Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
, is quite different from other adventures around Nepal Himalaya
, as this short trip is more of an exploration than normal treks. Visiting from one interesting village to another of equally impressive to observe ancient heritage customs as they were thousands of years back.
The Tamang indigenous hill tribes of Central and Mid-Eastern Himalayas migrated from southern Mongolia and Tibet. Famously known for their immense colorful and lively culture and skill in craftsmanship and art-works, which you will witness around every village and monasteries.
Apart from ancient heritage farm life and raising livestock, the country scenery is added more charm to these lovely walks. Facing stunning views of dramatic landscapes of hills, valleys, and rivers with ever-present views of the snow-capped mountain range. A walk into the cool shade of forest-lined with tall rhododendron, magnolia, oaks, and pine trees makes the country picturesque. The Tamang people 4th largest populated tribe of Nepal, the word Ta means Horse and Mang as traders or horsemen. In the early days were horse soldiers and cavalry of Mongolian and Tibetan Emperors and at present a farmer and cattle herders. But still retains its ancient glory of arts and craftsmanship interwoven with Buddhist and old Bon religions.
Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking begins with an exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach North-West within a great range of Langtang
and Ganesh Himal. On reaching the start of the trek at Syabrubesi village past Dhunche town, headquarter of Rasuwa district, where Tamang Heritage is located. As drive enters within Tamang tribe country at Syabrubesi, then walk leads further North-West to reach the large and interesting village of Gatlang. Enjoy the harmony and hospitality of villagers greet visitors with a traditional welcome, with a small ceremony where you will spend overnights.
In a typical hill cottage run and managed by a village community known as Home-Stay
, simple and clean entertain you with a local folk program. Includes dance and singing as Tamang are famous for enjoying the local home-cooked healthy meals fresh from the local farm products.
After a great exciting visit to Gatlang villages, the walk takes you from one smaller village to another. Where you will have time to interact with the locals and observe traditional farm life, visiting its old monasteries of great religious interest. As walking progress heading for a climb to a high hill of Nagethali hill at 3, 300 m, surrounded by lovely cool forest. Rewards with magnificent views of high snow mountains of massive Ganesh and Langtang Himal
Gradually our cultural and scenic adventure comes to an end by reaching back to Syabrubesi for an interesting drive to Kathmandu
. Where our wonderful experience on Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking completes on reaching the hustle, and bustle of city life in Kathmandu.
Tamang Heritage Trail Accommodation and Permissions:
The Tamang Heritage Trail is on the border of Langtang National Park but you don't need any permission. However, a checkpoint in Danche may require you to pay a national park entry fee. Try to laugh as much as you can and explain that you are going to visit the park! Everything is suitable for basic and Nepali trekking tourists, so things are very cheap everywhere, it is an ideal trek for those who want to fix this cheap mountain. In communities, it is possible to hire local guides and porters. But beware of asking for directions from the random people you meet on the trail as there are so many potential routes, so it's easy to get lost! Although the Tamang Heritage Trail was affected by the 2015 earthquake, it has now been completely rebuilt. Homestays and teahouses provide accommodation and food in each community, and be sure to check out the view over the snake plate !!
Tamang Heritage Trail Trek Food and Accommodation:
When you are in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a standard hotel (arrival time and departure time). Your accommodation is available in the best local lodges and hotels. Mountain local lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. The lodges are very basic and the room is empty with twin beds. Blankets are usually provided. There is a large dining room that is heated by a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lit.
Eating and drinking are a big part of the festival. While traveling with the Mountain Ascendants team, you will experience an amazing range of amazing Nepali food, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and many local dishes. While on the trek the 3 meals included in the package (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea/coffee) will be on full board. Your guide will suggest delicious, clean special food during your trip. Generally, the menu items are Nepali food (dal bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various kinds of soups, momos (boiled dumplings), boiled and fried potatoes, pasta, and even pizza. So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek. During this hike, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same guest house.
Equipment & Packing List for Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking:
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important in your hiking. We advise you to pack only what is necessary
Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.