Tamang Heritage Trail is a new experience for the trekkers exploring the beauty of mountains with the culture of local Tamang people. We trek through Tamang villages with their life and culture. We will receive hearty welcome by the locals rich in their separate costumes, architecture of their mountain houses and antique monasteries. It offers you wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain; flat meadows and rhododendron forests.
The population of this area are believed to be the off spring of Tibetans from Kerung who intermingled with Tamang of the Helambu area. Tamang communities are generally found on higher elevations with the peasants charming in variable farming and taking out of forest products. They are mainly sheep and yak herders but grow some grains and vegetables. Their daily life activities comprise raising domestic animals, agriculture and trade with Kerung in Tibet. They also weave baskets and mats from bamboo. During the trekking we enjoy the impressive views of Langtang Lirung Langtang Kerung, Chimse Danda ridge crossed by Ganjala Pass Dorje Lakpa Jugal Himal, Paldor peak, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himal.
Tamang Heritage Trail: Alternatives
It is possible to combine the Tamang Heritage Trail with the Langtang Valley Trek and/or Gosainkund Trek. Continue on to Lama Hotel for the Langtang Valley Trek instead of going back from Briddim to Syabrubesi. This takes you to the valley entrance, then continue at the end of the valley to Kyanjin Gompa. This trek has spectacular, broad views from a wide valley of the Langtang Himalayas. Return to Thulo Syabru by backtracking, then stop at Syabrubesi. This would add up to the walk for three or four days.
The Gosainkund Trek is another excellent (and more challenging) trek in this area, often combined with the Langtang Valley trek, and can be added for an extended adventure to the Tamang Heritage Trail. Because of Lake Gosainkund’s altitude (4,379 m/14,370 ft.), the ascent up to here should only be attempted on the Langtang return trip, not on the way, to help acclimatization. Gosainkunda trekking will add another three days on the trek.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi which takes about 8 hours by bus or Land cruiser depending on group size. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Beshi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills.From Trishuli to Syabrubeshi the road is rough. Sometimes the road can be blocked in the monsoon time. Overnight at guesthouse.
While trekking you can experience some of the Tamang culture. You can see scenery from view point especially as you walk through a local village. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your trekking a memorable one. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. Overnight at guesthouse.
On the way you enjoy the sightseeing of the Langtang range and Ganesh Himal. At Tatopani which naturally signifies ‘hot water’, you can take a 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 will heal you from your aches and pains. This day’s trekking provides you an opportunity to experience the Tamang culture. Overnight at guesthouse.
via Nagthali (3165meters.) and Bimthang. En route you may encounter animals like monkeys and deer. The panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Hima and 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 views of the mountains can be seen from every house in Thuman. Overnight at guesthouse.
While trekking from Thuman to Timure you can visit nearby historical Rasuwagadi. This day’s trekking grants you an opportunity to observe Tibeto Burman Tamang culture in two of the villages on the way. Timure is on the old trade route to Tibet. A fort here is a historical reminder of the Nepal Tibetan relations that have existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here links Nepal and Tibet. Overnight at guesthouse.
We can experience the village life of Briddim and enjoy a cultural show performed by community members. You can also experience a home stay and Tamang culture. To mention a little about Briddim, it is a Tibetan Buddhist village in the bosom of Langtang Himal. Around 43 houses are spread in a Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of split shake. As direct descendants of ancient Tibetan immigrants, the culture and tradition of Briddim closely resembles that of Tibetan villages. Overnight at guesthouse.
Our trek from Briddim to Syabru beshi via Wangel. This day the trail moves along a gently descending path passing through villages, terraces and magnificent views of surrounding hills. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubeshi which will take appproximately 8 hours by bus or Jeep depending on group size. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.