Langtang Valley Trek
After the Annapurna and Everest region Langtang is the third most popular trekking area in Nepal. This fabulous trek is a perfect combination of moderate and rigorous walking, leads to the high alpine valley with the backdrop of high snowcapped peaks. In the spring this place is alive with wild flowers. Here you will find peace and serenity amidst the Buddhist culture.
Langtang Valley is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the central Himalayan region. This area was declared as a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest National Park in Nepal. Covering a total of 1710 sq km of mountainous terrain south of the Nepal Tibet border.
The area offers a diverse range of cultures. The three main ethnicities living in the area are the Tamangs, coming to the area beginning about 500 years ago and continuing until about the mid 20th century. In the southern section of the park there is a small area if subtropical chestnut forest and a unique sal forest. The hill forest (2000 – 2600 m) across the southern slopes of the park consists of chirr pine, rhododendron, Nepalese alder and oak. Moving north and higher the montane zone (2600 – 3000 m) comprises mainly mountain oak, which changes to silver fir, hemlock and larch in the lower subalpine zone (3000 – 3600 m Throughout these zones, several species of rhododendron trees form a twisted and colorful backdrop. It is at 3,600-4000 m. that the juniper and rhododendron shrubs slowly fade into the expansive alpine grassland meadows.
Here, the elusive snow leopard is still thought to comb the alpine heights for prey. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, Himalayan thar, ghoral (mountain antelope), and more than 250 species of birds. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571 m), Langtang Lurung (7425 m), Kimshun (6745 m) and Shalbachum (6918 m) to the south. The chimsedang lakh forms a ridge of peaks, which includes Naya-Kanga (5846 m) and Gangchempo, Tilmans beautiful fluted peak. Beyound is the Jugal Himal, which terminates in Dorjee Lakpa (6980 m). And to the east the upper meadows of the Langtang end in a massive mountain wall forming the frontier with Tibet.
Duration: 9 Days
Difficulty level: moderate
Max Elevation: 3850 m
Mode of Trek: Teahouse
Day 1: drive to Syabrubesi (1460 m)
Day 2: trek to riverside (2240 m)
Day 3: trek to Ghore tobela (3020 m)
Day 4: trek to Langtang Village (3430 m)
Day 5: trek to Kyanging Gompa (3850 m)
Day 6: acclimatization
Day 7: trek to Lama Hotel (2470 m)
Day 8: trek to Syabrubesi (1460 m)
Day 9: drive to Kathmandu