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Tamang Heritage Circuit
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* On the most elusive path, pristine alpine forest high passes with stunning views of the high peaks
* From Annapurna to Jugal Himalayan range of mountains, less frequentedarea
* Traditional Tamang villages, Red Panda habitat, in the close range of massif Ganesh Himal

Introduction:
Tamang Heritage Trail biking in one of the mass of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal, a pleasant ride back to the busy bazaar of Dhunche via the scenic route of Gatlang and Somdang. A five hours drive on the winding road will brings back to the civilization in Kathmandu.

Ganesh Himal which, together with the Langtang Himal, is the part of the Greater Himalaya which lies closest to Kathmandu, The ride on this trail is a classic Nepalese ridge biking. This adventurous ride is one of the most outstanding journeys in the Red Panda habitat of Himalaya Range.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour. Assemble the bikes. O/N Hotel. (B)
Day 03: Bike to Dhulikhel, 36 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 04: Bike to Nagarkot, 40 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 05: Bike to Kakani via Sankhu, 58 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 06: Biking to Shivapuri and Thansing Phat to Trisuli – start biking on single track from Kakani till Gurju Bhanjyang and then downhill to Thansing Phat to join main highway and continue to Trisuli – 50 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 07: Bike to Kalikathan – bike on main highway to Kalikasthan (Lunch Camp) – 26 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 08: Bike to Dhunche – Bike on main highway – 25 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 09: Bike to Gatlang – Bike on main highway to Syabrubesi and uphill on off road to Gatlang – 30 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 10 : Bike below the Pass – off road jeep track, uphill – 45 kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 11 : Bike to Somdang – off road jeep track – 35 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 12 : Bike back to Gatlang – down hill jeep track – 75 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 13 : Bike to Syabrubesi – Bike to Technical section and single track to Thambochet and down & single track to Syabrubesi – 30 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)
Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu – 132 Kms. O/N Hotel. (B/L)
Day 15 : Transfer to airport for departure. (B)
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, biking / camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02: 

A day in Kathmandu with ½ Day guided tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.
   
Day 03:

Bike to Dhulikhel 36 Kms. 2-3 hrs ride.

  Morning ride from Kathmandu heading towards eastern part of the Valley reaching at Dhulikhel situated at about 36 km from Kathmandu. The ride leads to the busy area of Koteswor and on the fine road till Suryabinayak then a climb to Syange with a pleasant ride to Dhulikhel after passing the town of Banepa.
   
Day 04:

Bike to Nagarkot 3-4 hrs ride.

  After a night halt at Dhulikhel, time permitting visit the Namobuddha area morning is the best time for the views of the sunrise over the Himalayan range of peaks, ride continues on the gradual downhill trail towards northward on the ridge to the village of Nala and then a climb on the good road to the town of Nagarkot for the overnight stop. Nagarkot is 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, on the northeast edge of the Valley at an elevation of 2,175m. It is best to view the mountains in the early morning because it is more likely to be clear. There is a viewing tower next to the Club Himalaya Resort, where you get good views that has a coffee shop where you can sit inside. Many of the hotels also have good views. There is a lookout tower south of the village where you can get a 360º view of the scenery. It is an easy one hour walk from the main hotel area. To get there you have to pass an army checkpoint, and they will only let you past in the morning. You can go to Nagarkot in the afternoon and stay over night and view the mountain at sun rise.
   
Day 05: 

Bike to Kakani 58 Kms - 4-5 hrs.

  The ride today passes several farm villages and forest area biking short downhill and on the winding pleasant path with few short hills to negotiate till the hill town of Kakani is reached for the overnight stop, from here one can have a grand views of the western Himalayan mountain range.
   
Day 06:

Bike Shivapuri to Trisuli 50 Kms. 4-5 hrs.

  The ride leaves the main towns and villages through the forested area of rhododendron, oaks and pine forest with views of Kathmandu valley on a clear day, the ride is along the winding dirt road the biking is quite strenuous in some section as the ride progress passing Thansing Phat then coming to the main road to Trisuli Bazaar for the overnight stop.
   
Day 07: 

Bike to Kalikathan 26 Kms. 3-4 hrs.

  Biking towards the mid hills of Langtang and Ganesh Himal on the main road, the ride takes on the continues winding bend road passing through small farm villages till the town of Kalkathan is reached for the overnight stop.
   
Day 08:  

Bike to Dhunche 25 Kms. 4-5 hrs.

  The day begins with a slow ride uphill on the gradual climb on the winding hill road, sometimes in the monsoon time this road can be washed out by landslide, however in the dry season this road is perfect for all types of vehicle and bike to ride through the bike leads to cool shade of the forest and small farm areas till Dhunche is reached, Dhunche at 1950m for the overnight stop. Dhunche the one and the only major town of the Langtang area and Rasuwa district there’s a Langtang National Park headquarter office where Park permit are checked.
   
Day 09:

Bike to Gatlang 2,438m. 6-7 hrs. 45 Kms.

  After Dhunche the road leads downhill for few hours through small patches of cool forest of rhododendron and pines forest and small scattered farm villages, the bike winds up to the village of Syabrubesi, from here another few hours of good ride leads to Gatlang village, a model village for home stay program, this village lies in the heart of Tamang Heritage Trail. Gatling is a crowded village with stone built houses huddled together. The smoke of cooking fires perpetually filters through the wooden tiled roofs to mingle with prayer flags that drape from bamboo poles. Man, animals and mountainside are so closely bound that none seem to have an identity separate from the other. It will be interesting too see what changes will take place with new road motor able coming in the near future, built on the ridge above the village, will have on this until now isolated community. Camping just before or after this village, depending upon the suitable campsite around Galtling.
   
Day 10:

Bike to near Somdang on the off road at 45 Kms.

  From here the ride leads towards west on the isolated region where few travelers have ventured, this is the road that leads to the base of Ganesh Himal as well, Today again continue climbing further through the forests, zigzagging to Khumpu Danda at 3,739m / 12,267ft. From the ridge there are fine views from the Annapurnas in the west to the Langtang and beyond in the east. On the far side of the Mailung Khola are the ridge of the Tiru Danda and the pass of Pansing Bhanjyang. From the Kurpa Danda our route follows a path north along the crest at first and then traversing the steep hillside on the west flank for the overnight camping.
   
Day 11:

Bike to Somdang 35 Kms.

  The walk is quite spectacular in places and descending into the pine forest to meet the new road. Following the road for a while which is being extended to the army post at Samathang. Continue biking up the main valley by the stream. All along the way there are thousands of small garnets and other minerals. Approaching at the head of the valley the path then gets steep, climbing on the right side of the stream. Fine waterfalls enter from the right. Here there are several possible campsites, where we will be camping for the overnight past the small village of Somdang.
   
Day 12:

Bike to Gatlang 75 Kms.

  After being on the quite trail retrace the journey on the winding downhill with few ups towards Gatlang village for the overnight stop.
   
Day 13:

Bike to Syabrubesi 1,462m, 30 Kms.

  Today’s last day of biking leaving the Gatlang village on the winding dirt road with few ups and down section to encounter, finally reaching back to Syabrubesi, where most of the trekking to Langtang valleys starts from here.
   
Day 14: 

Drive back to Kathmandu 132 Kms.

  Today heading toward Trisuli bazaar and to Kathmandu, begin the descent, as the path continue leading through the farm fields, one can notice changes in the vegetation increasingly tropical, with bananas, pipal and banyan trees and climate changed - increasing heat, then finally reaching the thriving bazaar town of Trisuli, from here the road twists and turns through the ridges zigzagging then it leads to a descent towards Kathmandu. Arriving in Kathmandu in the late afternoon, check in to the Hotel.
   
Day 15:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our HimEX staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
The price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Camping arrangement as per itinerary during biking on full board basis.
 5.  Support Vehicle where necessary.
 6.  All applicable Permit and National Park Fees.
 7.  Service of Nepali Mountain Biking Guide with his wages, food and accommodation.
 8.  Transportation Syabrubesi / Kathmandu by private vehicle.
 
However our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8.  Personal clothing and biking gear.
 9.  Hiring charge of Mountain Bike (if hire from us cost US$ 25 per day – Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Tamang Heritage Circuit
  • Trip Duration : 15 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Biking Tours
  • Highest Altitude : 3850 m
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