Trek Level: 2/6 Moderate circuit 5 to 6 hours a day
Adventure: Trekking & Cultural Exploration
Hotel/Lodging/Camping: Kathmandu to Kathmandu 19 days
Departing: March to May and September to November
Nepal Himalaya – Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu
Langtang is situated in the north of Kathmandu and the south of the Tibetan border. This region is protected as the second largest conservation national parks of Nepal enriched by abundant endangered species of flora and fauna- rhododendrons, oak, maple, pine, bamboo forests, orchids, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr (wild goat), red panda, wild monkey, and over 150 species of birds. It includes a wide diversity of climate zones from subtropical to alpine climate. Experience the entire array of Himalayan topography. The trekking route unfolds with the amazing view of massive snow-capped peaks of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himalaya- from grassy lands and meadows along with rhododendron forests to alpine yak pastures, glaciers, waterfalls and sacred lakes including the pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda lake. It is believed that the sacred lake “Gosainkunda” is created by the trident of supreme Hindu god Shiva, the patron god of yoga and arts, an omniscient yogi who lives an ascetic life.
Langtang Valley is mostly inhabited by Tibetans and some refugees from Khampa ethnic group. The lower region of the valley is populated by Tamangs. It takes about eight hours drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi (137 km). From thereon, this trek begins from Syabrubesi Village which is on the banks of Bhote Koshi river. You climb gradually along the Langtang Khola passing through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests to Langtang Valley and Kyangjin Gompa. You witness the spiritual site of ancient Buddhist monastery of Kyangjin Gompa that dates back to 1300 AD. You will get chance to visit a traditional cheese factory in Kyangjin Gompa and Sing Gompa where the produce is manufactured by hand. The trek is rich in culture- Buddhist villages and monasteries. In Kyangjin Gompa, you have the opportunity to climb Tserko Ri (5033m) to savor the stunningly beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7,227), Gangchhenpo (6388m), Dokpu (5930m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Yala Peak (5500m) and many more. Furthermore, you can have an astounding excursion of Langshisha Kharka glacier moraine (4300m). Langtang Valley is also known as the glacier valley where yeti legend still exists.
The British mountaineer Bill Tilman once called this Langtang Valley as the world’s most beautiful valley.
In contrast, Helambu region is settled by Sherpas (they have different language and culture from Sherpas of Everest region). After the Gosainkund pass or Laurebinayak La (4,609m) you will experience a Helambu Sherpa culture through some delightful rice terraces and Buddhist monasteries around the riveting villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang (2,621m). This is the trek – MUST DO.