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Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking

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Cultural and scenic country walks in the shade of Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking is a cultural and scenic country walks around central Himalaya of Nepal on high green hills and valley facing incredible views of stunning Ganesh and Langtang Himal range.

This trek takes us through several significant villages of Tamang villages. Tamang is one of the early tribes migrated from inner Mongolia and Tibet to northern hills of Nepal some 3,000 years of history carrying an ancient culture and custom and traditions of both Bon sect (pre-Buddhism) and present Buddhist religion. Tamangs are an original hilly tribe of central Himalaya of Nepal spreading around Mid-East and Mid-West of Nepal, mostly concentrated with Langtang and Ganesh Himal range.

A part of the Tamang Heritage trail follows on the ancient and present Trans-Himalaya trade Caravan Route between Nepal, Tibet and China. One of the major border immigration for trade and tourism between Nepal and Tibet brought in operation from the 30th of August 2017. The area of the trek provides beautiful sceneries of rolling green hills, snow-clad peaks, unique cultural of Tamang people, their arts and crafts and the farming traditions and daily life.

This trek can be combined with the Langtang and Kyangjin villages by adding 4 to 5 few days on the itinerary.

Trip Highlights

  • One of the most accessible treks in Nepal.
  • Experience some of the most beautiful scenery of farming landscape, rhododendron and magnolia forest.
  • Enjoy some of the great snow-capped mountains and unique culture and lifestyle of Tamang communities.
  • See the ancient trade route, posts and forts
  • Walk through several villages in shortest period and get great experiences.
  • Experience the ancient of way of life and belief
  • Ancient pre-Buddhist bon religion, present Buddhism and Hinduism interwoven in the same communities
  • Opportunities of seeing rare fauna and flora.

Trip Profile

The total length of the trip: 12 days from arrival to the day of departure • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites • Trek starting point:Shyabrubeshi • Trek ending point: Shyabrubeshi • Transport mode: 4x4 Jeep/Landcruiser • Highest elevation achievement: 3,154 metres Nagthali Hill • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek. • Meals: An open menu to be chosen by clients. • Trip grade: Moderate • Best season to trek: from the end of February to the mid of December

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi 1,504 m - 06 hrs and transfer to the hotel

Day 04: Trek to Gatlang 2,238m. A 5 hours trek

Day 05: Trek to Tatopani 2607m. A 6 hours trek

Day 06: Trek to Thuman 2,400m. via Nagthali Hill 3,156 m - hours

Day 07: Trek to Bridim 2,229m. A 05 hours trek

Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel. A 6 hours trek

Day 09: Trek to Syabrubesi. A 5 hours trek

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. A 6 hours’ drive

Day 11: Kathmandu

Day 12: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, meet by Happy Feet Mountaineer’s staff and transfer to hotel. It takes about half an hour drive to get to the hotel in Thamel. Check-in at the hotel and after refreshed you will be meeting with other members for the trek and the representative of Happy Feet Mountaineers for the trip briefing. The rest of the time is free to rest. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for the preparation of the trek. Please let the Happy Feet Mountaineers representative know if you want to join the sightseeing tour around the ancient and historical cities in Kathmandu valley as well as the famous Hindu temple and Buddhist stupa, which are listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi 1,504 m - 06 hrs and transfer to the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Syabrubensi. The overland journey via small towns and villages overlooking the magnificent mountains, green hills and valleys, the jungle and farmland, rivers and rivulets is a lifetime experience. You will also be driving through Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa District and main entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche to Syabrubensi is an hour downhill driving, through several small villages and gorges. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Gatlang 2,238m. A 5 hours trek

From Syabrubensi we walk through the Goljung village and some other small farming villages inhabited by Tamang people. Today, it is an interesting walk through the villages watching magnificent views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung to reach a large Tamang village at Gatlang. Upon reaching Gatlang village, you get a warm welcome with a Khada (religious silk scarf) and performed a short Buddhist cultural ceremony in your honour. Then you will be led to local home-stay or in a lodge for overnight stay. You will also have some time to visit around the villages and interact with the locals. Gatlang is a beautiful village with terraced farms and stone houses of the traditional architecture of Tibetan style. There is a monastery and a small lake, known by Parvati-Kunda, a little Lake. The villagers of Goljung and Gatlang will perform a cultural show in the evening, which will make your stay very special.

Day 05: Trek to Tatopani 2607m. A 6 hours trek

The morning walk starts with a descent to reach Thangbuchet. There will be a great view of Langtang peaks and Ganesh Himal, which are bordering Tibet toward the north. Walks continuous via small farming villages and into alpine woodland to reach at Tatopani for an overnight stop. Tatopani means 'natural hot water spring' which is rising from the earth. People believe that a dip into such natural hot water spring heals you from pain and aches and relaxes your tired muscles as well as heals different disease due to its mineral components. In the afternoon, there will be some time to experience the culture of Tamang people and interaction with the locals.

Day 06: Trek to Thuman 2,400m. via Nagthali Hill 3,156 m - hours

From Tatopani, walk leads to Thuman via high Nagthali and Bimthang as our route leads into an alpine forest. In this forest, there will be chances of spotting monkey, deer and rare endangered species such as Red Panda. The walk leads to a beautiful place at Nagthali with views of Langtang Himal, Kyarung and Ganesh Himal. One-time Nagthali was a popular place for meditation for local monks and priests. From here, it takes an hour to get to Thuman, where you can observe farming life with Shamanic performances.

Day 07: Trek to Bridim 2,229m. A 05 hours trek

From Thuman trek to Briddim village on route visit nearby historical Rasuwa-Gadi (fort) the border of Nepal / Tibet, which is an old fort. The fort is a historical reminder of Nepal and Tibet war. While walking, the view of Ganesh and Langtang Himal are imposing. A pleasant walk on winding path with a climb to a ridge with views of mountains and surrounding landscapes and then enter into rhododendron, pines and oaks forest, then climb with short descend to Briddim for an overnight stop. Briddim is another Tibetan style Buddhist village located on the old trade route of Nepal and Tibet where you can observe folk and cultural show performed by the local community.

Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel. A 6 hours trek

After a marvellous time at Bridim, the trail leads into high ridges facing views of mountain peaks to the dense forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees. The trek ends at Lama hotel following an easy downhill path.

Day 09: Trek to Syabrubesi. A 5 hours trek

From Lama Hotel, the last day walks follow downhill into the dense forest area and reach at River Side, with several tea-houses. Crossing a bridge then traverse over the hill to a junction to Thulo Syabru village and another down to Shyabru Beshi village. From this point, the trail descends to Langtang river and walk down to Shyabrubeshi by the river bank through a beautiful forest area. Cross over the bridge, and you are back to Shyabru, the trek starting and ending point.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. A 6 hours’ drive

From Syabrubensi we drive back the same way to Dhunche and then downhill to reach warmer areas of Trisuli Bazaar, where we will stop for lunch. Reach to Kathmandu and get distributed to the rooms. The rest of the evening is free for rest and refresh.

Day 11: Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites.

Day 12: Departure

The journey to the Himalaya kingdom is an end. You will be escorted from the hotel to the airport in a private vehicle for departure flight to your homeland or next destination. The journey with Happy Feet Mountaineers care in Nepal is momentously over until the next meet in Kathmandu.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 1516$ 1700$
2 - 3 Persons 1011$ 1131$
4 - 5 Persons 957$ 1077$
6 - 7 Persons 929$ 1049$
8- 10 Persons 902$ 1022$
Single room supplement 160$ 280$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi or similar Hotel Shanke or Malla
DURING TREK Teahouse (Lodge) Teahouse (Lodge)

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Shyabrubeshi transportation by a 4x4 Jeep/Landcruiser.
  • A guide, a Sherpa helper for groups of above 6 persons in group, and one porter between every two members for the entire trekking period. Insurance and expenses of all local staff.
  • TIMS and Langtang National Park entry permits.
  • Trekking period accommodation in teahouse (lodes) on full board basis – open menu.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member. A pair of a trekking pole to each member. A trekking map and duffel bag
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call).
  • Small medical kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • Shyabrubeshi to Kathmandu transportation by a 4x4 Jeep/Landcruiser.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport).
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek.
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in the above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of February to the mid of December.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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