Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
Tamang Heritage Trail Trek is a short but captivating trekking route in the lower area of the Langtang region. TheTamang Heritage Heritage Trail is fascinating due to the authentic lifestyle and traditions showcased by the locals residing in beautiful villages. The cultural exploration is without a doubt one of the main highlights of this trek, complemented by the beautiful views of the mountains you get along the journey. The route takes you through beautiful rhododendron and other alpine forests, as birds chirping sounds like music to your ears. Thuman, Timure, Tatopani, Gatlang, Briddim are a few of the many villages this trail takes you through.
Tamang people present their culture as preserved by their ancestors. For anyone traveling from a different part of the world, their lifestyle may even seem so foreign. This trek is a beautiful way to explore the rich culture of these people living in the Langtang region. You can see terraced hillsides surrounding quaint villages. It is particularly important to go with a guide on this journey to enrich your perspective on the local culture. Also, the language barrier can be quite difficult to navigate and the trail is not well marked. Living amongst the Tamang people, visiting the monasteries, and being surrounded by natural beauty make for an unforgettable trip. In several villages, you get to see cultural shows performed by locals. Besides cultural exploration, other activities include visiting Parvati Kunda Lake in Gatlang, diving into the hot water of Tatopani and visiting the historical site of Rasuwagadi.
The trail lies in the region of Langtang National Park, so there is always a chance for you to see exotic animals living in the region. Like any other treks in the Langtang region, you are welcomed in every step by the views of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Kerung, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh, etc.
Tamang Heritage Trail Trek starts from Syabrubesi. You will trek to Gatlang and then to the Tatopani the next day. From Tatopani, the trail passes through Thuman, Timure, and finally to Birdim village. From Birdim, you will return to Syabrubesi where the trek ends.
You can combine this trek with the Langtang Valley trek or Gosainkunda Trek. To combine the Langtang Valley Trek, you can continue to Lama Hotel and then Kyanjin Gompa from Birdim instead of returning to Syabrubesi. You can follow the same itinerary for the Langtang Gosainkunda trek as well.
Note: If you want to improvise the itinerary combining these treks, don't hesitate to contact us.
Food and Accommodation
During the trek, you will stay in small tea houses and homestays run by local Tamang people. They offer you minimalistic yet heartwarming services. You will get a warm bed and healthy foods in these teahouses. There are homestays at Bridim where you can get a taste of their local dishes and lifestyle. These teahouses may not be luxurious but the friendly and kind services are guaranteed to make you feel special. Apart from local dishes, you can also get basic modern items such as noodles, pasta, vegetables, eggs, fried rice, vegetable soup, etc.
In the teahouses, you can get private rooms and also on a sharing basis. You get a charging facility and a hot shower as well but you have to pay an extra price for that.
Most accommodation on the Tamang Heritage Trail will be in small local teahouses, which provide a warm comfortable bed and healthy, filling food. In Briddim, stay at a local homestay, which will also offer comfortable standards but maybe a bit more basic.
Best season to Trek
Like in other regions, spring and winter are considered to be the best seasons to trek in the Tamang Heritage Trail. However, the altitudes in this trail are not that high, so you can trek even in the winter season as the temperature will be bearable. In fact, winter offers amazing views of the mountains and landscapes. The villages look beautiful in winter due to snowfall but make sure you bring warm clothes with you.
Even though summer is all about heavy rainfall and unpredictable weather, the season has its own benefits. Summer gives you the chance to explore the lifestyle of local people more closely, as there are fewer tourists. It is the best time to explore the jungles of this region. With proper planning and preparation, you can trek to Tamang Heritage Trail at any time of the year.