cultural route. The two major religions in Nepal – Hinduism and Buddhism are ever present in the form of gods and goddesses, temples, stupas, gumbas, monasteries and sacred caves. A culture trek par excellence with the local people who want to show their culture and share it with others, but also a trek where you have the opportunity to give something back to the community in terms of charity.
Himalaya Discovery supports local schools by donating funds and educational materials to the students, according to the condition of the schools and students. We believe that through our guidance children will be proud of what they can achieve, rather than ashames by what they cannot accomplish. Similarly, your participation of 150 Euro each helps to the school for buying educational materials for students, such as paper, writing material, blackbords, computer, with two main objectives to establish and implement long lasting sustainable educational development that impact isolated areas of Nepal (twenty villages and over 8,000 poor people in average), located in the western part of the Ramechhap district in Nepal, and support the students. Ramechhap is located 130 km east of Kathmandu. Our carefully designed culture charity trek itinerary.
The (IP) Trail has a unique unmatched environment, as relatively few trekkers visit, making your experience more unique and unspoiled. You will be greatly rewarded and feel a great sense of compassion as you trek into the remote village to experience the everyday life, visit the school, meet with locals and see just how isolated the area is. Upon completion of the trek, if want to contribute further through network contacts to raise more awareness and future sponsorship or make an additional donation it’s greatly appreciated. Further information will be given you by ‘Himalaya Discovery’.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nepalthok (4 hours) and short trek to Lubughat. (533 meters)
We begin our trek at Napalthok after 4 hours driving by private vehicle from Kathmandu. After 45 minutes short walk along the banks of the Sun Koshi River, we reach at Lubhughat (533 meters) a small village of Majhi. You will meet the Majhi people, renowned for their fishing expertise and their cultural milieu. In the evening Majhi culture dance presentation and Overnight at Tented Camp, optional home-stay.
Day 04: Trek to Dongme (1982 meters) 4 hours.
After breakfast leaving Lubughat, we begin our journey with a gently steep climb to Dongme. En route you will enjoy newly renovated trails leading majestic views of Sun Koshi river and the valley of Lubhughat confluences, then we arrive at Dongme1982m. Dongme is a large Yolmo Tamang village. In the evening special Buddhist Monk culture dance presentation and Overnight at Tented Camp optional home-stay.
Day 05: Trek to Doramba (2054 meters) 4.30 hours.
The walking is easy and after passing through the beautiful village we reach at Galba Bazaar. The route gently ascends to the sacred Hindu shrine atop Aglehwari Danda where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalaya and the rolling Mahabharat hills. Then we reach at the biggest Tamang village Doramba. The Tamang Culture dance presentation in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight at Tented Camp, optional home-stay.
Day 06: Trek to Daduwa (2210 meters) 2.30 hours and half day rest at Daduwa.
Today, the trail continues ascent to Daduwa , traversing forest-covered hills and the terraced fields of Daduwa. On reaching the Sherpa village Daduwa, you will see the local Buddhist Monastry, Gompas, Prayer flags, Chortens and Mani stones. In the evening Sherpa traditional culture dance presentation and Overnight at Tented Camp, optional home-stay.
Day 07: Discover the local village and school.
Today you will visit the Lower Secondary School at Daduwa village and discuss the educational materials which we are contributing to the students and school. The 250 students from different ethnic groups with the age of 3 to 15 years study in this school. Upon arrival, they perform a culture program in order to welcome the Charity group. Then you have the opportunity to teach at the school, for example in the compulsory English course. The evening will be finished off by Nepali folk singing and dancing with locals in the village. Overnight at Tented Camp, optional home-stay.
Day 08: Trek to Khola Kharka (2948 meters) via Rajveer 3 hours.
During the ascent to Sailung, along the journey you will visit Rajveer monastery and receive a blessing from the Monks. The trail passes through rhododendrons forest with a wide variety of native tree, shrubs and different species of birds. We arrive at Khola Kharka where you will spend the night in the newly established Community lodge, optional Tented Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Maga Deurali via Sailung (3146 meters) 4 hours.
The last day of trek, wake up early to reach the summit of Sailung atop during sunrise over the Eastern Himalayas. At 3,146 meters Sailung offers magnificent views of the Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Rowaling, Everest range. In the south the Mahabharata hills roll over the Sun Koshi River sliding down to the Tarai lowlands.
At the highest point of Sailung, the main rituals are Buddhist offerings to the souls of the deceased. During the festival of Saun Purnima, held on the full moon of July / August , Tamang pilgrims crowd around the ruined Chortens at this holy place. Nowadays, there are no more blood sacrifices at Sailung.
Leaving Sailung, the trail continues descend downhill to Dunge Bazaar. Along the trail you will see the splendid view of Mount Gaurishankar (7,134 meters). Overnight at Maga Deurali Tented Camp, optional home-stay.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400 meters) 5 hours.
5 hours drive back to Kathmandu, the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?
A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).
Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.
Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.
Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.
Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?
A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).
Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.
Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?
A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.
Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?
A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?
A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.
Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?
A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.
Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?
A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?
A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.
Q. What happens in bad weather periods?
A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.
When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.
Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?
A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?
A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).
Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.
On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Trek Leader and Crew
Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.
We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;
So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.
In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.