Trekking around Langtang combines the picturesque valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes of Gosainkund and the beautiful Helambu Valley lower down. The Langtang valley lies within one of the most pristine national parks of Nepal, which perhaps explains the high appeal of this trekking route. Situated north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border, it is the most easily accessible trek route from the capital. This is the only trek that can begin right from the edge of Kathmandu valley. However, most trekkers prefer to begin their journey from Shyabrubesi on the banks of the Langtang River that lies on the newly built road to Tibet through Rasuwa.
The unique Langtang valley is encircled by snow-capped mountains with the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,246m) standing tall above the rest. The trek takes you through forests, delightful farmland and simple highland villages. The deep gorges of Bhote Koshi and Langtang Khola are thickly forested with rhododendron, oak, maple and alder. Larch, a rare deciduous conifer, is also found in the forests of lower Langtang Valley. The stretch of forest around GhodaTabela in the lower Langtang valley and below Gosainkunda is inhabited by the Red panda, a rare and threatened animal that is on the list of endangered species. Besides the Red panda, the forests are inhabited by a varied wildlife: wild boar, Himalayan black bear, ghoral, Grey langur monkey and leopard are some of the animals found here. In the higher altitudes reside the Himalayan thahr, musk deer and the beautiful, elusive cat, the Snow leopard.
Langtang is best explored on foot. There are many possible trails to choose from depending on time at hand and your interests. The original starting point for the Langtang trek used to be Dhunche, the main trading post of the area, but with the motor road reaching Shyabrubesi which is only a day's drive from Kathmandu, treks today begin here. The usual trek to the upper reaches of Langtang takes four days. Once Ghoda Tabela is reached, the valley opens out and the landscape takes on a dramatic transformation with great mountain views, massive rock overhangs and waterfalls spilling over from the top. The climbing stops and it’s an easy hike all the way to Kyanjin Gompa from where you can explore the high valley of Langshisa, Yala peak and Tsero, Ri. The villages of upper Langtang are inhabited by people of Tibetan stock whereas the villages of Dhunche, Bharkhu and Shyabrubesi are almost entirely inhabited by the Tamang people whose ancestors crossed into Nepal from Tibet centuries ago. The people of Langtang are Buddhists and refrain from slaughtering animals. They earn their livelihood herding yaks and sheep and their favorite meal is Shyakpa, a delicious mixed vegetable soup- based dish.
Kyanjin is a summer settlement, with the popular Kyanjin Gompa (made famous by the book “Snow Leopard”) and a cheese factory at 3,740m, known as Yala Cheese Factory. Kyanjin is also known for the local bakery where trekkers line up to buy their delicacies. There is a STOL airstrip at Chhaldang, a short distance east of Kyangjin. Visiting the Yala Cheese Factory and the small lakes beyond Yala are worth the trouble. Yala is half a day’s walk from Kyanjin Gompa. Further up the pastures of Langsisa (4,084 m) are amazing views that await the determined trekker.
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Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters)
There you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel
Day 02- Trip briefing, Sightseeing, last minute preparation
You will meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, with Mosaic Adventure's professional tour guide we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03- Drive to Sybru Bensi (1462meters) by bus. 8 hours.
From Kathmandu, we take seven- eight hour drive to Syabru Besi. Daily buses leave for Syabru Besi. Kathmandu via Trishuli to Dhunche 1950m. From Trishuli to Syabru besi is rough road some time in monsoon road will block. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04- Trek to Lama Hotel (2500meters) 5 hours.
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. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400meters) through Bamboo (1960meters) which lies at 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
Day 05- Trek to Langtang Village (3307meters) 5 hours.
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 meter. 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 to 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
Day 06- Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3798meters) 4 hours.
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
Day 07- Trek to Lama Hotel (2500meters) 6 hours.
Morning visit around Kyangjin Gompa and afternoon return Lama Hotel, we take a route back to Lama Hotel following 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
Day 08: Trek to Syabru Bensi
We hike back to Syabru Besi 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 teahouse
Day 09: Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu which will takes us around 8 hours.
Day 10: Rest day in Kathmandu, Farewell dinner followed by traditional cultural show, Overnight at Hotel
Day 11: Final Departure to onward destination.