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Cross the Forest to Lunch With Tamangs
The highest hill situated in the south of Kathmandu valley - Phulchowki. Its famous for Vegetation (Botanical Garden), bird watching, its a dense forest with different species of birds, butterflies and animals. We will also visit Tamang village and its people who are considered as one of the indigenous people of Nepal. On the way back we'll explore ancient town of Panauti - a living museum with 40 ancient temples.

Brief info

Climbing tecnique:
Length: 14 km
Altitude gain: 1200 m
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You can handle approximately 4 hours of hiking with various types of terrain
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Duration: 10-11 hours
The activity does not require any mountaineering technique and training
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Duration of the trek might vary depending on guests' speed.
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Your Guides

Victoria
Victoria is a certified alpine climber and mountain guide who is in love with mountains and has climbed to Elbrus, Mont Blanc, Kazbek, Tetnuldi, Himalayas and many others. Victoria knows many locals and helping them to preserve their traditional way of living. She also regularly takes first aid courses, since she values not only comfort, but safety on each of her tours.
Pipla
In Nepal it is quite challenging for female guides to find a job as at times it's hard to compete with men. Pipla is on of them. Choosing to hike with Pilpa you support her while she shares the treasures and culture of the country. She is very friendly and just an amazing person!

Important details

Meals
We'll have lunch in the Tamang village with one of the families, learn their traditions, try local delicacies cooked on a hearth - a centerpiece of the house.
How hard it is
Don't worry, if you have never tried hiking before. There will be lots of stops and a guide will make sure you are walking in a comfortable pace. We had many clients doing this hike as their first mountain experience.This trek is mostly downhill, so if you don't have knee problems, it will be like an easy walk for you. Your legs might be hurting the next day, but you will have no regrets.
Children 10 years old and above can attend, but must be prepared for a full day of walking.
Sportswear is a must (trekking shoes and comfortable clothes).
Transfers
Your guide will pick you up at 8 AM from your hotel we will head to the first point on our route - Phulchowki peak. After the hike the guide will drop you off at your place.

The weather in Kathmandu can sometimes not be as good as it would and the roads are washed out. We work with one of the best jeep company in Kathmandu and they always manage to get another car if it's needed. You're in complete safety with our guides!
Equipment
You should bring
  • Comfortable shoes (trekking shoes prefered)
  • Comfortable clothes, that covers your elbows and knees
  • Warm jumper
  • Bottle of water (1L+)
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat (just in case of rain)

Options to go

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COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
Hike with the expert - Victoria
Victoria is a certified alpine climber and mountain guide who is in love with mountains and has climbed to Elbrus, Mont Blanc, Kazbek, Tetnuldi, Himalayas and many others. Victoria might be booked, but there is a chance she can guide you.
$325 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
Experience like a local - Pipla or Rajesh
You will go hiking with a local guide who will help you dive into the place where they grew up and live. Choosing to hike with Pilpa or Rajesh you help local guides while these guys share the treasures and culture of their country.
$197 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
What's included
Meals
Lunch with a local family in Tamang village
Transfers
A car that'll takes us up to the Phulchoki peak, and a jeep that'll take us back to Kathmandu.

What's not included
Personal gear equipment
Personal gear
Good to know
What clothes and gear do I need?
You need comfortable shoes (trekking shoes preferred), comfortable clothes, that covers your elbows and knees, warm jumper and a raincoat (just in case of rain). No special climbing gear is required.
Should I get any training?
Usually it's enough to ged cardio twice per week, but the best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk in the weeks leading up to your departure. You should be comfortable walking for four to eight hours a day. If you want a training plan - drop us an email or a line in What's App.
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