Tamang Heritage Trek

12th year anniversary
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The Tamang Heritage Trail is the newly opened trekking route in Nepal Himalaya. We have been researching this region since 2004 and it is by far our ‘Favorite little spot for walk’. Some Nepali NGO’S have worked hard with local villagers to develop the trails and the result is an easy- going route through perfect mountain scenery. This will become one of the most popular short trekking routes in the years to come as it offers a great general overview to the Himalaya and its cultures, and is very easy to access from Kathmandu. One of the highlights of this trek is the chance to do ‘home stays’ in the village of Briddim. This involves staying in traditional Tamang house for a couple of nights. There are also incredible views of Tibetan, Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Without a doubt this is a gem of a trek and superb acclimatization before heading to Mustan.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day. Option: City Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a amazing mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear huge historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Bensi at (2’000m. 6’561 ft.) 8 hours bus ride

From Kathmandu, we take approx nine-hours drive to Syabru Besi. After driving 30 kms, we approach perfect villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.

Day 04: Syabru Bensi – Gatlang at (2’200m 7’217ft.) 6 hrs

Today we start early, beginning our trek from Syabru Besi to Gatlang. On the way to Gatlang, the Goljung view point will, after a short 3 hour walk, give you an wonderful panorama of the Ganesh Himal including Shishapangma (8’013m 26’289 ft) and Langtang Lirung (7’246m 23’772 ft). We climb the first half of the day and the second half, we follow the road. The second part of the trek is easier than the first half. We camp overnight at Gatlang.

Day 05: Gatlang – Yuri Kharka at (2’800m. 9’186 ft.) 6 hrs

From Gatlang, we walk for about an hour and a half and get to a local village. We continue along the trail, passing through the forests. After walking for several hours, we reach Yuri Kharka.

Day 06: Rest day in Yuri kharka

Today is a rest day for exploration as well as acclimatization.

Day 07: Yuri kharka – Jageswor at (4’000m. 13’123 ft.) 6 hrs

From Yuri Kharka, we enter a quiet and pure valley which will lead us to the Jageswor Lake. The steep trail goes through a dense forest where life seems to be suspended on time. This region of Nepal is inhabited by the Tamang people.

Day 08: Jageswor – Rimlang Kharka at (4’200m 13’779 ft.) 6 hrs

Departure Jageswor, we continue along the trail. We then take a steady climb, a bit up and a bit down. En route, we pass through some rhododendron bushes. After lunch we climb through the 4’000m 13’123 ft mark. After walking for almost six hours, the ascent finally ends up at almost 4’200m 13’779 ft and we arrive at Rimlang Kharka. The views from the south ridge of this mountain chain are truly breathtaking.  

Day 09: Rimlang kharka – Changan Kharka at (4’400m 14’435 ft.) 7 hrs

We follow the ridge to the north direction at an average altitude of 4’500m 14’763 ft high. We walk on narrow trails which seem a bit dangerous because the trail is quite steep. After walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach Changan Kharka.

Day 10: Changan kharka – Tatopani (natural hot spring) at (2’600m 8’530 ft.) 7 hrs

Leaving Changan Kharka, we move down towards Tatopani. We pass through small Tamang settlements and large forest while following the Sanjen Khola stream. The route is pretty interesting as we actually have to cross over Tibet and walk for about a kilometer and half to reach Tatopani. En route, we cross some interesting bridges as well. Tatopani 2,600 m 8’530 ft. is an interesting place. Here, we get to see people from all over Nepal. Tatopani takes its name after a famous Hot Spring. A bath in the Hot Spring is a must do as it helps in relaxation. It is also believed that a dip in the Hot Spring will help in healing numerous diseases.

Day 11: Tatopani – Thuman at (2’400m 7’874 ft.) 7 hrs

Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman. After walking uphill for three hours, we reach Nagthali. En route, passing through the Tamang Heritage route, we stop at a Tamang village and visit the gompas. The villagers here are very friendly. After a short stop at the village, we continue along the trail. We walk downhill, and after walking for around two hours we reach Thuman.Thuman, a large Tamang village, has a medical centre and a school. People of Thuman are very friendly. Here, we can get significant insights about the Tamang culture and heritage.

Day 12: Thuman – Rasuwagadhi at (2’670m 8’759 ft.) 7 hrs

Today we trek from Thuman to Rasuwagadi. A fort at Rasuwagadi in Timure is a historical reminder of the Nepal-Tibet relations that has existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here links Nepal and Tibet.

Day 13: Rasuwagadhi – Briddim at (2’345m 7’693 ft.) 7 hrs

Passing through green forests of Alnus and Rhododendrons, beneficial landscapes and high altitude meadows, we continue along the trail which finally ends at Briddim. Lying on the lap of Langtang Himal, Briddim offers warm Tamang hospitality. We can also visit local monasteries of Dukchu Gomba (monastery) chosen as sacred site by the great Tibetan Lama – Guru Rinpoche and Chukla Khnaga Gomba. Other major attractions of Briddim are the endangered wildlife species including Himalaya black bear, Thar, Ghoral, and Red Panda and barking deer.

Day 14: Bridhim – Syabru Bensi at (2’000m 6’561 ft.) 5 hrs

We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the North and then come back on the opposite side on our way back to Syabru Besi. The route moves through ups and downs. Passing through the paddy and corn fields, we finally arrive at Syabru Bensi.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

We finish our trip with a drive of 9 hours from Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final departure, transfer to airport.

  • Airport transfer in a private car
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel (tourist class) in BB basis
  • Trek in lodge basis
  • 3 meal & accommodation in the available lodges during the trek
  • National park fees
  • Private vehicle for Ktm-Sundarijal/ Melamchi-Ktm
  • One guide, one porter for 2 member
  • Daily wages and meal and accommodation of guide and porter
  • One porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • Lunch/dinner at Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls
  • Emergency evacuation if required, high risk medical insurance
  • Donation & tips
  • Extra expenses due to road blockage/ landslides/natural calamities/strikes,
  • All personal nature expenses.

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