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Poonhill Trek

Tamang Heritage Trek

Witness ethnic cultures and their living style.
Experience a cultural trek in which you can learn about one of Nepal’s Tibetan-influenced hill tribes.

An easily accessible trek from Kathmandu Valley which offers both the amazing views of the Langtang Ranges, Ganesh Himal, Senjen Kerun and various stupas and Historical monasteries.
It is a culturally rich region where you will get an opportunity to explore the nomadic lifestyle and feel awesome when you will get a wonderful hospitality of the people. The Tamang Heritage Trail is a perfect trek for individuals who envy the beauty of the Himalayas without the scary high elevations associated with popular treks in Nepal. The trail offers a panoramic view of the Langtang Ranges, which includes Langtang Lirung, which measures over 7000mtrs! You will never get disappointed with the Himalayas that you can see from here and never will be enough of it till the day you return.

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Difficulty

*****

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Altitude Max

3800m

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Trekkers

1 – 15 persons

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Duration

8 days

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Tarif

640 €

The world of travel is huge and there are more than a thousand trekking agencies in the Kathmandu Valley alone. It’s huge! We are very pleased to offer you “this little extra” that you will meet rarely, in order to make your journey more fruitful and more meaningful.
Don’t hesitate: make your trip more valuable !

Trek 100% solidarity

Auronepal Travel and Trek do not offer you a simple hiking package. We give you the opportunity to help at the same time as you enjoy yourself: all the benefits of the trek go to the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, a community or an Ashram that takes cares of nearly 250 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nepal, providing them with education, accommodation, food, and health, giving them a future and dignity to live.

Trek 100% karma yoga

We are not just a group of people running an agency, we are an organization that shares deep values around karma yoga and mutual understanding with each and every one. Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service: acting for the good of all without worrying about receiving anything in return, neither gratification nor benefit. All guides and staff are children of the ashram! We are committed to helping everyone to meet their needs and providing the best possible service.

In addition to your trek

In Kathmandu, not far from the Chandragiri Cable Car Base Station, we have a fully-fledged guest house that offers you with all the basic conditions necessary for your stay. You can be accommodated throughout the year and stay with us at the ashram, before or after the trek also. The cost is only 18 euros per day. This includes all meals, plentiful and neat, cooked from the organic products of our farms, tea or coffee twice a day.

For all

We propose you to:
  • Attend regular yoga classes free of charge in the morning.
  • Participate in free evening meditations or mantra chanting and Bhajans.
  • Participate for free in the various festivals and events we celebrate.
  • Receive a massage after your trek, service included in the price of some treks – see the « Info and Prices » tab
  • Natural care: massages, naturopathy, panchakarma treatment, ayurvedic care…
  • Perform a healing session, either individually or collectively, with singing bowls and gongs.
  • Hike around the ashram.
We offer you to:
  • Seize the opportunity to do something for others by volunteering time in the community.
  • Meet with Ramchandra, the founder of the Ashrams.
  • Teach children and youth what you know best.
  • Taste local cuisine prepared by Nepalese ashram youth.

For groups

Before or after your trek, we can prepare you a tailor-made stay and let you enjoy our resources and contacts:

  • Tours of the Kathmandu Valley and its diverse cultural and architectural richness.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park and discover our Terai Ashram
  • Visits to specific parts of Nepal such as Bandipur, Pokhara, Ghandruk, etc.
  • Attend cultural performances by the Ashram, known for its yoga dancers and choreographers
  • Participate in a mini-retreat with Ramchandra around integral yoga, with spiritual lectures, various yoga sessions, classes, in the Himalayas or the location of your choice.
  • Do one or more hikes around our ashrams.
  • Make a meal at home.
  • Organize campfires with songs and music.
  • And finally, participate in the events or celebrations we have throughout the year.

As the name explains everything about this trek, Tamang Heritage Trail is the beautifully showcased unique culture and heritage of an indigenous tribe of Nepal, the Tamang. Tamang people believed to be originated from Tibet and later moved to northern Nepal, sustaining their traditions with them. Thus, many customs resemble, Tamang communities in Nepal as they are in Tibet!
The Tamang Heritage Trail located in the beautiful Langtang region of Nepal near the country’s northern border with Tibet, lets you witness the Tibetan mountains and border mountains between Nepal and Tibet. This region of Nepal is full of geothermal activity, with popular hot springs, the original attraction for tourists in this area. But sadly, most of the hot springs were dried and diverted somewhere underground by the 2015 earthquake. Today, the primary reason for visitors to come to this area is to experience the local Tamang culture and enjoy the scenic beauty. Despite all the attractions, the trail is definitely off the beaten path.
The Tamang Heritage Trail is a perfect trek for individuals who envy the beauty of the Himalayas without the scary high elevations associated with popular treks in Nepal. The trail offers a panoramic view of the Langtang Ranges, which includes Langtang Lirung, which measures over 7000mtrs! You will never get disappointed with the Himalayas that you can see from here and never will be enough of it till the day you return.

Religious festivals are common in Nepal and occur throughout the year, they say, Nepal celebrates 366 festivals in 365 days with villagers of all religions coming together to participate. Trekking during a festival is also one of the best options you can have traveling through this region.
You will be invited to participate or witness a traditional dance or celebration.
Many lodge owners speak understandable English so you will not be amazed to find yourself engaged in a delightful conversation with them and learning about their families and culture. Take the time to speak with your lodge owner and your guide to learn about them! Many have fascinating life stories.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1450m approx.). 7-8 hours’ drive

Day 2: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m) Walk approx. 5 hrs.

Day 3 : Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.

Day 4: Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.

Day 5: Nagthali to Thuman (2338m) Walk approx. 4-5 hrs.

Day 6: Thuman to Briddim (2229m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.

Day 7: Briddim to Syabrubesi (1450m). Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.

Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1450m approx.). 7-8 hours’ drive
The first day of the trek begins with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. After 6-7 hours of drive, we reach Syabru Besi at an elevation of 1550 meters which is also the official point from where treks to Langtang region begin. With the majestic views of Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal, we drive along the winding roads till we reach the small village of Syabru Besi where we spend the night.

Day 2: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m) Walk approx. 5 hrs.
The next morning, after having breakfast, we will continue our pleasing trek. After around 2 to 3 hours ascend trek leads you to the viewpoint from where you can view fantastic Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Gosainkunda range, and many more. Again we will trek down to Golijang valley and Gatlang, a beautiful Tamang village situated on a hillside among the terraced fields. You will witness numerous Buddhist Chortens and Mani Wall during your trail to Gatlang. Overnight at Gatlang.

Day 3: Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.
Today, we will begin our trek by descending to Tatopani which is located at the altitude of 2607m. You will witness Chilime Village by the Bhotekosi River, where you can see Chilime Hydropower dam and continue the trail to ascend through the small hanging bridge. The further trail leads you to Tatopani, a very famous place. Tatopani literally means “hot water” where people believe that once you bath in that hot water it will ease your aches and pains. Hot water has a healing quality and can clean in the natural hot springs. After exploring Tatopani, you will stay Overnight at Tatopani.

Day 4: Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.
Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will begin our trek upwards to Nagthali which is located at the elevations of 3165m. Nagthali is a very popular place for a meditation center for the local monks and priests. It is also considered as the highest pass of the area from where you can see panoramic views of snow-covered Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Kerung, and Sanjen ranges.

Day 5: Nagthali to Thuman (2338m) Walk approx. 4-5 hrs.
The further downward trail take you to a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang Village called Thuman where you can explore ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings and you can enjoy and make an unforgettable experience over there. Overnight at Thuman.

Day 6: Thuman to Briddim (2229m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.
Next morning, after early breakfast, we will depart Thuman and head towards Bridim through the beautiful rhododendron forests and meadows. We will also pass the Tamang community located in the bosom of the Langtang Himal, where you can see amazing around 43 houses made of stone and roofs of split shake in the same style. Overnight at Bridim.

Day 7: Briddim to Syabrubesi (1450m). Walk approx. 5-6 hrs.
It is your last destination of trekking trail, after exploring the Bridim you will return back to the Syabrubesi by following Bhote Kosi river and passing through the paddy and cornfield. Overnight at Syabrubesi.

Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu
This day will be your final day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu with the memory of the amazing day before.

Langtang Valley - Tamang Heritage

Dates

Best Time to Travel

The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season. Regarding monsoon season at the summertime, we do not suggest trying this route from June till August.

Price

640 €

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation by private vehicles
  • All accommodations in suitable Guest Houses during the treks
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • All porterages costs
  • All cost for an Auronepal trek leader (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking) and sherpa assistant. Trek leader helps each individual while on trek
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes if necessary
  • Auronepal trek Kit Bag

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)/ International airfare to & from home city/
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

Conditions and Comforts

Accommodations

We will be accommodated for the nights in local tea houses and guest houses. In these places, accommodation provided by lodges and guest-houses is in good hygienic conditions. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All the prices of the rooms and accommodations are included within the trip package.

Meals

All Meals on a full board basis will be provided during trekking in the mountains. Three meals a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus but the meals in this particular route are expected great meals. Each day dinner and breakfast is taken in the same place you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to the destination in a tea shop. 

Toilet Facilities

On the trek, toilet facilities are available nearby your room most of the time and in some places, you might be able to get the attached rooms in established trek routes.

The Auronepal Team

Auronepal trek only employs and trains Nepalese leaders and local staff. By employing and training local people they put something back into their communities. Auronepal trek currently trains all their Guides in the following courses and your Tamang Heritage Trek leader will be one of the fully train Trek Leader.

Auronepal Team

Our operation is smooth as a safety concern;

The leader of the trek will be one of the 4 certified trek guides of the Auronepal team. He will be assisted by one of the 4 guides, or a guide in training. In doing so, if one becomes ill or is injured, the trek can continue and go to completion, as planned.

Our trekking team will also be made up of one porter for each group of two trekkers.

The Group

Our group starts from 2 and maximum it goes up to 10 which is a good team to communicate and facilitate in every manner.

Responsible tourism practice

Trekking is gently in the Himalayas during the recent days, areas like Everest, Annapurna & Langtang. We, therefore, do our best to reduce the minimal impact on each trip to the mountain and all Auronepal trek trips aim for « zero footprints » impact on the natural environment and the people who live off its resources.
We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts for our customers and staff when out in the wilderness. Auronepal trek Trekking and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) had done some cleanup campaigns in the past and support its other environmental awareness activities.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Auronepal trek’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).

Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Walking in this high land of the Langtang region usually requires a maximum of 6-7 hours of walking every day. We suggest you be prepared to max 10 Km of walking or jogging exercise every day a month before your wonderful Tamang HeritageTrek starts because you are walking on high altitude for long and short days.
And also, you just need a positive attitude and a strong determination; previous hiking experience preferred and technical experience preferred. You must have lots of willpower, tolerance of harsh conditions, and reasonable fitness, good health, and physical condition are the basic measures of your success. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to HG Trekking at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip. Auronepal trek reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking your trip.

The trek in these highlands of the Tamang heritage trek requires most of the time, 6 to7 hours of walking per day at Max.

We, therefore, suggest that you regularly do ten kilometers of walking or jogging, 3 to 4 times a week for a month. Try at the same time, 2 or 3 times during this period, to walk or run every day of the week before the start of this wonderful trek, especially as you will be walking at high altitude for several days.

For all treks at altitude, we invite you to have a positive attitude and a good determination in order to have a great tolerance for difficult conditions that may arise. A simple walk in good weather can quickly become an ordeal in rain or snow.
In these times where the climate keeps on going upside down, we are not immune to difficult passages or even unexpected tests!

It is essential that participants with pre-existing problems or medical conditions make them known to Auronepal Travel & Trek at the time of booking.
All medical or evacuation costs that may be incurred during the trip are the responsibility of the trekker.
Auronepal Travel & Trek reserves the right to require a medical certificate if necessary.

Your Group

You are a group of friends or acquaintances…
You are a yoga teacher and wish to propose a trip and/or trek in Nepal?

Tell us about your project

Please contact us via the special page :
Organize a group

Customized Treks and Trips

Auronepal Travel Trek is very happy to offer you truly tailor-made treks and trips.
We love to concoct you the best possible program according to your dreams, aspirations and possibilities… and we love to make you benefit from our resources and offer you some unusual adventures often unknown to the general public.

We listen to the group and the situation.
And we never fail, whenever possible, to phone our Nepalese guide friends to find out the current conditions of a route.

Our vision of « tailor-made » thus goes as far as making new proposals during the trip, to better adjust to the weather… or to avoid too much traffic on a particular route… or simply because an opportunity arises…

Prepare your trip

A complete page, with a lot of information, is dedicated to this subject:
Prepare your Trek

Your Arrival in Nepal

Airport

If you wish, a representative of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir will pick you up at the airport, which will cost you about 15 euros.
Otherwise, taxis are parked in front of the arrivals area. All drivers know the address: Thankot, checkpost Chandragiri 6, Kathmandu.
If necessary, you can contact us on +977 (0)14312157 or (0)14312085).

The ashram is 1h – 1h30 from the airport depending on traffic.
On arrival, an organic meal and a comfortable room will be waiting for you.

Ashram

You can stay as long as you like at the ashram in Kathmandu… and even visit the Terai ashram…
If you would like to know more about staying at the ashram, you can visit the following page:
Independent Stays at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir

Your Visa

A whole page is dedicated to this subject:
Visa for Nepal

Things to carry along the trek

  • Trekking boots to keep your ankles and feet dry
  • Multiple pairs of socks (thick and thin) for both warm and cold climates
  • Long thermal pants or underwear (keep in mind you will want to dress in layers, so you can shed a layer when it gets too hot)
  • Waterproof pants
  • A scarf
  • Mittens and gloves (pack at least two pairs in case one pair gets wet)
  • Down jacket
  • Tracksuit pants or yoga pants for relaxing in the evening
  • Lightweight, waterproof shorts
  • A cap
  • Long and short sleeve t-shirts
  • A light windbreaker jacket or a waterproof jacket
  • Simple first aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trekking poles. (It really helps to lighten the work of the knees during long stairs.)
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag (5°)
  • Sunscreen
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • Lip balm to prevent windburn
  • Wet wipes
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Sunglasses
  • Pen and notebook
  • Playing cards
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