If you take interest in the dozens and dozens of ethnic groups in Nepal, and have a passion for the outdoors, come join us on the Tamang Heritage Trek. Situated in and around the Langtang Valley, this trek takes you through village after village inhabited by the Tamang group, up to Kyanjin Gompa, where the sky-high mountains make a walled fortress around you.
All treks in Nepal involve some degree of connecting with the local culture, but no trail gives you as close of a connection with the locals as the Tamang Heritage Trek. Tamangs, who are closely related and culturally similar to their northern neighbors in Tibet, are known for their exceptional hospitality and kindness. They live out the saying, “Guest is God.” If the timing is right, you’ll get to participate in one of the many rituals and/or festivals during the trek. Regardless, most of the accommodation is on a homestay basis, where you will be able to learn about the daily routine of a family in this hilly region.
After passing through predominantly Tamang villages for the first several days, we proceed up to Kyanjin Gompa, a monastery with a picturesque mountain backdrop. Here, we’ll see Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), and countless other peaks. Also, you can sample the monastery’s delicious made-from-scratch yak cheese. There are plenty of other side trips that we can take from Kyanjin Gompa if you would like to extend your visit! After a night here, we descend back down to Syabrubesi and make our way towards Kathmandu. If you’d like to get away from the more crowded treks, but still want the incredible mountain views that the Himalayas offer, this join us for the Tamang Heritage Trek. It is relatively new, so come check it out before more people do!
The Tamang Heritage Trek can be done throughout the year, but the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather. During the spring, the flowers are blooming, adding color to the trail. In the fall, the skies are usually clearer. The trek requires moderate fitness. Junket Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepal and taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your trek and clear up any questions you might have. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then give you a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which includes several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive north from Kathmandu over the hilly terrain, passes the busy markets of Trishuli Bazaar and Dhunche. We continue our drive to reach Syabrubesi, where there are many tea houses and good camping sites. Our drive offers good views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan Ranges. Also, you will get brief glimpses of village life along the drive route. Overnight at guest house.
We begin our trek from Syabrubesi along a trail that leads to Chilime Khola valley. From there, we head west on a solid trail towards Thambuchet and continue trekking until we arrive at Gatlang. Overnight in guest house or homestay.
We begin today's trek by going down to Thangbuche, with views of the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang mountain rangethroughoutthe journey. Soon, we pass by ahydropower dam and hike upto Tatopani. Despite the name “Tatopani” (hot water/hot springs), the springs were destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Overnight in guest house or homestay.
After breakfast, we begin our hike to Thuman, passing through Brimdang and Nagthali along the way. Taking it easy through the verdant forests, we reach the Tamang village of Brimdang. From here, it’s a couple of hours uphill until Nagthali, where we can have a rest and take in the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen,Kerung and Ganesh Himal. The final bit is downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman.Overnight in guest house or homestay.
After breakfast, we start towards Briddim, located at the base of the Langtang Himal. The hike will not take all day, so we can visit Dukchu Gompa en route. In Briddim, most of the houses are built by stones and again, are inhabited by the Tamang. Overnight in a guest house or homestay.
After a hearty breakfast, we starttowards Lama Hotel. The trail descends to Ghopche Khola, from where we ascend to the Lama Hotel. We can stop at Rimche along the way for a snack or tea. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River,encompassed by lush forests and nice mountain views. Overnight in a guest house.
We leave Lama Hotel and go further up the hill through oak and maple forests. We feel energized when we see a crisp view of Lirung Mountain during our ascent. The trailcontinues through lush rhododendron and pine forests before passing through Gumanchok(2800m) and Ghora Tabela(2970m). We eventually reach Langtang village after one last short climb. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, the trail takes steep uphill turnas we pass through Sindum and Yamphu (3640m) villages. After crossing Laja Khola, we reach a viewpoint from where Kyanjin Gompa is seen. Finally, we make a small descentto Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). Overnight in guest house.
We begin our trek after breakfast, heading back to Lama Hotel. Most of the wayis be downhill, with a few moderate inclines. We also get to seeany sights that we may have missed on our ascent. Overnight in guest house.
We retrace the trail back to Syabrubesi. It is an easy trail,so you can focus on the beauty that surrounds you. Overnight in guest house.
The scenic drive back to Kathmandu takes about 6-7 hours, but we are distracted by the beautiful roadside villages and mountains beyond them. Farewell dinner in the evening and overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Junket Nepal as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:
Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.
Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.
Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.
Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.
High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.
The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.
In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.
Best Season for Trekking:
Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.
Types of Trekking:
Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;
I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.
II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered. Types of trekking permits are as follows:
I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)
II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.
III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration. Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.
Trekking Safety and Security:
Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.
Junket Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.