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Tamang Heritage Trail - 10 Days

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The Tamang Heritage Trail explores a recently opened area between the Ruby and Langtang Valleys: at comfortable altitudes. These villages portray a region ‘set back in time.’ You stay in private homes and teahouses to experience the warmth and spirit of the Tamang culture; their Buddhist beliefs and their handicrafts.

The trekking trails wind over ridges: through farmlands, grasslands and subtropical forests while high ridges offer magnificent views of snow covered peaks to the north and east. Forests are home to Langur monkeys, pandas and birds.

From Kathmandu the trail is reached along the Northern Highway: first a scenic drive northwest to Devighat and then a northeast route up the Trisuli Nadi Valley to Syabru Besi. The first day’s trail zigzags gradually up the Rongga Ridge with great views to the north and south en route to Gotlang, the region’s largest village.

Head north to the Chilime Valley and up to Tatopani: to enjoy hot springs. Day three rises to 3 200m/10 500ft with close and thrilling views of the snow covered Ganesh Himal; before descending to lower Thuman. A home-stay visit with a family in Briddim will include a traditional dinner and dances.

A fairly short day’s trek; along the ancient salt trade route from Tibet, returns you to Syabru Besi.

Day 01: Arrival   Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: in the City: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour   OR   A day at leisure. Trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 8-9 hrs drive

Day 04: Syabru Besi – Gotlang (2 240m/7 340ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Gotlang – Tatopani (2 610m/8 550ft), 6-7 hrs        

Day 06: Tatopani – Thuman (2 340m/7 340ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Thuman – Briddim (2 230m/7 310ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 08:  Briddim – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 3-4 hrs            

Day 09: Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 8-9 hrs drive    

Day 10: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Day 01: Arrival  Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)                                    

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free. Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: in the City  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing OR A Day at Leisure

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 7-8 hrs drive            

The Northern Highway from Kathmandu snakes northeast through Middle Hill forest and farmland to cross the Tadi Khola at Devighat, near its confluence with the Trisuli Nadi from Tibet. It then swings northeast up the Trisuli Valley to Betrawati, snakes over a pass to Ramche and then continues, more sedately, to Dhunche (1 950m). Continue to Syabru Besi (where the river becomes the Bhote Koshi Nadi above its confluence with the Langtang Khola). Overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 04: Syabru Besi – Gotlang (2 240m/7 340ft), 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, our trail follows a rough road for 2 hrs before zigzagging up, though forest, to a viewpoint on the Rongga Bhanjyang (ridge) with views over the Goljung Valley and up to the Ganesh Himal on the border with Tibet; to the south is the Trisuli Valley; to the east views over the Langtang and Gosaikunda ranges. An easy ¾ hr walk leads to the hamlet of Chaurhattar (2 120m) for lunch. A 1½hr undulating walk leads to Gotlang, a large and attractive Tibetan village where you will be welcomed with typical Tibetan hospitality. There is an attractive lake nearby. Overnight in Gotlang. 

Day 05: Gotlang – Tatopani (2 610m/8 550ft), 5-6 hrs

Today will be a long day with the trail heading, past several gompas and chortens, to Thambuchet (1 750m) on the Chilime Khola, an important tributary of the Bhote Khola. Further upstream, at Chilime (1 780m), is a hydroelectric plant – and lunch. We then cross a suspension bridge to the north bank and after an impressive waterfall climb above the river to Gonggang (2 000m) and on to Tatopani (hot water). The community runs the hot springs where you can relax, overlooking the Himalayas. Locals believe that these springs have healing qualities that will ease away any aches and pains. Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 06: Tatopani – Nagthali Ghyang (3 170m/10 390ft)Thuman (2 340m/7 340ft), 5-6 hrs

After breakfast our trail ascends toward Nagthali Danda, a high open grassland with amazing views of the snow capped Himalayas. Two routes are possible, depending on your enthusiasm.

The first trail ascends fairly steeply up a river valley toward Taruche (3 800m) and a river crossing. If you are feeling fit, continue up to the ridge for unparalleled northwest views of the Ganesh Himal and closer Paldor (5 903m). To the east is the Langtang Himal with Langtang Lirung (7 227m) as centre piece. Return to the river and follow the trail to Nagthali Ghyang for similar views.

The alternative trail from Tatopani is to walk southeast to Brimdang (2 850m) for lunch and then continue up to Nagthali Ghyang for the panoramic views.
From this point, follow the trail down to the Tibetan influenced Tamang village of Thuman. Overnight in Thuman.

Day 07: Thuman – Lingling (1 760m/5 780ft) – Briddim (2 230m/7 310ft), 5-6 hrs

This morning’s walk roughly follows the hill contours north, crossing a stream and continuing through Dal Phedi (2 120m) before dropping to a bridge over the Bhote Koshi. (The border with Tibet at Rasuwaghadi is just 2hrs walk to the north on an ancient trade route: but requires a permit to trek that far).

The trade route trail follows the eastern bank down to Lingling for lunch. The path then undulates gently up to Briddim. Explore the village, observing the traditions and customs of these friendly people. We will stay in the home of a Tamang family. Dinner will include traditional foods; plain rice, Tibetan breads, Sherpa stew, spiced potatoes, Tibetan tea. This will be followed by traditional dances. Overnight in Briddim.

Day 08: Briddim – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 3-4 hrs

The trail descends through terraced fields and pine forest with tranquil views of the valley. At Khangjum (2 290m) we meet the trail from the magnificent Langtang Valley to the east. Continue down to Wangal (1 600m) and on to Syabru Besi for lunch. Afternoon free to explore the double village: on both sides of the river. Overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 09: Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1 300m/4,260ft), 8-9 hrs drive

From Syabru Besi, the 15km rough road crosses the Trisuli Khola and zigzags over hills to Thulo Bharkhu (2 140m)
and on to Dhunche. From there the better roads lead back to Kathmandu and your hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 10: Final departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Land cruse Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • Land cruse Syabrubesi Kathmandu
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private bed and share bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

Route Map:

Poon Hill and Langtang Treks

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I did two group trekking in Nepal, first in Poon Hill and Ghandrul Circuit in Mar 2012 (10 days), and second one in Langtang in Oct 2013 (11 days). Both were group of 10 plus people.

When we did the first one the weather was wonderful. We did sight seeing in Kathmandu on day 2. On day 3 we left Kathmandu for Pokhara. When we walked our way up (day 4 to 5), we have tea in different tea houses in Hille, Ghoreoani… which made the journey very relaxing and enjoyable. We went up to Poon Hill before dawn and watched sunrise in Annapurna (day 6), it was amazing. When we return, we passed through a forest in Tadapani and village in Ghandruk (day 6 & 7). Because of the sunny weather, the landscape looked very beautiful. Overall speaking this trip suits any trekkers.

The Langtang one was more challenging because of heavy rain, but trekking along the Langtang River surrounded by the Tibetan mountain ranges was still worth the effort. Luckily the weather was good when we return. On day 3 we left Kathmandu for Syabru Besi, which was an eight hours' drive! The trek began on day 4 and we arrived Lantang on day 5, all allong Langtand Rvier, We walked passed deserted windy area and crossed several streams, not big ones but due to heavy rain some were knee-deep. On day 6 and 7 we stayed in Kyanjin Gompa and went up to Tserki Ri and reached the foot of Lirung Glacier. On day 8 & 9 we headed back. Luckily the weather was good.

Both trips were guided by Prem Panta, who is now running Landmark Discovery Treks, and his assistances. Prem and his team were very knowledgeable, well prepared and attentive. I and my friends were in good hand.

We felt sorry for the earthquake in Nepal earlier in this year. Some of the places we visited were ruined. I wish everything will recover soon. When I have time, I will do trekking in Nepal again.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Hong Kong, China
Published on: 2015-12-06

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Tamang Heritage trek

Duration: 10 days

Trek Days: 7 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang Region

Altitude: 3165m (Nagthali)

Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of all the Langtang and Ganesh Himal, Tamang Culture

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus all the ground Transport

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost: USD 774 per person

Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10

Note: If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.


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