Langtang Valley Trek

Accommodation: We will be staying at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.
Meal                        : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration                 :  11 Days
Arrival                     :  In Kathmandu
Departure               :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to           :   March to May & Sep to Oct
Max. Altitude         :   3,870 m
Group Size              :   3-13 people
Transportation      :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

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Description

Langtang Valley Trek is most rewarding and short trekking destination in the Nepal Himalaya. It is the site of some spectacular alpine scenery as well as being a great place to meet unique people. Langtang Valley Trek lies closer to Kathmandu than other trekking regions with magnificent views of glaciers, breathtaking Himalaya vista, Himalayan holy lakes, varieties of rare flora and fauna and ancient culture in the Himalayas.Along with our Langtang trekking, the trail goes through the pine, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo and others rare vegetation forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild premolars. Monkeys, musk deer, Pika, (Lophophorus) the national bird of Nepal and many other animals can be seen in the National park. This trek further offers you an excellent view of Langtang Lirung (7246m) at north, Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and the trekking peak of Naya Kangri (5846m)at the south, Dorje Lhakpa (6990m) at east. The 11 days Langtang Valley Trekking is a moderate trek which can be arranged in Nepal Himalaya with great pleasures and more relaxable for your life experience.The starting point of this trek is Syabru Bensi, about 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. We begin the walk from Syabrubesi and upward to Lama Hotel and Langtang village until we arrive at the famous Kanyanjing Gompa. We will trek back to Lama Hotel after the visit at Kyangjin Gompa same trail back to Syabru Bensi then we drive back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 3: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m) about 7-8 hours drive
Day 4: Syabru Bensi trek to Lama Hotel (2480m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 5: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 6: Langtang Village trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours
Day 7: Acclimatization / Exploration day in Kyanjin (3870m)
Day 8: Trekking back to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 7 hours
Day 9: Lama Hotel trek to Syabru Bensi (1550m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu: 7-8 hours drive
Day 11: Farewell Departure

 

Briefing Itinerary

 Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. A Global trek & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you ensure every detail is in place or area. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
After your breakfast, we will start a guided tour to the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu valley, including  Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar square.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is Monkey temple which is approximately 2600 years old Buddhist Stupas, overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath- literally ‘self-existent god’, is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the thousands of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, memorials of monks and local people, ancient sculptures, the temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Moreover, you can throw bird-eye-view to all the monument sites of the Kathmandu tour since this is the highest point inside the valley.

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath temple which is In We literally- the god of animal lives. As one of the must-visit legendary Hindu temple in the subcontinent, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair and ash-applied body

Boudhanath: Boudhanath stupas is the god of wisdom. It is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world. Constructed back in the 4th century, this Stupa is the must-visit site for the Tibetans. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries and the exiles. Besides this, there are a number of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal.

 Kathmandu Durbar square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is Etymological, ‘Kumari’ stands for a virgin girl- the living goddess and ‘Baha’ is a monastery in the local tongue. Designed in Vihara architecture, Kumari Baha houses the living goddess. As a living reincarnation of Hindu goddess Taleju, a young girl is selected from a Buddhist family maintaining religious harmony and co-existence. The girl gets retired when she reaches puberty.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(1610m) 6-7 hours by Bus.
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as the green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.

Day 4: Syabru Bensi trek to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 5-6 hours, 1070m ascent – 10.9 km
From Syabrubensi we begin our trek by following the Langtang River, a river we will be following over the next few days, all the way to the head of the valley. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trails ascent ridge to Paira Lodge and after Paira Lodge, the trails, gradually ascent until to New Bridge and the trail climbs up to Rimche and after 40 minutes, we get then to Lama Hotel. This day, you might feel wilderness and might get the opportunity to see wild animals like monkeys, red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears etc.

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 6-7 hours, 980m ascent – 14.8 km
Today the trail goes following the raging Langtang stream and that we bit by bit ascent to Ghoda Tabela (3030m) through the Bamboo and Oak forest. The tantalizing glimpse of snow-capped peaks starts appearing along with a fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the trail across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat-roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village are worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.

Day 6: Langtang Village trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours, 460m ascent – 6.8 km
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. It then climbs gradually past an impressive mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Government operated Cheese factory. We have a chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja La (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).

Day 7: Acclimatization / Exploration day in Kyanjin (3870m)
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking.We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is the highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surrounding areas of North having many smaller uninhabited valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.

Day 8: Trekking back to Lama Hotel (2480m): walking distance 7 hours, 1430m descent – 21.6 km
Have your breakfast with observing surrounding genetic snowy capped mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue steep descent to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.

Day 9Lama Hotel trek to Syabru Bensi (1550m): walking distance 4-5 hours, 1070m descent- 10.9 km
Today after breakfast we hike back to Syabru Bensi. The trail is mostly downhill through the lush green vegetation with enjoying a fascinating view of Mountains and green hills. We can walk along the rising and falling path leading to the village which provides us with the opportunity to get a closer look at customs and culture of Tamang ethnic group. Reach to Syabru for the overnight stay.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu: 7-8 hours drive
We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the Trishuli riverside. It takes about 7 to 8 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. In evening, join a farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant with the memories of your trekking adventure. Have some time for a leisurely stroll over the streets.

Day 11: Transfer to Tribhuwan international airport for your final departure.
Global   treks & Expedition Team say goodbye and take you to the airport to catch

Included Cost

•    Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
•    Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
•    Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
•    All your standard mention Meals during the trek .(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
•    Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.(Kathmandu to Kathmandu trail)
•    Local GLOBAL   TREKS English speaking guide.
•    The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
•    langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
•    Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff…
•    Down Jacket and sleeping bag by WFT. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
•    Transportation from Kathmandu – Syabrubesi to KathmanduSurface transfer from Airport and to Kathmandu.
•    Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
•    Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination.
•    All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
•    Official expenses

Excluded Cost

•    Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
•    Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
•    International airfare and airport departure tax.
•    Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
•    Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
•    Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
•    Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
•    Any others expenses which are not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items of your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note: We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer of other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3/4 pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WFT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
Brufen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with a drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

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