Guest Author: TA Loeffler
Trek along the Great Himalayan Trail over three himals on this fantastic trek. Starting in Soti Khola, this trek first traverses the Ganesh Himal. This rarely visited area delivers big views and two pass crossings along with a remote feel and opportunities to observe traditional ways of life. Following this, the trek leaves Syabru Besi via Sherpagoan for a more airy entrance to the Langtang Himal. After two days, we join the traditional Langtang route to Khangin Gompa. Entering the high country, we take a break to climb Khangin Ri for acclimitization. You can request an optional climb of Yala Peak if you would like to enjoy a 360 degree mountain view of the surrounding Himalayas-a truly magnificent sight.
Following this, we head for Langshisa Kharka, which is a traditional place to pasture yaks. Here you are immersed in wild nature at the junction of three glaciers. A layover here affords the chance to explore up one of these valleys. After reaching your fill of high beauty, we make a quick return down the Langtang Valley, this time trekking along the Langtang Khola.
After this descent, we turn our eyes to the high country and climb first to Thulo Syabru and then onto Cholangpati, where if the morning weather is clear, you can enjoy awe-inspiring views of all of the mountains you have just trekked through. We leave Cholangpati and head towards Laurebina and the Gosainkunda lakes. These lakes, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, are both beautiful and fascinating to visit. Here you may witness pilgrims ringing the temple bell or taking a cleansing bath in the cold lake.
We next climb high above the lakes to Laurebina Pass, where hopefully the weather is clear, for another stunning view of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals. On a very clear day, we may even see Annapurna or Manaslu. After the pass, we head down to the delightful forests of Phedi and Gopte. We will continue to traverse airy trails as we make our ways towards the Helumbu region. We climb to Thadepati Pass to enjoy another set of views and continue onto Kutumsang. As we trek back towards Kathmandu, we once again pass through villages where you will see many terraced fields of potatoes, corn, and wheat. Finally, when we reach Chisapani, we can celebrate our remote trek through three different himals of Nepal and look forward to returning to Kathmandu.