Langtang Valley Trek provides a unique taste of trekking in Nepal. First, it’s central location separates it from the eastern Kanchenjunga Mountains and western Annapurna Region. Second, Langtang Valley is inhabited by Tamangs (local native), in contrast to the Sherpas who inhabit the valleys in the Everest Region. Third, the valley echoes ancient Tibetan trade culture through the native’s lifestyle. In fact, the Nepal-China(Tibet) border is only 14 kilometers north from Pasang Lhamu Highway in Syapru Besi.
Trekking in Langtang Valley feels different as soon as you turn right and cross the suspension bridge.
In fact, the people in Khangjim, a village just a kilometer away from the highway, live simple and basic life. Of course it’s difficult to live in the mountains. But what’s interesting is how these people have preserved their lifestyle and culture through centuries, and mastered the art of living in such a remote and isolated terrain.
Langtang suffered immensely from the April 2015 Earthquake disaster. However, the people showed a lot of willpower to restore Langtang and welcome tourists and visitors in no time.
Trek against (and with) Langtang Khola mostly on your right with views of rare plant and animal species inside the Langtang National Park Region. Up in the mountains live a nearly extinct species of Snow Leopard. You will be graced by the views of horses, large meadows, ancient Tibetan Stones and Manes, Yaks and the beautiful people of Langtang.
Combine Langtang Valley with Gosainkunda trek for an extra challenge
Trekkers looking for more adventure can combine Langtang trek journey with a trip to Gosainkunda, a high altitude lake in the same region. It’s accessible via Dhunche or by following a separate trial from Lama Hotel. One of the questions trekkers ask if it’s possible to do this trek solo. Even though it sounds intimidating, we do not recommend doing this trek without a guide unless you are an expert in trekking. Local guides are helpful and hiring one gives them opportunity to earn a decent living. It’s a win-win.
The valley has successfully conserved their culture and lifestyle throughout the history with much hardship. Don’t forget to show respect. The mountains, snowy peaks, huge glaciers and ridges of Langtang (Lirung I, II), Yala, Pongen Dopku and numerous other peaks provide spectacular 360 panorama as you climb the top of Kyanjin Ri and/or Tserko Ri.