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Tamang village tour (social/anthropological tour)
Length :
13 days
Trip Level :
2+ [level description]
Accommodation Grade :
Camping [grade description]
Special Feature :
Exotic Himalayan views, beautiful river valleys, rich Tamang culture
Best Times :
September to June
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Inhabited to northern and eastern part of Kathmandu, so called Mangolians; Tamang people are supposed to be split and upgraded from the Bhotia/Sherpa caste people. They have their particular language and tradition. Due to the impression of Buddhism and Hinduism, they celebrate the great festivals of Buddhist and Hindus little a bit in different way. Professionally they are farmer. They celebrate Lhosar- the Tibetan New Year festival, Dashain / Tihar- The Hindu's greatest festivals. Bhadau Jatra, Magh Jatra, Purnima Jatra are their particular festivals. Marriage ceremonies are only arranged in Mangsir (between November and December) for a month. Thatched/hay/mud roof houses scrubbed with cow dung and colorful clay look very attractive. Lamas (monks) are the priests who do the purity rites and Shamans are the doctors, who cure the patients. They threaten the evil spirits, forecast the weather, tell the fortune and control the witches. By dancing and playing the drum with a stick, wearing special ornaments and uniform, shaman performs his job, which is very interesting. Raksi- the local alcohol and Chang-the local beer are compulsory to perform any kind of ritual job.

Samari village, Nuwakot
Located in Trisuli River valley just north west of Kathmandu, Samari Bhyanjyang- a big village of Tamang people is the model and unique place to explore the Tamang culture. Two to three hour driving from Kathmandu to Trisuli bazaar is very pleasant and photogenic views of Himalayas, river valleys, evergreen forests, beautiful landscape and mountain villages, planting and harvesting crops, many different species of birds and animals. The spectacular view of the world famous Himalayas like Manaslu(8163m), Langtang Lirung(7246m), Dorje Lakpa(6990m) and Ganesh Himal(7249m) can be viewed from the village all day. Studying and exploring the Tamang culture can be the exotic fun and experience. No prior hiking experience is needed. The elevation of Samari village is no higher than Kathmandu.

Temal village
Timal village is one of the most interesting and beautiful villages of eastern part of Kathmandu valley for its particular specialty in culture, tradition and views of north-eastern Himalayas. Beautiful landscape, typical Tamang culture, some of the most interesting religious sites, scenic views of the wonderful river valleys, panoramic views of the Himalayas just in front of the eyes, easy accessibility are the key features of the village. Many anthropologists/sociologists have focused their research in this village to study the typical Tamang culture.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu (1310m).

Day 02 : Mountain flight before noon that is the Himalayan adventure with scenic views of the Himalayas very closely then arrange everything for the trek.

Day 03 : Drive to Samari Bhanjyang during dry time otherwise, drive to Trisuli bazaar then hike to Samari Bhanjyang.

Day 04-05 : Explore the area and exotic Tamang culture. Enjoy with Tamang culture show. Instead of going to Samari Bhyang, tourists can head to Timal village of Tamang people in Kabhre. There is an option to go to Langtang trek or Helambu trek via Gosain Kund or Ganjala pass.

Day 06 : Hike back to Trisuli bazaar then drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 07 : Drive to Pokhara, a lakeside city.
Day 08 : Explore the unique nature in Pokhara.
Day 09 : Drive to Chitwan.

Day 10 : Enjoy with nature and Tharu culture. Chase the elusive Bengal tiger riding on the elephant, jeep safari, jungle walk, watch the elephant breeding center, explore the Tharu culture, enjoy and dance with them.

Day 11 : Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 12 : Sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 13 : Fly back home.

 
Cost per person (in Us dollars) : range $650 to $1500 [ Include and Exclude ]
Earth's Paradise Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd.
P.O.Box No. 15142 KPC 853, Kathmandu, Nepal

Contact: Mr. Bhim Chand | Tel/fax : 977-1-435-7614
E-Mail : contact@earth-paradise.com / b123chand@yahoo.com  
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