On 27th October 2016, Royal Mountain Travel in collaboration with TSG+ Hub Kathmandu inaugurated a new hiking route from Sanga; a small town, but home to the world’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva, to the colourful valley – Panauti. This, a day hike event is intended to bring awareness to locals (Tamangs) about the sustainability, the importance of cleanliness – throughout the hiking route, protection of their culture and environment.
The hike was started from Sanga, including Travel Bloggers and people from various media, crossing through the green, lush highway of fresh vegetation and experiencing the authentic lifestyle of Tamang inhabitants – one of the indigenous tribes of Nepal, planting wooden-made dustbins on the route, and encouraging and educating locals how they can avoid plastics and non-decaying products in their day to day life.
The event is organised by the collaboration of Royal Mountain Travel, CommunityHomestay.com , and TSG+ Hub Kathmandu. Local partners, community homestay stakeholders, travel bloggers, and national (Nepalese) media are expected to participate in this event.
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This route is literally a diamond in the rough, despite possessing rich minerals in culture and natural phenomena, no major touristic activities are happening in this route. Royal Mountain Travel is working to ‘pin’ this route, this community, on the map of Tourism Nepal.
However, such isolation can also be considered as an opportunity. Since this is a very new hiking route that leads to the Panauti – from the holy town, Sanga – the RMT team is anticipating that they can develop this route as “A Complete Environmental Friendly Day Hiking Route” or “Plastic Free Hiking Route”.
Tamangs are the locals and indigenous to this region, and RMT is aiming after the introduction of this route – it will bring all the prosperities into the lifestyles of the locals from all the positive impacts that should arrive from the sustainable touristic activities.
For instance, locals of this route who are vulnerable in terms of economic status and have never been facilitated by the fortune of the tourism industry can start their own tea shop, shops for home-made snacks, and rest points for the hikers, which can be a major source of income for those who are compelled to emigrate for labor jobs because of lack of employment in their hometown.