Tamang Heritage Trail Trek – 12 Days


‘scenic & cultural walks around beautiful Langtang Himal in harmony of Tamang villages’

Highlights of your journey:

  • Lovely cultural country walks around Nepal Central Himalaya in harmony of Tamang people
  • Grand panorama of Langtang & Ganesh Himal including massive range of Jugal peaks
  • Walking into beautiful woodland of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-firs & pines trees
  • Trekking on scenic landscapes of rolling green hills, valley with views of high mountains
  • Explore traditional Tamang farm villages of great interest interwoven with Buddhism
  • Shortest & scenic moderate walks around north of Kathmandu within Langtang Himal

A little about trip:

Tamang Heritage Trail walking leads you to fascinating villages interwoven with ancient traditional farm life enriched with Buddhist culture, within massive mountain range of Central Himalaya around Langtang and Ganesh Himal. Tamang Heritage Trail, a short journey walking around beautiful country just north of Kathmandu, the closet Himalayan range from the capital where one can immerse within age-old custom and traditions of ancient tribe of Nepal Himalaya the Tamang people.

 

Tamang of pre Mongolian and Tibetan origin migrated to high areas of Nepal way back past thousand of centuries bringing in their master-crafts and artistic skills which you can observe on Tamang Heritage Trail around villages with houses decorated intricate carving on doors and windows. Tamang original a Horse-men as the name Ta means at present farmers and cattle herders as their occupation and committed to Buddhism religion as well practice ancient Bon sect of pre-Buddhism.

 

Starting our marvelous journey with drive to Rasuwa district within Ganesh and Langtang Himal, where walk leads from the village of Syabrubesi heading from one nice village to another as route leads close to Tibet border of Rasuwagaddi near Kerung frontier of Nepal and Tibet, where trade is still active on this old Trans-Himalayan Salt / Caravan Trade of two countries. Enjoying views of peaks in the harmony of Tamang immense cultural villages and then our route leads back at Syabrubesi for return drive to Kathmandu, after a fabulous and interesting time around Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking.

Suggest Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,300 meters/4,265 feet): & transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour & trek preparation. Overnight at a hotel
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,470 m/4,822 ft) via Dhunche – 7 hours road journey. O/N at a Tea house
Day 04: Trek to Gatlang (2,200 m/7,217 ft): 5 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (2,607 m/8,553 ft): 6 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 06: Trek to Thuman (2,400 m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang & Nagthali – 6 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 07: Trek to Briddim (2,345 m/7,693 ft): 6 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,350 m/7,709 ft): 6 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 09: Trek back to Syabrubesi (1,470 m/4,822 ft) 4 hrs. O/N at a Tea house
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,265 ft): 7 hrs road journey. O/N at a hotel
Day 11: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing & farewell dinner. O/N at a hotel
Day 12: Transfer to airport for onward destination
Trip concludes

 

  • Day 01:Welcome to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,265 ft) and transfer to hotel.

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Welcome Dinner (WD)

  • Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour and trek preparation.

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath’ and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion as well as provides opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure and trek preparation.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (BL)

  • Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,470 m/4,822 ft) via Dhunche - 7 hours road journey.

    We leave Kathmandu in the morning for Syabrubesi, a village which is also a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. On a clear day we get to enjoy outstanding views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. We continue until we descend to the small village of Syabrubesi, the starting point of our trek.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 04: Trek to Gatlang (2,200 m/7,217 ft): 5 hours.

    Our trek starts from today. From Syabrubesi, we hike across the Goljung Village enjoying views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung and others. Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with traditional stone houses.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (2,607 m/8,553 ft): 6 hours.

    We begin today’s trek with a descent to Thangbuche and soak-in magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way. Next, pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. The name Tatopani literally means ‘hot water’ in Nepali owing to the natural hot springs there. However, the hot springs are no longer there after the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 06: Trek to Thuman (2,400 m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali - 6 hours.

    Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali. Passing through the dense alpine forest, we reach the small Tamang settlement of Brimdang. From here, it’s a few hours walk uphill until Nagthali hill. Here, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung and Ganesh Himal. Next, trek downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 07:Trek to Briddim (2,345 m/7,693 ft): 6 hours.

    Today, we trek to Briddim from Thuman via Lingling. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Here, we visit the Dukchu Gomba monastery. In Briddim, we notice that most of the houses are built by stones and are inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan origin. Briddim in fact, resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 08:Trek to Lama Hotel (2,350 m/7,709 ft): 6 hours.

    Today, we trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel. The trail descends to Ghopche Khola which is a small stream. Then we ascend to Lama Hotel via Rimche. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and amazing mountain vista.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 09: Trek back to Syabrubesi (1,470 m/4,822 ft) 4 hours.

    After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi via Wangel village. Today the trail moves along a gently descending path passing through villages, terraces and magnificent views of surrounding hills.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (BLD)

  • Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,265 ft): 7 hours road journey.

    Today, after breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu with the splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. Remaining time you rest and evening explore Thamel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (BL)

  • Day 11: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing and farewell dinner.

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. We can stroll around the streets in Thamel, a popular Tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You may also visit popular tourist attractions nearby. Either way, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner (BFD)

  • Day 12: Transfer to airport for onward destination.

    It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
    Included Meals: Breakfast (B)

    Trip concludes

Equipment List

Correct Clothing & Equipment are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel.


Footwear:
Running Shoes:
 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days. Sandals or flip flops for camp.


Light Hiking Boots:
 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.


Hiking Gaiters (Optional):
 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.


Wool Socks:
 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.


Liner Socks:
 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.


Clothing: 

Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pair, tops and bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.


Light Trekking Pants:
 Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.


T-Shirts:
 Lightweight crew style T-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.

Woolen or thick cotton long arm shirt – can double as a light jacket when required and also protects arms and neck because of the collar…good to wear in the evenings.

Thin woolen jumper / sweater can be reassuring and comfortable at nights in the lodges.


Bandana:
 Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.


Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket:
 A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.


Insulted Down-Jacket:
 Down jacket need for this depends on the season and where you are going.


Hard Shell Jacket With Hood:
 We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.


Hard Shall Pants:
 Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.


Handwear:

Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.


Shell Gloves With Insulation:
 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.


Headwear:

Headlamp With Spare Batteries: A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries and bulbs!


Sun Hat:
 The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.


Neck Gaiter Or Buff:
 Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.


Glacier Glasses:
 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.


Personal Equipment:

Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag and liner – a 3 or 4 season bag is recommended, depending on your trek.

Backpack: A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max

Adjustable 3 Section Trekking/Hiking Poles: Optional

Water Treatment Tablets: Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water.


Water Bottles:
 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.

Hand/Foot Warmers (Optional): Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Lip Screen: SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.


Traveling:
Large Duffle Bag With Travel Locks & Tags:
 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing. (Suitcases are not suitable).

Plastic Bags (5): For lining stuff sacks and pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

Dry bags / waterproof rucksack covers to protect your belongings from rain and dust.

Travel Clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.


Other things you need:

Toiletries:

  • Minimum cosmetics
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush & biodegradable soap – one for every need
  • Towel – (preferable thin & light)
  • Scarf
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / wet tissues
  • Lighter / matches
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Deodorants

Pee bottle for men & pee funnel for women (Optional) but very useful.
Funnel For Women (Optional): Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)


Others Practical Items:

  • Batteries / chargers
  • Light weight point & shoot camera with extra cards & batteries
  • Waste bag
  • Small folding pocket knife / Swiss knife
  • Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • Small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Ear Plug


Extras Luxuries:

  • Reading, guide book, Trail map, Journal pen & Notebook
  • iPod / Mp3 player (Optional)
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses & /or camps)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
  • Alarm clock / watch
  • Compass or GPS (optional)
  • Modest swim suit for cities & hot spring
  • Bum bag / Rain Poncho (optional)


Eateries / Snacks:

  • Favorite snacks
  • Energy bars (chocolates)
  • Glucose tablets
  • Electrolytes or Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)


Important Documents & Items:

  • Valid passport & extra passport photos.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy & leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants & hotels, for gratuities, snacks & to purchase your own drinks & gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.


FIRST AID:

Personal First Aid Kit (small and simple): Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.


Note:
 These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Please ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


What to take with you in your day pack:

Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:

  • 2 liters of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
  • sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
  • warm fleece or thermal layer & gloves
  • water proof layer
  • head torch
  • hand cleaner
  • your camera
  • any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
  • Critical– take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.

 

 

The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!). These dry bags are readily available in Kathmandu.

 

 

What about gear I want to leave in Kathmandu?
Before departure for your trek you might pack your ‘town clothes’ and anything you don’t want on trek with you and ask your hotel (if you come back to the same hotel) or your guide to store it for you. If you want to do this, then consider bringing or buying a simple bag here for this purpose.

Your Price Includes:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary which includes airport pickups & drops in a private vehicle
  • Twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle with entrance fees
  • 3 meals on trek (Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner & different soups) with tea & coffee as per menu
  • Best available tea house accommodation while on trek (1 room for 2 trekkers)
  • Your trekking guide during the whole program from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Supporting sherpa to carry your luggage during the trek (1 sherpa for 2 trekkers & carry maximum 15 kg)
  • Cost includes guide & Supporting Sherpa’s transport, equipment, insurance, meals, daily salary & accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits & entrance fees
  • All government taxes/vat, official service charges & expenses etc.
  • Travel & emergency rescue arrangements

 

Your Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare to & from Kathmandu, Nepal entry visa fees, International airport taxes & any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation & rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral or boiled water/soft drinks/bar bills, can items & extra snacks etc.
  • Day & evening meals during stays in Kathmandu (& also in the case of earlier return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Any personal gear or equipment that you may need to buy/rent
  • Any extra charge that tea house owner may levy for internet, hot shower/laundry (if these facilities are available) & charging of batteries
  • Entrance & monument fees in the historical site including photography, postage & donation etc.
  • Additional nights, optional trips/sightseeing tours outside the itineraries
  • If any emergency rescue service or evacuation cost
  • Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers & hotel restaurants etc. (Tipping is expected)
  • Cost incurred due to changes in program & reservation due to unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, strikes, roadblocks, landslides due to natural climates & politically etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section, but may be incurred due to unforeseen circumstances

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Trip Profile

  • Total Duration: 11 Nights & 12 Days
  • High Altitude Gain: At Tatopani (2,607 m/8,553 ft)
  • Trip Grade: Moderate with Ups & Downhill walks
  • Activities: Sightseeing & trekking
  • Journey Start-Ends: Kathmandu, (capital of Nepal)
  • Group Size: Any number
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu & all meals on trek
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu & best available tea house on trek
  • Transportation: Comfortable private vehicles
  • Suggested Best Seasons: Nearly all year except the monsoon months

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