Langtang Trek explores the beautiful langtang valley and present you with the beautiful views of mount langtang. Langtang is one of the magnificent peaks in the country and also one of the highest mountains in the world. The Langtang region boasts a varied topography from subtropical to alpine forests. There are a number of rhododendron, oak, pine, maples and other trees along with animals like Himalayan black bear, Rhesus monkey, Red pandas, Himalayan Tahr, etc. that are being protected in this area. The main inhabitants are the Tamangs with their unique cultures, costumes and lifestyles. On the trek you will be mesmerized by the sightings of the famous mountains like the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Nayakanga, Langshisha and many more.
The total duration of the trek is 18 days, out of which 14 days will be for walking.The trek is graded as medium with a maximum elevation of 4360m. The best season for the trek is September – June and it begins from Dhunche and ends at Chisapani. Not only do you get to experience the flora and fauna, Himalayan beauty and cultures, but also reach Gosaikunda and Kyangjin Gompa, holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be picked up by your tour officer upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will check in to your hotel and may choose to rest or take a tour of the capital city on your own. You will be briefed regarding the tour as well as the entire trek program. You can dine at a Nepali restaurant to taste authentic Nepali cuisine with cultural events.
On this day, you can take a personal or guided tour of the city. The main attractions of the city are Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swoyambhunath stupa and various other cultural places that you might visit according to your own interests. The UNESCO enlisted temples are a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist religions with the influence of Newari cultures and architecture. Permits and other requisites for the tour are finalized on this day.
You will take a bus/car all the way to Dhunche from Kathmandu, which lies on the east bank of the Trishuli River. The trek from this point allows you to travel through the best routes of the country with relatively few trekkers. The route follows the road up to a ridge at 1800m and then continues for a short distance till you reach the Tamang village of Thulo Bharku. About 100m from the village, the road crosses a small stream with water-driven mills. It is a delightful hike through occasional rhododendron and pine forests. After a short climb, the trail reaches a ridge crest at 2300m, where the trek officially enters the Langtang Valley. You can witness a few peaks in Tibet to the west of Ganesh Himal and the east of Naya Kangri and Ganja la peaks. A short, steep descent through the Bamboo forests leads to Syabru at 2100m. (3 hrs)
After leaving the hotel, you cross the Bhote Koshi River by a suspension bridge towards ‘old’ Syabrubeshi, which is actually a cluster of houses and a school opposite to the river. Another suspension bridge takes you to the south side of Langtang Khola which you will follow for the next couple of days. You climb slowly to Doman (1680m) and continue over a rocky ridge to Landslide lodge and Hot spring restaurant, named after a hot spring on the opposite bank at 1810 meters. The trail now climbs gently to Bamboo Lodge, where you will enjoy your lunch. Opposite to the river, you can see vertical cliffs covered with cactuses. After Bamboo, you cross the Langtang Khola on a new suspension bridge to the north bank. The forest is sparser and drier on this side of the river consisting mainly of scrub oaks and nettles. You climb steeply on a good trail to Rimche (2150m).Then you descend slowly to Lama Hotel where you will spend the night. (6 hrs)
The day starts with a gentle climb but soon becomes steeper, climbing through a forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron. You can see the beautiful view of Langtang Lirung (7246 m) from the trail. After a little more than an hour, you pass two lodges in the forest at Gumanchowk (2800m) from where you climb to a Nepal army post and a National park checkpoint at Ghoda Tabela (2970m). The trail ascends gradually as the valley becomes wider. You pass a few teashops at Thangshyap at 3140m, where you will have lunch. The route now opens up to an open countryside with mani stones, water driven praying wheels and a few scattered Tamang villages before reaching Langtang. There is a small village with guesthouses and yak farms and surrounding fields consisting of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley with stone walled fences. (5 hrs)
Walking through the village of Langtang, you will pass many mani walls covered with Tibetan inscriptions as a prayer to the Gods. The trail then climbs up gradually past small villages of Mumdu and Sindum. Then it continues through yak pastures. After crossing the Langtang Khola, you climb up through a landscape scattered with large boulders to form a moraine where you will have the first peek of the Kyangjin Gompa and the dramatic Icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kishung(6781m) to the north. The route weaves through the large boulders to a Gompa and from there a short descent to Kyangjin Gompa which easily takes you to your destination before lunch to acclimatize and explore the surroundings. Here you can choose to hike to one of the good viewpoints – to the north of the Gompa is the Kyangjin ri which is a 2 hour climb which presents you the great view of the mountain range to the west including Langshisha Ri (6370m), Gang Chhenpo (6388 m), Dorje Lakpa(6966m). (3 hrs, to the viewpoint and back is another 3 hrs)
Today you retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel, a 1400m descent with a few short exceptions. (5
You follow the same route till you reach the Landslide lodge where you now take the upper trail to reach Thulo Syabru. The trail goes up for 400 meters and passes a Bhatti at U Kyang on the ridge before reaching the pleasant village of Thulo Syabru, decorated with elaborately carved windows. (6 hrs)
You start the trek passing the Gompa , school and army post and switch back to the steep hill above the village to Dursagang (2660m). The trail becomes less steep now and passes through the forests of hemlock and oaks to the top of a ridge at Foprang Danda where you will have lunch. The trail to Sing Gompa cuts across the ridge top staying fairly leveled as it crosses the head of the valley. After passing the final ridge at 3260 m, you will reach Sing Gompa. ( 4hrs )
The trail climbs steeply up the ridge which creates a transition zone between rich, moist forests on the northern slopes to dry, scrub vegetation on the slope facing south. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that Nepali people call Cat bear. The trail crosses behind the ridge and stays in the deep forest for a while before emerging onto a saddle of Chalang Pati. From here we enter the Gosaikunda Protected Area where the killing of animals, lighting, wood fires and grazing is strictly prohibited. As the trail ascends, you can have outstanding views of the Langtang valley to Langtang lirung. It is possible to continue to Gosaikunda the same day, but you should stay in Lauberina yak to acclimatize to the surroundings. The morning view of the mountains from the small settlement is even better as you can see the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Hirung etc.
You start climbing further along the ridge till you see the first lakes around 4200 meters. The trail now leaves the ridge and heads high above the Trisuli valley. After the trail crosses a spur, the second lake in the chain ( Bhairav Kund) comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to the third and largest lake, Gosaikunda. It has a black rock in the middle said to be the head of Lord Shiva. According to a legend, Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe in the holy water during the full moon of August every year. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the lake. ( 3 hrs)
The first part of the trail climbs further through rugged country, passing three small lakes towards the Lauberina La Pass (4610m). After the pass the trail descends alongside a stream through the alpine country to the national park post at Bhera Goth. You continue descending over a rocky trail along the middle of the valley to Phedi (3740m) for lunch. From Phedi the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub Bamboo to a crest at 3750 meters. From here you climb in and out of ravines across the head of the valley to Gopte. (7 hrs)
The trail continues up ravines and across the boulders of old moraines below the wreckage of a Thai airlines plane that crashed here in bad weather in 1992. You make a final ascent to Tharepati on the ridge at 3490m from where you can see the Helambu region. You will arrive around noon and take rest of the day off to relax. (3 hrs)
In the morning you walk through the alpine countryside meadows and scrubs typical to high altitudes. You will enter the forest again and follow the ridges before descending to Magen Goth. There are still two lodges there that used to belong to former army camps. The trail gently climbs to a small pass at Mere Danda at 3510m before descending through rhododendron forests inhabited by only a few shepherds’ huts. The trail continues further down to Kutumsang from where we continue to the nearby Gul Bhanjyang which is a delightful classic hilly village. (6 hrs)
You start by descending down a forested ridge to the long, strung out village of Thodang Betini (2260m). From here you climb up around 200 meters to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge and descend over a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling . Continuing your way down past Brahmin and Chhetri villages and through meadows and fields, you finally reach Chisopani with an unfinished tourist resort (5 hrs).
You start the day by climbing up the last pass of the trek at Borlang Bhanjyang which lies at 2240m. From here you descend steeply through eroded chasms towards Tamang settlements of Mulkharka at 1800 meters. From here on it is a short walk to Sundarijal where you walk past the local water supply system and follow the water pipe to the village. From Sundarijal you can take local transportation or private vehicle to get back to your hotel in Kathmandu. (4 hrs)
You can use this leisure time to visit the various Thangka paintings, Pashmina and other souvenir shops and relax in the famous tourist area of Thamel. You can also take a tour of the city yourself or with a guide.
Your tour officer will meet you at the hotel to make your departure arrangements and drop you off to the Tribhuvan International airport for your scheduled flight. You are always welcome to return back and explore other treasures of our Himalayan kingdom.