Teahouse and home-stay based trek with 3 meals per day, Stunning views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan Mountain, Cultural interaction with the warm and fun loving Tamang people. Visit some of the ancient old temples
Tamang Heritage Trail! A new experience for enthusiast Nepal travelers!
Tamang Heritage Trek offers trekkers with the close experience of Tamang lifestyle, culture and their unique custom in Tamang Heritage Trail of Langtang region. The trip leads you to lush midlands of Nepal experiencing the beauty of the Himalayan County and the traditions of the local native people. The trail goes through traditional Tamang communities where life, culture and crafts have remained intact since the establishing of settlement. Warm traditional welcome hosted by the most friendly locals, their elaborate costumes, rich architectures of their mountain houses, the ancient Buddhist monasteries and places of prayers add color to the experience of this trek. In addition to culture experience, the trek also offers wilderness experience through gorgeous background of alpine scenery, flat pastures and Rhododendron forests.
The trek begins either from Dhunche or Syabrubesi and goes through Gatlang, Chilime, Nagthali, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. Trail may end in Syabrubesi or follow the classic Langtang Valley Trek from Briddim village via Khamjim. Goljong and Gatlang are tradional Tamang Villges. Goljong has an ancient monastery. From the view point nearby one can see a panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, and Ganesh Himal, Sanjen Himal ranges. Gatlang set on high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. One can visit Tamang Buddhist monastery and the beauty of the Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. Healing bath and spa in the water of the natural hot spring at Tatopani en-route from Gatlang to Chilime is an exhilarating experience. Brimdang offers cultural experience at community-run home-stay, while Nagthali in Thuman VDC is bounded by beautiful Mountain View.
The panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Himal ranges can be remarkably viewed from Nagthali. Interested trekkers can stay one more night at Nagthali at the newly developed trekking lodge. Nagthali used to be a popular meditating center for the local monks and priests. Next cultural village after Nagthali is Thuman; well-known for its Shamanic performances and beautiful view of Langtang from every houses in Thuman. Next is Timure on the old trade route to Tibet. A Fort at Rasuwagadi in Timure is a historical reminder of the Nepal – Tibet relations that has existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here link Nepal and Tibet.
Home-stay at Briddim, Go Local!
Briddim (2229m), a small and lovely Tamang village offers Himalayan cultural experience in the form in accommodation. Here, visitors accommodated as house guests and able to have first-hand experience of the age-old cultural and warm Tamang hospitality at the home stays run by community members. The accommodation and tourism package is managed by home-stay Tourism Management Community in the village. Briddim home-stay was awarded 2nd Mountain Development Prize at the International Mountain Day program held in Kathmandu in December 2005.
People and Culture
The inhabitants of the Langtang Valley are thought to be descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who intermingled with Tamangs from the Helambu area. The inhabitants of Briddim, Thuman, Timure and Langtang are of the Tamang ethnic group but a marked influence of Tibetan culture and tradition is noticed in their lifestyle closely resembling that of most Tibetan villages. They are mainly sheep and yak herders but also grow some hardy grains and seasonal vegetables. The daily life of the villagers includes raising livestock, agriculture and trade with Kerung in Tibet. Wheat, maize, potatoes, soybeans and millet are their staple food. In addition, visitor can also witness Syabru dance, Khamba dance, Shaman performances and other colorful performances during major festivals like Lhosar (February), Chhiju (December), Baisakh Purnima (April-May) and as per visitors request.
At Tatopani which literally means “hot spring or hot water” you can cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that ease away your aches and pains.
The trail is similarly a pleasure for natural experiences. The unique landscape around Galjung Bhanjyang, Thuman, Brimdang pristine forest between Tatopani – Nagthali – Thuman and kaleidoscopic view of the Langtang mountains, Sanjen Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kerung and Gosainkunda range along the way give a wholesome experience of Himalayan landscape and vegetation.
Langtang National Park
The Langtang Villey was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest in Nepal covering approximately 1710 sq.km. stretching up to Tibetan boarder, it has a high level of biodiversity including 15 forest types, 3000 species of flowering plants like oaks, fir, blue pine, spruce, juniper and more than 10 species of rhododendron. The park is also a rich area for medicinal plants. Extensive forests and varied vegetation types provide a habit for approximately 46 species of mammals and 283 species of birds, including musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, wild dog, Himalayan black bear and the clouded leopard.
An additional 4-5 days trek to holy Gosainkunda Lake (4300m) can be either from Rimiche, Syabrubesi or Dunche. The trek offers perfect combination of natural and cultural heritage. Gosainkunda is sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhists. About 25 to 30 thousand pilgrims visit this area during Janai Purnina festival which falls during the full moon time in August.
Visitors can extend their stay in Langtang to trek to Kyanjin Gompa and explore the upper valley to Langshila and beyond ( See Tamang Heriatge and Langtang Trek). Tilman’s Col, a difficult crossing named after H.W. Tilman the fisrt Westerner to visit Langtang in 1949 leads east toward Panch Pokhari. Ganjala Pass (5120m) often covered by snow and clouds, leads south to helambu and the Kathmandu Valley.
How to get there?
Langtang region predominantly lies in Rasuwa district of Bagmati Zone. A 6 to 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche in Rasuwa district is the most convenient approach to Langtang. National Park is also accessible from Sundaijal toward the east of Kathmandu and Melamchi Pul, about 3 hours drive from Kathmandu. Tamang Heritage Trail Trek offers Nepal home stay experience, warm Tamang hospitality, Himalayan panorama, local lifestyle and religious and cultural heritage. This short and sweet trekking area is fully revived after the Nepal earthquake April 25, 2015.
Day 01: Join Kathmandu 1300m
Meet and greet upon your arrival at airport. You will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome drink and a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Today we get permits, you can do trip preparation or go visit ancient Hindu and Buddhists old temples such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. We can arrange guided sightseeing on client request. We leave choice on you.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi Syabru Bensi (1450m) approx. 6-7 hours drive
After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. Parts of the road are unsealed and the condition of the road often depends on the monsoon season. We will travel via Trisuli Bazaar where the dam and hydroelectric project was completed by the Indian Technical Mission. Finally we drive on to Syabrubesi and spend a night there. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Gatlang (2238m), approx. 5 hours walk.
After two to three hours of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach a view point where we gain fantastic views of the Ganesh Himal, Gosainkunda range and Langtang Lirung. We head down to Goljang valley (lunch stop) which is an hour walking down hill from our view point. Today we walk through many villages and along the trails there are numerous Buddhist chortens and mani walls. Gatlang is a beautiful Tamang village that is set high on a hillside among terraced fields. Stay overnight in lodge or home. Stay overnight in home or lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (2607m), approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Today, our trek begins by descending to Thangbuchet, near Chilime village by the Bhotekoshi River. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After Chilime, we start to ascend first by crossing a small hanging bridge and continue until we reach Tatopani. Enroute, we have outstanding views of the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani literally means ´hot water´, where one can cleanse in the natural hot springs. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Nagthali (3165m) - Thuman (2338m), approx. 7-8 hours walk.
This will be the longest trekking day. This morning we climb to Nagthali which is at the height of 3165m, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. This is the highest pass of the area, lies in high open grassland and offers panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. We descend down to Thuman, a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang village. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here are an unforgettable experience. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Bridim (2229m)
Walking through rhododendron forests and meadows we trek towards Bridim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang community located in the bosom of the Langtang Himal. About 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of split shake. Here, we may meet other trekkers on the Langtang trail. Stay overnight in lodge or home.
Day 08: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2210m)
First trail decent to river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. You will see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal and more. On the way of your trek you will pass through pine and bamboo forests. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
Day 09: Trek to Dhunche (1950m)
Today trek from Thulo Syabru to Dhunche (1960m), First part of trek is a steep climb through forests of oak, fir and rhododendron to the top of a ridge. From here it is only a short descent to Brabal. Beyond Brabal continue descends about 1.30 hrs then you reach at Thulo Bharkhu (1860m) where is available motor road access for Dhunche and Syabru Besi but we are continue trek east side from Thulo Bharkhu to Dhunche through the motor road. Today you enjoy with beautiful scenery of Tibetan mountains and Ganesh Himal. After Thulo Bharkhu you may level walk until to small stream below the Dhunche after that gently ascend to Dhunche (1950m). Overnight at Dhunche in Guest House.
Day 10: Drive Back Kathmandu (1300m)
In the morning, we take breakfast and ride the bus to Kathmandu. Your guide will tell you reporting time and departure time for the bus ride. Last our hang around at Thamel to chill out. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Trip concludes in Kathmandu
Arrangements cease after breakfast unless further arrangements have been made. Those travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.
Packing List and Equipment for Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
Personal Trekking Equipment
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
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We hired a guide for the Tamang Heritage Trail in August 2016. Pradip came to our hotel to introduce our female guide. Because she was not so familiar with this trek, he also arranged a guide/porter for us. The guides were very helpful and always went for safety. Because we were trekking in monsoon, it was necessary to change the route which was no problem. We've had a wonderful time with two reliable, friendly and well organized guides. I would recommend wilderness excursions / hire a guide to others ...
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