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Langtang Valley Trek– Impressive Short Trek Route In Nepal
Langtang Valley trek is the third popular trekking route in Nepal preferred by many who wish to enjoy the short trek in the quintessentially Nepali way. Located near Kathmandu (130 km), the capital of Nepal, this is a favourable trek for those who want to take in the flavor of trekking, but have limited time to stay in the country. The name of the trek is derived from Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest mountain peak enroute. Bordering Tibet, the Langtang region is the land of immaculate natural beauty featuring bamboo trees, rhododendrons, yak pastures at an ascent of 7000m elevation. The pleasure seekers apart from enjoying adventure of trekking also enjoy the beauty of mountainous sub alpine scenery.
Dwelled by Tamangs, the whole trek route is defined by their unique culture, lifestyle and craftsmanship. There are lots of possible trek combinations to be enjoyed during this interesting trek. The variations are what lend the Langtang trek a fascinating experience. The fascinating Tamang villages, alpine pastures, glaciers, high peak points and the Langtang National Park are the points of distinction of this trek. All trek routes here include a visit to Langtang National Park. A part of the Central Himalayas, Langtang National Park is the fourth Himalayan National Park in Nepal.
Much more in terms of close up views of nearby peaks and glaciers of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Kimshung (6781m) and Langshisha Ri (6370m) holds up during this trek route. The many of the glaciers and high altitude lakes like Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda and Dudhkunda can also be seen during the trek.
Usually, a seven day trek is sufficient to soak in the most of Langtang trek. But for those who want to explore add-ons to a Langtang trek can detour through any Tamang village enroute or a visit the Gosainkund lake to have an overall experience of the valley.
Gosaikunda is the alpine freshwater lake in Langtang National Park. The lake is considered to be holy for it is created by Lord Shiva when he shoved his trident into a mountain to draw water and cool his throat after swallowing poison. Due to this religious incident, the lake is seen as a sacred Hindu religious site. In fact, thousands of devotees visit Gosainkunda during Janai Purnima (full moon festival in August.)
Tamang Heritage Trail
The Tamang Heritage Trail is an exciting trek stretching from Langtang Valley to Ganesh Himal. Enroute, the stretch offers a special opportunity to witness the culture and crafts of traditional Tamangs in their village settlements. Tamangs are considered to be welcoming people in the country and hence, offer fabulous hospitality experience. The special trek starts from Dhunche / Syabrubesi and covers the locations like Gojng, Gatlang, Chilime, Thuman, Timure and Briddim
Briddim (2,229 m) is a small and beautiful Tamang village famous for its Tibetan Buddhist culture. The location is also favoured for homestays in the location and during the Tamang Heritage Trail.
How to reach Langtang Valley
Langtang Valley is 130 km north of the Kathmandu Valley and can be visited via a drive from the capital of Nepal.
Best time to visit Langtang Valley
Mid-Oct to Mid-Dec and mid-April to Mid-June are the favourable locations to begin this third most iconic trek of Nepal
Festivals of Langtang Valley
Gosaikunda Festival, celebrated during Janai Purnima, full moon night in August is a prominent festival in Langtang Valley. The festival is celebrated by dance and rituals along the Gosaikunda lake.