LANGTANG VALLEY TREK-10 DAYS
A trek up into the Langtang valley has to be one of the most rewarding of the short treks available anywhere in Nepal. The east-west running valley is the site of some spectacular alpine scenery as well as being a great place to meet a unique people. A minimum of one week is required but trekkers are well advised to add a few extra days for acclimatization and for side trip in the valley.
The trek is best started either from Dhunche or from Syabrubesi. By starting at one and finishing at the other it is possible to avoid backtrekking to some extnt. The most convenient starting point is Syabrubesias this then gives the option of extending the trek to take in the sacred lakes at Gosainkund.
The bus or jeep to Syabrubesi takes most of the day so trekking usually starts there on the second morning. Syabrubesi is located at the end of the road from Kathmandu at the point where the Langtang Khola meets the Bhote Koshi. There are two possibilities from Syabrubesi: the best follows the north bank of the Langtang Khola through the villages of Khangjung and Syarpa Gaon after which the trail from Dhunche joins. Initially the trail passes through cultivated fields and grassy slopes but this soon gives way to forests of rhododendron, bamboo and oak which are replaced higher up by hemlock and larch before the tree line is reached below Langtang village. Above Langtang the only habitation is at Kyangjin Gompa where one of the first of the Swiss sponsored cheese factories was established.
Above Kyangjin Gompa there are opportunities for day trips or overnight if the trekkers are self-sufficient.the view point of Tsergo Ri gives splendid views across the valley to Ganja La. To the north and east tower the peaks of the Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa.
To return from Langtang the options are to cross the Ganja La, a serious undertaking that should only be attempted by well equipped and experienced parties, or to backtrack down valley as far as Lama Hotel.
From Lama hotel the trail to Dhunche crosses the Langtang Khola and climbs up through the forest to the village of Syabru. From here trails descend to Dhunche or head south to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund and Helambu.