Tamang Heritage Trail is a newly opened and exciting trekking route situated between Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The trekking region is situated about 30km north of Kathmandu. As the name suggest, the trek covers astonishing natural beauty along with rich cultural heritage preserved by Tamang ethnic community.
Langtang valley, also known as the “Valley of Glaciers” offers a plenty of wildlife, rich cultural practice and unique lifestyle. We will be trekking through Tamang villages with its life, culture and crafts which have remained untouched from few centuries. The trail grants wilderness at its extreme through beautiful alpine landscape, flat pastureland and dense rhododendron forest. The main residents of the area are believed to be descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who mingled with Tamang of the Helambu area.
The trek starts with short drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. We will be trekking through picturesque villages, terraced slopes and pristine valleys. In route we will be blessed with panoramic mountain vista of nearby peaks and drench in the natural hot springs in Tatopani. Continuing the walk toward north we will be visiting local fort, monastery and exquisite local architecture of Tamang people. As we come to the end of the trek we will be enjoying home-stay experience in Briddim.
Stopping over local Tamang monasteries and holy Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang brings adrenaline pumping experience to the trekking.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay
Day 3: Drive to Syabru Besi(1420m);7-8hours
Early in the morning we will grab our breakfast and start a ride along the north western hills of Kathmandu for Syabru besi. In the way we will witness picturesque scenic beauty of snow clad Himalayas like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal along with many other minor peaks. Continuing the ride through the scenic foothills and ridgeline panoramas we will reach Trishuli Bazaar where we will stop to have lunch. After having lunch we will further drive to Syabru besi via Betrawati and Dhunche.
Day 4: Trek to Gatlang via Golijung
From Syabru besi the trail ascents for a while to the view Point and then descents down to Golijang. From Golijang the trail further descents down to the beautiful Tamang village of Gatlang. Upon arrival to Gatlang, you will be welcomed by Khada.
Day 5: Trek to Tatopani; 7hours
From Gatlang the trail descents to Thangbuchet(near Chilime village) by Bhotekoshi River. After having lunch here the trail ascends to Tatopani. Upon arrival we will drench ourselves in hot water springs. Local here believe that the water has healing quality and eases all ours aches and pains.
Day 6: Trek to Thuman
Leaving Tatopani behind us the trail goes uphill to Nagthali Danda(3300m), in high open grassland offering the astonishing Himalayan vista. After having lunch in Brimdang village the trail continues to go uphill to Tibetan influenced village of Thuman.
Day 7: Trek to Rasuwa Gadhi via Timure
Initially the trail from Thuman descends to Timure which is an old trade center to Tibet. From Timure we will trek for another 3hours to Rasuwagadhi.
Day 8: Trek to Briddim
From Rasuwagadhi the trail continues to another Tibetan settlement of Briddim. Homestay at Briddim gives every trekker a unique experience.
Day 9: A free day in Briddim
Today we will take a free day in Briddim for exploring the area.
Day 10: Trek to Syabrubesi
After having breakfast in Briddim the trail descends down to Syabrubesi which is just 3hours of walk. The rest of the day is free.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
From Syabrubesi we will catch our ride back to Kathmandu retracing the path. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
I just returned from Nepal after doing Tamang Heritage trial. This trek was offered by Actual Adventure and I’m glad that I did it and somehow helped in the improvement of local’s life which was beyond my imagination. The region was near to Kathmandu valley yet not touched by the modernization in any aspect. The people, their tradition and culture had remained intact over centuries. The views were mind blowing and people were very friendly and hospitable. My guide Lakpa helped me interact with the locals and became my translator. Overall it was a trek of lifetime.