People often ask about how to get away from the crowded trails that at times can seem to be nothing but a series of hotels, albeit majestically draped with extraordinary natural appeal, yet with little to no cultural interaction. Rural Nepal is rich in heritage; travelling away from the main tourist track and visiting nearly anywhere in the mid-hills and higher can be an immensely rewarding endeavour. The hospitality of the hill people is unmatched, as is their spirit, and many of these areas remain relatively unblemished by modernisation.
Below you will find six trekking trails, which can take you off the beaten path but into the cultural heart of Nepal.
Chitwan Chepang Hills Trail
This unspoiled trail is an ideal choice for those seeking cultural interaction away from the popular, commercialised routes. The newly developed Chitwan Chepang Hills (CCH) Trail is unique because of one of the most ethnic cultures of Nepal – the Chepang Culture. The trail offers a rare combination of cultural and sightseeing experience. Home stays are required, as very few foreigners visit this trail and facilities have not been constructed for tourists. The trek can be conveniently combined with a visit to the (natural) World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park at Sauraha. More information and trekking itinerary of CCH Trail
Indigenous People Trail
To escape the congestion of commercialised routes and get ‘off-the-beaten track’ to experience the real Nepal, take the ‘Indigenous People (IP) Trail’ in west Ramechhap district. The first of 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. It offers mainly local Home Stay accommodation experiences offering trekkers a rare opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyle of six different Nepali ethnic groups. More information and trekking itinerary of IP Trail
Numbur Cheese Circuit
The Numbur Cheese Circuit is situated in Northern Ramechhap and the trail connects two beautiful river valleys: Khimti and Likhu in the lap of Everest and Rolwaling region. Named in honour of the virgin peak Numburchuli (6.959m) and one of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories, established in 1957, the NCC trail offers visitors the superb and breath taking view of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range, Numburchuli, Gaurishankar, Jugal and Langtang Himal range combined with the still virgin and vibrant Sherpa cultural attractions. NCC is primarily an eco-lodge camping trek combined with the unique home-stay experience among Sherpa communities. More information and trekking itinerary of NCC
Tamang Heritage Trail
The Tamang Heritage (TH) Trail lies west of the third most popular trekking venue in Nepal, the Langtang Valley. The route passes through mainly Tamang villages in the mid-hills that receive considerably fewer tourists than the traditional, adjoining Langtang trek. The village vistas are sensational and home stay enables a deeper cultural experience than will be had on the more established routes. The TH Trail offers a peek at the Himalayan lifestyle and culture. In addition to cultural experience, the trek also offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows, and rhododendron forests. More information and trekking itinerary of TH Trail
Trekking in the eastern region of Nepal provides a wide range of wilderness and cultural encounters, especially in the Everest region. There are those who wish to reach the highest point on earth, while there are others who prefer a middle ground south of the Solukhumbu: Dudhkunda-Khaling Rai and Pikey Cultural Trail.
All trekking itineraries can be adjusted as per your requirements. For more information, go to the individual pages of the trails or contact us!