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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33087 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-04-09 06:01:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-04-09 06:01:08 [post_content] => AFTER Everest and Annapurna, Langtang is Nepal's third most popular trekking area but a world away from the busy teahouses and crowds on those routes. And thanks to its location north of Kathmandu towards the Chinese border it's also very different culturally with a heavy Tibetan and Buddhist influence in the region. [caption id="attachment_33091" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Losar (Tibetan New Year) is celebrated along the Langtang track. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Langtang was apparently discovered by a lama who followed a runaway yak into the valley - yak is lang in Tibetan and teng means to follow. And indeed yaks still inhabit the valley and are sometimes your only company along the way. Yak cheese (actually it should be called nak cheese as this is the female animal), curd and milk are some of the excellent products on sale along the way. [caption id="attachment_33100" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Yak are commonly seen along the track. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Most trekkers start the route up the Langtang Valley from Syabrubesi, following the river for three days through pine, bamboo and rhododendron forests. The track ascends pastures to the alpine meadows of Khanjim Gompa where there are outstanding mountain views, glaciers and day hikes to enjoy. There are a number of permanent settlements along the way, the largest being at Langtang that is heavily adorned with prayer flags. After Lama Hotel the valley really opens up and passes numerous mani walls that are inscribed with the mantra "om mani padme hum" meaning "hail to the jewel in the lotus". These should be passed on the left side, the direction in which the earth revolves, and are placed as an offering to spirits and devotional in nature. [caption id="attachment_33092" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="A mani wall after Langtang. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] The last place to stay, Khanjim Gompa, is only 3860m, meaning it's not a high-altitude hike for those concerned about difficulties with altitude. However, peaks that can be climbed in the area immediately surrounding do reach 4600m and 4984m. Other day walks in this area include nearby glaciers and alpine valleys such as Langshisha Karka which is a little over 4000m. There's also an excellent nak cheese factory in the village and a monastery. [caption id="attachment_33090" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="The view of mountains rising above Khanjim Gompa. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] The Lantang Valley trek can also be extended by following the Tamang Heritage trail and enjoying homestays and local culture or by taking a pass to the holy lakes of Gosainkund. This is best not attempted when there has been a lot of snow. Locals will advise if you don't have a guide. [caption id="attachment_33096" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="A Tamang woman and her baby at a homestay in Briddim. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] While a guide is not required to find the trail, nor required by Nepali authorities, they are an excellent source of information about local culture and a good safety option for trekkers traveling alone, particularly in light of some recent cases of people going missing in this region. They can also advise on local weather and conditions over the passes. A TIMS permit is required to trek the region and you must also pay a national parks access fee. Your guide will organise these or you can get them in Kathmandu from the  Tourist Service Centre. The national parks fee can also be paid when entering Langtang. [caption id="attachment_33098" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Nak cheese in Khanjim Gompa. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com [post_title] => Trekking to Langtang [post_excerpt] => AFTER Everest and Annapurna, Langtang is Nepal's third most popular trekking area but a world away from the busy teahouses and crowds on those routes. And thanks to its location north of Kathmandu towards the Chinese border it's also very different culturally with a heavy Tibetan and Buddhist influence in the region. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trekking-to-langtang [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-04-09 06:01:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-04-09 06:01:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33087 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Trekking to Langtang

Trekking to Langtang
April 9, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

AFTER Everest and Annapurna, Langtang is Nepal’s third most popular trekking area but a world away from the busy teahouses and crowds on those routes. And thanks to its location north of Kathmandu towards the Chinese border it’s also very different culturally with a heavy Tibetan and Buddhist influence in the region.

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In pictures: The trek to Annapurna base camp in Nepal – Part 2

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August 2, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

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In pictures: The trek to Annapurna base camp in Nepal – Part 1

In pictures: The trek to Annapurna base camp in Nepal – Part 1
July 29, 2013 - 1 Comments - Jo Lane

IF you like getting into thin air, the trek to reach the Annapurna base camp may well be the challenge you’re seeking. The popular hiking route, about a 10-day return trip from Pokhara in western Nepal, climbs to 4130m elevation, into the snow encased bowl of Annapurna base camp (ABC), where the trekker is rewarded…>

In pictures: The mountains of Asia

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