VILLAGE WAYS SETS UP IN NEPAL
Having spent months seeking out a new area, far removed from the main trekking routes, Village Ways found this in the Sailung Valley where they will link three villages and a tented camp with walking trails. The new holiday, the Magic of Nepal, will offer a unique opportunity to share in the lives of the local communities and provide a truly authentic experience. The villages look forward to welcoming their first guests from March 2014.
Working with a local NGO and designed in partnership with the local communities, the Village Ways model builds on local resources and, through a mix of privately guided walking and rest days, allows guests to integrate with the villagers and experience their culture, while enjoying some of the most beautiful and remote places on earth. Village Ways has helped to provide simple accommodation in each village – renovating two buildings and constructing a brand new guesthouse. In this way they hope to provide a sustainable livelihood for these isolated settlements, help to alleviate poverty and encourage the young to stay.
THE MAGIC OF NEPAL
Lying north-east of Kathmandu, far away from the usual tourist route, the villages of the Sailung Valley do not currently benefit from tourism. Those visiting will not only aid the conservation of the beautiful landscapes and villages, but will also experience an enchanting and genuine side of Nepal – plus they can expect sweeping panoramas, majestic peaks and breathtaking sunsets. Sitting at an altitude of 3,146 metres, with open rolling hills and hundreds of small hillocks, Sailung is famed for having the best sunrise in Nepal.
Over six days, Village Ways visitors walk between and stay at three charming hill villages – Solambu, Pasiban and Teksingh – and spend a night in the tented camp at Kholakharka, lying just below the Sailung peak. Walking along well-trodden paths and terraced fields dotted with tiny stone temples, across dramatic hillsides, through forests and open pastures, and past scattered hamlets and yak sheds, guests will be accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide. Highlights include drinking in the awesome views, crossing a wonderful suspension bridge at Chauri Khola river, visiting the historic 600-year-old monastery at Taar, and spotting barking deer flitting through the trees. There will also be a full day to explore Kathmandu as a fitting finale to this adventure.
Sailung is a mystical place and Buddhism is the main faith. Villagers from Solambu and Teksingh are predominantly of the Tamang tribe, the people of Pasiban of the Magar clan, and those at Kholakharka a diverse mix of Tamangs, Magars and Sherpas. Farming is the mainstay here, with abundant potato and maize crops and fruit trees, so guests can look forward to delicious, locally-grown vegetarian food including delicately spiced dishes with rice, daal and the local speciality – buffalo cheese.
Price: from £847 per person based on 2 sharing, including 10 nights’ accommodation (1 night B&B at Dhulikhel, 7 nights’ full board in the communities, 2 nights’ B&B in Kathmandu), all internal travel from Kathmandu and private walking guide. Flights extra. Available from 1 March – 15 June 2014.
For further information visit www.villageways.com or Tel 01223 750049.