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Langtang Valley - Nepal

Overview

A fantastic ten day trek in the high Himalaya of Nepal in the superb Langtang valley, which is the closest of the national parks to Kathmandu. The valley is accessible from Kathmandu by vehicle and is renowned for its flora in addition to the soaring heights of the Himalayan peaks surrounding it.This trek is close to the Tibetan border and has beautiful views of the mountains, including Shishapangma, one of the 8000 metre peaks. There is also the option to undertake this trek on horseback.

Group Logistics

We drive to the Park with 4x4 vehicles and then trekking and possible horse riding through the Park using lodges and porters with a Sherpa guide. The terrain is mountainous but not precipitous, with forest, terraced hill slopes and valley hikes leading to high pastures and eventually the moraine of the glaciers and the peaks. The route passes through settlements and villages, although this is a far less populated and visited region than Khumbu or Annapurna.

More Information

This trek gives ten days spent in the spectacular Langtang region of Nepal, situated to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is a protected area where the majority of residents are Tamang and the climatic zones range from subtropical to alpine. The beautiful Langtang Valley contains several glacial lakes including Gosainkunda Lake which is sacred to Hindus, and a number of high peaks including Yala Peak and Baden Powell peak.

Staff

Staff – all our main staff speak either good or fluent English, and they all work for Adventure Alternative Nepal full time. We also have a team of porters, assistant guides and cooks who all come from the village of Bupsa and Bumburi in the solu Khumbu and work seasonally while also managing their farms.

Pasang Tendi Sherpa is the director and lead guide for the company, and has made many expeditions to the high peaks. He is married to Sarasoti, who manages the guesthouse, and has a daughter (Elli Dolma) and son (Jubilee). Pasang is one of the few Sherpas to have experience of other mountain ranges such as the Andes and his attention to detail and western requirements is very good.

Chiring Sherpa is not a climber but has been guiding treks for 25 years. He is a little older, quietly spoken, polite and patient, and he takes his time while trekking. He particularly loves the flora and speaks knowledgeably about the land use and culture.

Wongdi Sherpa was employed by Thamserku trekking as a head trekking guide and expedition cook for eighteen years, and has visited most regions in Nepal. He has made the pilgrimage around Mt Kailash seventy two times and is an exuberant personality, particularly good at organisation and handling daily logistics.

Lopsang Sherpa is a climbing guide in his mid twenties with two summits of Everest to his name and a keen desire to become a lead climber on high altitude expeditions. He has a wife and son, speaks good English and is quite laid back, attentive with clients on climbing days, and confident on the mountain.

Parks and Animals

Langtang remained unknown until Bill Tilman’s expedition in 1949, the same year that the Royal Geographic Society and the Alpine Club asked for permission to explore the south side of Everest; this was refused, but Tilman and Peter Lloyd were allowed into Langtang, where they searched for a way into Tibet. Tilman discovered a pass (still called Tilman’s Pass) beyond Gangchempo leading south through the wild Jugal Himal and back to Kathmandu.

Today, despite the road going up the Trisuli Valley all the way to Dhunche, the valley is still a rarely visited area and retains an air of remoteness and adventure. The Park has similar climatic pattern to Sagamartha National Park, but the subtropical area to the south ensures a wider variety of animals, including musk deer, Himalayan black bears and the Himalyan tahr (a large ungulate), langur monkeys, ghorals, and the rare snow leopard and red pandas. Trees include oak, blue pine, birch, maple and in the springtime the hillsides are heavy with rhododendron flowers.

You can find further information on the Government of Nepal website.

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Dates and Itinerary

Our programme starts with day 1 being the day of arrival into Kathmandu and day 14 being the day you fly home.

2014
4th October - 17th October
Broad Itinerary

2 days in Kathmandu at the start followed by one days driving to Langtang region, nine days trekking, and one days drive back to Kathmandu. The trekking is not too difficult or precipitous and would appeal to people who are particularly interested in flora and fauna, a historical trek which is not as frequented as the Khumbu or Annapurna regions, and in particular a visit to the Tamang communities.

Time in Country

12 days in-country, although you can choose to arrive earlier or stay longer. Our itinerary allows for 2 nights in Kathmandu at the start and one at the end before flying home.
There are two days of driving to get to, and back from, the start of the trek. The actual trek lasts a total of nine days.

Detailed Itinerary
Day Elevation Travel Time Info
1-3 1966m 8 hours drive to start of trek Arrival in Kathmandu is day 1, airport pick up and two nights stay in hotel in the capital for sightseeing and overcoming jetlag. D On day 3 we drive from Kathmandu north to Dhunche (1966m) by private vehicle, following scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas. Overnight in lodge.
4 2581m 5 hours Trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru (2581m) which takes about five and a half hours and onto to Thulo Syabru (6950ft, 2120m). The walk is leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes, descending to a ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset can be spectacular; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridgeline above. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and the Tibetan Himal ranges. Overnight stay at lodge.
5 2470m 5 hours Trek from Syabru, descending along the ridge and dropping to the Ghopche Khola and then ascending evenly to Rimche (2400m) through bamboo forest where it is possible to catch sight of the red panda, monkey and black bear, although these animals are naturally secretive and shy.
6 3500m 5 hours Continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola which becomes steeper and leads to a log bridge and the lush meadows of Ghora Tabela beyond. Along the way there is a beautiful sight of Langtang Lirung (7246m), and the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. After crossing a stream we reach Langtang village at a height of 3500 metres, which is the headquarters for the park and has traditional flat rooved Tibetan style houses, small hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at lodge.
7 3870m 3 hours The walk to Kyangjin climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and patches of moraine, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin where there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with surrounding snow covered peaks. Overnight stay at lodge.
8 - 12 Tamang Heritage trek back to start of the journey staying in teahouses and community lodges. This is a newly open trail and offers visitors a chance to experience the old way of living and experience the Tamang way of life, via villages of Briddim, Thuman, Tatopani and Gatlang. We end up back at Syabru Besi for the drive to Kathmandu.
13 8 hours Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight in hotel.
14 Flight home

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Cost

Langtang Valley cost: £1,095.00
Single room supplement: £75.00

Includes
  • In-country logistics & support
  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Porters and their accommodation & food
  • Accommodation and meals and hot drinks on trek in lodges or community lodges
  • Private vehicle for transport
  • 3 nights bed and breakfast in a hotel in Kathmandu
Excludes
  • Air Fare to Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional nights in Kathmandu
  • Mineral water, soft drinks or boiled drinking water on trek
  • Single room supplements
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
  • Horse: £400.00
    We can provide a horse to ride if you wish, the fee includes fodder and the horse owner to attend.
Not all about money

This trek supports the Tamang Heritage Association because the return route passes through their land and staying in their community lodges allows them to benefit from tourism revenue.

Insurance

We encourage you to buy insurance prior to your trip well in advance to cover potential cancellation costs, and it is a requirement for any of our holidays that you are covered for all the usual contingencies on a trek. This includes possible helicopter evacuation.

Local Providers

Adventure Alternative Nepal is the local provider for this trek and we have spent many years investing in and providing training for our Nepalese staff. We can vouch for all of them and you will be free to email or skype your trek guides prior to the trip.

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Fitness

You do not need to be super-fit for this trip, however the climbs are moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of altitude may also further tax your body. You need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.

Type of Terrain

The trek generally follows a well trodden path all the way though this can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment.

You will meet people along the way of course, and also yaks. There is only one rule of the road when meeting an oncoming yak, and that is to always ensure you step to one side, towards the inside of the trail.

Walking poles are useful but not necessary, depending on whether you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. Higher up, the open slopes and moraine may give you added reassurance with a pole, but again the path is quite easy to follow.

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Gear

Kit List
  • The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move efficiently on the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
  • There is a detailed list via the menu below and to the right but the main points to cover are as follows:-
  • BAGS - Large Duffle bag/Rucksack ~80L (for a porter to carry) + Medium Daypack ~40L (carried by you)
  • SHELL - Top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain
  • INSULATION - Warm layered system to keep you warm- body hands & Head
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away sweat and to strip down to when it gets hot
  • FEET - Comfortable, Waterproof boots to support your ankles over rough terrain. Lighter footwaer to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag to get a good nights sleep at the lodges
  • EATING/DRINKING - Water bottles & favorite snacks for during the day
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - To allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister
Additional Kit Info

Luggage Allowance on Internal Flights

Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 10kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can pay for extra luggage allowance at 120rupees(~0.75GBP)/kg. However, note that the amount that the plane can carry also has a limit! You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu.

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Why Us

  • All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest
  • You will get to travel with local guides who not only lead trekking groups but are experienced in high altitude expeditions and even Everest climbs.
  • We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which support the local economy.
  • We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
  • We follow the IPPG five guidelines on porter safety
  • Porters' health and welfare is constantly monitored by local and UK trekking group leaders. Through Moving Mountains we consistently work to improve conditions for porters.
  • All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what it’s like to go up for the first time, before you go.
  • We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
  • We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Nepal in a real way.
  • Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
  • Financial security guaranteed as we are AITO bonded.

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