The Tamang Heritage Trail
The newest addition to Langtang routes is the Tamang Heritage Trail. The Tamangs are an ethnic group from eastern Tibet who migrated to Nepal long ago. Their name in the Tamang language means horse soldiers, and they say that they were originally recruited as cavalry soldiers by the great Khan in the 12th century and came to Nepal after his death.
They are no longer fierce warriors though. Instead they are perhaps the friendliest people you will ever meet: The Tamangs themselves are a great reason to choose this trek. The mountains and gorgeous countryside aren't bad either...
8 to 10 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu - two driving days and six to eight on trek
From US$ 750 per person
Sample itinerary in 8 days
Day 1 After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Syabu Besi. Overnight>
Day 2 Drive to Goljung and commence trek to Gatlang (2238m). Great views along the way and from Gatlang
Day 3 Descend to Chilime village along the river, where there is an important hydorelectric dam. Then ascend to Tatopani ("Hot Water"), named for the lovely hot springs.
Day 4 Trek up and over Nagthali pass at 10000 feet / 3300 meters - Great Views! - and then down to the spectacular village of Thuman, where the monasteries and houses feature beautiful woodwork.
Day 5 Day trek north to Timure and Rasuwagadhi on the Tibetan border. Return to Thuman.
Day 6 Trek south to Briddim through rhodendron forests and grazing land.
Day 7 Return to Syabru Besi
Day 8 Drive back to Kathmandu
It's easy to add a day on trek or take a rest day along this beautiful route.