Tamang culture trek, Nepal

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade on Saturdays from late August to May
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Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tamang culture trek, Nepal

Environment

We are a Nepali company and travel through this company makes a direct impact in the economy of Nepal. We also try to maximise our contribution to the local economy by hiring local guides and porters for these trips and staying in smaller lodges to spread the income. The company does not vertically integrate and sub-contracts all support activities like transportation, lodging etc so that the money gets spread in the economy. It conserves on paper minimising paperwork in the office and by giving out electronic brochures. When required, brochures are printed on both sides of the paper and are in a folder format so that only relevant inserts need be given.

We have also put in place a development support system whereby 10% of our profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimises wastage in the region. We also only takes out very small groups with a maximum of twelve participants per group. All trips also focus on culture.

Community

We have put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

Reviews of Tamang culture trek, Nepal

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the beautiful countryside and getting an insight into how the locals live, as well as the guide and the office staff back in Kathmandu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for some hard trekking with lots of steps, especially if you have problems with knees, ankles etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trek was very environmentally friendly, and we felt like we were providing local community with tourism where there might not usually be tourists. It was also nice to use a young, local porter (we saw his parents and his house!) so it was nice to know that we were helping him on his path to being a guide.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday provider was great, the office staff was great before and after the trek. Our guide and porter were great, and we also felt like everything was set up to be as responsible as it can be. One downfall was that we didnt interact with the community as much as we thought we would from the description, however we provided that feedback to the holiday provider when we returned and they were very receptive of this so I hope that changes somewhat in
the future.

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sitting at a height of 3500m staring at the Himalayan wall separating Nepal and Tibet and being mesmerised by the atmosphere and in awe of the magnificence of the setting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is as much about culture as it is about being in the mountains.
The tour company are an excellent agency which really cares about your holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most certainly benefited the local community not only directly in supporting their lifestyle but also because Social Tours ploughs back profit into local communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Superb - met every expectation

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trekking of the 'Tamang heritage trail' in the 'Langtang' region of Nepal was definitely the highlight of our visit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be a bit flexible. Weather, infrastructure etc all have a bit to play in your visit to Nepal, so go with the flow.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The local company structured the trek to benefit small villages normally bypassed by the larger trekking routes, and also encouraged good environmental practices.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the best trekking holidays we've ever been on. It gave a true sense of what the mountains of Nepal should feel like.
The people were so friendly, and the trails quiet with plenty of wildlife to view.

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Doing some trail blazing with my guide. We had finished the standard trek a few days early and I talked him into going where he'd never trekked before. This was by far the most enjoyable part of the hike because we both met some people that normally don't encounter tourists.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Talk to someone who's booked through the travel agent before.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely. My guide and I even decided to start picking up garbage along the way so I think we had a positive impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The devil is always in the details but with this operator handling the details, the devil never reared his ugly head. They did everything superbly!

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our most exciting part was reaching the highest part of the Tamang trail at 3165 m!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Have an open mind to step back in time to an untouched world.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


There where good and bad parts to the holiday...bad meaning not being able to shower for a few days but that was also part of the whole adventure of such a trip to Nepal.

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting the family of Anil our porter and enjoying their hospitality in their village - Gatlang.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for trekking up and down some very steep and uneven trails.
Remember that bus travel in Nepal is an adventure in itself.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Generally yes - the trek brought business to small villages off the beaten track.
I would say the trek had low impact on the environment - although it wasn't clear what would happen to any rubbish that we created.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very interesting to experience the villages' lifestyles, great trekking and scenery. More information about the village cultures would have made the trip even better.

Read the operator's response here:

Id just like to respond to the issues here. What happens to rubbish that is created by travelers in these small villages - This is an issue we are facing all the time and do not have a very clear answer. The Tamang Heritage Trail was developed by a UNDP/DFID/SNV/Government of Nepal initiative to create sustainable tourism for poverty alleviation called Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme. With six years of work in this area (the project is now officially over), it is expected that the product developers worked on a major issue like wastage management. On our part, we have taken the stance that there are only certain steps we can clearly take. a. request travelers to reduce wastage as far as possible and b. make sure that the wastage is centralized and not spread around. If it is centralized, it can be managed. Secondly, more information about village cultures: I am very sorry that this did not get to you. Anil is from Gatlang, from the area and expected to give this information to you. He is trained but his English is not that good, and he is a bit shy. I apologise for this. We will note this feedback, and make improvements in this trek in the future.

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