A BEAUTIFUL TREK ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY
The Langtang valley offers one of the best trekking experiences in entire Nepal and Tibet. This is because of its beautiful geography including the unique vegetation and topography, mild and chilly weather, as well as the hospitable inhabitants of the region. Unlike other treks to the Himalayas, the Langtang valley trek is one of the shortest and is easy to locate. It’s just 19 miles of Kathmandu with trekkers beginning their adventure from Syabrubesi, a few hours away from Kathmandu, yet not far from the capital city.
In April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit the Langtang village and its environs and buried the beautiful stone wall village under a huge avalanche. But today, all the trekking expeditions have resumed with new infrastructures and regulations to ensure that tourists enjoy a memorable trek.
Despite the natural disaster which killed a great number of villagers and hikers, and caused significant damages to the topography, then it is still trekkers choicest place. The yak pastures, pine forests, holy lakes, stunning mountain views, low cost, and cheap access to the valley are more reasons why the valley hosts many visitors every year.
THE MOUNTAINS AND WILDLIFE
Before embarking on this trek, you must have come across the Langtang National Park as you peruse the resources on the internet. It covers over 1,710 square kilometers of rough Himalayan wilds.
The park’s landscape ranges from tropical lowland jungles to snow-coated high-altitude glaciers. With this variety of habitats, the park is much of a paradise for the Himalayan ecosystem. During the Langtang valley trek, you will surely meet the most amazing and striking animals such as the arboreal red panda, musk deer, snow leopard, and numerous bird species.
GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE LANGTANG PEOPLE AND THEIR CULTURE
The inhabitants of the Langtang valley are the descendants of Tibetans from Kerung who intermarried with Tamangs who migrated from the Helambu region of the Himalayas. A great number of them are subsistent sheep and yak herders but are also known for growing some grains and vegetables. Daily, the villagers raise livestock, engage in farming, and involve in trades with their Kerung neighbors. They grow wheat, maize, potato, soybean, and millet as their staple food.
Aside from the Tamang tribe that occupies the greater part of Langtang, there is also the Newari and Sherpa villages whose lifestyle is greatly influenced by Buddhism. The best place to get conversant with their traditions is at the Kyanjin Gompa settlement where you will find their monastery. This ancient religious architecture is flanked with ancient relics and freestanding prayer flags snapping in the wind. There are also numerous antiques showcasing the richness of Buddhism and their attachment to the observances of Buddha.
GO WITH TOUR GUIDES AND TREKKERS
If you’re going for a trek for the first time in your life especially to Nepal, it is best to be accompanied by tour guides so that you don’t lose your way in the jungle. When looking for credible companies that offer quality services, you’re bound to meet huge numbers of them but there are exceptional ones whose services have been tested and high-rated by their clients. If you’re going for a trek in Langtang valley, I suggest you consider these tour operators in the Himalayan regions:
- Nepal Hiking Team
- Green Valley Nepal Trek and Research Hub
- Himalayan Social Journey
- Actual Adventure Trekking and Expedition
- Above the Himalaya Trekking
- Google Trek – Private Day Tour
Of the tour operators in the Himalayas, Nepal Hiking Team offers incomparable tour services owing to their years of experience in tourism and possession of facilities. They are dependable, trustworthy, and sincere. With a decade of experience in organizing and guiding trekking expeditions, the Nepal Hiking team has helped thousands of travelers to the Langtang Valley enjoy a lifetime adventure. They offer assorted trip packages with multiple options out of which you can always find a suitable one. They don’t compromise their principles, from transportation, trip orientation, and accommodations, to quality customer care.
WHEN BEST TO TREK ON LANGTANG VALLEY
The most favorable time to trek the Langtang valley is between October to April because of the following reasons:
- It’s the end of the dry season with few raindrops and clear skies
- Roads and trails are not muddy
- Many guesthouses open after the winter season
- There are not too many people that trek in this period thereby preventing possible congestions on the way.
- Comfortable temperatures for hiking – not too hot and not too cold
On the other hand, it is not advisable to trek during the winter season (December – January) because it can be extremely cold and the trails very quiet. It is a festive period around the world and tourists rarely trek the region at this time of the year. In April, the lovely flowering rhododendron adds a scenery of red and orange to the topography. Few people trek the Langtang valley in the monsoon but if you’re lucky to visit during the Jenai Purnima festival at the august fool moon, you will meet thousands of Hindu pilgrims who make their way to the Holy Gosainkund lakes to have a religious bathe. This makes April a suitable time to embark on the
WHY THE LANGTANG TREK IS RIGHT FOR YOU
The Langtang valley trek is one of the shorter hiking routes in Nepal. It offers fantastic scenery of exquisite vegetation of wild colourful flowers and rhododendron blooms. It is an opportunity to hike with unequaled mountain views, and through winding trails, across sparkling rivers and lakes, and meet tranquil villages. The Langtang valley also hosts some of Nepal’s rare wildlife species which you get to see at the Langtang National Park as part of your trek. You will also have a chance to enjoy the local Tibetan delicacies, sip their fragrant teas. Above all the Langtang trek is very affordable and finding your way to Kathmandu and into the valley is simply and easy.