Langtang valley is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. It was also declared a National Park in 1976 and as a matter of fact, now remains as the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km. Mountainous terrain south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border. Within its boundaries are some 45 villages, with
the main objective of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection.
At present, Langtang is also the third popular trekking area in Nepal after Annapurna and Everest region. Langtang valley opens up into a classical, glacial ‘U’ shape, bounded to the north by the impressive Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The main peaks surrounding Langtang are Langtang Lirung (7,425m) Kimshun (6,745m) Ghengu Liru(Langtang II (6571m) and Shalbachum(6,918m) to the south. The Chimsedang Lekh forms an elevation of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond, it extends to the Jugal Himal, terminating in Dorje Lakpa (6,980m/22,929ft).
Trekking in the rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, and traditional village. Panoramic views of Himalayan ranges close from your eyes. Accommodation on local lodges owned by indigenous locals. Some of the best examples of graded climate conditions in the Central Himalaya are found here. Culturally the area is mixed, the home of several ethnic groups which have influenced the natural environment over the centuries.
Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be covered by the client themselves
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Early morning bus ride (7 hrs approx.) towards Syabrubesi, the start point of the trek.
A pleasant trek from Syabrubesi, with a few climbs for a while, but the rest of the walk is gradual on the winding trail through terraced farm fields and villages, as the trail descends and joins the path coming from upper Syabru at the Riverside Lodge near a place called Bamboo. The trek is more or less an uphill climb in the cool rhododendron and oaks forest, following the torrential, glacial Trishuli River upstream. After walking for 5-6 hours we reach a small clearing place of Lama Hotel where we halt for the night.
From here, a walk of 2-3 hours brings you to the wonderful spot at Ghore Tabela (‘horse stable’) for lunch stop. Ghore Tabela is in the midst of the forest with pines, hemlocks and rhododendron trees and from here onwards you start feeling the high altitude. The trek continues towards Langtang and its beautiful valley through the cool alpine forest to a small stream where the tree line ends. The trail heads uphill for an hour then becomes a gradual winding trail, with few ups and down, till the village of Langtang. You’ll have time to chat up with the friendly locals and explore the village with occasional glimpses of Langtang Himal peeping from the top of a great rock wall.
From Langtang village, the walk leads through the gradual path for a short while then winds uphill for some hours through the prickly high alpine shrubs. Along the way we encounter a mani prayer wall, walking around it in a clockwise direction is the right way according to the local culture and religion. The walk leads to a valley opening with grassy meadow and views of numerous snowcapped peaks in the distance. The walk is pleasant and can appear vigorous due to altitude gain as we come to our destination at Kyngin Gompa. It is a scenic and charming spot with peaks looming in all directions, the closest one is the Langtang Lirung over 7000m/23000ft and its icefall is at a leisurely distance from the campsite. A small monastery is located on the top of the ridge and the area has a handful of lodges and a cheese factory.
A well-deserved rest day. After breakfast, a short walk to the nearby hill called Kyangin Ri 4700m/15420ft where a panoramic view of the surrounding snowcapped peaks adds to your delightful adventure. Also, a visit to the cheese factory with rest of the day for leisure. Above Kyngin are several hills that provide spectacular viewpoints and are good for acclimatization hiking.
After a wonderful time at Kyngin, we retrace our journey back on the same trail to Lama Hotel.
The trek today follows the old route for an hour. We cross a bridge, walk through the pleasant bamboo forest and leave the river down below. The uphill climb takes us past the landslide with exposed rocks and boulders, past farm terraces till we get to Upper Syabru, a row of houses appear to be built on a ridge, there’s a monastery and nearby it a helipad.
We get on the uphill, winding trail above the monastery and with a superb view of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna ranges. With a few stops at teahouses en route, our journey continues for an hour, from the farmlands to the cool shade of the alpine forest. We emerge out of the thick forest to an open meadow with one or two teahouses, a lunch break can be had here depending on the availability of clean, fresh water. From this spot, it is a gradual walk through the pines and rhododendron forest with the view of Dhunche town down below. On arriving at Singompa, the first few houses are cheese processing factory, overnight stop near the monastery.
Today’s trek offers spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and mountain ranges. The trail ascends gradually in the beginning for an hour as you enter the woodland emerging out into a clearing with few houses and tea shops. After a brief stop here, excellent view of the Langtang range, the trail continues uphill leaving the tree line behind for dwarf rhododendron, juniper and alpine shrubs bushes. The path winds uphill passing a few teahouses at Laurabina 4,450m/14,600ft, which means ‘a place with walking sticks’. During auspicious times, in and around August during full moon, as per the Nepali lunar calendar, pilgrims pay homage and take a ritual bath in the Gosainkund pond. Drinking its holy water is believed to relinquish sins of a hundred lifetime. Hindu pilgrims change their holy thread. On the way back most of the pilgrims leave behind their walking sticks. After a strenuous climb to the ridge top, the trail descends for half an hour. The first ponds that you come across are Saraswati and Bhiarav Kund, a short climb later you reach the overnight camping spot at Gosainkund, a glacial pristine pond. Lots of traces visible, left behind by the pilgrims.
From Gosainkund we head uphill to Laurabina La, the highest point of this trek. From the top, a long descent brings you to Phedi (bottom) 3694m/12119ft for lunch. After lunch, we head eastwards to Helambu on a trail that has a bit of everything: gradual, few short uphills and downhills. After 3-4 hrs vegetation starts appearing as we get near Ghopte Odar (meaning ‘cave under overhanging rocks’). This cozy shelter is a nature’s gift for pilgrims visiting Gosainkund. There are a few small caves formed by overhanging large rocks.
After a few days in the absolute wilderness, we get back on the busy trail that leads to other parts of Helambu and Kathmandu. Our walk starts through the pleasant alpine forest for an hour then another hour uphill to Tharepatti 3597m/11801ft. A lovely spot on the high ridge showcases spectacular views of snowcapped peaks of Jugal Himal and Ganesh-Manaslu mountain ranges. You can also make out the ridge and the traill coming out of Gosainkund. After lunch at this scenic viewpoint, the trail descends for few hours to Mange Ghot, a nice place with a grassy field and an army barrack nearby. The trek from here leads to farm fields, villages and patches of forests to Kutumsang village inhabited by Sherpas and Tamangs, hill tribes.
A winding path takes you up and down the slopes past farm terraces and villages to Gul Bhanjyang for the overnight stop. This is quite a busy village perched on the top of a ridge and mostly inhabited by Tamangs.
The walk is pleasant passing through numbers of rural farm villages bringing you to the village of Pati Bhanjayang after 3-4 hours of walking. From this village it’s a short climb uphill to our overnight stop at Chisopani Danda, a scenic hilltop en route to Kathmandu. Chisopani has an army camp nearby and the place offers fantastic views of the Jugal Himal range in the northeast and Ganesh-Manaslu and Annapurna range in the west. Also, lovely views of the surrounding landscapes and valleys down below.
The last day of our beautiful trip starts with a cool morning walk through serene forests and farmlands then a climb to the top of the ridge of Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang at 2438m/8000ft from where you get a great view of Kathmandu Valley. Then the track descends to Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water), a popular picnic spot for the people of Kathmandu. Another hour of downhill walk brings you to the road head at the eastern suburb of Kathmandu Valley where we board a vehicle for the drive to the inner sanctums of Kathmandu, passing the famed Boudhanath Buddha, renowned for its enormous Buddhist chaitya or stupa and the ever-present all seeing mystical eyes of Lord Buddha.
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