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3 Reviews

  • Reviewed December 2018
    Pam Peers

    Magnificent trek!!

    This is a wonderful trek in the Langtang Valley and to the mythical Gosainkund Lane. We enjoyed the most spectacular mountain views and had the privilege of witnessing at first hand the resilience and positivism of the wonderful Nepali people who are rebuilding their communities after the devastation of the 2015 earthquake.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The mountain vista from the ridge on the way to Gosainkund Lake was stunning - absolutely awe-inspiring in its range and beauty. We had the honour of visiting, at Kyanjin Gompa, one of the Exodus-supported projects - a residence for elderly people left entirely without family support as a result of the earthquake. This was a humbling and uplifting experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had the privilege of travelling with Valerie Parkinson and of benefitting from her extensive knowledge of the history and culture of Nepal and India. Her after-dinner talks were both interesting and amusing and often had eavesdroppers from other trekkers in the teahouses. The local leaders were all excellent and worked very well as a team to meet our every need. They were supportive and encouraging and ensured that we all managed even the most challenging parts of the trek.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm clothes and sleeping bags. It was very cold at the higher altitude. A laundry service is available at Kyanjin Gompa, so you don't need to carry many changes of clothes. There's an excellent bakery and coffee shop there too. This is an excellent trip! Don't hesitate to book

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The porters were superb and played a big part in ensuring that life was made as easy as possible for us.
  • Reviewed December 2018
    Irene Neilson

    Stunning mountain scenery- even for Nepal!!

    The mountain scenery on this trek is truly inspiring. On the first part of the trek you have Langtang Lirung lofting over you while on the second part-if you are lucky with the weather, you have a truly stunning panoramic view of the Annapurna, Hinalchulu, Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal again. Finally just as you think it can’t get any better you have a wonderful vista of the Jugal Himal and the Everest Himalaya from Tharepati. And yes you can just make out Everest herself!! The best mountain scenery I have ever seen on a trek incl EBC.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The panoramic view near Gosainkund as the huge mountain peaks of Nepal floated above a sea of white cloud which hid the valley floor. The climb up Kyanjin Ri and Klymoshung Ri above Kyanjin Gompa which -though tough- immersed you in fantastic glacial scenery with views extending to the mountains of the border with Tibet. Seeing Everest from Tharepati.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie as ever was excellent- the patience of a saint, great humour and fascinating knowledge. Plus she is a wonderful storyteller, making for very enjoyable evenings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Except for a few of the lodges the accommodation on this trek really is pretty basic. Be prepared and have the headtorch and loo paper handy. Food is generally good though snacks are essential as distances between lodges vary. It can be bitterly cold at night. We had one bad day when the mist set in which also made it feel (and look) cold. Can be very warm in daytime so layering essential. Gloves critical esp early morning.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a great trek that anyone who loves mountain scenery will really enjoy. The trails are quiet with interesting bird and animal life. The people of Langtang have made great effort to recover from the 2015 earthquake. So although the lodges are basic that doesn’t matter too much as the scenery is so incredible. Not only do you really enjoy yourself but you are also helping the area recover further - and that also feels good!!!
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Diana Carter

    You have to see it to believe it!

    I enjoyed every minute of this trip. The local staff (Gum K.C. our tour leader, and Chowang our sherpa leader, and all 5 of the porters) made the trip an amazing experience. I had never been to Nepal or to high altitude so it was a challenge for me (at age 64) but I would most definitely do it all again in a heartbeat.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to climb a peak in the Himalayas! What a moment when we finally summited and enjoyed spectacular views - brought tears to our eyes! Staying with local families, particularly those who had been affected by the earthquake in 2015, was a great privilege. The Nepali people are all so friendly and welcoming.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gum K.C. went above and beyond - he was always on hand to offer local knowledge, health advice and generally great fun to be with. We had some very entertaining evenings playing UNO, and Spoons!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Eat like a local - garlic soup and dal bhat at least once a day to combat altitude sickness. Forget western options on the menu. Porridge, chapati and egg for breakfast - perfect trekking fodder. Drink like a local - raksi whenever it's offered. Ginger lemon honey tea is great to combat any nausea, sore throat etc. Stick to vegetarian, make sure the veg is cooked. Take travel sickness pills for the jeep rides! Enjoy a bucket shower rather than relying on the solar hot showers (which were either not working or were cold).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We booked sleeping bags from Exodus - they were ideal for the extreme conditions, excellent quality, and saved us having the extra bulk on the flight.