Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail

"An exciting trek into the Himalayas that offers travelers a peek into the every-day lives of the Tamang people who are Nepalese mountain dwellers of the Langtang region. "

"On this moderate seven-day trek just North of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, get up close with the Tamang people while trekking amid green valleys and snow-capped mountains. The Tamang Heritage trail has the added benefit of providing sustainable economic benefit to the local community."

Overview

Lying north of the Kathmandu Valley, the Tamang Heritage Trail is perhaps the most accessible trekking region in Nepal. Here, you can experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the country—terraced green farmland, thick forests, and the peaks of the Langtang Himalayas, close to the Tibetan border. An added bonus to the natural features is the chance to trek through Tamang villages.

The Tamang people originally came from Tibet as horse traders and settled in hilly parts of Nepal (usually within close proximity of the Kathmandu Valley) several hundred years ago. They have retained a distinct identity with Tibetan roots, as well as their own language. They have historically been one of the most marginalized ethnic groups in Nepal. Sadly, they were among the worst-affected groups during the 2015 earthquake, as their homes tended to be in vulnerable areas cut off from help. Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail helps bring a source of income to the Tamang people in this area.
 

Highlights

  • Experience a cultural trek in which you can learn about one of Nepal’s Tibetan-influenced hill tribes, and directly contribute to their rural economy
  • Luxuriate in the hot spring waters at Tatopani
  • Stay in a local homestay in Briddim, to learn more about the Tamang people and their way of life
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, the Langtang Himalayas, and the Gosainkund range

Variations

The Tamang Heritage Trail can be combined with the Langtang Valley trek and/or the Gosainkund trek. For the Langtang Valley trek, instead of returning from Briddim to Syabrubesi, continue on to Lama Hotel. This takes you into the entrance of the valley, then continue to Kyanjin Gompa at the end of the valley. This trek has spectacular, expansive views of the Langtang Himalayas from a wide valley. Return by backtracking, stopping at Thulo Syabru and then Syabrubesi. This would add about three or four days on to the trek.

The Gosainkund Trek is another excellent (and more challenging trek) in this area, which is often combined with the Langtang Valley trek, and can thus be added to the Tamang Heritage Trail for an extended adventure. Because of the altitude of Lake Gosainkund (4,379 m./ 14,370 ft.), the ascent up to here should only be attempted on the return trip from Langtang, not on the way, to aid acclimatization. Trekking to Gosainkunda will add a further three days onto the trek.

Food and accommodation

Most accommodation on the Tamang Heritage Trail will be in small local teahouses, which provide a warm comfortable bed and healthy, filling food. In Briddim, stay at a local homestay, which will also offer comfortable standards but may be a bit more basic.

Food along the Tamang Heritage Trail is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. Momos in this area tend to be a bit different from what you may have tried in Kathmandu. Instead of small, bite-size dumplings, momos here are larger pies that look more like Latin American empanadas, or British pasties. Also, try dhendo, a staple and alternative to rice in many villages of Nepal—cooked maize flour that is mashed up, looking somewhat like refried beans (though tasting quite different!)

Best season

As in most places in Nepal, the best seasons to do the Tamang Heritage Trail are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Because the altitudes on this trek aren’t especially high, it is also a comfortable trek for the winter, and views are likely to be good at this time. Just bring some warm layers.

Getting there and away

The only way to reach the start of this trek is to travel overland from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Crowded public buses ply the route daily, but take much longer than they need to because they stop frequently to pick up people (and deliveries) along the way. Alternatively, buses also travel daily Dhunche, a few kilometers before Syabrubesi, from where you can make a private or public connection the rest of the way. A private four-wheel drive is much more comfortable, however.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal New Generation who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Nepal New Generation’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.

Included meals:Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 8-9 hours

We leave Kathmandu in the morning for Syabrubesi, a village which is also a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. On a clear day we get to enjoy outstanding views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. We continue until we descend to the small village of Syabrubesi, the starting point of our trek. Overnight in Syabrubesi.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4:  Trek begins: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,200m/7,217ft.): 5 hours

Our trek starts from today. From Syabrubesi, we hike across the Goljung Village enjoying views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung and others. Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with traditional stone houses. Overnight at Gatlang.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft): 6-7 hours

We begin today's trek with a descent to Thangbuche and soak-in magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way. Next, pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. The name Tatopani literally means 'hot water' in Nepali owing to the natural hot springs there. However, the hot springs are no longer there after the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali: 6 hours

Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali. Passing through the dense alpine forest, we reach the small Tamang settlement of Brimdang. From here, it’s a few hours walk uphill until Nagthali hill. Here, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen,Kerung and Ganesh Himal. Next, trek downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman and spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Thuman to Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft): 6 hours

Today, we trek to Briddim from Thuman via Lingling.  Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Here, we visit the Dukchu Gomba monastery. In Briddim, we notice that most of the houses are built by stones and are inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan origin. Briddim in fact, resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m): 6 hours

Today, we trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel. The trail descends to Ghopche Khola which is a small stream. Then we ascend to Lama Hotel via Rimche.  Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and amazing mountain vista. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we embark on our trip to the Langtang Village. Our trail continues alongside dense forests. After climbing up steadily through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. On the way, we also enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung, pass by water mills, prayer wheels and chortens adorned with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 4 hours

After breakfast, we leave Langtang village and walk through yak pastures.  Today, we also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal which is made from stone with prayers written on them. It is believed that the prayers on the mani wall spreads around by blowing winds. We cross several wooden bridges before reaching Kanjin Gompa which is beautifully surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. We can take a walk around the Kanjin Gompa enjoying astounding views of glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 4-5 hours

We trek back to the Lama Hotel. Since the trek is only downhill, it will only take us around 4 to 5 hours to reach our destination. It is a downhill trek through forests and alongside a beautiful mountain river. On the way we pass through the ethnic settlements of the Tamang people whose religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi: 5 hours

Today is the last day of trekking. After breakfast, we trek down to Syabrubensi which will be an easy trek through lush green vegetation. After reaching Syabrubesi, we enjoy lunch and celebrate the completion of our trek.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu we take a rest at our hotel or stroll in the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

Day 14: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal New Generation representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals:Breakfast

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal New Generation. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

No of Guests Price ( With GSG ) Price ( With ESG)

* All Price is Per Person Price

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, Trekking guide and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking .
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Nepal New Generation (T shirt, Duffle Bag, Map of Trek and Trekking certificates)
  • Kathmandu to Trek start point transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
  • Trek finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus/Private vehicle depending on trek ending point.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

COST EXCLUDES

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

All Inclusive Price:

$810USD

Total Duration 12 days
Max Altitude 3165 m.
Difficulty Level Pleasure
Best Time February, March, April, May, September, October,november