Celebrating ‘Sustainable Living Festival’ (8th till 23rd Feb)

These are few ways how you can be sustainable while travelling:
– Add philantrophy to your travel
– Choose volunteering for a day or two at least while you are in Nepal
– Choose one of the sustainable trek – Tamang Heritage trail or Nuwakot local appreciation trek
– Eat local cusine and interact with local
– Follow sustainable travel tips

Happy Travel.

Some links

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/nepal/background

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/activities/vounteering


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NUWAKOT LOCAL APPRECIATION TRIP

This Nuwakot trip is for those wanting an authentic experience of local Nepali village life. The trip will take you through villages of Nuwakot and Samari; here you will enjoy accommodation in traditional village houses with authentic local Nepali hospitality and experience sustainable tourism that is positive for the whole local community.  You are offered the chance to interact with local villagers, enjoy nature tours and short hikes. You will discover that their simplicity, warmth and friendliness are as appreciable as the beautiful countryside they live in.

The lifestyle of this area follows an agrarian way, where the Nepali villagers are still following the old practices and traditions. The working life of these villagers on the rural outposts involve farming and rearing livestock, their day begins at sunrise and continues well after dark depending on the seasons. Although much of the area is considered to live below the poverty line, the genuine friendliness and welcome of the local villagers is something you will not forget.

Both retreats at Samari and Nuwakot are run on sustainable tourism/eco-friendly principles and offer tourists the chance to experience local culture and history. Both retreats are traditional old buildings that have been restored and slightly renovated for the convenience of travellers. The renovations have used local materials and workers, and the daily upkeep and produce used is all locally sourced.

Samari House- A traditional Magar-house built in the 19th century. The restoration here has kept the house to the original design with mud walls and clay tile roofing. New additions include a kitchen and dining area, windows and clean bathroom facilities in a separate building, creating a relaxing and surprisingly modern space to enjoy and unwind. The sleeping quarters are in the 2nd story of the house; this area is partitioned into 2 rooms, each sleeping 3.  Beautiful gardens and terrace fields surround the house showing you where the fresh, organic produce prepared for your meals is coming from.  Views from the courtyard and verandah are magnificent, stretching over the green, mountainous landscape giving you a sense of being away from it all in peace and quiet.

Nuwakot House- This old house which had fallen to disrepair now has a new lease on life. The beautiful mix of traditional architecture is still seen with the mud bricks and ornate wooden door and window framings. The lower story of the house contains the lobby, kitchen and verandah for you to relax. Upstairs are the bedrooms, providing comfortable beds and spanning views of the surrounding mountains.

The villages of Samari and Nuwakot are in the Nuwakot district, just a few hours out of Kathmandu. This is where you can escape the city pace of Kathmandu and unwind and enjoy the slow pace of traditional village life similar to villages in the mid-hill regions. This unspoilt village area is filled with working farmlands and traditional housing, for the tourist you are given the unique opportunity to explore, volunteer and interact with out the company of tourist groups.

Nuwakot is a small thriving village on the way to Langtang Valley. Seeped in history this village was the starting point for King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s unification campaign of Nepal in 1767. The Nuwakot Palace built by the same king between 1818-1825 is now a public museum. Surrounding the old Palace are historical pagoda temples and ancient buildings.

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Trek to Tamang Heritage Trail with us

This fantastic dual package provides a special opportunity to combine an exhilarating alpine trek with an authentic hands-on experience of regional culture. This package offers you the unique chance to interact closely with a local Tamang family by way of a friendly homestay experience in the mountains during which you will be able to contribute to everyday life in a positive and meaningful way. Daily life for the Tamang people progresses in much the same way as it has for the last several hundred years, with farming being the main activity, and your stay will prove to be a truly absorbing experience.

The trail will take us to the leafy, unspoiled midlands of Nepal, allowing us to experience the sheer beauty of this mountainous region as we sample the intriguing culture of the people who live there. As we proceed along the trail we will pass through traditional Tamang villages where daily routines, cultural practices and crafts have remained unchanged since settlement centuries ago. A warm traditional welcome hosted by the locals, elaborate Tamang costumes, the rich architecture of local dwellings, age-old monasteries and traditional places of prayer add colour to one’s experience of this trail.

The trail itself does not disappoint, offering a plethora of pleasurable natural experiences. In addition to an authentic and unrivalled cultural experience, the trek also offers a unique wilderness experience exposing you to beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, picturesque meadows and delightful rhododendron forests. The unique landscape around Golijung Bhanjyang, Thuman village and Brimdang, the pristine forest between the Tatopani-Nagathali hilltop and Thuman, and the panoramic view of the Langtang Mountains, the Sanjen Ranges, Ganesh Himal, Kerung and the Gosaikunda Range along the way together make for a wonderfully wholesome Himalayan adventure.

Sustainablity

The Tamang Heritage Trail was established in 2005 to attract tourists to the Tamang-populated region adjacent to the Langtang National Park as part of a strategy to alleviate rural poverty in the area. Accommodation along the trail is provided through friendly homestays and in comfortable community lodges located in traditional villages. This trek really does offer a unique opportunity to experience the culture of the Tamang people right up close and to contribute to daily life in a truly positive way. Homestays are a great way to meet and interact with the locals and to gain an insight into their traditional way of life. During the trek, you will spend a couple of evenings relaxing in a homestay environment set in a beautiful medieval village, with warm native hospitality provided by a local Tamang family. This experience truly offers a rare peek into the fascinating Himalayan lifestyle and culture like no other.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner will be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation will be organized by us in advance. Meals are covered for the duration of trek. Your guide will help you to place meal orders at the lodges and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodges so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous Himalayan journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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