• Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Price from $479 / person
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude 2338m

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.

Hot springs

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.

Natural Experience

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.

Gosainkunda Trek

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.

Further Afield

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.

Itinerary

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi. Stay overnight in lodge.

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.

Customized Trip

What's Included

  • An experienced registered, English speaking local Tamang Heritage guide.
  • 1 porter for 2 visitors to carry your main pack (weight limit 25kg).
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 6 Dinners during the trek.
  • Table drinks: Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trekking.
  • Kathmandu – Syabrubesi – Kathmandu by local bus / jeep.
  • Guide and porters fees with their all necessary expenses.
  • Teahouse accommodation on double occupancy basis during the trek.
  • Necessary Tamang Heritage Trek Permits. 
  • All local government taxes, guide and porters insurances.

What's Excluded

  • Transfers, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu 
  • Hotel, food and guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower and hot water, laundry, toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance, international air ticket, Nepal visa and phone calls
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book the trip.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Availabilities

Check our fixed departure dates for the trip start dates and cost for Gosainkunda Trek. If it does not suit your dates and length of trip, please kindly contact us for your customized departure date, itinerary and the price. As WE (Wilderness Excursion) is a local tour and trekking operator based in Kathmandu; we guaranty your small private group departure any date you select that meets your travel needs. Thank you and Namaste!
Start Date End Date Status Note Price  
April 11, 2020 April 17, 2020 Available US$479

Useful Information

For customized trek package as per your interest; please kindly provide us details like group size, nationality, mode of hotels in Kathmandu and vehicles you would like to use. The price we have offered online includes 3 nights deluxe twin/double room with breakfast in 3 star category boutique hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy basis. International Tour Leader are encourage to get complimentary or discounted rate.

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