Days: 10 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Langtang Valley Trek starts the deep gorges of Bhote Koshi and Langtang Khola are thickly forested with rhododendron, oak, maple and alder trees unto Kyanjin Gompa. The stretch of forest around Ghode Tabela in the lower Langtang Valley and below the Gosainkund Lakes is inhabited by the very shy red panda, a rare and threatened symbol of a healthy Himalayan ecosystem. Other animals, common to these forests are yellow throated martens, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, Ghorel (Mountain Goat), grey langur monkey and leopard. The rare Himalayan honey guide has been sighted here and the park is also the home for impeyan (National Bird), Tragopan and kalij pheasants among others. Larch, a rare deciduous conifer, is also found in the forest of lower Langtang Valley. Further up in the higher valleys, Himalayan tahr, musk deer and snow leopard can be found. The upper Langtang Valley is one of the few known breeding grounds of the ibis bills besides the Tibetan snow cock and snow partridge. Like other Himalayan nature parks, Langtang has to be explored on foot. There are several possible trails to choose from depending on preference and time available. The Langtang Valley is easily approached from Dhunche town and park office, which is a day's drive from Kathmandu. The upper reaches of Langtang can be reached in four days of easy walking; however, it is advisable to spend a few days around the forest at Ghoda Tabela to watch for the red panda. Once above Langtang village and the monastery at Kyangjin, visitors can explore the high valley of Langshisa Yala peak and Tsergo, Ri. These and other villages of upper Langtang are inhabited by people of Tibetan descent whereas the villagers of Dhunche, Bharkhu and Syabru further down are home to the Tamangs of Nepal's middle hills.
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Fact of the Langtang Valley Trek
Trip Region: Langtang Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 10 Days
Highest Elevation: 4984m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Private 4W Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Tamang and their Tibetan tradition
Major Himalayan Sights: Langtang Lirung 7227m, Changbu 6251m, Kinshung 6781m, Yobra 6264m, Yala Peak 5500m, Langshisa Ri 6427m, Ganchenpo 6387m, Naya Kanga 5844m, Dorje Lakpa 6966m, Paldor Peal 5903m and Ganesh Himal 7422m.
Highlights of the Trip: Superb views of snow-capped mountains, the rich cultural heritage of Tamang people and their art forms is depicted in wood carvings of windows, dance festivals and unique and age-old weaving traditions, Langur monkeys and dense forest of fir and rhododendron trees that bloom in spring, explore picturesque Tibetan villages, enjoy the quick succession of distinctive landscapes and climates, conquer Tsergo Ri view point, Yak cheese factory in Kyanjin Gompa, particularly rich in rare species of animals and plants, one of the most interresting and varied areas in the Himalaya due to the stretch of mountain chain closest to Kathmandu and easily accessable by road.
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Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1460m by private vehicle 6/7 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by private vehicle which takes about 6 hours. The road is quite smooth until reaching Trisuli and you have lunch here. After lunch, the road follows roughly with dust till Syabrubesi. You have great views of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal during the driving. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel 2324m/5-6 hours,
You start your trek after breakfast, the trail continues passing the village and you cross on a suspension bridge. Then the trail ascends upstream of Langtang Khola through the forests until reaching Pairo which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch, your trek continues through the deep forests till Bamboo and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then the trail ascends through deep forests and you cross by suspension bridge, then again the steep ascent brings you in Lama Hotel which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang 3330m/5-6 hours,
You start your trek after breakfast, the trail continues through the forests until reaching Gumnachok and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then you continue your trek to Godatabela which takes about 2 hours. Now you have a glimpse of Langtang Lirung. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail continues passing the yak pasture land and through the forests until reaching Thangshyap which takes about 2 hours. Then your trail keeps ascending until Chyamki and it takes about 1 and half hour. You cross on a suspension bridge and continue till Langtang village which takes about 1 hour. . You have a good view of Langtang Lirung and other peaks as well as beautiful waterfall. You can visit old monastery with your guide in the evening time. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa 3730m/3-4 hours,
Today is only short day walking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail continues passing the Yak pasture land until reaching Kyanjin Gompa which takes about 3 hours slowly. You have lunch. After lunch, you can visit Kyanjin Gompa and Cheese Factory with your guide. Now you have a superb view of Langtang Lirung, Gangchempu, Nayakhang and other peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Explore to Langshisha Kharka
This is a good long walk that takes you all the way up the valley to where the Salbachum, Lanshisha, and Langtang glacial moraines all converge. To get there you just continue on the trail heading east out of Kyanjin Gompa. You'll follow the valley past the turn off to Tsergo Ri and past the air field. During the walk you only gain about one thousand feet over five or so miles. Round trip this can take the better part of a day so it's best to pack some snacks and bring some water with you, though the trip itself is hardly straining. Along the way you get some great views of the nearby peaks including Dorje Lakpa, and eventually Shisha Pangma, the only 8,000 meter peak in Tibet. During summer and early fall many yaks are still up in the high pastures here. This portion of the valley also contains a number of semi-permanent stone settlements where herders live in the summer months while tending their yaks. Toward the end of the trip you have to start climbing up and around some of the old glacial terminal moraines, though the walking and the trail continue to be quite easy. After this you reach the actual site of Langshisha Kharka, which is marked by a number of poles with prayer flags and a few semi-permanent stone structures. There is a large festival held here every August that atracts people from the whole region, as far away as Helumbu, to celebrate how the valley was supposedly found; a Buddhist lama chasing a yak high into this place. Many people do indeed go up with tents and spend the night so they can make a more leisurely trip to here. Also it should note that from the location itself you get only direct views of the glaciers where they are high up on the mountains, despite the maps showing that they descend, as ice, into this part of the valley. If you want to see actual glaciers up close you will have to continue up one of the three valley's terminal moraines to get a closer look. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel 2324m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, you start from your lodge. The trail continues down passing the yak pasture land until reaching Langtang which takes about 2 hours. Then you continue your trek cross by suspension bridge and climb down till Thangshyap. It takes about 1 hour. Again you continue the trail following through the forests until reaching Godatabela which takes about 1 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail keeps descending till Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Lamahotel to Thulosyabru 2210m/5-6 hours,
In this day, you keep walking through the forests trail until reaching Pairo which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch you skip the trail to Syabrubesi. You climb up steep trail until reaching Thulosyabru which takes about 2 hours. Now you have great view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and other peaks. In the evening you can visit monastery with your guide. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Thulosyabru to Thulo Barkhu 3 hours and drive from Thulo Barkhu to Kathmandu via Dhunche by private vehicle 5/6 hours,
In the morning, you start your trek after breakfast, the trail continues through the pine forests until reaching Brabal. It takes about 1 and half hours. Then you keep descending through the deep forests until reaching the Thulo Barkhu which takes about 2 and half hour. You have lunch here. After lunch, drive from Thulo Barkhu to Kathmandu by private vehicle. It takes about 5 hours. 3 hours drive in the rough road you arrive in Trisuli and have lunch there. After lunch, the road is smooth till Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Langtang Region is USD 65 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Langtang Valley Trek Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot/cold filter water, tea & coffee during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters(1 porter for 2 persons) if necessary, their food & accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
* Transportation by private car/van.
* Langtang National Park permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid medical kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* All Goverment Tax.
Our Langtang Valley Trek Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Langtang Valley Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.