Nineteen miles north of Kathmandu, closer to the Tibetan border world’s one of the most beautiful valleys nestles in the shadows of Langtang Lirung 7246m. Pleasant upstream walk along the bank of raging Bhote Koshi River, Tibetan culture in the beautiful Tamang hamlets, lush vegetation and Langtang village itself are the highlights of Langtang trek. Moreover, floras and faunas in Langtang National Park, Kyanjin Gompa, Yak Cheese factory and the 3600 view of the snowy peaks from the summit of Tsergo Ri 4985m or Kyanjin Ri 4350m are other major highlights of the trek. Since, the trek takes you above 4000m, the trek is considered moderately challenging. The abundant tea houses on the trial offer fair facilities for food and accommodation.
Ms. Kersti Jakobsen and Mr. Henrik Jorgensen from Denmark through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel successfully completed the Langtang Trek including the ascent of Tsergo Ri. Post Langtang Trek, they also had a short trek to Samari and experienced the rural life during the home-stay with the local family.
After the completion of both treks, they quoted few beautiful lines about the services of Explore Himalaya.
“Our trek guide Sanu was throughout excellent. He was wonderful, very knowledgeable and very helpful. He made our trek and home-stay a very good experience.”
“Meals and accommodation during the trek and home-stay were great. A brand new Toyota Hi-Ace with an excellent driver was used for our transportation.”
“We had a fantastic holiday, we could not ask for more with what we have experienced, during this holiday.”
Five Danish girls took on a survival challenge and travelled all the way from Denmark to Nepal for an adventure reality show. Travelling with the filming crew, the girls journeyed from Kathmandu to Samari (a small village in Nuwakot District) and trekked to Langtang Valley. Here are some interesting snapshots from their trip:
The crew & the contestants at Sankhu
Hmmmnnn…looks like an interesting task!
Welcome to Samari
Preparing a meal in a traditional Nepali kitchen
A shamanic ritual keeps the girls enthralled. Jhankris ( or 'local shamans' ) are believed to be the link between the spirit world and the human world. Like 'shamans' the world over, Jhankris also use spirits (in this case, bottles of beer and Royal Stag whiskey!) while performing rituals.
A mask dance at the village square
Kyangjin Gompa, Langtang- where the girls completed the final challenge
(Pics courtesy : Mr.Shyam Shrestha)
Every once in a while we receive thank-you notes and e-mails from happy and satisfied clients for making their trips memorable (in a good way!:-)). Here are some comments we received from clients who went on a trekking expedition to Yala Peak, Langtang region in October 2011.
"…I was with Trapp Lewis and his group on the trek to Langtang and Yala.
I just wanted to let you know that the trip went very well. Due to snow conditions we could not push up to Yala peak itself which was a shame. However, we had a great time and really enjoyed the trekking and also the climbing/mountaineering instruction which we got. We were very impressed by Nima, Dayula, Asha and Dawa who all took very good care of us and also taught us a lot about mountains etc. It was a very well organized trip. Samudra’s help in Kathmandu was also much appreciated by all of us.
We are all looking forward to our next trip to Nepal.
Many thanks and best wishes."
Herbie Dayal, Middlesex, UK
" I echo herbie's comments and most appreciate the obvious work by you and your team in making our trek a most enjoyable one even despite the many changes. All the best…"
Trapp Hampton Reid Lewis
Yala Peak in Langtang Region (Pic:Explore Himalaya)
Climb Yala Peak with Explore Himalaya
The pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda will soon be connected to Dhunche via cable car. Inaugurating the Gosainkunda-Langtang Festival in Rasuwa district, Nepalese prime minister Jhala Nath Khanal said that the project will receive as much help as possible from the government. The installation and operation of the cable car service will be carried out with the partnership of the government and private sector, said the PM.
Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims take an ardous trek to Gosainkunda Lake (situated at an elevation of 4500 meters) every year during the full moon festival of Janai Purnima.
Trek to Gosainkunda
As part of its welfare scheme for trekking workers, TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) has opened a clothing bank for trekking workers in Lukla, Solukhumbu. The clothing bank has 1,000 pairs of high-quality jackets, trousers and shoes. The workers can borrow clothing or shoes for a certain time by depositing a nominal fee. A seven-member management committee comprising of two leaders (central and local) each from three tourism workers unions – Union of Travel, Trekking, Rafting and Airlines Workers, All Nepal Tourism Workers’ Union and Nepal Tourism Workers Association – and representative of TAAN will operate the bank. Trekking workers have hailed this move, asserting that now they can go about their work without having to worry about the cold.
Porters taking a breather on the busy Everest Trail
Plans are underway to open such banks in the trekking regions of Langtang and Annapurna too.