The LangtangValley is located only 19 miles North of Kathmandu and yet it has changed little since the opening of Nepal to the world. The area is strongly influenced by its proximity to the border of Tibet. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7246m / 23,730ft), the highest peak in the area. This is a superb introduction to trekking, among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Nepal. And for the climber, YalaPeak (5500m / 18,045ft) and Naya Kanga (5846m / 19,180ft) offer a wonderful introduction to mountaineering in the Himalaya.
From Kathmandu we have a 7 hour drive to the trailhead. Initially we trek through dense forest of oak, birch and pine before the valley opens out into alpine meadows. In the spring these high meadows are carpeted with a rich variety of alpine flowers, gentians, violets, edelweiss and primulas are just a few. The forests are also in full bloom with rare tree orchids to be found and the colourful rhododendron (Nepal's national flower). Beyond Langtang village is the summer settlement of Kyangjin (3817m) with its small monastery and cheese factory. Our camp here is in a superb setting dominated by the fluted northwest face of Cangchempo, while KyangjinRi at 4708m, provides a spectacular viewpoint. From Kyangjin we move further up the valley to Yala, a small yersa [summer hamlet] at 4641m. Using this as our base we walk to the top of TsergoRi 5066m / 16,592ft the highest point on a broad flat plateau. The views from here are spectacular, a 360 degree panorama of snow capped Himal including Langtang Lirung, PemthangRi, LangshishaRi, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganchempo, Tilman's fluted peak.
We set up two camps in superb locations in the upper Langtang valley. The trekking is not difficult and there are many interesting possibilities for day walks from our base camps.
Descending from the upper LangtangValley our route back to Kathmandu will be either: -
A - Return the way we came to complete a 10 day trek, or
B - Trek on through Gosainkund and Helambu for a total of 17 trekking days.
The second option takes us first to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund and over the Laurebina pass (4610m / 15,100ft) to the high ridges of Helambu. Providing a glimpse of different cultures and more superb panoramic views, from the Annapurna and Manaslu in the west, across to Mt.Everest in the east.
Arrival and transfer to hotel/welcome dinner (D)
Day at leisure for sightseeing /Hotel (B. D)
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1450m / 4757ft) a typical roadhead. (B.L.D)
Day 04: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2480m / 8136ft)
The first part of our trek to Upper Langtang is a fairly easy 6 hour day, including the stops. We follow the LangtangRiver, climbing though uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron alive with birds. Passing the single dwelling of Chongong we climb along a steep trail to our camp in the forest.(B.L.D)
Day 05 & 06 : Lama Hotel to LangtangVillage (3480m / 11,417ft)
As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung from within this beautiful forest. At Ghora Tabela the trail emerges into open ground and you can then look back to see what you have achieved. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has not permanently manned. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery that we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang. Langtang is the base for the headquarters of the LangtangNational Park. The houses of Langtang and neighbouring villages are of Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.(B.L.D)
Day 07: LangtangVillage to Kyangjin (3900m / 12,800ft)
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunchtime allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area.(B.L.D)
Day 08: A day to rest or a day trip, whatever is needed for acclimatization.
We can explore most of the area from this base. Near the village are a monastery (not always open) and a cheese factory that we could visit. A walk up the moraine northwards to see the spectacular sight of Langtang Lirung is well worth the effort, and is also helpful for acclimatize. (B.L.D)
Day 09: Ascent of TsergoRi (4984m / 16,350ft)
For those who have acclimatize sufficiently, the most rewarding day trip is an ascent of TsergoRi. Alternatively there is a pleasant walk to the lakes and forest south of Kyangjin.(B.L.D)
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Chora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Changdam.
Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi. Continue retracing our steps.(B.L.D)
Drive to Katmandu Or Alternative return route through Gosainkund & Helambu (B.L.D)
Day 13: Syabru to Sing Gompa (3350m / 10,992ft).
From Syabru (2200m.- not S. Bensi) it is a steep climb through forests of oak, firs and rhododendrons to gain a ridge. From here it is only a short descent to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here. (B.L.D)
Day 14: Sing Gompa to Gosainkund 4385m / 14,346ft).
From Sing Gompa we climb a ridge to gain the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. To the West there are dramatic views of Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkund. Gosainkund lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after taking some poison.(B.L.D)
Day 15: Gosainkund to Gopte.
The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to Laurebina pass at (4600m / 15,100ft). We then descend steeply to our camp near Ghopte.(B.L.D)
Day 16: Gopte to Mangan Kharka (3285m / 10,775ft).
We continue descending along the ridge, through rhododendron and juniper forests and past herder's huts to a stream before climbing to Tharepati, a group of herder's huts. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu.(B.L.D)
Day 17: Mangan Kharka to Gul Bhanjyang (2125m / 6,972ft).
From Mangan Kharka it is a short climb to cross a ridge before following a very easy trail, through forest with superb views. We then descend to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. We camp just beyond Gul Bhanjyang, on a ridge with splendid views.(B.L.D)
Day 18: Gul Bhanjyang to Chisopani (2194m / 7200ft).
From our camp it is an easy climb to cross a pass at 2470m. before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village with a few shops and a police checkpoint. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisopani and our final nights camp.(B.L.D)
Day 19: Chisopani to Kathmandu.
Leaving Chisopani the trail passes through meadows and cultivated fields then climbs through oak and rhododendron forest to Buriang Bhanjyang. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley and there are good views from here. We now begin descending, steeply through dense forest of oak. Pine and rhododendron to cross a dam, following large water pipe which supplies much of the water for Kathmandu. Soon we are down into Sundarijal where we pick up transport into Kathmandu.(B.L.D)
Final departure to your country(B)
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