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The closest trekking area to Kathmandu, Langtang National Park has views to match the Annapurna and Everest treks, with the added advantage that you can just jump on a bus and start walking. A paved road runs northeast from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Syabrubesi, where trails climb high into the Langtang range of the Himalaya. The most popular destination is Kyanjin monastery, an ancient Buddhist sanctuary reached via a weeklong trek from Syabrubesi, but a series of challenging high-altitude routes climb to the sacred lake at Gosainkunda, continuing to the Sherpa villages of Helambu via the 4,610 meter (15,125 ft) Laurabina La, or the ...

The closest trekking area to Kathmandu, Langtang National Park has views to match the Annapurna and Everest treks, with the added advantage that you can just jump on a bus and start walking. A paved road runs northeast from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Syabrubesi, where trails climb high into the Langtang range of the Himalaya. The most popular destination is Kyanjin monastery, an ancient Buddhist sanctuary reached via a weeklong trek from Syabrubesi, but a series of challenging high-altitude routes climb to the sacred lake at Gosainkunda, continuing to the Sherpa villages of Helambu via the 4,610 meter (15,125 ft) Laurabina La, or the 5,106 meter (16,752) Ganja La. Despite the proximity of the capital, the trails of Langtang and Helambu are surprisingly unspoiled, and the Langtang-Gosainkunda-Helambu trek offers a fascinating introduction to the diverse tribes of the central Himalaya. Every August, tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims make the trek to the sacred lake for the Janai Purmina Festival. The big perk of trekking in Langtang is the easy run back to Kathmandu for the luxury of a hot shower and a slap-up dinner.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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    October to November and March to May. Views vanish behind rainclouds from June to September, and temperatures plummet between December and January.