Langtang: Helambu Region Trekking
Walking amid some of the most fabulous environs of nature in the world…
Langtang area is geographically based towards the north of Kathmandu Valley. The scenery here is spectacular, and the trek more exploratory as the area is visited by fewer tourists. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6000 to 7000 meters. The Gosainkund and Helambu region lies to its south; these can be combined with Langtang to make treks from 7 to 21 days. This region, popularly known as the ‘valley of glaciers’ is inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa communities whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the middle hills. Langtang also borders Tibet
Trekking in the Langtang area can last from 7 to 16 days long, enables one to soak in the picturesque valley, considered to be the most fascinating and exotic of Nepal’s valleys. Especially in the spring season, the scenic views are stunningly enchanting. While trekking in the upper part of the valley one passes through snow bridges, passes covered by mist, and little lakes with icebergs floating on them. Langtang valley has been named the 'wonderland of trekkers', and with its twin attributes, easy accessibility & amazing mountain landscapes, makes it a very popular among trekkers the world over. The Langtang valley gives us a superb natural display of its beautiful pine forests, bubbling milky colored rivers, rugged rock & snow-blanketed peaks & the sprawling green meadows below them; high mountains covered with thick layers of ice that glimmer in the sunshine in the winter months overlook the Langtang valley…its always best to visit Langtang in autumn and the early winters.
Treks in the Langtang region actually starts from Dhunche or Syabru which is seven to ten hours by a bus/jeep ride through lush green scenery from Kathmandu. Just a couple of days walking find you amongst beautiful snow peaks of the Ganesh and Langtang ranges. Following the Langtang Khola (river) will take you to the settlement of Kyanjin Gompa at 3900m. This is the furthest place to find lodges up the valley. The Langtang Valley was designated the first National Park of Nepal in 1971. Beautiful landscapes and pretty villages make this a relatively easy and therefore popular trekking destination in Nepal. After retracing our steps to the village of Syabru we cross the Laurabina La, a pass at 4610m, into the Helambu district. The crossing of the pass in freezing winds and thin air is nothing compared to the descent in waist deep sluggish snow and sometimes losing your way on the Helambu side; which tends to happen in the winters; but trekking in this lovely region is worth its weight in gold and considered by some to be the best in the world…
Annapurna Travels will escort you to some of the most awesome spots in this region for views of some of the most stunning landscapes in the universe.
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