Tamang heritage trek is newly opened route in popular Langtang trekking region. This trekking trail starts from Syabrubesi and passes through Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, and Briddim, which is community-based trekking packaged between the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Range.

Tamang Heritage Trek

Tamang Heritage trail is a newly opened trekking route in the popular northern culturally rich Langtang Valley Rasuwa region of Nepal. As descendants of the Tibetan people who settled in this region, the Tamang culture is virtually untouched by western influence. The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung who settled in Nepal and over time developed their own unique culture called Tamang. 

Although many Tibetan traditions and festivals are followed, their architecture is unique as is their custom and dress. On this trek, you will get to experience the best of incredible scenery and the depth of the culture of the people who live in this region. The tour combines a combination of home stays and lodges. 

The views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains will be unforgettable along with hot springs, beautiful lakes and magnificent monasteries. Enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, the Langtang Himalayas, and the Gosainkund range. 

Trekking in Tamang Heritage is also the best opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty, landscapes and exotic mountainous beauty of Langtang and Tibet Himalayan range. Syabrubesi, Ghatlang, Tatopani, and Bridhim are the major attractive villages. 

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best time to climb

The hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful rhododendron flowers. June to August is monsoon season so the route is quiet. During November and December it is cold but again, some travelers find it worth visiting during this period, as there are fewer tourists. 

travel insurance

The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain is expensive, which is why adequate travel insurance  is required on all climbs booked through us. Adequate, means you must be covered for 1) Trekking or hiking – this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion. 
2) Altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less. 
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy – yes, many insurers exclude this; though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for. 
4) Personal accident – this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients – “if anything happens to me, just leave me there.” It is not that simple.

Tamang Village Trek Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu 
Day-2: Guided Sightseeing 
Day-3: Kathmandu- Syabrubesi 1460m 
Day-4: Trek Syabrubesi - Gatlang 2238m, 6 hrs 
Day-5: Trek Gatlang - Tatopani 2380m ,6-7 hrs 
Day-6: Trek Tatopani - Nagthali 3165m Thuman, 2238 6 hrs 
Day-7: Trek Thuman - Briddim 2239m, 6 hrs 
Day-8: Trek Syabrubesi, 5 hours 
Day-9: Drive back to Kathmandu 
Day-10: Depart                 

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 Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing  

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu- Syabrubesi, 1460m                  

After breakfast, transfer by private land cruiser to Syabrubesi . Overnight in a lodge.  Note that this is a long trek and can take about 10 hours.

Day-4: Syabrubesi  - Gatlang 2238m,  6 hrs 

The trail starts after breakfast with an ascent of about an hour and half where we get to see stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. We then head downhill again for about an hour to Goljang valley for the lunch. After   lunch, the trail takes us on a 3 hour trek to Gatlang, a beautiful Tamang village. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Khada (white scarves) and home made local drinks Rakshi accompanied by a welcome song in local language. Get refreshed and enjoy the local Syabru dance. Overnight at the community lodge.

Day-5: Gatlang - Tatopani 2380m ,6-7 hrs 

We head out for about 7 hours on a long day. We start by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekosi River where we stop for lunch . The Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail ascends across a hanging bridge  an continue until you reach Tatopani which literally means 'hot water'. Here you can wash off in the in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the heart of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.  Dinner and overnight stay at local tea house.

Day-6: Tatopani - Nagthali 3165m Thuman, 2238 6 hrs                  

After breakfast, we continue climbing to Nagthali Danda (3300m) the high open grassland which offer us amazing views of the snow covered Himalayas. We stop for lunch at Brimdang village along the way. The trek then continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance.

Dinner and overnight at local tea house.

Day-7: Trek Thuman - Briddim 2239m, 6 hrs 

This morning the trail flattens out a bit and then gradually descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet where we stop for lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just  a 3hr walk from Timure and lies on the bank of River. After lunch the trail continues to Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. Home stay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and meals are offered  at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides a clean bed, toilet and a family dining room.

Day-8: Trek Syabrubesi  5 hours 

After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is about 3hrs from Briddim. Lunch and relax. Dinner and overnight at Syabrubesi

Day-9: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day-10: Depart Kathmandu                    

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Tamang Trek Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the people of Tamang?

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.

Can the trek be varied in any way?

This trek can be combined with Classic Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Helambu Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek and Ganesh Himal Trek. Combining Tamang Heritage Trail and Langtang trek would increase the duration of your itinerary to around 11 days, out of which one day is assigned for acclimatization at KyanjinGompa.

What is the accommodation like?

Most accommodation on the Tamang Heritage Trail will be in small local teahouses, which provide a warm comfortable bed and healthy, filling food. In Briddim we stay at a local home stay, which will also offer comfortable standards but may be a bit more basic.

Which is the best season to trek to the Tamang villages?

As in most places in Nepal, the best seasons to do the Tamang Heritage Trail are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).

Can I charge my camera batteries and mobile phone during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones in every place by paying extra at the rooms do not have charging facilities. The price of charging may vary in different places. It is wise to bring your power bank which you can charge in Kathmandu and use it in the higher area as charging batteries in the higher area is quite costly.

What are the meals like on the trek?

You can choose the food from the menu and it depends on the places. You can also choose local dishes and continental/Chinese dishes. However, food is cooked by the basic local lodges so the variety and flavour differs from one place to the next.

What is the flora and fauna like on the Tamang Trek?

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.

Where can I get trekking Insurance for the Tamang or other treks?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Hiking and Climbing have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a climb up Kilimanjaro or a trek to Annapurna or even Island Peak to their list of amazing adventures. But any climb to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on which country you reside in. For further details, click here

Is there much risk of altitude sickness on the Tamang trek?

Since the trek doesn’t take you to that high of an altitude, no days are assigned for acclimatization. The highest point of the trek is 2607 m, which is the altitude of Tatopani. For this reason this trek is best suited for people who want to trek in the hills of Nepal but somehow aren’t able to deal with high altitude, extreme weather, and rough terrain.