Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

This trek offers the opportunity to explore Tamang ethnic villages including origin Tamang village Gatlang, Tibetan Buddhism influenced their typical culture, warm hospitality, local agriculture, terrain green farm lands, mountain foot hills, natural hot spring, glacier Rivers, dense rhododendron forest, splendid Himalayan views etc.

The trail starts either from Dhunche or Syabrubesi and passes through Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. The trail may end back in Syabrubesi or continue the Langtang trek from Briddim village via Khanjim. Goljung and Gatlang are traditional Tamang villages where we can have ancient cultural experience. You can also visit the beautiful local Tamang monastery and the holy Parvati kunda Lake at Gatlang. From the viewpoint at Bahundanda near these settlements,we can also see a panoramic view of Lantang, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, Sanjen Himal ranges etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Tamang Heritage Trail Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 3800 m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip  Duration: 10 Days.
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate.
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people.

Outline Itinerary : Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubensi 1467 m by bus 6 hours or by  jeep 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 03: Drive from Syabrubensi to Goljung 1946 m and trek to Gatlang village 2238 m 5 hours, origin of Tamang ethnic people in Nepal. You can have  experience of the Tamang culture and hospitality. You can enjoy with  the scenery of mountains. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Gatlang trek to Tatopani 2607 m. 6 hours. Hot bath shower  in the natural spring of Tatopani. Excellent views of Langtang range, Tibetan mountain range and Ganesh Himal on the way. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Tatopani trek to Thuman 2338 m via Nagthali 3165 m and Brimdang 2848 m  6 hours. Nagthali is the highest view point during this mini trek also we can see the  wild animals like monkey and deer on the way. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Thuman trek to Timure 1762 m : visit nearby historical Rasuwagadi 1814 m  border with Tibet and come back to Timure 5 hours. Observe Tibeto - Burman Tamang culture in the two villages on the way. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Timure trek to Briddim 2229 m 4 hours : Observe village life of Briddim. Watch cultural show performed  by community members. Experience of home-stay and Tamang culture. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Briddim trek down to Syabrubesi 4 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 09: Syabrubensi to Kathmandu by local bus 6 hours or by  jeep 5 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 10: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner. Internet service is free at hotel.
-Trekking permits of Langtang National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, bus tickets, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Syabrubensi round trip by bus or jeep  as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government and local taxes.
-Experienced & Professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival in Kathmandu.
-International airfare.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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