Nepal, from East to West, or North to South, has its own cultural and daily life setting. Tradition, religion, belief, language, social organization and people are the important aspects of culture in Nepal. Sacred pilgrimage sites, historical monuments and memorials reflect richness of Nepalese culture. As our professional multilingual guides take you on cultural tours in Nepal, you will gain invaluable insight into Nepali lifestyles. Interacting directly with ethnic communities will add excitement to your holiday and rejuvenate you spiritually. Experience the cultural delights of Nepal with us depending on your time availability – within a day to over a week.
Depending on where you travel within Nepal, you will encounter people of various ethnic groups. The general distribution goes like this: there are Newars in Kathmandu valley mixed with many different ethnic groups that migrated here. In the lower hills live the Brahmins and Chettris along with many others. As you climb higher, you encounter Tamangs who generally live along the hilltops. Futher up in the mountainous region where it snows live the Sherpas who have adapted to the high alttude. The group known as Kirants live in the east also in the hilly and mountainous regions. There are many other groups spread around like the Magars and Gurungs. Religions vary from Hindu to Buddhist, to animists, to Christians and Muslims. The tribes living in the higher regions are generally Buddhist.
Nepal is divided into three layers, according to its geographical settings – Himalayan region, Mid-hills, and Tarai region (flat plains). Himalayan region is the home of the legendary Sherpas, who are renowned for climbing Mt. Everest and many other peaks.
Sherpas follow Tibetan Buddhism, the “ancient school” by religion, they are friendly in nature and share part of a culture of Tibet. Trek to the northern-most region of Nepal to see the rich mix of culture and lifestyle.
In this 9 nights 10 Days Itinerary, we will encounter Specially Tamang ethnic group, their tradition, shamanism and daily life style.
Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name sticking on board to find us easily and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in hotel on BB Basis
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Ghatlang which takes about nine hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction. You can see scenery from view point. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your visit a memorable one.
Attraction of Gyatlang: Tamang culture, Syabru Dance, Architecture, Craftsmanship, Gomba and shamanism. Beautiful wetland (Parvatikund), dense forest, Orchids and Rhododendron forest, Best view from Khurpu Danda, cheese factory, water mills.
The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwa and Dhading districts.
A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.
Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise.
Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Being a majority of Tamang people it has beautiful Tamang culture show. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Mane dance, Mendo Maya, Paru dance and Ghode (horse) dance as well as Lama (monk) dance are quite popular.
After breakfast trek all the way down to Ada Khola khola taking about 35 minutes’ walk and then ascend uphill to Shertung village about an hour walking. Finally arrive at Shertung village which is inhabitant of Tamang people as well as Newar and Dalit. Trek continue to Kalga Danda from where you will see the magnificent Ganesh Himal ranges mountain views and Chalish village and surrounding landscape. Trek to Aoi little one village of Tamang community where have lunch and trek continue to Borang gaon. From Aoi to Borang is quite easy walking most of the way downhill passing through paddy terraces and suspension bridge.
Take breakfast and then trek all the way down to Ukhum from where you will find two ways to get trek ending point to Dhading Besi, one is lower part and another is upper part. We will lead you this trek upper part because upper part you will see many villages and even the better mountain views whereas in the lower part you will see only the river views but no mountain views at all. From Ukhum when you walk just a bit down you will enter in to Lishne jungle just turning left side upper part walk in the pine jungle forest about an hour and halt you will get finally Lishne Kohla or locally called Gashali. There is no tea houses or local villages at all in this jungle walk although it’s safe but trek with your guide or porter who knows the right track will be fine. Cross a beautiful suspension bridge and trek all the way up to Chhapchat village (30 minutes uphill walk) and then after walking 30 minutes arrive at Chyamthali village where you stop for lunch. After lunch start your trek and cross big landslide. In the monsoon it is bit dangerous landslide so without local guide you are not recommended to cross this landslide, your guide may know trail well however if he/she has not been in this landslide before we recommend to have local helper to show the right track and help to cross. It takes about an hour to cross. In the beginning and ending part quite fine but just mid part wii be bit dangerous. After crossing landslide trek continue and finally arrive at Kaule that village taking about 3 hours walking from lunch spot. Its another Tamang village but not bit in size.
Take breakfast at the same place and trek all the way downhill to Dungre Khola about 1 ½ hours downhill walking up to spension bridge and continue walking about 3 hours to get to Bhoteni Village. This is also a Tamang village lies right on the top of the hill from where you will see the beautiful surrounding landscape. There is no village or tea shops in between camp point to Bhoteni village so some snacks or dry fruits will be very useful to carry with you. A bottle of boiled water will be very useful. From the river uphill walking will be in the thick jungle so local guide or experience trek guide is highly recommended. After lunch trek continued having mesmerizing surrounding landscape and finally arrive at Darkha Village. In your camp site there is a beautiful temple named Shree Bachchhala Devi and by its name local has a school nearby where 10+2 students have opportunity to study. On the clear weather day you will have the best and breath taking sun set views. Ankhu river views and Todke hill in horizon gives you magnificent landscape. Tamang, Bhramin and Dalit people live in Darkha Village. This is also the village from where if anyone interested after 2 days walk to Trisuli Bazaar and 4 hours’ drive you will get back to Kqthmandu. On the way on the clear weather day Mt. Manaslu ranges. Langtang ranges and Ganesh Himal ranges will be viewed in panorama way.
After breakfast, 4WD drive from Darkha village to Dhading besi (3 hours) the district head quarter of Dhading district, enjoy village city experience, take lunch and 3 hours Prithivi high way drive back to Kathmandu.
A Typical Newari town, Bungamati village tour will give you to experience a traditional Newari village located at 9 kilometers in the south of Kathmandu Valley. Bungmati is the farming village of Newars and it’s a living museum and recalls medieval times. After the 2015 Earthquake, things have changed and under constructions but it’s worthy to visit this unique town.
Bungmati; The Agriculture Newari town Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Machindranath (the God of Rain), regarded as the patron of the valley, and the large shikhara-style temples in the center of the village square are his home for six months of the year. Machindranath spends the rest of his time in Patan. The process of moving him around Patan and backward and forwards to Bungamati is central to one of the most important annual festivals in the valley. The village was also badly affected by April 2015 earthquake but also the culture of Newars, many chortens and a huge prayer wheel, clearly pointing to the synergistic nature of the Newari religion. Walking around Bungamati takes you through several traditional houses typical Newari where woodcarvers can be seen handcrafting the sculptures and masks.
Khokana; The farming community of Newars who live here are mostly dependent on agriculture and much of their daily activities take place outside of their dwellings. There are women sitting outside spinning, men crushing seeds, and other daily activities. The village is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil. It is believed that a shared system was used in the past here. This oil can be consumed if desired, but it can also be used for therapeutic massage. This was also the first village, indeed the first habitation, to be electrified, before Kathmandu.
Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.