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Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek

Trip Facts:

Group Size
1-12
Trip Duration
13 Days
Activities
Cultural Tour
Meals
B/L/D
Best Month
All Year
Transportation
Private Vehicle

Overview

 

The Tamang are indigenous inhabitants of the Himalayan regions of Nepal. They trace their ancestry from Tibet, and even further back to Mongolia. They have a distinct culture, language, and religion. The ‘Total Tamang Trek’  leads us to their distinctive beautiful and traditional mountain villages located between Langtang and Ganesh Himal in the Rasuwa district. The local art and architecture resembles ancient Tibetan artistry. Most Tamangs are followers of Nyingma, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tamangs are a music loving people. Their favorite musical instrument is the damphu drum (tambourine). It is a small round drum where one side of the circular wood is covered by the skin of a goat and is joined with thirty two small bamboo pencil-like pieces. Legend has it that in ancient times when the Tamangs moved from place to place in search of food and shelter they lived by eating wild fruits, yams and the meat of wild animals. It was a communal kind of life where they shared food in their temporary shelter.

In a well balanced mix of mountain adventure and encountering authentic Himalayan culture, this trek is without doubt one of the most original ones into the Himalayas. The trail is still unique and yet not many Tamang have seen many tourists. Their culture is virtually untouched, something we will preserve even as we trek through their villages.

We start off in Kathmandu and we ascend the road north towards the Tibetan borderlands and enjoy a relatively gentle trek, also very suitable for families, through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and peaceful valleys. We enjoy panoramic mountain views of the nearby peaks and soak in the natural hot springs at Tatopani. Continuing north towards Tibet we soak up the heritage and appreciate a local fort, monastery and exquisite local architecture of the Tamang homes.

Tamang Heritage Trek Itinerary

Details Outline

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you'll be welcomed by a representative from Himalayan Dream Team who will escort us to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll check in, freshen up, and have some time to rest. In the evening, Himalayan Dream Team will host a welcome dinner for us. We will spend the night in Kathmandu

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Today we start our trail to the Tamang. First, after breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu out of the valley. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. We have a lunch at the Trishuli Bazar, buy some fruits and continue further to Dhunche. Here the landscape changes and in the far we can already see what is awaiting us. The road is sometimes spectacular on our way to enchanting Syabrubesi, the starting point of tomorrow's trek.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1460 m

The Total Tamang trek starts from today. From Syabrubesi, we steeply go up across the Goljung Village.  Enjoy the views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung as they rapidly arise during our ascent. On the hill the trek starts become more grdually and at the horzon appears Gatlang, a small but very distinctive Tamang village with the traditional stone houses. We will be welcomed with a Khada (white scarf) and after dinner we will try the home made Rakshi accompanied by the welcome songs and traditional dances.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2238 m

After a beautiful sunrise over the mountains we have to be fit for  the longest trekking day that will take about 7 hours. But prepare for an unforgettable trek! The trek begins with a trip along many mysterious ancient stupa's descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. We stop for the lunch here before passing the bridge. Passing by the Chilime Hydropower dam, we ascend on a long climb up to reach Tatopani. We cross many villages our way up the green hills and will be rewarded in Tatopani with natural hot springs we will dream about our way since they will relax our tired feet and back.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2380 m

Our highest pass awaits us today as we ascends to Nagthali Danda (3.300m). Here one of the most amazing views in the Himalaya awaits us, a 360 degree Himalayan range of snow covered Himalayas! At the pass we stop for lunch at the Tibetan Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda. We can enjoy the view and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Our trek continues, sometimes steep down to the forest to Thuman, a small Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who again love to sing and dance.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3165 m

Today is fascinating because we're near the stunning Tibetan mountains. We're close enough that crossing the border would take us there. We're trekking from Thuman to Briddim via Lingling. Briddim, a Tibetan Buddhist village nestled by Langtang Himal, is where we'll visit Dukchu Gomba monastery. The houses here, mostly inhabited by Tibetan-origin people, are stone-built, giving Briddim the look of a traditional Tibetan village from this side.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2229 m

Today, our journey takes us from Briddim to Lama Hotel. We follow a trail that leads us down to Ghopche Khola, a charming small stream. From there, we ascend to Lama Hotel via Rimche. This quaint lodging is nestled on the banks of the Langtang River, enveloped by verdant forests and breathtaking mountain views.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
2380 m

We had breakfast, then started our journey to Langtang Village. We walked through thick forests, gradually climbing up the valley until we were above the trees. Along the way, we saw the beautiful Langtang Lirung mountain, passed by water mills, and saw prayer wheels and chortens decorated with sacred rocks with carvings on them.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3430 m

We leave Langtang village after breakfast and strolled through yak pastures. Along the way, we encountered Nepal's largest mani wall, built from stone with prayers on them that are said to spread through the wind. We crossed a few wooden bridges and reached Kanjin Gompa, nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas. There, we explored the area, admiring glaciers, icefalls, birds, and yaks.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3870 m

After breakfast, we begin our trek from Kyanjing Gompa, following a downhill trail to reach Lama Hotel. Today, we'll gradually descend as we move towards our next overnight stop. The trek spans 7-8 hours and covers a distance of 20.6 kilometers, with a descent of almost 1300 meters. Along the way, we'll pass through forests and culturally rich villages, enjoying various views of snow-capped peaks.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
2380 m

After our final breakfast of the trek, we descend towards Syabrubensi, which is an easy trek through lush green vegetation. Upon reaching Syabrubesi, we relish a satisfying lunch and celebrate the successful completion of our trek.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1550 m

After breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu and we will enjoy for the last time the splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. You drive along the unpaved road until Betrawati where we will reach the main road which will bring us back to Nepal's capital in the late afternoon. 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing with private transport and guide, entry fees temples and monuments in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Drive from Kathmandu-Besisahar–Kathmandu with public bus
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse/Lodge during trekking
  • Full board during trekking B/L/D
  • All equipment and local transport according to program
  • All necessary staff with experienced English speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and TIMS card
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Optional private transport Kathmandu- Besisahar –Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee for 30 days and 2 passport sized pictures, see: Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance (*please make sure your insurance covers emergency transport from mountains)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Extra costs in case of unforeseen changes in the planned program (e.g. weather conditions)
  • All others that is not mentioned in the Include section

Tamang Heritage Trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Tamang Heritage Trek?

The Tamang Heritage Trek is an exploration of the traditional Tamang villages, which are influenced by Tibetan culture due to their proximity to Tibet. This trek offers a cultural experience alongside natural beauty, including views of the Langtang mountain range.

The trek usually lasts between 7 to 10 days, depending on the itinerary and walking pace.
 

This trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves daily walks of 5-6 hours on average, but the terrain is not excessively challenging, making it accessible to trekkers of moderate fitness levels.
 

Accommodations are primarily homestays and local lodges. These facilities provide basic amenities and offer a chance to experience genuine Tamang hospitality.
 

The best seasons for the Tamang Heritage Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months feature clear skies and moderate temperatures.
 

Essential items include warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, a hat and gloves, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit. Also, carry a flashlight and spare batteries.
 

Yes, hiring a guide is recommended not only for navigation but also to enrich the trekking experience with knowledge about local culture, flora, and fauna. Guides can also facilitate interactions with the local community.
 

Trekkers need a TIMS card (Trekkers' Information Management System) and a permit for the Langtang National Park if the itinerary extends into the park areas.
 

Food on the trek primarily includes local Nepali cuisine, with dal bhat (lentils and rice) being the staple. Some lodges may also offer simple Western dishes like pasta or pancakes.
 

To prepare, engage in regular cardiovascular activities such as jogging, swimming, or cycling. Additionally, doing hikes or long walks can help condition your body for the daily trekking routine.
 

Charging opportunities may be limited and often come with a small fee. It’s advisable to carry extra batteries or a portable power bank.
 

Cultural highlights include traditional Tamang dances, local handicrafts, visits to monasteries, and the opportunity to participate in local daily activities like farming.
 

The trek typically ranges between 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) and 3,165 meters (10,383 feet) at Nagthali, which are moderate elevations compared to other high-altitude treks in Nepal.
 

The region is home to wildlife such as red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and various species of birds.

Respect local traditions by dressing modestly, avoiding public displays of affection, and asking for permission before taking photos of people. Additionally, always follow the lead of your guide on local etiquette.
 
 

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