Tamang Heritage Trek is a Buddhist cultural trekking region in the Langtang National park of Nepal. The trek was designed to build the lifestyle of the local communities and make the exchange in the cultural experiences. The Tamang trek trail lies in the Rasuwa district of Nepal- to the north of Kathmandu. It lies close to the Tibetan border of Kerung.

 

Tamang Heritage Trek offers prodigious cultural exploration in the village of Nepal. The trip is populated by the people of Tibetan origin. Those people were migrated from Kerung, a long time ago. Here, the people are completely dependent on the trade and agriculture for a livelihood. During the trek, we visit places such as Chilime, Briddim, Timure, and Rasuwagadhi. The trek in the Tamang Heritage path also includes the hydroelectricity station in Chilime. Another village of Rasuwagadhi was a war place between Tibet and Nepal a long time ago.

 

Except for cultural diversity, the trek also offers stunning natural beauty. You get to dip yourself in the natural hot spring over the Tatopani village. During the trek, there are multiple beautiful viewpoints. You can also witness the Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Himalaya range, Manaslu range, and Langtang trek.

 

The viewpoint is located at an altitude of 3,165m. The Langtang National park is rich in flora and fauna. You will walk through the subtropical vegetation. Crossing the forest of Rhododendron, Oak, and Pine, we reach the alpine vegetation. In the path, we might encounter a few Himalayan animals such as red panda, Himalayan Thar, yak, etc.

 

The spectacular views and the geographical landscape of the Himalayan land make the journey fun. Teahouse is a modification of the local house to provide the basic facilities of food and bed for the trekkers. If possible, we will also spend a few nights in a homestay. The trek takes us to the region that was earlier a restricted place. So, the culture in the place is still intact.

 

The best trekking season begins in March and ends in May. Once the monsoon sets on, the slippery trail makes it hard to trek. But with the right kind of gear and a flexible itinerary, the trek is possible. Once the autumn begins (September, October, and November) the sky gets clear and it’s prodigious to trek. Winter trek is also fun if you love walking in the snow. Only the higher altitudes have an unbearable cold. The trek can be accomplished by anyone without the experience of high altitude trek. It is an easy trek but still demands some level of physical fitness. Sound health is compulsory for the trek.

Trek Overview:

The journey of the Tamang heritage trek commences from Kathmandu. After the sightseeing trip to this beautiful city of the temple, we head towards the North. We drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by private vehicle. This is where our trek beings. We first trek to Gatlang and then to Tatopani. The path continues to the village of Thuman, Timure, and Briddim. For the final days, you trek back to Syabrubesi and then get to Kathmandu.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

As you arrive at the airport, our representative will be there to welcome you. Soon, they will transfer you to the hotel. After checking in the hotel, you can get some refreshments. For the rest of the day, you can explore the area near the hotel. Thamel is the commercial and tourist center in Kathmandu. If you need to go shopping or rent the trekking gears, this is the ideal place.  Then, you will be briefed about the trekking. Before dinner, we will introduce you to your guide and other staff. In the evening, we treat you with a welcome dinner. Together, we will enjoy the traditional Nepali food. Overnight in Kathmandu 

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After a delicious breakfast in the morning, we will take you to the guided tour inside Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu, popularly known as the city of temples has many UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will explore some of these Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Here is the list of places we will be visiting: Patan Durbar Square: Patan (also known as Lalitpur), is the oldest city among the three royal cities of the Valley. This city is the home of the fine arts and architecture. It is also known for its rich cultural heritage. You can enjoy the woodcarvings and metal statues placed in the Patan Durbar Square.  Swayambhunath: This Buddhist Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”. It is the reflection of religious harmony within Nepal. Swayambhunath is the oldest stupa of its kind in the valley. Besides the major temple, the huger premises have numerous shrines and monasteries. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to be started from this place. From the top, it overlooks Kathmandu Valley-panoramic view of the capital city is visible. The playful monkeys wandering freely around the temple will definitely amuse you.  Bouddhanath Stupa: Also called the Bodnath Stupa, this is the largest Stupa in Kathmandu. It is also one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the entire world. Definitely, Bouddhanath is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist monuments outside of Tibet. The structure was build in the 14th century and was reconstructed after the earthquake of 2015. The area is filled with a rotating wooden wheel, prayer flags, and colourful lights.  Pashupatinath Temple: It is the holiest temples of Hindus in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to God Shiva. It is said that anyone who dies in this Temple is reborn as a human. The huge premises of Pashupatinath has several small monuments. The place has a cremation centre in the banks of the Bagmati River. The sightseeing tour is completed in the mid-afternoon. In the evening, you are free for some last-minute shopping. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you for shopping. You can walk on the streets in Thamel and enjoy the beauty of the place. In the evening, you should organise your belongings as we need to leave early in the morning the next day.  Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi, 8 Hours (1,460m)

After breakfast in the morning, a private jeep will be there to pick you up at the hotel gate. It will drive you to Syabrubesi, which is the starting point of the trek. Initially, the drive along the bank of Trishuli will be fun. While the jeep takes you on the winding road, you can enjoy the views of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Annapurna. On the path, we will stop for lunch. A further drive takes you to the small village of Syabrubesi. This is where you can begin learning about Tamang culture and tradition.  Overnight in Syabrubesi

Day 4: Trek to Gatlang, 5-6 Hours (2,238m)

Today, we begin the trek from Syabrubesi in the morning. You can enjoy the stunning views of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal on the path. The occasional ascend and descend along the stone stairs is quite easy. Walk slowly as you savour the beauty of the place. After a couple of hours, we stop in a small settlement for lunch. We continue walking through the forest of oak, pine, and Rhododendron.  In the afternoon, we arrive in the village of Gatlang. Here, you can see some lovely traditional houses made of stone. The village has a century-old Tamang monastery. We also visit the secret lake called as Parvati Kunda. This lake is said to be discovered by the King of Gatlang when the king was looking for his missing dog. Nowadays, it is revered by women in the area for its power of fertility. Overnight in Gatlang

Day 5: Trek Tatopani, 5-6 hours (2,607m)

Today can be a tough day. We start our trek early in the morning, right after breakfast. We hike down the ridge to the Bamdang River. As we pass the place called Chilime, we cross a suspension bridge. Climbing up a steep hill takes us to the village of Gongang. Enjoying the beautiful views of the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang ranges, we continue to walk up the hill.  In Nepali, the word “Tatopani’ translates to “hot water”. The village is named after the natural hot springs suited in the area. The spring is the ideal place for the trekkers to unwind. Sadly, the earthquake of April 2015 made huge destruction inside the hot springs. You can still explore the village and interact with the locals. This can be a great place to learn about Tibetan culture. Overnight in Tatopani

Day 6: Trek to Thuman (2,338m)

Today’s trek takes us through the dense forest of rhododendron. The naturally made vines and the moss-covered trees greats us into this incredible world. You might also spot the Grey Langur monkeys jumping within the trees. After crossing a Tamang village called Brimdang, we climb on a very steep hill. Walking for about one hour takes us to Nagthali Hill. At this point, amazing views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and Shishapangma on the Tibetan side welcome us. The hill is famous as a meditation place for the local monks. Take your time to enjoy the prodigious views of the surrounding. A final hard descend takes you to the Tamang village called Thuman. Observe the rich Tamang culture of the Tibetan descendants. You can explore the ancient monasteries and the woodcarvings in the houses of the village. Each house is decorated with a unique type of wood carvings.   Overnight in Thuman

Day 7: Trek to Timure, 3-4 hours (1,762m)

Today is the easy day of the hike. We wake up in the morning to enjoy the clear view of the mountain vistas around us. As the sun kisses the earth, you can feel the warmth of nature. We will enjoy our breakfast on the premises of the Himalayas. Then, we start to trek towards the village of Timure. Since we will be mostly walking downhill, the path is easy. You can walk slow as you feel the presence of beautiful nature around you.  After four hours of trekking, we reach Timure. This is the old trade route connecting Tibet to the lower land. We can visit the borderland and the Rasuwagadi fort. The fort reminds us of the long Nepal-Tibet relations. We can also explore the Dukchu Gomba, a sacred place of the great Tibetan Guru Rinpoche. Overnight in Timure

Day 8: Trek to Briddhim, 4-5 hours (2,239m)

After breakfast in the morning, we continue on the trail towards the village of Briddhim. Our intention for the day is to explore the beauty of nature as we stroll towards our destination for the night. We walk along the subtropical forest of Rhododendron and oak. We might encounter some wild animals and birds in the path. After some hours of walk, we stop for lunch. As we continue walking on the path that moves up and down, we pass multiple small villages. After five hours of walk, we reach Briddhim.  Briddhim marks the last settlement of the Tamang Heritage Trail. The village adapts well to the rich Tibetan culture. Accommodation in the place can be a very unique experience. Accommodation is provided in the individual village houses on a rotational basis. You will be provided with a clean bed and a traditional local dinner by the host family. Guests get to observe the local lifestyle as they live with the host family. The host will also take their guests around the village to show the craftsmanship in the village. You can shop for them as a memory of the village. In the evening, the locals gather to perform the cultural dance and songs for the guests in their traditional costumes. Overnight in Briddhim

Day 9: Trek to Syabrubesi, 4-5 hours (1,460m)

Today is the last day of our trek. After the typical Nepalese breakfast in Briddhim, we leave the village. Today’s downhill hike to Syabrubesi will be quite easy. As we walk, we cross multiple small streams. As we walk inside and outside the thick tropical forest, the occasional glimpse of the mountain vistas greets us. After about 5 hours of walk, we reach the village of Syabrubesi. This is where the trek comes to the end.  In your free time, you can explore the town of Syabrubesi. If you are looking for some souvenirs, the shops in Syabrubesi have local handicrafts such as shawls and colourful aprons made by the local women. They can be a great gift for yourself and your loved one. Also, it supports the empowerment of local women.   Overnight in Syabrubesi

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu, 8 hours

After breakfast in the town of Syabrubesi, we begin our drive towards Kathmandu. The drive in the private vehicle is mostly luxurious. But the 8 hours of drive in the bumpy road of Nepal is definitely not easy. The view of the river, small town, and the hills makes the journey thrilling.  After checking in over the hotel, you need some refreshment. In the evening, you can do some shopping in Thamel. In the evening, we treat you with a farewell dinner. Make sure to entertain yourself as you enjoy the last dinner in Nepal. We will talk about the amazing journey accomplished as a team. It’s time for some celebration. Later, you can enjoy the night time of Thamel.

Day 11: Departure

In the morning, you can enjoy a Nepalese breakfast for the last time. If you have some free time, you can also do some last-minute shopping in Thamel. If you have an evening flight, you can explore the classic beauty of the Garden of Dreams that is suited right outside the Thamel. As per your flight schedule, you can check-out from the hotel. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport, three hours before the time.  Fly back to your upcoming destination with the beautiful memories of this Himalayan nation. We wish you very good luck. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport collection and drop off by a private vehicle.
  • Trekking duffle bag for you to take home
  • Kathmandu accommodation in a 3* deluxe hotel with breakfast.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation and domestic flights according to your itinerary.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea-house accommodation on the mountainside during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff salary, staff insurance costs and transportation as well as staff food and hotels.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag (to be returned on completion of the trek)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (NATIONAL PARK, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit. (Carried by your guide)
  • All government tax and service charge.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Nepal visa fee.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu – as well as any bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal travel insurance and personal expenses – phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.

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