The Langtang Trek 20 Nov – 3 Dec 2011
Kathmandu is always a captivating city – chaotic, dusty, noisy, colourful and fascinating in its difference from the order of my home city. The tourist areas never fail to draw me in.
Bhairab Temple in the fascinating heritage city of Bhaktapur
The start of the Langtang Trail involved a longish drive in a four-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser. The roads of Nepal cannot claim to be in great shape and this trip involved driving over some poor roads which suffered from landslips and washouts. It was also on a regular bus route. The drivers had strong nerves, never mind the passengers!
The Langtang valley does not reveal itself on arrival at Syaphrubesi. Instead there are almost two more days of walking, mostly uphill through a beautiful valley with plenty of greenery.
The path is not always easy!
When the valley opens out and the trees and bushes disappear, the mountains show their magnificent grandeur – and they are so close!
The Langtang Valley
The tea houses looked picturesque but were pretty basic. But on this adventure I was not expecting any luxury. I was never cold and slept extremely well – better than at home in fact!
Hotel Langtang - new but very drafty
One of the best days - it wasn’t all flat!
Our destination Kyanjin Gompa was surrounded by mountains and when we were there it was warm by day and cool, though not cold, at night. I love mountain scenery and this was a delight – the clear air, the silence, the magnificent views – to which I must add the delightful Nepalese people.
If you are fairly tolerant and used to basic living and food, you will find this better than many high-level walks and certainly as beautiful. My third walk in Nepal and I am looking forward to more!