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Tamang Heritage Trek offering you the unique opportunity to lodge with locals in a family home stay. This allows a superb opportunity to really experience the way of life in these remote villages.The Tamang Heritage Trail is a newly developed trekking route that offers a unique experience of virgin nature. The start of the trail is just a day's bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The eight-day trekking tour starts at Syabrubesi and passes through Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Tatopani, Rasuwagadhi and Briddim before returning to Syabrubesi.
The Langtang region, a combination of natural beauty, historical and cultural heritage, Tamang and ethnic Tibetan cultures, which completely different than Everest and Annapurna region, lies in the northern Himalayan range of Nepal.
Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes and local Shyabru dances make this trail a unique experience. There is a viewpoint at Goljung Pass from where views of Langtang peak and Kerung (China) can be seen. A tourist gets an opportunity to observe Shyabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang villages. The villages sell charming handicraft like traditional caps, mufflers and other items.
In the cold climate of Rasuwa, tourists will also enjoy a dip in the healing hot water springs at Tatopani. Tatopani is on the way to Nagthali, where camping is a unique experience. At Thuman, monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings offer views of the artistic heritage of the area. Briddim village comes next, where home stay is available at 24 houses.
A home stay at Briddim is a unique experience. The houses here offer accommodation and food to tourists on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean beds, toilet and a family dining room. Trekking gear is also available for those interested in trekking to nearby Gotheghang and Pangsang.
The visitor enjoys the evening with the host family, living with them, eating traditional food and sleeping on their clean beds. The local menu consists of plain rice, Tibetan bread, syakpa (Sherpa stew), potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim wine.
Visitors can also observe local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle and traditions of the people. In the evening, the locals gather in their traditional costumes to perform cultural songs and dances in honor of the visitors. The host family shows the visitors around, explaining the special features of the village and showing the live craftsmanship.
This trip explores the rich culture, history and nature of the central region of Nepal in the Himalayan scenery. Trek on the Tamang Heritage Trail, an ancient trading route of the Nepalese and Tibetans in the region of Langtang, Rasuwa. The Tamang Heritage Trail was revived and developed under the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP) managed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to distribute equal tourism opportunities among poor rural communities living in that region. Every tourist dollar that is spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women's empowerment and environmental conservations.
Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP) has developed these trekking trails, campsites with drinking water, toilet, kitchen and waste disposal system. Attraction boards and information signs have been placed for the benefit of the visitors. The local people have been provided skill enhancement training such as lodge management, cooking and baking and vegetable and fruit production. TRPAP has the objective of helping to reduce poverty in the area by creating a tourism environment and promoting facilities in order to attract tourists.
Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village in the bosom of Langtang Himal. It is located at an elevation of 2,229 m. There are around 43 houses in the village spread in a Z shape. Most of them are made of stone and have roofs of slate. The local inhabitants are Tamangs who are largely influenced by Tibetan culture. It is a live museum reflecting their traditional culture and lifestyle.
The main means of livelihood for the villagers is livestock production, agriculture and trade with Kerung (Tibet). There are many festivals and everyday rituals that can be experienced in Briddim. Shyabru Dance and Mane Dance are the common Tamang dances. 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). Women and lamas at the gombas (monasteries) perform Mane Peme daily.
The valley of Langtang is protected as the Langtang National Park. It is a narrow valley that lies just north of Kathmandu. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tamang villages to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. The sacred lake of Gosainkunda is one of the main attractions here. Thousands of Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims visit the lakes during a full moon festival in August. Crossing the holy Gosainkunda Lake is another way of reaching Helambu from Langtang, while remaining at reasonable altitudes.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath. Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley.
Pashupatinath Temple is One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.
After your blessingful tour, you have to final prepare your trekking equipment for Tamang Heritage Trail trek.
Early in the morning off road drive to Syabru Besi. After driving for 30 kms, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.
Early morning drive Kathmandu to Syabru besi (1982m) on bus via Trishuli and Dhumche.
After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljang valley for the Lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang.
Today would be the longest day of the entire trip and will take approx 7hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing the hanging bridge. Ascend continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means 'hot water', you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains.
The trail ascends to Nagthali Danda (3300 meters) the high open grassland with amazing views of snow covered Himalayas. Stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda. One can enjoy the view and spend sometime at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Trek continues down to Thuman, Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance.
The trail begin with flatter trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for the lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just 3hrs walk from Timure lies on the bank of River. After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. Homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and fooding are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room.
After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is just 3hrs walk from Briddim. Lunch and rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight at Syabrubesi.
Drive by bus to Kathmandu. it will take you around 7 to 8 hours to be in Kathmandu.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport representative will drop you all to Kathmandu "Tribhuvan International Airport" for onward destination.
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