Tamang Heritage Trek Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10028
- Package: Tamang Heritage Trek
- Duration: 10 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 3,165 M/ 10,381ft
- Trip Level:
BeginnerRequires no prior experience and fits for people with basic physical ability
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Public Vehicle | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Guest House | Hotel
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov- Dec- January & Feb.
- Trip Route: Syabrubesi - Gatlang- Tatopani- Thuman- Timure- Briddim-Syabrubesi
- Walking through verdant forests and colorful rhododendron trees of the famous Langtang valley trek
- Witnessing several Tamang settlements and their unique customs and traditions
- Tamang villages such as Gatlang, Goljung, Chilime, Timure, Briddim, etc.
- Beautiful Himalayan ranges of Nepal such as Langtang ri, Yala Peak, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal etc.
- Natural hot spring at Tatopani village
- Nagthali Pass (3,165m)
Nepal is a country rich with its culture and traditions flourishing all over the nation. One of the trademarks of Nepal is its diverse cultural variations within a tiny landlocked country. Exploring these profound cultures is a unique experience in itself. Among these many cultures in Nepal, Tamang Heritage is one old and rich Mongolian heritage of Nepal. During our Tamang Heritage trek, we'll be exploring the Tamang villages of Nepal, especially that of the Langtang regions such as Gatlang, Goljung, Chilime, Timure, Briddim, and others as we will be journeying towards the Tibetan border of Nepal.
The people residing in these villages have preserved their ancient cultures and traditions and their unique rituals are beautifully reflected in many of the monasteries, gumbas, chaityas, and Bihars that line the Langtang Valley trek. This also reflects the prevalence of the Tibetan Buddhist culture in Nepal that is followed by the majority of the community in this region. This trekking in Nepal is fairly new to visitors but the cultures and customs of the people of Tamang heritage have remained true to their origins.
This travel package in Nepal for trekking in the Langtang region is not only an excellent exploration of the Tamang heritage culture but also the adoration of majestic Himalayan ranges in the Langtang region. The trail passes the sceneries of the cerulean lakes of Parvathi Kunda and Bhairav Kunda as their crystal water reflects the shimmer of the sun as we move along. The mesmerizing views of Jugal and Ganesh mountain peaks will make you feel alive while getting close to the Tamang culture at the same time.
Travelers will be blessed with the scenic sights of beautiful landscapes and natural environments which are adorned with verdant forest and rhododendron flowers. This region is also a sanctuary to most rare animals on planet Earth such as the Red Panda and Snow Leopard. The profound and unadulterated atmosphere of the Tamang Heritage Trail is truly a joy to the soul.
|Arrival in Kathmandu
|1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
|Kathmandu to Syabru Besi
|1,550m / 5,084ft (Syabru Besi)
|Syabru Besi to Gatlang
|2,238m / 7,340ft (Gatlang)
|Gatlang to Tatopani
|2,607m / 8,550ft (Tatopani)
|Tatopani to Thuman
|3,165 m/ 10,381ft (Thuman)
|Thuman to Timure
|1,762m / 5,779ft (Timure)
|Timure to Briddim
|2,239m / 7,343ft (Briddim)
|Briddim to Syabru Besi
|1,550m / 5,084ft (Syabru Besi)
|Syabru Besi to Kathmandu
|1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Tamang Heritage Trek Itinerary
Arrival in Kathmandu
A representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. We'll have a short briefing session and feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi
We'll be taking a jeep from Kathmandu and after 7 long hours of drive towards the north of Kathmandu, we'll be reaching Syabru Besi. During the drive, we'll be passing through the scenic foothills, ridgeline vistas and the banks of Trishuli river. We can even catch a glimpse of Mount Ganesh as we drive across the banks of Trishuli river along with beautiful views of terrace farmlands wet with rice and mustard plantations and verdant hills enveloped in emerald forests. We won't be doing much of physical activity on this day as we rest ourselves at Syabru Besi and look forward for the next day to arrive.
Syabru Besi to Gatlang
The trek starts from this day onwards. We'll be walking through many traditional villages. Goljung and Gatlang villages hold cultural show which makes our travel even more unforgettable. Gatlang village also has Tamang monastery and the beautiful Parvathi Kunda Lake that has unique cultural taste and mesmerizing beauty respectively.
Gatlang to Tatopani
We start our trekking after having our breakfast at Gatlang village. The scenic view of Mount Ganesh gives us company as we walk towards the Chilime village. There is also a hydropower dam situated by the Bhotekoshi river called Chilime Hydropower Dam. We'll be crossing the steel suspension bridge with the panorama views of the Langtang range as we walk further towards Tatopani. We can enjoy the natural hot spring which is a must do during this trek in Langtang valley of Nepal.
Tatopani to Thuman
Our walk is long this day as we ascend towards the village of Nagthali, which is a popular destination among Buddhist devotees and priests for meditation. We then cross the Nagthali peak which is the highest elevation during our trek. The views of Mount Ganesh, Langtang range, and Sanjen range are visible from Nagthali. Gradually we will be descending to the Thuman village which is another Tamang village influenced by Tibetan culture. We'll then call it a day upon our arrival at Thuman village.
Thuman to Timure
Our trek for this day continually descends towards the ancient village of Timure which used to be a very prominent salt trade route to Tibet. This place truly is a historical remainder of Nepal-Tibet relations which has been in existence for many centuries. We'll also be hiking around the historical place called Rasuwagadhi, famous for battle which took place centuries ago.
Timure to Briddim
We march through the rhododendron forest on this day towards another Tamang village at Briddim. This village is another great stop where we'll get to experience the local culture and their practices. Lying in the bosom of the Langtang Range, Briddim village is largely influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle as the people here are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants.
Briddim to Syabru Besi
This is the day we start heading back towards Kathmandu as our trek has reached its peak. We trek back towards the Syabru valley however; we will be taking a different route from what we took while going towards the Langtang valley. We'll be exploring and experiencing even more unique cultural lifestyle of people along with amazing views of natural wonders and landscapes.
Syabru Besi to Kathmandu
We say our goodbyes to this place as we head back towards the city of Kathmandu. We'll be driving the same route we took while coming to Syabru Besi from Kathmandu. After around 7 hours of driving we'll arrive to our hotel at Kathmandu. Core treks will be organizing a dinner program for our guests where we'll be going to a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant. There will also be cultural dances which are unique in its own way.
Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.
Tamang Heritage Trek Cost Mentions
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three - star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (7Nights).
- Kathmandu – Syabru Bensi – Kathmandu by local transport. (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Langtang National park permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
A Visual Feast of Natural Beauty
Prepare to be mesmerized as you embark on the Tamang Heritage Trail, where nature reveals its bountiful treasures. This trail is a haven for breathtaking landscapes and picturesque environments, adorned with lush forests and vibrant rhododendron flowers. Every step along the trail will lead you to awe-inspiring vistas that will leave a lasting impression on your soul.
A Sanctuary for Rare Wildlife
As you journey through the Tamang Heritage Trail, you'll not only encounter stunning scenery but also have the privilege of exploring a sanctuary for some of the rarest animals on our planet. This region is home to remarkable creatures such as the Red Panda and the elusive Snow Leopard. These majestic animals adapted to the rugged terrain, find solace in the untouched wilderness of the Tamang Heritage Trail. Spotting these elusive creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that will fill your heart with wonder and gratitude.
A Profound Atmosphere for the Soul
Immerse yourself in the profound and unadulterated atmosphere of the Tamang Heritage Trail, and you'll discover a sense of tranquility that touches your very soul. The untouched beauty of this trail offers a respite from the fast-paced world, allowing you to connect with nature and find inner peace. The serenity of the surroundings, combined with the breathtaking landscapes and the presence of rare wildlife, creates an experience that rejuvenates and uplifts.
Indulge in Nature's Bounty
As you traverse the Tamang Heritage Trail, let your senses be enlivened by the sights, sounds, and scents of nature's bounty. Admire the verdant forests, where sunlight filters through the leaves, casting a magical glow. Delight in the vibrant hues of the rhododendron flowers, painting the landscape with their vibrant shades. And as you explore this pristine wilderness, cherish the opportunity to witness the harmony of the animal kingdom, where rare species find solace in their natural habitat.
A Journey of Joy and Wonder
The Tamang Heritage Trail is not just a trek; it's a journey of joy and wonder. It gifts you with captivating landscapes, the chance to encounter rare wildlife, and an atmosphere that nourishes the soul. Let the beauty of this trail ignite your sense of awe and appreciation for the natural world, as you create lasting memories in the embrace of Mother Nature's masterpiece.
A Quaint Village with Vibrant Accommodations
Nestled in the serene landscapes, Gatlang village welcomes visitors with its rustic charm and warm hospitality. This picturesque village boasts around 400 houses and a population of approximately 3,200 people. While the householders mainly consist of older individuals and young children, the village has embraced tourism, offering delightful hotels and homestay accommodations for trekkers seeking comfort and cultural immersion.
Agriculture and Livelihood
Gatlang villagers predominantly engage in agricultural activities, cultivating the land and raising livestock. However, the Tamang people in this region face challenges due to the hilly terraces and high altitudes, which limit the profitability of crop farming. The absence of irrigation facilities further adds to their struggles. Despite these obstacles, the villagers persevere, showcasing their resilience and determination in the face of agricultural hardships.
Welcoming Trekkers with Open Arms
Recognizing the potential of tourism, Gatlang village has opened its doors to trekkers, offering a range of accommodation options. Travelers can choose from nice and fancy hotels, provide modern comforts, or opt for a more immersive experience by staying in traditional homestays. The homestays allow visitors to witness the everyday life of the Tamang people, partake in their customs, and create lasting connections with the local community.
Preserving Traditions and Trades
Alongside their agricultural pursuits, Gatlang villagers also engage in various trades. They skillfully craft unique handicrafts, reflecting their rich cultural heritage. Exploring the village, you'll encounter intricate handwoven textiles, traditional woodwork, and other artistic creations. By supporting these local trades, travelers contribute to the preservation of traditional craftsmanship and help uplift the livelihoods of the Tamang community.
Discovering the Essence of Gatlang
Gatlang village is more than just a stopover on the Tamang Heritage Trail; it is a gateway to experiencing the rich cultural tapestry of the Tamang people. Amidst the challenges of agriculture, the villagers have found harmony by embracing tourism, offering trekkers a warm welcome and a glimpse into their traditional way of life. From the vibrant accommodations to the skilled trades, every aspect of Gatlang showcases the resilience, warmth, and unwavering spirit of its people.
As you journey through Gatlang, immerse yourself in the cultural nuances, savor the local delicacies, and engage in heartfelt conversations with the villagers. By embracing their traditions and supporting their livelihoods, you become a part of the tapestry that weaves together the past, present, and future of this enchanting village.
When planning your adventure on the Tamang Heritage Trek, it is advisable to choose the optimal seasons that offer the best weather conditions and stunning vistas. The recommended seasons for this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
Spring's Splendor and Autumn's Charm
During the spring season, from March to May, the trail comes alive with nature's vibrant colors. Rhododendrons and other wildflowers bloom, painting the landscape with shades of red, pink, and white. The weather is generally pleasant, with moderate temperatures during the day, making it an ideal time to embark on this trek. The skies are often clear, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
In autumn, from September to November, the trail unveils its enchanting charm. The monsoon rains have cleared the air, offering excellent visibility and panoramic vistas. The weather is stable, with cool temperatures during the day and crisp evenings, creating comfortable trekking conditions. The autumnal landscapes are adorned with golden hues as the forests and hillsides transform, making every step a picturesque delight.
Duration of the Trek
The Tamang Heritage Trek can typically be completed in 7 to 10 days, depending on your preferred pace and itinerary. The duration can vary based on factors such as the number of rest days, side trips, and the time spent exploring the cultural sites and villages along the trail. It is recommended to plan your itinerary with a balance of trekking, rest, and exploration to fully immerse yourself in the unique experiences this trek offers.
Embark on a Memorable Journey
By choosing the spring or autumn seasons for your Tamang Heritage Trek, you ensure comfortable weather conditions and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you are captivated by the vibrant colors of spring or the tranquil charm of autumn, each season offers its own distinct allure. Take your time, plan your itinerary thoughtfully, and embrace the wonders of this trek, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
While trekking along the Tamang Heritage Trail, you will have the opportunity to savor the authentic flavors of the region. The culinary offerings primarily revolve around the traditional Nepalese dish called Dal-Bhat, a hearty and nutritious meal consisting of rice, vegetable curry, and lentil soup.
Dal-Bhat: A Staple Delight
Dal-bhat is the quintessential meal that you will encounter throughout the trail? This wholesome dish provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and flavors, essential for sustaining your energy during the trek. Whether you are enjoying a meal in a local house or at a guesthouse, Dal-bhat will be a common and satisfying choice.
Embrace the Local Cuisine
While some guesthouses along the trail may offer a limited selection of Western dishes like pasta, it is highly recommended to immerse yourself in the local culinary experience. Dal-bhat provides a well-rounded and nutritious meal that perfectly complements the physical demands of trekking. So, resist the temptation to opt for Western dishes and indulge in the local delicacies instead.
A Taste of Tibetan Tea
For the more adventurous palates, Tibetan Tea is an intriguing option to try along the Tamang Heritage Trail. This unique beverage is a salty tea infused with generous amounts of yak butter. While it may sound unusual, Tibetan Tea offers a distinct and controversial culinary experience that reflects the cultural influences of the region. It is an acquired taste that some travelers find delightful, while others may prefer to stick to more familiar options.
Discovering Culinary Treasures
Embarking on the Tamang Heritage Trail not only allows you to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the region but also offers a chance to tantalize your taste buds. Embrace the local flavors, savor the Dal-Bhat, and consider venturing into the world of Tibetan Tea if you're feeling adventurous. Let the culinary treasures of the trail add a delightful dimension to your trekking experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal is rated as a beginner level trek. It requires no prior trekking experiences as it is fairly easy compared to our other treks. However, a brief informative session will be held by our travel experts in order to make our travelers aware of the possible consequences and safety precautions.
Yes, the Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal is completely safe. While there are no extreme threats, you still need to be educated on the possible consequences as a result of not following your duties while in Nepal. For that, we will provide a brief informative session that will equip you with complete knowledge needed for the completion of the trek.
During the Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal, you can expect to trek through verdant forests filled with colorful Rhododendron trees, witness several Tamang settlements, beautiful Himalayan ranges such as Langtang Ri, Yala Peak, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and a natural hot spring at Tatopani village.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal.
To book the Tamang Heritage Trek in Nepal and Return via helicopter in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking,
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
Equipment And Gears
To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.
Tamang Heritage Trek Reviews
one of the best trek
From: Australia | On: 05 Dec, 2022
All thanks to Coretreks for making me believe the Tamang Heritage Trek is a great choice for those who want to experience the rich cultural heritage of Nepal while also enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas.
I got a chance to visit several Tamang villages, interact with the locals, and learn about their traditional lifestyle, customs, and beliefs. I can also witness their unique architecture, including their colorful houses and Buddhist monasteries which was stunning. The trek also offered stunning views of the snow-capped peaks, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal.
I am so thankful for those friendly and informative guides and staff from Coretreks for providing this top-notch service. You guys really made my trip worth it. Thanks again.
From: Norway | On: 06 Nov, 2018
The trip to explore the Tamang heritage in Nepal was fantastic. Words would not be able to describe the feeling that I got to collect during our journey. We wanted to peek into the life of people in Nepal.
The local settlements in Nepal are really small and adorable. The people are really hardworking and friendly. It’s like everybody knows each other. Thanks to CoreTreks and the guiding team for making our trip possible and helping us understand what the religion means to the people in Nepal. Nevertheless, had a great trip and really proud to have it experienced. Looking forward to visit again soon. Thanks.
Such an amazing experience in Nepal
From: Germany | On: 05 Nov, 2018
We were told that we would be able to go sightseeing at almost any place in Nepal and I totally agree. Nepal is a complete package of beautiful scenery and landscapes. And of course the mountains.
However our main plan was to learn about the Tamang community in Nepal. Since we did not have enough time we chose this short trip to local settlements in order to explore the lifestyle of people.
Thanks to CoreTreks for making this trip possible. We truly appreciate the effort you guys made to make sure that our trip went smooth and comfortably.
Learned a lot about the culture in Nepal
From: United States | On: 20 Apr, 2017
Our main focus on this trip was to learn more about the people in the Himalayas and we did exactly that. I was really awesome to realize that our trip went according to our plan. Thanks to CoreTreks and the guides for making this trip possible.
We visited different Tamang settlements like Gatland, Goljung, Chilime, Timure, Briddim, etc. It was really fun to see the lifestyle of the people in these areas. The hot spring at Tatopani village was something different. But really loved the trip and looking forward to visit next time soon.