Learn about sacred Tibetan culture as you walk the wild terrains of the Tamang Heritage Trail
Sacred Tibetan culture permeates every inch this expedition, seemingly touching everything in its path… including you. The opening of the Tamang Heritage Trail, which was once an unexplored part of the Langtang National Park, allows you to venture deep into the Tamang hinterland. This trek takes you through the verdant midlands and into Tamang villages including Briddim and Gatlang, where you will have a chance to immerse yourself in local culture. The Tamang people were originally Tibetan horse traders who used to migrate back and forth between Tibet and the lowlands of Nepal. They are considered one of the oldest tribes of Nepal, with roots tracing back to the ancient people of Mongolia. Your trek takes you through alpine terrain, meadows and rhododendron forests, taking in soaring views of Manaslu Massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal.
After the devastating earthquakes of 2015, Intrepid Travel, together with our not-for-profit organisation The Intrepid Foundation, launched the Namaste Nepal campaign to encourage visitors back into the region. For the 2015/16 season, we donated all profits from our Nepal trips to local projects and international NGOs, such as PLAN International and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We’re very proud to report that we raised over $A700,000 through traveller donations and contributions from our business.
An overnight homestay with a local family in Briddim allows you to share stories, experience some traditional home cooking and sleep overnight in a comfortable wooden home
Walk uphill to discover a 100-year-old monastery in the village of Gatlang then head out to find Parvati Kunda, the secret lake that is revered for its apparent powers of fertility
Perhaps encounter troops of Grey Langur Monkeys as you pass through the rhododendron forest of Thaman on your way to the quaint village of Brimdang
A chance to stay overnight on a farm in Nuwakot, where you can pick fresh vegetables and take a cooking class
This trek covers approx 5-8 hours a day to a max altitude of around 4800m (max altitude we sleep is approx 3800m)
On this trek you’ll be stepping off the typical tourist trail and into the Tamang hinterlands. This trip is ideal for those looking to experience something unique, where you won’t be surrounded by many other people.
You’ll be rewarded with hot showers and running water (solar/gas energy) in Gatlang, Thuman, Briddim & Syabrubesi. But in the rest of the places you’ll just be using a simple bucket shower. Also be aware that most of the toilets are local squat toilets and there are no attached bathrooms to any of the guesthouses we stay in.
A typical breakfast on the trail includes porridge, pancakes, Tibetan bread, egg, Suchya and Champa (Butter tea and wheat flour) and muesli. For lunch and dinner you will generally eat delicious momo (dumplings), noodles, spaghetti, dal-bhat and spring rolls
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1. This trip begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip for the nights spent in hotels only. It is not applicable while on trek.
3. Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit to the group meeting.
Our Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek trips score an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 20 reviews in the last year.
The first few days of this trip were incredible. The Tamang Heritage trail is beautiful and worth any effort you put in but make sure you do train hard before you turn up. Unfortunately we had to stop hiking four days into the trek due to illness so I cannot speak for the Langtang portion. What I can attest to is that iIf the worst happens and you do get sick or injured whilst on tour rest assured that the Intrepid team will do an amazing job helping you. Our tour guide Ram was amazing and did everything in his power to keep us going until we had to stop and then did just as good a job ensuring that we got all the help we needed. Post hospital Santos on the Intrepid desk in Kathmandu could not have been more helpful arranging alternate plans for us. If you do have the pleasure to deal with these guys in Nepal then you will have an amazing trip. I cannot say enough kind things about them.
Review submitted 07 May 2018
Morocco, New Zealand, Australia 2x, India and Nepal. These tours I had with Intrepid and they were always awesome. Great group dynamic and great guides.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2018