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Langtang Cultural Trek

Description

Langtang Himal is a region in the northern part of Kathmandu Valley, just south of the Tibetan border. The Langtang Valley trek is surrounded by high peaks including Langtang Lirung (7245m), Langtang Kerung, Chumse Danda ridge (5122m), Dorje Lakpa (6989m), Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak, Shringi Himal, Manaslu and Sanjen Himal. The region became famous after British mountaineer, Bill Tilman, described it as the most beautiful valley in the world. The trail from the Langtang valley to Gosaikund is full of diversity and attracts many tourists. The whole valley is also covered with flowers during the summer. This elevated and isolated region is inhabited by Tamangs whose religious practices, language and dress is very similar to Tibetan culture.

Itinerary

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. Stay overnight at lodge.

The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradual ascent up to Bamboo passing through a landslide. Afterwards, you trek gently down to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like. The end of the trail is level to Lama Hotel and while en-route you can see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight at lodge.

As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding you in all directions such as Langtang Lirung, Ganjala peak, Tserko ri, Langsisa ri and many others. Stay overnight at lodge.

You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m.), directly behind the village, for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch, you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Stay overnight at lodge.

This day you trek along a flat leveled path until you reach Sherpa Gaon (2500 m.) passing through terraces and green hills. This part is really pleasant and picturesque. Sherpa Gaon is a Sherpa village with amazing traditions and Buddhist culture. There are houses made of stone, wood and zinc and a few modern houses. The next part of your trek is full of ups and downs until Bhanjyang village. At this point you will be amazed by the views of Ganesh Himal in panorama, Kerung peak of Tibet and many others. Finally, your trek goes steeply down to Wangal before becoming a gradually descending path to the Kerung river. After crossing the suspension bridge over the river, it only takes 15 minutes to reach your destination, Syabru Besi. There is a new settlement as people from far away villages have migrated here. You find a small market and a few guest houses.

You drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Kathmandu. The first part of your drive to Trishuli Bazaar is along a gravel and bumpy road which then becomes a well-paved road to Kathmandu.

What is included
  •  Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  •  Trekking guide/s
  •  Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  •  All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  •  Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  •  Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  •  Entry Permit for Langtang National Park
  •  Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  •  All land transportation wherever applicable
  •  Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  •  First aid kit
  •  Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  •  One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge
     
What is excluded
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 50 (duration 30 days from date of issue) you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at
  • International air fair
  • 1 Photo for Nepal Visa.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Food and hotels in kathmandu ( and also in case return early from trek than our schedule)
  • Your personal expenses like phone call, laundry service ,battery recharge,extra porter.
  • All bar bills,like beer,coke, bottle of water.
  • All the expenses in mountian if any happen like road block, land slide, politically strike.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Note: There are different categories of hotels in Kathmandu ranging from 1-5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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TRIP FACTS

Starting Price $0
Duration 8 days
Grade Moderate
Max Altitude 3870 meters
Starting Point Kathmandu
Transport

All ground Transportation - Bus and private car

Best Season

Accommodation

Lodge and tea house during the trek. We'll arrange the hotel in Kathmandu as per your budget and request.

Meals

One farewell dinner with live cultural performance and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

WHY BOOK WITH US

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  • We provide financial protection
  • Responsible tourism
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  • Eco-tourism and social responsibility
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  • Promoting sustainable tourism