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Catherine Carpenter review 19 Jun 2008
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:
I’d 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.