Langtang Valley”Yak Trail”
Langtang is one of the unspoiled national parks of Nepal which covers an area of 1,710 km2 with altitudinal variation, starting at 1500m and ascending to the top of Mt. Langtang Liruing at 7246m, as the result, the park has immense ecological diversity. Langtang Valley is green, full of beautiful flora and small communities scattered along the valley walls. This region offers travelers a glimpse of the unique cultural heritage blended with ecological diversity. Langtang Valley, settlement rich in Tibetan culture, here you get an opportunity to explore and experience their typical culture, tradition, ancient trading style and hardship of their lifestyle. This easy and interesting trip will take visitor to ancient time where resident’s main occupation is animal husbandry and traditional industry is butter production.
Ancient Buddhist monastery Kyanjin Gompa (3584m) which is a spiritual site where dedicated Buddhist monks performs their rituals. Kyanjin Gumba is also a vibrant tourist town, an idyllic destination to enjoy warmth of sun and natural beauty. A walk near to glacier and walk towards view point will re-fresh your memory and inspire you to enjoy life and encourages you to be in mountains often to enjoy beautiful creation of god to humankind.
Activities: Trekking and Cities
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate
Trekking Destination: Langtang valley
Minimum Altitude: 1460 m
Maximum Altitude: 4750m
Season: September to late December and February to late May.
Transportation: Car/Bus/ Flight
Walking hour: 6 – 7 hours
More about the Destination
Langtang “Yak Trail” “Cheese Trail”
In Tibetan Lang means Yak and tang means ‘follow’/‘trail’ meaning the name is associated with ancient practice of Tran’s human taking animals to different pastureland for grazing at different season. Inhabited by the Sherpa and Tamang community different villages are named with different actions taken by Yak. The traditional butter production and its transport to Tibet remain at the heart of the local economy.
First Himalayan National park in Nepal ‘Flora and Fauna’
In 1976 to protect unique culture and nature government of Nepal established Langtang as first Himalayan National in Nepal. Langtang Valley is green, full of beautiful flora and small communities scattered along the valley walls. More than 60 Species of Mammals resides at Langtang naming few- Clouded Leopard, Snow leopard, Red Panda, Himalayan Bear, Langur, Musk deer, Red monkey, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Assamese monkey, Grey wolf, Leopard cat, and Tibetan sheep. Part is also home of more than 250 species of birds. The Himalayan Monal (national bird of Nepal) satyr tragopan, Ibisbil, Wood Snow partridge Tibetan snow cock, Himalayan snow cock Tibetan partridge, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Himalayan Griffin , Eurasian Griffin, Bar Headed goose, Red Headed Vulture , Cinereous Vulture, Yellow Rumped, Honey Guide, Common Teal, Tufted Duck are some of major attractive birds found in the park.
Chirping birds, hanging Red monkey, running musk deer, rare shy red panda in lush green bamboo, blue sheep strolling alpine meadows and mind refreshing Rhododendron forest refreshes every traveler.
Mountains and Rivers ‘Naturally Majestic’ ‘Adventure and Thrill’
Langtang Lirung 7425M is the highest peak , GhenguLiru (Langtang II 6571M), Dorje Lakpa 6980M, Gangchempo 6387m, Naya-Kanga 5846m, Jugal Himal 6080 M are major mountains in Langtang National park. Major Tributary of Koshi River system, River Sunkoshi originates in eastern part of Langtang from Glacier of Langtang. Major Tributary of Narayani River, Trisuli River originates in western part of Langtang.
We reach right next to Langtang Lirung and enjoy 360 view of Mountains and Glacier from different View top (RI)in Kangin Gumba. We can also hike near to glacier as well.
Culture ‘BonPo’ ‘Tamang Heritage’
Langtang is known as one of 7 Scared valley created by Guru Padmasambava as safe place from war, famine, natural disaster and place for mediation and knowledge.
Langtang is open museum to understand culture with nature, Bon Po religion and Tamang culture. Inhabitants of the Langtang valley are thought to be descendants of Tibetans from kerung who mingled with Tamang from Helambu region. Bonpo is ancient Tibetan culture before Introduction of Buddhism. As a shamanistic religion, it is characterized by mystic rituals, spells, sacrifices for gods and spirits, and spirit manipulation. This religion involves much emphasis on meditative practice. The current traditions of Buddhism such as prayer wheels, sky burials, prayer flags, spirit traps, festival dances, and rubbing holy stones have all come from the Bon religion.
Tamang are one the largest ethnic group in Nepal. Tamang culture and customs are widely seen in Langtang region, It is believed that “TAMANG” is said to be Tibetan word meaning as horse traders ‘TA’ means “Horse”, ‘MAN’ means “Trader”. They have their distinct culture, language and religion. They are traditionally Buddhist by religion with close relation with Hindu culture and custom from lower land. Singing and dancing in Damphu (traditional musical instruments) in Tamang Selo (melody) is one major attraction.
About the trail “Easy and Fun”
The best part Langtang trail is very easy and moderate walk with beautiful view each step moving forward, the flowing and refreshing sound of Langtang river adds charm to journey. From Syprubesi we walk through Dovan then to Bamboo to cross over to Lama Hotel. From here our journey moves towards Langtang valley, narrow river corridor valley with front view of Mt. Langtang Lirung, As we move forward the highest point of trek at Kanchen Gumba, holy spiritual and ancient Buddhism valley at 3800 M, its one the 7scared valley that is believed to be medicated by Guru Padmasambava. Visiting Kanchen Gumba to see monks performing their rituals is surreal experience. Beside Spiritual Buddhism paradise Kanchen Gumba is hidden beauty of nature, every corner is full of interesting places, visiting Glacier, walking towards Langsila (Holy place), exploring river, hiking to Kanchen Ri (top) 4750M and Charku Ri 5000M for 360 degree view of surrounding mountains, river valley, hills and glaciers is one of the best way to explore and see beautiful Langtang. Kanchen Gumba is also the starting point of 2 most technically difficult pass in the world- Tillman Pass and Ganja la.
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