Our Langtang trek is specifically timed to catch the plants of the Langtang and Jugal Himal at their finest. But this trek is no gentle trundle through the forest; it is an exhilarating trek through an alpine valley and includes a day of exploration at our highest camp. At first the lower reaches of the trail are bordered by terraced fields of mustard which, enhanced by the rich yellow blossoms of double jasmine, set the valleys ablaze, Higher up, dense forests of Spanish Oak give way to meadows of Daphne and Gentian which compete with each other in a riot of colour.
This is a 10 day, Grade 3+ (moderate to strenuous) trek.
On arrival meet assist by Mountain Travel representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Your morning transport from Kathmandu takes you all the way through to Syabru Besi, a lovely small village on the banks of the Bhote Khola. Beginning the trek from here allows you to cover some of the best trekking country in Nepal that relatively few foreign trekkers visit.
From Syabru Besi you start your trek to Lama Hotel. The trail crosses the Bhote Khola using a suspension bridge and continues east. You encounter the Langtang Khola which will be your companion all the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail starts as a moderate climb and zig-zags up the broad valley. Continuing up, you will see the village of Thulu Syabru clinging to the high valley side. Shortly after you will join a trail which leads to (and from) Thulu Syabru. You will then enter a deep gorge which signifies the start of the Langtang valley. From here you will start a steady descent through a bamboo forest to the valley floor. Red pandas and Langur monkeys inhabit this forest. Upon reaching the Langtang Khola you will follow it up stream. Passing through the hamlet of Pairo you will reach the village of Bamboo. This village is situated on the riverside and the trail here is constantly having to be rebuilt due to the river flooding and washing the trail away. After an hour or so you will cross a bridge to the northern side of the river and pass through the village of Rimche. Shortly after this you will briefly climb out of the forest to reach the village of Lama hotel.
Leaving Lama Guest House you continue your climb up the Langtang valley. The area here is still forested and again you might catch a glimpse of a red panda. After a short while the mighty peak of Langtang Lirung comes into view from the north. Passing a waterfall you continue up the west bank of the Langtang Khola and pass through the hamlet of Gumnchok. After a couple of hours the valley begins to widen and the trail flattens. You pass through Ghora Tabela which means “stable of the horse”. You will trek past a National Park checkpoint and then cross a small wooden bridge and continue through the forest. Many villagers in this area advertise the local “yak curd”- you could try some here! Around 10,335ft/3,150m you climb above the tree-line. Approaching Langtang you will see a 400 year old Buddhist gompa (monastery) on your left and a few minutes later you climb into Langtang village itself.
From Langtang you continue up the everwidening valley to Kyanjing Gompa. After passing through the Upper Langtang village you will walk past a series of long mani walls. To the east you will gain great views of the peak “Dorji Lakpa” with “Urkinmang” to its left. Also to the south, the peaks of “Naya Kanga” and “Pongen Dopku” will come into view. After a steep, undulating trail you will cross a rise and KyanGjin Gompa will appear. Overnight Yak Hotel or Yeti Guesthouse.
Kyanjing Gompa lies in an elongated amphitheatre surrounded by high, snow capped peaks. While you are here you may want to explore the local area. It is possible to climb the small hill to the north of the village at the height of about 4,107ft/4,300m. This offers great views of Langtang Lirung (23,765ft/7,245m), the Langtang glacier, Kimshing peak with its glacier and to the south, a long ridge on top of which is the Ganja La, a high pass to Helambu. Alternatively you could continue east to the valley and visit the Lagshisha glacier which marks the end of the Langtang valley. A hike to Chergo La has the best mountain view.
After your time spent in Kyangjin Gompa, you now return down the valley. As the next two days are mostly downhill you are able to cover a lot of distance. You will gain great views returning down the valley, especially the sun flitting through the leaves once you have dropped below the tree line.
From Lama Hotel you continue down the valley crossing the Langtang Khola just before the village of Bamboo. You will contour round the head of the valley and Thulo Syabru will come into view perched atop of a ridge. You drop down to cross a bridge and then climb up through terraced fields and farm houses to reach this pretty village. Overnight Hotel Snowfall which has en suite facilities!.
From Thulo Syabru you head south to Sing Gompa. The trail zig-zags up hill and after 45 minutes you will reach a stupa. There are spectacular views of the valley below with “Ganesh Himal” reaching up to the west and to the north a range of unnamed peaks just over the border in Tibet. There are a few teashops on your climb and after about 3½ hours of climbing you reach the top of the ridge where you will be pleased to have refreshments and lunch at Phoprang hill. From here you head south contouring around the western side of the ridge. The trail leads you through a forest, over another ridge before climbing a ladder to cross a wall and into Sing Gompa itself, which is a small village with a few lodges, a gompa (from which the village derives its name) and its own cheese factory. Sing is the Tibetan name for the trees in the area.
Leaving Sing Gompa you head north east. There is a climb for 30 minutes before reaching an even stretch. You then cross to the other side of the forested ridge you are following. After another short climb you pass through the hamlet of Chalang Pati. From here you continue climbing and rise above the tree-line just over 11,483ft/3,500m. After another few hundred meters climb, you will gain stunning panoramic views of the mountains around. Ganesh Himal rises up to the north and Langtang Lirung is to your east. To the left of Ganesh Himal you will be able to see Manaslu and even the Annapurnas including Machhapuchre (the fishtail peak) and Annapurna II. You pass through Laurabina Yak, which means “yak without a stick”. Later you walk down to Sing GOmpa for the lunch. After lunch walk down to Dhunche.
Overnight at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.