We landed in Kathmandu in the afternoon, and left first thing the next morning bound for the Himalayas and the start of our trek.
I'll admit that it was quite hard deciding what trek we wanted to complete. There are so many options and incredible areas of Nepal to explore. However, we did have a slight criteria and that is why we ended up deciding to combine both the Tamang Heritage Trail and the Langtang Valley trek. Andrew and I both not only wanted to experience the Himalayan mountains, but also the culture of the local people.
The Tamang Heritage trail is a relatively new (and quiet) trek, and was where we began our 11 day adventure. Starting from Syabrubesi, we would spend five days trekking from village to village, experiencing the vibrant Tamang culture, before linking on to the more popular Langtang Valley route for our mountain fix.
The Tamang people are a minority group who originally come from Tibet (we were also only a couple of kilometres away from the border). The culture is rich, colourful and warm, and it made for a beautiful start to our time in Nepal. It was incredibly peaceful and quiet, and as we were also off the grid, we felt worlds away from home.
Below are some photos from the first couple of days on the heritage trail. I'll be sure to share a bit more about the Tamang people and this part of the trek in my upcoming posts.
|the bus to syabrubesi|
|beautiful gatlang village|
|looking towards langtang|