TAMANG HERITAGE LANGTANG VALLEY

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

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

Fast Facts

Because of its location, the northern area of the Annapurna region receives much less rain than most parts of the Himalaya which means that trekking can be pursued all year-round, even during the monsoon period. However, having said that no-one wants to trek in the rainy season as that is also when you are bound to find leeches in the lower reaches of the forest. Apart from that, you also don't want to go when it is too cold, which is December through to February. That leaves October through to November and March to April, Of course that also means that the route will be busier too.
The shortest trek is the Poon Hill Ghorepani trek which is a total 10 days and only 5 of hiking. After that if you want anything longer you can do the Annapurna base camp trek, where the total tour is 15.
The hike is about 40km return trip or 27miles.

Trek Grade: 1b (FP)

A combination of long treks with steep paths and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow and or ice may be encountered along the route. There is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitude levels up to and around to 4200m. Medium risk of AMS. General level of fitness is required e.g. hill walking for about 5km. Backpack weight about 4kg. Trek weight loss in the region of 2kg.

The trek is considered a moderate one that could even be a family trip with easy trails that require less equipment and expertise with 4-6 hours of walk daily.

A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking and particularly lots of stair climbing
We make use of tea houses along the Tamang Heritage Trail unless you specifically want to camp. Rooms in the tea house are shared with fellow trekkers unless you add on a single supplement. In Briddim, stay at a local homestay, which will also offer comfortable standards but may be a bit more basic.
It is in a very remote area off the typical tourist trail and into the Tamang hinterlands. The route heads up though stunning forests through small little villages. It is very hilly, and if there is a river to cross the paths go down one side, over the river and up the other side. The Tamang Heritage route however is filled with unspoiled and picturesque mountain beauty, and endless beautiful landscapes, flat meadows and stunning rhododendron forests. You'll be trekking up to 8 hours a day and at altitudes over 4000m at times
This really depends on the operator you travel through. The Park authorities do not ask for any medical information on the climbers when permits are purchased. Some operators request the clients complete a medical form, others do not. We require that all of our clients complete a medical form and based on the answers, we may request a letter from your medical practitioner. People suffering with conditions such as severe asthma e.g. should not climb. Regardless, anyone attempting the climb, or any climb for that matter, should ensure that they are medically fit, and convey any medical conditions to the operator they book with.
This is one of the most often asked questions. To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.

There are certain essentials that are needed for most treks and these no different. The best way to draw up your list is from the skin up, i.e. thermal underwear, then hands and feet (gloves, socks etc). Then boots which must be waterproof with good ankle support, trekking pants, trekking tops, short and long sleeve, thermal jacket, outer shell jacket which likewise is windproof and water proof, hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava. Then consider sleeping, i.e. sleeping bag, etc. Accommodation along the route is in guesthouses, so a bed and mattresses are provided. Some include lovely warm duvets, others not, so a sleeping bag is required. If you are camping, then you still need a sleeping bag but we supply the sleeping mat.

Then, the last items to add are personal items like toiletries, camera, medicines, water bottle, backpack, camera etc.

We supply a duffel bag on arrival

Unfortunately this is something every trekker has to consider. Anything from a stomach bug to altitude sickness can quickly stop a trekker in their tracks. If you are ill and need to turn back or even too tired to continue, a porter will walk off the mountain with you and your gear. If you require emergency evacuation, this will be contingent on your insurance cover. It is for this reason that insurance cover for this purpose is mandatory.

The Tamang Heritage Trail can be combined with the Langtang Valley trek and/or the Gosainkund trek. Langtang Valley has spectacular, expvast views of the Langtang from a wide valley. Instead of returning from Briddim to Syabrubesi, the trail continues to Lama Hotel. at the entrance of the valley, then continue to Kyanjin Gompa at the end. This would add about three or four days on to the trek.

The other option is the Gosainkund Trek which is a lot more challenging and can thus be added to the Langtang and Tamang Heritage Trail for an extended trip. Because of the altitude of Lake Gosainkund (4,379m/ 14,370ft), the ascent should only be attempted on the return trip from Langtang. Trekking to Gosainkunda will add a further three days.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. 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 4,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this
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." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

Those who have trekked in the Himalayas, know that the porters are the heart and soul of your trek. Without their hard work and strength we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of the himalayas. IPPG aims to improve safety and health for porters working in the mountains for the trekking industry worldwide. We work to eradicate avoidable illness, injury and death. We do this by raising awareness of the issues among travel companies, guides, trek leaders, sirdars (porters foremen), and trekkers.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing of the 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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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Transfers: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi return
NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek. Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter(s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Entry Visa $50
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

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