Langtang Valley is the nearest Himalayan Trekking region from the Kathmandu valley. A few hours drive from Kathmandu can take you to the beautiful Langtang region. Despite its proximity to the Kathmandu city, the Langtang Region is as wild as any Tibetan highlands with an idyllic rural landscape. The people living in the highlands of the Langtang region are from Tibetan Origin, hence they look like Tibetans. Langtang region is one of the most popular trekking regions for those wishing for a trek from Kathmandu into the Himalayas influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
Langtang Valley Trek takes the trekkers through its forests and among the villages and farmlands of its people, many of who are of Tibetan origin. Once an important trading route with Tibet, this influence is reflected in the character of the villages and peoples. During part of the Langtang Valley trek you will be walking through National Park, and though wildlife is never easy to spot in a forest setting, there are chances of seeing some interesting animals and birds. Among those found in the park are monkeys, musk deer, pika and the national bird of Nepal, the colourful danphe.
From Langtang village, the track continues to Kyangjin Gompa (3,740meters). This is the site of the Yala Cheese Factory. There is a STOL airstrip at Chhaldang, a short distance east of Kyangjin. Visiting the Yala Cheese Factory (4.633meters) and the small lakes beyond Yala are worthwhile. Yala can be reached within half a day from Kyangjin Gompa.
From Kyangjin Gompa, a continuation to the pastures of Langsisa (4.084meters) provides the good views of numerous glaciers. There are some huts in Langsisa that can be reached within one day’s walk from Kyangjin Gompa.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally, there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi which takes about 8 hours by bus or Land cruiser depending on group size. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Beshi 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. From Trishuli to Syabru beshi the road is rough. Sometimes the road can be blocked in the monsoon time. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascents up to Bamboo passing through Landslide. Afterward, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400meters) through Bamboo (1960meters) which lies on the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end, your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Overnight at guesthouse.
From lama hotel, we continue gently ascending above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. From time and again we can have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meters. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 2992m. We will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages showcasing water-driven mills and prayer wheels. On descending for a while, we arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching the height 3430 meters. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc. Overnight at guesthouse
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending along the mountain passes we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. Overnight at guesthouse
Morning visit around Kyangjin Gompa and afternoon return Lama Hotel, we take a route back to Lama Hotel following the trail of we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama hotel. Overnight at guesthouse
We hike back to Syabru Beshi from Lama Hotel. We can walk along the rising and falling path leading to the village which provides us the opportunity to get a closer look at customs and culture of Tamang ethnic group. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu from Syabru Beshi which will take approximately 8 hours by bus or Land cruiser depending on group size. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.