Located in the Central Himalayan region of Nepal, the beautiful Langtang Valley is just 30 kilometers northwest of Nepalese Capital. Despite sharing close proximity, Kathmandu Valley and Langtang Valley are world apart. While the former is the center of country’s administration and also the epitome of cultural and historic beauty, latter is often hailed as the best hidden gem of Nepal. In the medieval times, Nepal had had wars with Tibet several times for salt. Some of the prominent areas where the war took place falls in the Langtang region of Nepal, which today is the third-most popular trekking region after Everest and Annapurna.
The region used to be an ancient trade route to Tibet for bartering salt and mountain goats with the food grains from South. Today, it is a well-recognized and much-loved trekking region that witnesses hundreds of trekkers every year. Tamang Heritage Trek is a one-of-a-kind, beautiful trek experience that combines the breathtaking natural scenery with unique, rich indigenous culture of the Tamang people, who have lived in the region for millenniums. A brainchild of Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the “Tamang Heritage Trail” is a newly opened off the beaten trach, which showcases the ancient lifestyle of the Tamang, Bhote, and Sherpa (Yolmo) culture.
The Tamangs, predominant inhabitants of the Langtang valley, are thought to be the descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who intermingled with the natives of Helambu. The region was a restricted region in the past due to its very close proximity with Tibet. Owing to this fact, the region’s beauty has not been scathed at all, still boasting of its natural, pure and wild state. Due to the remoteness, the region’s ancient way-of-life hasn’t change despite closeness to Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be able to stay in intricately built stone houses with beautiful, ornately made carvings and porches. The true Himalayan craftmanship is reflected not only in the traditional houses, but in the beautiful ornaments, warm boots and clothing adorned by these people.
Moreover, if you schedule your trek during festivals like Buddha Purnima or Sonam Lhosar, it will further enrich your experience by many folds. In this way, we will be able to see and be part of a truly iconic civilization that has fostered despite of the harshest terrains. During the trek, we will also visit several monasteries of high religious and historical significance. Another highlight of the trek is a visit to the historical fort in Rasuwagadi which stands as a testimonial to the histoirical ties between Nepal and Tibet. Similarly, if our trek falls during annual caravan journey, we will witness gigantic herds of yaks heading north or southwards for trading purposes.
In addition to being a cultural marvel, the region is also one of the most naturally endowed regions in Nepal. It is home to towering silver peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal Massif, Jugal Mountain, Gang Chhenpo, Lenpo Gang, and DorjeLakpa among others. It is also fondly known as the lake district as there are several serene and pristine lakes at high altitude such as Gosainkunda, Dudhkunda, and Parvati Kunda along with over 70 glaciers sourcing from the regal central mountains.
There are all kinds of hospitality amenities available in Dhunche and Syabrubesi. The trial is also speckled with inns, homestays, and lodges. The trek will commence and end from the town of Syabrubesi.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding the trip to Tamang Heritage Trail & Langtang Valley.
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hours.
This fabulous journey stars with an interesting scenic drive leading past Kathmandu valley North West heading past nice place Kakani and reaching at a warm area of Trisuli Bazaar for refreshment and lunch. After a nice rest drive carries on heading high hills on narrow winding road but with impressive views of surrounding landscapes and of distant peak s of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after few hours of good drive reaching at Dunche town 1,965 meters high, the headquarter and main area of Rasuwa and Langtang region and the entrance of Langtang National Park.
After a brief stop here, drive descends on the winding downhill road for few hours and arriving at Syabrubesi for overnight stop. This is an interesting Tamang villages the door to many Langtang and Ganesh Himal trekking and as well towards Tibet Northern frontier.
Day 03: Trek to Gatlang 2,200 m – 05 hrs.
Starting the first day walk which leads to a steep climb towards Goljung village, as the road has come this far while our route using normal old trekking trail away from main motor road, walking with great views of mountains, after Goljung village walking up hills and then descending to reach a nice Tamang village at Gatlang for overnight stay, this is an interesting large village with an old monastery and beautiful Parvati-kunda lake.
At Gatlang, a warm welcome greeting by local people with Khada (a Buddhist prayer silk scarf) which is a traditional way of receiving guests here with small ceremony offering its guest with chang (home – made drinks), afternoon free at leisure to visit the village and interact with the locals.
Day 04: Trek to Tatopani 2,607 m – 06 hrs.
After an interesting and exciting time at Gatlang village, starting the morning walk with a short descent on a newly built Chilime Hydropower project at Chilime River, from here crossing a suspension bridge with a long climb to Tatopani village for overnight stop, Tatopani is ‘hot water’ or hot spring in Nepali, afternoon free at leisure with opportunity for a bathe in this natural hot spring with grand view of Ganesh Himal.
Day 05: Trek to Thuman 2,400 m via Nagthali – 06 hrs.
From Tatopani overlooking fabulous views of Ganesh Himal, walk continues leading to a steep uphill into thick woodland of rhododendron, pines, magnolia and oaks trees and then arriving at Nagthali Danda. Nagthali Danda ridge top offers beautiful panorama of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and array of high snow capped mountains. After the wonderful views walk gets easier on the downhill track into serene forest to Thuman village for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek to Briddim 2,345 m – 06 hrs.
After a great moment in the high mid hills and traditional villages, morning walk starts with a downhill to Trishuli River, where the old trail trade route to Tibet can be seen from the distance, from here cross the river then a long descent reaches to Briddim village for overnight stop after a good day walk. Briddim a nice village with an old monastery, here at Briddim explore the local cultures and traditions of this village.
Day 07: Trek to Lama-Hotel 2,470 m – 06 hrs.
In Briddim with an interesting time, morning walk starts with a long descend to Trishuli River through Khangjim village and then walking back near Syabrubesi.
Starting from here with an uphill climb for few hours, then the walk gets gentle on the gradual path through terraced farms and scattered villages and hamlets, as the walk continues reaching at river side where the trail from Thulo Syabru meets ( our onwards route after few days) at near Bamboo with few teahouses and lodges, after a nice break here walking uphill through cool serene forest with rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines and gorge following the Trisuli River fed with glacier from the mountains high above Langtang valley, walk follows the river upstream then on the gradual nice path to Lama Hotel for overnight stop after a good days walk, Lama Hotel situated in the middle of alpine forest with clearing for campsite and organic vegetable garden.
Day 08: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m – 06 hours.
From Lama Hotel, starting the morning walk on the same trail for an hour and then after Riverside place our route diverts walking through a small settlement at Bamboo place with few teahouses and simple lodges surround in bamboo thickets, might be the right place to see Red Panda by chance, starts as the place is in cooler area hidden in a river gorge with dense woodland; walk passes few small settlements and farms, then reaching at Ghoretabla a small settlement with Nepal Army stations as Park wardens, this place located in the middle of beautiful forested area with few lodges around. Stopping here for lunch as the altitude gains slowly and the air gets more cooler.
After lunch walk continues on to overnight stop at Langtang village a nice moderate size village with Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe of people with similar custom and culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 09: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,850m – 04 hours.
Today a walk for few hours as the morning heads with a short climb and towards a wider country as the gorge opens into a nice valley with snow clad peaks on both side of the hills encountering few prayer walls and enjoying the views of mountains as the walk progress leading to Kyanjin Gompa area with more than 15 lodges and guest houses to stay with an old cheese factory, where’s the name Gompa is about to disappear which is a small wooden chapel rather than monastery located on top of Kyanjin and Langtang Valley on a moraine rocks and boulders on route to Lantang Lirung glacier. A great place Kyanjin in the Langtang valley this first part of the highlight of this trip. Langtang valley and Kyangin Gompa surrounded with green hills and snow capped mountains of Dorji Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Tsego ri, Langshsisa and Naya Kanga or Ganja la peak.
Day 10: At Kyanjin Gompa rest and hike.
An ideal and good place for rest day, Kyanjin offers many side trips for few hours a day hike as options, a hike up at Tsergo Ri 5,033meters. The climb to Tsergo Ri is quite steep requires good physical fitness, but offers awesome views of highest mountains of central Himalaya. Afternoon at leisure to marvel the great panorama of Chimsedang Lekh, and the Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, Naya Kanga 5,844m. stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245m and across the northern boundary in Tibet rises the huge massive Shishapangma 8,046 m the last 14th world’s highest mountain.
Day 11: Trek to Lama Hotel – 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang valley, heading back to forested area and to Lama Hotel for overnight stop, walking and retracing the same route for about six hours but interesting and enjoyable walk on downhill path with few short ups in between.
Day 12: Trek to Thulo Syabru 2,211m – 05 hrs.
From Lama Hotel our journey continues with a nice views along the walk on the downhill path to a place called Bamboo with few teahouses and lodges, after a pleasant morning walk, from here walking through farm terraces of millets, corns and wheat’s depending upon the time of the seasons, on leaving the farm area the path leads uphill on the old landslide sections, the on the winding up hill path to Upper or Thulo Syabru for overnight stop in of the good lodge around this nice interesting village, here the houses are joined in a long as a locomotive, Thulo Syabru has an old monastery above the village.
Day 13: Trek to Shing Gompa 3,330m – 05 hours.
After Thulo Syabru today the walk is short for 4-5 hours with mind blowing scenery of hills, valleys and of snow capped peaks looking back as the climb leads up through pristine forest of rhododendron, magnolia, many types of firs and pines trees, including various species of rhododendron plants and flowers with views of Annapurna, Ganesh and Langtang Himal range towards North West, after a good climb of few hours reaching at a hill top with grazing pasture and few teahouses around. From here on the gradual winding path into pleasant and cool shade of forest till Shing Gompa is reached, this place is also called Chandanbari ( Rose Wood) with a small cheese processing factory and a monastery.
Day 14: Trek to Dhunche 1,965 m – 05 hrs.
The last day walk of this wonderful trip ends today, starting this morning walk with a long descend through beautiful rhododendron and pine forest along the walk with fabulous views of surrounding landscapes and mountains, the walk carry’s on with the downhill for about three hours, then reaching the bottom near by the river after crossing the bridge, reaching the motor able road after being in the trekking trail for a week, the good road winds up for an hour all the way to the large town at Dhunche for overnight stop, the last day in the mid hills of high Langtang Himalaya.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs journey.
Morning after breakfast, an interesting drive back to Kathmandu the journey continues with great views and scenery of the Himalayan landscapes, rolling hills and valleys, then passing through numerous villages and towns on the downhill drive to Kathmandu. After an interesting journey of more than six hours reaching Kathmandu, after a great memorable time up in the mountains transfer to respective hotels.
Day 16: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking around Tamang Heritage Trail & Langtang Valley with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.