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.

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Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Style
Original
Theme
Expedition
Code
HNXV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

You’ve arrived! Meet your group leader and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting at 2pm. After the briefing, it’s a free afternoon and evening, but the tour leader will usually organize an optional evening dinner at one of the Kathmandu’s great restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure - USD100
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure - USD93
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD66
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight - USD200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There’s an early morning departure today, as we join the road that heads northwest through Balaju. Together, we’ll make a steady climb to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, eventually arriving at the pass at Kakani. As we wind ever upwards to the Trisuli bazaar you’ll get views of the Manaslu Massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal. Prepare yourselves for a few humps and bumps, because the road from Trisuli onwards begins to deteriorate. You’ll be driving in these conditions for around 50 kms (31mi) to Dhunche and then another 15 km (9mi) to Syabrubesi. Tonight’s accommodation is a basic teahouse.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time approx. 7 hours
Hope you had a good night’s sleep, because today is going to start with a long climb. For around 2 hours you’ll be ascending up a slew of switchbacks that mark the beginning of our foray into the trail. It’s all worth it when you reach a vantage point with views of Ganesh Himal, the Gosainkunda range and Langtang Lirung. Along the trail you’ll see numerous Buddhist Chortens and mani walls, which all add another dimension to this picturesque landscape. After descending for around 45 minutes we’ll reach the little Tamang village of Goljung, where we’ll stop for lunch. There’s still 2.5 hours until we reach today’s destination, another Tamang village called Gatlang (altitude of 2238m). Besides its obvious cultural richness and stunning location, Gatlang also boasts a 100-year-old Tamang monastery and the secret lake, Parvati Kunda. Legend has it that this lake was discovered in ancient times while the King of Gatlang was on his way to find a missing hunting dog. It is now revered by women for its apparent powers of fertility. You’ll reach each of these landmarks after a 45-minute uphill walk.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Are you ready? Today is commonly known as “the toughest day of the trek”. But the rewards far outweigh the grueling bits. Descend gradually along the ridge to the Bamdang Khola, which turns north along the Chilime Khola until you reach the town of Chilime (around 2 hours walking). After crossing a suspension bridge (always fun) you’ll begin an arduous climb of around 450-metres to the village of Gongang. It’ll take around 1.5 hours of steep uphill climbing but there’s a lunch break on arrival. The next section is much less physically strenuous, as you continue the ascent for around 2 hours until you reach Tatopani (2607m).
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
As you pass through an incredible rhododendron forest clinging to the side of the mountain, the vines and moss-covered trees give your environment a real “prehistoric” feel. Although, instead of dinosaurs you’re more likely encounter troops of Grey Langur Monkeys. Further on, we reach the village of Brimdang, before continuing up the side of the highest and steepest part of the trail. One ridge after another offers better and better views of Ganesh Himal to the west and the Langtang range on the east. The ridgeline ends atop the open grasslands of Nagthali Hill (3210m), approximately 45 minutes from Brimdang. All of a sudden you are surrounded by jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma on the Tibetan side; while before you the Sanjen Ranges open up. No wonder the hill served as a perfect place of meditation and contemplation for monks. Spend as long as you’d like here, taking in the views and enjoying the sense of accomplishment. Then it’s time to descend approximately 900-metres through deep woodlands to Thuman, which faces the Shisapangma and Langtang Lirung peak. A distinct Tibetan influence can be felt in the village, with its Shamanistic beliefs, ancient monasteries and houses covered in woodcarvings.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we pass through rhododendron forests and meadows to reach the Tamang village of Briddim, located in the heart of the Langtang Himal. It will take just over 2 hours of uphill walking. Briddim marks the end of the Tamang Heritage Trail, and is often a highlight for many of our travellers. Here you will get to experience a homestay with a local family, sleeping overnight in their comfortable wooden home. You’ll get a richer understanding of the culture here, and share stories with your host.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Continue along the trail through the hilly region of Khangjim and Sherpagoan, learning about the rich culture of the Tamang and Sherpa communities along the way. After trekking for around 7 hours, reach our friendly guesthouse. Lama Hotel is the name of a collection of guesthouses that marks the start of the Langtang Valley. The standard of accommodation in Lama Hotel is slightly below the usual standard on this trip, but still comfortable.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Ascend through Langtang National Park via Gumnachowk and Ghotatabela, finally reaching the village of Langtang. (Approx. 5-7 hours walking) Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region; rhododendron, Nepalese alder and oak forest thrive, due to the temperate conditions. The park is also home to red pandas, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards and more than 250 species of birds. Spend the evening at a comfortable, newly built guesthouse. Don't forget to refill your water bottles tonight at the newly installed WWF/Intrepid funded water purifier close by. 
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning, take the trail up towards the rebuilt village of Kyanjin; both sides of the path are flanked by stunning views of distant snow-capped mountains. Today we’ll encounter Tamang and Sherpa inhabitants along the trail, as they go about their days. Todays hiking is between 4 and 5 hours. Acclimatise this evening with a short climb above the village for great views of the surrounding valley.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wake up early (4:30am) this morning for an optional walk to Kyanjin Gompa (4800m) for a stunning sunrise. Its a tough hour hike up a switch back trail in the dark where we gain 1000 metres. Or sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast before heading out to explore the village and learn more about the lifestyles of the Tamang and Sherpa communities. Keep your eyes peeled for the German Bakery! Otherwise take a short hike up to the glacier or one of several interesting walks around the village.

Its a big downhill walk back to Lama Hotel tomorrow.

Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, head back down the trail, via Langtang and Ghoretabela to Lama Hotel. We’ll walk for around seven hours today, and will descend 1,600 metre. Its a long day of hiking but we are heading downhill all day but there should be a 'mountain cold' Sherpa beer waiting for you at the bottom.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s an early start today. After breakfast, descend the trail through corn fields, then cross the Trisuli River via suspension bridge. Follow the river for around five hours until we reach our lodge in Thulo Syabru about 6 hours later.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, walk arrpox 3 hours to Thulo Bharku/Dhunche, then transfer to Nuwakot via private vehicle. Our charming accommodation is set on an idyllic organic farm. Activities you can take part in include picking vegetables and learning to make Nepalese cuisine with the help of the head cook. In the evening you will accompany your leader to the old Nuwakot Durbar (Palace).
Accommodation
  • Farmhouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise early today for breakfast before we jump into our private vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu. We will spend some further time exploring Kathmandu before joining with our group for a final optional dinner tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The trip ends today and you are free to depart at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Path to a Hidden Monastery Urban Adventure - USD57
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Urban Adventure - USD80
  • Kathmandu - Exploring Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD97
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Handmade Kathmandu - USD93
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Teahouse (11 nights), Farm House (1 night)

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Important notes

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.

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