Langtang Valley & Area Trip
Langtang is towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley and just south of the Tibetan boarder. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000 meters. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Parks.The main ethnic groups here are Sherpa and tamang whose religious practices, languages and dress are much similar to those of Tibet. A visit to the Langtang Valley offers an opportunity to explore villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. The forests in this region have temperate and sub- alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkeys, Thar, and Pika. The scenery here is spectacular and the Langtang trekking is more adventurous. The main highlights of the Langtang Excursion Trek are Langtang National Park, Kyangjing Gompa, Yak Cheese factory, typical Tamang villages and diversity of flora and fauna.
You’ll fly into Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel by private bus.
Before we head out for dinner, your trip leader, We will meet you for a briefing and answer any questions. Dinner in a restaurant in the Thamel district.
The day is free to explore Kathmandu, take excursions into the Kathmandu valley, shop, visit the spa, have a massage or just read a book.
A long and beautiful drive through the middle hills of Nepal, through traditional terraced paddy fields, to the start of your Langtang trek in Syabru Besi. We’ll stop for a local lunch in Trishuli Bazaar, after which the drive ascends on spectacular, switch-backing roads into the mountains heading towards Dhunche. Once in Dhunche we have a quick descent down to Sybrubesi where stop for the evening. (7 hr drive)
Our first day of trekking is a beautiful hike through Nepal’s lush, forested middle hills, filled with Langur monkeys, fruit trees, local water mills, water buffaloes, cows, goats and traditional Tamang villages. We follow the Langtang Khola (river), crossing it on several suspension bridges en route. We’ll be able to stop for a cup of tea at local tea houses as we trek, a chance to interact with local Tamangs. We have several ascents and descents which can be hot, but overall it’s not a very challenging day, so en joy the hike. (6-7 hrs)
Coffee and hot chai are a lovely start to a chilly morning, and after breakfast we set off on the second day’s trek, again passing through dense forest as we climb steadily up through Langtang valley, leaving the treeline behind after several hours. The views grown increasingly spectacular as we ascend, Langtang Lirung (7227m) dominating the skyline. These last two days are honey hunting territory, a dangerous means to procure the much-loved honey from bees nest high above. As we trek we pass vestiges of the Tibetan Buddhist religion that Tamangs follow, nested in rhododendron and evergreen forests. Prayer wheels, mani walls and chortens mark important sections of the trail and passes, beautiful reminders of their Tibetan culture. Langtang village is the largest village in this part of Rasuwa, with many lodge, local houses, a school and a monastery. (5-6 hrs)
Gaining altitude, we hike out of Langtang and read pastures where the Tamangs graze their yaks, called kharkas in Nepali. Continuing along the trail we trek by Nepal’s largest mani wall, ancient stones with Buddhist inscriptions carved to the gods. We cross several wooden bridges which span tributary streams and finally reach our destination, Kanjin Gompa, backed by high Himalayan peaks and very close to the border of Tibet.
There are many great day hikes out of Kyanjin Gompa, all with wonderful views of the tumbling icefalls, chances to look for the indiginous birds and wildlife such as the Himalaya thar.
OPTIONS: Hike up the Lirung Valley to the north of the monastery for unbeatable views of Langtang Lirung and the surrounding peaks of Kimshung (6780m) and Yansa Tsenji (6575m) that border Tibet. Or climb Kjanjin Ri to the viewpoint at 4600 meters for incredible Himalayan panoramas, a half-day semi-strenuous return climb. A hike to Tsergo Ri (4984m) is a full day excursion, at least a 5-hour climb heading east towards Langshisha Kharka.
More downhill trekking, of course with more hills than you remember, to return to Lama Hotel.
The last day of trekking, sadly, back to your transport at Syabru Besi. You’ll spend the night here in a lodge before heading back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Enjoy another breathtakingly beautiful drive back down to the main highway to Kathmandu, where hot showers awaits.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.