The focus on this trip is the ancient Tamang culture, deep in the mountains connected to the famous Langtang Region in Nepal, famous as the third most popular trekking area. On this moderate trek that goes to a maximum altitude of around 3500 m, we quickly move from the trailhead into an area which is less travelled, as we stay overnights in beautiful villages, full of culture, rituals, traditional architecture, customs and experiences that will not be forgotten easily.

Price: US$ 925*
*In a group of 2
Duration: 11 days

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Overview

On this moderate trek that goes to a maximum altitude of around 3500 m, we quickly move from the trailhead into an area which is less travelled, as we stay overnights in beautiful villages, full of culture, rituals, traditional architecture, customs and experiences that will not be forgotten easily.

This is a newly developed tourism product, and is off the beaten track It highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.

Everything in this trip is designed to make memories that last. From off beat orientation tours in the cultural hotbed of Kathmandu, to a trek in a less travelled trail with well informed local guides and support crew, to ending in an optional cook like a local experience to learn the fine art of nepalese cuisine.

About the area:

About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and some of the biggest areas where this war took place was in this region. 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 with foodstuffs from the south.

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 ethnicitcy to Tamang, which is what they still consider themselves to be today.

What you will experience:

This trekking destination is just a day's bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The 5 day trek provides variety of experiences. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, local Syabru dances (during festivals) 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.

Enjoy a hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani. Walk through ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman are an unforgettable experience. At Briddim, experience the famous Tamang hospitality

Extensions:

For travellers with a little more time, trekking back on the ancient trade route that runs North to South all the way to Kathmandu will be a seven day extension

One can also connect this trek with the famous Langtang Valley trek that reaches the ancient monastery at Kyanjin. This will require an additional five days.

For those who want to relax after the trek, a side trip to the lake town of Pokhara, or a few overnights in an organic farm, or a hidden treasure of a resort by the river, can be quite rewarding, avoiding the need to have a holiday after a holiday.

Book the basic version, which incidentally is also designed to be full of memorable experiences, or ask to custom tailor it to perfection. 

Itinerary

Day 1: KATHMANDU

Met by representative from the company and transfer to hotel. This evening you will be invited to a traditional seven course dinner at a renovated palace. Overnight at one of the locally owned partner hotels in Kathmandu, selected for its authenticity and location.

Day 2: KATHMANDU

After breakfast, a day of experience the melting pot of Kathmandu using our custom tailored selection of tours, from a relaxing pottery experience where you throw your own souvenir, or understanding Hinduism and Buddhism while on a walk between two World Heritage Sites, or going on a walk to lunch with nuns for training for our trek. The evening will be spent preparing for the trek. We will suggest a early night to rest well before the trek.

Day 3: SYABRUBESI (1982m)

Early morning drive 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.

Day 4: 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.

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. 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.

Day 6: THUMAN

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.

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 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.

Day 8: SYABRUBESI

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: KATHMANDU

Early morning breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu (8-9hrs).

Day 10: KATHMANDU

This is a free day where an optional activity is to learn how to cook Nepali delicacies. Overnight at a partner facility.

Day 11: DEPARTURE

Free until transfered for onward journey.

Included

Included

Before trek
During trek
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Airport pickup
  • Day-tour with guide, lunch and transportation  
  • Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation and meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Guide, porter and their insurances  
  • All permits

 Excluded

  • Personal insurance
  • Emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal mediaction
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights

Dates & Price

Trip Extensions

Tridevi Marg,Thamel, Kathmandu | Tel: +977 1 4412 508, +977 9801 1234 01 (available 24/7) | e-mail: info@socialtours.com

(open: 10:00 - 17:00 Mon - Fri) At TriDevi Marg, opposite of the Himalayan Bank, you will see a small lane on the left of the SALEWA Store. We're at the end of the lane.