Discover the real Nepal through a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event, the marriage of rural villagers. Meet people who are far from the tourist part of Nepal and get to know their culture.
- Per Person Min 4 people to operate this tour
- Private Tour Min 2 persons
See Nepal off the beaten path.
This trek takes place a two- to three-day walk below Lukla, where the regular trek in the Everest region usually begins. We have chosen a route that brings trekkers through villages and areas where next to no trekkers have been through. It is entirely off the grid from the touristy areas from Lukla and above. This trek is suitable for experienced hikers who are surefooted as the trails are narrow and involve “scrambling” at certain parts of the way.
The idea is to bring travelers off the beaten track to show the real Nepal and its pristine culture and environment untouched by the tourism industry thus far. The Rai ethnic clan of Nepal populates this area mostly.
This unique program includes doing a trek to see Mount Thamserku, 6,608m, Kusum Kanggaru, 6,367m, Charpate Himal (Kyashar) 6,769m, and Mera Peak 6,476m along with other smaller Himalayan peaks with a cultural immersion by witnessing the lifestyles of the Rai ethnic group. We were the first and so far only trekking company to have brought foreigners to these villages.
This package has been designed, so you get to see the real Nepal and experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It is also a great photographic opportunity, meeting people who are in an untouched part of Nepal.
This will be a thoroughly supported expedition-style camping trek to provide comfortable three-men tents to be shared between two trekkers. Pack animals or porters will carry all our gear and food.
Our assistant guides will help set up camp at the end of the hike each day while our trekking chef and his assistants will provide deliciously nourishing meals. They will also break camp each morning before our trek to the next place. All you need to do is to carry your small day pack and walk. This will be the closest thing to “Glamping” in the Himalayas.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gourmet trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete gourmet adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and brought to your hotel. You will meet the rest of the group during the trek briefing.
We take a short flight to Phaplu. The flights can be delayed by foggy weather. We get on local jeeps at Phaplu to be driven to the trek’s starting point on a rough jeep track. The drive will be bumpy but very scenic, and you will see parts of Nepal where very few tourists come.
We either stay in a basic guesthouse or camp, depending on when we get to our stop.
We start the trek with a climb on a village track (usually narrower than the popular areas’ trekking trails). We stop at a Rai village for lunch. We continue on our uphill hike to a lovely village where the inhabitants are of Rai and Sherpa ethnic groups. We camp away from the settlement in a pristine wooded or terraced field area. Overnight camp. 4-5 hours hike.
We continue on our upward hike through a beautiful forest where we might meet a few villagers on the trail. We stop for lunch at the shepherds’ transit point for their animals on the way to higher pastures during the summer.
The trail is less strenuous after lunch as we continue through oak and rhododendron forest. We camp at a lovely opening in a forest away from the village.
Today we hike through a trail that is rarely used by villagers. We continue to trek through a forest. The forest turns to a combination of trees and shrubs as we gain altitude. Our chef and his kitchen crew will prepare lunch for us on the way.
We continue on our ascent until we get to some shepherd’s huts. Our team will set up camp here. We will have another lovely night away from civilization in nature.
We hike up to the top of a small hill for forty-five minutes. We will see panoramic views of Mount Thamserku, 6,608m, Kusum Kanggaru, 6,367m, Charpate Himal (Kyashar), 6,769m, and Mera Peak, 6,476m, as well as other Himalayan peaks.
We retrace our steps back through the rhododendron and oak forest to the Kirat ani Sherwi village with a stop for lunch in the woods.
We have a descend passing by Chortens (Buddhist monuments) on a forested part of the trail. We will see terraced fields as we get closer to the village. This is the village of one of our longest-serving staff.
Don’t be surprised with villagers paying a visit to our campsite. It is a scarce occasion when outsiders, let alone foreigners visit these villages.
We have a steep descent to the valley and cross a river over a suspension bridge. We have a climb up to the town where we spent the first night. We stop there for lunch. You might find the town “modern” after the recent few days in the villages and forest area. We continue our hike on a gentle uphill for about an hour. The trail levels off from the top with some descends to our final stop for the night.
We get on the jeeps back to Phaplu to catch our flight back to Kathmandu the next day.
This is an extra day if the flight is canceled either at the beginning or the end of the trip. We will use the extra day to drive to or from the start or the end of the trek.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your international flight time.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
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