One of the neighboring trekking destinations from Kathmandu lays an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Langtang, Rasuwa. Connected by roads, this region offers a life unfolding and unique experience. Previously a restricted area near the Tibetan border, the unexplored regions of the Langtang National park has recently been developed into the Tamang heritage Trail. The people in this place are mostly of Tamang and Tibetan origin, whose culture goes back to hundreds of years. The craftsmanship, dress, traditionally built stone houses and the beautifully carved wooden porches reflect the solitude and the serenity of the Himalayan scenery.
Tamang Heritage Trail unfolds equally rich in culture and high bio-diversity area. This area is one of the original homelands of the indigenous Tamang people who populates 64% of total inhabitants. Most practice Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, integrated with early animist religions. Agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism are the major means of livelihood for these people.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 – Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1550m). 7 Hrs
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 03 – Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2200m). 5hrs
We trek across the Goljung village enjoying the good view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang lirung, Shishapangma and so on. Gatlang is small village made of traditional stone houses on hillside. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 04 – Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m). 6 hrs
After morning breakfast, we begin our walking with descend to Thangbuche and view of mountains along. We pass by Chilime Hydropower dam and climb up to Tatopani. As it name, it means Tato as hot and Pani as water, and is famous for its hot spring. At evening, we relax our body dipping at hot spring after long trek. O/N teahouse. (BLD)
Day 05 – Tatopani to Thuman (2400m). 6hrs
Brimdang and Nagthali village lies between our route today. The trail passes through dense alpine forest reaching till Brimdang which is one of Tamang settlement. Then walk uphill for few hours bring us to Nagthali hill, which is popular for viewing mesmerizing Ganesh Himal, langtang, Sanjen, Kerung. Next is walking downhill to reach Thuman. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 06 – Thuman to Briddim (2345m). 6hrs
we trek to Briddim village by passing through Lingling. Briddim is Tiben Buddhist inhabitants village, located just down to Langtang himal. We visit Dukchu Gomba monastery. The village resembles like typical Tibetan village. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 07 – Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m). 6 hrs
The trail descends to a small river Gopche khola. Then we climb up to Rimche. The trail goes up and down but it's not that challenging. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 08 – Lama hotel to Langtang (3430m). 6.5 hrs
After taking morning tea, we embark our second day of the journey. Our trail continues along dense forest of oak rhododendron, hamlock and maple. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 09 – Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). 4-5 hrs
We get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. Cross several of the wooden bridges. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. Gompa. Kanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 – Rest day, Visit Tserko ri (5000m)
Early morning we visit to Tserko Ri 5000m for mountain sunrise views. We see spectacular view of Langtang Himalayan and phenomenal panoramas of Langtang lirung, Ghyanghempo, Langshisa ri, Ganja la and Nayakang. Then we return back to Kyanjin Gompa. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 11 – Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, proceed to Lama Hotel. Since, its mostly downhill, it is 4/ 5 hours walk from Kanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail goes all the way down hill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic Tamang settlements who follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 12 – Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi. 5hrs
We retrace our way back down to Syabrubensi for about 5 hours walk. Enjoy the easy trail mostly downhill through lush green vegetation.
Day 13 – Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
We return the way we came by driving in bus/jeep. You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 14 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Ramdung can offer you plenty of suggestions, if you wish to stay more days in Nepal. We arrange day tours inside historic city of Kathmandu valley, the mountain hill stations Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, rafting and jungle safari packages, helicopter and mountain flights tour etc.
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.