Tamang Heritage trail trek

Tamang heritage trail trek is culturally rich and one of the stunning treks in Langtang region offers the unexplored Tamang and Tibetan culture with spectacular Himalayan scenery. Tamang Heritage trail trek is a fantastic introduction to trekking in the Himalayas among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, with rich Tamang culture. Many years ago Nepal fought with Tibet for salt and some of the biggest areas where this war took place is in Langtang region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking region in Nepal. 

Tamang Heritage trail trek

Tamang heritage trail is connected to Tibet and the region was used by traders from Tibet exchanging in salt and mountain goats for meat with foodstuffs from the south. Tamang Heritage trail is the newly developed trekking destination, off the beaten track, which presents an ancient lifestyle combining it with fascinating and picturesque Himalayan scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.  The people of Tamang heritage trail are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The cultural and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border.

Tamang Heritage trail trek is just a day long scenic bus journey from the capital city of Kathmandu. Tamang Heritage trail trek offers varieties of experience. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, local syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a view point at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang and Kerung (Tibet) can be awe inspiring. We will have a chance to observe Syabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang VDCs. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, hats, mufflers, and other items. We can enjoy hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali where the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and traditional houses decorated with rich wood engravings at Thuman is an unforgettable experience. At Briddim, we will have a chance to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is home stay facility in several houses. After Tamang heritage trail trek we will head towards the Langtang valley and Kyangjin Gompa.

Langtang is a narrow valley lies north of Katmandu close to the Tibetan border. Just a couple of days walking will take us amongst beautiful snow peaks of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. Following the Langtang Khola (river) will take us to the alpine settlement of Kyangjin Gompa at an elevation of 3900meters. This is the furthest place to find lodges up the valley.

Attraction of the Langtang Region

Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.

In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.

Seasonal Attractions
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures

Flora & Fauna
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.

The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.

In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

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.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per 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.

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.

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Tamang Heritage trail trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Tamang Heritage Trail

Trip Duration: 15 days

Max. Altitude: 3870 meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.10

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6.

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