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Tamang Heritage trekking is a new experience and opened trekking route in the Himalayan in the Langtang Region along with the unbeaten trail for the trekkers and exploring the beauty of mountains with the culture of local Tamang people. Tamang Heritage tour takes you to the Tibetan border of the remote Langtang region. During the Tamang Heritage trek you will explore traditional Tamang villages, unspoiled nature and local monasteries, green grazing land and mountain views with the insight into the unique Tamang culture. Trekking through the Tamang village gives you a wondersful opportunity to closely study the community’s lifestyle, culture and crafts. Tamang Heritage Trekking takes for the sight sceneries to the habitat of monkeys, bears and countless yeti sightings, not to mention several epic mountains; Langtang offers some truly fantastic Tamang village trekking. Tamang Heritage Trail gives a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal including some of the most beautiful scenery, rich Tamang culture, and healing baths in natural hot springs.

The trek through Tamang heritage villages with their life and culture with Tamang Heritage Cultural trail is one on the best idea of exploring your trekking holiday in Nepal which provides you with a life time experience. We will receive hearty felicitation by the locals rich in their distinct costumes, architecture of their mountain houses and ancient monasteries. Langtang Tamang valley trekking region is protected by the Langtang National Park the second largest national park of Nepal. It offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows and rhododendron forests.

Our trial winds around culturally rich Tamang villages, historic monasteries, amazing landscape of alpine terrain and Rhododendron forests. Tamang Cultural trekking offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain and flat meadows. The inhabitants of this area are Tamang, a little known ethnic group of Nepal, who are believed to be the descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who amalgamate with Tamang of the Helambu area. Tamang communities are generally found on higher elevations with the peasants engaging in shifting cultivation and extraction of forest products. They are mainly sheep and yak herders but grow some hardy grains and vegetables. Their daily life activities include raising livestock, agriculture, making baskets and mats from mountain bamboo and trading with Kerung in Tibet. Tamang rituals, their culture, festivals, costumes, local Syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. This trek presents the amazing views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Kerung, Ganesh Himal and more Langtang Himalayan ranges

The trail of Tamang Heritage Trekking starts from Syabrubesi and follow Goljung, Gatlang, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. Glaciers of varying sizes and high altitude lakes namely Gosiakunda, Pravatikuda, Bhairavkunda and Dudhkunda are found along the Tamang Heritage trek. The visit to beautiful local Tamang monastery, Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang, The view from Nagthali view Poin, Timure border of Tibet is excitement to your trekking to Tamang heritage trail. On the way of Tamang Heritage trekking, bathing in the hot spring, healing waters of the natural spring at Tatopani en route from Gatlang to Chilime is an exhilarating Experience. Throughout Tamang Heritage Trekking. With such variation and an easy-going route through pristine mountain scenery, this Tamang heritage trek will definitely become one of the most popular short trekking routes as it offers a great general overview to the Himalaya and its cultures.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5100ft)
Day 04: Syabrubesi to Goljung (1960m)
Day 05: Goljung to Gatlang (2240m)
Day 06: Gatlang to Tatopani (2240m)
Day 07: Tatopani to Nagthali / Thuman (2000m)
Day 08: Thuman to Rasuwa Gadhi (2240m)
Day 09: Rasuwa Gadhi to Briddim (2290m)
Day 10: Rest and exploring day in Briddim.
Day 11: Briddim to Syabrubesi
Day 12: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by bus
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 14: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5100ft)
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further toDhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.

Day 4:Syabrubesi to Goljung (1960m)
Today's walk is easy walk. Through out the journey, your can experience the local Tamang customs and traditions. The sceneries and the landscapes are worth viewing from the view point as you walk through local villages. The view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljung valley. Now we head down to Goljung valley.

Day 5: Goljung to Gatlang (2240m)
Today is also a short easy day working for about 3 hrs. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvati kunda Lake at Gatlang are worth visiting places. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarf of honour) and the home made local drinks 'Rakshi' accompanied by the welcome song in local language. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your trekking unforgettable one.

Day 6: Gatlang to Tatopani (2240m)
Today would be your longest day of the entire journey for about 7 hours working. The trek leads by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhote Koshi River.Chilime Hydropower dam is worth visiting here. After lunch the trail ascends up crossing the hanging bridge until you get to Tatopani. On the way you enjoy the sightseeing of the Langtang range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani naturally signifies 'hot water', where you can take a hot bath in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. It is believed that taking a dip into this spring will heal you from your aches and pains. Today's trekking provides you an opportunity to experience the Tamang culture. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 7: Tatopani to Nagthali / Thuman (2000m)
The trail ascends to Nagthali Danda (3300m), the high open grassland with amazing views of snow covered Himalayas.One can enjoy the view and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. En route you may encounter animals like monkeys and deer. The panoramic view of Langtang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen ranges can be distinctly experienced. Nagthali used to be a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. We may trek to another cultural village, Thuman, popular for its Shamanic performances and beautiful view of Langtang. It is Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance.

Day 8: Thuman to Rasuwa Gadhi (2240m)
After short ascend visit nearby historical RasuwaGadhi. A fort here is a historical reminder of the Nepal Tibetan relations that have existed for many centuries. You can trek to village of Timure which is an old route to Tibet. Today's trekking provides you an opportunity to observe Tibeto Burman Tamang culture. You can enjoy the local culture and ancient traditional livings of people here.

Day 9: Rasuwa Gadhi to Briddim (2290m)
Today's journey is about six hours. The day is easy with an almost flat valley path. Experience the village life and enjoy cultural shows performed by communities through out the journey. Reach Briddim valley which is a Tibetan Buddhist village in the bosom of Langtang Himal. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of split shake. As direct descendants of ancient Tibetan immigrants, the culture and tradition of Briddim closely resembles that of Tibetan villages. Mix yourself with locals enjoying the home stay and Tamang culture.

Day 10: Rest and exploring day in Briddim.
Today is just a rest day in Briddim valley. You can have a short visit to the nearby hills. The landscapes are praiseworthy of the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy the local culture and traditions of Tamang people. The view of Langtang mountain range is also magnificent.

Day 11: Briddim to Syabrubesi
This day the trail moves along a gently descending path passing through some villages, terraces and with magnificent views of surrounding hills. You trek from Briddim to Syabrubesi via Wangel village. It is another small Tamang village. Spend your night in camp at Syabrubesi.

Day 12: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by bus
Today is a pleasant drive day back to Kathmandu with splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages for about 8 hrs. You drive along the unpaved road until Betrawati. From here drive will be followed along narrow but very well paved road. Spend your night in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 14: Farewell Departure
Pack up your entire luggage and check for anything you left. This can be the last minute preparation to leave. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking.
  • Trekking Permit for Tamang Heritage Trek.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 14 Days

Max. Altitude: Briddim (2290m)

Trek Grade: Moderate

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek

Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com