Tamang Heritage Trek is a recently opened area, west of the Langtang Valley that aims to bring tourism money to a poor region in exchange for offering tourists the chance to interact with these people of Tibetan origin. Trekkers lodge in local lodges or homes and experience at first hand the warmth and spirit of the Tamang culture; their Buddhist beliefs and their handicrafts. Your hosts, farmers supplying produce, cultural entertainers and handicraft sales all benefit; with some money going into social funds. One distinct advantage is that Tamang heritage trek Nepal is still “off the beaten track” and so offers a glimpse of a region ‘set back in time’ which allows time for reflection and solitude.
Tamang heritage trekking trail winds over ridges trekking through farmlands, marshy grasslands, subtropical forests and highlands that offer magnificent views of snow covered peaks. The forests are home to Langur monkeys, bears, pandas and countless birds.
This Tamang village trek begins with a 132km 8-10 hour bus ride from Kathmandu that follows the torturous and scenically exciting road to cross the Dhotre Khola, before turning north up the Trisuli Nadi to Syabru Besi (Lower Syabru): the starting point of the trek. This is an interesting village at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Kola, below which it becomes the Trisuli Nadi. The first day’s trail zigzags upwards, to a ridge and a walk to the view point of the day Rongba Bhanjyang and another 45 min. easy walk to Lunch. And then on up to Gatlang; the largest Tamang village in the region.
The second day offers relaxation in the community hot springs at Tatopani and the third day leads to tranquil and satisfying views of the High Himalaya from the Nagthali Ghyang ridge before descending to Thuman. Staying in a family home at Briddim, complete with dinner and a demonstration of traditional dances and local handicrafts are the features of Tamang heritage trail route.
A fairly short day’s trek, along the ancient salt trade route from Tibet will take you back to Syabru Besi, from where you return to Kathmandu: or extend your visit Langtang Valley trek.
- Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03 Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1,440m /4,750ft) 8-9 hrs drive, 132km
- Day 04 Syabru Besi – Gatlang (2,238m/7,340ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 05 Gatlang – Tatopani (2607m/8550ft) 6-7 hrs
- Day 06 Tatopani – Thuman (2,338m/7,340ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 07 Thuman – Briddim (2,229m/7,312ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 08 Briddim – Syabru Besi (1,440m/4,750ft) 3-4 hrs
- Day 09 Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft) 8-9 hrs drive.
Tamang Heritage Trekking Details Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1440m /4750ft) 8/9 hrs drive, 132 KM
Drive on a northern highway that twists and climbs ridges to Trishuil Bazar. The journey will take 8-10 hours through picturesque landscapes, Himalayan sceneries and local villages. On the way we have magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan mountain range including Mt. Kerung.. Drive continues via Dhunche (the largest settlement of area) to Bhote Koshi River, finally reproach destination. Overnight in Syabru Besi at Lodge. .
Day 04: Syabru Besi – Gatlang (2238m/7340ft), 5-6 hrs trek
Trail rise up for two hours and half from Syabru Besi to view point Rongba Bhanjyang which offers the fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunds range and Goljung valley. Now we take fairly easy walk about 45 min. to Lunch Chauhattare for the Lunch. Gatlang the largest pretty village, is another 1 and half hour up and down hill walk through the Tibetan influenced settlement. Upon arrival, warm welcome with Khada (white Scarf) and Tibetan hospitality. Overnight in Gatlang.at Lodge.
Day 05: Gatlang – Tatopani (2607m/8550ft), 5-6 hrs.
It’s one of the longest day’s trekking of the entire tip. After breakfast, trail leads to Thambuchet (1768m) near Chilime village by the Bhote koshi River. Chilime hydropower dam is situated here. Meanwhile, we explore local village, take Lunch. After day meal, we ascend crossing the hanging suspension bridge and trail keeps raising untill you get to Tatopani which means ‘hot water’ You can cleanse yourself in natural hot spring at bathing areas in the lap of the Himalayas. Locals believe that the waters have a heating quality that eases away your aches and pains. Overnight in Tatopani at Lodge.
Day 06: Tatopani – Thuman (2338m/7340ft), 5-6 hrs
After breakfast our trail ascends toward Nagthali Danda (3165m), the high open grassland with amazing views of the snow capped Himalayas. We feel relief when we arrive Brimdang at 2848m, which offers perfect tea spot. After the tea break, we continue with an ascent to Nagthali Danda (3165m) just by the Lunch time where you forget all the efforts with the magnificent views and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. The trek continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan-influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Overnight in Thuman at Lodge.
Day 07: Thuman – Briddim (2229m/7312ft), 5-6 hrs t
After breakfast, we proceed through a flatter ridge in the beginning and descend to Ling ling at 1762m an ideal place for lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just 2hrs walk from Lingling following to the old trade route to Tibet, and lies on the bank of Bhote Koshi River. After lunch, the trail continues to Briddim, another Tibetan-influenced Tamang village which is the unique experience of home stay during the entire trek. We enjoy traditional foods, like plain rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), potato, Tibetan tea and regular tea. As a visitor, you can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Overnight in Briddim.
Day 08: Briddim – Syabru Besi (1440m/4750ft), 3-4 hrs
Today, our trail descends down through the terraced field and pine forest with the tranquil view of the valley. The descended trail links with Langtang valley trail at Wangal (1623m) After a long consecutive downhill walk, finally you will arrive Syabrubesi where we started or trek just by the Lunch time Afternoon take full rest and enjoy with hot Shower and get ready to Kathmandu next day.Overnight in Syabru Besi at Lodge
Day 09: Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1300m /4264ft) 8/9 hrs. drive, 132 KM
Drive through crumble and bumpy road through Dhunche following the same highway as before to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast. .
Day 09: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.