Overview

Our Tamang Heritage Trek is a recently developed that is designed to provide a learning experience of the ethnic Tamang culture in the Langtang region of the Himalayas. The trail is located beside the Langtang Valley trail (see Tamang Heritage Langtang Valley Trek for info on combining the two routes), neighboured by the Ganesh Himal region.  If learning about the various ethnic groups in Nepal interests you, this trek will keep you in the constant fascination of the Tamang heritage.  

This 7-day trekking tour provides a variety of experiences.  It is the full-package trek, combining both cultural fascinations and natural wonders.  Observing Tamang customs and rituals, Tibetan Buddhist monuments, festivals, traditional architecture, and local Syabru dances makes this trekking experience truly unforgettable.  The warm-hearted Tamang, who practice both Hinduism and Buddhism, welcome trekkers with open arms.  Because this area sees so few tourists, your experience with the villagers and the natural surroundings is much more intimate than on the more popular routes.

The starting point of the Tamang Heritage Trek is a day’s bus drive from Kathmandu. We begin from Syabrubesi, in the gorgeous foothills of the Himalayas, and head you towards Gatlang village.  Gatlang is a picturesque, rustic village situated on a slope, surrounded by agricultural fields. From the get-go, we enjoy exploring, observing, and participating in the typical Tamang lifestyles.  Tourism has brought a lot of change to the lifestyles of the village communities, but they are still dedicated to sustaining their traditional ways of living, including their various festivals and rituals.

At Tatopani, we soak in a natural hot spring bath, allowing our muscles to heal and our minds to relax.  The ancient monasteries adorned with intricate wood engravings in Thuman makes us appreciate the artful craftsmanship of the Tamang ethnic group.  We have a visit to the historical ruins of Rasuwagadhi and enjoy the homestay facility in Briddim. The Himalayan views of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and many more mesmerizing peaks give us chills when we arrive at the Nagthali viewpoint (3165m). After a delightful stroll through rhododendron forests, we conclude the loop trek in Syabrubesi and head back to Kathmandu.  However, you still have the option to join the Langtang Valley Trek from Lama Hotel, depending on your interest.  Throughout the trek, there will be opportunities to buy local handicrafts and clothing items along the trek.  It is nice to take home a souvenir to not only support the village economy but also to spread awareness of Tamang culture and heritage. 

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  

Trip Highlights

Exceptional hospitality and cultural beauty of the Tamang ethnic group

Participate in the once-in-a-lifetime festivals, dances, and other rituals that are carried out by the Tamang ethnic group

Rejuvenate your mind and body at the healing Tatopani hot spring

Views of the immaculate snowy peaks, including Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7422m)

Picturesque rice fields around the idyllic villages

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420m) by bus, 7-8 hours.
  • Day 03: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2200m), 5 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m), 6 hours.
  • Day 06: Early Morning hike up to Nagthali view point and Trek to Timure (1762m), 5 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Timure to Briddim (2345m), 6 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Briddim to Syabrubesi, 3-4 hours.
  • Day 09: Drive back from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 7-8 hours.
  • Day 10: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.  Our company provides you a sleeping bag, two person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with spectacular view.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental ,Italian , Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. From time to time flights to and from Lukla may be delayed due to weather conditions. It is often worthwhile to include a day or two extra in your schedule to be used in the event of a delay, or if you require a little extra time during the trek. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit to Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420m) by bus, 7-8 hours.
    In the morning, we take a scenic drive up north to Syabrubesi (about 117km), winding through twists and turns on the bumpy, hilly road. On the way, we pass typical hilly region settlements, enjoying the beautiful landscape along the way. Overnight at a lodge.
    • Syabrubesi
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1420m
  • Day 03: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2200m), 5 hours.
    Out of Syabrubesi, we are lead to Chilime Khola valley, from where we head west on a well-established trail towards Thambuchet. A steady climb brings us to a viewpoint, where we feast our eyes on Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Lirung range. An hour’s descent takes us to Goljung, where we can stop for lunch. Our hike continues until Gatlang, today’s destination. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Gatlang
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2200m
  • Day 04: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m), 6-7 hours.
    We begin today's trek by going down to Thangbuche near Chilime village, with Ganesh Himal and the Langtang mountain range peeking in our peripheral vision throughout the day. At a certain point, we pass by a hydropower dam and hike up to Tatopani. Despite the name “Tatopani” (hot water/hot springs), the springs were destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Overnight in the guest house.
    • Tatopani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2607m
  • Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m), 6 hours.
    After breakfast, we begin our hike to Thuman, passing Nagthali along the way. Taking it slow through the verdant forests, we pass several tiny Tamang villages surrounded by terraced hills. From here, it’s a couple of hours uphill to Nagthali, where we can have a rest and take in the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung, and Ganesh Himal. Nagthali also has a popular meditation center, a gathering place for Buddhist devotees and monks – it’s worth a visit. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Nagthali
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3165m
  • Day 06: Early Morning hike up to Nagthali view point and Trek to Timure (1762m), 5 hours.
    Hike up to Nagthali viewpoint for an hour and a half. The view from the Nagthali viewpoint is really beautiful. We are able to see the a part of Tibet from here! We spend our moments then head down for breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our hike feeling fresh and full of energy. Our trail coincides with the ancient salt trade route to Tibet today. In fact, we are very near to the border, we can be reached by crossing a bridge (though we are not supposed to enter). We feel connected to the past, knowing that for hundreds of years, salt traders have used the same path. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Timure
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1762m
  • Day 07: Trek from Timure to Briddim (2345m), 6 hours.
    It’s a mellow day today as we ascend through beautiful, bright rhododendron forests up to Briddim, a village influenced by the Tibetan culture. The village of about 50 houses has a monastery known as Dukchu Monastery. There are plenty of homestays in the village, allowing you to have a personal connection with the residents and learn about their lifestyle. Overnight in homestay.
    • Briddim
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Home Stay
    • 2345m
  • Day 08: Trek from Briddim to Syabrubesi, 3-4 hours.
    Today’s short peaceful hike takes us back to our starting point. We pass terraced hills and villages through verdant forests. It is a sad day as we leave the genuine, hospitable Tamang people and their beautiful environment and move back to the more populated trail. However, we appreciate the fact that we shared time with them and look forward to next time. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Syabrubesi
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1420m
  • Day 09: Drive back from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 7-8 hours.
    The scenic drive back to Kathmandu takes about 7-8 hours from Syabrubesi. Time passes quickly while we gaze outside the window at our gorgeous environment – rolling hills, high mountains, and local villages. We arrive in Kathmandu and have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 10: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek.

Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.

Government-authorized experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)