Tamang Heritage Trekking Route
Tamang population are Tibetan descent and their initial settlement can be traced back to Kerung in Tibet. The settlers changed their last name to Tamang and adopted the Nepalese identity and also citizenship. As Langtang region is closer to Kathmandu you will first travel to the capital and then take a bus ride to Syabru Besi. You will get to experience Tamang culture, rituals, festivals, traditional architecture in the villages and their local costumes including breathtaking views of Langtang and Kerung area and much more in this trip.
Day 1: Fly/drive/bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi bus ride
Day 3: Syabrubesi to Gatlang
Day 4: Gatlang to Tatopani
Day 5: Tatopani to Thuman
Day 6: Thuman to Briddim
Day 7: Briddim to Syabrubesi
Day 8: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
Drive/busride or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1982m).
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by bus. The road continues to this beautiful village at the foot of the mountains where your journey begins. Overnight at a local lodge.
Syabrubesi to Gatlang.
We start after an early breakfast on this experience rich trek. After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljang valley for lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarfs) and home made local drink (Rakshi) accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Overnight at the community lodge.
Gatlang to Tatopani .
This would be 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 Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. The Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing a suspension bridge. Ascent continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means ‘hot water’, you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Dinner and overnight stay at local Tea Lodge.
Tatopani to Thhuman.
On your ascent today, stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda at 3300m. One can enjoy the view and spend sometime at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Trek continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Dinner and overnight at local Tea Lodge.
Thhuman to Briddim.
The trail begin with flatter trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for lunch. The border of Nepal and Tibet is just a 3 hour walk away here. After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. A homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and fooding are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor enjoys the evening with the host family, living with them, eating traditional foods and sleeping at their usual clean bed. Plain rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), Potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim local brew are offered. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Then the locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing live craftsmanship, which the visitor gets the opportunity to buy first hand.
Briddim to Syabru Besi.
After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is just 3hrs walk from Briddim. Lunch and rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight at Syabrubesi.
Sabre Besi to Kathmandu
Early morning breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu (8-9hrs).
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.