For decades, a Langtang trek was high on many trekkers’ bucket list: the beautiful Langtang Valley was the third of the great trekking areas of Nepal – only Solu Khumbu (beneath Everest) and the Annapurna region saw more visitors.
Langtang is unbelievably beautiful:
There’re no 8000m peaks here, but Langtang Lirung rises well beyond 7000 meters & its east face rears up for over 3 kilometers. The village of Kyanjin Gompa is enclosed by snow peaks from four sides, and if you move further up the gorge to temples of Langshisa Kharka, you will enjoy jaw-dropping sights all around. A massive walls of peaks lies between you & Tibet and to the south Ganchenpo ascends elegantly into the skies.
It is easy to access the Langtang trek:
You can walk there all the way from Kathmandu outskirt, ascending through Helambu & past the beatified lakes of Gosainkund, prior to dropping into the valley itself. Or else, a half-day jeep ride will take you to Syabru Besi, at the bottom of the valley – from where 3 days of normal ascending will get you to Langtang with no high passes to cross.
Diverse culture & landscape:
As you rise through Helambu you will cross through booming forests packed with birds & the sporadic monkeys. Villagers in this region harvest their crops on steep terraces. Slowly, you will pass through dense pinewoods divided by cascades. And then on to the high valley with yak grassland, glaciers and open skies and the homes of Langtang folk. All through the Langtang province you will discover some of the finest flower demonstrations in Nepal & a mixture of cultures from Tamang, Hindu, Newari, Bhotia and Sherpa communities.
Opting for a Langtang trek entails you will depart the active trails & teahouses of Annapurna & Khumbu which can particular times of the year male you sense like just a face in the crowd. In Langtang, native people are unbelievably interested to see hikers come back – and the greeting you get will be genuinely warm & occasionally sentimental.