About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and some of the biggest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in Salt and mountain goats for meat (changra) with foodstuffs from the south.
Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the "Tamang Heritage Trail" is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.
The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The cultural and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border.
This trekking destination is just a day long bus journey from
the capital, Kathmandu. The 7-day trekking tour provides varieties of experience. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, local Syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a view point at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang and Kerung (Tibet) can be awe inspiring. Visitors will get an opportunity to observe Syabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang VDCs. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, mufflers and other items.
Tourists can enjoy hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali, where the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman is an unforgettable experience.
At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is home stay facility in 24 houses.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Evening: Trip briefing
Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
Day 2: After breakfast, a day of heritage sightseeing of Kathmandu valley
Evening: Trek preparation
Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
Day 3: Early morning drive Kathmanduto Syabru besi (1982m) on bus. The road continues to the beautiful villages at the foot of the mountains where your journey begins from Syabrubesi. Overnight at Syabrubesi.
Day 4: Gatlang
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 the Lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the 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 the home made local drinks Rakshi accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Get refreshed and enjoy the local Syabru dance. Overnight at the community lodge.
Day 5: 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. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing the hanging bridge. Ascend 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 house.
Day 6: Thuman
The trail ascends to Nagthali Danda (3300m) the high open grassland with amazing views of snow covered Himalayas. Stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda. 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, Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance.
Dinner and overnight at local tea house.
Day 7: 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 the lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just 3hrs walk from Timure lies on the bank of River.
After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village.
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, Briddim wine are the indigenous food offered. The visitor can also observe the local indoorrituals 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 the live craftsmanship. The visitor also gets the opportunity to buy first handedly.
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: Early morning breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu.
8-9hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Free until departure to airport.