Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Explore the astounding Tamang rituals, intricate Tibetan cultures, fun-filled festivals, ethnic costumes, local Syabru dances and mountains

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15 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3870 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Tamang heritage trail trekking is the unique and culturally rich trekking destination in Langtang trekking region where you can explore unexplored Tamang and Tibetan culture amidst spectacular Himalayan scenery.
A prologue like a trek giving you a hint of the exquisite natural beauty of Nepal, the Tamang Heritage trail trek takes you across some of the most beautiful sceneries in the whole country, with a beautiful blend of the rich Tamang culture. Centuries ago Nepal gallantly fought with Tibet for salt. The place where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal, the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. Back in the days, traders from Tibet bartered salts and mountain goats for meat (change) with foodstuffs along this route which is why the Tamang heritage trail is intricately connected to Tibet. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (RPAP), the "Tamang Heritage Trail" is a rather new introduction to those keen to explore and traverse. This off the beaten track highlights a peculiarly ancient lifestyle with a unique blend of picture-perfect scenery and healing baths in natural hot water springs. Inhabiting this are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet and have settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, which is why they gave up their ethnicity and started writing Tamang, which is what they have still been writing till date. However, their Tibetan cultural norms and traditions have still been kept intact.

The Tamang heritage trail trek is just a day-long bus journey from the ancient capital city of Kathmandu. With astounding Tamang rituals, intricate Tibetan cultures, fun-filled festivals, traditional architecture, ethnic costumes, local Syabru dances, this trekking tour gives you an experience of a lifetime. The viewpoint at Goljung Pass, from where the aerial views of Langtang and Kerung (Tibet) can be awe-inspiring. Observe and learn a few steps of the Syabru, and Mane at Goljung and Gatlang VDCs. Purchase some exclusive handicraft items and carry back a few physical memories. After tiring hours of trekking, relax and rejuvenate yourself at hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman are truly a treat to the eyes. At Briddim, one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality with homestay facilities in 24 houses. After the Tamang heritage trail, we will make our way towards Langtang.

A narrow valley situated 75 km north of Kathmandu and close to the Tibetan border, Langtang takes you amongst beautiful and stunning snow peaks of the Ganesh and Langtang ranges. As you walk along the Langtang Khola (river), you will land at the settlement of Kyanjin Gompa at 3900m which happens to be the furthest place to find lodges up in the valley.

Tamang heritage trail trek short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m) via Trishuli, drive 9 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m) via Goljung, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2338m) via Nagthali (3165m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Thuman to Briddim (2229m) via Lingling, 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang (3430m), 5 to hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Kyangjin to Lama Hotel (2470m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 8 to 9 hours drive.
Day 14: Kathmandu free day.
Day 15: Final departure.


Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Tamang heritage trail trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greets you and transfer to hotel. Free time on your own for rest and refreshment, in the evening, join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m) via Trishuli, drive 9 hours.
 After an early breakfast, we head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As we pass through Dhunche we feel as if we are heading towards deep land. At the same time, we notice that the road after Betrawati is still under construction.  Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m) via Goljung, 5 to 6 hours walking.
 While trekking we experience of the Tamang culture. We can see scenery from view point. This day we walk through village. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes our trekking a memorable one. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. We can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvati kunda Lake at Gatlang. Overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
On the way we enjoy views of Langtang range and Ganesh Himal. At Tatopani which naturally signifies 'hot water', we can take hot bath in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. It is believed that taking a dip into this spring would heal us from our aches and pains. This day's trekking provides us an opportunity to experience of the Tamang culture. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2338m) via Nagthali (3165m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
We trek via Bimthang. En route we can encounter wildlife like monkeys and deer. The panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Sanjen ranges can be distinctly experienced from Nagthali. Nagthali used to be a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Another cultural village Thuman is popular for its Shamanic performances and beautiful view of Langtang. Beautiful view of the mountains can be seen from every house in Thuman. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Thuman to Briddim (2229m) via Lingling, 6 to 7 hours walking.
This day we can observe Tibeto Burman Tamang culture on the way. We can experience village life of Briddim. Moreover we can enjoy cultural show performed by community members. We can also experience of home stay and Tamang culture. To mention about Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village in the bosom of Langtang Himal. Around 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of split shake. As direct descendant of ancient Tibetan immigrants, the culture and tradition of Briddim closely resembles that of nearly Tibetan villages. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
We walk through Briddim village while observing the local lifestyle and culture and interacting with the locals. Later on we find that the settlement of Lama Hotel is located on the banks of Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and mountains. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang (3430m), 5 to hours walking.
En route we are quite fascinated by the beautiful views of the Langtang range. We can also experience and make observation of Tibetan settlements. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
This day we can see the glaciated valley of Kyangjin on the lap of Langtang Lirung and surrounded by snowy mountains which is also the world's nearest settlements to glacier. If we happen to visit during monsoon we can find various wild Himalayan flowers. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Kyangjin to Lama Hotel (2470m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
The upper part of the trail is more beautiful for the panoramic view of mountains and green hill views. This path is broader and remains sunny through the different Shepra and Tamang villages. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steeply descent to the Syabru Besi (1600m). There was run a project called Chilime Power Plant. The main inhabitants belong to Tamang community and they have adopted Tibetan lifestyle. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 13: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 8 to 9 hours drive.
It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu with splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. We drive along the unpaved road till Betrawati and we begin to follow narrow well paved road. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 14: Kathmandu free day.
Breakfast at hotel, today is a free for buying souvenirs for your friends, family and relatives. In evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show and celebrate your great trek with a local meal and drinks. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you off to international airport for your onward flight. We wish you have a safe and sound flight, good bye see you again in the future.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary transportation from Kathmandu return trips
  • Tamang Heritage trail trekking permits with Langtang National Park fee
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Tamang Heritage Trail trek: 

How can I book Tamang Heritage Trail trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Tamang Heritage Trail trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Langtang Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Tamang Heritage Trail trek?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Tamang Heritage Trail trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Tamang Heritage Trail trek is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 4000m walking through villages, rivers, green hills and snow trails, so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Tamang Heritage Trail trek

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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