Tamang Village Community Trek also very popular as a Tamang Heritage Trails is moderate seven-day trek just North of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, get up close with the Tamang people while trekking amid green valleys and snow-capped mountains. The Tamang Heritage trail has the added benefit of providing sustainable economic benefit to the local community.
This Trekking 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 and Briddim.
All of these villages are inhabited by Tamang and Tibetan origin people living a simple farmer’s life. The Tamang people originally came from Tibet as horse traders and settled in hilly parts of Nepal (usually within close proximity of the Kathmandu Valley) several hundred years ago. They have retained a distinct identity with Tibetan roots, as well as their own language. They have historically been one of the most marginalized ethnic groups in Nepal. Sadly, they were among the worst-affected groups during the 2015 earthquake, as their homes tended to be in vulnerable areas cut off from help. Trekking the Tamang Community Village Trek helps bring a source of income to the Tamang people in this area.
If you have enough time then you can extend your trip to Langtang Valley or Gosaikunda Trek together with this Community Village Trek those trek also very popular and beautiful.
1. Experience a cultural trek in which you can learn about one of Nepal’s Tibetan-influenced hill tribes, and directly contribute to their rural economy
2. Luxuriate in the hot spring waters at Tatopani
3. Stay in a local homestay in Briddim, to learn more about the Tamang people and their way of life
4. Enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, the Langtang Himalayas, and the Gosainkund range
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,335m )
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m)
Day 3: Trek to Ghatlang (2,238m)
Day 4: Trek to Tatopani (2,600m)
Day 5: Trek to Thuman (2,338m)
Day 6: Trek to Briddim (2,229m)
Day 7: Trek back to Syabru Besi (1,460m)
Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,335m)
Day 9: Departure
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Trip Cost: 700 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10
1. 2 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Foods (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast)
4. All mountain basic accommodation with sharing toilet in twin sharing basis.
5. All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
6. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
7. All government and local taxes
8. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people
9. Sleeping Bags if needed.
10. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.
1. Mineral water in bottle
2. Electronic device re-charge
3. Hot shower
5. Personal expenses
6. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
7. Tip for guide & porter
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Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.
After morning breakfast we drive out in direction of the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages’ views and explorations. We will have Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we will descend down to Syabrubesi.
Hope you had a good night’s sleep, because today is going to start with a long climb. For around 2 hours you’ll be ascending up a slew of switchbacks that mark the beginning of our foray into the trail. It’s all worth it when you reach a vantage point with views of Ganesh Himal, the Gosainkunda range and Langtang Lirung. Along the trail you’ll see numerous Buddhist Chortens and mani walls, which all add another dimension to this picturesque landscape. After descending for around 45 minutes we’ll reach the little Tamang village of Goljung, where we’ll stop for lunch. There’s still 2.5 hours until we reach today’s destination, another Tamang village called Gatlang (altitude of 2238m). Besides its obvious cultural richness and stunning location, Gatlang also boasts a 100-year-old Tamang monastery and the secret lake, Parvati Kunda. Legend has it that this lake was discovered in ancient times while the King of Gatlang was on his way to find a missing hunting dog. It is now revered by women for its apparent powers of fertility. You’ll reach each of these landmarks after a 45-minute uphill walk.
Today is commonly known as “the toughest day of the trek”. But the rewards far outweigh the grueling bits. Descend gradually along the ridge to the Bamdang Khola, which turns north along the Chilime Khola until you reach the town of Chilime (around 2 hours walking). After crossing a suspension bridge (always fun) you’ll begin an arduous climb of around 450 metres to the village of Gongang. It’ll take around 1.5 hours of steep uphill climbing but there’s a lunch break on arrival. The next section is much less physically strenuous, as you continue the ascent for around 2 hours until you reach Tatopani (2607m).
As you pass through an incredible rhododendron forest clinging to the side of the mountain, the vines and moss-covered trees give your environment a real “prehistoric” feel. Although, instead of dinosaurs you’re more likely encounter troops of Grey Langur Monkeys. Further on, we reach the village of Brimdang, before continuing up the side of the highest and steepest part of the trail. One ridge after another offers better and better views of Ganesh Himal to the west and the Langtang range on the east. The ridgeline ends atop the open grasslands of Nagthali Hill (3210m), approximately 45 minutes from Brimdang. All of a sudden you are surrounded by jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma on the Tibetan side; while before you the Sanjen Ranges open up. No wonder the hill served as a perfect place of meditation and contemplation for monks. Spend as long as you’d like here, taking in the views and enjoying the sense of accomplishment. Then it’s time to descend approximately 900-metres through deep woodlands to Thuman, which faces the Shisapangma and Langtang Lirung peak. A distinct Tibetan influence can be felt in the village, with its Shamanistic beliefs, ancient monasteries and houses covered in woodcarvings.
Today we pass through rhododendron forests and meadows to reach the Tamang village of Briddim, located in the heart of the Langtang Himal. It will take just over 2 hours of uphill walking. Briddim marks the end of the Tamang Heritage Trail, and is often a highlight for many of our travellers. Here you will get to experience a teahouse owned by a local family, sleeping overnight in their comfortable wooden rooms. You’ll get a richer understanding of the culture here, and share stories with your host.
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.
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.
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.
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