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Tamang Heritage Trail Langtang – 8 Days Itinerary Trek

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Starting from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi the Tamang Heritage Trail Lantang runs through the magnificent and lush Langtang Valley with spectacular views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

The villages along the route are inhabited by Tamang people who are closely related to Tibetans and hence the community is Buddhist with a strong dispersion of prayer wheels, Chortens, prayer flags and mani stones along the trails.

Tamang Heritage Trail Itinerary is one of the new and unique trekking in the Langtang Region, opened to guests only since 2004.

Tamang Heritage Trail Langtang offers natural excellence, traditional cultures, Buddhist lifestyle, rich mountain house architecture, wildlife experience, ancient monasteries, and great alpine terrain scenes.

This trek also offers Natural Hot Spring, wildlife around Parbati Kund’s mysterious lake, the beautiful village of Gatlang with the traditional dresses and typical dances of its people, a great view of Snow-peaked mountains and a walk around Rasuwa Gadhi as an alternative manifestation of the well-Chinese wall.

You have an amazing view of mountains, such as Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan mountains and numerous crests. In addition, visitors can visit local Dukchu Gomba monasteries that the incredible Tibetan Lama – Guru Rinpoche and Chukla Khnaga Gomba chose as sacred sites.

Tamang Heritage Trekking Trails is a new trekking trail that offers the Himalayan style of life, community, and society. The trail follows through traditional Tamang villages where culture, lifestyle, and crafts have remained unchanged from the settlement’s start.

The Langtang  Tamang Heritage trail starts from either Dhunche or Syabrubesi and goes through Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. Traditional Tamang villages are Goljung and Gatlang. Goljung has an ancient monastery and Gatlang is set high on a slope around terraced fields, where we can visit a Tamang monastery and the beautiful Parvati Kund lake.

The surrounding view of magnificent mountains such as Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Sanjen Himal awaits at Bahundanda, the viewpoint near those settlements.

Tamang Heritage trail itinerary combines an exciting experience of showering in the dry, recuperating natural spring waters at Tatopani in transit from Gatlang to Chilime.

Brimdang offers group or community cultural experiences while Nagathali in Thuman VDC offers beautiful views of the Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Himal regions.

Nagthali used to be a popular center of meditation for the local priests and monks. Next is Timure, on Tibet’s old trade road. A fort at Rasuwagadhi in Timure is historical evidence of the several centuries-old Nepal-Tibet ties. Nepal and Tibet are connected by a suspension bridge here.

Highlights of Tamang Heritage Trail

  • Enjoy yourself at a hot spring.
  • Explore both Tibetan and Buddhist culture.
  • Traverse through beautiful forest trails.
  • Tamang Heritage Trekking Trail Gives the nature lovers rich biodiversity.
  • Observe the Rasuwagadhi fort along with ancient trading routes to Tibet.
  • It provides knowledge of the Himalayan community in the form of a Home Stay.
  • Visit the old monastery with a perfect view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Tibetan Himal, and other snowy peaks.

Best time to visit Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking

Trekkers typically prefer the Autumn and Spring seasons which are considered to be the best time to visit Tamang Heritage Trek. But on this route, you can go trekking any season you wish.

Trekking through these seasons you can experience something new. Below is a brief summary of each season:

Spring Season

Spring season falls between March to May. These months represent the crowded time of the year for Tamang Heritage Trail Langtang. The roads are filled with trekkers who love to see nature recovering its missing beauty.

The paths of the forest are filled with flower buds ready to bloom. And the trees get the greenery they missed back. To nature lovers, it is an awestruck experience.

Also, the clear blue skies offer a panoramic view of mountain peaks all the way. Such views are a few unforgettable moments that you wouldn’t forget.

The days are sunny which makes it a little hot when walking. Although at night the temperature is normal.

Monsoon Season

This is the least favored time for trekking, among the four-seasons. Monsoon season falls in the month of June, July, and August.

During these months, researchers and botanists visit the routes. This is the season of heavy rainfall. For days it can rain continuously creating high chances of Landslides and flooding becoming an obstacle to your Tamang Heritage trek.

Passing through the slippery mud and pests the walks are fun and challenging too. But these are also the periods when rare flora and fauna species emerge in the forest trails. So, be patient when you have made your mind, and walk slowly.

Autumn season

September, October, and November are the seasons of Autumn. This is the peak hiking season for the Tamang Heritage Trek trails. These are the months when trekkers crowd the routes most.

The weather and temperature are just fine, offering the best trekking experience. Nature’s beauty is at its highest which makes the walk very remarkable. And the clear sky will let you see the magnificent peaks.

During the day it is sunny and warm but during the night it can be cold. So, bringing warm clothes during this Tamang Heritage Trekking is safer.

Winter season

The winter season occurs during the months of December, January, and February. This is the off-season time on this trail to go trekking. If you enjoy walking in silence, the routes are very quiet, which is a plus point.

The glorious peaks are covered in snow blankets which render the mesmerizing view in crystal clear sky.

But when the temperature begins to drop below zero it is the coldest time of the year. The daytime walk can be mild but during the night it will be very cold.

So if you’re a cold lover who can tolerate cold pretty well then during this time of year you can visit Tamang Heritage Trek.

Difficulty In Tamang Heritage Trek

This trek is rated as an easy to moderate level walk. And even if this is your first trek you can easily complete it with proper preparation.

This trek requires no technical instruction, just physical exercise. For starters, cycling, short hikes, etc. Before you go on this trek, a healthy body and attitude are required though.

While trekking in high altitude sickness has always been a major concern for trekkers. But that’s not something you need to think about on this trek.

This trek is a hiking destination at lower altitudes and there are low risks of having Altitude sickness. Yet the body needs to remain hydrated. So drink plenty of water, and slowly walk.

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Tamang Heritage Trail Elevation Profile

Tamang Heritage Trekking Elevation chart

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syarubesi (1450m)

Day 02: Syarubesi to Gatlang (2238m)
Day 03: Trek from Gatlang Village to Tatopani (2607m)
Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m)
Day 05: Trek from Nagthali to Timure (1762m)
Day 06: Excursion to Rasuwagadhi (1815m) and back to Timure.
Day 07: Trek from Timure to Briddhim (2230m)
Day 08: Trek from Briddhim to Syabrubesi (1460m)

Detailed Itinerary of Tamang Heritage Trail - 8 Days

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syarubesi (1450m)

Total distance: 122 km

Time: 6 to 7 hours

Today is the first day of your Tamang Heritage Trek journey that you start by heading towards Syarubesi leaving behind the busy and noisy Kathmandu streets.

As the capital city, Kathmandu provides many decent amenities and places of attraction. It is the first place to be visited, as the only international airport is located here.

You can add an extra day to wander around this city on your journey. It has several UNESCO protected heritage sites you can visit such as Temple Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Stupa Boudhanath, etc. Not to forget the nightlife, too.

You will find lush green hills surrounding you as you drive out of the area. You travel through the rivers of the Trishuli. However, some sections of the roads are rocky so it can be a bumpy drive.

Yet it does make up for the mesmerizing view of certain mountain peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, etc. that you get to see as you gaze out your window.

Not far from Kathmandu is the Langtang Tamang Heritage trail. You arrive at Syabrubesi at an altitude of 1450 m after a drive of 6 to 7 hours. You will stay in one of the lodges here for the night.

Day 02: Syarubesi to Gatlang (2238m)

Time: 5 to 6 hours

You will be going towards Gatlang from Syarubesi on the second day of the trek which takes 5 to 6 hours.

Syabrubesi is the starting point for many Langtang area hiking destinations such as the Gosaikunda Trek, etc. But you won't be taking the path for this trek.

Then, you are heading up to the path that leads to the point of view. You reach there after walking for about an hour and a half, giving Ganesh Himal and the Goljang Valley a mesmerizing sight.

Then you go down the trails leading to Goljany Valley which is about an hour's walk away. From there you walk for about 3 hours on the trails, and you can reach Gatlang.

This is a stunning Tamang valley located 2238 m above sea level. You're going to sit here for the night.

Day 03: Trek from Gatlang Village to Tatopani (2607m)

Time: 5 to 6 hours

You will be going towards Tatopani on your third day of this trek which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from Gatlang.

Begin your gentle trek going down the many walls of Chortens and Mani and through the deep forests until you reach Chilime.

It takes about two hours and a half. Cross the suspension bridge and climb up through the terrace until you enter the village of Gonggang that takes around 1 hour and a half.

The path ascends gently after lunch before it hits Tatopani. It takes about 2 hours to complete. In a hot spring, you can take natural water. Taking a Bath in a Natural Hot Spring is believed to wash away all the pains and aches.

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m)

Time: 4 to 5 hours

Move through the woods to reach a point of view at Nagthali. The path goes up and down until Brimdang where there is one monastery on the hill. It takes about 2 hours to complete.

Then the gentle trail ascends to the point of view of Nagthali, which takes about 2 hours. A clear view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Tibetan Himal and other snowy peaks.

Day 05: Trek from Nagthali to Timure (1762m)

Time: 6 to 7 hours

With proper view of Himalayan scenery and sunrise, the trail goes down to the village of Thuman which takes around an hour and half. Stop for a Tea break as you can't find a hotel till Timure.

Descend by suspension bridge to Bhote Kosi Nadi and cross over. Now the trail continues upstream from Bhote Kosi until it reaches the village of Timure which takes about 4 hours.

Day 06: Excursion to Rasuwagadhi (1815m) and back to Timure.

After breakfast take a trek to Rasuwagadhi. The trail ascends gently until it reaches Rasuwagadhi which takes about 2 hours.

This is an ancient trading route toward Tibet and Rasuwagadhi's historic fort. Back to Lodge after visiting the Rasuwagadhi which takes about 1 and a half hours. Lunch and overnight stay in Cabin.

Day 07: Trek from Timure to Briddhim (2230m)

Time: 5 to 6 hours

Continue the Bhote Kosi upstream trail until you reach Lingling which takes about 3 hours. After lunch, the trail climbs gently till the village of Briddhim. It takes about 2 hours to complete.

This is a pretty little village in Tamang. It provides knowledge of the Himalayan community in the form of a Home Stay. You will visit a former monastery. You will stay here at your local home stay.

Day 08: Trek from Briddhim to Syabrubesi (1460m)

Time: 5 to 6 hours

You'll be going towards Syabrubesi on your eighth day of this trek which is about 4 to 5 hours walk from Briddim.

Today your journey is relatively quick and simple as you return to your starting point.

You walk through several small woods lined with Rhododendron, pines, oaks, and so on as you descend the trails.

Walking through small villages, you'll enter Syabrubesi gazing at the mesmerizing mountain peaks.

The rest of the day is unplanned so that you can explore the city and visit local art shops selling shawls, aprons, sculptures, etc. Or just relaxing for the day. It's your last day in this region today so take as many snaps as you want.

Trip Cost US$ 695 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Your arrival and departure from Airport –hotel -airport.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek, cup of tea coffee during the breakfast.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. To be returned after the trip.
  • All ground transportation by bus.
  • Well English speaking guide , experienced, with government license holder.
  • Guide , food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
  • A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
  • Monastery fees.
  • Emergency helicopter rescues service. ( pay by your travel insurance company.)
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • National Park fee.
  • A trekking map
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • First aid service box with normal medicine,including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others
  • Extra hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses.

FAQs

Trekking to a new location can also be a nervous disregard for the number of times you should have done it. The growing place has its own culture, nonverbal norms and values, policies of the government and so on.

Even having the basic knowledge of the place will improve your confidence and give you a good impression of the experience you will gain from the site.

1. Is trek difficult?

The level of difficulty of the trek depends entirely upon the trek you have selected.

You should still look for simple treks if you happen to be trekking for the first time, or if your physical condition does not support you (because of age or other medical conditions).

Simple treks have a shorter number of days, a shorter walking distance in a day and comparatively lower altitudes. You don't have to be trekking to these places with previous experience or expertise.

If you are an explorer, and you are looking for some fun, you have got plenty of options. Strong treks have a longer number of days. On average you will have to walk for 5-7 hours a day and these treks are mostly situated at high altitudes. These treks need a strong level of physical fitness, too.

Trekking is not just more for better than other stuff. The level of difficulty has little to do with the experience you will get from a trek.

Go for what you want and what your physical skill is going to make you do. Don't overpush yourself. Trekking is no contest to win or achieve but is about the soothing experience.

2. Is trekking really expensive?

The cost depends entirely on how much you are prepared to spend on your trek. By investing lavishly you can walk luxuriously, or you can backpack. It all depends on how much you can handle your bank balance.

You will get accommodation for 9-10$ a night, or you can pay for luxurious resorts up to 60-100$ a night. You will need no more than 10$ on average for a meal.

You can eat 3 meals for 10$ if you are looking for economical places. But eating in these places comes at a high low hygienic rate expense.

Bottom line: When it comes to tourism Nepal is not an expensive spot. It is probably one of the places where you can have the most economical luxury trek, relative to what a luxury trek in your country would otherwise cost.

3. How should I prepare for the trek?

Involving yourself in doing physical activities before trekking is also a good idea. Not that you have to be all fit and athletic to go trekking. An average level of physical activity can bring less tension to the journey.

Ending with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain during trekking can be very discomforting. If you do exercise beforehand, this is unlikely to happen.

Begin to work out at least a month before the trek. You can do aerobic activities such as running, jogging, biking, cycling, and swimming. Take along a small backpack to get used to it. Working out in the gym can also be a good choice.

You don't need to be very physically fit if you are going on a simple trek. But exercising beforehand is always a successful choice. You're just going to make your journey more relaxed.

4. What are the things essential for the trek?

There's a long list of stuff you need to go trekking. The stuff you bring will affect your entire travel experience. And make sure that no compromises on the standard or model of the equipment are made when buying any gear.

5. Do I need to have permission?

Trekking permits will not be required on any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region, and even in the Langtang region. But when accessing a protected area or national park, you'll have to pay admission fees.

Trekking permits in the restricted regions are a must for hiking. The permits are available for purchase at the immigration department located in Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

6. What are the foods available during trekking?

Food does not matter while trekking. You will be seeing all kinds of cuisines. Tea houses will have eggs cooked in your favorite style for breakfast, along with pancakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

There are also many other dishes, such as pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more. Dal Bhaat is a typical meal and favorite dish of Nepali people. The rice is eaten with curry beans, lentils, chutney tomatoes, and curry meats. The best part- extra support will cost you no more! The meal is a highly nutritious one. It will keep you fueled for long walks as well.

8. What kind of accommodation is available during this trek?

Accommodation depends on what sort of trek you're looking on. There are two ways to go trekking

Tea house trekking

You are going to spend your evening in tea houses. Tea houses are lodges and hotels in the area. They are relatively small and easy. Most rooms share two small cots with mattresses, pillows, and towels.

You can still ask for it if you need extra blankets. The rooms have a bathroom attached, built west flush, and a tub. You will have to pay for the power and hot shower.

There are also dormitories available, and a very low cost of about $5-6 per night. They come with public bathrooms and toilets.

The cleanliness of the rooms does not suit your expectations. If necessary, put in your own pillow. Conjunctivitis is a serious case in which you can fall sick.

Camp treks

You will spend your evenings in tented camps in this form. These treks occur primarily in restricted areas. Such areas have the inadequate infrastructure to host a great many people.

9. What are the risks during treks in Nepal?

Trekking is an extreme sport that has many dangers to it. Many inevitable threats include flood, heavy drought, earthquake, landslide and other natural calamities of this type.

You can fall and get yourself hurt or catch some viral flu. The AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is the deadliest chance of trekking.

Such sickness happens when a high altitude is reached, and the body struggles to adapt to the associated increasing pressures. Someone can become a victim of the altitude sickness which can be fatal if not managed in time.

10. Do I need to hire a porter or guide to trek?

There's no such hard and fast rule that you need to have one. But traveling with them is strongly advisable. You can not trek some of the places without a guide.

A guide is someone who'll help you navigate. He would also provide a great understanding of the areas for you to stay in and eat at affordable rates. They'll help you in medical emergencies too.

A porter is someone who handles your cargo for you so you can enjoy long walks.

If you recruit them, it is solely your duty to supply them with trekking equipment, food and lodging, as well as other medical facilities.

Guide / porter available these days, as well. These are individuals who play both a guide and a porter role. Hiring them would save you from bearing additional costs.

11. Can I trek solo?

Yeah, to certain locations. But trekking alone is absolutely forbidden in the restricted area. You'll need to go trekking in a group.

A lot of people are trekking solo in Nepal and have enjoyed it thoroughly. Trekking solos has its own advantages. You won't have to adapt to anybody's timetable.

You may also follow your own itinerary if you wish. It's also very easy to find your way, especially in the non-restricted regions. The roads are very well defined and relatively straight.

For solo trekkers, Nepal is completely secure. But when traveling alone, you'll have to be a bit more vigilant too.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: 01
  • Minimum altitude: 1300 mtrs
  • Maximum altitude: 5,033m
  • Season: Mar - July, Sep - Dec .
  • Grade Info: Moderate.
  • Transportation: Drive in - Drive out.
  • Total Days: 09 days.
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours per day.

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