Langtang Valley and Tamang Heritage Trek - 15 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 3800 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • Visit Kathmandu’s iconic UNESCO world’s Heritage sites
  • Trek one of the most accessible langtang regions close to Kathmandu.
  • An ultimate opportunity to get acquainted with the centuries-old tradition, culture, crafts, and lifestyle of the natives from the Himalayas, Tamang 
  • Get amused by the close-up views of the majestic Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Kerung, Chumse Danda Ridge, Jugal Ganesh, Sringi, Manaslu, Sanjen, and others.
  • One of the tranquil trekking trails in Nepal in the low altitude as the maximum you will reach is 5,033 m 

The Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley is a relatively recently discovered trekking route in the Langtang region that combines the cultural and natural charm of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges of the country. The Tamang Heritage Trail was solely crafted by Nepali NGOs to enhance the life of the local Tamang and create a golden chance for explorers to witness the real pristine mountains and authentic remote lifestyle of the indigenous people surviving in the Himalayas.

Langtang has been highlighted as the third most popular trekking destination after the Annapurna and Everest Base Camp treks, which also showcase the customary lives of the several ethnic tribes, primarily Tamang and Sherpa, under the protection of Langtang National Park. Both trekking trails pay homage to several monasteries and scenic intricating patterns of Tamang green valleys all in the encompassment of sky-preaching giants such as Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Kerung, Jugal, and Ganesh as the key features of the Tamang Heritage Langtang Valley rambling route.

Depending on your preference, you can do a separate trek as well. However, when you set out for a 15-day Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley combined trek, you will get a perfect blend of the Himalayan tranquility and culture with the portability of seeing some of the world’s exclusive flora and fauna. Therefore, the trek to Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley is a surreal budget-friendly trekking experience whose cost on average ranges from USD 945 to USD 1,150 providing a rare insight into the customary way of life of the Himalayan clans of Nepal, who have retained their authenticity for all these years, while you let yourself be free in the almightiness of the Himalayas and hills via an easy-going hike that is easy to access from Kathmandu.

What to expect at the Tamang Heritage Trek?

Although new, the trek to Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley is a popular trekking option in Nepal that initiates diverse natural and cultural exploration that directly contributes to uplifting the natives from the Langtang Himalayan region in the north of Kathmandu.

Considerably a low-altitude Himalayan trekking zone that reaches a maximum of 3,600 m on the Tamang Heritage Trail and 5,033 m in the Langtang Valley is a fantastic adventure that guarantees a full Himalayan acquaintance involving a low-risk factor.

During the trek, expect an exceptional endeavor of the Tamang culture, rituals, norms, and values while you pass by numerous traditional valleys that seem to keep you more and more attached to the surrounding vistas of glaciers, shimmering streams, and panoramic summits. In short, you will come across:

Natural decoration of rhododendrons in the Tamang Heritage Langtang Valley Expedition

In late April and May, or basically in spring, the Tamang Heritage and the Langtang Valley Trail observe a full bloom of the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron, along with many other varieties of wild flora contrasting wonderfully with the greenery of the region.

It all comes together to create a peaceful, vibrant ambiance along with abundant wildlife, including a wide variety of endangered red pandas, snow leopards, and Himalayan tahr, to capture a sight in a collection of your photographs.

Incredible cultural immersion in the combined Trek to Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley

In certain parts of the trek, such as Briddim, you will encounter several homestays hosting visitors, which allows a deeper insight into the traditional music, dance, craftsmanship, and art of the locals, specifically Tamang, along with a complete immersion of trekkers in their rich heritage.

Homestays in the trail of Tamang Heritage and the Langtang Valley are a must for a closer interaction with locals and a more defined understanding of the local life in the lap of the Himalayas to fall in love with.

Take an awakening dip in the hot spring of Tatopani

Tatopani is a natural hot spring full of minerals, which translates to ‘Hot Water', and is quite famous for its healing and medicinal properties. 5 km south of Kodari in the Sindhupalchowk district, where you will take a soothing bath.

Taking a dip here is a local ritual to heal and purify the blood as it is believed to remove the toxin of the body and reactive dull metabolism, relaxing fatigued muscles, which is much needed while you are on the way to explore the arduous Tamang Heritage and the Langtang Valley. It might cost you a few extra USD as it is commercialized for foreigners to ease the lives of the locals.

Visit the classic ancient Kyanjin gompa and villages

Kyanjin Gompa is a substantial Buddhist monastery located in the heart of the Langtang trekking region that offers panoramic views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges along with a series of other unnamed mountains.

The valley named after the Gompa is historic and the last permanently existing village that borders Tibet providing a glimpse into the life of the Local Tamang whose most of the cultural rituals, way of living, and artwork resembles the Tibetans.

Trekking in the Tamang Heritage Trail and Langtang Valley with Impressive Mountain vistas

The Tamang Heritage Trail and the Langtang Valley fall under the Langtang National Park area nestled amidst the Ganesh, Jugal, and Langtang ranges, including Dorje Lakpa, which ventures into the Tamang hinterland.

The amalgamation of these two trekking zones stands out in the famous saying that Heaven is a myth and Nepal is real, passing by several verdant alpine meadows and spell-binding landscapes.

Trekking Cost to Tamang Heritage Trail and Langtang Valley

Although many factors determine the overall trekking cost of the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valleys, we are offering:

  • USD 1,150 for 1 pax
  • USD 1,055 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1,000 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 945 for 7–10 pax

On a group discount price that includes all the expenses of legal documentation, guides, and porters with their insurance, food, accommodation, and transportation, excluding personal expenditure and international airfares from and to Nepal.

In case you wish to hire a guide only and wondering how much it's going to cost you, Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks has your back.

We are boastful about your local Sherpa guide hireable at just USD 20 per day, as all solo travelers or FITs (Free Individual Trekkers) must be associated with a licensed guide from a registered trekking agency as per the recent update in 2023.

It is regulated to secure the trekking and safety of adventurers in Nepal and might cost you more than the package you are offered by several government-authorized agencies.

It is advisable to take a service from one of these reputed travel and tour companies in Nepal for more sorted-out and manageable trekking participation at an affordable cost. All you will be left out of is grasping all of the trek, leaving nothing unnoticed and unexplored.

Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley 15 Days Trekking Itinerary

The trekking itinerary to the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley can be customized based on your personal preferences on service, fitness level, and trekking pace. However, it is important to remain conscious of proper preparation and acclimatization, as there are several steep ascents and descents en route to tackle.

Additionally, weather consideration is also a crucial aspect of the legendary trek in this sector of the Langtang region, and to your pleasure, Adventure Himalayan Travel and Treks Pvt. Ltd. has tailored the iconic 15 days journey to the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley, possessing all the essential trekking receipts for an everlasting trekking experience to behold.

The trek starts and ends at Syabrubesi, which initially heads forward to the unspoiled Tamang Valleys and its alpine meadows, terrains, and picturesque landscapes, all in the majestic presence of the numerous towering mountains and hills.

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Itinerary
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On your arrival at the terminal gate of the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by the representatives of ‘Adventure Himalayan Travels’ and transferred to your hotel.

In the evening, you will meet your travel guide or leader for a briefing session and a complimentary Nepali meal.

  • Accommodationthree star Hotel
  • Mealsnot available

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is known for its infamous historical and cultural monuments that hold a major universal significance.

So, on the second day, after breakfast, you’ll begin to explore the town by visiting the holy sanctum of the Pashupatinath with the cremation ground to perform the cremation ceremony, where non-Hindus are prohibited from making an entry.

Simultaneously, you will get to be in the sacred Buddhist ambiance of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, and last but not least, you will get a chance to observe Patan Durbar Square.

 

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

On the third day, the trekking to the Tamang Heritage Trail and Langtang Valley officially begins with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi in about 8 to 9 hours, covering a distance of 117 km and finding a lodge.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,600 m

After filling breakfast in Syabrubesi, you will move uphill for around 2.5 hours, have an easy trail of 3 hours, and make it to Gatlang.

Gatlang is a lovely, picturesque village of the Tamang people at an altitude of 2,240 m, at a 5–6 hour walking distance from Syabrubesi, functioning as a perfect stopover to spend the night for decades.

In this village, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Monastery and the exotic Parvati Kunda Lake for a serene spiritual experience.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch- Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,238 m

The trek to the Tatopani begins with an early morning descent to Thangboche at the river bank of the Bhote Koshi River near Chilime Village.

An uphill walk from here for a brief period leads you to the natural hot spring of the region called Tatopani, which is believed to provide relief and cure skin ailments and muscle cramps.

In addition, you will get to catch sight of the awe-inspiring Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,600 m

The hike today is relatively short and easy. It takes a tea break at the tiny Tamang village of Brimdang (2,848 m) and keeps up to the hill to reach a stunningly ornate village opening grand views of nearby mountains, Nagathali, to stay overnight in the guest house.

 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,165 m

On the seventh day, you will head towards Briddhim after breakfast. The trail of this day stops at Thuman for a lunch break, and after a steep ascent from here, you will make it to the destination of the day, Briddim.

En route, you will encounter several Buddhist monuments and Tibtean artifacts. Take a rest at a homestay for a truly unforgettable Himalayan journey.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,230 m

The trail of the day follows a gradual, easy incline through the dense forest, sheltering tons of varying species of birds, including the Danfe (Lophophorus), the national bird of Nepal. Then, it continues to Khanjim for around two hours.

Here, you will get to sip a warming cup of tea while relishing the beautiful hills and mountains, then keep hiking on the moderately challenging trail for three or more hours to Sherpa Gaou as our final destination of the day and spend a night in a tea house.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,563 m

After some 20 minutes of relaxing walking, you will get into the Langtang River, and a persistent hike along the river bank for two and a half hours takes you to the Lama Hotel after a small tea break at Bamboo.

From Lama Hotel, the trail of the day begins to rise through the rhododendron forest via the bank of the Langtang Khola to have lunch, which gets easier and wider after the organic delicacies.

Throughout the route of the day, you will come across the stunning gaze of Langtang Lirung to eventually make it to GhodaTabela for a night stay in the Guest House.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,000 m

By this day, you will have to leave Ghoda Tabela. In the first section of this day's trek, you will walk through a lush, semi-tropical jungle for about three hours to reach Langtang Valley, dominated by large settlements of Tamang and Tibetan people.

The valley provides the closest insight to views of Langtang Lirung along with Ganjala and Naya Khangga while you enjoy a delicious lunch amid the Himalayas.

Afterward, the upward trail passes Mani stones, and Chhortens, with its phenomenal charm, moves forth to see the Langtang Khola that indicates your arrival in Kyanjin Gompa.

It is the last habitual village in the Langtang region, named after the very infamous monastery of the valley, which serves as an extraordinary vantage point to discover some of the hidden mysteries of the surrounding mountains and the natural beauty of the Himalayas after climbing a rocky mountain.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBeakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,800 m

Kyanjin Gompa Villages itself is a unique landmark of the whole region as the final permanent resident, with an ancient small Gompa and a local cheese factory that you will use as a base for day hikes, exploration, and lodging.

You will have options: whether to venture to the upper valley or climb the hill north of Kyanjin called Tsergo Ri (5,033 m) up the valley of Kyanjin.

The valley above is a natural spectacle, exactly on the foothills of the enchanting snow-capped Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan Dorje Lakpa, among many others of natural fascination.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,033 m

On this day, you will bid farewell to the cultural and religious highlight of the Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa, after appreciating and unraveling glaciers with a short trek to the alpine yak pastures.

The mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Genjempol, and Kenga Himal ranges from here are astoundingly 360-degree complete while you travel back to the Lama Hotel for a night stay.

  • AccommodationLama Hotel
  • MealsBeakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Now, you will begin to retrace the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley Trails, which descend through the thick forests along the bank of the Langtang Khola.

You will grab the much-needed lunch on the way and keep on moving left and right for another three hours until you reach Syabrubesi to stay overnight.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

You are almost at the end of your trek when you catch a local bus back to Kathmandu after the morning breakfast.

The drive takes about 8–9 hours, depending on the traffic on that day, while you embrace all the scenery to arrive in Kathmandu for a victorious Nepali dinner in the capital city, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner

Your 15 days of Tamang Heritage and the Langtang Valley Trek finally come to an end today when you take a flight back to your loved ones in your home country.

Our representative from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks will help you with last-minute packing and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Have a safe flight, and we look forward to seeing you again! 

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Langtang Valley and Tamang Heritage Trek - 15 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 11 nights and 12 days of food and accommodation during the trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, and from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu after trek
  • English-speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry a maximum of 20 k.g and one porter between two people)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Langtang National Park entry fee
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staff
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter, etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshir
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50 (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flights & all domestic airfare
  • Insurance for clients including helicopter evacuation, etc.
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Electronic charging, hot showers, alcoholic drinks, and candies expenses at guest houses during the trek
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of the itinerary
  • Personal gear & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: ThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayMay 09, 2024PricePriceUS$1055StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: MondayMay 13, 2024PricePriceUS$1055StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Is the Tamang Heritage Trail and the Langtang Valley restricted areas in Nepal?

No, the Tamang Heritage Trail is no longer restricted for trekking and other adventures since 2004, and neither is the Langtang Valley, but both regions are preserved land belonging to the Langtang National Park and require special permits to make an entrance.

What are the permits to be obtained to trek Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley?

Besides the combined Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley trekking route, the Langtang region caters to other popular wide ranges of trekking alternatives as well such as the Gosaikunda Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek, Helambu Trek, Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, many more.

Despite which trek you have chosen to accomplish including the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley, you will need two permits: a TIMS card and the Langtang National Park permit.

Both the entrant permits are issued by various TIMs posts in Kathmandu and Pokhara precisely in the Tourist Center on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu.

Is it mandatory to hire guides or porters for trekking at Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley?

First of all, it is important to put an effort into understanding the moody Himalayas of Nepal that can show you fangs at any time and simultaneously the fact that the Tamang Heritage was a prohibited hidden kingdom in the Langtang region.

The reasons are very obvious: although moderately challenging, the trails are quite rugged, the weather is unpredictable, and for beginners, the language barrier can lead to a bizarre misunderstanding, while when you are with local guides or porters, they make sure you make the most of your trek.

So, guides and porters are necessary travel companions for a successful trekking experience in Nepal, while the government has also made it mandatory to at least hire a licensed guide to ensure the safety of trekkers and help in the rise of the economy of the rural side of the nation since April 1st, 2023.

How to prepare for trekking at Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley?

Preparation plays a vital role in determining the difficulty level as well as the overall trekking acquaintance in each destination you have decided to venture into, as it does for trekking in the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley.

As a part of preparedness, you can make sure that you have the correct gear and equipment for the trek and have obtained the necessary permits, determination, and physical fitness.

In this process, any reliable government-registered local travel and trekking organizers can provide you with great help, along with legal documentation and fees and up-to-date trekking information.

Foods and accommodation During the Trek to Tamang Heritage Langtang Valley

The food options available on the way to voyage the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley are basic Nepali and Tibetan. The accommodations are tea houses, comfortable and convenient enough to relax and meet the needs of the trekking aspirants.

However, the menus and choices might get more constricted at higher altitudes. The mountain lodges usually come with a common dining hall with a Himalayan heating system that gives a sense of the serene and remote life in the Himalayas that you desire.

The best time to trek the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley

In the winter, the temperature in the Himalayas can drop to sub-zero, making the trails extremely freezing and obstructed visibility to crack. White, the summer showers frequently with slippery tracks and active leeches.

Therefore, the best time to trek the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley is unrivaled fall/autumn (September–November) and spring (March–May). The surroundings at this time are mostly stable, with crystal clear blue skies and mild, warm afternoons, although when geared properly, you will get to discover the mystery of the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley in the winter and summer, which many prefer not to do.

Client Reviews
  • Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley Trek - 15 Days

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    Had an amazing trek thru Langtang Valley, it was quite challenging in parts but all three ladies got thru with the help of our great guide and porter. The highlight was Kyanjin Gompa where it snowed overnight and we awoke to the majestic Himalayas and surrounds all white and the sky was blue and the sun shining. I would definitely recommend this trip it seems remote so not many tourists as on other treks I have been on, the accommodation is very adequate and the meals excellent. Thanks Rani for your help and for looking after us before and after the trip.

    Anne
    AnneAustralia,Mar 28, 2020
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  • Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley Trek - 15 Days

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    On 6/3/2020 we commenced our 15 trekking tour to Tamang Heritage and Langtang Vally. The holiday was booked through TourRadar with the Adventure Himalayan Travels & Trek PL. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience trekking through some of the most majestic mountain range areas I've personally ever experienced. Each day we woke to a new adventure with different landscapes and beautiful little villages. We met some fantastic people on our journey. Although some days were challenging it's was well worth the achievements each day. Our guide and porter were extremely good and really looked out for us during our trip. My main advice make sure you put some effort into doing some hill training prior to trip. Loved my trekking holiday

    Gail
    GailAustralia,Mar 25, 2020
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