Tamang Heritage Trek Information:
The starting point of the eight-day trek is Syaphrubesi, which is a 132km ride from Kathmandu to the north. From Syaphrubesi, the route passes through Gollijung, Gatlang, Chilime, Tatopani, Rasuwagadhi and Briddim. The trek is an ppoortunity to see the experience Tamang rituals, Tibetan cultural, religious festivals, traditional architecture, exotic constumes and Syabru dance. From the view point at Goljung pass, you can have views of Lantang and Kyirong (China). Syabru, Mane and other local dances are performed at Goljung and Gatlang for the visitors. The Tamang Heritage Trail takes you through verdant midlands of Nepal experiencing the beauty of this mountain region and culture of the people who live here. The trail passes through traditional Tamang villages where life, culture, and crafts have remained unchanged since the beginning of the settlement. Warm traditional welcome hoste by the locals their elaborate costumes, the 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 the cultural experience, the trek also offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows and rhododendron forests.
The Tamang people originally came from Tibet as horse traders and settled in hilly parts of Nepal (usually within close proximity of the Kathmandu Valley) several hundred years ago. They have retained a distinct identity with Tibetan roots, as well as their own language. They have historically been one of the most marginalized ethnic groups in Nepal. Sadly, they were among the worst-affected groups during the 2015 earthquake, as their homes tended to be in vulnerable areas cut off from help. Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail helps bring a source of income to the Tamang people in this area.