14 Days Private Culture tour itinerary for Kathmandu & Langtang: Live In The Culture Of Tamang Clans
Trek the Himalayas to peek into the everyday lives of the Tamang people who are Nepalese mountain dwellers of the Langtang region. Throughout the journey, you will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Himalayas and get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the Tamangs.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative.
After checking in, you may rest.
In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by us.
For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world.
At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 8-9 hours
We leave Kathmandu in the morning for Syabrubesi, a village which is also a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley.
Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. On a clear day, we get to enjoy outstanding views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.
We continue until we descend to the small village of Syabrubesi, the starting point of our trek.
Overnight in Syabrubesi.
Trek begins Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,200m/7,217ft.): 5 hours
Our trek starts from today. From Syabrubesi, we hike across the Goljung Village enjoying views of the Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung and others.
Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with traditional stone houses.
Overnight at Gatlang.
Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft): 6-7 hours
We begin today's trek with a descent to Thangbuche and soak-in magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way.
Next, pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. The name Tatopani literally means 'hot water' in Nepali owing to the natural hot springs there. However, the hot springs are no longer there after the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.
Tatopani to Thuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali: 6 hours
Today we trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Brimdang and Nagthali.
Passing through the dense alpine forest, we reach the small Tamang settlement of Brimdang.
From here, it’s a few hours walk uphill until Nagthali hill. Here, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen, Kerung and Ganesh Himal.
Next, trek downhill to the Tamang village of Thuman and spend the night.
Thuman to Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft): 6 hours
Today, we trek to Briddim from Thuman via Lingling. Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal.
Here, we visit the Dukchu Gompa monastery. In Briddim, we notice that most of the houses are built by stones and are inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan origin. Briddim, in fact, resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.
Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m) 6 hours
Today, we trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel. The trail descends to Ghopche Khola which is a small stream.
Then we ascend to Lama Hotel via Rimche. Lama Hotel is located on the banks of the Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and amazing mountain vista.
Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m / 11,253ft) 6-7 hours
After breakfast, we embark on our trip to the Langtang Village.
Our trail continues alongside dense forests. After climbing up steadily through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us.
On the way, we also enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung, pass by water mills, prayer wheels and chortens adorned with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 4 hours
After breakfast, we leave Langtang village and walk through yak pastures. Today, we also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal which is made from stone with prayers written on them.
It is believed that the prayers on the mani wall spreads around by blowing winds. We cross several wooden bridges before reaching Kanjin Gompa which is beautifully surrounded by the mighty Himalayas.
We can take a walk around the Kanjin Gompa enjoying astounding views of glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.
Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 4-5 hours
We trek back to the Lama Hotel. Since the trek is only downhill, it will only take us around 4 to 5 hours to reach our destination.
On the way, we pass through the ethnic settlements of the Tamang people whose religious and cultural practices are similar to the Tibetans.
Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi: 5 hours
Today is the last day of trekking. After breakfast, we trek down to Syabrubensi which will be an easy trek through lush green vegetation.
After reaching Syabrubesi, we enjoy lunch and celebrate the completion of our trek.
Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu we take a rest at our hotel or stroll in the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub for some souvenir shopping.
In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our trip.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
We drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
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This tour is offered throughout the year.
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