Trekking gives me more than exercise

Langtang Moutain Travel Blog

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Langtang

Oct. 18, 07

Can say that I almost made a mistake if I didn't continue this trek. The first day was a hard day but the days after were normal. 

We had to walk 3 days to reach the top and stayed there for two days and back for 3 days. Each day had different weather. On the first day was rainning so hard. I can use everything I bought. But after that was just cold. I really love the view!!! When I saw the moutain which was far apart from my sight, thought, how could I reach there? But we did.

And I don't know which word I can describe the fantastic  Langtang Valley. The houses are built of stone with roofs of wooden boards weighted down by rocks! A village which far a way from the city hundreds miles where we can find easy going, easy living and peaceful people.

1-2-3 smile
New, now you are in a different world! Tourists overthere are also lovely. Everything is in order and quiet.  Everyone is tired. I thought about the way to come here, yeah it's rough, hard on early days but during the way we have seen great changes in landscape, vegetation and lifestyles. The forest we're walking through is a mis of the trees as oak, maples, blue pine, national flowers, guncha, etc. It's also a home of wild range animals such as wild dog, musk deer, black bear but lucky that we haven't met one :D Just only horses, chickens, cows, goats and buffalos :D The other beautiful things are the footpath bridges streams tumbling down the mountainside beneath the trees and waterfalls plunging into inviting rocky pools! And I love the tea shops along the way with the wide mountain views when we sat for a welcome drink.
House
What should I say more?  Yeah, a cultural experience! During the way to here, how many times that we had a chance to join the Tamang community (Nepalis there).

Isn't it nice now to sit in the heart of the village, stay in the sun, look far away while people are passing by and greetting us with "Namaste"?  We came long way to this and what we saw, the feeling we touched have made us relax immediately we reached.

"I want to live here" , I whispered myself.

I asked them if it possible? They said this is a national park. The houses were belonged to their grand grand fathers/mothers. They are grandsons, sons, daughters, so they can live here but no one can buy the land or the house here.

Each level, everything is more expensive.

Ratna
From 15 rupees became 80 rupees such as the tissue ; in the city was 20 rupees but at the top of the moutain, for one roll was cost about 100 rupees! 

Not too many tourists here and most of them are an older persons. I wondered if my mom and dad can do it? They are between 50-60 years old.  I'd like them to come here and to see what I've seen. It's really beautiful. Ok, I live in a hot country surrounds with the sea. My moutains are not so beautiful like this place where is more wonderful when it's covering by snow. 

Ratna told us Trekking in winter or around March-May are the best time. Because in winter you will see the snow and from March it's not too cold.

Smoky
Also the view is beautiful with the national flower of Nepal. The green forest will turn into a blaza of red and pink. Even we can't communicate so well with Ratna but Ratna is a good guide indeed. He always checked us to know how we are. Even sometimes we don't understand what he said  but with the eyes and the way he treated us, we know that he really care for.

He has 11 children. Only him that works for the family. Now he's getting older so travel agency doesn't want to hire him anymore. He told us if we had a chance to come back or if we had some friends who wanted to trek, please introduce him to them.  

We still have to trek to the highest of Langtang, day four. Today was not that bad because just 3 hours walking. This morning I heard the voices of people singing something.

:)
I saw many napalis outside. Two hourses walked pass by, I asked people what was it about? They said "it's the wedding ceremony of German guy and Nepali girl" ... Wow!

The groom looked at me when I shot  ... nice really. The bride is so beautiful :) If you can see her costume, wow! They said it's influenced by their Tibetian neighbors. Long tailored chuba over a shirt, a syama of colorful striped wool behind with a cap with triangular side pieces. They call it a distinctive feature of the woman's dress. Also the man, as Samba costume, Tibetian style but the groom has more decorations.

It was nice to see local ceremony of the wedding. I think we started a good day today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

newtampo says:
Have to say thank you to myself really that I didn't give up. Thanks Kim.
Posted on: May 07, 2008
Pearl510 says:
Beautiful! Glad you didn't give up :)
Posted on: May 07, 2008
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Langtang
Langtang
1-2-3 smile
1-2-3 smile
House
House
Ratna
Ratna
Smoky
Smoky
:)
:)
new house
new house
Nepali vehicle :D
Nepali vehicle :D
:)
:)
My Painting!
My Painting!
Hehe
Hehe
Good moon!
Good moon!
Good view
Good view
The village
The village
Shes really cute
She's really cute
Ale took many pix of her
Ale took many pix of her
Were going to the cheese factory
We're going to the cheese factory
Cheese factory, a new one.
Cheese factory, a new one.
Cheese!
Cheese!
The oven .. for cheese
The oven .. for cheese
Hooray!
Hooray!
:D
:D
Enjoy
Enjoy
They love photos!
They love photos!
Another cute girl
Another cute girl
We stayed there
We stayed there
The wedding.
The wedding.
Sheep!
Sheep!
I wonder what was the white thing …
I wonder what was the white thing…
Beautiful sky to welcome the bride…
Beautiful sky to welcome the brid…
:)
:)
Not the last bridge
Not the last bridge
:D
:D
Ale and I
Ale and I
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
The cheese Maker
The cheese Maker
Cheese!
Cheese!
Living room
Living room
Our room
Our room
Walking .. again
Walking .. again
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
The Groom (German) - The bride (Ne…
The Groom (German) - The bride (N…
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
Celebrate the wedding
That bell must be heavy!
That bell must be heavy!
:)
:)
Samba, our potter.
Samba, our potter.
Me
Me
I love this small bridge
I love this small bridge
Another day
Another day
:)
:)
Tomb
Tomb
Lonely Bird
Lonely Bird
Namaste
Namaste
Nenima and I
Nenima and I
The wedding!
The wedding!
Langtang Moutain
photo by: newtampo