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Tamang Heritage Trail

The 'Tamang Heritage Trail' is an exciting trekking route located between Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. A culturally rich region steeped in Tibetan tradition, the local Tamang people are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in Nepal. Within easy access of Kathmandu we ascend the road north towards the Tibetan borderlands and enjoy a circuit trek through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and peaceful valleys where few trekkers venture. Continuing north towards Tibet we soak up the heritage and appreciate a local fort, monastery and exquisite local architecture of the Tamang homes. We take a rest day in Briddim to observe the construction of the new monastery and discover more about the local traditions of this wonderful region. Away from the main tourist trail, Tamang is a rewarding Himalayan region to visit. Please note that the condition of the trails in this region have changed since the earthquake of 2015. Trekkers should be prepared for a few sections of less defined trails, with some steeper and longer climbs and some longer trekking days. Some of the villages, including Briddim and Thuman, were damaged by the earthquake. We use the same trails as those used by the locals who live here, and you will observe first-hand the rebuilding and regeneration that is taking place here following the 2015 earthquake.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$350
airport transfers
expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
all park entrance fees and trekking permits
porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
sightseeing and sight entrance fees in Kathmandu
accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
Hightlights
Trek in a region seldom visited by westerners, near Langtang and Ganesh Himal
Observe Tamang resilience as they rebuild following the 2015 earthquake
Take in stunning views of the Langtang Himal
Feel the warmth of the local Tamang people and Tibetan tradition
Experience a fully supported camping based trek with three meals per day prepared by our cooks
Take in the sights in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $2,390
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Oct 201818 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,390
21 Oct 201801 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,390
04 Nov 201815 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,390
27 Jan 201907 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
10 Mar 201921 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
07 Apr 201918 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
06 Oct 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
20 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
03 Nov 201914 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,390
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3
After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Syabu Besi. Parts of the road are unsealed and the condition of the road often depends upon the monsoon season. We will travel via Trisuli Bazaar where the dam and hydrlectric project was completed by the Indian Technical Mission. Finally we drive on to Syabrubesi where we will make our first camp and final preparations for our trek. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the "Tamang Heritage Trail" is newly developed and an off the beaten track experience. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in salt and mountain goats for meat (changra) with foodstuffs from the south. The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The culture and traditions of these people are similar to Tibet just across the border. This region offers a wilderness experience with beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows and rhododendron forests. There are still bears, leopards, red panda and musk deer. During the months of March and April the Rhododendron forests are in full bloom and have many different species of trees, birds and butterflies.
Day 4
Syabrubesi is a commercial area and it is the starting point for treks in the region. It is the main junction towards Kerung Border and Langtang, Tamang Heritage and Gosainkund Lakes trek. Today we will walk uphill where we get to a view point where we gain fantastic views of the Ganesh Himal, Gosainkund range and Langtang Range. We then walk through a pine forest with gravel road from where we get good views of Goljang which is a major village. We will then walk further for an hour to our lunch stop. Today we walk through small villages and along the trails there are numerous Buddhist chortens and mani walls. Gatlang is a beautiful Tamang village that is set high on a hillside among terraced fields.
Day 5
Our walk today begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After Chilime, we start to ascend first by crossing a small hanging bridge and continue until we reach our campsite. Enroute, we have excellent vies of the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani means 'hot water' in Nepali, and this was previously the site of hot springs prior to the earthquake of April 2015.
Days 6-7
This morning we ascend to Nagthali, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Nagthali Danda (3300m), the highest pass of the area, lies in a high open grassland and offers outstanding panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. Today is our highest campsite of this trip. From this campsite an excellent day hike can be made north towards the Tibet/Nepal border.
Day 8
We begin with an easy flat trails which descends to Thuman en route to the old trade route to Tibet. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here are an unforgettable experience
Day 9
Passing through rhododendron forests and meadows we head towards Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang village located in the heart of the Langtang Himal. We can visit a meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche today, revered as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Please note this village was extensively damaged during the earthquake of 2015. Work is getting underway by the locals to rebuild this village where they have been living for many generations.
Day 10
We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi.
Day 11
The drive back to Kathmandu should take approximately 7 hours, depending on road conditions. On arrival the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12
Arrangements cease after breakfast unless further arrangements have been made. Those travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.