“Centuries ago in Tibet, there was an ox that learned that both it and a nak (female yak) were going to be killed for the feast in a marriage ceremony. They ran away to the Langtang area, where the nak disappeared. To bring them back, Guru Rinpoche followed them and found the ox resting in the spot where Langtang village lies today. The name “Langtang” derives from “lang” meaning “ox” and “dhong” meaning “satiated,” and it is said that Guru Rinpoche built a chorten here. Unfortunately, on the way back to Tibet, the ox died at Langshisha Ri.”, Recounts Thiley Lama in the book “The book of rituals of Dhomares”
145 kilometres North of Kathmandu lays an enchanting valley relatively uncrowded and often underrated, filled with massive snowcapped mountains, beautiful glacial lakes lush vegetations. Langtang is one of the nearest Himalayan regions from Kathmandu valley. The valley is highly influenced by Tibetan lifestyle and cultures. Often regarded as one of the most rewarding short trek in Nepal, Langtang Lirung, Langshisia, Ganjala are few of the many peaks you will be able to see up-close. The valley is also home to endangered species like Red panda, Himalayan black bear and clouded leopards.
The trek begins after an 8 hours overland journey to Dhunche. The next day you will follow the Langtang River to the east ascending up gently to Rimche(2400m). For the next couple of days, you will be trekking up through the beautiful alpine valley wit dense oak, rhododendron and pine forest passing through different glacial lakes along the magnificent view of Langtang Lirung. You will also explore the Langtang village which was badly affected by the major earthquake of 2015 leaving around 400 people dead. The village is now bouncing back and few tea houses have resumed their operation.
Situated at a staggering altitude of 3870m in the lap of Langtang Liurng, Kyangjin Gompa is one of the principal Monastery of this region. The gompa is said to be built 6 centuries ago. Even the thangkas adorning the wall were believed to be brought from Tibet 400 years ago! You will be also hiking either to Kanjying Ri – 4770m or Cherko Ri- 4984m to enjoy the close-up view of the mountain and return back to the Gompa for an overnight stay. After few days downhill trek, you will finally be back to Kathmandu.
In the morning, after the breakfast, you will be picked up for a drive to Syabru Besi, a small village on the banks of Bhote Koshi river. The 6-7 hours drive through the scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas will take you to your trek starting point passing through Dhunche. Just before Dhunche you reach the gates of the Langtang National Park where you have to sign in. Dunche is the district administration headquarters and nowadays quite a bustling town. From here you descend all the way to the Trisuli River at the village of Syabru Besi.
Your first day of trekking. The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi river and follows Langtang Khola. the Langtang Khola will be your companion all the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail starts as a moderate climb and zigzags up the broad valley. Continuing up, you will see the village of Thulo Syabru clinging to the high valley side. Shortly after you will join a trail which leads to (and from) Thulo Syabru. You will then enter a deep gorge which signifies the start of the Langtang valley. From here you will start a steady descent through a bamboo forest to the valley floor. Red pandas and Langur monkeys inhabit this forest. Upon reaching the Langtang Khola you will follow it up stream. Passing through the hamlet of Pairo you will reach the village of Bamboo. This village is situated on the riverside and the trail here constantlys need to be rebuilt due to the river flooding and the trail being away. After an hour or so you will cross a bridge to the northern side of the river and pass through the village of Rimche. Shortly after this you will briefly climb out of the forest to reach the village of Lama Hotel.
Leaving Lama Hotel behind you will continue to climb up the langtang valley. After a short while the mighty peak of Langtang Lirung comes into view from the north. Passing a waterfall you continue up the west bank of the Langtang Khola and pass through the hamlet of Gumnchok. After a couple of hours the valley begins to widen and the trail flattens. You pass through Ghora Tabela which means “stable of the horse”. You will trek past a National Park checkpoint and then cross a small wooden bridge and continue through the forest. Many villagers in this area advertise the local “yak curd” - you could try some here!. By the time you reach here, you will have already left the tree-line below. Approaching Langtang you will see a 400 year old Buddhist gompa (monastery) on your left and a few minutes later you climb into Langtang village itself.
You won’t trek much today. From Langtang you continue up the ever-widening valley to Kyanjin Gompa. After passing through the Upper Langtang village you will walk past a series of long mani walls. To the east you will gain great views of the peak “Dorji Lakpa” with “Urkinmang” to its left. Also to the south, the peaks of “Naya Kanga” and “Pongen Dopku” will come into view. After a steep, undulating trail you will cross a rise and Kyanjin Gompa will appear. Kyanjin Gompa lies in an elongated amphitheatre surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks. After lunch, your guide might suggest a hike up the small hill to the north of the village at the height of about 14,107ft/4,300m. This offers great views of Langtang Lirung (23,765ft/7,245m), the Langtang glacier, Kimshing peak with its glacier and to the south, a long ridge on top of which is the Ganja La, a high pass to Helambu.
This day will be a great alpine experience. After breakfast you will leave the village of kyanjin and pass on through yak pastures. You can see yaks grazing in the valley and several yak herders’ shelter (Goths in Nepali).Since you will be getting into the high altitudes, you might start to feel the thin air. It is quite a tough little climb, but you will be amply rewarded at the top, with breath-taking views of the surrounding snow-capped summits. You descend the same way back to Kyanjin Gompa.
6-7 hours downhill walk will bring you back to the Lama Hotel. You will gain great views returning down the valley, especially the sun flitting through the leaves once you have dropped below the tree line.
From Lama Hotel you continue down the valley crossing the Langtang Khola just before the village of Bamboo. You will enjoy the easy trail mostly downhill through lush green vegetation.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu.