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Reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 23, 2020

Langtang Valley is situated towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as the valley of glaciers, resting amid the emerald hills with the backdrop of the magnificent Mount Langtang.  This trek includes the spectacular views of the Dorje Lakpa 6990m, Langtang Ri 6370m and Langtang Lirung 7245. The Langtang Valley Trek goes through the rugged terrain that is adorned by the majestic glaciers and snow clad mountains. 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.  Confined within the territory of Langtang National Park, it also comprises the tranquil lakes of Gosainkunda. As much as it is blessed with its impressive landscapes, one can find joy in nature that houses various species of rare floras and faunas as well.

Langtang Valley Trek introduces you to the Buddhist culture of the Tamangs and Sherpas and the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko upholds this tradition. 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 it might not be as famous as the Annapurna or Everest treks, the Langtang Valley Trek can still be an outstanding choice for trekking. 

1. Close to Kathmandu Valley

The Langtang Valley and Langtang National Park both lie to the north of Kathmandu. It is just a few hours’ drive from the Kathmandu Valley. The  beautiful Langtang Valley is under the magnificent Langtang Ranges. A ride through the hillside settlements and along the Trishuli River will take you to the trail-head of Langtang, the Syabrubesi town. Since it is close to Kathmandu, reaching Langtang or coming back is comparatively easier and fast thus making this region reasonably accessible. It is hard to believe that you can experience the Himalayas up close even so near the capital.

2. Suitable for Everyone

Langtang Valley Trek begins after a mellow drive from the capital of the country to Syabrubesi. From the beginning of the trek, the Langtang National Park will cordially welcome you into the home of a myriad of flora and fauna. Allowing for exquisite natural exploration, the trails go through Tamang settlements and serene forests of Rhododendron, oak, and magnolia. As if strategically designed, the Langtang Himalayas offer inexplicable beauty to entertain the trekkers in every step of their journey. Kyanjin Gompa further ahead on the trek holds the ancient cultural practices of the Tibetan descendants, Tamangs. Thus, ripe for cultural exploration and natural amusement, Langtang Valley Trek caters to the need of any type of trekker.

3. Panoramic Mountain Views

Like many other treks in Nepal, the Langtang Valley Trek also has impressive vistas of the Himalayas. Mountain views will come into sight from the very first day and it will just keep getting better and better as you get closer to the glaciers and the snow-capped mountains. Above in the skyline, the Langtang Lirung (7227m) will dominate the view being the highest in the area.  For those willing to climb to the top of Tserko Ri (4984m), the panoramic views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu ranges are also up for grabs.

Reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek

4.  Biodiversity of Langtang National Park

The Langtang Valley is confined in the premises of the Langtang National park. This region proudly projects the rich biodiversity of Nepal. The forests are filled with trees of oaks, bamboos, and rhododendrons which nurture some of the most amazing wildlife species such as the: Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Rhesus monkeys, and the Red Pandas. Trekkers, if lucky, will get to sight these animals while exploring the forests in the national park.

5. Easy Grade Trail

The Langtang Valley Trek is considered to be one of the easiest yet most exciting treks in Nepal. Unlike many other treks that run through rough trails, Langtang is a different adventure. For starters, there are drastically low-risk factors here than other treks. The Langtang Valley Trek only extends to 4,984 meters in altitude at Tserko Ri. The trails may be off-beaten but they are much easier to walk on. As the trek does not demand much from a trekker, a basic level of physical ability is adequate to complete this trek. Due to such nature, the Langtang Valley trek is suitable for all types of people who are seeking to go trekking, regardless of their age, gender, or physical condition.  

6. Rich Tamang Culture and Heritage

With the Langtang Valley Trek, explorers will get an opportunity to delve into the Tamang culture. The Tamangs are the most prominent ethnic groups in this region. The trails go along settlements inhabited by these Tibetan-descendant Tamangs and Sherpas. The communities along the trekking trail are of Buddhist faith and you can observe similar flavor in their art, architecture, and traditions. The cultural practices carried out in these communities date back to ancient times yet are well-preserved and held firmly by the local Tamangs and other ethnic communities. 

Reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek

7. Experience Re- Birth of Langtang

The earthquake in 2015 hit Nepal very hard and Langtang was also one of the regions affected by the earthquake. Travelers will still get to see the debris from the earthquake. Since then, Langtang has risen up from the rubbles and has opened up for tourists. Trekkers will witness the rebirth of the Langtang; the building of a new village. Tea houses and lodges are being rebuilt, but this time with better engineering. Visiting Langtang can also help the people of this village as tourism is a crucial aspect of income generation. It is a great way for one to contribute to the renaissance of Langtang. 

8. Tea House and Camping Option

The Langtang Valley Trek gives two different options for accommodation; Tea house lodging and camping. Tea house lodging is simply staying overnight at tea houses during the stops in your trek. The tea houses provide visitors with warm hospitality and delicious local delicacies. Stepping aside from the mainstream tea house trekking is the Camping option. Trekkers will be traveling in groups with crew members equipped with all necessary items. The crew members will be sufficient to provide a proper camping experience for the trekkers. Prices, however, vary as per the trek you wish to take. 

Reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek

9. Buddhist Monasteries (Kyanjin Gompa)

Through the trails of the Langtang Valley Trek, one will encounter several Buddhist landmarks. Buddhist monasteries, colorful chortens, Mani walls, and fluttering prayer flags can be found scattered along the routes. One will also get to visit the well renowned Kyanjin Gompa. Located in the foothills of the Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and Langshisha Ri, the monastery is believed to be around six centuries old. This part of the trek explores the cultural aspect of the Langtang Valley where one can get an insight into the prevalent Buddhist culture in this region. 

There are many reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek. As it is rich in its own Tibetan culture and tradition, the travelers can witness the serene beauty of the Himalayas and Buddhist Landmarks. It is an easy trail as compared to the other trekking spots, which makes it easy for beginners also.

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