This trek to Langtang Valley is one of the most rewarding treks that offers an opportunity to explore villages, bag small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation climbing through forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo, ascending through pastures to arrive at the alpine meadows of Kyanjin Gompa (3860m/12665ft) and Tsergo Ri (4984m/16353ft) from where we get the outstanding views of mighty Langtang Lirung (7246m) to the north, Gang Chenpo (6388m) and the peak of Naya Kangri (5846m) in the south and Dorje Lakpa in the east, just a stone’s throw from the Tibetan border. This area was designated as the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal in 1971. In this Trek, we get an opportunity to explore the cultures and traditions of the ethnic group of Tamangs who speak the Tibeto-Burman language and trace their roots back to Tibet practicing a form of Tibetan Buddhism, as in our way we will pass by series of Tamang villages. This is the best trek to explore Langtang Valley and get a chance to see beautiful scenes along the trek.
Package Cost: USD 1199 per person
Duration: 11 Days
Elevation Gain: 4984m
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO
Day 2: Acclimatize in Kathmandu
In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a half-day guided tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers, and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour, we will see the glorious Newari architecture of the old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Last-minute shopping can also be done this day. Welcome dinner in the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3: Drive to SYABRUBESI (1460m/4790ft)
In the morning after breakfast, we have a trip orientation meeting after which we head for a drive to Syabrubesi, 132km from Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Trek to LAMA HOTEL (2470m/8100ft) 6-7 hours/1070m ascent
In Syabrubesi the trail branches off the main road and hiking northward past a police post we cross a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi. We turn right at the eastern end of the bridge and then take left climbing to enter the village of old Syabrubesi. The village monastery is in a small stone building at the far end of the village. After a visit to the monastery, we follow the stone-paved main street out of town to a bridge over the Langtang Khola. Crossing this bridge we reach a junction from where we continue straight and cross a log bridge for a pleasant walk through trees, sidestream, and landslide to reach another suspension bridge and waterfall of Doman. Crossing through few settlements and forests with a variety of wildlife such as yellow throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas, Himalayan black bears and birds, we climb a rocky ridge and descend to the river bridges and waterfalls with a small hot spring across the river. Now a long climb in forests takes us to another trail junction, beyond which the trail gently climbs to Bamboo. Beyond bamboo, the trail crosses the Dangdung Khola and then climbs past a small landslide to a small suspension bridge over the Langtang Khola. From the northern bank of the Langtang Khola, the route climbs alongside a series of waterfalls formed by a jumble of house-sized boulders. Crossing the dry forest consisting of scrub oaks, cactuses, and nettles we climb steeply to a landslide in lower Rimche. Passing by another trail junction in upper Renche, we ascend gently to Changtang, popularly known as Lama Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Trek to LANGTANG (3430m/11254ft) 4-5 hours/980m ascent
Climbing through a steep forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola to reach Gumanchok and then we cross a stream and climb steeply to a pass marked with prayer flags to reach Ghora Tabela which is now a Nepal Army and National Park Post. The trail now ascends gradually as the valley opens up into a classic U-shaped glacial valley. We follow the trail across the helipad and yak pastures and climb through rhododendron forests to reach Thangshyap. The route now climbs the hillside diagonally above the fields to reach Ghumba village that has a nice gompa to visit. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang which is a headquarter for Langtang National Park. Huge twin waterfalls pour out of a cleft in the rock wall above the town and there are views of 6581m Langtang II. In Langtang, we hear and watch for varied species of birds such as hawks, drab-colored cuckoos, fruit-eating barbets, owls, laughing thrushes, red-billed and yellow-billed magpies, parakeet, and many more. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Trek to KYANJIN GOMPA (3860m/12665ft) 2-3 hours/460m ascent
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten which again climbs gradually past a mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu. The trail further joins the rushing river and climb to a yak wool shop and yak pastures of Yamphu and climb a moraine to a viewpoint where we finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. We have enough time to acclimatize and explore around including the Nyingmapa school monastery before reaching Kyanjin Gompa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Trek to TSERGO RI (4984m/16353ft) and back
This is a tough five-hour climb from Kyanjin Gompa to the conical shaped high viewpoint of Tsergo Ri. We take the east trail towards the Langshisha Kharka, cross the stream, then branch left by a cairn up the side valley to a steep switchbacking ascent up the hill. The path passes the stone huts of herders at Yala Kharka before climbing steeply up to the prayer flags atop the viewpoint for the superb views of mountain panorama. We return to Kyanjin Gompa for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Trek to GHORA TABELA (2970m/9745ft)
Retracing the footprints we came up we trek back to Lama Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Trek back to SYABRUBESI
We head for Syabrubesi back again from Lama Hotel retracing the way we went earlier. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Drive back KATHMANDU
From Syabrubesi we drive back to Kathmandu. This is a leisure day which can be utilized by buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 11: Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
Today you will be dropped to the airport for your flight to your onward destination. If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full cooperation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by the Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
We will be staying at Alpine Hotel Nepal in Kathmandu, Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara, and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD350. Alpine Club of Himalaya will arrange rooms with attached washrooms. However, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
During the Langtang Valley Trek, you can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as more common continental cuisines. Breakfast (only) will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be available during the trek and climb. While trekking Langtang Valley Trek, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be arranged for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During the climbing session, hygienic and freshly-cooked food will be provided. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
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