After six hours of bumpy ride from Kathmandu via Nuwakot we arrived to Syabrubeshi, the starting point for the trekking to Langtang. Day rest at Syabrubenshi to acclimatize well before gaining higher elevation is a fine strategy to begin the trek. It is a warm neighbor hood, as all travelers end up before and after to this spot. On the other hand if you have forgotten any of your gears, you’ll definitely get to buy supplies here. Next day starting early to reach Lama Hotel is a 1348m climb, where you come across very few tea houses. Reaching Lama Hotel and enjoying the pleasing sound of the river will certainly relax you after a long day’s walk. Travelers and locals gathering around the fire place is some sight. For addition food prepared by timber fire is a delicious treat.
The trial towards the next place tomorrow cross passes a very windy region with Rocky Mountains on your left throughout the route. In Lama Hotel there are hardly ten tea houses or guests places. As in Langtang Village there are several more hotels with additional telephone services and internet facilities. A night at 3500 meters from 2748 meters might only seem 800m above regarding the previous days 1400m climb, but to tell you, the wind in this area will make you feel way above than its actual altitude. It is likely to stay close to the fire place in the common dining room. During night, sky filled with bright stars look very clear and near. Locals and guest house owners and workers are very hospitable .Endless flow of hot tea and coffee is a must. Accommodation is up to the scale for a trekking route.
Again, the next day might only seem 300 meters climb from 3500m to 3800m, the highest point you will go in the trek unless you cross a pass beyond it to reach Gosaikunda. Kyangjin is situated at 3800m above sea level .Be prepared for some snow fall even at 3800m. Orbital view of Himalayas and snow capped Rocky Mountains is by far the awesome Himalayan panorama. Sight of yaks grazing on the hanging cliffs is a thrilling sight. Since it is a national park your intake of protein will be only eggs and cheese, no meat. Kyangjin has its own cottage industry for cheese. Do visit if you can take out some time from you rest. The day when you head back, you can start a little early and walk for an hour to reach to the view point at 4000m, definitely worth making that small climb.
Coming down might look easy but don’t over do your self, at times it might be heavy on you knees, as per your endurance and dropping of altitude you can decide for your self where you want to stop for a night. Langtang is precious traveler’s destination, surrounded with scenic beauties, Flora and fauna plus wildlife. Visit for yourself and know the difference!
Michael Jenkins accompanied by our tour leader
Text and photo credits to: Bishant Bista