Trekking in Langtang: the Tamang Heritage trail

8 Days

The Tamang Heritage Trail is a long distance trekking through the border area with Tibet. You hike in the area between the Ganesh Himal (7429m) and the Langtang Langtang Himal (7234m) near the more famous valley of Langtang. It offers you a beautiful insight into the daily life of the local Tamang people.

Not much is known about the history of the Tamang people. But it is believed that the Tamang people are the ethnic group that settled in the Nepalese Himalayas. Currently they live about half of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Especially living in the high foothills of the Himalayas, they survive mainly through agriculture, more recently also through tourism.

The Tamangs are said to have come from Tibet, and settled in Nepal 3000 years ago. As the largest ethnic group in Nepal they have their own culture, traditions, language, religion and social system. The Tamang people follow a form of Tibetan Buddhism, speak a language derived from Tibetan and their culture is almost identical to that of Tibet.

This Tamang Heritage trail was created as a development project: to bring tourism to a less travelled region and thus help the development of the local communities. During this trekking in Langtang you will stay in ‘community lodges’, which contributes to the development of the village communities.


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  • Discover the fascinating region close to Tibet between the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang
  • You’ll meet and learn about the Tamang people
  • Ponderful views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas – stunning views from Taruche View Point
  • You’ll stay in community lodges and homestays


Namaste and welcome to Nepal.

Today you will travel by jeep with your guide and porters to the starting point of the trekking. You will drive in a northwesterly direction out of the Kathmandu valley.

During the 7 hour drive you can enjoy the view of the Himalayas along the way. You will also pass small villages and terraced fields with rice and other crops.

You spend the night in a teahouse in Syabrubesi.

Today your trekking starts in the beautiful Langtang area. You walk into the mountains and go up towards the village Goljung. Along the way you will enjoy the view of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma and the Langtang Lirung which are becoming more and more visible to you. Once on the hill, the climb becomes less steep.

Your destination for today is Gatlang, a small Tamang village with traditional stone houses. You will be welcomed with a Khada (white scarf). After dinner you can have a glass of homemade wine while watching the traditional Tamang dances. These are still an important part of the Tamang culture.

You spend the night in a community lodge in Gatlang.

After a beautiful sunrise you get ready for the longest hiking day of your trekking. The trekking starts with a descending tour of many beautiful stupas until you arrive in Thangbuchet (near the village of Chilime) at the Bhotekoshi River.

After lunch you will cross the bridge, pass the Chilime Hydropower dam and climb up to Tatopani. You will pass many villages and green hills.

Did you know that 'tato pani' is the Nepali word for hot water? Before the earthquake of 2015 there was a hot spring in Tatopani where you could relax for a while. Unfortunately it is no longer there.

You spend the night in a community lodge in Tatopani.

The highest mountain pass of the trekking awaits you today! You will ascend to Nagthali Danda (approx. 3.300m), where you will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. You will see the Langtang himal, Tibet Himal, Sisapangma, Shangjen Himal, Paldor peak etc.

After lunch in the Tibetan-looking village of Brimdang, the trekking continues through the forest to Nagthali Ghyang (3165m) where you will spend the night today.

You will spend the night in a community lodge in Nagthali.

Today you get up early and walk to the Taruche View Point. From here you have a nice panoramic view on the Himalayas, you see the border with Tibet and also some Tibetan villages.

Afterwards you will hike further down through the forest to Thuman, a small village inhabited by Tibetan influenced Tamangs, friendly people who like to sing and dance.

You spend the night in a community lodge in Thuman.

You return to the other side of the mountains, where you can experience the village life of Briddim. The inhabitants of Briddim are direct descendants of ancient Tibetan immigrants, so the culture and traditions are close to those of Tibetans.

Here you get the chance to get to know the Tamang better by staying at their home.

You will spend the night in a homestay in Briddim.

Today is the last day of trekking. The path leads you down through villages and terraced fields. The last part of the path you climb up a bit, until you arrive in Syabrubesi.

After lunch you'll walk on to the small village of Gre, where you'll spend the night in the community homestay house.

You spend the night in a homestay in Gré.

The end of your journey is in sight. Today you will go back to Kathmandu by jeep with your guide and porter. This ride will again pass villages and rice fields.

What's included?

  • Trekking briefing
  • 7 nights in community lodges or homestays during the trekking, 7 x breakfast, 7x dinner and 8x lunch included (drinks excl.)
  • Ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and from Gré to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • English speaking guide during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and accommodation)
  • Porter for your luggage during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and accommodation) - 1 porter per 2 persons - max. 18 kg
  • The necessary trekking documents

What's not included?

  • Visa fee of approx. 30 USD per person for 15 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance through the Nepalese consulate or embassy.
  • Entrance fees when visiting monasteries or places of interest: during your trekking you may visit a monastery, here it is customary to make a small donation.
  • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
  • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc.: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip this is about € 50 per person.

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Trekking in Langtang: the Tamang Heritage trail
  • October - May
  • 8
  • Taruche View Point (optional) - 3709 meter
  • Easy to moderate
  • Syabrubesi / Syabrubesi
  • Community lodges & homestays during trek
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