The “Tamang Heritage Trail” is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu. The trail goes past villages and settlements in the North of Kathmandu valley. Moreover, it is culturally rich and populated by the Tamang people. In addition, this trek explores the culture and heritage of the Tamang people. Besides, the trail is equally rich in terms of scenery. The trail passes through the beautiful landscape, lush forests of pine, and rhododendron, with breathtaking views of the Langtang and the Ganesh Himal range.
This trek is a newly developed trekking route. Therefore, it offers an off-the-beaten-track experience. The trail goes past charming Tamang villages, terraced fields, and serene valleys. The Tamang people came to Nepal from Tibet several hundred years ago. And they eventually settled in the hilly part of Nepal. They have been able to retain their distinct identity, as well as their language. However, the culture and traditions of these people are similar to those of Tibet. They are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in Nepal.
The journey begins with a drive to Syabrubesi. The following day we start our journey. The hike is a gradual uphill for about two to three hours to Gholjung. Gholjung provides views of the Ganesh Himal range. Then it is a gradual downhill hike to Gatlang village and descends to the Trishuli river past Mani walls and Chortens. And arrive at Tatopani. From Tatopani, we will hike to the traditional Tamang village of Thuman. Then, we will walk through the rhododendron forest and meadows to Briddim. From Briddim, we hike to Syabrubesi and drive to Kathmandu. This trek can also be combined with the Langtang Valley Trek.
- Observe the rich cultural heritage of the Tamang people.
- Stay with the local families, share stories with them, and learn more about their way of life.
- Interact with the locals and learn more about their history, culture, and tradition.
- Enjoy the natural hot springs at Tatopani.
- Spectacular close-up views of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Himalayan range.
- Visit the ancient monastery at Gatlang village.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, we will go for a half-day sightseeing tour covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will visit Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square area contains the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa and Boudanath stupa are important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Later, we will have a short briefing and discussion regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(1440m/7-8 hrs)
Leaving Kathmandu, we head north towards Syabrubesi, the starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. Our journey will be on a winding mountain road through frequent switchbacks. On clear days we can enjoy outstanding views of Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal. We continue until we descend to the small village of Syabrubesi. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
Day 4: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,240m/5 hrs)
Today we shall begin our trek from Syabrubesi. It is a gradual ascent through Goljung Village with views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung, and others to Gatlang. Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with traditional stone houses. Overnight in Gatlang.
Day 5: Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/6-7 hrs)
Today we descend to Thangbuche with magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way. Next, we shall pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. Tatopani means hot water in Nepali, owing to the natural hot springs there. Enjoy a bath in the natural hot spring to relax our tired muscles. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 6: Tatopani to Thuman (2338m) via Brimdang and Nagthali: 6 hours
Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali. Passing through the dense forest, we reach the small Tamang settlement of Brimdang. From here, it is an uphill until Nagthali hill. Here, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung, and Ganesh Himal. Further, trek downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman and spend the night. Overnight in Thuman.
Day 7: Thuman to Briddim (2229m/6 hrs)
Our destination today is the village of Briddim. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Here, we shall visit the Dukchu Gompa monastery. In Briddim, we will notice that most houses are built with stones and are inhabited by people of Tibetan origin. Briddim resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet. Overnight in Briddim.
Day 8: Briddim to Syabrubesi
Today we shall head towards Syabrubesi. Leaving Briddim behind, we descend through a forested path filled with colorful rhododendron till we reach Wangal. Accompanied by the beautiful view of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal in the background, we continue to trek to Sybrubensi. Overnight in Syabrubensi.
Day 9: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
Today we retrace our drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beautiful view of mountains, massive hills, and rivers, and arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter (one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/LNP fee)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.