Tamang Heritage Circuit

* 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

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)

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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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