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Tamang Heritage Trekking

Tamang Heritage Trekking

Tamang Heritage Trekking is a remarkable trek into one of the protected region of Nepal and witnessing the culture and traditions of the Tamang community, the mountain dwellers of the Langtang region. The trek visits ancient monasteries passing through lush green midlands and the trekking trails is filled with magnificent Himalayan panorama of the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Langtang and several others. Furthermore, many glaciers are encountered during the trek and even taking a healing bath in the natural hot springs and passing along several Tamang villages high up in the mountains. It’s believed that time has stood still in these villages and the people following the simple ways of lives from very long time. Due to it’s close proximity with Tibet, the culture practiced here resembles to the Tibetans. Tamang Heritage Trekking is a great hike into the land untouched by modern civilization and at the same witnessing some great culture and traditions of the Tamang community. 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Hike into the off-the-beaten paths into the area un-touched by modern civilization.
  • Experience the culture and traditions of the Tamang community.
  • Witness majestic views of the Himalayas like Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal Himal.
  • Relax deep in the Natural Mountain Hot Springs.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m)

Day 04 : Trek begins: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,200m)

Day 05 : Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m)

Day 06 : Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m) via Brimdang and Nagthali

Day 07 : Thuman to Briddim (2,345m)

Day 08 : Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m)

Day 09 : Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m)

Day 10 : Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)

Day 11 : Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m)

Day 12 : Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1,550m)

Day 13 : Drive to Kathmandu

Day 14 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport transfers by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Transportations from Kathmandu – Syabrubesi - Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Langtang National Park Permits fee.
  • TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit).
  • Government taxes & service charge.
  • Breakfree Adventures T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.

What is Not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory).
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos).

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to a pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

We will organize a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu city tour also lets you understand the urban lifestyle of people of Nepal.  Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the Hotel.

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m)

In the morning after breakfast drive to Syabrubesi village, the trek-start-point. Drive along with winding road with great views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Continue the drive until descending to the small village of Syabrubesi. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 8-9 hrs)

Day 04 : Trek begins: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,200m)

The trek starts today with hiking across the Goljung village spotting views of Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung and others. Gatlang is a small village located on a hillside with traditional stone houses. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 5 hrs)

Day 05 : Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m)

The trail descends to Thangbuche with again views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges en-route. Then pass along the Chilime Hydropower dam and after ascending will reach Tatopani. Tatopani meaning ‘hot water’ in Nepali due to the hot springs here. Take a dip into these natural springs and relax our tired muscles. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs)

Day 06 : Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m) via Brimdang and Nagthali

Today the trek is to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali passing along dense alpine forest. Then reaches the small Tamang village of Brimdang. From here, it’s a few hours walk uphill to Nagthali hill. At this point, witness great views of Langtang, Sanjen Kerung and Ganesh Himal. Next, the trail goes downhill to another Tamang village of Thuman. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6 hrs)

Day 07 : Thuman to Briddim (2,345m)

This day trek to Briddim via Lingling. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Visit the Dukchu Gompa ‘monastery’ in Briddim where most of the houses are built by stones and inhabited mostly by Tibetan community. Briddim in fact resembles a typical Tibetan village. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6 hrs)

Day 08 : Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m)

The trail descends to Ghopche Khola, a small stream, then it ascends to Lama Hotel vie Rimche. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River and surround by forests with great mountain views. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6 hrs)

Day 09 : Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m)

The trek continues over dense forests and after climbing up steadily through the valley, you will leave the tree lines behind. En-route, enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, pass by a water mills, prayer wheels and Chortens with sacred mounds of rock with inscriptions carved on them. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs)

Day 10 : Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)

The trails goes through yak pastures and today you will also pass by the largest Mani Wall in Nepal made out of stone with prayers written on them. It’s believed that the prayers on the Mani Wall spreads around by blowing wind. Then the trail crosses several wooden bridges before reaching Kaynjin Gompa beautifully surrounded by might Himalayas. Explore around Kyanjin Gompa with great views of the glaciers, icefalls and spotting birds and yaks. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 4 hrs)

Day 11 : Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m)

Today trek back to Lama Hotel and it’s about 4-5 hours trek since you will have to go only downhill through forests and alongside Mountain River. En-route cross through the villages of Tamang community who practice their religion and culture similar to Tibetans. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 4-5 hrs)

Day 12 : Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1,550m)

This day is the last day of the trek and the trail goes down to Syabrubesi which is easy trek crossing lush green vegetation. Upon reaching Syabrubesi, enjoy your lunch and check-in lodge. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 5 hrs)

Day 13 : Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and check-in hotel. You can relax today or stroll around town. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Tamang Heritage Trek.  We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Tamang Heritage Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Tamang Heritage Trekking, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 14 days Tamang Heritage Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 14 days Tamang Heritage Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Tamang Heritage Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Tamang Heritage Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Tamang Heritage Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure. In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind. It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas. The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks. The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.
 
Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you. It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.
 
Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help. Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations. Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.
 
What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system. Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks. Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.
 
What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily. Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.
 
What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks. Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.
 
Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly. The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee. You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.
 
How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain. On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers. What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 
 
Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do! This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world. Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 14 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: All year round

Max altitude: 3,870m (Kyanjin Gompa)

Transportation: Private vehicles

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Tea-house during trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Syabrubesi

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