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Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Trekking on any destination can be a fascinating experience but if you chose a destination that has all you crave for in terms of adventure and thrill, then your journey is surely going to be joy ride. One of the most exciting ways of enjoying the raw magnificence of nature in its true form, trekking allows a person to get totally lost in the journey and then rediscover a new soul. My treks have been so fun that I keep on going back to attempt more exciting trails. The travel bug did bit me hard and since the first trekking journey, I have never looked back and though twice, I just do it. Now wherever you belong, you certainly cannot deny fact that Nepal has the truest trekking trails lined all over the country. No matter which route you chose, the alluring views will never be compromised and each time you get to witness something unique and extremely bewildering. My latest journey in the Langtang Valley towards Gosaikunda Lake in Nepal was certainly a very enjoyable one. Though I have covered some other trekking destinations in Nepal, but this one of the best moderately difficult rated trek in the country. The journey was crafted with sheer brilliance glimpses of the distant peaks, thrilling trails, forests, and some pretty local villages. Langtang can never be ignored and the monasteries I visited along the journey were captivating in every aspect. A ride of a lifetime, the Langtang Valley takes you to the most serene and highly religious Gosaikunda Lake through some small and pretty villages and a daunting trail. The experience was a savoring one that I cherish till date .

Being the third most traveled trekking region in Nepal, Langtang qualifies into the most enchanting runaway to walk through in case you wish to see the best of water bodies as well as the pious Himalayas. Langtang was badly destroyed due to the earthquake which hit Nepal in the year 2015. You can still find Debris but that has nothing to do with the trekking. The fighting spirit of people and the government had kept alive the trekking spirit of this valley. Here is how I traveled to this beautiful valley and what all I saw on the trip which enchants me even after two years of when I trekked there.

The Itinerary includes:

As and when you will step on the land of Kathmandu, your trip will start from there. By bus, you will be taken to the oldest debrial village of Syabru. In Syabru, you may find people who can ask for your traveling documents especially at the checkpoint on Dunche. After reaching Syabru, you may proceed on to Kangzum, which is nearly 2228m via Sherpogan.

It took me nearly 7 hours to reach my destination at Sherpogan. On the next day you may proceed on the trip to Rimche and from there after sightseeing Lima and hotel woodland (rather the debris) of the same we proceeded further. From there we moved for nearly 12 hours and traveled Mundu, Kyanjin Gompa and then returned back after sight-seeing the serene looking Tibetan Stupa.
Since Nepal share its borders with India and Tibet, you will find a lot of glimpse of both the country’s culture in Nepal. The only guest house which you will love to say while trekking on this route is the Tibetan Guesthouse which had been properly kept well and the guests enjoy the coziness of the owners. From there we reached back to Syabru village and wrapped our journey in a beautiful time. Though we were not lucky enough to see some wonderful sites thoroughly, we managed to make the most of it which could be seen on the treks which are full of debris and not that maintained.

What else can you expect on the Trek?

•You can definitely find the only ATM while on the trek in Syabrubesi. If you missed this chance, then you have to wait for either when you return back or when you travel back to Kathmandu.

•Don’t expect your internet or WI-FI to be in working condition as the life is affected even today… by the aftereffects of the earthquake which happened in the year 2015.

•You need to buy the TIMs for Langtang at the nominal cost of 2000 rupiah: this is an additional cost apart from the trip which many not be paid by your trek organizer .

•There is only one bus which travels to and fro from Kathmandu to Syapru and vice-versa
You can enjoy the best of life at the Langtang valley. You can see the national park and even the sacred Gosaikunda Lake on the route which will also give a chance to click some perfect pictures for memories.

Trekking in and around Manaslu

Trekking in and around Manaslu

Over the years since the time people have come to a realization that exploring Mother Nature is undoubtedly the finest way of quenching the thirst of adventure, trekking had reached new heights. The daring risks people take when they set out to conquer the beauty peaks is worth taking because in the end the trekkers are rewarded with the most satisfying feeling and the supreme sights of nature. My trekking expeditions have been quite grand so far as I chose Nepal to be primary trekking destination. Nepal is a gifted country that hosts some highly enticing sights and the trekking trails in and around Nepal are perfectly crafted to deliver a pukka trekking experience. The Manaslu Trek I did was fascinating as the thrills I enjoyed en route to the Manaslu Base Camp was unmatched.

Mt. Manaslu is the 8th tallest peak in the world and the trail is designed in such a manner that you get to enjoy the entirety of the majestic mountain in an impeccable way. Though it was a long journey each day I was rewarded with a unique surprise. The trail also took me to an astounding elevation of 5160 m, the Lyarka La Pass. This spectacular pass crossing the Himalayas was a remarkable experience. Most parts of the trail were traversing through the mountains and were quite hectic as well. A less explored destination as yet, the trek around Manaslu is fancied by many because of the remoteness of the area. It lets you find your inner self and even dive into the stupendous and magnificence of nature.

Trekking in Manaslu is not that easy because of the unknown weather conditions and as well as the unexplored route. People tend to go to Manaslu in order to explore the newest of all the Himalayan treks. The trek is still considered new as it hardly receives a total of 2000 visitors in a year, while other treks do have a minimum visiting count of 4000-10000 a year. This indicates that there are many things which are still unexplored and you can have an all new feeling to be on the trek where not many had been till now. Here is what you can expect while trekking in and around Manaslu:

The unknown weather conditions

Since Manaslu is a place in the lap of Himalaya the weather conditions are bitingly cold. People enjoy even this biting cold and forget the pain they have met on the way when they reach the highest summit of the Manaslu Trek. The feeling of accomplishment is way more than what they have suffered, hence it is always better to enjoy and to do that be prepared before you even start trekking.

The Shopping Paradise: Kathmandu

When you are on the Manaslu trek, your base stop is in Kathmandu where you can enjoy shopping. You can cross check if you have missed something which you may require some time on the trek as Kathmandu is the first and last stop where you can get any trekking material, en route you will hardly get a chance to enjoy and explore. Enjoy the temples nearby or do visit the souvenir shops from where you can buy some lovely memories for your loved ones.

Panoramic view of Himalaya

As Manaslu trek is the 5th best trek on the Himalayas, the route becomes tougher as it is not that much explored till now in comparison to Annapurna, Langtang or Mount Everest circuits. So you will see the real untouched not so glamorized look of the Himalayas. The beauty of Himalayas can be seen from an angle which less number of people had explored and enjoyed. The views are panoramic and are a perfect companion to be clicked by your camera.

Larkya La mountain pass

Larkya-La mountain pass is one of the magnificent trekking passes in Nepal. You cross this very remote mountain pass during Manaslu circuit trek. The height of Larkya-La pass is 5, 150 meters / 16, 896 feet. From the top of the Larkya-La mountain pass you can get an outstanding view of mighty Himalayan peaks like Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II and more.

This is what you can explore, though there are many bridges and canals which you can see on the route to Manaslu circuit trek. You can enjoy the water sports like kayaking, snorkeling etc. The sports are really famous and even the locals enjoy it guiding you. I personally felt really warm when I went on Manaslu Trek. Though a total journey of 6 hours by bus, which took us nearly 14 days to go and return, the story which was untold by nature had its own beauty. In my opinion, one should definitely explore Manaslu trek at least once in the lifetime.

Prepare for Manaslu Trek

Prepare for Manaslu Trek

Trekking adventures are fun filled rides through the superb brilliance of nature on a thrilling trail traversing through supreme locations. Now trekking expeditions are crafted in the most amazing ways to deliver the trekker a pukka experience. I have done quite a few trekking journeys in the eventful years of my life and each time I was blessed with a thunderous experience. The trails I have covered are mostly in the remote locations cutting away from the hustles and bustles of life and the destinations are often devoid of any human fabrications. In Nepal, I had an outstanding experience trekking the very famous and daring Manaslu Trek and I was extremely overwhelmed to be a part of this evergreen adventure.The Manaslu Trekking trail starts from the beautiful Kathmandu and ends back in Kathmandu. Along trek of around 17 days passes through some of the most enticing locations of Nepal and even take the trekkers to an astounding Larkya La Pass. The trail has grown in popularity over the years as it gives the most astonishing and captivating views of the 8th tallest peak of the world, Mt. Manaslu. Now the journey was full of adventure and thrills but the trails are not very easy to walk on. It is very important that you carry the right gears and make the right preparation before attempting the trek. My experience of Manaslu Trek was simply bewildering and I would gladly help the enthusiastic trekkers prepare right for the journey.Manaslu Trek is amongst 5th most sought after a trek on the Himalayas. Though trekking is not an easy task to achieve, as adventure travelling is full of surprises and you need to be ready for all what nature can bring you. The only thing which you can do here is to get geared up whenever you move for trekking. On the Manaslu trek one has to be really careful because of the reasons below: •Scarcity of lodges & Eating Zones •Biting Cold •Money Exchange Problems •The Damaged Valley •Dense ForestsBecause of the above challenges, one needs to be really careful while packing for the Manaslu Trek. As we are going on a trek, we need to be careful enough to pack light with the inclusion of all what we can need on the trek. Here is the list of all what will you require preparing for a trek to ManasluA Trekking bagTrekking bags come in different ranges and capabilities. An ideal trekking bag should be of a capacity of (60-80) litres. This is the ideal capacity, as in case if you travel some additional stuff on the way bag, you may not require an additional bag. In the bag, you can carry some hiking pants, some trekking socks.Winter WearSince you will be on the trek, you cannot be sure about the weather conditions. Pack a thermal track suit for the biting cold nights as well as a down jacket, which can bring you relief from cold. A Scarf serves a dual purpose, It protects you from direct sun waves; secondly at night you can tie it around your head can get relief from the cold. A good quality glove should always be on the list, as you can require it on the days and nights when you really find hard to get hold of the stick.Couple of WindcheatersWindcheaters are a life-saving prerequisite, when you are on a trek, as it saves you from the wind as well as the cold. If you are smart and had invested in a warm windcheater, then it may also serve the purpose of a jacket that too weighing lower than your usual jacket.Sleeping bagSince Manaslu, is definitely not going to be a friendly experience and you may need to rest at the far best flat possible trek, a sleeping bag is what can turn a bed of relief for you and make you sleep. Though going for a bag which can protect you even from a -10-degree temperature should be your target.A nice pair of ShoesQuality shoes preferably the one with waterproof capability is what we require on a trek. Best quality A pair of Crocs shoes is the second requisite, as the quality of crocs is fine refined material, hence it comes handy while on trek and even is light weight for the tough routes while on a trek.A basic first aid kitThis first basic kit should have some antiseptic cream, burnol, some cough and cold medicine as well as scissors and sticky bandages to heal cuts. If you can manage pack some warm bandage (possibly two) for the days when you feel too tired. A Pair of sunglasses and some soothing eye drops should be there with you for those days when persistent irritation due to the dust etc can be a hassle on the journey. Apart from the above, you should make sure in a waist bag you are carrying your important documents such as passport, visa, and other required things so that you can produce as and when required without disarrangement of your well-packed trekking bag.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trekking is meant for the people who crave for adventure and thrill in their life. The breed of people who fantasize about outstanding glimpses of Mother Nature and desires to sink in the marvelous creation of the natural wonders always choose to trek to the destination. My trekking days have been outlined with some stupendous trails each delivering me an incomparable joy and raising my spirits to attempt more. I always had this inclination towards destinations that promise to present me nature’s raw form and magnificence and this led me to some impeccable journeys including the extremely popular Manaslu Circuit Trek.Manaslu is located in Nepal and is amongst the top trekking zone around the world. Though traveling here is a bit tough even then every year many visitors enjoy trekking in the Manaslu circuit. Leaving a trail on the great Himalayas is always a fun feeling which you can experience while trekking at Manaslu. It is a great tea-trek which is the best competitor to the famous Annapurna circuit nearby. The trek is perfectly crafted to reward the trekkers with astounding views of the 8th tallest peak of the world, Mt. Manaslu. The rich heritage and culture, the biological diversity, and the thunderous trail are ideal for every nature lover. The mountain trail is not a piece of cake of a walk but the stupendous views of the surroundings compensate hugely for the hectic hike. Along the trek, I hiked up to the Lyarka La Pass and was totally bewildered with the experience. The spectacular pass is loved by every adventurist and the Himalayan Vista I got to enjoy in here was surreal. It is the remoteness and serene ambiance of the place that appeals to a number of trekkers, and once I started on with the joyride, I knew many surprises awaited along the route.As per the Wikipedia, the total trek of Manaslu is nearly 177kms and nearly takes 13 days to trek while enjoying. The trek starts at the height of 500m and the highest peak on the trek is nearly 5235m above the sea level. I enjoyed a lot when I was trekking on the same circuit. Here are some points of experience which I want to share with you for your advantage;The journey begins from the capital, Kathmandu and each day ahead was all set to deliver me a sublime trekking experience. Now Kathmandu was the busiest city of Nepal, so before diving into the solitude of Manaslu, I decided to explore the capital as much as possible. I stayed back an extra day and enjoyed visiting the famous sights in here. The UNESCO World Heritage Sights allured me to a whole new extent while the vibrant and colorful setting of the city was highly commendable. From Kathmandu, I had to go to Sotikhola the next day to finally begin with my walking journey.The commanding walk begins from Sotikhola and stretches for the next 13 days with each day intelligently crafted to reward the trekkers with an unmatched nature’s extravaganza. Over the next 4 days, I thoroughly enjoyed a thrilling walk first to Macha Khola from there to Jagat followed by Deng and finally to Namrung. The trail traversed through the interesting and captivating landscapes while I even got to satisfy my adrenaline rush with the thrills of walking the mountain paths. Along the route, I witnessed many small streams and also got to watch how the gushing Budhi Gandaki River flows through the mountains. The rich flora and the dense forests accompanied me for the most part of the walk and the villages I walked through was an enthralling experience. I remember crossing the Gurung Village,Philim where I got to have a deeper insight into the lifestyle and culture of the locals. Once I was in Namrung, I was all acclimatized to the rising altitude and geared up for the coming days.The trek further in the trail was thunderous and I perched my tent in some alluring destinations like Samagaon, Samdo and then the very famous Dharmashala. I got to witness the rich Nepalese traditions when I visited the Pungeyon Gompa and cleansed my soul from within. From Dharamshala also known as the base camp of the Larkya La, I initiated with my walk to the top of the pass and it was mesmerizing. As I fought my way to the top, I was bewitched by the picturesque beauty of the surroundings. Himlung Himal, Kangguru, Cheo Himal, and the majestic Annapurna II were basking in their own glory rewarding me with a panoramic brilliance. From there I dropped down to Bimthang and enjoyed the most savoring sights of the Mt. Manaslu along with Lamjung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal.Towards the completion of the journey, I walked through some other astonishing destinations like Tilije, Tal, and Syange and finally back to Kathmandu. The descending walk was equally enticing as I was overwhelmed to see many other amazing sights all along the way.Living every day to a new excitement; The trek included some evening walks along with some camping at the sheer stops which I definitely enjoyed. I wonder if there will be someone, who claims not to enjoy living in a jungle while on the trek. Sounds really enthralling, Right? The same excitements poke you with every other day when you wake up of what will come next on the trek. I discovered some beautiful panoramic pictures which I took during the trek.Things which you should look at when you go for a trek; Documentation Required; Being a foreign country, remember to pack your trekking bag light so that you can enjoy rather than become tired. Packing light is an art and if you love adventure traveling as much as I do, then you need to master this art of packing light. You may be asked to produce your passport, visa, and some photographs as per the requirement on the trek as you will pass by some major roads and even touch the borderlines of other countries where authentication of identity is required.What can you enjoy on the trek? Since it is in Kathmandu, you can enjoy shopping at Kathmandu, from where you can buy some gifts. A place called Thamel is all geared up with the trekking gear, in case you missed something while packing for the trek, you can buy from here. You can also buy gifts for your loved ones; probably some small souvenirs will be more than wonderful to take along with you. I bought a pair of additional shoes and even changed the lens of my camera so that I can click some beautiful pictures of the valley which touches Tibet on one hand and India on another.Still waiting for things to happen, pick up your trekking back pack, pack some essentials and get going on the next adventurous trip to Manaslu circuit trek.Trekking in Nepal is a fun filled adventure and satisfies the craving for thrill and excitements by taking the travelers to many sumptuous destinations all along the way. Give this place a chance and you will never be heartbroken.

Langtang Gosaikunda trek

Langtang Gosaikunda trek

Trekking has always been one of the finest forms of travel to enjoy the raw magnificence of nature. Trekking adventures let you enjoy and sink in the beauty of nature without any interference of busy streets and marketplaces. I can call myself a profound Trekker as I have traveled a number of stupendous trekking trails in Nepal and each time I was surprised with a different set of surprises. Very recently I attempted the Langtang-Gosaikunda Trek, a very popular trek in Nepal that is perfectly blended to reward the traveler with astounding views, the thrilling cutting through the vivid landscapes, the diverse flora and fauna, and some really beautiful monasteries along the way. I enjoyed it all in this journey and in that stretch of 17 days, I somehow found my inner self. Now the Langtang-Gosaikunda Trek catches a lot of attention due to the very beautiful and charming Gosaikunda Lake and even the other locations one gets to witness en route to the majestic Chorkari Peak.My Itinerary So on the Langtang Gosaikunda trek, my ultimate aim was to reach the destination that is the Chorkari peak located at 5050 m above the sea level and a perfect end to an ever beautiful trek. Though Langtang Gosaikunda trek is not a new trek, still even today people are exploring the trek equally as they were used to explore earlier say 10-20 years back. The wonderful history of Gosaikunda attracts you to visit and enjoy the place where such a religious event happened. That itself is more than thrilling, though as my aim was to reach Chorkari Peak, we started from the valley of Langtang.The first couple of days of my journey I dedicated to the exploration of the very beautiful capital of the country, Nepal. The vibrant colors in the streets and the market places, the distant snow-capped peaks looming the background and the admirable landmarks add to the beauty of the place. In Kathmandu, I visited the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sights, the Buddha Temple, the Monkey Temple, and even the Durbar Square. From Kathmandu, I started on with the journey towards Syabrubesi the next day and from there to Lama Hotel the following day. The savoring sights of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna were captivating. From Lama Hotel, I entered the Langtang Valley via the Langtang Village.Langtang is quite developed in comparison to other states of Nepal, though it has been into debris at most of the places after the 2015 earthquake which hit badly. In the Langtang valley, I enjoyed visiting the national park as well as the beautiful Trisuli River, where some of my mates enjoyed water sports as well.The journey kept on getting better and better with each passing day. As I kept on moving forward I also by passed the largest Mani Wall (Buddhist Stupa) of Nepal on way to Kyangjin Gompa. Every walk was gifted with bewildering views of the surrounding mountains and that just enticed me more for the journey. Before reaching Gosaikunda I even paid a visit to another famous monastery, the Shin Gompa and also a small monastery known as the Phulung Monastery.As I entered the Gosaikunda Lake region, I was totally bewildered with the mesmerizing setting of the famous pilgrimage spot of Nepal. The vast serene lake complimented with enthralling panoramic sights of the surrounding peaks were magnificent. The likes of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna Ranges, and Hiunchuli were basking in their own glory. It was a truly delightful sight.Reaching Chorkari was near, and the excitement was doubling with eight times, hence the excitement geared us to take fewer breaks and move towards our final goal ultimately. Moving ahead on the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake, it was Kyangin Gompa, which tends to be the next overnight stop. We enjoyed the local cheese made of yak milk. From the next morning moving through the natural arches and bridges we moved through Nubamatang, towards the glaciers, and to our final destination. It was when that we were filled with the feeling of accomplishment when we reached laurebina pass which stands high at a height of nearly 4610 m above the sea level to reach the Helambu valley where our destined mountain was situated.The Langtang Gosaikunda Lake trek was a journey that has left a mark in my soul and suited me up to attempt many other amazing treks in Nepal. Nepal is often known as the God’s Own Country and once you choose to travel in here, you will know it is given this name. The excitement of walking the thrilling paths and witnessing the most bewitching views can never tame. If you are a traveler looking for an unmatched trekking thrill and also dive in the striking brilliance of nature, Nepal is your place to visit.
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