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Langtang Valley Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 3, 2020

Langtang Valley Trek introduces you to the Buddhist culture of the Tamangs and Sherpas and the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko uphods this tradition. This trek includes the spectacular views of the Dorje Lakpa 6990m, Langtang Ri 6370m and Langtang Lirung 7245. The trek passes through the Langtang National Park, a pristine countryside with majestic flora and fauna, yak pastures and local cheese factories. It is dominated by the Langtang Himalayas, this valley trek is relatively short but runs through rhododendron and bamboo forests, alongside thundering waterfalls and snow capped mountains. It offers you an exclusive picture of Himalayan Pheasants, Himalayan Deers, Himalayan bears, monkeys and the elusive red panda. Langtang village was massively destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. The villagers have been busy rebuilding the area. Although the Langtang valley can be reached by a day drive from the Kathmandu valley, this trekking area is still unknown to the majority of trekkers.

Langtang Valley Trek

Day 1- Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

The start of the trek begins with the 8 hours drive from Kathmandu valley to Syabrubesi. The Syabrubesi is the starting point of the trek. On the way, the trekkers can get the lovely views of the Trishuli rivers and its surrounding landscapes as well as local villages and hills. After reaching here trekkers can stay overnight and explore the Syabrubesi village. It lies on the altitude of about 1460 metres from sea level.

Day 2- Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

The trekking from this point starts with an uphill hike through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest.  There is about an hour climb through the steep hill to reach an interesting and amazing place called Bamboo.  It is the place where trekkers take rest and have lunch to regenerate their body energy. The trail continues upwards through the bamboo forest to reach the final destination for today’s Lama Hotel which is the quiet famous area of this place.

Day 3- Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village

The Langtang village lies at the altitude of about 3430 metres from sea level. The trails start with the rhododendron and pine forests along with the scenic paths of waterfalls and landscapes. Nature will make you feel intrigued as you enter the interesting wide valley of Langtang. This is the home to the famous Langtang National Park which is the habitat to many wild lives. The trekkers stop at the famous Ghoda Tabela for lunch before heading towards the Langtang village and up the Langtang Valley to Mundu.

Day 4- Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

The trek to the Kyanjin Gompa is relatively shorter than other trekking days. The trail passes through the watermills, chorten (Buddhist Shrines) and prayer wheels on the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The Kyanjin Gompa lies at the altitude of 3870 metres from the sea level. This route also acts as an acclimatization day before climbing Tserko Ri in the morning. The trekkers can explore the gompa and surrounding area and take in the mountain views in the afternoon.

Day 5- Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri and Back to Kyanjin Gompa

The trekking approximately takes about 5- 6 hours to reach the summit of Tserko Ri. From here you can see the majestic and amazing views of Yala Peak 5520m, Langtang Ri 7205m, Langtang Lirung 7227m and Naya Khang 5844m. Here you can enjoy your packed lunch while enjoying the majestic views of the mountains and landscapes. After this, trekkers descend back to the Kyanjin Gompa where they will again spend the night.

Langtang Valley Trek

Day 6- Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

The trail is relatively long but straight forward so the trekkers can walk at their own pace. They gradually descend back to Lama Hotel through the rhododendron and pine forests and interesting villages. They can see the amazing view where mountains continue to dominate the sky of the Langtang valley.

Day 7- Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

Syabrubesi will provide you with the opportunity to take the final photographs and memories from the Langtang region. The trekkers can enjoy this moment and appreciate their last day by enjoying the different Himalayan cuisines and drinks.  They will stay overnight here and prepare for the departure to the Kathmandu valley. 

Day 8- Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

This is the last day of the trek in Langtang Valley. The trekkers will bid farewell to the Langtang mountains and drive back to Kathmandu bringing wonderful memories and photographs with them.

Side Trips In the Langtang Valley Trek Region

There are many other areas of the Langtang region to trek and explore. The area has a rich Buddhist cultural heritage with its Buddhist gompas and stupas.  It also has the interesting Tamang Heritage trail which will take you through the Langtang Valley with its spectacular views of snow capped mountains and through the villages which are home to the Tamang People. This area is close to the Tibet border so the people here follow the Buddhist way of life. This trail will also help you encounter the Classic Langtang Valley Trek with the main sights of Kyanjin Gompa, the culture, traditions, religion, craftsmanship and lifestyle of Tamang people.

The interested and adventure lover trekkers can also add Gosaikunda Lake to this trek. The lake lies at the altitude of 4380 metres from sea level. It is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. It is the lake of mythological significance to Hindu people. People believed that Lord Shiva formed this lake himself when he thrust his trishul into the mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he swallowed poison. and the water of this lake is considered pure. Most of the devotees gather here during the full moon in August.  The thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit this lake during the festival of Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima. Gosaikunda is known as the Ramsar site, which means it is a wetland of International importance. The trekkers can also witness the other lakes along with this lake; Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda.

Langtang Valley Trek

The trekkers can make their trekking even more adventurous and amazing by adding these two additional routes to their trail. However all treks in the Himalayas have ups and downs. The actual difficulty level will depend on which route you take and which season you trek in. The best time to trek is in the spring and autumn season where the climate is quite  warm and the trails are perfect and dry.

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