- Trip Style: Langtang2
- Ways to Travel: Guided
- Activities: Culture
- Group Size: 2-12
- High Altitude 4100M
This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, with rich Tamang culture. Many years ago Nepal, fought with Tibet for salt and some of the biggest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in Salt and mountain goats for meat (changra) with foodstuffs from the south. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the “Tamang Heritage Trail” is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle. Combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.
Starting from: Kathmandu Ending at: Kathmandu
Type of trek: Teahouse Grade: Moderate
Highest point: 3.800 m Himalayan Sightseeing: Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Kerong Range….
Best season: May to October
Day 1 Drive to Syabrubesi [2.000 m] Local Tea House
Early morning drive Kathmandu to Syabru besi on bus. The road continues to the beautiful villages at the foot of the mountains where your journey begins from. Overnight at Syabrubesi
Day 2 Trek to Gatlang [2.238 m] Local Tea House
After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljang valley for the Lunch which is an hour walking down hill from the the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarfs) and the home made local drinks Rakshi accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Get refreshed and enjoy the local Syabru dance. Overnight at the community lodge.
Day 3 Trek to Tatopani [2.380 m] Local Tea House
This would be the longest day of the entire trip and will take about 7 hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will be ascending up crossing the hanging bridge. Ascend continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means ‘hot water’, you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Dinner and overnight stay at local tea house.
Day 4 Trek to Thuman [2.238 m] Local Tea House
The trail ascends to Nagthali Danda (3300m) the high open grassland with amazing views of snow covered Himalayas. Stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda. One can enjoy the view and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Trek continues down to Thuman, Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Dinner and overnight at local tea house.
Day 5 Trek to Briddim Local Tea House
The trail begins with flatter trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for the lunch. Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet boarder) is just 3hrs walk from Timure lies on the bank of River. After lunch the trail continues for Briddim another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. Homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and fooding are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Then the locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing the live craftsmanship. Overnight homestay.
Day 6 Briddim trek to Lama Hotel [2.748 m] (6 hrs) Local Tea House
Our trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, which is literally only a few kilometres away. We then gradually climb up through the sub-tropical forests, teeming with bird-life, to join the trail from Syabru. We follow the river, climbing through uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and maybe catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. We continue climbing along a steep trail to our camp in the forest.
Day 7 Lamahotel trek to Langtang [3.500 m] (6hrs) Local Tea House
As we continue climbing today there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.
Day 8 Langtang trek to Kanjin [3.800 m] (4 hrs) Local Tea House
The trail 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 moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions.
Day 9 Kanjin rest day and hike to Langsisa Kharka or Glacier Langtang - Lirung or hike to Kyangjin ri [5.600 m] Local Tea House
A day to rest and explore the area. We can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [or “peak” – 4.350 m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Day 10 Kanjin trek to Lama hotel (6 hours) Local Tea House
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.
Day 11 Lama Hotel trek to Thulosyabru (5-6 hours) Local Tea House
The trek today follows the same route for an hour, then after the bridge there is a pleasant walk through the rain and bamboo forest. The trail leaves the river down below and climbs uphill through a landslide area of rocks and boulders. It then passes through farm terraces till Tholo Syabru with its row of houses perched on a ridge. Tholo Syabru also has a monastery near its helipad, just few minutes up from the village.
Day 12 Thulosyabru trek to Dhunche (5 hours) Local Tea House
Today we go to Dhunche, at an altitude of 1.764 metres, is the capital of Rasuwa distric. With around 500 houses, its population is of 2.000 people. The town is divided in to upper and lower Dhunche with the lower town being the main part of town, yet without lodges. These are found in the upper part of town, where we will stay overnight.
Day 13 Dhunche drive to Kathmandu (6-7 hours) Hotel
Today we conclude the trip with a journey back to Kathmandu.
Inclusions & Details
Offer includes: All meals with tea or coffee, accommodation in teahouses / home stay, a guide, a porter, ground transportation, entry permits, all necessaries for Nepali staff (meals, accommodation in tea houses, equipments, insurance).
Offer excludes: Private transportation, any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
Private Transportation-Land Cruise:
Kathmandu-SyabruBensi 200 US$ one way
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