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The Lure of Langtang

By: Tom Richardson, posted 9th July '12

As a first contribution to the new KE blog I wanted to tell everyone about the new "non brochure" trip that I am leading to Langtang area of Nepal this autumn. Langtang is a great area as despite the mountains being visible from Kathmandu, it is far less crowded or developed than places like the Khumbu and offers great trekking and mountaineering adventures.

This trip begins in forests that are still full of wildlife including, allegedly the red panda (maybe I'll get a siting this time) and climbs into the remote upper Langtang where the mountains border with Tibet. We climb the not too technical but elegant and very worthwhile Yala peak and then head for the spectacular crossing of the Ganja La.

Guide book writer and mountain guide Bill O'Comnnor claimed it was one of the best mountain journeys he had done. This area was the first ever visited by a foreign trekking party way back in 1949. It was lead by the mountaineer and explorer Bill Tilman, so we will be trekking in the footsteps of a legend.

Speaking of legends we will also have my great friend Phanden Sherpa (6 times Everst summit, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma etc but even more important great guy) as our Sirdar, so it all promises to be a brilliant trip.

If you fancy joining the trip, please contact Lucy Woods at the KE office.

Happy trekking

Tom

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