Nepal’s Langtang Trekking Region, which borders Tibet, was hard hit by the country’s 2015 earthquake. Many of the region’s long treks are still too damaged to hike, which has kept away most tourists.
But our friends in the field have reported that the newly-established Tamang Heritage Trail is still in one piece. That makes this trek, which has always been off the beaten path, one of Nepal’s truly hidden gems. So don’t tell anyone… okay?
The week-long trek passes alpine lakes, high mountain passes, and traditional Tibetan villages. It’s designed to introduce tourists to the Tamang people: Tibetan transplants that still maintain their traditional lifestyle.
If you go: Peak trekking season is in October and November—that’s when temperatures are mildest and the air is clear enough for great mountain views. For those willing to endure lower temperatures, the crowds level off around December. Fog often mars the view in the spring and summer.
The good people of Intrepid offer a 15-day tour of the region that includes a trek of the Tamang Heritage Trail.