Locals relate that about 200 years ago the place where the current village is,
used to be a small lake which gave the village its name 'Tal'. Also as fate
has it, there is a proposed 600 MW hydropower project that will convert the
current Tal into a lake sometime in the future.
On a different note, after that steep uphill walk, Tal is such a treat; quiet,
quaint and colorful. This is also the first settlement of Manang District and
more than just an administrative boundary, notable changes in culture and
architecture start to take place from here on. Say goodbye to the lowlands,
for now you are entering the mountains even though it doesn't quite feel like
There is also a large waterfall at the northern end of the village called Kau
khola waterfall and it is most definitely worth a visit. Also look out for Kau
or a kind of edible frog that is found there!