Langtang valley Trek | Tamang Heritage Trail Trek | Cost | Itinerary.

Langtang was a small village with not more than 400 inhabitants nestled in the beautiful Himalayas. On 25 April 2015, it was completely destroyed by the avalanche triggered by the devastating earthquake. Half of the population died, the houses were buried under the rocks. Already five years passed, and despite financial support, it takes time to recover. Not to mention the psychological effects. The Langtang Trek combined with the Tamang Heritage Trail lets you get close to the Tamang ethnic’s culture and enjoy the view of the 6-7000m meters high Ganesh and Langtang mountains. The highlight of the trip is to reach Tserko Ri, the viewpoint at 5,000m altitude. If you decide to take one or both of this relatively easy, mysterious, and unspoiled trail, you actually help the locals reconstruct their lost village and restart their lives.

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( Magnificent mountain view from Laurebunahie passes alt. 4600m.) Photo credit to Bharat mountain Guide.

 

The Langtang valley

Langtang valley is the nearest Himalayan region north of the Kathmandu valley that you can reach with a 7-8 hours drive from the capital.  It was the first region to be declared as a national park in Nepal in 1971.

The Langtang people mainly belong to the Sherpa, the Lama, or some to the Tamang ethnic group. Nepal is a real cultural mosaic, a blend of 59 indigenous and more than 120 other ethnic groups.

This is a traditional Buddhist region, where lamas meditate and pray all year around.  Buddhists are normally vegetarians. They refuse to kill animals and only eat meat if the animal has suffered an accident, another animal has attacked it, or it has fallen down a ravine.

 

 

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Modern tea house at Kyanjing Gumpa including Gangchhempu Himal  range

 

 

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After divesting earthquake hit Langtang gaun alt 3400m.),but now local people build new guesthouses and local people’s houses.

 

Before tourists arrived, it was a remote, untouched place and people used to live as nomads under very difficult conditions. There were no schools or hospitals, they had absolutely no access to the outside world. As tourism started to boom, parents in Langtang could send their children to school and get extra income from providing food and accommodation.

Herds of yaks grazing on the high pastures and donkeys carrying loads are common sights. Yak is essential in the mountains. You can taste the healthy hot yak milk and it is also used to produce cheese. A Swiss man founded the first cheese factory in the 1950s. This helped the yak herders get more income and the village underwent big development. They could build lodges and teahouses for tourists and people started to fly in with helicopters for a day trip. Langtang’s cheese has become a brand in Nepal by now.

The disaster of Langtang village

Nepal still has not fully recovered from the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the country on 25th April 2015. The country lies in a highly seismic zone and earthquakes are frequent. However, that time it took the lives of 9000, and 22,000 people got injured as the earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest.

 

 

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(In the picture, we can see big landslides area before 2015  here was a big local village, Monastries, and  many  tea houses, but in 2015 April 2025  a big  earthquake destroyed everything within 5 minutes)

 

Langtang Village was simply swept by the landslide and only one single house was left. Until then Langtang village was a popular trekking destination in Nepal. The village had around 400 inhabitants, 55 hotels, and guest houses. It was almost lunchtime when the earthquake hit the village. The time, when most trekkers were arriving at the tea houses and restaurants. According to the villagers, 178 local people died and 80 foreign tourists have also lost their lives. There were only five survivors under the ruins of Langtang. Many suffered lifetime injuries or became handicapped. Grandmothers were left alone to raise grandchildren.

Only those survived, who were not in the village at that time. When they returned they were desperately searching for their family members, but they could not even identify their houses. Some lost their whole family on that day. The rock field that buried one of the biggest villages of the valley, remains a sad reminder of the tragedy.

Some old people of Langtang believe that they might have done something bad in the past for what they were punished.

By taking this trail you can greatly support the locals to reconstruct their houses and recover their lives. They managed to set up some lodges and several houses, but there is still a lot to do and many are still struggling with their sorrow. But those who spent their lives in the mountains can only live in the mountain. They must return and rebuild their lives.

Almost all animals were lost in the earthquake, which makes it impossible to survive in the mountains. Thanks to the financial support they could purchase yaks and could continue farming.

 

Langtang valley trek detail Itinerary 

Day 1: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi (1400m)

Since Langtang valley is the nearest point of the Himalaya region from Kathmandu, you do not need to take a plane. It is only a 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. On the way, you pass several local villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery, but the adventure starts the day after.

Day:2  Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2470m)

The first part of the trail passes through the bamboo forest, where you can have lunch in one of the local restaurants. It is a good opportunity to enjoy the hot spring, one of the many in the Himalayas. If you are lucky, you may spot a red panda in this section, since bamboo leaves are one of their main nourishments. Monkeys and langurs are popping up on the way and at the rocky hilly part, you can also spot wild honey. Beware of the bears, which attack the locals from time to time!

At the end of the day, you reach the Lama Hotel (2420meter), which was the first lodge here and carries the name of the founder, the Lama family. Dal Bhat, the most well-known Himalayan food and other freshly cooked meal, not to mention hot shower are also waiting for you!

Day 3 : Lama Hotel – Langtang village (3400m)

You continue to hike in the pine forest most of the day passing by waterfalls, rhododendrons along the Lantang Kola river. As soon as you reach a 3000-meter altitude, you leave the forest behind, and the landscape opens up. From this point, you get more insight into Tamang culture and lifestyle. Locals mainly earn their bread with agriculture and you will see plenty of potato fields around. You can stop at the Ghoda Tabela for lunch before continuing to Langtang Village. The trek got it to name after the village that was several destroyed in 2015.

Day 4: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3800m)

You are about to undertake one of the most amazing parts of the whole trail. The region is mainly inhabited by Tamang people, who follow traditional Buddhism. This means you will see several chortens (Buddhist shrines) and prayer wheels until you reach the Kyangjin Gompa. This ancient remote village truly takes you back in time.

Kyanjin Gompa is the last point of this trek from where you can enjoy the view of some of the spectacular snow-capped mountains such as Langtang Lirung (7,245m), Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Langtang Ri (6,370m), the Ganesh Himal, and beautiful Langtang valley.

Take a visit to the government yak farm and taste the yak cheese and hot yak milk. There are 2-3 monks in the village’s monastery all year round, and some 20 come here during festival time. You can easily talk to the monks to learn more about Buddhism. They are reciting mantras, singing joyful songs when there is a wedding, and deeply melancholic songs when there is the funeral.

Day 5 : Kyanjin Gompa to Kvanjin Ri /Langtang Ri (7205m)

It takes approximately 5 hours to reach the summit, Kvanjin Ri, or some hundred meters further another viewpoint, Tserko Ri. Despite the relatively tough trek, the views make it worthwhile! You are surrounded by the giant snow-covered peaks: the Yala Peak (5,520m), the Langtang Ri (7,205m), the Langtang Lirung (7,227m) and Naya Khang (5,844m). This is definitely the highlight of the trip! Enjoy a packed lunch while admiring the majestic mountains before you start the descent back to Kyanjin Gompa, where you will spend the night again.

Day 6: Return back to Lama hotel

On the way back you can opt to cross Thulo Syabru village instead of Shabrabesi to see something different.

Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu by Jeep or Bus 6 to 7 hours, 147km via Pasang Lamu highway.

your trek ends here with a great trekking experience from Langtang valley.

 

 

Tamang Heritage Trail

You have the option to extend the Langtang Trek with 5-6 days and complete the culturally interesting Tamang Heritage Trail. This is very you can actually learn a lot about the Tamang people’s traditions.

Tamang is actually the largest indigenous ethnic group making up approximately 6% of the population. They are spread around the Katmandu valley, in parts of India and Bhutan, and speak their own language. They are extremely friendly, welcome the tourists with warmth and joy while offering a cup of tea even if they do not have many resources.

 

 

 

One of the oldest and biggest Tamang people village in Tamang Heritage trail trek

 

The Tamang Heritage Trail lies in what was previously a restricted area near the Tibet border and was opened up to visitors less than 10 years ago. It means that is one of the least visited hiking treks in the Himalayas region.

Try to come during Losar Festival (the Tibetian New Year), when Tamang people wear local costumes, go to monasteries, watch the famous mask dances and sing the Tamang Selo (Tamang songs). Their music and songs connect all the different ethnicities and have become one of the most popular in Nepal.

 

 

 

 

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Old monastery in Tamang Heritage trail.

 

The other important festival is Drukpa Tsheshi. They all meet at Kyanjin Gumpa to celebrate together for 6 days. This event creates a strong bond between the villagers of the area. Locals open up their homes for visitors and many set up temporary tents. The men compete in arrow shooting and everybody together worships the white yak as a symbol of the Himalayas. The festival takes place before harvest time and they expect these rituals to bring abundant yield.

Tamang men traditionally wear a black hat and sheep wool coat, the women wear jewelry on their heads and in their nose.

 

Tamang Herritage trail Suggested a detailed itinerary 

 

You can join the culturally rewarding Tamang Heritage Trail before or after completing the Langtang Trail, which takes an extra 5 days. The area is renowned for its beautiful cedar forests and flowers and incredible views of Himalayan peaks including the mighty Shishapangma, one of the 8000-meter peaks, Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal Himal.

Day 1: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi (1400m)  6 yo 7 hours.

Since Langtang valley is the nearest point of the Himalaya region from Kathmandu, you do not need to take a plane. It is only a 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. On the way, you pass several local villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery, but the adventure starts the day after.

Day 2: From Shabrabesi (1460m) to Gatlang (2238m) ,5 hours 

You can expect to have a sunny day, hiking 3 hours uphill, and then 2hours easy walk in the open land without crossing the forest. At the end of the day, you reach Gatlang, the second biggest village in the area inhabited by Tamang people. If you are a small group you can ask the locals to give you some cultural program, including dancing and singing at dinner time.

Day 3: From Gatlang to Tatopani (1190m) 6 hours 

You continue hiking roughly 5 hours in the open landscape mainly passing by farming lands – potato, buckwheat, and malt fields, which is the main source of income for locals. At such high altitudes, they only grow one time a year.

Tatopani means “hot water” in Nepali. Having a dip in the village’s hot spring is one of the highlights of the trip.

Day 4: From Tatopani to Nagthali (3165m) 4 hours 

On this day you reach the highest point of the Trek, Naphtali at 3165m. During this day you hike through the main forest. Once you reached Naphtali, and you don’t feel tired, you can continue to the Yang Ri viewpoint. From you have an amazing view of the Shishapangma peak, one of the 8000-meter peaks of the Himalayas, the Ganesh Himal ranges, and the Tibetan landscape. Close to the border of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, you can even see the Rasuagari border crossing.

Day 5: From Naghtali to Thuman village (2338m) 

before embracing the sun you will hike to Yangri viewpoint for explorer the glory of Langtang and Sishapangma mountains view including many mountains peaks, moreover, landscapes, Hills, snowscapes, and   Tibet keirung bazaar, we hike about 2 hours up and 1 hour back to the tea house, and after lunch, You have an easy downhill trekking mostly through the forest area. Thuman is the biggest village of the Trail and this is a great place to really get the feeling of the Tamang cultural and daily activities. Try to learn the Tamang style of dance and listen to their melodies and simply get in contact with the friendly locals.

Day 6: From Thuman to Briddim village (2229m),6 hours 

You have an up and down trail awaiting on this day. It is up to you if you continue straight to Lama Hotel to join the Langtang Trek or you stop before at Sherpa Gaun village for the night.

Day 7: Trek back to Sanu sybrubesi and drive to Kathmandu an afternoon by jeep: 7 to 8 hours.  

your trek ends here.

 

Final say :

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Local woman making butter tea in Tamang heritage trail trek;

 

 

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(from Nagthali viewpoint (alt. 3700m) mountains view to Tibet border area.

 

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