Langtang Valley experienced a massive drop in tourism after the earthquake in 2015 but is slowly getting back on the map. In return there are much fewer tourists than on other trails in Nepal so you will not be surrounded be other people. Get to know the culture of Tamang and Tibetan communities while trekking through picturesque landscape with breathtaking views in this 13 day tour with an English speaking local guide.
Described by the British Mountaineer Mr. Bill Tilman as one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, Langtang valley is home to Tamang and Tibetan communities who are known for their Buddhist culture and lifestyles. The major highlights of trekking in Langtang is holy lake of Langtang Glaciers, Gosainkunda (4380m), Langtang Village (3430m), Kyanjing Gompa (3870m) and two high passes, namely Gyanja La (5500m) and Lauribina La (4600m). Following the April 2015 earthquake that entirely destroyed the Langtang Village, Langtang community has once again joined hands to revive tourism in the area. Houses, lodges and hotels in Langtang Village are gradually being built and trekking trail to Langtang Village has been opened up after repair and maintenance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Langtang Valley Trekking begins with a 6 hours drive to Tamang Culture Heritage Village Syabru Bensi. At first we are trekking through a sub-tropical jungle, then a dense forest of oak, birch and pine before the valley opens out into alpine meadows and yak pastures nearby Langtang Village. During the spring these high meadows are carpeted with a rich variety of alpine wild flowers and the forests are also in full bloom with rare tree orchids and the colorful rhododendron (Nepal's national flower). The Langtang forests are also well known for their varieties of wildlife, including red pandas, Himalayan black bear, wild boar and Langur monkeys - you may see group of these monkeys, especially between Syabru and Ghora Tabela.
The magnificent views of glaciers, breathtaking Himalaya vista, Himalayan holy lakes, varieties of rare flora and fauna and ancient culture, that has been the same for centuries and their day to day livelyhood are main attraction for the mountains lovers in Nepal.
The low level of Langtang Valley is near the Tibetan border, that’s why the people and the culture is similar to the Tibetans. The Tamang and Sherpa ethnics that inhabitance Langtang Valley have a good network of teahouse lodge facilities but camping is also available if you wish. During the Langtang Valley Trekking you can enjoy the trail which goes through the pine, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo and others rare vegetation forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild premolar. In the upper part of the valley there are snow ridges, high passes surrounded by mist, tiny lakes of crystalline brightness and glaciated mountain giants that will make unforgettable memories in your journey.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft. Welcome Dinner.
Upon your arrival, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Tonight, we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9 AM in the morning after the breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. Places we visit are Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath and Monkey temple. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi. Trek begins (1,420m/4,658ft), 8-9 hrs. (B, L
This morning we'll drive on a northern highway that twists and climbs over mountain ridges to the Trishuil valley where we will have lunch and then on to Syabru village for staying overnight. The journey will take 8-9 hours through picturesque landscapes, mountain scenery and local villages. From Syabru we'll have magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Mt Kerung of Tibet. We'll relax tonight at a local tea-house.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2340m/7,675ft), 5-6 hrs. (B, L & D)
After breakfast we start to walk on our own pace and the trail ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by a climb of about an hour to reach Bamboo village (1,850m/6,068ft) where we'll stop for lunch. This forested path has well stabilized trails following the upstream and birds life can be seen around the bushes. Bee hives hanging on a cliff are another attraction for the visitors. From here we'll steeply climb through the bambooforest to reach the Lama Hotel where we'll rest and stay overnight at a local tea- house.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang (3,480m/11,415ft), 5-6 hrs. (B, L & D)
Today we'll have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghora Tabela where we'll stop for lunch. After lunch we'll walk another three hours on the scenic trail that takes us to Langtang village where we'll relax for the evening and stay overnight.
Day 06: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa: (3820m/14,578ft), 3-4 hrs. (B, L & D)
After breakfast this morning we'll leave the village and start our trek leisurely for around three to four hours to visit Kyanjing Gompa. From here we'll also have beautiful views of Mt Ganchempo and Langtang Lirung. We'll visit surrounding area like Yak cheese Factory, Monastery and local houses as we relax for the evening at teahouse.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa (B, L & D)
Today you may have full day of rest and relaxation at the surrounding area. We'll be able to simply relax and enjoy the views or to explore the local area or visit some highlights of Cherku-ri (5,050 meters), glacier walk or Langshisha kharka depends on your fitness and interest. We'll back to hotel for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel: (2340m/7,675ft), 6-7 hrs. (B, L & D)
This morning we'll retrace our steps somewhat as we head back from the Gompa. We have an easy down hill and pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest to Lama Hotel where we'll rest for the night before continuing our journey tomorrow for the Thulo Syabru village.
Day 09 Trek to Thulo Syabru: (1,900m/6,232ft), 5-6 hrs (B, L & D)
Today our trail leads again through bamboo & rhododendron forest where we may see the local wild boar as well as other animal and birdlife on the route to Thulo Syabru. En route we'll have marvelous views of Mt Ganesh Himal, so close it seems like it's beside us. First it is an easy downhill trek that follows the river bank but the last part is a steep uphill trek for couple of hours to get to the village.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru - Sing Gompa (3350m /10,990ft), 5hrs. (B, L & D)
Today our trail goes gradual up until we get to Phaprang where we'll take a lunch break. During the walking through dense forest, you have a chance to see the birds and wild animals. The Rhododrendom flower will be blooming during March- April. Trail form Pharprang is fairly easy to Sing Gompa which offers the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. Sing Gompa itself a popular for Monastery and Cheese factory.
Day 11: Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1650m/5,412ft), 3.30 hrs - then drive bak to
KTM. (B, L & D)
This morning after breakfast we'll be ready for trek onwards to Dhunche. This is quite pleasant walk through the forested path and some old Tamang villages. After arrival in Dhunche, we have a lunch and then drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Sightseeing Bhaktapur City. (B & D)
Sightseeing Tour of Bhaktapur City that is just a 20 km east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees and is a center of potter and intriguing masks. The major sightseeing places are, Durbar Square, of 55 windows, Nyatapola, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and more.
Day 13: Fly back Home (B)
You will have enough time for shopping before you leave for the airport.
Cost doesn't include: