The People and Language in Nepal: The population of Nepal was recorded to be about 30 million according to a recent survey done by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal. The population comprises of about a 101 ethnic groups speaking over 92 languages. The distinction in caste and ethnicity is understood more easily with a view of customary layout of the population. Though, there exist numerous dialects, the language of unification is the national language, Nepali. Nepali is the official language of the country, spoken and understood by majority of the population. Multiple ethnic groups have their own mother tongues. English is spoken by many in Government and business offices. It is the mode of education in most private schools of Kathmandu and some other cities as well.
Northern Himalayan People:
In the northern region of the Himalayas are the Tibetan-speaking groups namely Sherpas, Dolpa-pas, Lopas, Baragaonlis, Manangis. The Sherpas are mainly found in the east, Solu and Khumbu region; the Baragaonlis and Lopas live in the semi-deserted areas of Upper and Lower Mustang in the rain-shadow areas; the Manangis live in Manang district area; while the Dolpa-pas live in Dolpa district of west Nepal, you can see the lifestyle and culture of the Himalayan people like Sherpas on our Everest Base Camp Trek, Manangis and Thakalis on Annapurna Circuit Trek and Baragaonlis and Lopas on Mustang Trek.
Middle Hills and Valley People:
Several ethnic groups live in the middle hills and valleys. Among them are the Magars, Gurungs, Rais, Limbus, Tamangs, Sunuwars, Newars, Thakalis, Chepangs, Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakuris. There are also occupational castes namely: Damai (tailor), Sarki (cobbler), Kami (blacksmith) and Sunar (goldsmiths) etc and youc an see the culture and lifestyle of theh Magars and Gurungs on our Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Ethnic Diversity in the Kathmandu Valley:
Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural cauldron of the country, where, people from varied backgrounds have come together to present a melting pot. The natives of the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars. Newari culture is an integration of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Newars of Kathmandu Valley were traders and farmers by occupation in the old days, we have a day tour in Kathmandu on our every trekking in Nepal itinerary and tour in Nepal Itineary to show you the real culture and lifestyle of the Kathmandu People, the Newars.
The main ethnic groups in Terai are Tharus, Darai, Kumhal, Majhi and other groups. They speak north Indian dialects like Maithili, Bhojpuri. Owing to the fertile plains of Terai, most inhabitants live on agriculture. There are, however, some occupational castes like Majhi (fisherman), Kumhal (potter) and Danuwar (cart driver) and you can see theh cultural program of the Tharus on our Chitwan Jungle Safari and Bardia Jungle Safari.