The Langtang Valley is a rich alpine valley that forms part of the Central Nepal Himalaya, north of Kathmandu it was once one of Nepal’s Hidden Valleys.A journey up into the Langtang Valley to the high glaciers is considered by many to be one of the most rewarding short treks in Nepal. The region has fewer tourists than either the Annapurna or Everest regions and offers a wilderness experience and an opportunity to experience the culture of the local Tamang people, the main ethnic group. The Tamang people follow a lot of Tibetan practices as only twenty miles separates them from Tibet border. There are some very interesting local settlements and a wide variety of wildlife and bird life along the way. Trekking into the high valley takes you almost to the base of The Nepal Himalaya giving you a “high mountain feel” without the trek being too hard. There is also an extensive glacier system in the valley's upper reaches to be explored.
· There is a lot of scope to vary treks in this region, one option is to extend the nine day Langtang Valley trek for a further five days and travel on to the Sacred Lakes of Gosainkund (4300m) and then on though the Helambu Region.The Sacred Lakes at Gosainkund are said in the legend to have been created by Lord Shiva when he jabbed his trisul (trident) into the ground to form the headwaters of the Trisuli River. Treks in Langtang and Helambu are effectively combined by crossing the Laurebina Pass near Gosainkund.The advantage of extending your trek is that you get to experience a different region, there are some beautiful forests in Helambu along with some interesting settlements that are mainly populated by Sherpas. The Sherpas of Helambu differ from the Sherpas of the Everest region in language, dress and family lineage. When you finish the trek you are only an hour’s drive by road from Kathmandu.
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