6 independent reviews for Tamang culture trek, Nepal

Reviews for Tamang culture trek, Nepal

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review 27 May 2016

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation overall?

The vacation 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 vacation provider when we returned and they were very receptive of this so I hope that changes somewhat in the future.

review 25 Nov 2013

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation overall?

Superb - met every expectation

review 21 Oct 2013

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation overall?

One of the best trekking vacations 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.

review 10 Feb 2010

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

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation 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!

review 19 Sep 2010

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

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

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

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

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

Yes.

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

There where good and bad parts to the vacation...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.

review 19 Jun 2008

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

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

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation 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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