Tamang Heritage Trekking 12 Days

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Jul

Tamang Heritage trek is a newly opened popular trekking destination in Lantang Region. This is off-the-beaten trail which is ideal for those people who want to explore the untouched culture and traditional life style of indigenous Tamang and Tibetan people as the trekking route covers culture, religion and daily lifestyle of Tamang community of Langtang region.

Tamang heritage trekking trial is situated at Rasuwa district in the north of Kathmandu nearby Tibetan border of Nepal and Langtang Region. It is an interesting trek through Tamang villages and settlements. Their culture is virtually untouched. During the trekking you enjoy the dramatic views of Langtang Lirung (7245m.), Langtang Kerung, Chimse Danda ridge crossed by Ganjala Pass (5122m.), Dorje Lakpa (6989m.), Jugal Himal, Paldor peak, Ganesh Himal, , Manaslu, Shringi Himal, and Sanjen Himal ranges. The views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains will be unforgettable. Tamang ritual, Tibetan traditional culture, festival and local Syabru dance makes this heritage trek very popular and unique.

During this trek, you can discover rough history of Tibetan ancestors. In the earlier days they came from Tibet and they changed their ethnicity in Tamang in order to get Nepali citizenship. They are descendants from Tibet and have hardly seen any tourists. Their descendants are now Buddhists and living on agriculture and trade.

This trek is very famous itself by its tropical culture of local Tamang people, beautiful architecture of the mountain houses and ancient monasteries.  It also offers memorable experience through amazing landscapes of alpine and hot spring. The 12-day trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and takes you to the remote region and untouched area that is still away from modern civilization. Next, day we start our trek into the mountainous region passing through Goljung, Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, Timure, Briddim, and Lama Hotel, Lang tang Valley and Kyanjin Gompa respectively. Goljung, Gatlang and Langtang are traditional Tamang villages culminating cultural features. The visit to beautiful local Tamang monastery and the holy Parvati Kunda Lake at Gatlang adds delight to your trekking. Throughout our journey we will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Himalayas and get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the Tamangs who live in close vicinity to the mighty Langtang. There is a beautiful view point at Nagthali pass from where you can see the Langtang Himalayan range and Kerung (Tibet). The Tamang heritage valley bids swift mountain streams, pine forest, grassy downs and meadows strewn rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, with daisies and wild primrose.

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for every trekkers. In the month of April and March the forest is reddish with the Rhododendron flower which is also the national flower of Nepal. The majestic view of Langtang and Ganesh Himal range is also unforgettable in Tamang heritage trekking trip. The valley is also paradise for the wild animal like leopards, red panda’s and musk deer. It is a combine camping, home stay and lodge trekking package. This can be organized with only home stay and lodge for a small group size.

Outlined Itinerary
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft) – 8/9 hours drive
Day 02: Trek Syabrubesi to Goljung (1960m)
Day 03: Trek Goljung to Gatlang (2240m)
Day 04: Trek Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft) – 6/7 hours walk
Day 05: Trek Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali – 6 hours walk
Day 06: Thuman to Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft) – 6 hours walk
Day 07: Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m) – 6 hours walk
Day 08: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft) – 6/7 hours walk
Day 09: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft) – 4 hours walk
Day 10: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft) – 4/5 hours walk
Day 11: Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi – 5 hours walk
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft) – 8/9 hours drive
On the first day of our journey, we leave Kathmandu and drive for about 8 to 9 hours in order to reach Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is a small village which is located on the north-western parts of Nepal. It is a gateway to Lang tang valley. Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal on a clear day, terraces, rustic villages and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, the road winds up and down. We check into the hotel upon reaching Syabrubesi and stay overnight.

Day 02: Trek Syabrubesi to Goljung (1960m) – 3/4 hrs trek
On this day, we wake up early and after having breakfast we start our trek to Goljung, destination of the day. Ascending from Syabrubesi after few hours we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic views of Mountains including: Ganesh Himal, Gosainkunda range, Sishapangma, Langtang Lirung and the Goljung Valley. Here the Tamang, the indigenous people of the region, grow corn, potatoes, berries, and varied grains. Everything is cooked over an open fire. Their drafty houses are build out of stone and wood and during the snows of winter their only reliable source of heat is body heat. Descending down from the view point, we trek down to Goljung valley for our overnight stay.

Day 03: Trek Goljung to Gatlang (2240m) – 4/5 hrs walk
The trail today is very short and pleasant. Gatlang is a small beautiful village and the origin of Tamang ethnic people in Nepal. You can experience a warm hospitality and culture of Tamangs. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by “Khada” (white scarf) and the home made local drinks “Rakshi” accompanied by the cultural song. Get refreshed and enjoy the local Syabru dance. You can particularly view that most of the houses are made up of stones and woods. You can closely observe their day-to-day life. Their days are filled with activities such as gathering/chopping wood, collecting water, gathering/storing food, planting crops, weaving baskets to store the food in, as well as, needed clothing and blankets and so on. Overnight at Gatlang

Day 04: Trek Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft) – 6 /7 hours walk
On the following day, we trek ahead towards Tatopani. Literally, Tatopani means “Hot Water” which best describes the place as there is a natural hot spring. We begin today’s trek with a descent to Thangbuche by the Bhote Koshi River and soak-in magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way. Then we will pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. We take a dip into the natural hot water and relax our tired muscles.  After completing 6/7 hours of strenuous trek, we will reach Tatopani. You can take a bath in the hot spring in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that these water have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Overnight stay at local guest house.

Day 05: Trek Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali – 6 hours walk
Commencing trek from Tatopani, we pass through the dense alpine forest until we reach a small typical Tamang settlement of Brimdang. After having a close mountain view and observing the village life, we ascend to the high open grassland we reach Nagthali Danda which is about 3300 meters above sea level, where you can have mesmerizing views of snow covered Himalayas like: of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung and Ganesh Himal. The hill is quite rich in biodiversity and is also a suitable place to have spectacular view of mountains. Nagthali is regarded as the popular meditation center for local monks. After spending some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa, we descend down to Thuman via forest trail where you may encounter wildlife such as deer and monkeys. Thuman is another cultural village which is famous for its Shamanic performances. This place also offers the beautiful views of Langtang. The people here are very friendly and are influenced by Tibetan culture. At evening, you will observe Tamang cultural show and spend overnight in one of the lodges of Thuman.

Day 06: Thuman to Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft) – 6 hours walk
Today, after breakfast we trek to Briddim via Lingling. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village with ancient Tibetan immigrants, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Houses of this place are build up of stones and offers the wonderful cultural and traditional scenario to us. You can also visit the Dukchu Gomba monastery. Inhabitants of this place are originally from Tibet. Thus, this place resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.

Day 07: Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m) – 6 hours walk
After closely observing Tibetan culture in Briddim, we move forward to Lama Hotel which is a 5/6 hours walk from Briddim. At beginning, our trail descends to Ghopche Khola. Passing through the small stream, our trail then ascend through Rimche before reaching Lama Hotel. Rimche has the best sun set view. It takes further 30 minutes to reach Lama Hotel from Rimche. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and amazing mountain vista. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 08: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft) – 6/7 hours walk
After breakfast, we embark on our trip to the Langtang Village. The trail winds through oak and rhododendron forests. You can also have a watch for different kinds of birds.  After climbing up steadily through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. On the way, we also enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung framed by the trees. We then pass by water mills, prayer wheels and chortens adorned with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. At Ghora Tabela (3000 m) the trail comes out from the forest. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who brings their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months.  There is a monastery which can be visited shortly before arriving at the village of Lantang. Lang tang is the headquarter of Lang tang National Park. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft) – 4 hours walk
On this day, we will be having the shortest trek of the whole trek. We walk through yak pastures and pass the largest mani wall in Nepal which is made from stone with prayers written on them. It is believed that the prayers on the mani wall spreads around by blowing winds. We cross several wooden bridges before reaching Kyanjin Gompa which is beautifully surrounded by the mighty Himalayas all around.

As we will reach Kyanjin Gompa by the noon, we can take a walk around the place enjoying astounding views of glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks. You can explore some popular cheese factories in this beautiful valley situated at the lap of Langtang Lirung and get an opportunity to sample the tasty local yak cheese. You can walk up the valley part of the way to the grazing grounds of Langshisha Kharka surrounded by glaciers. Alternatively it is possible to climb the peak of Kyanjin Ri (4600m) with a fine view over the entire Langtang valley. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft) – 4/5 hours walk
We trek back to the Lama Hotel. Since the trek is only downhill, it will only take us around 4 to 5 hours to reach our destination. It is a downhill trek through forests and alongside a beautiful mountain river. On the way we pass through the ethnic settlements of the Tamang people whose religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. Overnight at Lama Hotel.

Day 11: Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi – 5 hours walk
On the last day of our trek, we will be enjoying the easy trail mostly downhill. Crossing the Lang tang River, the trail passes through the lush green vegetation, terraced fields, forests of oak and maple. The forest is alive with wildlife, mainly birds and small animals. You may see the occasional group of monkeys.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu you can spend the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Or else you could stroll in the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub for some souvenir shopping. Overnight at Kathmandu.

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Lang tang Region
Amongst the three major trekking areas in Nepal, namely, Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, the Langtang valley is the most under trekked. Most of the big name peaks are in the Everest and Annapurna regions, so Langtang has always come third when selecting a trekking destination. In many ways this is real pity because Langtang offers pristine forests, rich bird life, monastic culture and above all some spectacular mountain views of the Langtang Himal topped by the shapely Langtang Lirung. Langtang is one of the lesser spoiled national parks located on the northern part of Nepal. Situated North of Kathmandu valley near the Tibetan border, it is the most easily accessible highland sanctuary from the capital. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang covers 1,710 sq.km. Forming the upper catchments area of two of Nepal’s largest river systems – the Trishuli and Koshi. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with peaks between 6,000 to 7,000 meters. There is great latitudinal variation, starting at 1,500 m. and ascending to the top of Mt. Langtang Lirung at 7,234 m. As a result the park has immense ecological diversity. Some of the most attractive areas of the park include the Langtang Valley, the holy lakes at Gosainkund, and the forested hillsides above the village of Helambu.

The name Langtang originates from two different words ‘Lang’ and ‘Tang’. Lang means Yak and Tang means to follow. Having trek to Langtang reflects you the unique possibility to watch Nepalese of west to east Himalaya. Langtang and its several peaks along with fresh water lakes of this region such as Gosainkunda, Saraswati Kunda, Parvati Kund and many other small lakes situated at the height of more than 4300m will create manifold interest and enthusiasm toward nature. Langtang region is the second largest conserved National Park of Nepal enriched by 1000 species of flora and 150 different species of birds and many wild animals such as Tigers, beers, deer, and Wild sheep. This region is full of mountains: Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Naya Kangri (5846m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m).

Gatlang
Gatlang is a new trekking route in the Ganesh Himal area, North of Kathmandu. This is also known as Tamang Heritage Trail Trek in this region. In a bid to encourage young people from different corners of the world to visit Nepal for their outdoor interests, Tourism Authorities of Nepal had been looking at different potentials and in this connection, Government of Nepal recently announced the opening of this new trekking route, named after the founder of International scouts, “Lord Baden Powell”. The trekking route had been opened for foreigners since 2004, but had rarely been approached by tourists. A true insight into the Tamang culture, Active interaction with the local population, experiencing their genuine warmth and welcome. In an expedition style trek you will enjoy unforgettable days in settings that haven’t lost the charm of centuries old culture and friendship with all men, a stroll through a hilly terrain with excellent views on the towering peaks and impressive glaciers of the Langtang Himalayan mountain range. This trekking route takes you through verdant midlands of Nepal experiencing traditional cultural practice with the magnificent Himal region. Hearty welcome by locals, rich architecture of their mountain houses, and the ancient monasteries and places of pray add color to the trial.

Tamang People and their lifestyle
The word “Tamang” is constructed from 2 words: ‘Ta’ – ‘Horse’ and ‘Mang’ – Businessman/Trader in the Tibetan language. Some believe this indicates migration from Tibet, possibly based around horse trading. Tamangs are the indigenous inhabitants of the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet, their ancestral land is called Tamsaling. These people are believed to have come from Tibet, possibly around 3000 years ago, and are Nepal’s largest ethnic group. They have their own distinct culture, tradition, language, religion and social system. It is believed that the Tamangs were self-ruled and autonomous until 232 years ago. During the last two centuries, Tamangs have been most discriminated and exploited community of Nepal. Little is known of Tamang history but it is believed that the Tamangs have been in the Himalayan zone of Nepal longer than any other group. As this Tamang people should be ahead in nation but unfortunately, many years of marginalization and discrimination have hindered the progress of the Tamangs. But despite facing several hardships they have survived to maintain their distinct identity and recent years have seen some developments. They dress colorful and their houses are adorned with beautiful woodcarvings. The Tamang women wear beautiful ornament of precious stones and their colourful dress, which reminds us the Tibet.

Tamang communities are generally found on higher elevations with the peasants engaging in shifting cultivation and extraction of forest products. They are mainly sheep and yak herders but grow some grains and vegetables. Their daily life activities include raising livestock, agriculture and trade with Kerung in Tibet. They also weave baskets and mats from bamboo. Due to the lack of irrigation at higher altitudes, their crops are often limited to corn, millet, wheat, barley, and potatoes. They often supplement their farming income with manual labor. They also work as porters and the chances are that the Sherpas and Guides on a Trek are more likely to be a Tamang than an actual Sherpa. They form a significant proportion of the porters in the Himalayan Mountain region and are generally recognized as the strongest, most trustworthy and reliable porters in the Himalayas. Due to the discrimination experienced by the Tamang people they have remained on the whole poorly educated, and the majority has been limited to working in farming, portering, mountain trekking, and driving in Kathmandu. They also work in construction of Tibetan rugs, Thankas (Tibetan painting), driving, labor and trekking.

Tamang language is the most widely spoken Sino-Tibetan language in Nepal. They generally follow a form of Tibetan Buddhism, speak a language derived from Tibetan-Barmeli and the culture is almost identical to that of Tibet. Their language occupies fifth place in the country in terms of the number of speakers speaking any one language and first place among the Tibeto-Burman languages. Tamangs are divided into 240 families but have no class or social status differentiations based upon the family groups. Every family has clans (Swagen Bhai). Marriage between their clans is restricted by Tamang traditions. A peaceful people who are virtually unknown outside their own country, they are finding the onslaught of modernization a strain on their culture.

Tamangs are Lama (Tibetan) Buddhists, as are most upper Himalayan peoples. Their religion is traditionally Bon Lamaism; a fusion of Shamanism and Buddhism. Bon is the pre Buddhist belief concentrated in Tibet and still widely practiced although generally ignored in Western perceptions or descriptions of the area. They have Gompa (monasteries) in every sizeable village. Every family has their special Buddhist god and book to worship every morning. The Tamangs retain Jankri (shamans) in addition to their lamas (priests). These Jankri perform certain rites such as trances and sacrifices to alleviate problems or assure good fortune.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Mini 2 – Max – 12 pax
  • Best Season:Sept – Dec, March – May
  • Trip Code:NT-N226
  • Duration:12 Days Treking
  • Maximum Altitude:3600m
  • Region:Langtang
  • Start:Kathmandu
  • End:Kathmandu
  • Trekking Type:Tea House/Camping
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