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Langtang Valley Trek

Duration
11 Days
10% discount on Group

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Langtang Valley Trek provides one with the opportunity to explore the natural beauty, the pristine environment, the lakes and the breathtaking Himalayas from a very close angle. Trek Langtang Valley is quite popular and well known among the adventure seekers. Many domestic tourists make Langtang Trek as their destination as the location is quite nearby from the Capital city of Kathmandu. The opportunity is very much there to explore the relatively unexplored areas of Nepal while still being not far from Kathmandu. Langtang Valley Trekking takes you through the dense forests, several traditional and ethnic settlements of various caste groups.

The green pastures of Kyangin Gompa and the holy lake of Gosaikunda, one of great pilgrimage destinations of Nepali Hindus, also falls in the vicinity of the Nepal Langtang Valley Trek. However, if one intends to visit the holy Gosainkunda lake, then there is a separate travel package for that. Langtang Lauribinayak Pass is more suitable for visiting langtang gosainkunda trek as it falls on the way of that trek. Nevertheless, Nepal Langtang Valley encompasses the diverse and spectacular views of Langtang Valley and also the snow-clad Himalayas. Besides the supreme views of the snow-covered gigantic mountains, the tourists are also lined up to witness the great waterfalls emerging from one of the crevices from the hills, forests painted red with rhododendron and oak trees, the Gompas and the abundant monasteries that lie along this trail.

Langtang Treks is planned 11 days trip and it begins from Kathmandu, the capital city. After 6-7 hours of drive the next day, we reach Syabru Besi, a small traditional village lying on the bank of Bhote Kosi River. It is the starting point of the trek. The trail then slowly attains elevation as we make our way through rhododendron, bamboo and oak forests along the way. Upon reaching the Langtang valley, we then get a chance to explore the Sherpa villages and the visit of Kyanjing Gompa (3,798m) provides us a chance to peek at the lifestyle of spiritual Buddhist monks. If the weather is clean and not cloudy, then we are also greeted by several majectic mountains that form the famous Langtang Mountian Range. Ganesh Himal (7110 m) and Langtang -II (7,230 m) peaks are one of the major attractions of this trek.

Itinerary outline
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02: Drive to Syabru Besi (1450m)
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel
Day 04: Trek to Langtang (3514m)
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin (3900m)
Day 06: Back to Lama Hotel
Day 07: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2200m)
Day 08: Trek to Dhunche (1950m)
Day 09: Back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and then be ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon your arrival in the Capital. You will be staying at a hotel in Kathmandu the first day.

Day 02: Drive to Syabru Besi (1450 meters) 7 hrs
A seven-hour drive from Kathmandu will take you to Syabru Besi on the second day. It is located to the North of Kathmandu Valley and the drive is quite pleasant as you pass through some scenic beauty along the Trishuli River via Dhunche, the district headquarters of Rasuwa district. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (2500 meters) 5 hrs
The real trek commences on the third day as we cross the Bhote Koshi River and follow along the Langtang River. This trail gradually ascends through dense bamboo forests. We trek close to 1000 meters on the third day as the popular Lama Hotel is located at an alitude of nearly 2500 meters. The destination for the third day is the Lama Hotel where you will be staying for the night. Moreover, if your are lucky enough, you might see spot Red Pandas, monkeys and bears along the trail.

Day 04: Trek to Langtang (3514 meters) 5 hrs
We cover another 1000 meters in a day as we reach Langtang valley on the fourth day of the trek. The trek route follows the route of ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which in Nepali means the Horse stable. After this, the trail is quite steady as we cross the beautiful while watching the Himalayan Yaks grazing on the field. Langtang village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and the view of breathtaking Himalayas from Langtang is quite famous. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin (3900 meters) 4 hrs
Trek from Langtang to Kyamjin is just about mere 400 meters, but the trek is fascinating because we come across several Cheese factories that are quite popular for the quality of cheese they produce. More over there are several Buddhist monasteries in the Kyanjin and the most popular one is the Kanjin Gompa which is known among the tourists. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Back to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin 5 hrs
On the sixth day we return back to Lama Hotel from the beautiful Kyanjin. As it is a downhill climbing, it takes less than five hours to reach the Lama Hotel. We will be staying at the Lama Hotel for the second time during the travel itinerary.

Day 07: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2200m) 5hrs
On day seven, we further descend from the Lama Hotel enjoining the natural beauty on offer. While on the route to Thulo Syabru, we might also be priviledged to see more of Red Pandas, monkeys and various rare species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful traditional village in Rasuwa which also offers unadulterated views of the Ganesh Himal (7110meters), Langtang Himal and other mountain ranges. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Dhunche (1950m) 4hrs
The eighth day, we trek until Dhunche, the Rasuwa district headquarters. It is a short trek from Thulo Syabru and it takes around 4 hours to get to the district headquarters. Upon reaching Dhunche, we will be resting for the rest of the day in a gueshouse in Dhunche.

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu 6hrs
You will drive back to Kathmandu, the capital city on day nine of the trip while enjoying the wonderful views along the Highway and along the banks of Trishuli River. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will be sightseeing around the Capital city of
Kathmandu. Several world heritage sites including Basantapur Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddha Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, among others, are located in Kathmandu that will keep the tourists enchanted.

Day 11- Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 11th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof 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.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • 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. so, don't go cheap here.
  • 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 (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside 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).
  • 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).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at 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).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 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 our 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.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • 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 mole skin, 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.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • 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).
  • 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 light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

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

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.

Trip Facts

Duration: 11 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Seasons : All Season
Type: Modarate
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu
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