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Langtang Valley Trek - 12 Days

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Langtang Valley Trek - 12 Days
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The east-west Langtang Valley lies between the Langtang Himal south of the Tibetan border and the Kangjala – Dorje Himal further south. Its U-shaped upper valley was carved by glaciers in the northeast. Southern slopes are forested and rich in fauna; northern slopes drier.

A scenic, tarred, drive from Kathmandu leads to the large village of Dhunche. The trail undulates between ridges and tributaries, as it gradually rises through bird filled forests and friendly villages to Thangshyap. It then enters the upper glacial valley beneath towering glacial peaks. Pass the site of former Langtang, sadly obliterated by the earthquake, to the village of Kyanjin Gompa.

A rest and exploration day offers trails north of the gompa to high points such as Tserko Ri: for magnificent views of the region, including nearby Langtang Lirung and its glaciers below your feet. Visit the 700 year old gompa and experience of Nepal trekking and the spiritual lifestyle of the Buddhist inhabitants.

The lower portion of the return trek takes a different route; adding great views of the Ganesh Himal, west of the valley and ending at Syabru Besi at the confluence of the Langtang Khola and the Bhote Koshi from Tibet. Drive back to Dhunche and on to Kathmandu – and your hotel.

Day 01: Arrival   Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: In the City: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour   OR   A day at leisure. Trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs

Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (2 230m/7 350ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Lama Hotel (2 470m/8 100ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Lama Hotel – Thangshyap (3 200m/10 500ft), 4- 5 hrs

Day 07: Thangshyap – Kyanjin Gompa (3 870m/12 700ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa: Rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration

Day 09: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel (2 470m/8 150ft), 7-8 hrs

Day 10: Lama Hotel – Briddhim (2 230m/7 310ft) – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 8-10 hrs drive

Day 12: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination. 

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: in the City  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing   OR   A Day at Leisure 

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs drive  

The tarred Northern Highway from Kathmandu heads northeast through Middle Hill forest and farmland to cross the Tadi Khola at Devighat, near its confluence with the Trisuli Nadi from Tibet. It then swings northeast up the Trisuli Valley to Betrawati, snakes over a pass to Ramche and continues, more sedately, to Dhunche. Overnight in Dhunche.

Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (2 230m/7 350ft), 5-6 hrs

The trail follows a rough road that ascends for some 2hrs through rhododendron forest to Thulo Bharku (2 140m), a small Tamang village. Enjoy lunch in an apple orchard, with great views of the Ganesh Himal and ranges to the NE along the Tibetan border. Beyond, the trail contours around a hill before descending gradually to the Tamang heritage village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.  

Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Changtang/Lama Hotel (2 470m /8 104ft), 5-6 hrs              

Today’s trail winds below the village ridge to U Kang before descending towards the Langtang Khola: flowing from the Langtang Glacier on Langtang Ri; on the bulge of land that pushes north to the Tibetan border. At a T junction, turn east (right) onto a narrow trail high above the south bank, through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. Forest wildlife includes numerous birds, grey langurs, red pandas, wild boars, Himalayan black bears, et al. 
At Bamboo (1 930m), the trail crosses to the northern side of the stream, into drier scrub forest, and passes several waterfalls before climbing to the split-village of Renche (2 400m). The path then rises gently to Changtang and the Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 06: Changtang – Thangshyap (3 200m/10 500ft), 4- 5 hrs       

The trail climbs gently at first, then more steeply through mixed rhododendron, oak, hemlock and maple forest. Intriguing glimpses of the Langtang Himal appear to the north. Later, drop back to a quaint teahouse at the river, before climbing to the hotel-settlement and army post of Ghora Tabela (2 970m).

Beyond is the broad, U-shaped valley carved by the Langtang, Shalbachum and Lirung Glaciers. Climb the hillside through scrub forest and terraced fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes, to the village of Thangshyap. Due to the destruction of the village further up the valley: Overnight in Thangshyap.

Day 07: Thangshyap – Kyanjin Gompa Village (3 870m/12 700ft), 3-4 hrs

Follow the trail to Chamki (3 300m) and Ghumba (3 400m, with an interesting gompa). Water driven prayer wheels and mills should have heralded the village of Langtang (3 430m) in its lovely valley: the former headquarters of the National Park. Sadly, it was completely buried beneath an avalanche during the recent earthquakes.
Impressive twin waterfalls drop from a cliff-cleft above the former village of flat-roofed stone and wooden homes. Cattle and yaks grazed above the town. Local cheeses, breads and apple pie used to pamper to foreign tastes.Langtang Lirung (7 227m/23 712ft) is north of the trail.

Ascend to a ridge beyond the former village and a long mani wall on the trail to Mundu (3 440m) then down to Sindum (3 280m). Descend to a huge boulder and bridge at the river, before climbing to Yamphu (3 640m). Drop to cross the Laja Chu beneath a glacial moraine – from the top of which are great views of the icefall from the Langtang Lirung and Kinshung Peaks. Kyanjin Monastery is ahead: climb a final ridge and descend to the village below it. After lunch, explore the village and gompa. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa Village.

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa: rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration       

This is a scheduled acclimatization day. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) experts recommend at least a 24 hr rest period. Keep active: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatisation advice.

A morning hike up the trail on Tsergo Ri (5 000m, at the top) overlooks the impressive glacier from Langtang Lirung (7 227m) with great views of Kinshung (6 781m) and Yansa Tsenji (6 567m). Towards the W, Dorie Lakpa (6 966m), Ganchenpo (6 387m), Dshabu Ri (5 202m) and Urking Kanggari (5 863m) are prominent peaks. To the NE, some 5km beyond the border is landmark Shisha Pangma (8 027m/26 335ft), China’s only 8 000m peak. A trail south of Kyanjin leads to the difficult pass over the Ganja La (5 130m, frequently snow bound) to Helambu.

Return to the teahouse for lunch; explore the Kyanjin Valley and glaciers. Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 09: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel: (2 470m/8 150ft), 7-8 hrs

Wander back to Changtang, enjoying the views on this easier walk. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 10: Lama Hotel – Briddim (2 230m/7 310ft) – Syabru Besi (1 440m /4 750ft), 5-6 hrs     

After breakfast, drop down to Renche (2 400m), then follow the northern trail that climbs gently away from the river to the substantial village of Syarpa Gaon (2 600m). Beyond the hamlet of Bhanjyang Gaon (2 440m) the trail swings north to Khangjum (2 290m) to meet an old salt-trade route from Tibet.

Walk north to Briddhim for lunch: and breathtaking views of the Ganesh Himal to the northeast and closer views of peaks along the Tibetan border. Head down to Wangal (1 600m) beyond which a spur overlooks the split village of Syabru Besi and the confluence of the Langtang and Bhote Koshi rivers (forming the lower Trisuli Nadi). Overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 11: Syabru Besi – Kathmandu (1 300m /4 260ft) 8-10 hrs drive

Cross to the western bank of the river; and Lower Syabru Besi, to board your jeep for a 15km trip that re-crosses the Trisuli Khola and zigzags over hills to Thulo Bharkhu and on to Dhunche. From there the better road leads back to Kathmandu and your hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 12: Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Land cruse Kathmandu to Dhunche
  • Land cruse Syabru besi to Kathmandu 
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private bed and share bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

Route Map:

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Very knowledgeble guides , friendly, caring and professional. Reccomended to anyone who would like to trek in Himalaya.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
Published on: 2015-12-13

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Langtang Valley trek

Duration: 12 days

Trek Days: 9 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang Region

Altitude: 4984m (Tserok RI)

Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of all the Langtang and Ganesh Hemal, Tamang Culture

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus all the ground Transport

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost: USD 884 per person

Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10

Note: If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.

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