Tamang heritage trek is a short yet one of the most beautiful off the beaten trails in Nepal. Once a restricted area, being adjacent to the Tibetan borders, Langtang now is open for trekkers from the world. Along with the presence of nature in abundance, Langtang showcases local rituals, rich culture and fireside dances.
The people living along this trail is mostly Tamangs, people of Tibeto Burman race and mostly Tibetans is how the trail inherits the name Tamang heritage trail. Tamangs of Langtang region practice Mahayana Buddhism and their main occupation is agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism.
Despite langtang is as well a very popular trekking destination, it is well shadowed under the clouds of famed Annapurna and Everest. This off the beaten trekking trail is visited by few handful trekking enthusiasts. One of the advantages of not having a big influx of trekkers in the region is the preservation of ancient lifestyle, culture and unsoiled nature.
Tamang heritage trek is a result of Poverty alleviation fund’s programme to help people make livelihood from their own communities. As a result, the money made from homestays, hotels.
Arrival in Kathmandu
You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Gosainkunda trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A
Trek preparation and shopping
This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan – N/A
Drive Kathmandu (1350m) to Syabrubesi (1462 m) by private Jeep / Mini bus, via Trishuli Bazaar – Dhunche.
We board a vehicle to Syabru beshi in the morning. The bus ride takes around 8 hours. We make our way to Trishuli bazaar, Dhunche and further to Syabrubesi, after multiple, refreshing breaks in between. We unload our backpacks and rest the night at Syabrubesi and get ready for the trek on foot. Meanwhile, on the way we get glimpse of the mountains in the Langtang and Manaslu region. Overnight in Syabru. Meal plan B,L,D.
Syabrubesi to Gatlang
On this very day we trek around 12 kilometers which normally takes around 5-6 hours. The day begins by climbing 700 meters ascent which is backbreaking as well as a good warmup for the entire trek.The climb to the top of the hill takes around 2 – 3 hours from where the village of Gatlang is clearly seen. From here the walk is comparatively easy and gradual. Gatlang is a small yet beautiful and its inhabitants are at most of the time dressed in their traditional attire. The houses in Gatlang are identical and completely made out of timber. Overnight in Gatlang. Meal plan B,L,D.
Gatlang to Tatopani
Another 6-7 hours on trail today trying to cover around 12 kilometers in distance. This section of Tamang heritage trek is claimed to be the most difficult. Tatopani which is our final destination is a natural hot water springs. We pass many chortens, prayer flags and mani walls as well as we come along many kids and locals.The final ascent to Tatopani takes around 3 hours whereas rest of the trek is slow and gradual. It is advised to bring along a spare swimsuit or clothes that can be disposed after one time use. Overnight in Tatopani. Meal plan B,L,D.
Langtang village (3430m) to Kyanjin Gompa (3860m)
The hike today is not very strenuous but as the altitude kicks in the hiking becomes difficult. On this section of Langtang valley trek the mountains in the region never leave the trail and the scenery is awe-inspiring. We reach Kyanjin Gompa by lunch time, acclimatize, eat and observe the ambiance. After lunch we can visit the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the school named Nyingmapa school monastery. There is a famous cheese factory as well, which was setup with the help of Swiss expert, which still produces good amount of delicious cheese every summer. However, you will witness the destruction done by 2015 earthquake in this beautiful and colorful village. Overnight in Langtang village listening the stories of people. Meal plan B,L,D.
Tatopani to Thuman
We make our way to Thuman via Nagthali. Nagthali is a beautiful hilltop at 3200m from the sea level, a beautiful viewpoint to see the mountains in the Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and Tibet. We gradually ascend to Nagthali village which is exposed to the mountains in the north. We briefly stop for lunch and move further to our final destination. This part of the trail is a downhill stroll to our village which is nestled on the slope of a hill. On the way, in season you will see beautiful rhododendron blossom. If you are a foodie don’t forget to taste yak butter tea which is not everyone’s cup of tea. Overnight in Thuman. Meal plan B,L,D.
Thuman to Briddim
We trek to Briddim via Lingling. Briddim is considered as the last village in the Tamang heritage trail. This is an exemplary village that reflects abundance of Tibetan culture. The houses are made of stone slates and beautiful wooden carving. Langtang and Rasuwa were one of the hardest hit districts and trace of the quake can be seen till the day. However, people have revive and radiate positivity and happiness yet and are welcoming tourists. Majority of the inhabitants in the village are Tibetans. Overnight in Briddim. Meal plan B,L,D.
Briddim to Syabrubesi
Today is last day of trek on foot and we walk slow and gradual downhill to our destination of Syabrubesi. The walk is through beautiful terrace fields and villages. From this day onwards we start seeing mixed race people and modern houses but yet amazing hospitality and warmth. We reach Syabrubesi with no rush in 3-4 hours and stay there for overnight.
Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
We get onto the vehicle of our choice, early in the morning, to reach Kathmandu by next 8 hours. We will embark on the same highway on our way to Syabrubesi and head towards the capital of the country. We make our way to Trishuli bazaar, and further to Kathmandu, after multiple, refreshing breaks in between. Langtang valley trek comes to end after we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. Meal plan B, L.