Trip Facts

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Trip Duration 11 Days
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Trip Difficulty Moderate
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Maximum Altitude 3,870m/12,697ft
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Best Season To Visit October-November, March-May

Trip Overview

Situated just west of the far more famous Langtang National Park, just south of the Tibetan border, the Tamang Heritage Trekking is an interesting route. This trek is a perfect combination of the Himalayan people and their culture. The Tamang ethnic community predominately inhabited this region.  They are ancient horse traders who migrated between Nepal and ancient Tibet. Therefore, Tibetan culture has greatly influenced their tradition and culture. Pay a visit to  Buddhist monasteries and get a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of locals. Enjoy a cultural trek that provides you with a better understanding of the Tibetan influence hilly tribe of Nepal. Besides, you can experience the serene nature—terraced lush fields, dense forests, river streams, and mountain views, with abundant flora and fauna.

The trail traverses several Tamang villages starting from Syabrubesi, Gatlang, Tatopani, Nagthali, Thuman, Timure, and Bridim to Syabrubesi. Along the route, you will find clusters of villages with the backdrop of magnificent white, dazzling peaks. The Tamang Heritage Trek offers you superb views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Kerung, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Sringi Himal, and Sanjec Himal ranges.

The trail is well-equipped with tea house lodges, and homestays that provide organic local cuisine. Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail helps bring a source of income to the Tamang people in this area.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport

Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m)

Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome you with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle.

Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.

Day 02: Cultural Introductory Tour and Trek Preparation

Altitude above sea level: 1,302 m

Tour Duration:  Approx. 8 hours

Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

Meal: Breakfast

9:00 AM: After breakfast, we start our guided cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley. On this cultural tour, you will experience the numerous colors, sounds, and tastes of authentic Kathmandu and its surroundings. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all you need to know and answer all your curiosities regarding those sites.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

You will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar. This ancient site used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. It incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

The prominent sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square are Kumari Ghar or the house of the living goddess.  Kasthamandap is a huge rest house that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of which Kathmandu valley got its name. Other sites around Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab – the red monkey God- Hanuman, hundreds of erotic carvings, temples, and statues dedicated to different deities.

Swayambhunath:

Swayambhunath (monkey temple), is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center of faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Swayambhunath is the ideal place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. In the shadows of the imposing structure and besides the integrated architecture can be found the daily surge of devotees faithfully offering their prayers to the gods. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist song “Om Mani Padme Hum” resounds everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

PM: Boudhanath

Then we drive towards Boudhanath.  From the moment you step into the sanctuary, you’ll immediately feel the spiritual energy that comes from the place. Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal, built in the 5th century and listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. The surrounding area is a central spiritual hub of Tibetan life and culture in Nepal. You can see the beautiful dome-shaped structure stupa surrounded by brilliant colorful prayer flags. It is believed that prayer flags convey mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

You can witness monks draped in maroon robes rolling the prayer wheels, burning incense, and flickering butter candles. Moreover, it’s fascinating to see the people feeding grains and maize to hundreds of pigeons around stupa areas. The devotees turn the prayer wheels & chant, which is humbling to see such dedication to their beliefs.

Delight in the serenity as you hear the Buddhist mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ being chanted by devotees, alongside the echo of music streaming out from the nearby shops.

Pashupatinath

Moving on, you will visit the Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of the Bagmati River. The word Pashupati means “the king of animals” and the temple is famous for its monkeys. You will be visiting the Pashupatinath area to indulge in a spiritual journey.

Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. The temple, spread across 246 hectares of land, abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burning at open-air cremation. Also witness elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. After touring around prominent sites, you will be transferred safely back to your hotel.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu - Syabru Besi

Altitude above sea level: (1,420 m) Syabrubesi

Driving duration: 7-8 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you take a scenic, long drive to Syabrubesi. With a beautiful drive, the roads twist and turn along the high hills as we pass through many remote villages and get to see the villagers working in their fields. You will get wonderful views of the Annapurna Himalayas in the west, to Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the peaks of the Langtang region ahead.

Further, you drive through the Trishuli  Bazaar before climbing towards Dunche and the Langtang National Park. After the town of Dhunche it is another hour downhill to Syabru Besi.

Day 04: Trek Syabru Besi - Gatlang

Altitude above sea level: (2,240 m) Ghatlang

Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you take a steep trail for a couple of hours to reach Bahundanda. The gentle trail takes you through terraced farming fields, picturesque villages, rhododendron and bamboo forests, grassy meadows, soaring mountain views, and incredible landscapes all the way to Gatlang village

Gatlang is a beautiful village on the hillside with traditional stone houses. On a clear day, Langtang Lirung Peak is visible on the eastern side.

Day 05: Trek Gatlang - Tatopani

Altitude above sea level: (2,607 m) Tatopani 

Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, the trail heads downhill along with the maize fields. The trail descends along the river, and you will reach Goljung Besi. It is situated at the confluence of Sanjen River and Brimdang River.  Trekking further takes you to Chilime village. Then, you traverse the suspension bridge and pass Gonggang village.  Further, take a gentle trail towards Tatopani. Tatopani is well-known for its hot springs.

Day 06: Trek Tatopani - Thuman

Altitude above sea level: (2,338 m) Thuman

Hiking duration: 5-6 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, you commence today’s trek with a gentle walk onward to the Brimdang village. You can visit a monastery here, and the meandering trail takes you to an open pasture, of Nagthali hill. Look out, the yaks grazing the open fields. It is a perfect viewpoint to get panoramic views of the Langtang, Gosainkunda, Trishuli River, and the valley of Syabrubesi. After savoring a view, you trek downhill, where you will drop through the midst of forest and meadow. Trekking further for a couple of hours takes you to Thuman village.  This village faces east with commanding views of Langtang.

Day 07: Trek Thuman to Timure

Altitude above sea level: (1,762 m) Timure

Hiking duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you set off on today’s trek to Timure. While trekking from Thuman to Timure your first stop will be at a historical fort in Rasuwagadi. This day’s trekking offers you a chance to witness Tibeto Burman Tamang culture in the two villages on the way. Timure is a tiny town a few kilometers along the highway. It is on the ancient trade route to Tibet. There is an old suspension bridge that used to link Nepal and Tibet.

Day 08: Trek Timure to Briddim

Altitude above sea level: (2,229 m)  Briddim

Hiking duration: 6 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you follow the route downstream for an hour to an easily missed footpath branching left up to Lingling, . From Lingling , the trail heads uphill to Briddim, a charming Tamang village adorned with fascinating Gompa. Take a village walk to observe the local’s lifestyle, traditions, and customs.  Also, you can visit many beautiful monasteries in the village. During the village tour, you can see a typical house built of stones and local materials.

Day 09: Trek Briddim to Syabru Besi

Altitude above sea level: (1,420 m) Syabrubesi

Driving duration:  4-5 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you set off on today’s trek to Syabrubesi. You walk on a gentle trail that takes you to Khangjim village, which ends your Tamang Heritage trail. From here, the trail heads sharp downhill for 2-3 hours. Thereafter, you will cross a suspension bridge, and you will reach Syabrubesi.

Day 10: Drive Syabru Besi to Kathmandu

Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m) Kathmandu

Driving duration: 7-8 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

Meal: Breakfast, and Lunch

Early in the morning, you will take a long drive back to Kathmandu, while admiring the mountain scenery en route.

Day 11: Final Departure

Meal: Breakfast

It is time to fly back home, keeping all the wonderful experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport, where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

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