Trekkers searching for a short trek where they can explore more, Langtang Valley Trek can be the most reliable one. Although Langtang Valley can be reached by a day’s drive from Kathmandu, this area is still unknown to the majority of trekkers.
Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas this valley trek is relatively short but one which the trail, at altitudes of under 4,000m, except for a sunrise climb up to Tserko Ri at 5,000m, runs through rhododendron, and bamboo forests, along thundering waterfalls, and under stunning snow-capped mountains.
This diverse trek also introduces the Buddhist culture of Tamang and Sherpa peoples. The ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko upholds this tradition. The spectacular views on this trek include Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Langtang Ri (6,370m) and Langtang Lirung (7,245m).
The trek passes through Langtang National Park, ensuring pristine countryside and flora and fauna, as well as yak pastures and even home-based cheese factories! Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda, are native to this region.
Langtang Village was completely destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake. The resilient locals have, however, been busy rebuilding and some teahouses and lodges have been rebuilt and are open. The best way for people to help is to continue to visit this area.
For those who want to trek off the beaten track and see something completely different from many of the more touristy areas in the country, this is a perfect trek. Similarly, for those who are discovering Nepal for the first time, this is the perfect introduction.