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A Trek in the Himalayas of Nepal: Photos and Travel Tales

Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal through Langtang to the Langshisha glacier near Tibet

I trekked the Langtang trek in Nepal to the Langshisha glacier, along the Tibetan border. This is a traditional teahouse trek in Nepal. On the way, I passed through many remote villages, most with no electricity and stark living conditions. My travels started in Kathmandu, where my guide Chudamani and I, caught an early morning bus for an all day ride to Dhunche. The bus ride is very dramatic, slowly creeping its way higher and higher into the Himalaya mountains on steep, cliff-hanging roads of huge boulders and deep ruts. Filled with locals, their animals and supplies, people jam together on the inside and on the roof as well, filling literally every available space. Heavily over-loaded, these buses lurch and sway only inches from sheer cliff. I remember hoping and praying the bus driver was happy in his love life. When coming down from over a rise, the brakes give a terrible screech. I wondered how often the rickety old bus received maintenance.

After the grueling 8 hour bus ride, we spent the night in Dhunche (1950m). The next morning we began our trek, spending many days hiking mountain trails to and through Bharku (1860m), Syabru (2130m), Bamboo, Lama Hotel (2400m), Ghora Tabela (3000m) , Langtang (3500m), Mundu, Sindum, and the last of the villages habitable year-round in this part of the Himalayas of Nepal - Kyangjin Gompa (4000m). From Kyangjin Gompa, Chudamani and I made a long and grueling dayhike further, to the approach to Langshisa glacier at about 4300m elevation.

Many of the villages in the Himalayas have no electricity, whereas others have just enough electricity to provide one or two light bulbs in the few "teahouses" that house the trekkers. The teahouses in this part of Nepal are often little more than a stone hut with rooms furnished with only a wooden cot and a one inch pad for sleeping and a candle for light. Most have only a stone outhouse, some also have a separate stone bathhouse with water provided from a sun-warmed tank mounted on the roof. I always insisted on a teahouse with one of these crude, solar-heated showers in one of these stark bathhouses.

Information on the trekking agency I used for my Himalayan trek can be found in the link at the top of the page. I hope you enjoy my photos of Nepal.

village along a himalayan mountain crest in nepal

Approaching Syabru in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal
approaching syabru, Nepal in the himalayan mountains
Villages in the Himalaya Mountains are usually built along a strip of mountain crest. As a result, homes are not clustered or situated facing one another along a street as our towns and villages are. Indeed, there are no streets, the villages having only foot trails. Everyone moves around here by foot. There are no motorized vehicles. I'd guess these people have never seen or heard one.
A view of the terraced slopes of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal
another photo of scenic syabru, nepal
The views from the trails that interconnect the Himalayan villages in Nepal are beautiful. Syabru at an elevation of about 2200 meters sits along a scenic ridge.

There seemed only to be young people and old people here. Faces age rapidly in the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which are poorly filtered at such high altitudes in the Himalayas. You might notice the hilt of this man's khukuri knife, a kind of sword almost, similar to the type used by Gurkha soldiers. All males in this part of Nepal carry one from the time they are about 12 or so.

An Old Man Near Langtang
an old man near langtang, nepal

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