Langtang valley lies just north of Kathmandu and trekking here offers the opportunity to explore Tamang villages, to climb small peaks and to see glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Much of the route is through semi-tropical forests where moss covers the ground and lush fern and orchids cling to tree trunks. Emerging from the forests the trail, often lined by mani walls, crosses wide meadows and yak pastures. Reaching KyanjinGompa, a village lying on 3830m one can spend a day relaxing and enjoying the scenery or go climbing a small peak with views of the entire LangtangLirung embracing the glacier. Whilst retracing our steps past water-driven mills and prayer wheels to SyabruKhola we head back to our starting point in SybruBesi.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided.
Eve: Pre departure trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1460 m) about 7 hours. Packed lunch boxes will be provided and a lunch break will be arranged at a convenient spot on the drive en-route. Upon arrival, disembark from the vehicle and head straight to camp to be welcomed by the Sherpa team waiting with refreshment snacks.
Dinner and overnight at Syabru Besi.
Follow the left bank of the Bhote Kosi for about 15 minutes and then enter a narrow path to the right of the route that leads to Tibet. As one ascends a steep grassy mountainside, a wide path merges from the left. Follow this path until it turns right but take the narrow left path from this junction and head towards Sherpa Gaon and further up to Lama Hotel.
The mountain slopes eases as one enters the cultivated fields and then climbing to the Tibetan Village of Kakdinma, a village of about 15 houses. Continue to climb and the elevation gradually increases. The Bhote Kosi becomes more far below as Ganesh Himal appears to the near. Soon one ascends to the shoulder of a ridge called Bhanjyang, a small grassy place that is an excellent resting spot to enjoy the surrounding mountain scenery. This brings an end to the long arduous climb from the Bhote Kosi. While descending the mountain path, views of the Gosaikund Himal appear ahead and atop the ridge on the opposite bank, is a row of houses of Syabru Village.
Descend further and wind around a branch ridge from the main ridge and come to a small mountain village of Sherpa Gaon(Village). From here, descend down a poor mountain path nearing the Langtang Khola and after passing the cattle pastures join the main trail from Syabru. Thereafter simply follow the Langtang Khola along a gentle climb to the settlement of Lama Hotel, a name given to this settlement after the first hotel "Lama Hotel" was established to cater to the individual trekking tourists. Trek duration- 6 hours.
Dinner and overnight at Lama Hotel.
Trek to Langtang (3,307 m) from Lama Hotel via Goratabela , cut through the cultivated fields, which dot the landscape, and after a short while, cross a steep hill. The forested zones end and now follow a gently sloping path amid low shrubs to emerge to grassy fields. The Village of langtang appears with the outline of Ganchempo (6387m) behind it. Climb the gently rising grassy area and pass below a monastery to enter Langtang, a large Sherpa village, where the houses are enclosed by stonewalls. Trek duration- 3 hours. Dinner and overnight at Langtang.
Set out through the village and after a short climb arrive at a chorten. From this point there is an amazingly long mani stonewall which is truly a memorable sight. Continue along a gently sloping path atop terraced hills and after passing two villages the valley widens and becomes U – shaped. The trail enters a level, dry riverbed and after crossing the flow from the Lirung Glacier, visible on the left side are the Kimshun (6745m) and Yansa Tsenji (6543m). Cross an old lateral moraine and arrive at Kyanjin Gompa. Out here there is a Government rest house, cheese factory and a monastery. From Kyanjin, there are 180-degree views of the mountains at eye-to-eye level, which is simply breathtaking. Trek duration 3 Hrs. In the afternoon, you have the option to rest amidst the mountain scenery or climb the northern flank of the Chair Pooch Peak (4000 m). From the peak you can watch the views of the Langtang Lirung (7,245m) and the Ganesh Himal in the west and the Ganjala Himal in the south and a view of the pass crossing which leads to Helambu . Trek duration – 2~3 hours. Dinner and overnight at Kyangjin Gompa.
This day is rest for acclimatization. You have the option to trek to either to the foot of the Langtang Lirung glacier or to Langsisa glacier. Full day excursion for Kyanjin Gompa / Langshisa Glacier / Kyanjin Gompa with packed lunch. From Kyanjin Gompa enter a wide alluvial delta. Cut across the gently undulating surface and cross a stream to arrive at an airstrip from which the entire outline of the Langtang Lirung can be appreciated. Pass the airstrip and follow the river as Langshisa Ri (6427m) appears at the far end of the valley while the form of gangchempo on the opposite bank is transformed. Climb the rocky terraced hills from the river path and arrive at the stone huts of Jatang.
Beyond Jatang, descend once more to the dry riverbed and then return immediately to the terraced hills to see the terminal moraine of the Shalbachum Glacier pushing into the valley. Just before this moraine is Nubamatang with its five stone huts. Cut across the grassy fields and climb the terminal moraine diagonally for a grand vista – Directly ahead in the wide mountain valley are Pemathang Karpo Ri (6830m), Triangle and Pemathang Ri (6842m), to the right is Langshisa Ri. Descend to Langshisa Kharka (4125m) for views of Kanshurum (6078m) and Urkinmang (6151m) at the far reaches of the Langshisa Glacier.
Dinner and overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.
Trek Back track to Ghore Tabela-Dinner and overnight at Ghoretabela.