Tamang Heritage Trail
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Moderate
- Destination: Langtang
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and lodges and Homestays in trek
- Meals: Full board on the trek
- Maximum altitude: 3165m
- Group size: 1 to 24pax
- Best Season: Autumn(Sep-Nov) and Spring(March-May))
- Trekking Region: Langtang Region
- Maximum Elevation: 3165m
- Start Point: Syabrubesi
- End Point: Syabrubesi
- Route: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Gatlang-Tatopani-Nagthali-Thuman-Bridim-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu
- Accommodation: Teahouse, Lodge, Homestays, Hotels
- Best season: Autumn and Spring
Tamang Heritage Trail is a gem of the Langtang Region. Situated close to the Kathmandu Valley, the Tamang Heritage Trek is the best short and easy trek in Nepal. Due to the low elevation and its close proximity to the popular Kathmandu Valley, this trek is also considered the best warm-up trek prior to joining the popular high altitude treks.
Yes, the views of the mountains, including the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and other Tibetan ranges during the Tamang Heritage trek are stellar but the real treasure of this trek gets revealed after your exploration of the settlements there.
Despite being close to the major city of Nepal, the trails of the Tamang Heritage trekking trails have totally managed to maintain the intact natural and cultural beauty. Inhabited by the Tamang settlements, villages of Goljung, Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, and Bridim give you the ample opportunity to scrutinize the unique Tamang culture and Lifestyle.
You might be unaware of the origin of these Tamang settlements in these parts of the Langtang region. The Tamang people in these regions actually migrated from the Tibetan land in the very old days and made this beautiful land their permanent residence. Thus, trekking to these regions, you will get to experience Tibetan Buddhism in abundance. Further, it is among the only treks in Nepal which take you very close to the Tibetan Border.
Literally known as hot water in Nepali, Tatopani was another major attraction of the Tamang Heritage trek. The presence of the natural hot springs at the Tatopani lured several trekkers in the past days. But after the ravaging 2015 April earthquake in Nepal, most of the hot springs in Tatopani also got destructed. Due to this reason, in recent days, this trail is receiving a few trekkers. But Tatopani is not the only attraction of this trek. Unique Tamang settlements, their hospitality, sacred Parvati Kund, ancient old gompas, and stunning views, all contribute a lot to make each day a memorable day in the Langtang region.
During this trek, natural magnificence and the unique Tamang culture, sit side by side here, each complementing the other.
Despite having all this natural and cultural grandeur, the Langtang Tamang Heritage Trail is still an underrated trek in Nepal. With the anticipation to provide you with a unique trekking experience we, the member of Mission Himalaya Treks have designed this Tamang Heritage Trail Trek at a reasonable cost.
Why choose Tamang Heritage Trail?
The reason for joining this short Langtang region Trek on the Tamang Heritage route various from person to person. But below is listed some genuine reasons that explain why you should choose this trek for your upcoming vacation.
- Less crowded trekking trails offer you the eternal happiness
- Jaw-dropping views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and other Tibetan ranges including Kerung.
- Ancient old gompas, chortens, colourful prayer flags, and the beautiful Tibetan-influenced Tamang settlements.
- Festivals, Celebrations, and Hospitality of the local Tamang people
- Rejuvenating walk through the dense forest of pine, rhododendrons, and other
- Exploration of the sacred Parvati Kund, which is popular for its power of fertility
- Homestay service in the village of Gatlang, Thuman, Birdim, and so on.
Besides these, as the Langtang region was hugely affected by the 2015 earthquake, the people living in this region are still struggling a lot for their living. With some of the time spent on agriculture and animal husbandry, most of the people living here fully depend on tourism. Your visit to this place contributes a lot to raise their living standard and community development. So, just think of visiting this region on your next visit to Nepal. The happiness and appreciation that you receive after visiting this region are incomparable to anything in the world. Thus without thinking for a while, make a decision of joining the Tamang heritage trail Trekking.
Day 1: Arrival day at Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang
Day 4: From Gatlang trek to Tatopani
Day 5: Tatopani to Thuman via Nagthali
Day 6: Trek from Thuman to Bridim
Day 7: Bridim to Syabrubesi
Day 8: Return Back to Kathmandu
Day 9: Departure Day
How to get into the Tamang Heritage Trekking Trail?
To get into the Tamang Heritage Trail, you have to first take a drive of around 8 hours from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From Syabrubesi, you can continue your actual trekking journey. If you are thinking of the mode of transportation availability, then let's make you clear, that both local and tourists bus leaves from Balaju or Machha Pokhari for Syabrubesi. Furthermore, if you want to reach there earlier, you also have the option to hire a private jeep ride. However, joining the latter one demands some extra cost.
Unlike the busy roads of Kathmandu Valley, the winding and scenic roads of the Syabrubesi always bless you with an adventurous travel experience. Further continuing the trek from Syabrubesi, you will get to experience the exotic Tamang culture, festivals, and celebrations.
Tamang Heritage Trail Trek extensions
There are various extension options available during the Tamang Heritage trail trekking.
Tamang Heritage trail Trekking with Langtang Valley Trek
Among many, one of the popular ones is the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek with Langtang Valley trek. To accomplish this trek, instead of terminating the trek with the trek from Birdim to Syabrubesi, you better proceed your trek towards the Lama hotel. From Lama Hotel, you can continue your trek up to the popular Kyanjin Gompa via the Langtang village. To make your return, retrace the route back to the Lama Hotel and then head to Syabrubesi via Thulo Syabru. For this extension, you require a total of around 4 extra days for your trek.
Tamang Heritage Trail itinerary with Langtang Trek
Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Day 2: Syabrubesi to Gatlang
Day 3: Gatlang to Tatopani
Day 4: Tatopani to Thuman via Nagthali
Day 5: Thuman to Birdim
Day 6: Birdim to Lama hotel
Day 7: Lama Hotel to Langtang National park
Day 8: Langtang National Park to Kyanjin
Day 9: Retrace the route to Lama hotel
Day 10: From lam Hotel, head to the Thulo Syabru
Day 11: Thulo Syabru to Syabrubesi or Dunche
Day 12: Return back to Syabrubesi or Dunche village.
Day 13: Take a drive back to Kathmandu Valley
Tamang Heritage Trek with Gosainkunda Trek
Tamang Heritage trek can also be combined with the popular Gosainkunda trek. Gosainkunda Trek itself is combined with Langtang Valley trek most of the time and when it gets combined with the Tamang Heritage Trail trek, it adds extra excitement and entertainment. Located at an elevation of around 4380m, the Gosainkunda Lake demands the proper acclimatization rest.
Best time for Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
Similar to most of the trekking regions of Nepal, Spring and Autumn's season astonish trekkers on the Tamang Heritage trail. A walk on the Tamang Trekking trails during the popular Autumn and Spring season offers you enthralling and clear views of the sky and the surrounding. For a better trekking experience, always dress up on layer so that whenever you feel hot or warm you can add or remove clothes out of your body.
Being the low altitude trek winter trek is also doable and is equally interesting. In addition, summer trek is also absolutely possible but while trekking this region in summer be cautious about the slippery roads, landslides and leeches on the way.
Solo Trek or Guided Trek?
Well, the routes of Tamang Heritage Trek are simple and straightforward so, solo trek never comes as an issue on this trek. Till you have a Tamang Heritage Trail map on your hand, you are unlikely to miss your way. In case of any dilemma regarding the routes, you can ask the locals in teahouse or lodges. Not the proficient level but the locals there understand and speaks at least basic English.
Nevertheless, a guided trek always serves you with more information and more entertainment. You needn't have to think much about the accommodation and all. Instead, the hide will take care of your Tamang Heritage Trail Itinerary. By chance, if you suffer from any physical sickness, with proper first aid knowledge, guides are always there to help you. Further, these guides are the ones who help you to better connect with the locals and their celebrations.
Hiring a guide from the Langtang region itself, serve you with authentic and genuine information whereas the guide from Kathmandu accompanies you throughout the trail. Moreover, as most of the local people depend on tourism for their living, your selection for their as a guide helps them a lot on their living. Meanwhile, the guides from Kathmandu Valley also provides you with authentic information and do all possible things to indulge with the locals. And also, their major source of income is tourism. Therefore, it is all up to you whether to hire a guide from Kathmandu or the Langtang region.
Accommodation and Food during the Tamang Heritage Trek
With the availability of teahouses, lodges and homestay are throughout the trekking trail, accommodation is not a matter of concern during the trek to Tamang Heritage tail. During your stay at the Syabrubesi, you can have a luxurious stay at the western-style hotels. However, after heading towards the Tamang settlements, the lodges and homestays offer you simple and clean private rooms with basic facilities like electricity, mattresses, and hot showers. Moreover, where most lodges offer you squat toilets, there are some offering western toilets.
Varieties of foods are served at the teahouses and lodges of the Tamang Heritage Trekking trail. From traditional Nepali Dal Bhat set to the western pasta, pizza, omelettes, pancakes, and many other dishes, the lodges here includes varieties on their menus. Further, your stay at the homestay, lets you taste the dhendo too. Mostly dhendo is the dish prepared out of the flour of Millet, Barley, or Wheat. At the homestays, Tamand traditional food and liquors let you try some new tastes.
Necessary equipment and clothing during the Tamang Heritage Trail trekking
Depending upon which season you are trekking, the equipment list varies. Joining the trek during the winter season, you have to pack more warm gears on your backpack, whereas the trek during the summer demands more rain gears like raincoats, rainboot, and so on. The normal packing list that you must include on your backpack are listed below:
- Hiking Poles
- Hiking Boots
- Hiking socks
- Warm Socks
- Normal shoes
- Down Jacket
- Windproof jacket
- Hiking Sorts
- Quick-drying undergarments
- Woollen Pants
- Lip Balm
- Sun Protection Cream
- Sun hat
- Warm Hat
- Electronic gadgets including spare battery, camera, earplug, and so on
- Required documents: Permits and Insurance Document
- Trekking Maps
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this trek suitable for the beginner trekker?
Located in close proximity to that of the popular Kathmandu valley, A trek to the Tamang Heritage trek is actually for the beginner trekker. With less altitude gain, altitude sickness is not a major concern during this trek. However, you have to be careful to some extent.
How fit I need to be to complete this trek?
Anyone with a good fitness level can complete this trek. Suitable for people of all age groups, the trek on the Tamang Heritage Trail Nepal does not demand prior trekking experience. However, prepare yourself for at least 6 hours of walk during the trekking days.
What permits are required for the Tamang Heritage Trek?
Tamang Heritage trail Trekking demands two permits. One is a Trekkers' Information Management Systems(TIMS) card and another is the Langtang National Park Entry permit.
If you are already in the Kathmandu valley, then with your passport and 2 passport photos, visit the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. You can acquire both the permits from there. the alternative destination to acquire these permits is the park entry point, Dunche. It is always better to go with the first option. No matter, where you are going to apply for the permits, make sure to visit the offices with the Nepali currency. After receiving the permits, keep those permits with you throughout the trek. At several checkpoints, you have to show these permits.
Are there ATMs available on the Tamang Heritage Trekking Trail?
Only one ATMs is available throughout the trekking route and that is located at trek start point Syabrubesi. Thus, prior to heading to the remote regions of Nepal, it is always recommended to withdraw enough cash from the ATMs in popular city areas of the Kathmandu valley.
What is the maximum elevation that we reach on this trek?
The maximum elevation that we reach during the trek to the Tamang Heritage trek is 3165m at Nagthali.
Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
After your arrival at Tribhuwan Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our team members. Upon the completion of all the document formalities, our representative member will escort you to the hotel room. If you have free time after resting for a while in your hotel room, you can stroll around the lively streets of Thamel. Further, entering any of the hotels at Thamel gives you the opportunity to taste traditional as well as continental dishes. By joining the live music events, you can experience the best nightlife experience in Thamel. However as you are going to start your trek journey the next day, it will be better to stay at the hotel and do some preparation for the next day's trip.
Before your sleep, we will provide you with all the required trip information and instruction.
Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(1460m) (Around 8 hours drive)
Wake up, freshen up, and dress up well. After taking the morning breakfast, today we will start our journey of Tamang Heritage Trail trek. Joining the local bus drive from Machha Pokhari or Balaju we will leave the Kathmandu valley behind to reach Syabrubesi. Located northward of the Kathmandu Valley the destination is not that far from the Valley in distance. However, when focused on the culture and nature, you can notice the huge difference. Passing through the meandering and bumpy trails, we will cross Trishuli Bazaar and Dunche to reach Syabrubesi. The views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal bless you all the way around.
Leaving all the stress behind, we will stay overnight at Syabrubesi.
Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang(2240m) (Trek for around 6 and half hour)
Today, we will step into the Tamang Heritage Trekking trails for the first time. Like most of the Langtang region treks, including the popular Langtang Valley trek and Gosainkunda trek, our Tamang Heritage trek also starts from the beautiful Syabrubesi.
Around 3 hours of steep ascent from Syabrubesi we will reach Rongga Bhanjyang(2250m) from where we then descend for about 50minutes to reach Goljung Village. Trekking from Syabrubesi to Rongga Bhanjyang for around 3 hours comes up with some struggle and challenge. Nonetheless, it also greets you with the alluring views of Ganesh Himal, the Gosainkunda range, and Goljung village.
After reaching the small Tamang settlements of Goljung village, energize your body with the delicious lunch and continue the trek with a gradual ascendancy to the Gatlang village. Along with the ancient old monastery and the secret Parvati Lake, the Tamang settlement of Gatlang lures you with their heartwarming hospitality. Stay overnight at Gatlang.
Day 4: From Gatlang, trek to Tatopani(2608m) (Trek for around 6hours)
Our today's destination is Tatopani. Following the line of stone chortens and mani walls, we will start our day's trek with a walk towards the Bhamdang Khola Valley. Thereafter relishing the views of Langtang Peak we walk on the stone steps to reach Chilime(1761m). Further continuing the trek we then cross the swinging bridge over the Chilime river before ascending through the terraced farmland to Gongang village. From Gongang village, Tatopani is around a 2-hour walk away. Overnight stay at Tatopani. There was a belief that the bath on the natural hot spring of Tatopani heals all skin diseases and provides you with a soothing experience. However, the devasting earthquake of 2015 caused huge damage to these hot springs too.
Day 5: Tatopani to Thuman(2339m) via Nagthali(3265m) (Around 8 hours trek)
After the morning breakfast, we walk through the verdant forest of alpine which leads us to Brimdang, a small Tamang settlement. Ascending from Bimthang we then reach Nagthali Ghyang(3165m). To savour the beauty of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Shishapangma, and so on trek further to the Taruche viewpoint(3700m). Thereafter, descend through the beautiful forest to reach the charming Tamang settlement, Thuman. Strolling around the Gompas and the settlements, you can experience the distinct Tibetan culture here. For your stay, there are several lodges at Thuman. Further, the presence of few homestays allows you to scrutinize the Tibetan influenced Tamang settlement more fascinatingly.
Day 6: Trek from Thuman to Bridim(2230m) (Around 6 hours trek)
The day today starts with the steep descent towards the Bhote Koshi river. Crossing the hanging bridge over the Bhote Koshi river, we then ascend to reach Lingling village. To reach Bridim we have to walk further for around 2 hours. Smaller than the Thuman village, Bridim is also a Tamang village. Like many other parts of the Langtang region, Bridim had also faced severe damage due to the 2015 earthquake. The village is still struggling to overcome the damage and to live a normal life. Far from the commercialization, your visit to this settlement turns out as a great help on their living. On the other hand, you will also be benefited from the ample opportunities of savouring the cultural and natural splendour of this region.
Day 7: Bridim to Syabrubesi (Approximately 4hours of trek)
It is our last day on the Tamang Heritage Trail. Starting the day with an early morning breakfast we will join the downhill trek through the stunning rhododendron and pine forest to reach Syabrubesi. As this is the last day of our trek we will do all possible things to make the trip more reminiscing and exciting.
Day 8: Return Back to Kathmandu (Around 8 hours Drive)
Joining the 7 to 8 hours of drive from Syabrubesi, we make our return back to the Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Departure Day
It's your departure day. Our team representative from Mission Himalaya Trek will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport. However, if you want to extend your holiday in Nepal by joining the Day tour in Kathmandu valley, you have to book your return flight as per your schedule and make your departure likewise.