About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and some of the biggest areas where this war took place fall in the Langtang Region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in Salt and mountain goats for meat(chyangra) with foodstuffs from the south. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the “Tamang Heritage Trail” is a newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.
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 to date. The culture and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetans across the border.
This trekking destination is just a day-long bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The 11-day trekking tour provides varieties of experiences. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, and local Syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a viewpoint at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang and Kerung(Tibet) can be awe-inspiring. Visitors will get an opportunity to observe Syabru, Mane, and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang VDCs. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, mufflers, and other items. Tourists can enjoy a hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali, where the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman are unforgettable experiences. At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is home stay facility in 24 houses.
With the views of the Mountain ranges from the window seat of the airplane, you’ll be able to witness Nepal’s Beauty before landing in Nepal.
Following your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, You’ll be welcomed to Nepal by a representative of Hiking Himalayas at TIA’s arrival terminal. We’ll transfer you to the hotel in a private car.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Today’s drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi(2380m) takes about eight hours. You’ll head north of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Dhunche(1966m). The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road which may sometimes be blocked due to landslides in the rainy season. From Dhunche you’ll drive towards Syabrubesi which will take around an hour. Syabrubesi is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridge line. The sunset is spectacular; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridge line above. You can enjoy stunning views of Lantang Lirung (7245m), Tibetan Mountain Ranges, and so on.
Overnight Stay in Syabrubesi.
Today will be starting day of trekking on your trip to Tamang Heritage Trail and we’ll head towards Gatlang which takes about 6 hours. On the way, you’ll be able to witness the blend of nature and culture in the village of Goljung Village – a Tamang village with views of surrounding jungles and terrace farming. Passing through various small villages we’ll reach the village of Gatlang(2238m)where we’ll spend our night.
Overnight Stay in Gatlang.
While enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang massifs, we’ll trek towards Tatopani(which means Hot water in Nepali) which will take about 7 hours. On the way, we’ll pass through various traditional Tamang villages and the Chilime Hydropower Dam. To relax our bodies from the trek we did, we’ll pour ourselves into the hot springs of Tatopani(2600m)for some time and spend our night there.
Overnight Stay in Tatopani.
After relaxing our bodies in the natural hot water spring of Tatopani, we’ll head towards Thuman(2400m)which takes about 6 hours. In today’s trek, we’ll pass through the beautiful Tamang villages of Brimdang(2970m)and Nagthali(3050m). Nagthali is a famous meditation center for the priests and monks of the region. Now, we’ll cross the Nagthali peak(3155m)whilst enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Langtang range, Ganesh, Kerung Himal, and Sanjen ranges. After descending downhill we’ll reach our final destination of the day, Thuman, a Tamang village influenced by Tibetan Culture.
Overnight Stay in Thuman.
After breakfast, we’ll start our trek with the rising sun and head toward Briddim (2230m) which takes about 6 hours. The village of Briddim is a beautiful Tibetan-influenced Tamang village overlooking Langtang Range. We’ll also visit Dukchu Gompa monastery.
Overnight Stay in Briddim.
From today, we’ll leave the Tamang Heritage Trail and join the Classic Langtang Trail heading towards Lama Hotel(2500m) which takes about 6 hours from Briddim. We’ll trek through Rhododendron, Oak forests and walk along Ghopche Khola which brings us to Lama Hotel.
Overnight Stay in Lama Hotel.
On the 8th day of our trip, we’ll leave Lama Hotel and trek towards Langtang Village. We’ll trek through Rhododendron and Pine forests for about 3 hours and reach Ghoda Tabela then walk for another two hours and reach Langtang(the biggest village in the area ) inhabited by Buddhist Tamangs and Tibetans. There is a monastery that we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang(3400m).
The old Langtang village was destroyed by Nepals’ 2015 earthquake with only one house standing. But now the village is reviving with smiles on the people.
Overnight Stay in Langtang Village.
With the rising sun, we’ll trek for 3 hours through small villages and yak pastures towards Kyanjin Gompa. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail takes us to the village of Kyangjin(3870m), where you can visit the local cheese factory and hike to Yala peak(5500m)- an excursion spot, for the beautiful mountain views.
Overnight Stay in Kyanjin Gompa.
Today, we’ll spend the rest of the day roaming around Kyanjin Gompa. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, or ascend Kyangjin Ri(4773m), directly behind the village, for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Overnight Stay in Kyanjin Gompa.
From today, we’ll start descending as our trip is almost at its end. After breakfast, we’ll trek back the same route towards the Lama Hotel(2500m). On our way, we’ll revisit our favorite destinations on the trail. Our today’s Trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel will take about 6 hours.
Overnight Stay in Lama Hotel.
On the last day of our trek, we’ll trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaon(2563m) which takes about five hours. The upper part of the trail is more beautiful for the panoramic view of mountains and green hill views. This broader path remains sunny through the different Sherpa and Tamang villages. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steep descent to the Syabru Besi(2380m). The principal inhabitants belong to the Tamang community and have adopted the Tibetan lifestyle.
Overnight Stay in Syabru Besi.
On the 13th day, We’ll drive back to Kathmandu by bus, which takes about eight hours while enjoying the scenic beauty of Nepal’s High Himalayas and terrace farming of the high hills. Today’s day will be over by dropping you at the hotel.
Overnight Stay at Kathmandu.
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 wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the 15th-century palace of 55 windows, and Swoyambhunath. At the event, you will be briefed about your trip.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for the Langtang Valley and Tamang Heritage Trail. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat
Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
With more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry our agency is registered under the Ministry of Tourism. It is also a license holder of NMA, NTB, and NRB. We also provide you with local guides, who are used to the surroundings, so you won't face any difficulties in the trek.
This trek is considered moderately challenging. You'll have to walk for longer distances and up to 5-6 hours per day to complete this trek.
We suggest you trek this region in Spring(March, April, and May) and Autumn(September, October, and November) seasons, the sky will be clear in these seasons and there is no rainfall which makes these seasons perfect for trekking.
You'll find Internet facilities in many of the tea houses but you'll have to pay a certain amount to use the internet facility. Internet facilities may also vary from the hotels you're staying in.
This Itinerary is made while keeping acclimatization as a key factor. We wont take you directly to high altitudes without acclimatizing. So, there is less chances for you to get altitude sickness.
Avoid the overcrowded trekking trails, by trekking crowd free Tamang heritage trail. You're highly suggested to trek this trail to experience the Tibetan influenced Tamang lifestyle and culture of the people of this region.
The new law of Nepal makes it compulsory for international traveller's to have a guide while trekking in the mountainous regions of Nepal. So, it is mandatory to have a guide even if you're a solo traveller.
Our team is comprised of experienced and licensed guides who are also good at medical assistance. So, you can trust the guides of our agency.
Based on your satisfaction and the guides' behavior you can tip the guides. We suggest you tip up to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides.