Tamang Heritage Trek (Langtang Region)

Tamang Heritage Trek (Langtang Region)

Overview

Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the “Tamang Heritage Trail” is a newly developed and an “off the beaten path” experience that highlights an ancient lifestyle by combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.Nepali NGO’s have worked hard with local villagers to improve the trails, and the result is a gentle route through pristine mountain scenery.

Tamang Heritage Trekking is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country and is characterised by the rich Tamang culture. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in salt and mountain goats for meat (changra) with foodstuffs from the south.

The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The culture and traditions of these people are similar to those just across the border in Tibet.

Not only does Tamang Heritage Trek offer unbeaten paths and a true wilderness experience, but you will also explore traditional Tamang villages and experience their unspoiled and virtually untouched culture, life, crafts and nature. You will receive a warm welcome by the locals, clad in their distinct colorful costumes, their houses adorned with beautiful woodcarvings. This region offers a cultural and wilderness experience with beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows and rhododendron forests.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, drive approx. 7-8 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Ghatlang (2238m). Walk approx. 5 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Tatopani (2607m). Walk approx. 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Thuman (2338m) via Nagthali (3165m). Walk approx. 7-8 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Timure. Walk approx. 3-4 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Briddim (2239m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Return trek to Syabrubesi. Walk Approx. 4–5 hrs

Day 09: Return to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure transfer.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

After arrival, snow leopard representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, drive approx. 7-8 hrs

After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Syabu Besi. Parts of the road are unsealed and the condition of the road often depends upon the monsoon season. We will travel via Trisuli Bazaar where the dam and hydroelectric project was completed by the Indian Technical Mission. Finally we drive on to Syabrubesi where we will make our first camp and final preparations for our trek. There are still bears, leopards, red panda and musk deer. During the months of March and April the Rhododendron forests are in full bloom and have many different species of trees, birds and butterflies.

Day 03: Trek to Ghatlang (2238m). Walk approx. 5 hrs

After two to three hours of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach a view point where we gain fantastic views of the Ganesh Himal, Gosainkunda range and Langtang Lirung. We head down to Goljang valley (lunch stop) which is an hour walking down hill from our view point. Today we walk through many villages and along the trails there are numerous Buddhist chortens and mani walls. Gatlang is a beautiful Tamang village that is set high on a hillside among terraced fields.

Day 04: Trek to Tatopani (2607m). Walk approx. 5-6 hrs

Our walk today begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After Chilime, we start to ascend first by crossing a small hanging bridge and continue until we reach our campsite. Enroute, we have excellent vies of the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani literally means ‘hot water’, where one can cleanse in the natural hot springs. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.

Day 05: Trek to Thuman (2338m) via Nagthali (3165m). Walk approx. 7-8 hrs

This wil be the longest trekking day. This morning we ascend to Nagthali, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Nagthali Danda (3300m), the highest pass of the area, lies in a high open grassland and offers panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. We descend down to Thuman, a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang village. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here are an unforgettable experience

Day 06: Trek to Timure. Walk approx. 3-4 hrs

We begin with an easy flat trails which descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. After lunch and making camp at Timure we head towards Rasuwa Gadhi, an historical reminder of the Nepal-Tibet relations that has existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here links Nepal and Tibet. We are not permitted to camp at Rasuwa Gadhi, as it lies on the border and security is extremely tight.

Day 07: Trek to Briddim (2239m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs

Passing through rhododendron forests and meadows we head towards Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang village located in the bosom of the Langtang Himal. Around 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of splitshake. Here we may meet other trekkers on the Langtang trail.

Day 08: Return trek to Syabrubesi. Walk Approx. 4–5 hrs

We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi.

Day 09: Return to Kathmandu

The drive back to Kathmandu should take approximately 7-8 hours, on arrival the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Departure transfer.

Snow Leopard representative will pick you up from your hotel to drop you at the international airport for departure.

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