TAMANG HERITAGE TRAIL
TAMANG HERITAGE TRAIL
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Developed and Initiated by the “Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program”, the Tamang Heritage Trail is one of the easily accessible trek routes of Nepal close to Kathmandu Valley. This trekking route is a very short trip of about a week, and it allows the trekkers to discover the beauty of the majestic landscapes as well the culture of Tamang people residing in this area. The trail offers a sweet blend of nature and human culture.
This trekking region also has a historical significance because the trail was used to connect this region to Tibet in to barter salt and mountain goat with foodstuffs. The Tamang people of this region are greatly influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions, they being closer to Tibet. Therefore, you can expect to learn quite a lot of things about Tibetan culture while you go for a trek in this trail.
This trail is also famous for hot springs, and many believe that taking a bath in those springs will heal all of your diseases and make you a healthy and stronger person. The warm hospitality of local people and absolute pristine woodcarvings in their houses makes it a heart-warming trip for everyone. The route also consists of flat meadows, alpine terrain and rhododendron forests. Moreover, you can expect to spot bears, leopards, red panda and musk deer that are found in this region. In conclusion, it would not be unfair to say that Tamang Heritage Trail trek route is a unique trail that offers natural sceneries, cultural knowledge, amazing flora and faunas and what not. It can offer anything one expects to get from a trekking trail.
If you are seeking for a more challenging and longer trekking route in this region, this trip can be customized to be combined with the Classic Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Helambu Trek, Langtang Gosainkunda Trek, Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek and Ganesh Himal Trek.
As in most of the trekking trails in the country, the best season to do this route is also spring and autumn. However, this trail can be expedited in winter as well since route does not fall in high altitude regions.
Day 01: Airport pickup and hotel transferOur Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you in our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.
Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at KathmanduToday we will discuss our trekking and make necessary preparations and we take a quick city tour of Kathmandu as well. After all the briefings regarding the trek and acquainting necessary permits, we will arrange a short trip to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and so on. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,450m) – 7 HoursWe drive north of Kathmandu for almost 7 hours to reach the entrance of the Langtang valley – Syabrubesi. Although this place is not so far from Kathmandu, the windy roads, its twists and turns, climb and descend makes it quite a long drive. The road is definitely difficult but mesmerizing at the same time. On your drive itself, you can see the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other peaks of the Langtang region. The road mostly follows Trishuli River.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m) – 5 HoursToday, we start our trek from a place which is the common starting point for the Langtang Valley trek and Gosainkunda Trek. However, we do not follow either of the routes. Taking up a different path, we climb for an hour and a half t reach a view point that provides us with the astounding view of Ganesh Himal, the Gosainkunda range and the Goljang Valley. After spending some time at this viewpoint we start descending to Goljang Valley which is also going to be our lunch stop. After lunch, we walk for about 3, through many villages, numerous Buddhist chortens and mani walls to reach Gatlang which is a beautiful Tamang village set on a hillside among terraced fields. We stay overnight in Gatlang.
Day 05: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m) – 6 HoursThe beginning of today’s trail is fairly easy as we descend to Thangbuchet. We stop at Thangbuchet for lunch. This place is located near Chilime village by the Bhotekoshi River. There is also Chilime hydropower dam situated in the Bhotekoshi River. After lunch, we climb up across a hanging bridge and continue until we reach Tatopani. The literal meaning of Tatopani is hot water. It is believed that bathing in these hot springs eradicates all the aches and pains of your bodies and even cures different diseases. We stay overnight in a Lodge in Tatopani.
Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2,338m) – 7 HoursThis day is expected to be the longest trekking day of the trip and also the most exciting one as we climb the highest altitude of the trip. We start hiking up towards Nagthali which is situated at an altitude of 3,165 metres. This is the highest elevation we will be on our entire trip. This place was once used as a popular meditation centre for the local monks and priests. Nagthali lies in high open grassland and is the highest pass of the area. This place also provides serene panoramic views of snow-capped mountain peaks like Langtang, Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. After spending some time in the grassland we start descending to Thuman which is a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang village. We stay overnight in a lodge in Thuman.
Day 07: Trek from Thuman to Bridim (2,229m) – 5 HoursAs we begin our trek, we walk along a flatter section of trail and then climb down to Timure. Here, we follow part of the old trade route to Tibet. It is also an interesting place to trek on as we are extremely close to Tibet. A trek of 3 hours can take across the border. We have our lunch at Timure. Then our trail continues to Bridim. Bridim is yet another Tamang village which is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. We stay overnight in Bridim in home stay. This is also going to be an absolutely unforgettable experience because of the taste of the local food and the warm hospitality of the local Tamang people.
Day 08: Trek from Bridim to Syabrubesi – 3 HoursThis is our last and shortest trekking day of the entire trip. We will follow an easy trail on the left side of the Bhotekoshi River. We pass through paddy and corn fields before finally descending at our campsite at Syabrubesi. We have our lunch at Syabrubesi and we utilize the rest of our day relaxing and exploring the small town. You can also find some handicraft shops where you can buy souvenirs to bring back home. We stay overnight in a lodge in Syabrubesi.
Day 09: Drive back to KathmanduAfter 5 days of exploring the Tamang Heritage Trail, we head back towards Kathmandu along the same road. This time our mind would be pervaded of the views of the majestic landscapes and our heart would be warmed because of the hospitality we received in the last few days. We reach our hotel in Kathmandu where a farewell dinner party would be waiting for us.
- Trek Duration : 9 Days
- Difficulty : Easy
- Highest Elevation : Nagthali (3165m)
- Accommodation : Lodge and Homestay
- Transportation : By land
- Group Size : 4-16 pax
- Best Season : Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept.-Nov.)
- Walk Duration : 5 hours Daily (Average)
- Explore a trek route which is rich in its natural and cultural contents.
- Sprawl in the hot springs of Tatopani
- Experience a local home stay in Bridim
- Explore majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang peaks, Annapurna, and many more
- Learn new things about Tibetan culture and Tradtions.
- Lear the historical importance of the trail in trade and business
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Airport Transfer
- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back.
- Luxurious hotel accommodations in Kathmandu
- Variety of meal choices during the trek.
- Boiled water during the trek.
- Luxurious accommodation at lodges and home stay in the trek route.
- Welcome and farewell dinner with cultural program.
- All necessary permits.
- Supplementary oxygen cylinders.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- Nepal entry Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- All Drinks and main meals in cities.
- Any items of personal use like beverage drinks, telephone, etc.
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards