Tamang Heritage Trail is one of the exciting new trekking routes, located between Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. A culturally rich region steeped in Tibetan tradition, and one of the most humble inhabitants of the greater northern Nepal, Tamang are popular for their hospitable and friendly behavior.
Within easy access of Kathmandu, The Tamang Heritage Trail leads you to the old trade route between Nepal and Tibet at Rasuwa Gadhi. Many of the settlements on the trail consist of ethnic villages, therefore, modern lodges are rarely found in the region.
Tamang Heritage Trek is a relatively gentle circuit trek through picturesque villages, terraced fields and peaceful valleys, where only the most discerning trekkers go.
Enroute, we enjoy panoramic mountain views of the nearby peaks and soak in the natural hot springs at Tatopani. Continuing north towards Tibet, we soak up the heritage and appreciate a local fort, monastery, and the exquisite local architecture of the Tamang homes. As we near the end of the trek we enjoy a homestay experience in Briddim, and have a full day to relax and discover more about the local traditions of this wonderful region.
The trek to Tamang Heritage Trail at the one hand is full of encounter with verdant nature and on the other hand it is beyond the touch of modern material quest. In this sense, the trek will be more Eco-friendly.
Day 01: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,460m)
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by private 4 Wheel Drive Jeep–About 6 hours drive
We start our journey early in the morning and drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by a private 4 Wheel Drive Jeep which takes about 6-7 hours drive. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road on the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land.
Please note that the first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path then moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides.
Dinner and overnight at local lodge (Teahouse)
Day 02: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m)
Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang-About 6 hours walking
After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljung valley for the Lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarf) and the home made local drinks Rakshi accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Get refreshed and enjoy the local Syabru dance.
Dinner and overnight at community lodge
Day 03: Gatlang to Tatopani (2,380m)
Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani–About 5-6 hrs walking
This would be the longest day of the entire trip and will take about 7 hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing the hanging bridge. Ascend continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means ‘hot water’, you can clean yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.
Day 04: Trek to Thuman (2,238 m) About 6 hours walking
This will be the longest trekking day. This morning we ascend to Nagthali, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Nagthali Danda (3300m), the highest pass of the area, lies in a high open grassland and offers panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. We descend down to Thuman, a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang village. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here are an
Day 05: Thuman to Timure (1762m)
Trek from Thuman to Timure –About 6 hrs walking
While trekking from Thuman to Timure you can visit nearby historical Rasuwagadi. This day’s trekking grants you an opportunity to observe Tibeto Burman Tamang culture in two of the villages on the way. Timure is on the old trade route to Tibet. A fort here is a historical reminder of the Nepal Tibetan relations that have existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here links Nepal and Tibet.
Day 06: Thuman to Briddim (2,345m)
Trek from Thuman to Briddim- About 6 hrs walking)
The trail begins with flatter trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for lunch. The border of Nepal and Tibet is just a 3 hour walk away here. After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. A homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and fooding are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor enjoys the evening with the host family, living with them, eating traditional foods and sleeping at their usual clean bed. Plain rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), Potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim local brew are offered. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Then the locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing live craftsmanship, which the visitor gets the opportunity to buy first hand.
Day 07: Briddim to Syabrubesi (1,460m)
Trek from Briddim to Syabrubesi (1,460m) (5 hours)
We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi.
Day 08: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1336m)
Drive back to Kathmandu (6-7 hours driving)
It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu with splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. You drive along the unpaved road until Betrawati where you will begin to follow a narrow, but well paved road.