Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail is a cultural trip in Nepal traversing through verdant midlands exploring the beauty of mountainous landscapes and the culture of local residing here. Tamang Heritage Trail enters into the traditional Tamang villages where life, culture and crafts have remained intact since the beginning of the settlement. The trek is highlighted by the warm cultural welcome organized by locals, authentic costumes, ancient architecture and ancient monasteries adds more adventure and color to the trek.

People living in this region are mostly Tibetan who came across the border from Kerung. The villages along the Tamang Heritage Trail are vibrant and colorful where people sell exclusive handicrafts items like traditional caps, mufflers and other stuffs. The age-old monasteries and buildings with surprisingly rich architect displayed in wood engravings at Thuman is pleasant experience. Moreover, the healing bath at natural hot spring of Tatopani another attraction of the trail.

9 Days Tamang Heritage Trail starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Apart from cultural experience, this trek offers wilderness trekking experience through stunning landscapes of alpine landmark, flat meadows and rhododendron forests. Throughout the journey, trekkers will be rewarded with astounding views of Himalaya and sometimes gets into the remote and “beaten off” trail.

Panoramic views of Langtang, Kerung and Ganesh Himal are what trekkers expect to see throughout the trail. Moreover, an ancient fort at Rasuwagadi is one last remnant of Nepal Tibet relation that has been there over centuries. Spending nights at homestay allows you to experience the typical culture and lifestyle of local in close possible way.

Day 01:

Arrival. Our representative will meet you at the arrival gate of the Kathmandu airport and the escort you to the hotel. Rest of the day is for the Preparation of the trek that starts next morning. Overnight.

Day 02:

SYABRUBESI (1982m). Early morning drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by bus. The road continues to this beautiful village at the foot of the mountains where your journey begins. Overnight.

Day 03:

GATLANG. We start after an early breakfast on this experience rich trek. After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljang valley for lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarfs) and home made local drink (Rakshi) accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Overnight.

Day 04:

TATOPANI. This would be the longest day of the entire trip and will take about 7 hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. The Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing a suspension bridge. Ascent continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means 'hot water', you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Overnight.

Day 05:

THUMAN. On your ascent today, stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda at 3300m. One can enjoy the view and spend sometime at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Trek continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Overnight.

Day 06:

BRIDDIM. The trail begin with flatter trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for lunch. The border of Nepal and Tibet is just a 3 hour walk away here. After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. A homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and fooding are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor enjoys the evening with the host family, living with them, eating traditional foods and sleeping at their usual clean bed. Plain rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), Potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim local brew are offered. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Then the locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing live craftsmanship, which the visitor gets the opportunity to buy first hand.

Day 07:

SYABRUBESI. After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is just 3hrs walk from Briddim. Lunch and rest of the day is free. Overnight.

Day 08:

KATHMANDU. After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu (8-9hrs). Farewell cultural dinner in a typical Nepelese restaurant. Overnight.

Day 09:

DEPARTURE. Transfer to airport for your onward journey. Farewell/ End of Service

Cost Includes

    • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3 star category hotel as per itinerary with breakfast.
    • All accommodation in trekking route in a local tea house. ( Soft comfortable bed with shared bathroom )
    • All surface transportation as per itinerary.
    • An English speaking Guide and a porter ( all their expenses )
    • All permits
    • Office and Government service charges.

Cost Excludes

    • Personal insurance and Evacuation cost ( if incurred)
    • Personal mediaction
    • Personal expenses
    • All kinds of drinks beverages and hot shower in the trekking area
    • International flight fare and Nepal entry Visa.
    • Launch and dinner in Kathmandu and meals in trekking area.
    • Other things not mentioned in cost includes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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