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Trekking in Nepal > Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang is one of the closest trekking areas to Kathmandu being only about thirty miles north of the city in a direct line. Despite its proximity to the country's capital the valley retains a feeling of remoteness and has an unspoiled beauty making it a destination well worth considering.

The Langtang Valley is unusual in Nepal as it travels from east to west rather than north to south. It is sparsely inhabited by people of Tibetan origin who are closely related to the Sherpas of the Everest region. The superb mountain scenery is made all the more remarkable by the proximity of the peaks which crowd the valley on both sides.

The lower parts of the valley have some fine stands of timber, predominantly pine and rhododendron. The walking up through these forests is particularly pleasant. As you ascend higher the tall vegetation is replaced by more stunted growth until, high up in the head of the valley, you enter a land of glaciers and sparse vegetation that only the hardy yaks can survive on.

Apart from two high and difficult passes, there are no other routes out of the valley so the return trek is basically the reverse of the upward route. As the lower forests are reached a diversion is made to take you finally back to the road to Kathmandu.

Trek Facts

Duration of trekking : 09 days

Grade : Moderate

Type of Trek : Camping / Lodge

Recommended season : Spring / Autumn / Winter

Trekking starting point : Kathmandu

Trekking ending point : Kathmandu

Maximum height : 4500 m.


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