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Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Duration
12 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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If you are bored with classical trekking in Nepal and looking for something new, we would like to recommend you to try Tamang Heritage trail trek. Approved by Nepal Government only in the year 2004, Tamang Heritage trail treks is the Newly opened trek in Nepal.

Tamang Heritage Trail trek route stretches through the culturally rich villages of Tamang ethnics in the Langtang region. We will explore through the villages that nestles peacefully amid Langtang and Ganesh Mountains. Since Langtang is located much nearer to Kathmandu, route for Tamang Heritage trail treks is easily accessible from Kathmandu. Along with the cultural significance, this region is also popular for forest supporting wildlife like leopard, musk deer and red panda. The culture, lifestyle and architecture is much influenced by the neighboring Tibetans.

We will pay our respect in Buddhist monasteries and traverse the forest of blooming rhododendrons and other alpine flowers. We will also enjoy the views of Kerung, Chumse Danda, Sanjen, Dorje Lakpa, Lirung, Sringi, Manaslu, Jugal, Ganesh and other big and small peaks in Nepal.

We are currently offering 12days Tamang Heritage Trail package. 7hour drive through Trishuli will take us to Syabrubesi. Tamang Heritage trail trek begins from Syabrubesi. Trekking route stretches through Goljung and Gatlang village to reach natural hot spring at Tatopani. We will cross Nagthali which is the highest pass of this trek and lower down through Thuman and Timure to Briddim where homestay is available. We will trek back to Syabrubesi and return back to hotel in Kathmandu. March to May and September to December are best months for Tamang Heritage Itinerary Outline of Tamang Heritage Trek.

Outline Itinerary 
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi
Day04: Trek to Goljung
Day05: Trek to Gatlang
Day06: Trek to Tatopani
Day07: Trek to Thuman via Nagthali
Day08: Trek to Timure via Rasuwagadhi
Day09: Trek to Bridim
Day10: Trek back to Syabrubesi
Day11: Return to Kathmandu
Day12: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Tamang Heritage Trail is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will take the light breakfast and head out for half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Returning back, we will prepare for Tamang Heritage Trail trek that begins on the next day.

Day03: Drive to Syabrubesi
5hours of pleasant drive through rice fields, terraces and hills will shift us to Trishuli Bazaar. We will follow the dirt trail through Dhunche to Syabrubesi Bazaar where we will stay overnight in a lodge.

Day04: Trek to Goljung
Tamang Heritage Trail trek begins at Syabrubesi. We will pursue the raised path for about 4hours to reach the hilltop of Rongga Bhanjyang that offers scenic views of mountains and valley. We will lower down from Rongaa Bhanjyang all the way to Goljung which is a Tamang village located at 1960m altitude.

Day05: Trek to Gatlang
We will ascend the ridge that offers striking views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung Mountains. We will take the steep downhill trek for about an hour to reach Goljung valley. We will walk past the street lined with Mani walls and chortens to Gatlang which is located at the base of hill at 2240m altitude. If time permits, we will reach Parvatikunda lake which exists near to Gatlang village.

Day06: Trek to Tatopani
We will lower down from Gatlang village and reach Thangbuchet which exists at the close proximity of Chilime village. We will view Chilime Hydropower dam and cross the bridge after which we will climb through the hill that offers views of Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. We will cross Gonggang Village and head to Tatopani where a natural hot spring is located.

Day07: Trek to Thuman via Nagthali
Crossing the woods, we will reach Nagthali hill located at 3300m altitude. Nagthali was once used as a meditation center. Nagthali is in fact the highest pass in the region. We will enjoy the soaring views of Langtang, Shishapangma, Sanjen Ranges and Ganesh Himal from the summit and lower down to Tibetan influenced Tamang village of Thuman.

Day08: Trek to Timure via Rasuwagadhi
Early trek begins by pursuing the route that stretches through the flat land. After about an hour, we will lower down to Timure that lies in the ancient trade route that locals used to exchange goods with people from Tibet. We will visit Rasuwagadi fort which was used by Nepalese in war against Tibetans. There exists a bridge at Rasuwagadi which links Nepal with Tibet.

Day09: Trek to Briddim
We will cross the forest which is decorated with blooming rhododendrons. We will pursue the path existing above Bhote Koshi River to arrive at Lingling. We will ascend further to pretty Briddim Village which is a Tamang settlement. Homestay in Briddim has made it popular among tourists.

Day10: Trek back to Syabrubesi
Walking along the Bhotekoshi River, we will arrive at the valley. We will head north from the valley and cross the paddy field. Lowering down further, we will reach Wangal. We will take 2hours of trek to Syabrubesi.

Day11: Return to Kathmandu
7hours of drive will take us back to hotel in Kathmandu where we will stay overnight.

Day12: Departure:
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 12 Days
Accomodation: Tea house or Guest House
Seasons : March to May::September to December
Type: Modarate
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Tamang Heritage trail treks is the Newly opened trek in Nepal.
  • Tamang Heritage Trail trek route stretches through the culturally rich villages of Tamang ethnics in the Langtang region.
  • Tamang Heritage trail trek begins from Syabrubesi.

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