Often overlooked, Langtang treks in the Langtang and Helambu region to the north of Kathmandu provide some of Nepal’s most spectacular scenery, and trekking in this area is as good as anywhere in Nepal. The soaring, snow-capped mountains at the head of the Langtang valley, the beautiful glacial lakes at Gosainkund and the friendly Tamang villages combine to make this a perfect trekking alternative to the better known Everest and Annapurnas treks.
You begin your tour in Kathmandu with a guided tour of this bustling city. You will have the chance to see the famous Durbar Square and Royal Palace along with a visit to the hilltop Stupa at Swayumbunath.
Following the Trisuli River north out of Kathmandu, you travel through Tadi Bazaar and Dhunche to Syabrubensi, a Sherpa village located at the very edge of the Langtang National Park, and where your trek begins and you spend the first night in a trekking lodge. Staying in lodges allows you to spend more time meeting and talking with other trekkers and guides in the evenings, as well as enjoying a little more comfort at the end of each day.
From Syabrubensi, you then swing east into the Langtang valley, crossing the river several times as you travel up along the gorge-like, lower section of the valley. You pass through oak and rhododendron forests and trek across glacial moraine on your way to the Tamang village of Langtang.
A little further up the valley is Kyangin Gompa, where you spend 3 nights and have plenty of time to explore the local area. You can do several day-walks such as continuing up through Nubamatang, nestled in a hidden valley, on your way up to view the glaciers which mark the gateway into Tibet.
After backtracking briefly, you then travel through Syabru and Sing Gompa to a high plateau, where the sacred lake Gosainkund is located. Crossing the Llaurebena Pass (4610m), you continue south, leaving the Langtang region behind as you travel through the Helambu valley to Gul Bhanjyang. From here it's just a few days trek and a bus ride back to Kathmandu.
Once back in Kathmandu you have a day free to further explore this interesting and colourful city. Alternatively you can venture out into the surrounding valley where there are many interesting sites to visit.
You can join one of our small-group departures on this tour, or do it privately, or use it as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Options are available to do a mountain flight up to view Mt. Everest, or to add extensions to the tour to try some white water rafting, or visit Chitwan or Bardia National Park.
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