Duration: 13 Days Maximum Elevation: 3870m
Grade: Medium Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May
A mix of mountain adventure and Himalayan culture, Tamang Heritage with Langtang Trek is without doubt an exciting trekking into the Himalayas. The Langtang region is as wild as any Tibetan highlands with idyllic rural landscape and the rich cultural heritage of ethnic Nepalese Tamang people. Despite being just a few hours' drive from Kathmandu, the trek along the off the beaten track of the rural and rugged mountains and the high passes dotted with chortens, stupas and prayer flags flapping in the wind make every trekker marvel why the country is called a "walker's paradise". A land of magic, meditation, and shamanism. Langtang is also the region of ancient Tibetan monasteries, rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, snow-capped Himalayas, and many sacred lakes, or what the devout practitioners call the "Kunda".
The 14-day Tamang Heritage with Langtang Trek starts with a day's bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The actual trek begins from Syabrubesi. From Syabru, we head upward to Gatlang and Tatopani. Then via Thuman and Briddim, we head for the Lama Hotel. From Lama Hotel, another upward hike via the Langtang village takes us to the famous Kanyanjing Gompa. After exploring the region, we trek back to Syabrubesi from where we drive to Kathmandu.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from MMG. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a MMG display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 8-9 hrs
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descend down to Syabrubesi.
Day 3: Trek Syabru Besi - Gatlang (2,200m/7,217ft.): 5 hours
The trek starts from today. From Syabru, hike across the Goljung Village. Enjoy the views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung among others. Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with the traditional stone houses. Overnight at Gatlang.
Day 4: Trek Gatlang – Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft): 6-7 hrs
We begin today's trek with a descent to Thangbuchet. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges. Passing by the Chilime Hydropower dam, we ascend the trail until we reach Tatopani. Tatopani literally means 'hot water' in Nepali owing to the natural hot springs there. Take a dip into the natural hot water to relax your tired muscles.
Day 5: Trek Tatopani-Thuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali: 6 hrs
Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali. Passing through the dense alpine forest, we reach the small Tamang settlement of Brimdang. Then a few hours walk uphill, we arrive at Nagthali hill. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung, Ganesh Himal ranges. Trek downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman.
Day 6: Thuman – Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft): 6 hrs
Today, we trek to Briddim from Thuman via Lingling. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village on lap of Langtang Himal. Visit the Dukchu Gomba monastery. Most of the houses in Briddim are stone houses. Inhabited by mostly the people of Tibetan origin, Briddim resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.
Day 7: Briddim – Lamahotel (2470m): 6 hrs
Today, we trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel. The trail descends to the Ghopche Khola. Then we ascend to Lamahotel via Rimche. Lama Hotel is on the banks of Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and mountains.
Day 8: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6/7 hr
After taking morning tea, we embark our second day of the journey. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
Day 9: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3-1/2 hr
After taking morning tea and breakfast, we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. Cross several of the wooden bridges. Kanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.
Day 10: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 4/5 hrs
Today, we get back to Lama Hotel. Since, its mostly downhill, it is 4/ 5 hours walk from Kanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail goes all the way down hill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic settlements of the Tamang people who follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans.
Day 11: Trek back to Syabrubesi: 5 hrs
Today would be the last day of trekking. After breakfast, we trek down to Syabrubensi. Enjoy the easy trail mostly downhill through lush green vegetation. Arriving Syabrubesi.
Day 12: Transfer to KTM:
After morning breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Spend the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Conclude the trip
Transfer to airport.
What Is Included
All airport/hotel transfers
Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu (similar standard)
All accommodation and meals during the trek
Pickup and drop, Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu by local bus
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
2 Mountain hiking training in Malaysia.
What Is Not Included
Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs )
Private vehicle (Kathmandu to Syabrubesi) (USD 200 each jeep)
All Meals during the trip and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters