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Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Langtang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Nagthali Hill (3165m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Tamang Heritage Trail takes you to the north of Kathmandu to witness the culture and traditions of the Tamang community residing in the Langtang region. The trek is a great insight into Tamang religion and culture passing through Tamang villages with typical carved wooden houses located in the high Himalayas surrounded by untouched natural beauty, sacred monasteries, lush pastures and majestic mountain views.

The trekking trail provides a bountiful Himalayan panorama of peaks like Langtang Lirung (7246m), Dorje Lakpa (6989m), Langtang Kerung, Chumse Danda Ridge (5122m), Jugal Himal, and others. Wildlife that may be spotted during the trek includes bears, leopards, red pandas, and aromatic musk deer. Planning the trek during March and April will give trekkers a delightful experience walking along trails filled with blooming pink rhododendrons and various other colourful flowers.

Tamang Heritage Trail offers a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience in the Himalayas compared to the popular trekking routes in Nepal. The trek is the best way to explore the rich culture and natural beauty of Nepal with a moderate trekking route suitable for all levels of trekkers.

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek Highlights

  • Experience a cultural trek to learn about a community in Nepal is influenced by Tibetan culture
  • Enjoy Tatopani's hot springs & relax
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Gosainkund range, Langtang Himalayas, & Ganesh Himal
  • Discover both Buddhist & Tibetan culture
  • Explore the lovely forest trails

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1460m/8–9 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m /5 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/5.5 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2338m/6 -7 hrs) via Nagthali Hill (3165m)
Day 06: Trek from Thuman to Brindim (2229m/6-7 hrs) via Timure (1762m) with a short excursion to the historical site of Rasuwagadi
Day 07: Trek from Brindim to Syabrubesi (5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1400m/8-9 hrs)
Day 09: Final departure

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your hotel. After you are greeted with welcome drinks at the hotel, we will have a quick pre-trip meeting to discuss the necessary formalities and trekking itinerary. You can then check in to your room, freshen up and rest. Or if you are not one of those “lay back” types, you can take a stroll around the vicinity of your hotel and get the feel of this hyperactive capital city of Nepal. On the streets, people seem to be in a sheer rush, barely noticing one another, but if you utter “Namaste”, they will reciprocate with a smile! Well, that’s Nepal’s Nepalese for you.

Hotel

After an early succulent breakfast at the hotel, you will be accompanied by your guide on a long drive, north of Kathmandu towards Syabrubesi.  Soon after surpassing the crowded and noisy streets of Kathmandu, you will notice the car wobbling up and down the dusty cum bumpy roads, tucked at the base of the northwestern hills. We drive alongside the terraced farms and orthodox villages and arrive at Trisuli Bazaar, a large prosperous-looking marketplace, where we halt for lunch. Our post-lunch drive continues meticulously along the narrow and curvy dirt road, passing by a few landslide-prone areas. We drive past Dhunche, the headquarter of Rasuwa district, from where the road winds down to the nice little town of Syabrubesi. Mostly dwelt by the people of the “Tamang” community, the town of Syabrubesi boasts an array of hotels, shops, and internet facilities. There is also a hot spring nearby. We can probably take a dip in this soothing water on the return leg of our trip. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

To kick off the trek, we begin with an ascent for about 3 hours, towards an amazing viewpoint that offers mindboggling mountainous vistas of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda Range, and Langtang Lirung. After this quick scenic indulgence at the viewpoint, we descend to the village of Goljung and stop for lunch. As the trek resumes, we walk past many villages, Buddhist chortens & mani-walls, until we arrive at Gatlang, a small village, set high on the hillside among terraced fields, characterized by unique stone houses.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Gatlang, our trail drops down, following the Bhote Koshi River to Thangbuchet. We walk past the Hydropower Dam in Chilime, from where the trail ascends and crosses a small suspension bridge before we arrive at Tatopani. Tatopani refers to “Hot water “in Nepali. The reason why this place is assigned the nomenclature as such is the presence of geothermally heated spring water herein. Let’s take a dip in this purported therapeutic water and flex our tired muscles.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Initially, the path goes slightly upward to the settlement of Brimdang. The gradient then becomes steeper for a couple of hours until we arrive at the Nagthali Hill, also known as Nagthali Danda, which happens to be an exclusive vantage point to relish superb views of Langtang Lirung, Kerung, and Ganesh Himal Range. Capturing the great Himalayan vistas, we walk down the hill toward the Tibetan village of “Thuman”. This “Tamang” dominated settlement is dotted with many ancient monasteries and artistic-looking wood-carved houses. If your luck is on, you could spot some species of Langur Monkeys here. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The day offers a mix of regular treks as well as exciting excursions. We start a bit early, with an easy descent to the village of Timure. Following the ancient trade route to Tibet, we take a short hike to the historical premises of Rasuwagadi. The fort here emanates the history of the centuries-old, Nepal –Tibet relations.  There is also a suspension bridge here, which links Nepal and Tibet. After this historical exploration, we hike back to Timure and stop for lunch. The post-lunch trek then resumes, walking through the rhododendron clusters and meadows, until we arrive at the village of Brindim, beautifully poised under the canopy of Langtang Himal. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On this last day of our trek, all we have to do is a gentle downhill walk following the Bhotekoshi River all the way, until we arrive at the very familiar little town of Syabrubesi. If time permits, we can go for about 20 minutes hike to the hot spring and ease our aching muscles. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi on a private jeep. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remaining time is on your own. You would probably want to head on to Thamel for some souvenir shopping. After all, your friends and relatives expect something more than just your interesting trip anecdotes, when you get back home.

In the evening, Marron Treks will host a farewell dinner party in full-fledged Nepali style. Enjoy the traditional Nepali cuisines and an enticing cultural show being streamed live right in front of you. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours before your flight schedule. As you wave goodbye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder, everything seems so familiar now, because you had come here as a tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again!

Trips can always be extended. You can try out some of our other exciting packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding, etc. Please let us know about your desire for a trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements. 

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Sybrubesi/Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Langtang National Park & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other personal expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porter (Tips are expected) 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Tamang Heritage Trail?
The Tamang Heritage Trail is a culturally rich trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal. It takes you through traditional Tamang villages, allowing you to experience the unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Tamang people.

2. Is the Tamang Heritage Trail difficult?
The Tamang Heritage Trail is moderate-grade trekking, which is  good for trekkers who have a basic level of fitness. The trail consists of some uphill and downhill sections, but it doesn’t reach very high elevations, making the trek suitable for all levels of trekkers.

3. What is the best time to do the Tamang Heritage Trail trek?
The best time for the Tamang Heritage Trail trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and beautiful landscapes.

4. Are permits required for the Tamang Heritage Trail?
Yes, like most treks in Nepal, you need to obtain permits for the Tamang Heritage Trail. The required permits typically include the Langtang National Park entry permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Tamang Heritage Trail route, providing basic accommodation and meals. While the facilities may not be as luxurious as in more popular trekking areas, they are sufficient to meet the needs of trekkers.

6. What are the highlights of the Tamang Heritage Trail?
Highlights include walking through terraced fields, lush forests, and scenic landscapes, visiting ancient monasteries and Buddhist stupas, and interacting with the warm and hospitable Tamang communities.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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