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The Tamang Heritage Trail is the newest trekking route in the Nepal Himalaya. We have been researching this region since 2004 and it is by far our ‘favourite little spot for a walk’. Some Nepali NGO’s have worked hard with local villagers to improve the trails and the result is an easy-going route through pristine mountain scenery. This will become one of the most popular short trekking routes in the years to come as it offers a great general overview to the Himalaya and its cultures, and is very easy to access from Kathmandu. One of the highlights of this trek is the opportunity to do ‘home stays’ in the village of Briddim. This involves staying in a traditional Tamang house for a couple of nights. There are also fantastic views of Tibetan, Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Without a doubt this is a gem of a trek and excellent acclimatization before heading to Mustang.

Trip Facts

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Trekking Type: Camping
  • Best Season: Sept - Dec / Mar - May
  • Total Duration: 16 Days
  • Trek Duration: 13 Days
  • Group Size: 2 - 10 pax
  • Max. Height: 3,600 m. / 11, 811 FT
  • Transportation: Drive in / Out
  • Trek Start From: Kathmandu
  • Trek End To: Kathmandu
Detail Itinerary of Tamang Heritage Trekking
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
    Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
  • Day 02: City Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath

    Day 03: Kathmandu - Syabru Bensi at (2’000m. 6’561 ft. about 9 hours bus journey
    From Kathmandu, we take approx nine-hours drive to Syabru Besi. After driving 30 kms, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.
  • Day 04: Syabru Bensi - Gatlang at (2’200m 7’217ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    today we start early, beginning our trek from Syabru Besi to Gatlang. On the way to Gatlang, the Goljung view point will, after a short 3 hour walk, give you an amazing panorama of the Ganesh Himal including Shishapangma (8’013m 26’289 ft) and Langtang Lirung (7’246m 23’772 ft). We climb the first half of the day and the second half, we follow the road. The second part of the trek is easier than the first half. We camp overnight at Gatlang.
  • Day 05: Gatlang - Yuri Kharka at (2’800m. 9’186 ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    From Gatlang, we walk for about an hour and a half and reach a local village. We continue along the trail, passing through the forests. After walking for several hours, we reach Yuri Kharka.
  • Day 06: Rest day in Yuri kharka
    today is a rest day for exploration as well as acclimatization.
  • Day 07: Yuri kharka - Jageswor at (4’000m. 13’123 ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    From Yuri Kharka, we enter a quiet and unspoiled valley which will lead us to the Jageswor Lake. The steep trail goes through a dense forest where life seems to be suspended on time. This region of Nepal is inhabited by the Tamang people.
  • Day 08: Jageswor - Rimlang Kharka at (4’200m 13’779 ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    Leaving Jageswor, we continue along the trail. We then take a steady climb, a bit up and a bit down. En route, we pass through some rhododendron bushes. After lunch we climb through the 4’000m 13’123 ft mark. After walking for almost six hours, the ascent eventually ends up at almost 4’200m 13’779 ftand we arrive at Rimlang Kharka. The views from the south ridge of this mountain chain are truly breathtaking.
  • Day 09: Rimlang kharka - Changan Kharka at (4’400m 14’435 ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    we follow the ridge to the north direction at an average altitude of 4’500m 14’763 ft high. We walk on narrow trails which seem a bit dangerous because the trail is quite steep. After walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach Changan Kharka.
  • Day 10: Changan kharka – Tatopani (natural hot spring) at (2’600m 8’530 ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving Changan Kharka, we descend towards Tatopani. We pass through small Tamang settlements and large forest while following the Sanjen Khola stream. The route is pretty interesting as we actually have to cross over Tibet and walk for about a kilometer and half to reach Tatopani. En route, we cross some interesting bridges as well. Tatopani 2,600 m 8’530 ft. is an interesting place. Here, we get to see people from all over Nepal. Tatopani takes its name after a famous Hot Spring. A bath in the Hot Spring is a must do as it helps in relaxation. It is also believed that a dip in the Hot Spring will help in healing numerous diseases.
  • Day 11: Tatopani - Thuman at (2’400m 7’874 ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman. After walking uphill for three hours, we reach Nagthali. En route, passing through the Tamang Heritage route, we stop at a Tamang village and visit the gompas. The villagers here are very friendly. After a short stop at the village, we continue along the trail. We walk downhill, and after walking for around two hours we reach Thuman.
    Thuman, a large Tamang village, has a medical centre and a school. People of Thuman are very hospitable. Here, we can get significant insights about the Tamang culture and heritage.
  • Day 12: Thuman – Rasuwagadhi at (2’670m 8’759 ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Today we trek from Thuman to Rasuwagadi. A fort at Rasuwagadi in Timure is a historical reminder of the Nepal-Tibet relations that has existed for many centuries. A suspension bridge here links Nepal and Tibet.
  • Day 13: Rasuwagadhi - Briddim at (2’345m 7’693 ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Passing through green forests of Alnus and Rhododendrons, lucrative landscapes and high altitude meadows, we continue along the trail which finally ends at Briddim. Lying on the lap of Langtang Himal, Briddim offers warm Tamang hospitality. We can also visit local monasteries of Dukchu Gomba (monastery) chosen as sacred site by the great Tibetan Lama - Guru Rinpoche and Chukla Khnaga Gomba. Other major attractions of Briddim are the endangered wildlife species including Himalaya black bear, Thar, Ghoral, and Red Panda and barking deer.
  • Day 14: Bridhim - Syabru Bensi at (2’000m 6’561 ft.) about 5 hours Trek
    We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the North and then come back on the opposite side on our way back to Syabru Besi. The route moves through ups and downs. Passing through the paddy and corn fields, we finally arrive at Syabru Bensi.
  • Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
    we conclude our trip with a drive of 9 hours from Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu.
  • Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the international airport for your flight home.