Nepal – The Trek Of The Langtang Valley

Nepal – The Trek Of The Langtang Valley

The trek of the Langtang Valley or how to see landscapes all more varied than each other: along a bubbling river, admire waterfalls, cross monkeys in dense forests, out of the forest and discover snow-capped peaks, get closer as you climb up. Continue to walk in more and more mountainous landscapes, say hello to yaks (yes, yaks !!! you only come across them from 3500 meters above sea level!), Feel small in front of gigantic glaciers , climb a peak and admire the Himalayas!

What an experience!! We who had never really done trek, it was only discovery, wonder and surpassing oneself.

Christophe, Azimut Nepal agency, who had advised us to do this trek of the valley Langtang. It is a moderate level trekking, which can be done in 8 days. The people of the Langtang Valley have been extremely affected by the 2015 earthquake, which ravaged the entire village of Langtang; many guesthouses have been rebuilt since then, so the passage of trekkers contributes to the renewal of local communities.

A trek “fast” (not to leave our little cabbages too long), moderate (for non-trekkeurs that we are) and solidarity (to help the inhabitants of the valley): it was exactly what he we needed!

The trek of the Langtang valley, with the agency Azimut Nepal

Azimut Nepal is a French-Nepalese agency that organizes trekking and adventure tours in Nepal, and only in Nepal. Christophe, who is French, has personally tested all the itineraries and activities he proposes, so he knows what he is talking about.

He was the one who organized our week of trekking; we were going to be two, accompanied by Lhakpa, an English speaking guide, and Karma, a porter. Lhakpa and Karma both live in the same village, in the Langtang area, which means they know the area well.

After meeting in France and exchanging by email about the organization of our stay in Nepal, Christophe came to make us a briefing when we arrived in Patan, where we were staying before our trek. Meeting point with Lhakpa, tips for acclimatization, trekking itinerary, etc. Full of good advice and the feeling of being super well supervised?

Departure of the trek of the Langtang Valley

The start of the trek is done in Syabrubesi, I explain at the end of the article how to get there.

After a night in one of the many guesthouses in the city, we meet Lhakpa, who gave us an appointment for a departure at 7:30. It was underestimating our morning power, we are finally ready around 8:30 am but “No problem” there is never a problem with Lhakpa. We are only two so the program is flexible, the pace too, the time of departure too, and it’s very good because it would have been difficult to be part of a group of twelve.

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 Trekking from Langtang, Nepal – Day 1: From Syabrubesi to Renche (2400 meters)

We leave on foot from Syabrubesi and quickly meet along the broad Langtang Khola River; the landscapes are already sublime and the bubbling of the river has a soothing effect. We cross several suspension bridges, cross a lot of monkeys, start climbing a little, and it’s time for our first tea break, which will become the morning ritual of the next few days.

Ginger lemon tea in a guesthouse high up, with a crazy view of the river and the forest around it, and prayer flags that fly everywhere: it takes no less to realize that this trek was beautiful. And started well.

We continue our ascent through woods, until Bamboo, a small group of guesthouses located at 1930 meters, at the edge of the river. The place is perfect for our first Daal Bhat, a typical Nepalese dish made from rice, vegetable curry and lentils.

We continue through woods, take a lot of photos and then comes a time when we do much less clever: the climb becomes very rough. It will not last very long; we arrive fairly quickly at Ganesh View Lodge, Renche (2400 meters), where we spend the night.

The comfort is very basic, like all the guesthouses of the trek, but what a joy to be in the middle of nature! Enjoy having arrived, take a hot (solar) shower, sit down with a tea in the sun, do your laundry outside, take your time…

Most travelers continue to “Lama Hotel”, a group of 6 guesthouses located 20 minutes walk higher, but we were really happy with this alternative chosen by Lapkha, quieter.

Trek from Langtang, Nepal – Day 2: From Renche to Thangshyap (3200 meters)

After a hearty breakfast of Tibetan bread, porridge and scrambled eggs, we resume our walk, which turns out to be a rapid climb through forests of fir, maple and rhododendrons. The place is so Zen, with small streams to cross, monkeys who make their life in the trees, waterfalls.

Gradually we see snow-capped peaks, Lhakpa tells us that we will soon leave the forest and we will move to the more mountainous part of the trek. OK perfect. But before, the tea ritual is needed, this time at the Woodland Hotel.

Landscapes change as you climb up; the green of the forest disappears and is replaced by the orange and red colors of drier landscapes in the glacial valley. It starts to get much colder, and especially to get wind.

Trek to Langtang Valley, Nepal – Day 3: Thangshyap to Kyanjin Gompa (3860 meters)

After having shared our porridge with the little girl of the guesthouse, we resume our walk towards Langtang. The sight is desolate, what was village is now only a vast landslide: the earthquake has caused the fall of a large part of the glacier, which collapsed ravaged the entire village.

Another village was rebuilt a little further, so we go through these landslides to join him and stop at the friends of Lhakpa for the tea break. Frankly, emotions are a bit limited, it’s poignant to see the tragedy that happened here, and it is all the more important to do this trek, now that locals can again welcome tourists. Each tea we drink, the meal we take and the night we spend, help them concretely.

Our walk continues quietly in the middle of pastures, we cross a multitude of yaks, against a backdrop of gigantic glaciers… the show is magic, and it is not every day that we have the chance to see yaks!

Langtang Trek – Day 4: Climbing Tsergo RI (4984 meters!!!!!!)

Since Kyanjin Gompa, several hikes are possible by the day. We have since the beginning of the trek to go up to Tsergo RI, to see the Himalayas.

Wake up at 5am (it’s still dark), breakfast wrapped in our jackets and glued to the kitchen stove (it’s so cold that the tap water is frozen), arduous climb for 5 hours (two to three hours) time, necessarily at this altitude we are not the most effective!) .. What to wonder repeatedly what took us to inflict that?!?

And then, finally, to reach 4984 meters, to discover the prayer flags hung by all those who climbed the summit before us, to see the vastness of the Himalayas.

Langtang Trek, Nepal – Days 5 and 6: Return from Kyanjin Gompa to Syabrubesi

The trekking of Langtang is a round trip in the valley; we go down in two days which took us 3 days to go up.

The opportunity to take the measure of the path traveled, turn to admire the summit that we climbed and then say goodbye to snow-capped peaks that we will see once more than we will be back in the forest.

Still tea breaks in different guesthouses, and gradually removes the jackets to end up in t-shirts, to return to our point of departure: the city of Syabrubesi.

My little conclusion

Walk for 6 days, see these magical landscapes scroll quietly, reconnect with nature, say goodbye to his little comfort , gather around a stove in the evening, but also pushing its limits, adapt to the altitude, climb up to 4984m… A mix of emotions, landscapes and encounters that make this trek a fabulous experience to live!

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