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Tamang Heritage Trail trek takes you to the homeland of Tamang ethnic groups that have their unique culture and traditions. Tamangs are of Tibetan ancestry who migrated to Nepal centuries ago. Pay a visit to ancient Buddhist monasteries and get a sneak peek into the daily lives of locals. Enjoy a cultural trek that gives you an insight into the Tibetan influence hilly tribe of Nepal. You will be trekking in rural Nepal near the border of Nepal and Tibet.

It is a wilderness trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. You will be trekking through Langtang National Park which is rich in the Himalayan flora and fauna. It is home to animals like red pandas, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards and more than 250 species of birds. You will also be contributing directly to the local economy. Moreover, you will be trekking past Langtang village which was destroyed in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. The locals are rebuilding and have opened tea houses or lodges to cater to the tourists. Your visit will help to boost the economic conditions of the locals.

Highlights

  • Trek through Langtang National Park rich in the Himalayan flora and fauna. Animals like red pandas, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, ghorals, serows and others live here. Also, more than 250 species of birds are found here.
  • Bask in the astounding views of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and neighboring Tibetan peaks.
  • Hike up to Tserko Ri located at an altitude of 4,984m or 16,352ft and savor the outstanding panoramic view of the snowy mountain and frozen glaciers.
  • Visit the holy lake of the Hindus Parvathi Kunda a beautiful cerulean lake with pristine water.
  • Relax in the natural hot spring at Tatopani which is said to soothe or provide relief to body aches.
  • Stay at the famous homestay in Briddim and get an insight into the daily lives of the Tamang people.
  • Trek past traditional Tamang villages like Goljang, Gatlang, Chilime, Thuman, Timure, Briddim and others. Also, get an insight into the local culture and traditions and experience warm local hospitality.
  • Pay a visit to Buddhist monasteries like Kyangjin Gompa and Dukchu Gomba Monastery.
  • Savor the astounding view of the Himalayas from the vantage point of Nagthali.
  • Watch a mesmerizing sunset over the snowcapped mountain ranges from the popular viewpoint of Kyangjin Ri.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and trek preparation
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi Village (1500m/4921ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive
Day 3 Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m/7342ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m/8,553ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 5 Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2,338m/7,670ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali (3,165m) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 6 Trek from Thuman to Briddim (2,229m/ 7,312ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 7 Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8136ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 8 Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft) via Ghortabela- 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 9 Trek from Langtang village to Kyangjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 10 Acclimatization day in Kyangjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) and a visit to Tserko Ri (4,984/16,352ft)
Day 11 Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2480m/ 8136ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 10 Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1500m/4921ft) 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 13 Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours drive
Day 14 Final Departure from Kathmandu

Trip Overview

You will be trekking in the Langtang region with Tamang Heritage Trail which lies near Kathmandu and is easily accessible. The trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi village on a windy hilly road. Enjoy the view of snowy mountains, verdant hills, terraced farmlands and villages from your window. You will be trekking in the homeland of Tamangs. Enjoy a trek past the traditional home of Tamangs, visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and experience the warm local hospitality.

Your trek starts from Syabrubesi the trailhead and you will be walking on an ascending trail with a stunning mountain view to Gatlang. Also, pay a visit to the holy lake of the Hindu Parvathi Kunda. Walk on a forested trail past chorterns, Mani walls and traditional hillside villages to Tatopani. Relax in the natural hot water spring which is known to provide relief to aches. En route, you will be trekking past traditional Tamang villages of Brimdang and Nagtahli on your way to Thuman also a Tamang village. Also, bask in the breathtaking view of the Himalayas en route.

A trek further from Thuman to Briddim will take you near Nepal Tibet and the beautiful Briddim villages lie in the lap of Langtang Himal. A walk on an ascending trail and hike past green meadows and yak pastures will take you to Lama Hotel. Moreover, you will be trekking to Langtang village followed by a trek to Kyangjin Gompa which lies in the lap of the mountain. Also, you will be spending a day acclimatizing at Kyangjin Gompa.

Hike up to Tserko Ti which overlooks the breathtaking mountain views and tumbling frozen glacier of Langtang Lirung. Retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel and a trek to Syabrubesi marks the end of your trek. Further, you will be driving back to Syabrubesi followed by a drive back to Kathmandu. On the next day, you will be boarding an international flight and going back home with everlasting memories!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and trek preparation

The snowcapped mountain ranges will greet you as you approach Kathmandu. You will be landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will welcome you at the airport. Check-in your hotel and take some rest. Later in the afternoon you will meet your guide and will get a briefing on the trek. If you feel the need to get some additional gears then you can buy or rent it from any store in Thamel, the tourist hub in Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi Village (1500m/4921ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive

Your journey begins with a scenic drive to Syabrubesi village from Kathmandu. Head out towards the north of Kathmandu. You will be driving on a meandering road and driving past picturesque views of snowy mountains, verdant hills, terraced farms, hillside villages. Enjoy a drive alongside one of the fast-flowing rivers of Nepal, River Trishuli. Moreover, you will be driving up to Dhunche before reaching Syabrubesi.

Overnight in Syabrubesi.

Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m/7342ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Your trek starts from Syabrubesi the trailhead of the trek. Walk on a steeply ascending trail that will reward you with scenic mountain views. You will see the astounding views of mountains like Ganesh Himal and Gosaikunda range along with the view of Goljang valley. The trail descends on your way to Goljang valley and a trek further will take you to the Tamang village of Gatlang. Also, visit an ancient monastery and Parvathi Kunda lake. En route, you will be trekking past traditional hillside settlements on your way to Gatlang. The Tamang village of Gatlang is located on a hilltop with terraced fields.

Overnight in Gatlang.

Day 4: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m/8,553ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

You will be walking on a descending trail and trekking through a forest. Walk past colorful prayer flags, chorterns and mani walls on your way to Chilime. Further, you will be trekking on an ascending trail and walking past a hanging bridge on your way to Tatopani. There are a number of villages named Tatopani across Nepal which literally means ‘hot water’ in Nepalese. Relax in the natural hot spring which has healing properties and is known to reduce aches. Enjoy the spectacular view of mountains like Ganesh Himal and Langtang massifs from Tatopani village.

 Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 5: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2,338m/7,670ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali (3,165m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Nagthali Langtang View from Nagthali

Today you will be trekking to the Tamang village of Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali. You will be trekking through lush green alpine forest to Brimdang, a Tamang village. Moreover, you will be walking on an ascending trail that will take you to Nagthali. Savor the stunning view of snowcapped mountains like Langtang ranges, Ganesh, Sanjen and Kerung Himal from Nagthali. Walk on a descending trail to Thuman village. Also, the Thuman village is famous for its Shamanic performances and the spectacular views of the Langtang range.

Overnight in Thuman.

Day 6: Trek from Thuman to Briddim (2,229m/ 7,312ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Tamang village of Briddim Tamang village of Briddim

Today you will begin your trek walking on a comparatively flatter trail before descending to Timure, a Tamang village. A fort in Timure reminds you of the centuries-old relationship between Nepal and Tibet. You will be trekking near the Nepal Tibet border which is an old trading route to Tibet. Nowadays, it’s not possible to hike across the border due to the presence of heavy police along the roads in the region.  A trek further will take you to Briddim situated on the lap of Langtang Himal and you will notice that houses are built of stones. Also, visit Dukchu Gomba Monastery and get to know more about the local culture and tradition. Tibetan Buddhists dominate this region and their culture and traditions are heavily influenced by Tibet. You will get to experience warm local hospitality.

Overnight in Briddim.

Day 7: Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8136ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

You will be descending to a river called Ghopche Khola. Continue your trek on an ascending trail that will take you to the Lama Hotel. Soak into the scenic view of alpine green meadows and yak grazing on your way. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of River Langtang and is surrounded by lush green forest and astounding views of snowy mountains.

Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 8: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft) via Ghortabela- 5 to 6 hours trek

Langtang Village Langtang village - After Earthquake

Walk through a dense forest on an ascending trail on your trek to Langtang village. The magnificent views of Langtang Himal play hide and seek en route. You will be trekking through the forest and a trek past Ghode Tabela opens out to mountain views. Hike past Tamang villages and temporary settlement of yak herders before reaching Langtang Village. The village was completely wiped out in the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal in 2015. They are rebuilding and the new village is built 100 meters above the previous one and there are hotels and lodges for tourists as well. You can also visit a Mani Wall Memorial dedicated to people who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake of 2015. Overnight in Langtang Village.

Day 9: Trek from Langtang village to Kyangjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Today you will be trekking to Mundu, a village with a combination of traditional houses and modern teahouses.  Further, you will be walking on an ascending trail and walking past yak pastures, glacial rivers and crossing bridges. A trek further will take you to Kyangjin Gompa which lies in the lap of mountains. The village of Kyangjin Gompa is named after an old Buddhist monastery Kyangjin Gompa. If you fancy eating some local cheese then visit a government-run cheese factory.

Trek to a nearby hill of Kyangjin Ri situated in the northeast direction of Kyangjin Gompa. The popular vantage point of Kyangjin Gompa, Kyangjin Ri overlooks the stunning mountain views. Climb up a small hill to enjoy a magical sunset over the mountains including Dorje Lakpa, Ganga Chhenpo and Langshisa.

Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Kyangjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) and a visit to Tserko Ri (4,984/16,352ft)


Today you will be spending the day acclimatizing in Kyangjin Gompa and will be hiking up to Tserko Ri which is also the highest point of the trek.  Upon hiking on an ascending trail you will be rewarded with breathtaking mountain views. You will see a long chain of the Himalayan range. Savor the spectacular views of the mountain like Yala Peak, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kanga and Yubra Himal. Watch the frozen glacier of Langtang Lirung cascading down and also observe the icefall in the middle of the peaks like Changbu and Yubra. Further, you will be returning to Kyangjin Gompa.

Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.

Day 11: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2480m/ 8136ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Kyanjing Gompa Kyanjing Gompa

Today you will be retracing your steps back to Lama Hotel. You will be walking on a descending trail and trekking past quaint Tamang villages. Tamangs are Tibetan descendants who migrated from Tibet centuries ago. Hike alongside Langtang river and trek past Langtang village and Ghore Tabela. Before reaching Lama Hotel the lush green alpine meadows and grazing yaks will greet you.

Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 10: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1500m/4921ft) 7 to 8 hours trek

Enjoy a scenic trek on a descending trail and trek past Bhote Khosi River on your hike from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi. You will be hiking through a lush green forest filled with oak and rhododendron trees. The trail takes you through Langtang National Park which is rich in flora and fauna. Beware of monkeys swinging around in the trees above you. Also, the national park is home to animals like Red Panda. En route, you will be trekking through hillside Nepalese villages.

Overnight in Syabrubesi.

Day 13: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours drive

Today you will be driving back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi via Dhunche. You will be driving on a windy hillside road. Enjoy a scenic drive past verdant forest, terraced farmlands and hillside villages with mud houses. Relax in your hotel room in Kathmandu after a long drive. Later you can stroll in the streets of Thamel and do some souvenir shopping before heading back home.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Today you will be leaving Kathmandu and taking an international flight back home with wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.


Best Time to Travel

You can do Tamang Heritage Trail Trek all around the year except in the monsoon. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the most popular time of the year to go on a trek and it will be difficult to avoid the crowd. When trekking in spring the days are pleasant and nights and chilly. Also, you can enjoy the uninterrupted mountain views. Spring is also the most colorful time of the year when rhododendron and wildflowers bloom. However, there lies a chance of occasional showers.

Autumn is another popular time of the year to trek. Monsoon would have ceased away clearing the dust and impurities for you to enjoy stunning mountain views. There is the least chance of rainfall which is an added advantage. The best time of the year attracts trekkers from all around the year.

If you want to avoid crowds then you can opt for a winter trek but you need to have gears to enjoy the trek. In winter (December to February) daytime is warm but it can get very cold at night. Also, winter is off-season in Nepal and you will get to enjoy an off-season discount at tea houses. It is best to avoid trekking in the monsoon as the astounding mountain views are covered by clouds and trekking trails are filled with leeches which add trouble.

Trek Difficulty

Tamang Heritage Trail trek is graded as an easy to moderate trek and is perfect for those who want to get a taste of a Himalayan trek in Nepal. You will be trekking in rugged terrain and will be ascending and descending steep areas. Moreover, you need to be reasonably fit to do the trek. In a day you will be walking for a maximum of 9 hours and a minimum of 3 hours. You will attain the highest point of the trek at Tserko Ri which is 4,984/16,352ft high.

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