This is a superb introduction to Trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, with rich Tamang culture, amazing natural scenery and awesome mountain vistas. Trekking to tamang heritage will is fully enjoyable trip with local people.
Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP) under the UNDP fund, the Tamang Heritage Trail is a newly developed trekking destination or trekking trail which was developed to distribute equal tourism opportunities among the poor rural communities living in this region. Since its development the revenue and other income generated by the tourism activities in this region has gone into contributing directly to the local communities and supporting the local livelihood, womens empowerment and environmental conservations.
Situated in the Langtang Region in north central Nepal, the route presents a combination of spectacular Himalayan views and the opportunity to experiencing a unique Tamang / Tibetan culture heritage.
The trek initially starts from Kathmandu from where the 132 stretch of road leads us to Syaphrubesi by private vehicle or you can go by local public vehicle. From Syaphrubesi the route pass through Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Tatopani, Rasuwagadi and Briddim whilst ending back again Syaphrubesi and driving back to Kathmandu.
Among others, the opportunity to stay and explore Gatlang village remains one of the most fascinating highlights of this trip. With its unusual setting, exotic costumes, Tamang cultural show, traditional handicraft, religious festivals, intriguing architect, Gatlang is sure to leave the visitors memorized. The view point at Goljung Danda provides the opportunity to gaze beyond Tibetan frontier with amazing mountain vistas that include the Sangen Himal, Paldor peak, Tibetan ranges, Langtang Lirung and Lauribinayek range. As we head further we also have the opportunity to relaxing in a soothing natural hot spring, known as Tatopani, where taking a bath even just for once is believed to cure many of the skin alignments. From here we head to Nagthali hill (3300m) followed by Thuman where we will explore age old monasteries and traditional houses adorned with rich wood carvings.
In addition the home stay opportunity at Gatlang village visitors will also have the same opportunity in Briddim village, largely influenced by the Tibetan culture the village of it is widely known as the home stay village. Travelers stay with the host family, eating traditional food and sleeping in their home. The menu usually consists of rice, Tibetan bread, syakpa (Sherpa stew), potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim wine. Visitors can also observe the local rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle and customs of the local residents. In the evening, the local people put on traditional costumes and perform dances in honor of the visitors.
Located at an elevation of 2,229 meters, this tiny Tibetan style village comprises 43 houses mostly made up of stone and slate roofs. The village is a living museum reflecting traditional Tamang culture and lifestyle. The local inhabitants are Tamangs and their culture is largely marked by Tibetan influences. Some of the major festivals celebrated in the village are Dawa Dangbo Chhiju (in February), Chuwa Chhiju (November), Yarsang (early June), Dukpa Chhiju (August) and Lhosar (February). Syabru and Mane dances are performed during festive occasions. The Tamangs are mostly engaged in rearing livestock, farming and trading with Keyrong in Tibet. Where the timure is the gateway to passage Tibet.