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4,773 m

Duration

11 days

DIFFICULTY

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BEST SEASON

September to December
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Start/finish

Kathmandu
Tour Details

The Tamang Heritage and Langtang trek is an incredible journey through a newly discovered off-the-beaten-path trail. It combines the charm of the Tamang Heritage with the legendary Langtang Valley, known as the third most popular trekking destination in Nepal after Everest and Annapurna. The Langtang region offers a wild and picturesque landscape reminiscent of Tibetan highlands, with breathtaking countryside scenery and a rich cultural heritage preserved by the ethnic Tamang people.

The Tamang people, whose name derives from the Tibetan language, directly translates to “Horse Traders”. Throughout history, they have been renowned as horse merchants, skilled riders, and even cavalry members.
They are also known as “Murmi,” reflecting their identity as border inhabitants. The term “Mur” signifies “border,” while “Mi” represents “man,” symbolically connecting them to the borders they inhabit, underscoring their cultural and historical importance

Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, the trek takes you deep into remote and rugged mountains, where ancient Buddhist stupas, chortens, prayer walls, and Tamang monasteries adorned with colorful prayer flags add a sense of spirituality and wonder to the journey. It’s no wonder Nepal is often called a “trekker’s paradise” with its enchanting blend of magic, meditation, and shamanism. The Langtang region is characterized by lush green bamboo and rhododendron forests, magnificent waterfalls, towering peaks, and sacred lakes known as “Kunda” to the devout practitioners. Our 13-day itinerary for the Tamang Heritage with Langtang Valley Trek begins with a scenic 5-6 hour jeep ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From there, the trek takes us through charming villages like Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, and Briddim. Following the classic Langtang Valley Trek, we pass through Kyanjin Gompa, a significant Buddhist monastery.

Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, the trek takes you deep into remote and rugged mountains, where ancient Buddhist stupas, chortens, prayer walls, and Tamang monasteries adorned with colorful prayer flags add a sense of spirituality and wonder to the journey. It’s no wonder Nepal is often called a “trekker’s paradise” with its enchanting blend of magic, meditation, and shamanism.

The Tamang Heritage and Langtang trek offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas while delving into the rich cultural heritage of the Tamang people. It’s a journey that combines breathtaking landscapes, spiritual encounters, and the warm hospitality of the local communities, making it an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pre-trek online personal advice
  • Round trip vehicle
  • All permits
  • Bedroom in teahouse lodges during trek
  • Three meals per day during trek
  • Government registered, well experienced, English speaker and friendly local trekking guide
  • Staff fees with all their expenses and necessary insurance
  • Welcome dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Health insurance with heli-rescue up to 5,000m (compulsory)
  • Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
  • Personal expenses (phone charging, WiFi, hot shower, laundry...)
  • Drinks and Bar Menu
  • Breakfast on the first day, dinner on the last day
  • Gratuity (optinal)

You can add to your pack

  • Guide in your own language
  • Porter (20kg max)
  • Private room during trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Three meals per day in Kathmandu
  • Taxi service
  • International flight

Complementaries

  • Firante's gift
  • Combine several treks and extend your trip
What to Expect

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes of Langtang National Park, where the charm of this renowned trek unfolds. From the vibrant tapestry of emerald-green forests to the enchanting expanse of alpine meadows, prepare to be mesmerized by the gradual transition into the majestic realm of the snow-cloaked mountains.

Located to the north of Kathmandu, the Langtang Valley not only showcases stunning natural beauty but also holds the distinction of being Nepal’s first Himalayan national park, spanning an expansive area of 1,710 square kilometers. The region is sparsely populated, and the trail is less crowded compared to other popular treks, offering a sense of tranquility and solitude amidst the picturesque landscapes and traditional settlements. Legend has it that the valley was discovered when a person was searching for a lost yak, hence the name “Langtang,” meaning “follow the yak” in Tibetan. This fascinating tale adds an element of mystique to the trek, making it even more intriguing. With its moderate climate, easily navigable trails, and preserved traditional lifestyles, the Langtang Valley stands out as a true gem in the Himalayan country of Nepal.

Langtang National Park boasts a rich biodiversity, home to elusive red pandas, majestic Himalayan black bears, agile gorals, graceful tahrs,untamed wild dogs, enigmatic serows, elusive snow leopards, graceful musk deer, and an astonishing array of over 250 avian species, painting the sky with their vibrant plumage.
Brace yourself for an immersive and unparalleled experience that epitomizes the magnificence of nature’s creations.

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • Visit Langtang village and Kyangiin Monastery
  • Panoramic mountain views from Kyanjin Ri (4,773m)
  • Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and several suspension bridges
  • Amazing Lirung and Kimshung glaciers
  • Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and monuments
  • Cheese factory and hike to Tserko Ri (5,450m)
  • Lush green forests and meadows
  • Majestic views of Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Kimsung (6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m)
  • Tserko Ri (5,450m/17,880ft) and Kyanjin Ri (4,773m / 15,655 ft) viewpoints
  • Wildlife (red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, bear, langur, etc.)
Itinerary

Day beforeWelcome dinner

The day before our trekking expedition begins, we’ll gather for a memorable welcome dinner. It’s a perfect occasion for us to connect and become acquainted with one another before we set off on our exciting adventure. This dinner also provides a valuable opportunity for us to approach our guide with any final questions or concerns we may have.

Day 1Vehicle from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Syabrubesi (1,503m)

8h, 122 km

After early morning breakfast, the drive to Syabrubesi begins. We head north out of Kathmandu. During the journey, you can catch fantastic views of rivers, terraced fields, small villages, and snow-capped mountains.
The road takes you to a small town – Dhunche. While on the road that follows Trishuli River banks, you will catch glimpses of Ganesh Himal (7,422 m). From Dhunche, we continue the drive until we reach Syabrubesi. You can explore this town for a while but do not forget to experience the riverside hot spring.

Day 2Syabrubesi (1,503m) to Gatlang (2,240m)

6h, 12.1km, 2,240m highest altitude 

After a restful night’s sleep, get ready for an invigorating start as we tackle a 2-hour uphill climb on a trail adorned with switchbacks. The effort pays off as you reach a vantage point offering breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal, the Gosainkunda range, and Langtang Lirung. En route, you’ll be greeted by Buddhist Chortens and mani walls, enhancing the scenic beauty of the landscape.
Descend for approximately 45 minutes and arrive at the charming Tamang village of Goljung, where we’ll take a break for lunch. Our trek continues for 2.5 hours, leading us to another picturesque Tamang village called Gatlang, nestled at an elevation of 2,238 meters.
Gatlang not only captivates with its rich cultural heritage and stunning setting but also boasts a century-old Tamang monastery and the mystical Parvati Kunda, a secret lake. According to legend, the lake was discovered ages ago by the King of Gatlang while searching for a lost hunting dog. It is believed to possess fertility-enhancing powers, revered by women. Each of these landmarks can be reached with a 45-minute uphill walk.

Day 3Gatlang (2,240m) to Tatopani (2,610m)

6h, 12.2km, 2,610m highest altitude 

Get ready for an exhilarating challenge! Today is renowned as the toughest day of the trek, but trust me, the rewards are more than worth it. Begin by descending gradually along a ridge towards the Bamdang Khola, which then follows the Chilime Khola northward until you arrive at the vibrant town of Chilime after approximately 2 hours. Brace yourself for the excitement of crossing a suspension bridge, always a thrill.
Now comes the demanding part—a strenuous ascent of around 450 meters to the picturesque village of Gongang. It will require about 1.5 hours of steep uphill climbing, but fear not, a well-deserved lunch break awaits upon arrival. The subsequent section is comparatively less physically demanding as you continue the ascent for approximately 2 hours until you reach the enchanting Tatopani at an elevation of 2,607 meters.

Day 4Tatopani (2,610m) to Thuman (2,340m)

6h, 9.2km, 3,170m highest altitude 

Prepare for an awe-inspiring journey as you traverse through a magnificent rhododendron forest, clinging to the mountainside, where vines dangle and moss-covered trees teem with lively troops of gray langur monkeys. As you pass the vibrant village of Brimdang, the trail ascends the highest and steepest section, offering an exhilarating challenge.
Each ridge crossed reveals an even more breathtaking panorama. To the west, the majestic Ganesh Himal captivates with its grandeur, while the eastern side unveils the awe-inspiring Langtang range. The ridgeline leads you to the crown jewel—the open grasslands of Nagthali Hill, situated at an elevation of 3,210 meters. In just 45 minutes from Brimdang, a mesmerizing spectacle awaits. Suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by an immersive vista, encompassing Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, and even the towering Shishapangma on the Tibetan side.
Before you stretch the majestic Sanjen Ranges, leaving you in awe of nature’s magnificence. Take your time absorbing the jaw-dropping views, visit the serene Monastery, and relish the sense of accomplishment that washes over you. This is a moment to savor and cherish for a lifetime.

Day 5Thuman (2,340m) to Briddim (2,230m)

5h 30min, 14km, 2,340m highest altitude 

Today, on the 5th day of our Tamang Heritage trek, we’ll trek from Thuman to Briddim, a journey of approximately 6 hours. The trail will consist of both uphill and downhill sections since Thuman and Briddim are situated at similar altitudes. Along the way, we’ll pass through Timure, where we’ll stop for lunch before continuing our trek to Briddim, which will only take a few more hours. Briddim is a charming village influenced by Tibetan culture, offering a delightful homestay experience and a glimpse into Tamang culture. Nestled at the foot of Langtang Himal, Briddim is home to around 50 houses.
The villagers are descendants of Tibetan immigrants, and their way of life closely reflects Tibetan Buddhist traditions. We’ll spend the night in a homestay, immersing ourselves in the local atmosphere.

Day 6Briddim (2,230m) to Lama Hotel (2,470m)

6h, 2,470m highest altitude 

On the sixth day of our Tamang Heritage trail trek, we’ll embark on a 6-hour hike from Briddim to Lama Hotel. Following the trail along the ridge of the Rhododendron forest, we’ll pass through Ghopche Khola before reaching Lama Hotel, where we’ll spend the night. As we continue along the trail, we’ll traverse the hilly region of Khangjim and Sherpagoan, immersing ourselves in the vibrant cultures of the Tamang and Sherpa communities. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about their rich traditions and way of life.
After approximately 7 hours of trekking, we’ll arrive at Lama Hotel, a cluster of guesthouses that marks the starting point of the Langtang Valley. Although the accommodation standards in Lama Hotel may be slightly lower than what we’re accustomed to, it still provides a comfortable place to rest and recharge for the night.

Day 7Lama Hotel (2,470m) to Langtang village (3,430m)

6h, 14.8km, 3,430m highest altitude 

Ascend through Langtang National Park via Gumnachowk and Ghotatabela, traversing dense forests and leaving the tree line behind. Enjoy magnificent views of Langtang Lirung Himal and encounter water mills, prayer wheels, and chortens along the way. Reach Langtang village after approximately 5-7 hours of trekking and admire the scenic surroundings. Check into a comfortable guesthouse for the evening and refill your water bottles at the newly installed purifier, part of a WWF-Intrepid project. Overnight stay in Langtang village.

Day 8Langtang village (3,430m) to Kyanjing Gompa (3,865m)

3h, 6.8km, 3,865m highest altitude

On Day 8 of our Tamang Heritage trek, trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa for about 4-5 hours. Traverse through Yak pastures and encounter Nepal’s largest mani wall. Cross wooden bridges and reach the beautiful Kyanjin Gompa, surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. Explore the area and nearby places before enjoying a meal and a restful night. In the morning, continue the trail towards the rebuilt village of Kyanjin, witnessing stunning views of snow-capped mountains. Interact with Tamang and Sherpa inhabitants along the way. Take a short climb above the village for acclimatization and enjoy the scenic valley.

Day 9Kyanjing Gompa (3,865m) to Lama Hotel (2,380m)

6h, 21km, 3,865m highest altitude

Embarking on the 9th day of our unforgettable Tamang Heritage trek, we will set out from the picturesque Kyanjin Gompa towards Lama Hotel, a journey spanning approximately 4-5 hours. Today’s trail presents a splendid blend of serene downhill paths, allowing us to cover significant distances while reveling in the breathtaking surroundings. As we descend, we will be captivated by the enchanting forests that accompany the melodious flow of the mountain river. Along the way, we will have the privilege of traversing charming Tamang villages, immersing ourselves in their rich cultural tapestry.
Upon our arrival at Lama Hotel, we will be warmly welcomed into our comfortable accommodation, where a delicious meal awaits us, providing nourishment and relaxation. Rest assured, this will be a night to cherish at Lama Hotel, as we rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 10Lama Hotel (2,380m) to Syabrubesi (1,503m)

5h, 11.3km, 2,470m highest altitude

Commencing on the momentous 10th day of our Tamang Heritage trek, we will set forth from Lama Hotel towards Syabrubesi. The trail ahead beckons us to traverse its magnificent landscapes, descending even further than the previous day. With our spirits high and fueled by a satisfying breakfast, we commence our trek.
Enveloped by verdant vegetation, we immerse ourselves in the breathtaking scenery that accompanies our every step. The majestic Langtang range bids us farewell, etching its grandeur into our memories of the extraordinary journey we have undertaken over the past 9 days.
After traversing the path for several hours, we finally arrive at Syabrubesi, our chosen haven for the night. Here, amidst the welcoming embrace of the surroundings, we find solace and reflect upon the indelible moments that have graced our remarkable odyssey.

Day 11Vehicle from Syabrubesi (1,503m) to Kathmandu (1,400m)

8h, 122 km

On the 11th day of our memorable Tamang Heritage trail trek, we say goodbye to the beautiful landscapes as we head back to Kathmandu. The journey back will take around 8-9 hours, going through winding roads with many turns. The road starts off rough but then becomes smoother. Even though the ride is long and challenging, we keep going because we’re excited to reach Kathmandu.

Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will express our gratitude to our porter and guide for their unwavering support and assistance. Their dedication has been invaluable, and we want to show our heartfelt thanks for their hard work.

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What is the best time to trek?

The Langtang trek near Kathmandu offers a relaxing week-long experience. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons due to stable weather, comfortable temperatures, and beautiful views of the Himalayas. Although Langtang valley has four seasons, Spring and Autumn are recommended for their moderate conditions. Proper preparation allows for year-round trekking.

Autumn Langtang trek:
Autumn is the ideal time for Langtang trekking. With warm and stable weather from September to mid-December, you can enjoy clear mountain views under the beautiful blue skies.
While mornings and nights may be chilly, daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F), creating comfortable trekking conditions. Low precipitation ensures sharp views of valleys and the Himalayas, with minimal mountain fog. As the peak season for trekking, you’ll encounter fellow trekkers along the trail, eliminating the need to walk alone.

Spring Langtang trek:
Spring, from March to May, is the second-best season for Langtang trekking. With warm days and temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), you’ll enjoy an easy and picturesque journey. Lush forests, rhododendron blooms, and vibrant wildflowers create a beautiful trail. Higher altitudes feel less strenuous, thanks to the warm sun and gentle breezes.
Experience the rejuvenation of nature and capture clear mountain views without rain or snow.

Summer/monsoon Langtang trek:
Summer/Monsoon Langtang Trek June to August brings hot summer months and the onset of monsoon in Langtang. Temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) in lower regions, dropping to around 10.2°C (50.36°F) at higher altitudes. Rainfall makes trails slippery but offers lush green surroundings. Fog may limit visibility, but post-rainfall provides clear mountain views.
Experience the planting season and observe locals on terraced farms.

Winter Lantang trek:
Winter Langtang Trek From December to February, Langtang experiences snowy and cold conditions. Daytime temperatures range from 6°C to 9°C (42.8°F to 48.2°F), dropping below freezing at night. Winter offers a serene trek with snow-covered landscapes under clear skies. Expect occasional snowfall, strong winds, and less crowded trails.
Share your preferences and convenient trekking dates for a customized itinerary and pre-booked accommodations.

Acclimatization

Langtang Valley trek offers stable weather during the peak seasons of autumn and spring. The temperatures are bearable, making the trek pleasant under warm sunny days, while nights and mornings remain chilly yet manageable. In summer and winter, the weather becomes unpredictable. Summer brings rain, creating slippery trails but offering lush green surroundings and clear views.
Winter brings snowfall and harsh winds, potentially making the journey uncomfortable. However, it’s a peaceful time to enjoy solitude amidst nature.Altitude sickness is a minimal but existing risk during the trek. Stay honest about your condition and descend immediately if symptoms arise. Factors like dehydration, excessive drinking, and improper eating can contribute to altitude sickness. Stay mindful of these factors. In case of emergencies, rescue operations are available.

Trek travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for the trek. All the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 5,000m).

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information after trek booking. In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that your insurance covers all costs incurred during mountain rescue service.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have heli-rescue up to 5,000m.

Drinking water

We recommend you bring a container for one liter of water. In the teahouses we can buy boiled water suitable for drinking with which to fill our bottles. Another option is to refill the water from the fountains that we find along the way or from the tap of the teahouses themselves, for this we have to count on water disinfectant tablets that we can find in pharmacies.

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Alejandro Rodriguez

Solo Traveller

I had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley journey with Firantes, and it surpassed all expectations. As a Mexican solo traveler, I was captivated by the rich cultural experiences of the Tamang community and their warm hospitality. The Langtang Valley’s breathtaking landscapes were a sight to behold. Firantes’ well-organized itinerary and knowledgeable guides made the trip smooth and enlightening. This adventure not only allowed me to connect with Nepal’s culture but also left me with memories I’ll cherish forever. Gracias, Firantes, for an exceptional journey.

June 14, 2023
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