Nepal: Langtang Lodge Trek - The Valley of Glaciers
The first national park established in Nepal, Langtang National Park, is situated in the mountains due north of Kathmandu. This easily accessible national park is a high altitude area and home to a well-preserved subtropical forest of oaks, chirpine, maple, fir, blue pine and various species of rhododendron. Wildlife such as wild dog, red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer and Himalayan black beer can be found roaming these forests, along with more than 300 species of birds.
Inside the Langtang National Park lies the Himalayan pilgrimage route to Gosainkunda Lake. Gosainkunda is one of the holiest lakes in Nepal with Hindus and Buddhists making the walk to this sacred site every year. Gosainkunda is situated at an altitude of 14,370 feet (4,380 meters) and its religious significance is mentioned in most all Hindu scriptures. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva struck his trident into the ground and created the lake.
The most recent addition to our Lodge Trek Series enters the Langtang Valley and beautiful Gosainkund Lakes via the crossing of the Laurabina La pass at 15,120 feet. Langtang attracts far fewer trekkers than Nepal’s other main trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna. The valleys of Langtang were first explored by Bill Tilman, the well known Himalayan explorer and mountaineer, who described it as “one of the world's most beautiful valleys”. From our lodge at Kyangin Gompa, we will explore the impressive glaciated upper valley surrounded by high Himalayan peaks. Langtang was declared a National Park in 1976, consists mostly of mountainous terrain and home to approximately 3,000 ethnically diverse people; the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias, who originated from Tibet. The high meadows of the eastern Langtang Valley abruptly end in a massive mountain wall, forming the frontier with Tibet.