7 Days Tamang Heritage Trail is a short trekking route through the Tamang villages which carries the ancient culture and tradition. Tamang Heritage Trail enables trekkers to explore Tamang culture, be close to Tamang people as well as wander around the Langtang National Park area. Just as the name suggests, this trail mainly focuses on Tamang Heritage and culture accompanied by the natural beauty from flora, and fauna to panoramic mountain views.
What does Tamang stand for?
Tamang is one of the 59 indigenous people recognized by the Nepal Government. The term Tamang is derived from two words: Ta which means horse and Mang which means rider or trader. It is assumed that they were connected with the business of horse trading or riding. Tamang has its own distant language, culture, customs, rituals, and lifestyle. Tamang have their own language, culture, dress, and social structure, they also have over 100 sub-clans. Tamang mostly follows Buddhism as their religion and their language comes from the Tibeto-Burman Language family. Following the Tibetan calendar of the 12-year cycle, their typical song dance including humor, wit, satire, joy, and sorrow is famously known as Tamang-Selo. Their major musical instrument is Damphu, a small round drum covered with goatskin. Sonam Loshar is their main festival celebrated in February – March and Buddha Jayanti. Tamang community is mostly found in the middle hilly region of the Himalayan range of Nepal.
History of Tamang Heritage Trail
Tamang Heritage Trail covers the ancient settlements of the Tamang community. Tamang Heritage trail used to be the main route for traders in the past. The traders of Nepal and Tibet used the trail to barter the necessary goods. Tibetan traders used to provide the meat of Mountain goats whereas traders of the south supplied salt and other foodstuffs to them.
The cooperation and activities between the villages of Tamang Heritage Trail and Tibet can still be seen among the settlements and locals of the village. The cultural artifacts of Tamang highly reflect the influence of Tibetan culture, styles, and architecture.
Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
Tamang Heritage Trail is just 7 days which requires less effort yet amazes you with cultural and natural beauty. The trek is perfect for new trekkers who have no experience in hiking or trekking in higher elevations. And the experienced one can highly enjoy the authentic experience along with nature. Some of the trekkers trek this trail to prepare themselves for higher elevation treks in Langtang Region Trek such as Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek, and Gosaikunda Lake Trek - 8 days. Also, they combine other trekking packages with Tamang Heritage Trek as Nepal Adventure Team customizes trekking packages as per your desire and flexibility.
7 Days Tamang Heritage Trail journey begins upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu followed by the 6-7 hours long drive to Syabrubesi in next day. 7 Days Tamang Heritage Trail focuses on exploring and experiencing the rich traditions, culture, age-old lifestyle, settlement architecture, and Langtang Region Trek. The trail is decorated not just with natural beauty but with cultural artifacts such as Chortens, prayer flags, monastery, and mani walls. Prayer flags are of different colors representing the teachings of Buddha and containing prayers. It is believed that the wind takes the prayer to the almighty. Likewise, mani walls/stones are the prayers inscribed in stones/walls. Trekkers pass through a number of Tamang villages such as Goljung, Gatlang, Chimilie, Tatopani, Nagthali, Thuman, Bhriddim, and Kyangjin Gompa. A short trek provides the mesmerizing experience of valleys, hills, ridges, culture, and lush jungle along with the exclusive view of the Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Himal range, and a few hills and peaks of Tibet.