Kyanjing ri or Tsergu ri are two famous options of Langtnag valley trek. People trekking to Langtang valley has confusion on choosing one of the right option while trekking with a trekking company or trekking independently. This article mean to help you to choose one of the best suitable side hiking trip, while you are in Kyanjing Gompa. If you have to ask us beyond Kyanjing ri or Tsergu ri, please contact us.
Langtang trekking is one of the easy trekking for people with any kind of physical fitness level.
Apart from Kyanjing Ri & Tsergu Ri hike, more than 70 glaciers of varying sizes with outstanding view of langtang massif, local lifestyle & culture of Tamang community, are few attraction of this short trek in Nepal.
Normally, the first day of the Langtang valley trek is considered hard. But the other days are fine with good views and flat walk. So, If you just see this first day then you will say; it’s not less than Annapurna Circuit trek or Everest base camp. But once you get to the flat trail from Ghoda Tabela to Kyanjing then you will start saying its easy trek in Nepal, for all, accordingly; the descend on the way back is mostly an easy walk.
Nepal has variation in the landscape and among the variation, if the trail follows the river valley or sometimes to the ridge of the tall hill; then you will say, it’s an easy going trail.
If you like ridge walking then, Mardi Himal trekking can be an option for any of the trekkers who loves to do jungle trekking or any nature related kind of trekking in Nepal.
Langtang trek can also be listed in the list of jungle trek as well, however.
As the side trip, trekking of Langtang seeks two of the major viewpoints (peaks) as Kyanjing Ri 4800m or Tsergu Ri at 5000 meters. Below is the description, detailing on how few things can compare them (kyanjing ri & Tsergu ri view points) to each other.
Kyanjing ri view point
Talking about the Langtang and specifically Kyanjing Ri hike, this view point is named after Kyanjing Gompa village, which is the last destination of the Langtang Valley trek.
This village is named by the century’s world Kynajing Gompa where Dalai Lama(earlier) and Guru Rimpoche (later) mediated. This place is cool and peaceful, even in the present, and this can be the powerful proof for how peaceful it was, in the past.
Kyanjing Ri on the height of 4800 meter or 15744 feet is a best view point, standing on the head of Kyanjing Village. For kyanjing ri top you need to climb like 700 meters from the place where you sleep, on the last day of your ascending trek.
Going uphill to kyanjing ri worth watching the towering mountains like Mt Langatang Lirung, Yubra Peak, Yala Peak, Nangkarsyang Peak, mt Dorje Lakpa, Ganja Range, (less visited) Ganja La Pass and many other mountains. From the top of kyanjing ri, all of these mountains will be more close and visible with blue sky.
Apart from this, steep uphill which might make you tired but at the mean time your guide points to many things at once. He will show you; your guest house very far down, Langtang Glacier and glacial lake, which will make you feel accomplished for hiking this uphill.
One of the major thing, that differentiate, these two side trip of Langtang Valley trekking is the location of the view point. Kyanjing Ri has two view points as lower Kyanjing Ri view point and the top of Kyanjing ri.
Lower Kyanjing Ri is well enough to see the beauty, if you are not hunting the height to be Proud.
At lower kyajing ri view point, from the height of 4300 meters you will see all the mountains in 360 degree view. But if you can make it to the top its great for you. The will conquer a height (& yourself) in one hand; and helps to share with friends and family that “I have been to this height”, in a short trip to Nepal.
If your body says do not proceed further then, the first point is enough to be in, view is perfect. Just the thing is, you can make it or not? If you have good physique, then going to the top worth a bit more than just first point for sure.
Tsergu ri View Point
Far from the Kyanjing Ri, but about the similar height, Tserguri is nice top, but takes your whole day.
Tsergu Ri at 5000 meters/16400 feet is recommended for those having good stamina and demanding physique.
At the beginning of the trek to tsergu ri, you need to follow flat terrain towards the Ganja la Pass and then after an hour of walk starts walking uphill. Tsergu ri is with ice for most of the time all most around the year. Thus the chance of muddy or wet trail is high.
Regarding the view, You can see almost everything as seen from Kyanjing ri. And the mountains looks closer from the top of tsergu ri. Mt Dorje lakpa, Mt langtang lirung, yala peak, ganja la peak are closer than seen from kyanjing ri. Infinite mountain range of langtang and Tibetan Himalaya range are outstanding.
The Tibetan Mountains are far and wide and you will feel that you are surrounded by the mountains from all around. Kyanjing Gompa Village is seen very far from the top of Tsergu ri.
There are no any other view point like Tsergu ri, which you can be proud of in a short trekking trip to Nepal. So suggestion is that if you are really good and fit for the uphill do this option if not Kyanjing Ri is fine enough.
Comparing Kyanjing ri and Tsergu ri view point
Comparing the view points and their scenery I can conclude this; Tsergu Ri, is nice but very hard which might take your whole day and Kyanjing Ri is easy and has options where you can either do the top or can skip top from the half way to Kyanjing ri summit, as well.
If you cannot do Tsergu Ri then you will surely be disappointed because the view of Tsergu ri hike is from the summit not the half way or there is not any optional spots. Saying that, Tesrgu ri hike does not have that great view before it gets to a certain height.
In contrast if you can make all the way to the top of the Kynaning Ri, you will be satisfied within yourself. Apart from these things your guide will makes clearer, he is the one to listen on choosing one of the best side hike while you are in Kyanjing village.
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