The Local Tourism entrepreneurs of Langtang have said the 'Tamang Heritage Trail' was largely unaffected by the earthquake although Rasuwa district was one of the most-hit areas on April 25 and several aftershocks thereafter. The entrepreneurs said this on Thursday, July 30 following a press conference organized at Nepal Tourism Board. The idea was to bring the message that Tamang Heritage Trail is back in operation which was closed for three months after the massive earthquake.
The local tourism entrepreneurs have also demanded the government to waive off the national park entry fee and trekking permit charges to attract more visitors following the disaster. The tourism entrepreneurs also confirmed the Tamang Heritage Trail remained intact while 90 percent of the houses in the Langtang area were destroyed in the earthquake. The entrepreneurs said the existing infrastructure can host 200 tourists daily.
Langtang is one of the nearest trekking destinations from the capital city Kathmandu. Langtang is famous for its unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. The Tamang Heritage Trail was a controlled area near the Tibetan border and it is recently opened with the efforts of local tourism entrepreneurs and TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal). The people of this area are mostly of Tibetan stock whose culture goes back to hundreds of years. The Tamang Heritage Trail highlights include craftsmanship, typical dresses, ornaments, traditionally built stone-mud houses and the beautifully carved wooden porches reflect the solitude and the serenity of the Himalayan scenery of course. The Tamang Heritage trekking trail starts at Syaphrubesi/Syabrubesi which passes through traditional Tamang and Tibetan villages and goes until the Tibetan border-Rasuwagadhi-through a natural hot spring at Tatopani. Home stay facility is also available along the route. One can also follow the trail from Syaphrubesi leading to popular trekking routes to Langtang, Kyanjin Gompa and Gosainkunda. However, the Langtang-Kyanjin Gompa trail is expected to be ready for the season.