Tamang Heritage TrailTamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail

Highlights
  • Take scenic and cultural walks on the high hills of the beautiful Langtang Himal region.
  • Witness the grand views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal towards the Jugal Himal range on a daily basis
  • Explore the traditional farm villages filled with old customs and colorful traditions
  • Walk into the beautiful and enchanting rhododendron-magnolia forest surrounded by pristine environment
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the traditional Tamang villages, filled with traditional Buddhist religion. 
     

Take a cultural and scenic walk around the traditional villages of ancient hill tribes filled with old traditions. 

Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking is a wonderful country walk in the harmonic Tamang communities. This is a short trek that lasts for a week and is filled with exciting adventures. In this trek, we can enjoy the scenic trekking overlooking the dramatic scenery filled with beautiful landscapes and snow-capped mountains. 

This trek provides us with enjoyable moments to experience. As we go through the Tamang Heritage Trail, we can enjoy the serenity of the cool alpine forests. Therefore, this easy trek is perfect for all age groups and physical fitness. 

We start this trek with a slow ascend as we walk and overnight stops. By the time we reach the high points, we will be well-acclimatized. The only tough part of this journey is a few hour-long steep climb, which we can make with a bit of mental preparation. The rest of the journey is filled with gradual ups and downs, a normal occurrence in the Himalayas. The highest point of this trek is Nagethali hilltop, which is located at 3,165m or 10,384 ft.

Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking is an exclusive scenic country walk around the high hills. On this trek, we adventure around the Ganesh and Langtang Himal ranges, close to the border between Nepal and Tibet. 

That said, our route diverts from the main trail that links the borders. Rather than following the trail, we head higher and explore the interesting Tamang villages. 

This journey lets us experience the simplistic and happy rural village life. Within these villages, we can experience ancient traditions and colorful Buddhist Tamang customs. 

Tamang are an indigenous mountain tribe and they mostly populate Langtang and Ganesh Himal region. Along with this they also populate Kathmandu. That said, they originate from inner Mongolia and the Tibetan region around Nepal.

At present, the Tamang are the 4th most abundant population of Nepal. The name Tamang originates from the Tibetan language where it means the Horse-men or horse-herders. This is because back in the days, Tamang tribe used to be associated with cavalry. Along with this, Tamang are well known for being professional craftsman, and farmers. You can witness their expertise in farming and craftsmanship during this trek.

The main Tamang villages in this trek include the tribes in  Syabrubesi, Galtang, Tatopani, Thuman and Briddim. This also includes areas of Dhunche which is a major town and headquarter of Rasuwa district of Langtang Himal region. After a wonderful journey, our adventure concludes after heading back  to Syabrubesi. From this point, we take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu

After a mesmerizing experience with Explorer Adventure, we conclude this journey by heading back to our home. 

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Itinerary

After reaching Kathmandu, our guide and staff will pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. Then, you can freshen up before we head over for a briefing session. In this briefing session, our guide provides us with a detailed description of the trek. Along with this, they answer any and all concerns that we may have regarding the upcoming trek. Once the briefing session is over, we have the rest of the day off. 

Then, we enjoy a delicious group dinner at a restaurant while enjoying a folk cultural program. 

    On our second day, we left the hotel for an exciting guided sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. Here, our guide leads us to the popular tourist spots around the valley. This includes visiting many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. After half a day of visiting the city, we prepare for our departure on our exciting trekking adventure towards the Tamang Heritage Trail.

      Our third day begins with an exciting drive in Kathmandu as we take a drive to the Dhunche-Syabrubesi highway. After reaching Trishuli, we take a short break, heading on a winding road towards the cooler alpine areas, past several farm villages before we reach Dhunche. Dhunche is the headquarters and a major town of Rasuwa district. This is also the area where the Langtang National Park starts and ends. From this point, we head downhill on a zig-zag road till we reach Syabrubesi village, the home of the Tamang people, where we stop for an overnight stay.

        This is the first day of our trek, and on this day, we take a trek from Syabrubesi. We start our journey with a short climb. However, the rest of the walk is a simple, gradual ascend trail past the terraced farms and villages. As the trail descends, we reach the large Tamang village of Galtang. Then, our route leads us further northwest as we avoid the motor-cable road.
         

        We take an old trekking path above the main road and enter into the high hills. Here, we can witness the superb scenery of the surrounding landscape. Then, our trail leads us to the destination. After a few ascents and descents, we take an overnight stay in Gatlang village. Here, we can enjoy the rich culture and traditions of Gatland, along with the monasteries interwoven with Buddhism.

          Our day starts as we leave the nice village of Gatlang. We head further northwest on a stone-paved road past several farm villages and fields of millets. During this trek, we can constantly witness the grand view of Mount Ganesh and Manaslu. Our walk concludes as we reach the Tatopani village. This is a village where we can enjoy the natural hot water springs. This can be seen from the name of this village as it literally translates to hot water. In this village, we can witness the traditional houses with intricate carvings and refresh ourselves in the hot water springs. 

            After we leave Tatopani, we head towards the Tibetan border of Thuman. After a few hour-long trek, we reach our destination via Nagthali ridge. The trekking on this day consists of a gradual path uphill to the north and a short descent. We can witness the Ganesh and Langtang mountain ranges as we head into the cool shades of the alpine woodland. We take a stop at Nagthali village for lunch and continue our journey. Once we reach the Thuman village, we stop our journey for an overnight rest.

              After a wonderful time at Thuman village, we continued our journey with a short climb to a ridge surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the pristine green landscapes. As our walk progresses, we head into a forest filled with rhododendrons, pines, and oak trees. Then we slowly head towards Briddim village, where our journey for this day ends. 

                Our journey on the eighth day begins from Briddim village. From this village, our walk leads us on a nice mountain path as we take a slow climb to reach a high ridge past the terrace. Then, we head into the cool woodland and reach the high hill on top, surrounded by superb views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. We then descend the cool forest filled with small patches of bamboo groves before we reach an open clearing at Lama Hotel. This hotel is located amongst the green woodland near the upper Trishuli River. 

                  This is our final day of trekking, and on this day, we take a walk to the Syabrubesi. Our day begins as we retrace our walk back but at a faster pace. Eventually, we reach the Bhotekoshi River before crossing a suspension bridge. Then we take a pleasant walk to reach Syabrubesi, where we stop for an overnight stay.

                    On the tenth day of our adventure, we take a calm drive back to Kathmandu. During the drive, we can witness many small towns and villages. This drive leads us to Dhunche town and then on a downhill road to reach the warmer areas around Nuwakot and Trishuli Bazar. Then we head straight to Kathmandu before reaching our hotel, where we rest for the night.

                      After an unforgettable time on the Tamang Heritage Trail, our journey concludes with mesmerizing memories. On this day, we board our flights and head back towards our home.

                        Route Map

                        Tamang Heritage Trail map
                        What's Included
                        • Private vehicle pick up and drop at the airport
                        • Three nights at a standard hotel in Kathmandu on a sharing basis with a bed and breakfast
                        • Transportation from and to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
                        • If there are more than three people, then we will provide you with private transportation
                        • A guide with a government license
                        • Properly equipped porter
                        • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for porters and guides
                        • Proper accommodation during the trek on a twin-sharing basis
                        • Duffel bag
                        • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
                        • Langtang National Park Entry Permit fee
                        • Government taxes and official expenses
                        What's not Included
                        • All food and drinks
                        • Flight to Kathmandu
                        • Tips for Porters and Guides ($70-$100 for porters and $80 -$100 for guides)
                        • Nepal Visa
                        • Insurance (check worldnomads.com for further information)
                        • Hot water, WiFi and battery charging
                        • Drinking water

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                        Trip DateFeb 26, 2024 - Mar 07, 2024
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                        Insurance Policy for Medical and Travel

                        The insurance policy for medical and travel should cover all unless there is an emergency evacuation by emergency transportation. It should also include other expenses for treatment at respective hospitals. Travel insurance should also include insurance against unfavorable weather conditions, delays or cancellations of domestic flights. 

                        Travel and medical insurance should also cover situations when one breaks the journey in the middle of the trip due to domestic or personal problems. 

                        Guides and Porters for Tamang Heritage Trail 11 Days Trek

                        We will be accompanied by guides and/or porters during hikes and treks. They are extremely knowledgeable regarding the destination and can provide us with a wide range of information. This information includes everything from history, topography, culture, traditions, customs, flora and fauna. 

                        All our guides have gone through basic medical training. This includes training for high-altitude sickness. Therefore, they can help us with simple medical and first-aid training. Furthermore, during emergencies, they can also help us contact the emergency vehicle. 

                        Additionally, our guides are also well-versed in eco-trekking. Therefore, they will do their best to keep the trekking environment clean and pristine. 

                        We pick our porters from regular companies, and they are hired between Kathmandu and Pokhara or in Lukla. They are strong, cheerful and helpful. Each porter can carry a maximum weight of 15 to 20 Kg. Furthermore, we do not hire porters under 16 years and above 50 years.

                        They are well looked after by the company and are provided with good wages, medical insurance, and travel allowances. Additionally, we also provide them with warm gear during high treks and cold weather. 

                        Information on AMS and Precaution Measures:

                        High altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a set of symptoms that one can face during steep ascents. Low oxygen levels cause this. Some of the symptoms include the following:

                        • Short breaths
                        • Light headache
                        • Nausea
                        • Dizziness
                        • Lack of sleep
                        • Less appetite

                        To avoid these symptoms, we designed an itinerary with days of adequate rest in between. We should also drink adequate fluids to reduce the symptoms of AMS. 

                        At high altitudes, taking enough rest and going for short, slow hikes on higher terrain is essential. This helps us acclimatize and enjoy the beautiful views. Also, sleeping and resting at lower altitudes can prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

                        When going to very high places, it's best to go slowly. Stop and spend nights at certain altitudes to get used to the height, and take it easy during the first one or two days.

                        We should also bring general medications. This includes the following medicines.

                        • Diarrhea
                        • Headache
                        • Fever
                        • Cold-flu
                        • Constipation
                        • First aid for cuts, wounds, and burns

                        What to Bring during Tamang Heritage Trail 11 Days Trek?

                        Clothing and footwear

                        • Warm trekking boots that are breathable and cover ankles
                        • Sports sandals with closed-toe
                        • Sneakers
                        • Flip Flops
                        • Sun Cap, Wool or fleece hat
                        • Two pairs of gloves or mittens
                        • Bandana or Neckerchief
                        • Fleece Jackets
                        • Thermal Underwool
                        • Trekking socks
                        • Quick-drying sports T-shirts
                        • Down jacket
                        • Windstopper
                        • Windproof warm jackets
                        • Trekking trousers
                        • Warm synthetic pants
                        • Rain poncho
                        • Sunscreen cream
                        • Sunglasses
                        • Trekking pole

                        Equipment

                        • Duffel bags
                        • backpack
                        • Sleeping bag
                        • Headlight with a spare battery
                        • Sunglasses
                        • Trekking Poles
                        • Thermos
                        • Sealed Package

                        Personal Usage on Tamang Heritage Trail 11 Days Trek

                        • Towel
                        • Washing accessories
                        • Disinfection wipes
                        • Antibacterial gel
                        • Moisturizing hand cream
                        • Sun cream with a high SPF
                        • Lip balm
                        • Reusable water bottle
                        • Snacks

                        Note: All of these inventories can be bought in Kathmandu

                        Tamang Heritage Trail FAQs

                        • The Tamang people are indigenous mountain tribes in the Central Himalayas and make up 5.8% of Nepal's population. They share similarities with Sherpa culture and Buddhism, but their language is different.

                          Tamang people are found in large numbers around the Kathmandu Valley, extending to the Midwest and Eastern regions of Nepal. In some ways, both the Tamang and Sherpa communities have Tibetan roots.

                        • The itinerary is flexible, allowing trekkers to have extra time to explore Tamang villages. This way, visitors can interact with Tamang villagers, learn about the local culture and customs, and truly enjoy their experience.

                        • In the past, this place was a hidden gem known only to a few pioneers and explorers. However, in recent decades, more and more trekkers have been discovering it because of its peaceful, scenic setting and the chance to experience the local culture. It's different from the usual treks. Here, you can really get to know how the villagers live their simple and happy lives.

                        • Most villages along the trek have electricity, typically generated from hydro or solar power. Trekkers can charge their devices and use the internet, Wi-Fi, and phones. However, in smaller places like Thuman and Briddim, the internet can be slow and unreliable due to weather, altitude, and the geography of the area. In contrast, the internet and Wi-Fi services are better in Syabrubesi and Gatlang.

                        • The Tamang Heritage Trail is a new way to attract visitors, approved by the Ministry of Tourism. It's a short and scenic trek in the Rich Mountain culture region near Kathmandu. This trek offers a glimpse into the Tamang community's rich history, culture, and religion, all not too far from the city. The trek is quite easy, and the villagers have lodges, guesthouses, and homestay options for trekkers' comfort during their visit.

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