Langtang is a beautiful region to the north of Kathmandu and situated inside the well protected Langtang National Park. The area is dense with alpine and Rhododendron Forests (Flowering in March/April/May) and rich in bird and wildlife. As the Park is protected, human habitation only happens in the Buffer Zone and the main Valley. The people here are of Tibetan origin and live a simple yet sustainable life of Yak and Cow farming. The valley is not normally inhabited, the settlements are chiefly for tourism purposes and you can also find a scattering of Yak herders huts on the valley sides. The area has a certain magic and charm and the landscape is excellent for mountain biking.
The best way to get into the valley, unless you want to hump your bike in, is to Heli. The Heli ride itself is spectacular, flying you over the fertile mid hills between Kathmandu and Langtang, over the National Park and between the Himalayan Snow Caps. We touch down in Langtang Village and take some time to acclimatize.The 2015 Earthquake and destroyed the entire village killing 157 people along with it. The entire village has now been re built. Just before the town is a Chorten and Memorial for the dead. Have an open mind as you approach here, it is not the quintessential Himalayan village with quaint houses, the entire village has been newly built and can look and feel like a construction site at times, but here you will find the most welcoming and strong spirited people of Langtang ready to welcome you into the their new tea houses and you can be part of the legacy of rebuilding!
The first days are spent slowly climbing up to Khanjin Ghompa, which will be the base for our acclimatization and a lot of the riding done in Langtang Valley. Khanjin Ghompa is an ideal place to stay for a day. There are many options for sightseeing. There is a small Ghompa here, which is one of the sacred places for Tibetan and Buddhist people. While it was destroyed in the earthquake, it has now been re built and repainted. The place was made famous by a Rimoche who came here with his Ox and stayed. (Khanjin in the native tongue means ‘Ox Resting Place’).
We have the option to wake up before sunrise and climb Khanjin Ri (4773m) from where you get amazing views of Yara Peak (5500m), Langtang Ligrung (7227m) and many other peaks on the rim of the Tibetan Plateau. It’s a four hour up and down round trip, worth doing. If you are more energetic you can go on further up to Tsergo Ri (4948m). We hire local porters to carry up the bikes and packed lunches.
Lantang Base Camp (5000m) is another options, carry a packed lunch for this 5 hour round trip to the base camp of Lantang, you will be surrounded by mountains.
The riding is varied from cruising through open pasture lands, carrying (Porter Assisted) up to the 4000m heights of Kanjin Ri and some epic descents. One day we venture up the uninhabited valley to Langshisha Kharka (4284m) – This is one of the most magical places in the Valley, actually almost at the end of the Valley. It’s an eight to nine hour round trip, steady walking up the valley along the river, takes us passed several glaciers (Langshisha Glacier and Sulbinachum Glacier) and to this holy place where the Rinpoches Ox died.. (In Tibetan the place names actually means death of the ox.) There are no settlements here…perhaps the occasional cow shed. We will need to carry a packed lunch for this hike. Also if needed we can arrange an overnight camp here as well. The place is at the foot of Langhisha Ri (6427m), Pemtang Karpo Ri (6855m) and Urilnmang (6151m) with the impressive Dorje Lakpa (6966m) looming in the background.
To get out of the valley we have two days of riding from the Yersi (Yak Pastures) and down through the forest where the trails become steeper and more rocky and technical. Upon reaching Lama Hotel, we have to carry or push our bikes up to the ridge, it takes around 2 hours.If you walk slowly you can see the Himalayan Pika, Squirrels some Musk Deer and a wonderful variety of birds along the trail. From there we have a 1200m descent on fast flowing track back to the main road.
The road out of Rasuwa Region to Kathmandu is adventurous, but continually improving. In the wet season it can take longer. Some section of the road are rugged and 4WD only but it is one of the most stunningly scenic drives in Nepal, the sheer steepness of the terrain will make you wonder how they even built a road here in the first place.
Come with an open mind, be ready for some effort to carry your bike and you will be rewarded with some of the best riding in the lap of the might Himalaya’s. Let Himalayan Single Track be your adventure partner for this once in a lifetime trip.
This Oct 17th we are launching this special trip for the first time commercially. So come and join us for 7 days of the most memorable, rugged and epic mountain biking you will ever experiences.
Trip Dates – 17th Oct – 24th Oct.
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