LANGTANG TREK 9NT/10DAYS
Langtang, the third most popular trekking region in Nepal, lies to the north of Kathmandu. Langtang offers extremes in topography, climatic conditions and vegetation. The many holy lakes, especially Gosaikund (4,380 m), attract Hindu pilgrims who come to take ritual dips in the cold water. According to legend, Gosaikund was created by Lord Shiva who thrust his trident into the mountain- side which gushed water to form the pool. During the days leading up to the full moon in August, the trails are crowded with devotees making the trek to the holy lake. A great variety of birds like buzzards, hoopoes, cuckoos, nightjars, red-billed magpies and slatyheaded parakeets make the trek interesting.
We drive north from Kathmandu to the village of Syabrubesi, situated on the banks of the Bhote Koshi river at an altitude of 1,420 m, from where we begin our trek. Walking east towards Langtang, we pass Langtang Lirung peak on our left and then move on to Kyanjin Gompa from where there is an excellent view of the pinnacle. Langtang is a narrow valley lying between the main Himalayan range to the north and a string of smaller snow peaks to the south. The villages here have Tibetan-style houses with flat roofs and are surrounded by stone- walls. Herds of yaks graze on the high pastures. The Langtang trek offers an opportunity to visit villages and walk on glaciers without having to climb great altitudes. We return to Syabrubesi for the drive back to Kathmandu.
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