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The Langtang region has a variety of trekking routes, and has the advantage that it is the nearest area to Kathmandu, lying directly to the north. Home to the Tamang ethnic group, with their Tibetan culture, it was a refuge for those who came over the border. The higher pastures are yak filled during the summer. Gosainkunda is a very important pilgrimage centre, and on the day of the full moon in the monsoon season, thousands of devotees make their way to the sacred lakes.
The area is justly popular with trekkers and some routes are feasible also in winter, if free from snowfall. A number of short treks can be undertaken, and routes can be combined. The Helambu region is home to the Sherpa culture with a number of picturesque villages.
Langtang Valley trek: Syarbrubensi to Kyangjin Gompah
A marvellous short trek up the Langtang Valley and into the high yak pastures, as the peaks gradually reveal their brilliant snow covered flanks and rocky buttresses high above the trail.
The trail proceeds alongside the river, through the humid forest and then leads into the settlement of Lama Hotel. As the path gains height through forests of rhododendron, oak and pine, the valley opens out and the yak pastures of the village of Langtang appear. Waterfalls cascade from hidden heights above and the snow on the Langtang peaks shines brilliantly.
Arriving at Kyangjin Gompah, enjoy the bright sunshine and take gulps of the thin, pure air. From here you can ascend the flag-bedecked Kyangin Ri directly above in about an hour, and perhaps proceed to the second summit at 4665m. Another relatively easy summit is Trergo Ri, a climb of about four hours to the height of 4985m. Or a long walk along the upper valley to Lanshisha Kharka and back (8 hours) will take you into the realm of the glaciers with wonderful views towards Tilman’s pass and Morimoto.