Located north of Kathmandu, the Langtang Valley lies on the Tibetan frontier beneath the 7 050 m peak of Langtang Lirung. Inhabited by Bhotia people whose activities are agriculture and the raising of yaks, this region is the second largest of Nepal’s national parks. It is the natural habitat of more than 1 000 plants, in excess of 150 bird species, and numerous mammals including musk deer and the rare red-panda. It is much less crowded trekking destination than Annapurna or Everest. This 9 day moderate lodge trek is a good spring trek when the rhodondendrons will be at their peak and primulas, orchids and alpine flowers will fill the meadows with a riot of color. In the upper reaches of the Langtang Valley are the Yak pastures of Langsisa (4 020 m) where we will be ringed by 7 000 meter peaks and glaciers.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Busdrive Syabra Besi (1 470 m)
Day 04: Trek Lama Hotel (2 480 m)
Day 05: Trek Langtang Village (3 430 m)
Day 06: Trek Kyanjin Gompa (3 860 m)
Day 07: Rest day Kyanjing Gompa (3 860 m)
Day 08: Trek Rimche (2 455 m)
Day 09: Trek Thulo Syabru (1 966 m)
Day 10: Trek Dunche (1 950 m)
Day 11: Busdrive Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu
Day 13: Fly out Kathmandu
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We bring you to our office and Thamel – the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss your itinerary.
Today we discover the highlights of Katmandu and the valley. We adapt the program to your interests and desires and what you have seen before. Usually, we go to Pasupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati River, where the most important Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated. In Bouddhanath we circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims the whitewashed stupa. Our sightseeing usually ends in Patan, the city of Beauty, an astonishing center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.
We leave Kathmandu early and drive in approximately 7 hours to the gateway of the Langtang Valley, Syabru Besi which is located at 1 470 m. The bumpy climbing road that brings you to the start point of the Langtang Tamang Heritage trail, offers fabulous sights over the Himalaya including the Annapurna Range, Manaslu (8 163 m), Ganesh Himal and Langtang.
Leaving our hotel we cross the white Bhote Kosi river, which flows down from Tibet reaching Nepal only a few kilometers away. We arrive in the old village of Syabru Besi, where you find a small Buddhist monastery. Soon we cross the Langtang Khola, the river that we track the coming days. We slowly climb through oak and rhododendron forests to the waterfalls of Dovan (1 680 m) and lunch camp at Bamboo lodge. On the long ascent through the woods you may encounter exotic wildlife: langur monkeys, musk deers, red pandas or even Himalayan black bears. After Bamboo we cross the Langtang River again and ascend through oak woods. After 6-7 hours hiking we reach our camp Lama Hotel village (2 480 m).
We climb farther high above the Langtang River. Through the oak trees and the roddondendrons peers the majestic peak of the 7 227 m high Langtang Lirung. At Ghora Tabela (2 970 m) the hiking path emerges out of the forests. After lunch we gradually ascend and enjoy spectacular views on the U-shaped glacial valley. We pass small settlements with grazing yaks and teahouses where the herders serve delicious curd and yak cheese. Just after entering the headquarter of Langtang National Park you can visit a monastery. We reach Langtang Village after 5 h walking. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Tibetan style village and the hospitality of the Tamang people!
After Langtang we walk along a beautiful carved mani wall to the small settlements of Mundu (3 442 m) and Sindum. We walk farther along yak pastures, cross several rivers and climb a moraine from where we see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa (3 860 m) and the gigantic icefall of Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6 781 m). We reach our camp by lunch time and take a rest in the shade of the Kyanjin Ri (4 773 m) for further acclimatization.
From Kyanjin Ri you can make several superb day hikes. After two hours climbing north of Kyanjing Gompa you reach a beautiful view point on the Kyanjin Ri (4 773 m). From here we have spectacular views over the Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung glacier, Gang Chhenpo (6 388 m) and Dorje Lakpa (6 966m). A more strenuous hike is the 6 hour excursion to the beautiful braun conical shaped Tsergo Ri (4 984 m).
From Kyangjin we retrace our route to Langtang Village to Ghora Tabela. Looking back over your shoulder, you still have unforgettable panoramas over the Langtang Range. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel (about 1 400 m) and walk 15 minutes further for the tiny village of Rimche where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and a view over Thulo Syabru.
We descend over the same path until we reach the waterfalls and the two lodges of Pairo where we choose the upper trail to Thulo Syabru (1 966 m). The path farther climbs to about 400 m and after 5 hours walking we reach Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful settlement where you enjoy amazing land features and splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7 110 m), Langtang range and mountains situated in the nearby Tibet.
We ascend and descend in 6 hours to Dunche (1 950 m), the headquarter of Rasuwa district. We walk through pleasant rhododendron forests down to Barku and walk further along pleasant Tamang settlements to Dunche, situated at 117 km from Kathmandu.
We conclude our trek with a bus journey back to Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu you will enjoy a long shower in the hotel and a nice meal in one of the pleasant restaurants in Thamel.
On this last free day you have plenty of opportunity to enjoy more sights in Kathmandu: you can make a daytrip to the splendid five storied Nyatapola Temple and exquisite woodcarvings like the Peacock window in medieval Bhaktapur, climb the long stairs to the stupa of Swayambhunath (Monkeytemple) or visit the sleeping Vishnu at Budhanilkantha. You can also shop, relax and drink coffee in the bakeries of Thamel or the Garden of Dreams. Traveltimes Treks recommends you plan one extra day at the end of your trekking in case in case of delayed schedules during your travel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport – We hope you enjoyed your stay!
If you wish to stay longer in Nepal: Traveltimes Treks can offer you plenty of suggestions, we can arrange rafting and safari trips, helicopter flights, mountainbiking, multi day tours to the old historical city of Bhaktapur, the mountain stations Nagarkot & Dhulikhel or retreats in the serene monasteries of Namobuddha and Kopan.
For those of you new to trekking, you have a wonderful experience in store. Trekking is walking, generally on good trails, usually up and down (sometimes 900 m a day), carrying only a day pack, through magnificent scenery. The day starts early, and often the bulk of the day’s kilometers will be covered in morning hours. After lunch, the shorter afternoon hike brings you to camp.
Nepal is like not home. It is exotic, it is wonderful, but it is also different. Great elevation changes, differences in customs and language, menu variations, camp limitations, and the many other mysteries and wonders of travel in Nepal are all conditions you must be physically and mentally prepared for. The itinerary may change. You may meet unknown hardships as well as unexpected pleasures. Come with an open mind and positive spirit.
You should be in good physical shape for this trip and feel comfortable hiking 12 to 20 km per day on a trail while carrying a day pack of about 5 kg. The trek has been planned as moderate with a rest day planned. Several other half-days are planned as well. Most will find it a moderate trek, but if you are out of shape and not used to mountain trails with lots of ups and downs, you may find it strenuous. Your enjoyment of the trip and the integrity of the group depend on the stamina and conditioning of each individual.
A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. While the trip is rated as moderate overall, several days will be strenuous, and good conditioning is essential to your enjoyment of the trek. A principal requirement is a cheerful willingness to accept and even savor the many surprises that this exotic region of the world will undoubtedly have in store for us.
The pace on the trek that will be leisurely and unregimented. You are encouraged to walk by yourself or in small groups. Take time to visit local houses and temples, share a cup of tea or rakshi with our porters and the locals in the many chiyaa houses. Pursue interests in photography, bird-watching and botany, and sample the culture of the area you are traveling through.