The Langtang Valley is a rich alpine valley abundant in flora and fauna that forms part of the Central Nepal Himalaya, north of Kathmandu.
A journey up the Langtang Valley to the high glaciers is considered to be one of the most rewarding short treks in Nepal.
The region is less frequented by tourists and offers a wilderness experiences without the sometimes long and arduous two or three-day journey often involved in going to more remote regions.
The valley provides many opportunities to experience the culture of the Tamang people who are the main ethnic group here. These people are Tibetan in all aspects of their lives apart from the twenty miles that separates them from Tibet. There are some fascinating local settlements as well as a good opportunity to study wildlife and bird life along the way.
Trekking into the high valley takes you almost to the base of the Nepal Himalaya where there is a true “high mountain feel” without the trek being too taxing. There is also an extensive glacier system to be discovered in the valley’s upper reaches.
Whilst the region cannot boast any of the giant Himalayan peaks its scenery is just as spectacular and photogenic as that on the more popular trails.
There is a lot of scope to vary treks in this region, one choice is to extend the nine day Langtang Valley hike for a further five days on through to the Sacred Lakes of Gosainkund (4300m) and the Helambu Region.The Sacred Lakes at Gosainkund are said to have been created by Lord Shiva when he jabbed his trisul (trident) into the ground to form the headwaters of the Trisuli River. Treks in Langtang and Helambu are effectively combined by crossing the Laurebina Pass near Gosainkund.The beauty of extending is not only do you get to experience a different region but also at the end of the trek you are only an hour’s bus journey by road from Kathmandu.
There are some beautiful forests in Helambu as well as some interesting settlements that are principally populated by Sherpa people. However the Sherpas of Helambu differ from the Everest region in language, dress and family lineage.
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