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Start point: Syafru Bensi
Ending point: Syafru Bensi
Best months: Except July and August
Trek duration: 14 days
Tamang HeritageTreks with Langtang 14 days
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.
Itinerary details for Tamang Heritage Treks with Langtang:
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 All Trekkers Team (ATTm). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a All Trekkers Team display board or printed name plate at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to hotel. After check in, you will visit ATTm office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.
DAY 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for the Trek:
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow.
DAY 3: 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 4: Trek Syabru Besi to 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 5: Trek Gatlang to 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 6: Trek Tatopani to 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 7: Thuman to 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 8: Briddim to 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 over night at Syafrubensi.
DAY 13: 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. In the evening celebration dinner together with All Trekkers Team family.
DAY 14: Farewell Friend:
You are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from All Trekkers Team will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Packing list and equipments:
- Big backpack
- Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
- Two pair of wool long socks
- Three pairs of light trekking socks
- Fast drying underwear
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of light trekking pants
- One pair of warm winter pants
- Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
- One fleece sweater for trekking
- Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
- Rain coat
- Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
- Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
- One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom
- Winter hat
- Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
- Fast drying towel
- Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
- Wet wipes
- Sun cream
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
- Nail clipper
- Lip balm
- Tropical anti mosquito spray
- Medical kit:
- Pain killers
- Something for diarrhea
- Pills against cold
- Nose spray
- Altitude pills
- Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
- Sore throat drops
- Cream for muscle pain
- Pills and other medicaments you usually use
- Other necessary thing you must have:
- Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
- Water bottle – 1+L
- Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
- Strings for hanging clothes
- Lighter and candles
- Swiss knife (with all the additions)
- Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
- Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
- Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
- Batteries, power bag
- Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
- Book (optional)
- Hooks (optional)
- Guide book