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Langtang – Tamang Heritage Trek

Trip Title: Langtang – Tamang Heritage Trek

Trip Length: 7 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Langtang

National Park: Langtang       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 2+/3       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Sanjin

Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,

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Description:

TheBlueSpace Co-operative trekking staff in Nepal are all Tamang and this easy trek gives a chance to experience their culture on the flanks of the Sanjin Valley in Langtang National Park. The Tamang people are believed to have come from Tibet, possibly around 3000 years ago, and are Nepals largest ethnic group. The Tamangs are distributed densely within central Nepal but are also present throughout the country and in Darjeeling, India. They have their own distinct culture, tradition, language, religion and social system. It is believed that the Tamangs were self-ruled and autonomous until 232 years ago. During the last two centuries, Tamangs have been most discriminated and exploited community of Nepal. Tamang roots are lost in the mists of history but the majority of historians believe they are indigenous to the area and, the community, in ancient time, ruled Nepal. Various evidence and fossils found in Nepal prove that the first community of Nepal was Tibeto-Mongoloid. Fossilised stone weapons found in northern Kathmandhu, Narayasthan, are thirty thousands years old and are similar to Mongolian weapon of the period. The word Tamang is constructed from 2 words: Ta – Horse and Mang – Businessman/Trader in the Tibetan language. Some believe this indicates migration from Tibet, possibly based around horse trading.

Itinerary:

Day 01.
Kathmandu – Syabrubensi by public bus (7-10 hours depending on season: condition of the road). Overnight in guest house in Syabrubensi – a Hub of Trekkers and Nepalis for entering and leaving Langtang.

Day 02.
Syabrubensi – Gatlang: Hiking 2 hours, lunch at Bahundanda, view of Langtang II and Sanjin Valley and walk to Gatlang – A cultural village of the Tamangs, traditional type of houses and you will enjoy cultural show by local youth club.

Day 03.
Gatlang – Chilime – Tatopani (Hot-water spring) – Chileme is the traditional head village for the west flank of the Sanjin Valley.

Day 04. Tatopani – Nagathali hill top – Observe the spectacular view of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma and other Tibet mountains and to the traditional village of Thuman. NagaThali has the remains of an ancient Tibetan monastery which was frequently used before the Cultural Revolution.

Day 05. Thuman to Bridim – mix of Sherpa, Tamang and Tibetan settlement. We can see a large prayer wheel and a small monastery.

Day 06.
Bridim to Syabrubensi

Day 07.
Driving back to Kathmandu

Price:

Tea House Trek

€ 400 person – minimum 2 people

The Price includes:
Accommodation in available hotels or guesthouses in route, food (except bar bill), Guide and their all expenses including insurance, Langtang National Park entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes, TIMS card.

Prices Do Not Include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc, personal insurance.

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