TAMANG VILLAGE COMMUNITY TREKKING 10 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  10 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  A
  •  Group Size:  2 - 12 persons
  •  Price:  1050 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse/Village
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Best Season:  Mar - May & Sept - Nov
  •  Transport:  Private vehicle

Overview

Tamang Village Community Trekking is a new trekking trail designed to provide you an insight into the Tamang people’s culture, tradition and lifestyle. The trekking region does not belong inside the Langtang National Park but on the other side of the river, towards the Tibetan border. The trek starts from Syabru Besi and passes through Gatlang, Goljung, Chilime, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. All of these villages are inhabited by Tamang and Tibetan origin people living a simple farmer’s life and raising cattles and yaks. The trail will end back in Syabru Besi or follow the Langtang trek from Briddim village via Khangjim. Goljung and Gatlang are traditional Tamang villages. While Goljung has an ancient monastery and Gatlang is high settled on a hillside among terraced fields with Tamang settlements. One can also visit a Tamang monastery and the beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. From the viewpoint at Bahundanda near these settlements, one can also see a panoramic view of Lantang, Kerung, the Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Himal ranges.

 

After several days trekking, bathing in the hot, healing waters of the natural spring at Tatopani en route from Gatlang to Chilime, is an exhilarating experience. Bremdang offers a unique cultural experience at community-run home-stays, while Nagathali in Thuman VDC is surrounded by beautiful views of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Himal ranges. Nagthali used to be a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Next is Timure on the old trade route to Tibet. A fort at Rasuwagadi in Timure is a historical reminder of the Nepal-Tibet relations and the war that took place many years ago. A suspension bridge here links Nepal with Tibet.

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1335 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.

    (Breakfast ) (1350 Meters ) (Hotel )
  • Day 03

    Drive to Gatlang

    After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. A long drive via Dhunche leads to Syabru Besi. After Syabru Besi, a couple hours of rough ride on the secondary road finally ends a long a long day’s drive at Gatlang.

     

    (10 hours drive from Kathmandu ) (BLD) (2338 Meters ) (Lodge )
  • Day 04

    Trek to Tatopani

    The trail continues to descend down to the river and reaches the village of Chilime. A steep ascend follows for the rest of the day and only ends at Tatopani. The day is also the longest day of the trek.

    (BLD) (2600 Meters ) (7-8 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 05

    Trek to Thuman

    Another steep ascend starts the day and continues to climb uphill for most of the day. The trek passes Bhrimdang Village and reaches the Nagthali Danda. The long climb is rewarded with fine views of mountain panorama at the top. A descend in the afternoon ends at Thuman Village.

    (BLD) (2338 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 06

    Trek to Timure

    The trek again continues to descend and loses elevation for most of the day. The trail meets and continues on the old Tibetan trade route on the day and ends at Timure.

    (BLD) (1762 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 07

    Trek to Briddim

    The trek again continues to descend and loses elevation for most of the day. The trail meets and continues on the old Tibetan trade route on the day and ends at Timure.

    (BLD) (2229 Meters ) (5 - 6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 08

    Trek back to Syabru Besi

    The final day of the trek is a short trek back to Syabru Besi. A long descend via Wangel leads us back to the starting point of the trek, Syabru Besi and thus finally ends the wonderful trek.

    (BLD) (1460 Meters ) (4-5 hours) (Lodge )
  • Day 09

    Drive back to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, a private vehicle will again pick you at your Teahouse. We drive back to Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    (Breakfast) (1335 Meters ) (7 - 8 hour) (Hotel)
  • Day 10

    Departure

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Breakfast)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

COST INCLUDES
1. Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
2. Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
3. 3 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
4. All land transportations (a private car/bus).
5. Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
5. Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
6. A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
7. National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
8. Group First Aid Kit.

 

COST EXCLUDES
1. Visa Fee.
2. Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
3. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
4. Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
5. Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

Equipments required for
Tamang Village Community Trekking
1. Waterproof hiking shoes 1 pair
2. Changing shoes / sandel 1 pair
3. shocks 4 pairs
4. Warm trousers 2 pcs
5. warm pants 2 pairs
6. t-shirts 5 pcs
7. Long underwear 1 pair
8. Sweater 1 piece
9. Warm Fleece jacket
10. 1 piece
11. Baseball hat 1 pce
12. Warm hat 1 pcs
13. Waterproof pant and Jacket (or good quality down jacket) 1 pair
14. Good gloves 1 pair
15. Sleeping bag 1 piece
16. Personal Back pack 1 pce
17. Duffle bag as needed
18. Sun glass 1 piece
19. Sun block cream
20. Head lamp / torch 1 piece
21. Water bottle – 1 litre bottle 2 pcs
22. Trekking poles 1 pair
23. Tooth brush & tooth paste
24. Extra batteries for head lamp / torch and Camera
25. Extra film rolls / memory cards (if digital camera)
26. Battery charger (if digital camera)

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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