45: Thomas, Low, Ramon and Erika X 04 Pax (Ausralia, Malaysia, Spain and Canada).
Langtang Valley and GosainkundaTrekking , 31 Oct 2014.
Comments: As a couple that normally likes to travel independently, I was a little bit sceptical that going on an organised trek with guides and porters would enhance our experience. True, there is a sense of satisfaction in doing everything by yourself. But I think we can safely say we had a far more complete and stress-free experience by joining in on an Adventure Treks tour. Our guide Gaynendra was very informative and gave us insight into Nepali culture and customs, particularly those in the mountain. The trek was structured such that the impact of ascending to almost 5000 m was minimised. He also adjusted our trek along the way to suit our fitness levels such that we were able to see places not previously included in our itinerary. The porters Kil and Shankar, as well as being exceptionally strong, were also very supportive, beyond just carrying bags, helping us over treacherous sections, and even treating us with song and dance at the end of tiring days to boost morale. One of the most important aspects was Gaynendra's relationships with Tea Shop owners, to ensure we were given the best service, and his relationships with his porters.
Gyan is very professional as manager of Adventure Treks, and really does look after clients throughout their time in Nepal, from the moment they arrive to departure. It also seems that he looks after his staff very well as well, which is of course very important. So overall we had an amazing time, Gyanendra and his team of porters were absolutely fantastic, and Gyan provides an excellent and complete service for his customers, so thank you Adventure Treks. We have absolutely no hesitation recommending Adventure Treks, and particularly Gyanendra, for anyone considering going hiking in the Himalayas.
About Langtang Valley itself, it's certainly not as celebrated as the Everest and Annapurna treks, and while I can't comment first hand on these other two, it was certainly not over run with trekkers as I'm lead to believe these other two are. It has good mix of forested landscape, with our walk starting at 1,400 m in Syabru Besi, taking us along the river through beautiful rainforest, through villages, ascending above the treeline to the top of the valley, where giant ice-capped mountains loomed above us and yaks grazed around us. We then climbed to the peak above Kyonjin Gomba (4,825 m) to come face to face with Langtang mountain and glaciers showing obvious signs of retreat, before heading back to Dhunche via the beautiful Syabru Village. Our only regret is that we continue on the trek to Goseikunda Lake, where apparently Shiva and wife Parvati consummated their relationship in icy waters to conceive Ganesh (citation: our guide Gaynendra). Other options include crossing the Ganjala pass from Kyonjin Gomba (about 5000 m) and completing the circuit that way. So we are certainly very happy to have chosen to hike Langtang Valley.
Thomas and Law
Hi Gyan and Gyanendra,
Please find below a little testimonial of our trip!
My friends and I just returned from a 12-days awesome trekking trip along the Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda-Helembru region, perfectly organized and managed by Adventure Treks Nepal! When I first started organizing this trip I contacted dozens of trekking companies to make sure we would get the best deal, both in terms of cost and service. Gyan was the first one to reply … and with the best offer! He patiently replied all my inquisitive e-mails and tailor-made our itinerary based on our wishes and constraints. Once in Kathmandu, he picked us up at the airport, and made sure everything was fine before our trek started.
The trekking in itself was a wonderful experience. We started from Syabru Besi, and up the Langtang Valley, which is very beautiful and still not too touristic for our taste. Afterwards we descended down to Syabru Village and crossed to Helambru over Gosaikunda lakes. Superb landscapes and amazing sunsets. But what made this trip really special was the excellent human team that took care of us during those 12 days. We were led by Gyanendra Karki, one of the finest trekking guides I have ever dealt with. He was extremely professional and thorough, handling in an effective matter all the logistics of our trip, from timetables to food and accommodation. He is also very knowledgeable, and throughout our hike he illustrated us on all sorts of aspects of the Nepalese culture, history and nature. We were also very well-tended by our porters Khil and Shanka, who looked after us in any possible way, and amused us with some Nepalese songs and dances (if you ever get to hike with them, please ask them to sing for you the song of the monkey and the donkey!).
Bottom-line, based on our experience, Adventure Treks Nepal are very professional, reliable and also affordable, and I would recommend them to my friends without hesitation !
We would like to thank you for a wonderful experience and hope to have the chance to hike with you again !
Ramon and Erika,