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Travel assessment – Langtang

Langtang’s whereabouts, one of the famous trekking routes in Nepal, was still a mystery after the April earthquake wiped out one of its village clusters into dust. Well, not now, as it has just been 5 days I’ve been back from there. Our route was through Syarbu Besi, where we would access the Langtang Valley from the south and trek to the top of Kyanjin Ri overlooking the mountain.

When I was offered a visit to Langtang for its assessment a month ago from Himalayan Glacier, I was pretty excited. Our team included three HGT staff and one foreign national (Connor, U.S.A). In a week’s journey (5 days trek and 2 days bus ride), we discovered something worth sharing to the travel community, and here I am trying to include everything in writing.

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Birds at Langtang National Park are anybody’s guess

Although Langtang National Park (LNP) is considered rich in wildlife, the authorities concerned have not conducted intensive study on the birds found inside the park for years.

Due to the lack of a timely study, the park management has been compelled to rely on a report prepared 13 years back.

“The bio-diversity in any park may witness drastic changes in a short period of time, and not a single serious study on birds has been conducted in the park for more than a decade,” admits Assistant Conservationist at the park, Ramdev Chaudhary.

Wildlife experts suggest that there should be at least one survey every three years to gain in-depth information on the wildlife.

“As a matter of fact, we don´t have any concrete report on the habitation of birds inside the park; nor have we conducted their census. But we are pretty sure that number of new bird species has definitely increased here,” adds Chaudhary.

When asked about the reason behind the lack of study, park officials blamed the government for the situation. “Studying rich diversity of birds is not possible without the government´s assistance. Such a study requires substantial financial and technical support,” says Chaudhary.

He further emphasized on the need of advance technology and experts to conduct the study.

LNP is known as one of the best habitats and favored resting place for migratory birds from Siberia. A survey conducted in 2003 suggested that there were a total of 315 species of birds in the park.

Chaudhary further informs that a three-month study of birds they conducted recently found six new species of birds in the park.

“It was a fruitful short study. But, we need conduct an extensive study of at least 12 months to ascertain the real conditions of birds found in the park,” said Chaudhary.

source: republica, 24 Mar 2014

Two Russians missing in Langtang

Kathmandu: Two Russian tourists in a group of four, who were heading for Panch Pokhari located in Sindhupalchowk from Langtang Tilman Pass, have been missing for the last two days. The other two were rescued by a Nepal Army helicopter on Thursday.

Nepal Army and Nepal Police have been trying to rescue the missing tourists. According to the police, the two missing are Sergey Hcurcin, 52, and his wife Galina Chhukin. Though all four had begun trekking from the same point, the two missing had left the others behind. The two rescued by the Nepal Army are Kirill Semenon, 45 and Alexey Belugin, 44.

The four are learnt to have reached Langtang on April 27.

DSP Sudeep Giri of District Police Office, Rasuwa said the army helicopter flew the two to Kathmandu. They were admitted to CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center, Lainchaur and were discharged after treatment.

The trekking route is located at an altitude of 5,000 meters and is considered perilous, said DSP Giri. “We have been facing difficulties in rescuing the other two due to bad weather conditions,” said Giri, adding that a five-member police team has been deployed to the area to search for the missing tourists.

“One prefers to trek along the route with oxygen cylinders, but they seem to have travelled without one,” said Giri. “They have either lost their way or are suffering from health problems. We have been making attempts to establish contact with them.”

A Belgian woman was found dead and an American woman had gone missing along the same route three years ago.

Source: Republica 

Spring 2013, Think for Adventure Hiking in the Himalayas

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Hiking in the Himalayas

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Nowhere in the world is more spectacular than in the Everest region. It is where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayas. The Everest trek is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, and opportunities to get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas.

The trek furthermore offers the opportunities to go sightseeing around Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan floras and faunas, to get a closer look at the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world, and, of course, the most gratifying of them all, the trip to Everest itself.

Embark with Himalayan Glacier in this spring on a magical Annapurna Circuit Trek which takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). Just imagine the thrills of walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m (10,531ft) and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes us within the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through diverse geographical and cultural variations with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between.

Why not ponder over Langtang Circuit trek with Himalayan Glacier in this Spring. It greets with green rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, and magnificent views of the snow covered white giant Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft).

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Tea-house Trekking in the Himalayas

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Tea house trekking with magnificent views

Tea-House Trekking is the most popular trekking in the Himalayas. The most popular trekking region like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang has built tea-house lodges where trekkers can enjoy each night to eat and sleep. Himalayan Glacier offers enchanting Tea house treks with high level of hospitality employing local lodges available. Our professionally experienced local guide leads to the depths of Himalayan trails and to the taste of uniquely built up tea-houses. The journey traverses trekking around four to six hours every day interacting to the local people, culture, and religion.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp reveals some of the most spectacular scenery and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. The mountain flight, Kathmandu to Lukla, drops where trek to Everest begins. The Khumbu region houses Mt. Everest and other eight thousanders.

Highlights

  • Visit World Heritage Sites, picturesque villages and ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
  • Experience traditional Sherpa culture
  • Follow trails across verdant valleys and glacial moraines with unparalleled views of Everest, Lhoste, the Khumbu Valley and Ama Dablam

Gokyo Lakes and Tengboche Monastery

Gokyo Lakes and Tengboche Monastery enhances to explore some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. The mountain flight, Kathmandu to Lukla, drops where trek to Everest begins.

Highlights

  • Reach the base camp of the highest mountain in the world and savor unparalleled views of Everest, Lhoste, the Khumbu Valley and Ama Dablam
  • Visit World Heritage Sites and ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Trek through traditional Sherpa culture

Everest Panorama

Everest panorama is one the well-known short trekking highlights in Everest region which offer truly superb view of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and other many snowy peaks. The tea-house trek starts from Lukla after mountain flight from Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Trek to Namche Bazar, Tyangboche and into the Khumjung village to view settlement of Sherpa people
  • Introduction to Sherpa country and its culture with great mountain views
  • Popular destination for first time trekkers in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most wonderful trekking in Annapurna Region. The moderate teahouse trek starts at Phedi, a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, and takes to the foot of Mt. Annapurna, one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. The tea house trail starts from lowland villages and rice terraces deep into the Annapurna Himal. As travelers deliberately climb uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron.

Highlights

  • The trek passes through fascinating traditional villages of Nepal’s ethnic communities of the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali
  • The trail reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where visitors see unimaginable 360 degree views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
  • The teahouse trip can be done anytime of the year except during the monsoons

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit is known as the most diverse trek of the world and one of the most popular trekking in Nepal from where one can enjoy panoramic sceneries of Himalayas including Annapurna. There are panoramic sceneries of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), and Tilicho peak (7134m).

Highlights

  • The trek is full of settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang, Gurung
  • The trail is rich in wild animals such as Mountain Thair or Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others
  • The circuit trek includes the Kali Gandaki River on the other side of the Thorung La Pass which is considered the deepest ravine in the world
  • A magnificent sunrise view from Poon Hill

Jomsom Muktinath

Jomsom Muktinath is popular trekking trail in Annapurna region which offers different spectacular Himalayan views including Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Mt.Nilgiri 7040m, Mt. Annapurna south 7219m, Mt. Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Mt. Annapurna IV 7525m, Mt. Hiunchuli 6441m, Mt. Machhapuchhare 6998m, Tukuche peak 6920m, and Lamjung Himal 6586m.

Highlights

  • Enjoy mixed cultural human settlement of Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakali, Magar, Gurung
  • Savor the beautiful landscapes of Annapurna Himalayan range
  • Join the most popular pilgrimage trek for both Hindu and Buddhist: Jomsom Muktinath

Ghandruk Ghorepani Poonhill

Ghandruk Ghorepani Poonhill is the best trek for sun rise view in the Morning and amazing panorama of Annapurna Himalaya. The hike up to the Poon Hill early in the morning enthralls with mesmerizing view of sunrise and golden color views of Annapurna. The magic views resumes with many other many mountains having height more than 8000m such as Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna (I) as well as other less than 8000 meters higher mountains including Annapurna south, Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Huinchuli and with a maze of other peaks.

Highlights

  • It is short and evergreen trekking trail in Nepal in such magnitude
  • Immerse into the most brave ethnical group of Nepal named by Gurungs
  • Explore different experience of culture, views of Himalaya, and flora and fauna

Langtang Valley

Langtang Valley, situated north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border, is the most easily accessible highland sanctuary in Nepal. The trek begins with the drive along the Trisuli River north of Kathmandu, through Trasuli Bazaar and heads to reach at Syabrubensi, a Sherpa village. On the way of trekking, one can have a trek through Langtang National Park.

Highlights

  • Chance to see the national bird of Nepal, the colorful Danphe.
  • Pay visit to the local yak cheese factory and have a view of the glaciers
  • Walk over the popular gateway to Tibet

Langtang Gosainkunda

Langtang Gosainkund, famous trekking route in Langtang region, is situated north-east of Kathmandu valley border with Tibet, an area inhabited by Tibetans and Tamang. The teahouse route takes to scenic and remote Langtang Valley, the Hindu’s holy lake at Gosainkund, and the Sherpa villages of Helambu. It offers an opportunity for the trekkers and adventurers to rediscover the Himalayan Passes, pristine valley and diverse ethno- culture.

Highlights

  • Traverse through traditional ethnic settlements to the holy Gosaikunda Lake and alpine yak pasture
  • Cross over the inspiring Laurebina Pass at an altitude of 4620 meter with an excellent view into Tibet
  • Gaze into amazing Himalayan views including Gaurishanker, Dorje lakpa and Rolwaling

Tamang Heritage Trail: An Ecofriendly Trek

The Tamang Heritage Trail is the perfect metaphor of ecofriendly trek into the midst of green and unspoiled nature preserved from the ravages of modern civilizational progress and devastation.

The trail along with spreading the aroma of intact nature offers the magnificent views of Himalayan life style and culture. While offering the beauty of the mountain region and the culture of the people who live there, the trail traverses through traditional Tamang villages where life, culture, and crafts have remained unaffected for centuries.

Tamang Village
Tamang Village

The trail being rich in architecture of ethnic mountain houses, the ancient monasteries and places of prayer traverses through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows and rhododendron forests. The ecofriendly trek can be undertaken either from Dhunche or Syabrubesi and at the end, pass through  Goljung, Gatlang, Thuman, Timure, Briddim, Lama Hotel, Langtang valley and Kyangjin Gompa. Goljung, Gatlang and Langtang, the traditional Tamang villages comprise the cultural features of the trek. Further, the beautiful local Tamang monastery and the holy Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang excite the lovely pleasure of the trek.

Langtang Range
Langtang Range

While savoring the unique Tamang culture and their hospitality at the proximity of close encounter with nature, visitors fail to resist the irresistible dramatic views of Langtang Lirung (7245m.), Langtang Kerung, Chimse Danda ridge crossed by Ganjala Pass (5122m.), Dorje Lakpa (6989m.), Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak, Shringi Himal, Manaslu and Sanjen Himal ranges at its distance.

The trek to Tamang Heritage Trail at the one hand is full of encounter with verdant nature and on the other hand it is beyond the touch of modern material quest. In this sense, the trek will be more ecofreinedly.