Gatlang village of Tamang Heritage trail
The Langtang Himalayan ranges.
The view of Ganesh himal ranges from Nagthali.

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Trip Code
BNTNP-031
Starting From
USD 990
Duration
10 days
Group Size
02-15 Pax
Max. altitude
3165m
Trek Starting Point
Syabrubensi
Trek Ending Point
Syabrubensi
accommodation
3 star hotels and Lodges
meals
all meals during the trek
Transportations
Land cruiser and private vehicles
Challenge
Moderate
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The Tamang heritage trail trek begins from Syabrubensi and goes through different villages of Gatlang, Chilime, Tatopani, Nagthali, Thuman, and Briddim. The trailing end back in Syabrubensi or you can keep on following the Langtang valley trek.

The region was restricted, which lies near the Tibet border, the unexplored areas of the Langtang national park have recently opened and grown in the Tamang heritage trail. The folks living in these places are pure Tibetans migrated from Tibet several years ago and Tamang community, whose culture goes to hundreds of years.

The civilization, crafts, ancient monasteries, traditionally built stone houses and the exquisite carved wooden porches reflect the solitude and the serenity of this Himalayan scenery. This region has developed a unique homestay centre. An individual can remain in local houses, living together with the locals; taste the local foods and beverages.

While Goljung has an ancient monastery, Gatlang is put high on a hillside among terraced fields of Tamang settlement. From the viewpoint at Nagthali near these settlements, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Langtang Himalayan range and the Ganesh Himal range.

The Tamang Heritage Trail is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu that's an unparalleled mix of natural beauty and one of a kind culture of Langtang region.

What's Included?

  • All Airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast and all govt. taxes.
  • Transporation cost of Kathmandu /Syabru bensi/ Kathmandu by landcruiser.
  • All varieties of meals on trek the lodge and restaurant menu after departing Kathmandu to before arriving back in Kathmandu, all kind of hot beverages, boiled water.
  • Langtang National park permit fee.
  • TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) card arrangements.
  • Service of Guide and porter during the trek and also their salary, insurance, foods and lodging.
  • Agency service charges and government applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • All meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu
  • Visa fee and international airport taxes.
  • Entrance fee and sightseeing cost in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost due to road conditions.
  • Any alcoholic drinks and Purchase of bottled water.
  • All personal clothing equipments including sleeping bags.
  • Any tips and donations.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1340m)

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel which is closer to the restaurant, shopping centers.

Day 02 Drive to Syabrubensi (1450m)

Drive Kathmandu to Sybrubensi by landcruiser which will takes you 6-7 hrs. We drive along the roads of Trisuli passing some dirt roads through Dunche and finally reach at Syabrubensi.Overnight in Lodge.

Day 03 Syabrubensi to Gatlang(2215m) 5-6 hrs walking

After crossing the town of Syabrubensi we ascend all the way up to the ridge where we see very good view of surroundings. Then walk along the mountainside trail through some villages above Goljung and reach the popular tamang settlement of Gatlang. Overnight in homestay/Lodge.

Day 04 Gatlang to Tatopani(2600m) 6 hours walking

Today at beginning we descend along the valley to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village). We walk left side valley following the upstream and ascend steeply to the small villages then continue walk up until reaching the Tatopani village(Hotspring)Overnight in Lodge.

Day 05 Tatopani to Nagthali view point(3165m) 3-4 hrs walking.

Today we walk all the time up through the dense forest until you reach at Nagthali view poing which is the most beautiful spot in the area. You will get an amazing view of Ganesh himal ranges, Langtang mountains and Tibet mountains. Visit the old monastery below the mountain in the afternoon. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 06 Nagthali view point to Thuman(2330m) 3 hrs walking

You wake up early this mornign for sunrise views. After breakfast descend all the way to Thuman village which is typical tamang village infulenced by the tibetan culture. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 07 Thuman to Briddhim(2225m) 5-6 hrs walking

Today you will be descending down to the valley of Bhotekoshi river. After crossing the suspension bridges you will walk along the beautiful tamang villages and finally reach at Briddhim. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 08 Briddhim to Syabrubensi(3-4 hrs walking)

Today first part is we walk preety level path along the dense forests. Then we descend leaving the main trail going towards langtang valley. The trail is steep as we get back to Syabrubensi in the afternoon.

Day 09 Syabrubensi to Kathmandu(6-7 hrs driving)

Today we drive same way back to Kathmandu along the Pasang Lhamu highway by private vehicles. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10 Departure back to home.

Today we will transfer you to the international airport for your departure flight back to home.

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  1.  Sleeping bag (down), rated to -10 degree centigrade (If you don’t have them it can rent in Kathmandu for your trek period).
  2. Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  3. Hiking boots should be light weight to medium weight leather or Gore-Tex.  Your boots should fit well and be completely broken in prior to your trek.
  4. Sneakers or sandals for camp and town.
  5. Socks, thin liners (polypro or silk), thick outer socks (wool or polypro).  Bring 3 changes of socks.
  6. Thermal underwear, polypropylene or other synthetic (No cotton).  
  7. Lightweight hiking pants,  Insulating pants (fleece or equivalent),  Rain pants.
  8. Several t-shirts, both long and short sleeved.
  9. Shirts long sleeved.
  10. Rain jacket/poncho(Gore-Tex) or equivalent is ideal
  11. Down jacket.
  12. Fleece Jackets
  13. Warm hat.
  14. Hat for sun protection.
  15. Gloves or mittens.
  16. Quality sunglasses with 100% UV and IV protection. (It is also recommended to bring a spare pair)
  17. If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, bring spares.
  18. Two (2) good quality 1 liter water bottles.
  19. Trekking poles. (optional, and can be purchased in Kathmandu)
  20. Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.
  21. Reading/writing materials.
  22. Pictures of where you live, your family, and what you do. (to share with people along the way).
  23. Camera and spare batteries.
  24. Special snack items in zip lock bags.
  25. Ear plugs (for travel)
  26. Particle masks (for dust)
  27. Toilet kit with towel, washcloth, bandanna, scrub brush, short clothes line, safety pins, mesh laundry bag, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, pre-moistened towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  28. Women: bring extra sanitary supplies and zip lock bags to pack out used materials.
  29. Personal medical/first aid kit with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, nasal/throat decongestant, topical antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, sunscreen and lip balm, laxative, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacid, water purification tablets (or filter), moleskin, bug repellent, and any personal prescriptions or medical items.

 

Nepal Entry Visa Procedures

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid Passport (6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to a passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.

You can obtain the Nepal visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. And you can apply for the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.

Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 30 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 50 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visas. 

We suggest you take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied for the online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.

Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Nepal Trekking Season’s

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months, flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be a bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon. 

Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. 

December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid-June through August. 

This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. 

At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

A Typical Day of the Trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. 

After breakfast, we are usually starting a good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight.

We reach the teahouse/camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for dinner around 7 PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181sqkm, stretching 800 km from east to west and 90 to 230 km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. 

Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region.

Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 meters. Nepal is divided into seven states and seventy-seven districts. Where the high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 m to above 8,848 m. 

This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho-Oyu(8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. 

Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Effects of Global Warming & Climate Change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address the impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. 

The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. 

The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. 

Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood-prone in the world. Currently, Nepal's Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters.

Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers is sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and lightweight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. 

Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers, etc to stay protected from the cold. 

In accordance with Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health Issues Regarding Altitude Sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involve high altitude and can be strenuous. A simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously.

The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, especially above 3,000 meters, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength, and fitness make no difference here. 

The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following this advice:

01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 meters, for example, the body requires 3 to 4 liters of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 liter a day.

02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.

03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.

04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying Best Nepal Trekking facilitators immediately.

05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mongoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. 

Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here.

Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicate that the Nepali population of around 35 million includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Karin's ruled Nepal from 9th century BC to 1st century AD Later Lichchhavis took over Karin from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty.

Then the Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of the monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy.

A coalition government comprising the Nepali Congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahindra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system,' by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities.

People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency, corruptions and downfall in the national economy. 

Royal family massacre in 2001 left the whole world in complete shock. Gyanendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006, all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. 

Finally, Gyanendra Shah handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal. Then Maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well-resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sportswear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. 

In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along with their goods. But in the case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. 

While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, New-road, and Durbar-Marg are the most popular Shopping centers.

What Foods You Will Expect In Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Besides Nepali food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican, Thai, etc to continental at the remarkably reasonable price. I

f you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/non-vegetable curries.

Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafe's, and pubs. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains (trekking routes) also fresh, hygienic and delicious.

Travel Insurance For Traveling in Nepal

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. 

We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guesthouses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you high-quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

Best Nepal Trekking P(LTD), is always recommend the best Hotels in Nepal for your holidays.

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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