Days: 27 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, with rich Tamang, Bhote, Sherpa (Yolmo) culture. Many years ago Nepal, fought with Tibet for salt and some of the biggest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in Salt and mountain goats for meat (chyangra) with foodstuffs from the south. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the "Tamang Heritage Trail" is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs. The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The cultural and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border. This trekking destination is just a day long bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The trekking tour provides varieties of experience. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, local Syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a view point at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang and Kerung (Tibet) can be awe inspiring. Visitors will get an opportunity to observe Syabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang VDCs. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, mufflers and other items. Tourists can enjoy hot bath in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali, where the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman is an unforgettable experience. At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is home stay facility in 24 houses. After the Tamang heritage trail we will head towards the Langtang.Langtang is a narrow valley situated 75 kms north of Kathmandu close to the Tibetan border. Last but not the least combining the Tamang heritage trails with the Langtang would be one of the best trails in Nepal. Helambu is popular among the trekkers for its scenery and favorable climate. Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Malemchi Khola. The Langtang valley is aptly called “the valley of glaciers". Here the mountain-scape is spectacular. On either side of valley, mountains rise, soaring into the sky. The valley offers pine forest, slow moving rivers and swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild primulas. In the upper part of the valley there are snow bridges spanning angry torrents, high passes enveloped in mist, tiny lakes with icebergs floating on them and waters of crystalline brightness. This trek is comparatively easier one due to the fact that the elevations are lower, ranging between 800m and 3600m, offering less climbing as well as warmer temperatures. The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and some parts of the Everest treks. Besides this, the trek offers a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery.
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1460m with private car (Land Cruiser) (6/7 hours),
In the morning after breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by private car which takes about 6 hours. The road is quite smooth until reaching Trisuli and you have lunch here. After lunch, the road follows roughly with dust until reaching Syabrubesi. You have great views of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal during the drive. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang Village 2238m (6/7 hours),
In the morning after breakfast, you continue steep ascents until Rongga Bhanjyang which takes about 3 hours. Then the trail descends till Goljung village which takes about 45 minutes. You stop for the Lunch. After lunch, you continue again gentle up until reaching Traditional Tamang village in Gatlang. It takes about 3 hours. You can visit the Parbati Kund which offers rich biodiversity for the nature lovers. You can also visit the ancient old monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Gatlang Village to Tatopani 2607m (6/7 hours),
In this day, you start your trek gentle descent passing the many Chhortens and Mani wall and through the deep forests until reaching Chilime. It takes about 2 and half hour. Then you cross by suspension bridge and climb up passing the terrace until reaching Gonggang village which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch here. After lunch, the trail gentle ascends until reaching Tatopani. It takes about 2 hours. You can take natural Bath in hot spring. It is believed that to take a Bath in natural Hot Spring, washes away all the Pains and aches. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali Gyang 3165m (4/5 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, you continue through the forests to reach in Nagthali view point. The trail is up and down till Brimdang where one monastery is situated on the hill. It takes about 2 hours. Then the trail gentle ascends until reaching Nagthali view point which takes about 2 hours. You have lunch here. You have a great view of Langtang Lirung, Shishapangma, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Himal and other snowy peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Nagthali Gyang to Timure 1762m (6/7 hours),
In the morning after enjoying with Himalayan scenery and sunrise view, the trail descends till Thuman village which takes about 1 and half hour. You can stop for Tea break because you do not find any hotel till Timure. Then you again descends till Bhote Koshi Nadi and cross by suspension bridge. Now the trail continues upstream of Bhote Koshi until reaching Timure village which takes about 4 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Excursion to Rasuwagadhi 1815m and back to Timure
In this day, you start your trek to Rasuwagadhi after breakfast. The trail gently ascends until reaching Rasuwagadhi which takes about 2 hours. This is an old trade route to Tibet and the historical fort of Rasuwagadhi. After visiting the Rasuwagadhi back to Lodge which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch and stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Timure to Briddhim 2230m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, you continue the trail upstream of Bhote Koshi until reaching Lingling which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail gently ascends till Briddhim village. It takes about 2 hours. This is a small and beautiful Tamang village. It offers Himalayan culture experience in the form of Home-Stay. You can visit an ancient old monastery. Overnight in Home-Stay.
Day 10: Trek from Briddhim to Sherpa Gaon 2563m (5/6 hours),
Today you start after breakfast and continue you trail till Wangal Village, takes about 1 hour. Then, your trail steeply ascends until reaching Khanjum village which takes about 2 hours, you have lunch here. Again you continue your trek to Sherpa Gaon which takes about 3 hours. You have splendid view of high Himalayan range. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Sherpa Gaon to Lama Hotel 2324m (3/4 hours),
In this day, your dramatic trail descends through the Rhododendron forests and stunning view of Langtang Himal and Gosaikund valley until reaching Lamahotel which takes about 3 hours. You have your lunch and Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang 3330m (5/6 hours),
You start your trek after breakfast, the trail continues through the forests until reaching Gumnachok and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then you continue your trek to Godatabela which takes about 2 hours. Now you have a glimpse of Langtang Lirung. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail continues passing the yak pasture land and through the forests until reaching Thangshyap which takes about 2 hours. Then your trail keeps ascending until Chyamki and it takes about 1 and half hour. You cross on a suspension bridge and continue till Langtang village which takes about 1 hour. . You have a good view of Langtang Lirung and other peaks as well as beautiful waterfall. You can visit old monastery with your guide in the evening time. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa 3730m (3/4 hours)
Today is only short day walking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail continues passing the Yak pasture land until reaching Kyanjin Gompa which takes about 3 hours slowly. You have lunch. After lunch, you can visit Kyanjin Gompa and Cheese Factory with your guide. Now you have a superb view of Langtang Lirung, Gangchempu, Nayakhang and other peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Hike to Tsergo-Ri 4985m
Today you have a full day excursion and hike to Tsergo-Ri which is in the elevation of 4985m high above the sea level. You start in the morning after breakfast. First you walk level trail about 30 minutes and you cross small stream. Then the trail continues steep ascending with viewing the panoramic snow capped mountains which takes about 3 and half hours. You have a superb view of Langtang Lirung, Nayakhang, Gangchembu, Ganja-La range, Yala peak, Langshisha Ri and other snowy peaks. If you want to explore more and spend long time on the top, you better to take packed lunch from your Lodge. After enjoying, you climb down till your lodge which takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel 2324m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, you start from your lodge. The trail continues down passing the yak pasture land until reaching Langtang which takes about 2 hours. Then you continue your trek cross by suspension bridge and climb down till Thangshyap. It takes about 1 hour. Again you continue the trail following through the forests until reaching Godatabela which takes about 1 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail keeps descending till Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulosyabru 2210m (5/6 hours)
In this day, you keep walking through the forests trail until reaching Pairo which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch you skip the trail to Syabrubesi. You climb up steep trail until reaching Thulosyabru which takes about 2 hours. Now you have great view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and other peaks. In the evening you can visit monastery with your guide. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Thulosyabru to Lauribina 3900m (4/5 hours),
Today, your trail is switchback up the steep hill above the village and passes the fields until reaching the place name is called Dursagang which takes about 2 hours. Then, the trail continues steeply through forests of hemlock and oak, past the ancient-looking Chhorten and then less steeply through Rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Lauribina which takes about 2 hours. You have your lunch and stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Lauribina to Gosaikund Lake 4380m (3/4 hours),
You have also panoramic view of Langtang Lirung, Ganeh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Himal in the morning. After breakfast, you continue your altitude trek on a rocky trail passing the first lake Saraswotikund, second lake Bhairabkund and third lake of course Gosaikund until reaching Gosaikunda. It takes about 3 hours. Gosaikund is the site for a great pilgrimage in August each year. The large rock in the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 19: Exploration Day
Today you have full day to explore the many holy lakes in this area. You can visit all round the lakes and acclimatize with altitude. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 20: Trek from Gosaikund Lake to Gopte 3430m (6/7 hours) via Lauribinayak Pass 4610m
Today you are going to pass the Lauribina-La pass which is in the elevation of 4610m high above the sea level. You start our trek after breakfast, the trail continues through the rocky and gentle ascents until reaching Lauribina-La which takes about 2 hour. Then you climb down slowly in the rough steep terrain until reaching Phedi. It takes about 1and half hour and will have lunch break there. Then again, you continue a long and gentle descent till Gopte which takes about 1 hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 21: Trek from Gopte to Malamchi Gaon 2530m (5/6 hours),
In this day, you start your trek after breakfast; the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines and then makes a final ascent to Tharepati on a windy ridge which takes about 2 hours from where you have a stunning view of high Himalayas. You have lunch here. After lunch, the trail steep and zigzag down through the deep Rhododendron forests passing small stream and Chhortens viewing the Tarkegyang village until reaching Sherpa village in Melamchi gaon. It takes about 3 and half hour. You can visit the monastery in the evening with your guide. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 22: Trek from Malamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang 2740m (4/5 hours),
In the morning after breakfast, you start your trek keep steep descending passing the Stupa and Chhortens until Melamchi Khola which takes about 2 hours. Then you cross by suspension bridge and continue passing the monastery of Nakotegaon and the trail steep ascends through the forests until reaching Tarkegyang village. It takes about 3 hours. You have lunch. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Helambhu region. You can visit the old monasteries. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 23: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermanthang 2590m (5/6 hours),
In this day, you start your trek after breakfast; you continue level trail passing small stream through the forests until reaching Ganjawal village. It takes about 2 and half hour. You have lunch here. There is a one splendid monastery and you can visit this monastery. After lunch, you continue again up and down trail passing the Mani wall and Stupa through the Rhododendron and Pine forests until reaching Sermanthang village. It takes about 2 and half hour to reach. There is also one monastery situated in the top of the village. You can visit this monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 24: Trek from Sermanthang to Kakani 1996m (4/5 hours),
In the morning after breakfast, the trail almost descends in big plate road passing the White Stupa and Beautiful Statue of Guru Padmasambhava near the Nigale Banjyang. Then trail continues again in the plate road until reaching Kakani village which takes 4 hours. You have lunch here. Afternoon, you go with your guide for the village tour and visit the monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 25: Trek from Kakani to Malamchi Pul and drive to Kathmandu with private car,
Today, you continue your trek descending in the dusty road way till passing the scatter village until Melamchi Pul Bazaar which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch here. Our private vehicle comes to pick up in this place and back to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel. It takes about 4 hours by private vehicle. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 26: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3***hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation (Land Cruiser).
* Langtang National Park Permit and all necessary permits.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* All government tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional due to natural calamities porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.de
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.