(some pictures c/o Jonjon Villareal)
|Scenic mountain trails towards Kianjin Gomba.|
(Jonjon, John and Ching)
|A glimpse of Himalayan mountains,|
as seen from Gomba
My Langtang group trip was almost canceled until four other Filipinos, primed and all set to go, popped up and joined me. I was happy to have Filipino-speaking companions. It would have been boring to be solo-Pinoy. My team was made up of two colleagues from my office (John and Ching Valdezco) and two colleagues from UP Mountaineers (Jonjon Villareal and Josaw So). We were later joined by our guide – Danima Sherpa.
|In one of the tea-house,|
the group ready for the trek
(L-R: me,John, Danima, ?, Ching, Josaw, ?)
We trekked for a few days, passing through very scenic rural areas, and getting fantastic glimpse of gigantic mountains. I still vividly recall visiting one village where we observed rural folks in their traditional clothing – busy working with their newly harvested crops. I’m used to the sight of Pinoy farmers harvesting rice and extracting palay (rice grains), but I think I saw some sort of traditional ‘wheat grain processing’ from the villagers. With the traditional method combined with a nice original ‘costume’, I felt like I was back in time.
|beautiful flowers were just everywhere|
We continued our trek over grassy fields and ridges and through wet and
|passing over a windy ridge|
|steep going, some members stop by |
a waterfall for a photo opp
|Langtang boys playing with Sprite bottles|
|villagers busy with their harvest|
|John, Jonjon and myself at Yala BC, |
day before the summit climb
|Danima, Jonjon ahead of me - passing|
thru a glacier towards Yala
With those (seemingly?) dangerous stunts during our climb , I thought I got the best of this climbing adventure.
|At Yala peak|
We soon descended and went down to Kianjin, then later retraced our steps back to our starting point.
After Langtang, we headed back to tour Kathmandu. My companions flew home after three days and I stayed to get ready for my bigger trip ahead – climbing Mt Cho Oyu.