Tamang Heritage Trail
The Tamang Heritage Trail gives an opportunity to experience the beauty of this mountain region and the culture of the Tamang people who live here. The trail passes through traditional Tamang villages where life, culture, and crafts have remained unchanged since the beginning of the settlment. Warm traditional welcome hosted by the locals, their elaborate costumes, rich architecture of their mountain houses, and the ancient monasteries and places of pray add color to the experience of this trail. In addition to cultural experience, the trek also offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows, and rhododendron forests
The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang, which is what they still write till date. The cultural and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border. The trail starts either from Dhunche or Syabrubesi and passes through Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Thuman, Timure and Briddim. The trail may end back in Syabrubesi or follow the Langtang trek from Briddim village via Khanjim.
Nepal visitors recommended you, tamang heritage trail is a unique homestay program in langtang region. Goljung and Gatlang are traditional Tamang villages. While Goljung has ancient monastery, Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced
fields is the Tamang settlement. One can also visit a Tamang monastery and the beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. From the viewpoint at Bahundanda near these settlements, one can also see a panoramic view of Lantang, Kerung, and the Ganesh Himal, Sanjen Himal ranges.
QUICK FACTS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Best time to visit: all season (although views are clearest from fall to spring)
Environment: mid to high-hills
Maximum elevation: Naagthaali (10,640 feet, 3243 m)
Minimum elevation: Syabrubesi (4813 feet, 1467 m)
Facilities: lodges and hotels, teahouses, home stay
Duration: 5 days to a week
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Formalities: Nepal Visa an arrival ($25 USD for 15 days, $40 USD for 30 days, or $100 USD for 3 months); Langtang National Park Entry Fee:1000 NRS; Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card: $20 USD, will be checked if passing through Dhunche ( rather than walking in from Betrawaati)
Food and lodging costs: minimal Typical Nepali dish: daal-bhat tarakaari (rice, lentil soup and vegetables) Typical
Drink: chiyaa (sweet milk tea)
Highlights: Tamang ethnic group, cultural interaction, village scenery and lifestyles, Nepali hospitality, Himalayan panoramas, hat springs, Buddhist monasteries, cheese factory, Naagthaali, Taaruche and Gottegang kharka viewpoints.