Mountain Biking in the Tamang Heritage Trails of Rasuwa, Langtang

 

One of the nearest destinations from Kathmandu, Langtang, Rasuwa, is one of the most beautiful destination Nepal has to offer. Its easy access, close proximity to the capital and unparalleled beauty of majestic mountains dotted with quaint villages rich in culture makes it a nature lover’s delight. The mountain bike race is the first of its kind in a region that has remained untouched for decades. Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP) has been a frontrunner at using a ‘hands on approach’ to transform tourism as a proactive force to bring about a change. Himalaya Expeditions is also guided by the same principle “development through tourism”. The mountain bike race is a joint effort of TRPAP, Himalaya Expedition and Nepal Tourism Board in promoting the Rasuwa and highlights the riches of this area. The race will start from Syabrubeshi and end in Goljung. The race course passes through typical Tamang settlements that have remained untouched by the trappings of modernity. The route showcases the rich cultural heritage of this region. The elaborate costumes, rich architecture and ancient way of life add to the excitement. The route offers wilderness experience as it snakes through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows, and verdant forests, green terraced fields dotted with stone roofed houses. The residents of this area, the Tamangs have a rich cultural heritage which is reflected in their flamboyant and colorful costumes. The route offers a unique peek into the lifestyle of these highlanders who have remained unchanged for generations.

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