Tamang Heritage – Langtang valley Trek
Tamang Heritage Trail is perhaps Nepal’s easiest trekking region, situated to the north of Kathmandu Valley. Aside from the beautiful scenery, you’ll also get to Trek through multiple Tamang villages, which offer beautiful views of green farmland, thick forests, and the Langtang Himalayas that are close to the Tibetan border during the Tamang Heritage Trek.
As horse traders, the Tamang people came from Tibet several hundred years ago and settled in hilly regions of Nepal (usually within easy distance of the Kathmandu Valley). They have retained an identity distinct from others rooted in Tibetan culture and their own language as a community. However, they have historically been one of Nepal’s most marginalized ethnic groups. During the 2015 earthquake, the Tamang were among the worst-affected groups due to the fact that their homes were located in remote areas cut off from help. Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail provides a source of income for the Tamang in this region.
Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trek is a great way to explore the vast Tamang culture in the Langtang Region. It is a remote area close to Tibet’s border, the “Kerong.” There are several places to explore on the Trail, such as its picturesque landscapes, white peaks, and antique villages. This peaceful trip can also be used to explore the nomadic lifestyle at its heavenly Shangri-La.
About the Region
Rasuwa, the host of the Trek, is a small district located north of Kathmandu, which is about 124km away from the capital. The Nepalese Government introduced the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek as part of the tourism initiative for eradicating poverty in rural areas. The bus and Tata Sumo jeep services leave Kathmandu daily for Syabrubesi, the starting point of the Tamang heritage trek from Langtang valley.
This Trek joining with Langtang from Lama hotel is in the northern region of Kathmandu. Langtang is also the region where you’ll find ancient Buddhist monasteries, rhododendron forests, bamboo forests, waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas.
You will find the most breathtaking landscapes, authentic culture, and heartwarming hospitality in the Langtang Valley to remember your trip. As mentioned earlier, the valley is only an hour or so from Kathmandu and is one of Nepal’s most beautiful regions, so getting there won’t be much of a hassle.
Necessary Permits and Accommodations
As a foreigner, you’ll need a TIMS card in order to trek to the Tamang Heritage Trail near the Langtang area. TIMS cards can be obtained from the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu, located at Pradarshani Marg, Bhrikutimandap.
There are well-managed hotels at the start of the Trek. However, finding hotels with well-appointed facilities becomes more difficult as the trial continues. Most of the paths consist of homestays and small teahouses that the Tamang people run.
Preparing For the Tamang Heritage Trek
The highest elevation on the Trek lies around the 3,200 meters mark. This might not be much for regular explorers, but it still is quite an elevation. In addition, the Trek is quite long, and explorers must walk for a considerable period of time. Thus, people with lung disease or breathing problems should avoid such activities or take precautions beforehand since such high altitudes can be difficult to handle.
- Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
- Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
- Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
- Trekking Guide and a proter (Sharing by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with a car and tour guide
- First Aid kit.
- Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
- TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
- All needed government tax/vat..
- International Airfare.
- Your travel insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
- Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
- Tips for Guide and Porters
Although it can be customized by request to accommodate your specific needs. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to fluctuating weather conditions, availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen political, trail and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. In this happen, your Dimas Adventure company guide/leader will choose the best way to the final decision on the best alternative after consulting with the group.
At last, if the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will make a tailor-made one. The itinerary will be very flexible from our side if clients want to change will be possible.
Finally, the trek to the Tamang heritage region can be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience because of the stunning scenery and stellar views, along with the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.
- Day 1
Arrival day in Kathmandu Overnight Altitude 1300ma
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, one of our staff will be there to pick you up from the airport. Then from the airport, he will transfer you to the hotel to take a rest. Overnight stay at Hotel.
- Day 2
Kathmandu - Syabrubesi 115 km Drive 7-8h and Overnight altitude 1550
The following day we travel towards Syabrubesi. An eight-hour drive of about 115km takes us to our destination for the second day. We stay overnight at the hotel.
- Day 3
Syabrubesi-Goljung 9.2km Hm up approx 1057 Hm down approx 507 Gz 4:30h and Overnight altudite 2006m
The Trek begins as we climb steadily up to the viewpoint and enjoy the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung range views. After that, we descend to the Goljung Valley, which takes about an hour for the overnight stop.
- Day 4
Goljung-Gatlag 9km Hm up approx 731 Hm down approx 440 Gz 5h and Overnight altudite 1891 m
We follow the previous day with an exciting trek with view of beautiful rhododendron forest and gorgeous walking trail. We enjoy hospitality provided by Tamang people along the trail. After passing through several Tamang valleys, we reach Gatlang, a picturesque village on a hillside. There, we stay at a local lodge overnight.
- Day 5
Gatlang - TatoPani 10.3km Hm up approx 968 Hm down approx 652 Gz 5h and Overnight altudite 2611m
Trek of the fourth day takes us to Tatopani. We can enjoy a relaxing hot water bath in the region. We stay overnight at a lodge.
- Day 6
Tatopanii - Nagthali 4.4km Hm up approx 1673 Hm down approx 71 Gz 3h and Overnight altudite 3216m
Today, we trek for over eight hours. We begin our long journey at Nagthali village, which is popular with Buddhist devotees and priests as a meditation center. Next, we go across the Nagthali peak, one of the highest points in the area. The mesmerizing Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, and Sanjen range can be seen from Nagthali. We spend the night here in a homestay.
- Day 7
Nagthali- Bridhim 8.6km Hm up approx 716 Hm down approx 1739 Gz 5h and Overnight altudite 2169m
Today, we walk through the rhododendron forest on our way down to Briddim, a village influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle. There is a monastery in Briddim called Dukchu monastery. Homestays flourish here, and you will have a splendid opportunity to learn about local customs and practices. We will spend the night at a local homestay.
- Day 8
Bridhim-Lama Hotel 13km Hm up approx 1226 Hm down approx 933 Gz 6h and Overnight altudite 2450m
In the morning, we trek back and descend through forests of rhododendrons to GhopcheKhola. From there, we trek to the Lama Hotel, perched on the bank of the Langtang Khola. We spend the evening and the night at a local homestay or a lodge.
- Day 9
.Lama Hotel-Langtang 11.7km Hm up approx 1068 Hm down approx 92 Gz 6.30h and Overnight altudite 2380m
The trail ascends through yak pastures, and the views widen as the valley opens up further. Finally, after crossing small streams and moraines, it leads to the settlement of Kyangjin. At more than 3,800 meters, Kyangjin is the highest point of the Trek unless you decide to climb one of the peaks of Langtang. So, you need to take a rest day and enjoy and adapt to the elevation.
- Day 10
Langtang -Kyanjin Ri-Kyanjin Gumba 10.5km Hm up approx 1118 Hm down approx3711 Gz 6.30h and Overnight altudite 3870ml
On the tenth day, you can choose whether to rest and enjoy the Kyangjin hospitality or explore some more. The monastery and cheese factory are both worth visiting, as are the ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or the ascent of Kyangjin Ri right behind the village.
- Day 11
.Kyanjin Gumba - Lama Hotel 9.9km Hm up approx 84 Hm down approx1468 Gz 6.30h and Overnight altudite 2380m
If you return to Kyangjin from the main trailhead, you will retrace the path you just took up the valley, following the Langtang Khola to Mundu village and on to Ghora Tabela. The return hike will be shorter than the ascent. After lunch, continue down the steep slope to Lama Hotel.
- Day 12
Lamahotel- Syabrubesi 11km Hm up approx 414 Hm down approx1445Gz 5h and Overnight altudite 1550m
The hike back from Lama Hotel is fairly simple. While enjoying the quiet forests and hills, you can retract your steps back toward Syabru Besi. Although if you should take a detour from Rimche to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaon if you’re feeling fit. The journey will take longer, but it’ll surely be worth it.
- Day 13
Syabrubesi- Kathmandu 115 km 7-8h drive and overnight altitude 1300m
Our drive back to Kathmandu today takes us on the same road to Syabrubesi we took before our Trek began, providing another perspective on the mountain road. First, however, do remember to cherish the memories you made during the Trek.
- Day 14
World heritage tour around Kathmandu and Shopping day overnight altitude 1300m
This is the second to the last day of your trip and it will begin with fascinating sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley. Sightseeing tour includes visit around World heritage site such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swoayambunath (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu durbar square, Patan Durbar square any many more. Overnight stay at hotel.
- Day 15
After the long and enjoyable Nepalese experience, you will finally return back to your home nation.