During this Ghyangphedi Nuwakot trek, you will be immersed in the local culture as you visit 10 rural villages in the stunning Himalayas in the Kathmandu-Nuwakot and Ghyangphedi regions (Northern part of Nepal, near Langtang National Park). This is ideal for anyone interested in the local Nepali/Tamang culture and participating in local activities, such as traditional cooking and dancing, while also being outdoors. The trek itself is not difficult (medium grade but no hiking experience required) and it is off the beaten path which will provide you with a unique experience that other trekking companies do not offer. During this trip, you will explore the natural scenery of Nepal and experience the cultures and traditions of the people of this beautiful, mountainous region.
Stuck somewhere in between the 17th-century ambience and 21st-century facilities, Nuwakot is one of the most attractive destinations of Nepal. Albeit there are not many attractions to see. The Nuwakot Palace and its Durbar Square in itself are enough to draw the travellers who love to delve deep down the back alley of history. Before the offbeat destination it is now, Nuwakot used to be a place of utmost historical significance. Located around 75 kilometres west of Kathmandu, and above the confluence of the rivers Trisuli and Tandi. Nuwakot once used to be the historic capital town of the great kingdom of Kathmandu Valley. Moreover, back when monarchy still existed.
The block fortress of Nuwakot perched atop a hill is the culminating point of it all. From afar, the landscape looks like a painting on canvas. Where the brushes have etched an archaic edifice rising from a rugged highland covered with sparse forests. The road winding up to the fortress is dusty and offers a spectacular view of the valley. There is a barrack of Nepal army in front of the palace. Moreover, maintaining the tradition of it being a strong holdfast. The Nuwakot fortress on the other side still stands with all its seven storeys of Newari architectural glory. But with only a fraction of its strength. Time and natural calamities have weakened its roots and authorities have kept it supported with scaffoldings.
In front of the citadel, a beautifully curated garden marks the path to the old barracks and prison cells called Garad Ghar. And the dance hall namely Ranga Mahal. They too are in a state of ruin, but the once-prominent magnificence can be observed from whatever is left. There are a couple of Vishnu shrines right in front of them.
Early morning, we will start our trip, we will be driving from Kathmandu to the village of Samundratar (in Nuwakot). By private jeep which will take approx. 4.5 hours. After reaching Samundratar, we will visit the Government School joined by the government teachers. Similarly, local government (Mayor or Deputy Mayor) and police. You can interact with them on the issues of human trafficking and child marriage about Nepal and your country. In school, the children will also perform a program on human trafficking and child marriage issues. After the program, you will visit the Dupcheshwor Temple, Dupcheshwor Temple is one of the most popular temples of god Shiva.
This is a natural structure in the middle of big rock. But the way to the temple in the middle of steep rock is made by local people. The temple is very popular because of the belief of people that wishes made by visiting the temple are fulfilled. Many people who visit the temple with the purpose of praying offer cow milk and put their wishes. When their wishes (Vakal) come true, they visit the temple again and pray to the god offering cow milk again.Then, visit and interact with the local community.
Starting the trek from Samundratar to Ghyang Phedi, it takes a 4 hour walk, along the bank of the Tadi river. After reaching the Ghyangphedi village we will be welcomed by ‘Aama Samuha’ (Women’s Group) and they will also show us a short cultural program in a traditional way. You can interact with the women’s group and share each other’s experiences. We will then observe a demonstration of the local alcohol brewing technique and try the local brew. They will provide a cooking class on making a cultural food called ‘Khapse’.
Our trek starts from Ghyangphedi to Upra, and continues towards Ghewar, where you will be able to observe local farms and even buffalos! During the trek, we will be stopping at a local mill, powered by the river. After trekking, we will be joining the local Tamang people in singing cultural songs and dancing, as well as learning the traditional bamboo basket weaving techniques.
This day trek is a very short day trek than another day. It takes 2 hours trekking from Ghewar to Sisipu crossing the wood birch. Along the way, we visit the community women’s group, where they are making bracelets, and interact with women. We also visit the local school. Once in Sisipu, you will observe how the villagers are living their daily lives and hand-make the traditional garment “Bakhu”.
We will take breakfast in the early morning, After, we will start our trek from Sisipu to Hupkhel and Bolung villages (6 to 6:30 hours). Today’s trek is a little longer than other days. During the trek, you will see beautiful hills and other scenarios. After reaching Bolung, you will enjoy the barbeque night and share your trekking experiences.
In the morning, you will observe a demonstration of traditional healing techniques. Then, we trek to Mishra Bhanjyang village, where we will be picked up by a private jeep to take us back to Kathmandu.
You will have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath.
Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square – The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Visit Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning Ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath.
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