Adventure Backpacking Trekking and Hiking Langtang Valley Trek

Duration
14 Days
Destination
Nepal
Travellers
1+

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas Magnificent Langtang Valley

Around beautiful Langtang valley enclosed with high mountains, Exploring old heritage and Buddhist culture of Tamang and Hylamo tribes, Adventure from Langtang to Helambu crossing high picturesque Ganaja-la pass, An adventure to fascinating destinations around Mid North West/East Himalaya.
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Langtang Valley Trekking is towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley and just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000 meters. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Parks. The main ethnic groups here are Sherpa and Tamang whose religious practices, languages and dress are much similar to those of Tibet.

Langtang Valley Trekking offers an opportunity to explore villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. The forests in this region have temperate and sub- alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkeys, Thar, and Pika. The scenery here is spectacular and the trekking is more adventurous. The main highlights of the Langtang Excursion Trekking are Langtang National Park, Kyangjing Gompa, Yak Cheese factory, typical Tamang villages and diversity of flora and fauna.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tour Start Date & Time
October 22, 2019 8:00 am View other Times
Price includes
  • Accommodation in tea house or provided tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type
  • Accommodation including breakfast at star HOTELS in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card and National Park permit
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek
  • Kathmandu City Tour with an Experienced Tour Guide (Kathmandu Valley) depends on your time frame
  • Meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea
  • Porter (2 clients: 1 porter)
  • Transportation to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu with deluxe tourist bus before and after the trip and Pokhara - Nayapul -Pokhara by private car.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs
Price does not include
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Visa arrangements

How hard is Langtang & Ganja-la?

This journey starts with a moderate walk of uphill and downhill, some gradual path involves high altitude above from 2,000 m to 5000 meters high, as altitude wise it is one of the safest adventure treks just one day is tough but without the problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

How cold will be on this trek Langtang & Ganja-la?

This trek leads from a warm climate to cooler temperatures as the walking progress above 2,000 meters, with mild alpine climate with morning and night time cooler but the day is bright and sunny sometimes the afternoon can get windy with wind-chill factor. Can be cold as season wise, autumn and winter months can get cold above 3,000 m with strong UV. In spring and summer above, 3000 m with 15°-18° C average and the minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn/winter daytime 15°-16° C and can get below -5° C during morn/night time.

How are the communications up in the mountains?

Normally Satellite and local Cell phone works, when deep gorge and valley like in Lama Hotel or Dukpu over the pass to Helambu and narrow river valley it won’t work properly sometimes, in case if your cell does not work there are Landlines (STD /ISTD) available along every lodge on route Langtang valley.

What kind of accommodation and food to expect on this trek?

On leaving Kathmandu starting from Syabrubesi for overnight, the lodges are simple with rooms to accommodate 2 people in a room, however, if one requires private/single room can be arranged at extra cost. The room in most of the places simple and basic but nice and cozy with warm dining rooms, hot/cold shower available in some lodges with clean toilet facilities. Foods vary according to seasonal vegetables, it is better to stick with vegetarian meals rather than fresh meat products for safe and hygiene wise this is way avoids the medical problem on the trek, however eggs items are ok. Breakfast of cereal, porridge, cornflakes with milk, eggs (variation as per your choice) and toast, Tibetan bread, pancakes. Lunch simple bread with mild vegetable curry and salad with seasonal fruits, dinner Nepali Dal-Bhat (boiled rice-lintel soup with vegetable) Chinese Fried veg / egg noodles, pasta, Indian Pilau rice, chappati (bread) for birthday and anniversary please let us know in advance so that we can order the lodge to bake cakes on special request.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff with transfer to your hotels, where our guide / leader will brief on Langtang Valley & Ganja-la pass trek, hotels, lodge on the route with do's and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 2

In Kathmandu with guided tours at places of interest and trek preparation.

Reserved a day in Kathmandu for an optional sightseeing tour and trek preparations, on this day an ideal few hour tours around an interesting part of Kathmandu city, steeped with heritage sites of temples and monasteries including the old palace and royal courtyard.

Day 3

Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hrs journey.

Starting this wonderful journey driving towards North West of Kathmandu passing interesting villages and towns with fabulous scenery of hills, farm terraces and snowcapped peaks after warm area reaching to cooler region at Langtang National Park entrance in Dhunche 1950 meters, the one and the only major town of Rasuwa district and Langtang area, inhabited mostly of Tamang ethnic tribes throughout the area of this trekking. From here downhill for two hours with overnight at Syabrubesi, the door to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to the Tibet border from this village.

Day 4

Trek to Lama Hotel 2,430m - 06 hours.

Our first day walk starts with a climb for few hours, and then walk gets pleasant on gradual trails encountering terraced farms and scattered villages, walk continues reaching a river side where the trail from Thulo Syabru meets (our route on the way back) at Bamboo with few lodges, after a short stop walk uphill into cool forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines and into a gorge following Trisuli River upstream to Lama Hotel for overnight stop.

Day 5

Trek to Langtang village 3,430m - 06 hours.

Morning walk into a river gorge with thick forested area, passing few small farm settlements, to reach a nice place at Ghoretabla (horse stable), from onwards altitude gains slowly and air gets cooler. After lunch break at Ghoretablea and around trek continues to our overnight stop at Langtang village after a walk for few hours. Langtang village was a moderate size village (partly destroyed by 25th April 2015 earthquake) of Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe people, native of Langtang region for hundreds of years.

Day 6

Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,749 m - 04 hrs.

After a wonderful stop in this last village, and into temporary settlement of yak herders and lodge to serve the trekkers, moving on the winding up trail and then the gorge opens to a wide beautiful valley with awesome views of snowcapped peaks that surrounds Langtang valley, After a nice and pleasant walk reaching our first destination at Kyanjin Gomba for two nights in a lovely valley, surrounded by giant peaks with Langtang Lirung glacier close to the lodges with a cheese processing factory established some 35 years ago with support of Swiss technical assistance.

Day 7

Rest day at Kyanjin for acclimatization and hikes.

A perfect spot for rest day to acclimatize at this high altitude before our next higher journey to Gosainkund and beyond, here many places for short hike and climb like to the hill top of Tsego and Kyanjin ri at over 4,000 meters top for better panorama of surrounding mountains. From view point hill overlooking at Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m / 23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m / 22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it continues to the Jugal Himal, ending with Dorje Lakpa (6,980m / 22,929ft), extending further east on the upper meadows of the Langtang range ends in a huge and massive mountain wall, forming the border with Tibet.

Day 8

Trek to Ganja La Phedi 4,300 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk with views of mountains, leaving Kyanjin Gompa to start our adventurous journey, crossing Langtang River and then climb into birch and rhododendron forest to reach an icy trail and to a flat ground at Ganja La Phedi meaning bottom for overnight camp, View Nepal with camping facilities of spate kitchen unit of cook-kitchen staff and guides, here our guide will scout the area for next day crossing over Ganja-la pass.

Day 9

Cross Ganja La pass 5,122 m / 16,800 ft descend to Keldang 4,250 m - 06 hrs.

Starting early morning climb towards Ganja La pass on a high ridge, quite a challenging climb to cross, the pass might be covered in snow most of the season, sun-light hardly reaches around this hidden place close to Nayakanga peak. This route is a challenge and adventurous, very few trekkers seldom use this trail, walk leads to a climb on icy path passing small ponds to reach top of Ganja la pass, after a hard climb descend down to reach overnight camp at a small place of Keldang Kharka.

Day 10

Trek to Dukpu 4,080 m - 05 hrs.

From here onward around Helambu area, walking past summer pasture of cattle herders on downhill walk with few ups and downs reaching small settlement for overnight camp at Dukpu.

Day 11

Trek to Tarke Gyang 2,590 m - 05 hrs.

After being in complete wilderness, morning walk leads to charming villages of Helambu at Tarke Gyang, starting with gentle downhill and then up to a small pass at an altitude of 4,100 m /13,451 ft with views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal mountain range including Mt. Everest in the far east, from here downhill through forest of pines and rhododendron trees, reaching at Helambu main and first village at Tarke Gyang for overnight stop, with time in afternoon to visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery of this area. Tarkegyang, famous for Buddhist culture, wood carving and delicious green apples also. Afternoon free to explore this lovely village and the old monastery of Ama Yangri situated on top of the village.

Day 12

Trek to Sermathang 2,610 m - 04 hours.

Morning after leaving this nice village walk downhill through cool forested path passing many chortens (Buddhist prayer monuments), summer meadows to reach Gangyul a small village, then following the path with wonderful views of rolling hills to reach at Shermathang for ove

Day 13

Trek to Malemchipul Bazaar, drive to Kathmandu - 05 hrs drive

After a wonderful time around Helambu and its pristine nature, continue walk for few hours walk on long downhill trail to Melamchi town and a bazaar for the drive back to Kathmandu,. Few hours of pleasant drive reaches at Kathmandu after a wonderful time in the high hills of Himalaya.

Day 14

International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with a wonderful experience and fond memories of Helambu trekking, as per your flight time, our staff transfer you to the airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

More about Nepal

Langtang Valley Trekking is towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley and just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000 meters. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Parks. The main ethnic groups here are Sherpa and Tamang whose religious practices, languages and dress are much similar to those of Tibet.

Langtang Valley Trekking offers an opportunity to explore villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. The forests in this region have temperate and sub- alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkeys, Thar, and Pika. The scenery here is spectacular and the trekking is more adventurous. The main highlights of the Langtang Excursion Trekking are Langtang National Park, Kyangjing Gompa, Yak Cheese factory, typical Tamang villages and diversity of flora and fauna.

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Personal Equipment:

  • 3-4 season sleeping bag with hood
  • Thermo rest self-inflating pad or foam mat
  • Main luggage- Rucksack or Duffel
  • 30 - 40 liter Daypack- to carry water bottles, camera, lunch & extra clothing
  • Stuff sacks and plastic bags for keeping your gear dry and organized
  • Water bottles with a wide mouth
  • A pair adjustable trekking poles
  • Insulated plastic mug (optional)
  • Pocketknife Swiss army style (optional)
  • Toiletries bag for toilet paper, soap, saving items, tooth paste & toothbrush etc

Footwear:

  • Running shoes or sandals-to used in camp/ teahouse lodge
  • Hiking boots- good quality
  • Gaiters- a pair to use to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground
  • Woolen or Pile Socks-heavy weight wool to be worn over the liner socks
  • Liner Socks-smooth thin liner socks to reduce of getting blisters
  • Knee or ankles support pad

Clothing items for Trip:

  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket with hood
  • Medium weight down jacket with hood
  • Light trekking trouser
  • Long sleeve light colored polypropylene shirts
  • Polar Tec fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear for both top & bottom
  • Polar Tec fleece pant
  • Personal under garments
  • Quick dry type towel
  • Casual wears before after the trek

Hand Wear:

  • Polypropylene liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Good quality mittens or gloves

Headwear:

  • Warm woolen or fleecy hat/balaclava
  • Sun hat or cap with bandana for shading the neck
  • Bandana or scarf
  • Headlamp for use at night around the camp with extra batteries and spare bulbs
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Dust mask

Other Travel Accessories:

  • Sunscreen and lip salve SPF 30 or above
  • Insect repellant
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • Favorite snack items
  • Reading & writing materials, ipod and cards
  • Camera, memory card and extra battery
  • Passport photo copy & photos
  • Insurance certificate copy
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Baby wipes (optional)
  • Anti bacterial hand gel (optional)

Personal first aid kit pack:

  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Antibiotics capsules
  • Imodium and anti amoebious, bacterial tablets
  • Blister treatment plasts
  • Dehydration solution
  • Analgesic- Paracetamol, aspirin
  • Anti cold tablets
  • Diclofenac gel
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic cream & throat lozenges
  • Diamox for AMS
  • Sanitary pad (for women)
  • Ear & eye drop
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Langtang Valley Trek

Duration
14 Days
Destination
Nepal
Travellers
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