March 29 and March 30 – Beginning of the long journey…
I have arrived safely, but tired in Kathmandu on March 29, at 8:30am. Lhakpa Sherpa and Geljen Sherpa welcomed me in the traditional way with flowers. It was a good feeling to start my long Everest journey and it was nice to be welcomed so warmly. It felt good to be with them I am convinced that I will be learning a lot from the Sherpa people all along this journey. We drove straight to the hotel admiring along the way some monkeys who showed proudly their climbing skills by crossing the route on a telephone cable. After the equipment check, a nice Nepalese dinner, it was time to go to bed. The next day started with buying some minor equipment and a short visit of Kathmandu, before I started to repack for my one-week acclimatization trekking about 75km north of Kathmandu. I am excited to leave town and do some hiking in the Himlayas before we will leave for Tibet on April 9.
Langtang Region is the third most popular trekking region in Nepal. Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu, the three major areas are situated in the
north of Kathmandu offers a multitude of trekking destinations. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is
sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.. Langtang Lirung(7246m)
dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo(6388m) and Naya Kangri(5846m) lie to the south; and Dorje Lakpa(6966m) protects the East end of
the Valley.This High and isolated region is inhabited by Tamangs whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of
Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the Middle Hills. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore villages, to
climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.Helambu, about 75 km north of Kathmandu.
March 31 Drive to Syabru Bensi (trekking starting point.) (1460meter), 9hrs drive.
April 01: Trek to Lama Hotel (Changdam) 2410meter), 6hrs walks.
April 02: Trek to Langtang village (3330meter), 5.30hrs walks.
April 03: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3730meter), 3hrs walks.
April 04: A day hike to Kyanjin Ri / Tserko Ri (4600meter / 4984meter) and back to Kyanjin Gompa, 3.30hrs / 8hrs walks.
April 05: Trek decent same way to Lama Hotel.
April 06: Trek to Dhunche (2030meter), 6 hrs walks.
April 07: Drive to Kathmandu
This is the beginning of a long journey and as we already learned from Lao-Tse: