Tamang Heritage Trail & Langtang Valley 12 Days
Duration: 12 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3749 m
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November
This part of Nepal, which is located next to the Langtang valley, is far less visited by tourists. The Tamang Heritage Trail is a gem trek for those trekkers who would like to experience some of the local cultures of Nepal. This gives you a chance to experience authentic encounters with the warm and old traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Tamang. This trail passes through Tamang villages with regular views of the Langtang and Ganesh mountain ranges. After a few days of encountering the Tamang culture, you are going to explore the beautiful Langtang Valley.
The journey starts with a day drive by private car to Syabrubesi. This village has become a commercial area and it is the starting point for a trek into the Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lakes. After the earthquake of April 2015, the route to Syabrubesi has become the main route to the Tibetan border for travel and trading with Tibet. On the first trekking day, you will climb for 2 hours to Gholjong. After the climb, you will be rewarded with great views of the Ganesh mountain range. From Gholjong it is an easy hike to Gatlang. The next day you will descend to the Trisuli river passing by mani walls and chortens. In Tatopani (“hot water” in Nepali) you can take a bath in one of the natural hot springs in the middle of the village. After Tatopani, it is uphill trekking to the highest point of the Tamang trail. You will hike through the forest to Nagthali Gyan at an altitude of 3165 meters. After enjoying the mountain views you will hike to the traditional Tamang village of Thuman. Thuman is a large village in the Langtang region where locals live according to their old Buddhist traditional lifestyle. Thuman has ancient monasteries and traditional wood-carved houses. After Thuman, you will hike through the rhododendron forest and open meadows to another traditional Tamang village of Briddim. From Briddim you will explore the Langtang Valley. On the first days into the valley, you will follow the roaring Langtang Khola river that cuts through a gorge. After a few days, the valley opens up to meadows and small farming settlements. You will be treated with a view of stunning views far into the valley. Here you will pass many long Buddhist mani walls. In the valley, you will pass the former village of Langtang. This local village is no longer there for it was buried under millions of tons of rock and ice during the devastating earthquake in the spring of 2015. The only building still standing is the Gompa. Ten additional buildings on the edge of the landslide were totally destroyed by the air pressure wave. In the centre of the debris are five white flags, in memory of the deceased.
You continue on to Mundu near the former village of Langtang. In the village of Kyangjin Gompa, you have a resting day. An optional day hike is possible to one of the surrounding peaks, the Kyangjin Ri (4600 meters) or the Tsergo Ri (5200 meters). From these peaks, you will have a panoramic view of the entire Langtang mountain range including the Langtang Lirung and Shishapangma. From Kyangjin Gompa you follow back your footsteps out of the valley the same way you came.
Day 01 Private drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1460 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Gatlang (2240m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Tatopani (2607m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Cross over Nagthali Gyang(3165m) to Thuman (2338m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Briddim (2230m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Lama Hotel (2350 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Mundu (3500 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3749 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day in Kyangjin Gompa, optional day hike to Kyangjin Ri (4600 m – 8 hrs.) or Tsergo Ri (5200 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Bamboo lodge (2350 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Syabrubesi (1460 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Private drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return private drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-Langtang National Park entrance fee and TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)