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Tamang Heritage Trail

Trip code NNTR-1027
Package name Tamang Heritage Trail
Duration 8
Max. elevation 3300 m
Level EASY
Transportation All the Transportation by the private tourist vehicle.
Accomodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Best available guesthouses during the Trek

Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 900 per person

Highlights

Overview

About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and some of the biggest areas where this war took place are in the Langtang Region of Nepal. The "Tamang Heritage Trail" is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural Hot spring
The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till the date. The culture and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border.

This trekking destination is just a day-long bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The 7-day trekking provides varieties of experiences. Tamang Heritage trek is full of unique surprises. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture of Tamang People, costumes, local Syabru/Tamang dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a viewpoint at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Kerung (Tibet) can be awe-inspiring. You will get an opportunity to observe Mane and other traditional Tamang dances in Gatlang Village. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items made from Yak and Ships wool, like traditional caps, Tamang Bakhu, mufflers, and other items. You can enjoy a hot bath in the healing hot spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali, where the stay is a unique experience with the views of Mountains and Valleys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Farming Thuman Village is an unforgettable experience. Rasuwaghadi is a ruined fort, Current Nepal China Borders history goes dating back to the wars between Nepal and Tibet in the 19th century. It is situated directly south of the footbridge over the Lendi Kola which leads into Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At present, there is an army post and border custom and immigration officials of both countries.  At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is a homestay facility in 24 houses.
 

Outline Itinerary

Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 8 days offers most of the great things of this Tamang heritage trail has to offers to the trekkers. If you have enough time and want to explore more of Langtang reason you should look for NNTR's Langtang Circuit Trek. We will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of traveling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make this trek wonderful.  

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Drive to Shyafru Besi (1550m), 7 to 8 hours
Day 4: Trek to Gatlang (2238m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Tatopani (2380m), 5 to 6 Hours
Day 6: Trek to Nagthali to Taruche peak (3500) to Nagthali (3300m), 6 to 7 hours
Day 7: Trek to Timure (1550m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 8: Trek to Birdim homestay village (2239m), 4 to 5 hours
Day 9: Trek to Shyafru Besi (1550m), 3 to 4 hours
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m), 6 to 7 hours
Day 11: Final Departure 

Accommodation in Tamang Heritage Trail trek

In Tamang Heritage Trail most of the Guesthouses are basic and simple. some of them are providing the room with attached bathrooms and hot shower. These luxury accommodations are available in Syabrubesi, Gatlang village, and Birdim village. in Other Villages, teahouses have comfortable shared toilet and washing facilities. some of the villages also offer Home Stay facilities where you can stay in the local house of Tamang and experience their daily lifestyle and teste and learn to cook their local food. In Gatlang Village and in Birdim Village these Homestays are available.

Food in Tamang Heritage Trail trek

During the Tamang Heritage Trail trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, and pickles is available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods. In Tamang Heritage trail you can find must-try local food of Tamang such as 'Dhido Sishnu' and Champa Porridge.

For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, pancake, Chapati, etc.
The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables and meats (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, sandwich, burgers, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner we will take wherever we stay and the Lunch we will take on the way to our Destinations.

Our Trekking Team for Tamang Heritage Trail trek

Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody in the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.

Best Time for Tamang Heritage Trail trek

Tamang Heritage trail can be done all time of the year as it is so close to the mainland of Kathmandu valley and it doesn't go to the high mountain. However Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. In the winter the cold can be bitter and you will find snow in Gatlang and Nakthali village. in Monsoon the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain and you may have to trek all day under the rain without any view. Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel.

In the afternoon pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring your passport, 2 copies of passport size photos, and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent it by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day 2 : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy  Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river. 

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site;  Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes in all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

Day 3 : Drive to Shyafru Besi (1550m), 7 to 8 hours

After the Breakfast, We will set off for our exciting Himalayan ride to Shyafru Besi. The journey of about 7 to 8 hours will break by a few stops on the way. With The road crossing the Tirshuli, this reason offers a wilderness experience with beautiful landscapes of alpine forests. During the months of March and April, the Rhododendron forests are in full bloom and we can see many birds butterflies, and trees. We will have to stop by a few checkpoints on the way to register and buying the national park permits. Then we arrive small town of Shyafru Besi, the Trekking starting point.

Day 4 : Trek to Gatlang (2238m): The Black Village, 5 to 6 hours

On our first day of the trek, we set out towards the Gatlang Village. After 2 hours ascent from Syabrubesi, we reach the viewpoint of Bahun dada from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Gosainkund range, the Goljang, and Chilime valley. From here we aim to get Gatlang Village for lunch which will take us about 2 hours from the viewpoint. After Lunch, you can walk around the ancient Tamang village which is also known as Black Village. The beautiful Tamang village Gatlang offers magnificent views of Langtang Lurung and Langtang II mountains as well the ascent culture of Tamang Heritage. We can also take a short trek up to Parbati Kunda, Gatlang Monastery, and Cheese factory through the farm of locals. This is one of the biggest settlements of the Tamang people in the entire area. 

Day 5 : Trek to Tatopani (2380m), 5 to 6 hours

Today’s walk begins by descending to Chilime village, where we stop for the tea break. After the tea break, the trail will take us up again to another Tamang village Gonggang where we will stop for lunch. And climbing to Tatopani which literally means ‘hot water’. Here we can enjoy the natural hot springs nestled in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. you can rest and recover your weary muscles in the natural hot springs. Tatopani village also offers magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Sangen Himal, and Chilime Valley.

Day 6 : Trek to Nagthali to Taruche peak (3500) to Nagthali (3300m), 5 to 6 hours

The trail ascends to Nagthali Danda at the altitude of 3300m. On the way, we will pass by some local Yak Farm, where you can test the fresh milk of the yaks.  Then we continue climbing to Nagthali. The beautiful picturesque spot lies in the high open grassland with amazing views of snow-covered Himalayas. After lunch, we trek for 2 hours up to Taruche peak where we can experience the magical mountains peering at us as well the closest view of villages in Tibet and we get to see all that from “Taruche peak" located at an altitude of 3500m, the highest viewpoint of Tamang Heritage Trail. And one of the most impressive Mountain View spot in Langtang valley. After that, we come back to Nagthali for the night.

Day 7 : Trek to Timure (1550m), 5 to 6 hours

Today our trail descends all the way to Timure through another beautiful Tamang village of Thuman, on our way along the oldest trade route to Tibet we stop in Timure for lunch. After lunch we trek to Rasuwaghadi, an ancient fort on the Nepal-Tibet border is just 1-hour walk from Timure. After we visit the border of Nepal and Tibet we come back to Timure for the night.

Day 8 : Trek to Birdim home stay village (2239m), 4 to 5 hours

After breakfast our trail continues to Briddim, Today our trail begins with a flatter section in beginning and then ascends to Birdim, another Tibetan-influenced Tamang village where we stay in a local home for a truly unique experience. All accommodation, lodgings, and food are offered at local houses on a rotational basis. Here you will have an opportunity to be like a local, you can learn how to cook local food and research about the lifestyle of Tamang people in the mountains and more with a host family. you can also visit an old Gumpa/Monastery on the right top of the village where locals go to pray and worship. This village also offers an ascent Tamang cultural Performance with their traditional music and songs on Request.

Day 9 : Trek to Syabrubesi (1550m), 2 to 3 hours

You can take time to enjoy the morning scenario of Birdim Village. Trekking back to Shyafru Besi is not too Long. After a late breakfast in the mountain, our trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is just about 3 hours walk from Briddim. Lunch and the rest of the day is free to explore and relax around Shyafru. In the evening we will take a short walk to see the Chilime Hydro Station.

Day 10 : Drive to Kathmandu (1300m), 6 to 7 hours

We will start our journey to Kathmandu in the morning.  On the way to Kathmandu, we cross many green hills, forests, riverside, and the countryside of Nepal. Once you arrive, transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, The farewell dinner will be served in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day 11 : Final departure

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

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