Tamang Heritage Trail (THT)

Tamang Heritage Trail (THT)

11 Days

The Tamang Heritage Trail (THT) is a superb introduction to trekking in some of Nepal’s most sumptuous landscapes. Here each step invites you to delve deeply into a rich Tamang culture which still occupies this region.

The THT is a relatively easy trek route which passes through authentic indigenous villages. Accommodation comes in the form of a homestay scheme which greatly benefits both the traveler and the local people. With an open heart they welcome all those who pass through. On this journey we will never be far from the breath-taking splendor of the mountains of Tibet, Langtang & Ganesh Himal. Nor will we be far from the sweet sound of laughter as we pass through the small villages – the Tamang people are some of the warmest, most welcoming people in all of Nepal.

Still relatively unexplored, the THT was only opened to tourists in 2002, after the Chinese and Nepali government resolved outstanding border claims.

The THT was developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program and truly offers the traveler the opportunity to trek in an unspoiled region. This route is framed by rhododendron forests, where the rigors of a days’ trekking can be soothed and healed by the natural hot springs of Tatopani.

The Tamang Heritage Trail is located between the mighty peak of Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. This is a region where one can still enjoy the many ancient Tibetan traditions, which remain an integral part of life here.

Situated within easy access of Kathmandu Valley we ascend north towards the Tibetan borderlands. The trek is a relatively easy circuit which takes us through picturesque villages, terraced fields and peaceful valleys. As we continue north we are given opportunity to explore some of Nepal’s traditional heritage. There is a fort, a monastery; be under no illusion the architecture of the Tamang houses will have you reaching for your camera, such is its beauty.

As we approach the final stage of our trek we will enjoy a home stay in Briddim. Here we will have a full day to relax and plenty of time to discover more about the local traditions and practices of this unique and captivating region.

Authentic local Guide

We are proud to inform you that we have trained 2 local guides from this Area. They will be able to provide expert local knowledge. We are also helping a family from the Gatlang village to start up a local home stay. We are regularly inspecting and training them to improve their hygiene standards as well as enforcing good sanitary practices.

How the Tamang Heritage Trek makes a difference

Environment

We are a Local Nepali company which means any travel through this company makes a direct contribution to the economy and sustainability of Nepal. We are passionate about our contribution to the local economy; we do this by hiring local guides and porters. Where possible we stay in smaller lodges to spread the income. The company sub-contracts all support activities like transportation, lodging etc. so that the money gets shared throughout the economy. We conserve paper by minimizing the paperwork in the office and by circulating electronic brochures. When required, brochures are printed on both sides of the paper and are in a folder format so that only relevant inserts are given.

In the field our guides, porters and clients are active representatives of responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that we minimize waste/contamination in the region. We also only take a maximum of twelve participants per group. All trips focus on culture.

Community

The community directed financial benefits are obvious in the main trekking regions of Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. However, this is not always the case in the more remote regions. Along the THT it becomes apparent that even US $10 can make a huge difference. By already choosing this trek you are making that significant difference. If you would like further information on how you can support further any of the projects along the THT then please do not hesitate to ask.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 - Your arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can organize some exploring in the afternoon. Tonight you will be staying at Boudhanath and in the evening there will be the option of circumambulating (walking around) the great Boudha Stupa. Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House: http://www.tiseguesthouse.com/

Day 2 - Mountain Flight with Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan

Today you have an optional early morning mountain flight before breakfast – this flight is truly spectacular. The 1 hour flight carries you above the Himalayan Range and includes the mighty Mt Everest.

After a hotel breakfast we will explore the must see sites of Kathmandu and its surroundings. The morning will be spent with a sightseeing tour of Durbar Square (the Old Royal Palace Complex) and the holy Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath (also referred to as ‘Monkey Temple’). In the afternoon we will explore the hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Meals: B, D Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House: http://www.tiseguesthouse.com/

Day 3 – Drive to Syabru Besi [2.000 m]

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi on a bus. The drive offers good views of Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himals, as well as providing a glimpse of village life in the Himalayas. Meals: L, D Sleeping: Tea House.

Day 4 – Trek to Gatlang [2.238 m]

After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach a place where we can see the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda and the Goljung valley. From here we head down to the Goljung valley for Lunch; a walk of 1 hour walk downhill from the viewpoint. The beautiful Tamang village of Gatlang is another 3 hrs walk from Goljung. Upon arrival guests will be welcomed by a Khada (white scarf), some homemade local drink, as well as hearing a few songs in the local language. Here we will refresh and enjoy the local Syabru dance. Overnight stay at the community lodge. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Community Lodge

Day 5 – Trek to Tatopani [2.607 m]

This is the longest day of the entire trip and will take about 7 hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhote Koshi River; where we will enjoy a lunch stop. The Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail ascends crossing a hanging bridge. The uphill ascent continues until we reach Tatopani; a name which literally means 'hot water'. Here we can cleanse ourselves in the natural hot springs. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away all aches and pains. Dinner and overnight stay at local tea house Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Tea House

Day 6 – Trek to Nagthali [3.200 m]

The trail ascends further to the high open grasslands of Nagthali Danda (3200m). Here we have an amazing view of the snowcapped Himalaya. We will stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues to Nagthali Danda. During the winter months; just after dawn, red panda can be spotted in the forest along the ridge. Here we can enjoy the views as well as a nice brew. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Tea House

Day 7 – Trek to Thuman [2.238 m]

Early morning we hike (around 45minutes) to a magnificent viewpoint situated at 3720m. Here we will gaze at the countless peaks of Tibet, the Ganesh & Langtang Himals. We then return back to the lodge. After breakfast the trek continues down to Thuman. This Tamang village is heavily influenced by the old Tibetan culture. The friendly people of this village love to sing and dance. Dinner and overnight at local tea house. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Tea House

Day 8 – Trek to Briddim

The trail begins relatively flat today before descending to Timure; this section of the journey is part of the old trade route to/from Tibet. Stop here for the lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just 3hrs walk from Timure and lies on the bank of a River. After lunch the trail continues towards Briddim (another Tibetan influenced Tamang village). The Home stay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and food are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis.

Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family, as well as go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of these people. The locals gather in the evening in their traditional costumes and perform cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the unique features of the village, showing the crafts and skills adopted here. Overnight home stay Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Home Stay

Day 9 – Briddim trek to Syabru Besi (3 hrs) and Drive back to Kathmandu

Today we have three hours down hill to Syabru Besi. Today we conclude the trip with a journey back to Kathmandu in Private Jeep. Meals: B, L, Sleeping: Thamel Eco Resort

Day 10 – Complete Rest Day

After breakfast you are free to spend your time relaxing, shopping; further exploration, or simply by watching the world go by from a terrace coffee shop! Meals: B, L, Sleeping: Thamel Eco Resort

Day 11 – Free Until Departure Home.

After breakfast at your hotel, you are free until it is time for us to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Trip Facts

  • Depature : Kathmandu
  • Duration : 11 Days
  • Grade : Strenuous
  • Activity : Nepal Tours
  • Best Season : May to September

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Local guide who speaks English
  • All meals during the treks
  • Home stay in Gatlang, Briddim and Tea house in other places
  • Trasfer to Syabru Bensi and Back
  • All pick up and drop off services

Excludes

Insurance for Clients and Emergency Rescue

  • Tips for Nepali staff
  • Personal beverages
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu