Raute, the last remaining nomadic tribe of Nepal enjoys the inherited rights of living the life roaming in the forests of western Nepal. Far from the modern human values, Rautes till date practice their traditional way of living. Their entire life and the basic needs of life are depended on the resources available in the forest and its neighborhood they are living. However, they do not live in any region more than 2 months. They keep on changing their shelters almost every month.
The forested regions of western mid-hills are still the homes of this traveling tribe. The region this nomadic tribe extends from the Siwalik Hills in the south to the Mid-hills in the north. Dark skins of like Australian Aboriginals and short and sturdy heights are the general physical attributes of Rautes. The language they speak is Khamchi, a Tibeto-Burman language. However, some of them these days also prefer to speak Nepali language.
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Rautes chose the tough lifestyle almost 900 years ago and at present they enjoy the way they live and they have no intentions on changing their lifestyle. Raute males’ hunt the monkeys in intriguing way and they also carve wood into beautiful wooden utensils like wooden boxes, plates and bowls. Rautes always cut the part of the tree as per their requirement and leave the rest of it alive manifesting their affectionate towards the jungle- their homes. They barter the wooden utensils in the flanking villages with the grains, to supplement the food nutrients they get from the jungle itself.
Raute women search and collect wild species of fruits and vegetables that this tribe depends on for food. Once the resources in the neighborhood of Raute’s temporary settlements are over, they migrate. Before their migration, they set fire on their small huts made of leaves and branches. They make sure the fire is totally extinguished before they leave. Rautes have immense respect for forest and hence they fear the rage of forest gods.
Lives of Rautes are very highly influenced by cultural taboos. They hate the contact of the people of other tribes. They do not trust strangers and they do not welcome the aliens of any kind into their huts. They are strictly against the farming; they depend on nature for their food and other basic necessities. The life Rautes live in the jungle is tough. Infancy death rate is high, infections that lead to alter their physical appearances is common and most importantly malnourishment is a culture enforced by insufficiency.
The ethnical tribe having the history of almost 1000 years is now in the brink of extinction. However, a virus of awareness infected them or someone filled their ears, the Raute tribe recently stood firmly against the extreme deforestation, manipulation of modern civilization and depletion of the natural resources they depend on. The last traveling tribe of Nepal is world’s one of the few tribes that helps students and anthropologists to dig the ancient ways of living.
The neighboring ancient villages Bungmati and Khokana are dated from 16th century. Both these typical Newari villages are well known for traditional farming, arts & handicrafts. Bungmati holds the holy Machindranath Temple where god Machindranath is kept for 3-4 months in a year. Karya Binayak Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh lies in Khokana.
Recently, Mr. Niels Hougaard from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had a visit to Bungmati and Khokana during his Round Trip to Nepal. Here is what he says about his trip.
The best memories of my trip are Samari, Bungmati & Khokana, Bandipur and Chitwan.
Explore Himalaya meeting and handling was very good. The hotels were good. My guide was very kind and service minded. The staffs were very sweet and helpful. The cook in Samari was excellent. The drivers were very good despite of bumpy roads.
I must say one should definitely visit Nepal once as you get to see the beautiful countryside, mountains and villages.
Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid during the offbeat trek in Nepal
Few trekkers prefer trekking on the offbeat trail over popular trekking regions. Nepal being a mountainous country has ample number of such treks, which could be started from any road-accessed small mid-hill town. Mrs. Hanne Soegaard and Mrs. Ingrid Andersson from Denmark recently had a Round Trip of Nepal, which included such offbeat trek.
The elderly guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had Arkul to Bimalnagar trek in Gorkha. The trail of this least frequented trek in Manaslu Region is a week-long trek, which runs between Nepal’s two most popular trekking trails- Annapurna and Langtang. A very few trekkers tread this spectacular trail every year. Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, which is one the best trekking trails to observe traditional rural life of Nepal, also caters the picturesque views of unspoiled nature- including the vast biodiversity of floral and faunal species. The traditional way of living life dominates the influence of modernity in the villages of different ethnical tribes as the trek goes further. Apart from unique cultural practices, the trek also caters the stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Peak 29 and Boudha among others. The best thing about the trek is that it kicks off at Gorkha, the home to 18th century palace of nation unifier, King Prithvi Narayan Shah.
Few glimpses of offbeat trek- Arkul to Bimalnagar
After the Arkul to Bimalnagar Trek, the Danish visitors drove to Pokhara. A scenic city Pokhara is Nepal’s most popular tourist town. Trekkers and Climbers to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Regions are most likely to be seen in Lakeside, the famous tourist hub in Pokhara. Plenty of tourists for cultural sightseeing tours and adventurous activities also visit Pokhara. Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid visited Sarangkot early morning to see the exceptional sunrise view that adorns the widespread Himalayan Ranges. Sarangkot is also the hub for flying adventures in Pokhara that includes exceptional paragliding and electrifying zip-flying. However, Hanne and Ingrid had no such plans. Instead they visited the SOS School in Pokhara, where they made some contribution for the education of orphans.
Their tour of Nepal then extended to the lowland Terai Region of Nepal. A long road trip from Pokhara brought them to Tulsipur. Tulsipur and its vicinity is the home to Tharus- ethnical tribe of Nepal’s Terai. At Tulsipur they visited Madhariya Village. In the village they enjoyed the local hospitality and the traditional cultural show performed by tharu people. They also made some contribution for the community in Madhariya before they headed towards Lumbini. After the thorough exploration of Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove on the Mahendra Highway to Chitwan, where they spent next five days enjoying several wild life activities.
Tharu girls performing their traditional dance at Madariya Village
Chitwan National Park, the first protected area of Nepal has the huge forested area, equally large grasslands and significant space of wetlands, which are the ideal homes to many species of animals. Including Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhino and Gangetic Dolphin Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals. More than 600 species of birds have been spotted at Chitwan National Park. Critically endangered birds species like Bengal Florican, Spotted Eagle and Lesser Adjutant also have been sighted in the park at different times. For the tourist and wildlife lovers, Chitwan National Park has plenty of activities. Elephant Safari into the jungle, Jeep drive deeper into the woods, canoeing in Rapti River, Forest walk, visit to elephant and crocodile breeding centers, bird-watching tours, elephant bathing and exploration of tharu villages in the vicinity are the popular activities at Chitwan National Park.
After all the activities Mrs. Hanne and Mrs. Ingrid drove back to Kathmandu to end their holiday of the lifetime in Nepal.
Activities at Chitwan National Park
Recently Ms. Evy Holmelund from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel trekked to Everest Base Camp. Here she shares her experience about her trip.
The best memory of our trip to Nepal was the entire trek to Everest Base Camp itself. We were so delightful to see the mountains for real. We were successful at achieving the dream of seeing Everest closely. Other mountains were also fine. The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu was wonderful. We will remember the meeting with the family of our guide’s uncle. During our trek, we were so happy to meet 3 climbers who have been to the summit of Mount Everest for 1-17 times.
Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was very well planned. The hotels were nice. Balu Tamang, our trekking guide was excellent in all ways. The staffs were all friendly and helpful.
We are used to handle everything ourselves but we really enjoyed the support and help from Explore Himalaya. We really appreciate it.
We rate Explore Himalaya’s service with 10 stars.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a Himalayan trek of lifetime with fascinating views and big rewards. The trek in the Khumbu region where Mount Everest 8,848m the world’s highest mountain and other Himalayan giants soar up to the sky, offers the incredible vistas of these peaks as the trek goes closer to the Everest Base Camp 5357m and Kalapatthar 5545m. The shortest way to get to the Everest Base Camp is to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and begin the trekking adventure. From Lukla the trekking trial to Everest Base Camp cross passes beautiful valleys, dense forest, glacial rivers and mountainous Sherpa hamlets.Trekkers also encounter unique Sherpa culture and the pleasant Sherpas whilst trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Recently Mr. Melvin Yap from Malaysia had a trip to Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan side. Here’s he shares his memory from the trip.
The best memory of my trip was Base Camp at Everest.
Explore Himalaya served us well. The meeting & handling was good. The hotels were satisfactory. Our guide Dawang was very friendly. He took a good care of us. He had a very good knowledge of Tibet and its history. The staffs were also good. Sabin has been very accommodative and friendly. He was very helpful in showing us around and has given helpful tips on our stay in Nepal.
Yes, I recommend other travelers to use Explore Himalaya. Probably, I would like to organize another trip with my family members or friends with Explore Himalaya.
A week long trek from Lukla leads you to Everest Base Camp on the Nepalese side whereas a drive of 3-4 days from Lhasa takes you to the Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. Some travelers prefer to skip the strenuous part of trek or they do not have enough time for the Everest Base Camp Trek. However, they are so much willing to feel and see the majestic summit of Everest from closer proximity. Everest Base Camp Trek is also an opportunity for the sightseeing tour of Lhasa and other Tibetan cities during Tibet Overland Tour with us.