Self exploration is what Langtang trekking is all about. It is a must trek if you are a die-hard trekker and specially, if it is to the Langtang glacier. The Langtang trekking, itself can be accomplish in a week’s time but your heart will not stop at that. That is if you want to explore the valley. The trek begins, where you are set to be captivated by the destructive feat of engineering of the road that leads you to the lead and zinc mines of Ganesh Himal. Then there is the unforgiving valley of the Trisuli River that diverts your way to the Langtang Valley. Two days of yours is spent in briskly climbing the gorge of the lower valley that are clustered with oak and rhododendron treks, to suddenly emerge from you ascend to picturesque scenes of old moraine and snow capped peaks. It is a spectacular view of a U-shaped glacial valley. In the season of spring, it is a massive bed of seasonal flowers and autumn of barberry bushes which taken on a rustic colour.
The upper valley has two Bhotiyas villages in the Langtang region – the first where you get to acclimatize which is at 3,300m and the second, known as Kyanjin at 3,750m that is proud to show off their Gompa and along with it; a cheese factory and chalet lodge.
Then, there is Tsergo Ri (Ri small hill) at 5,033m where you get to climb and also to explore the upper valley glaciers. One gets the serenity of white wilderness of peaks and specially that of the 8,013m Shisha Pangma.
The trek to Langtang
Your trek to Langtang begins after having reached Syabrubesi from Kathmandu by bus. Your first stop for the night is at Lama Hotel, from where the next stop over is at Langtang, then you are truly in the region.
The following day we hit the trail for Kyungjin which is at an elevation of 3798 m. Here we get to to acclimatise and to do a short climb to the summit of Tsergo Ri where one gets the scintillating panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks in the vicinity.
From Kyungjin it is back to Lama Hotel but not home as yet, as now, our hike takes you to Thulo Syabru from where the next stop for the night is Sing Gompa; we get a taste of Buddhist culture first hand. Now we hit the road on foot for Gosainkund that is at a height of 4380 m and houses a freshwater lake and is also a holy area for the Hindus, as it is said to have been the dwelling place of Lord Shiva and his spouse.
The following four day’s hike takes us to Sundarijal which is on the edge of Kathmandu in the vicinity of the Shivapuri forest area after having stopped at Gopte 3440 m, Mangan Kharka, Gulphu Bhanjyang 2125 m and Chisopani (translates to cool water in the local language). From Sundarijal, it is a short bus ride back to your hotel.
1. Day One – Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and token for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu sightseeing.
2. Day Two – To Syabrubesi (2130m) – ( Approx 7 hour’s drive)
We begin our journey by bus heading in the northwest direction reaching Karkani and then heading down to the Trishuli River. On arrive at Trishuli Bazaar, we halt for lunch and then finally head for Dhunche and then Syabrubesi. O/N stay at lodge.
3. Day Three – Lama Hotel (2500m) – ( Approx 6 hour’s trek)
We start the trek in earnest along the Langtang stream through thick forest. After several locally made bridges and tea houses with a number of ascend and descend, we reach Lama Hotel; famed for giving reprieved to trekkers which built a small hamlet.
4. Day Four – To Langtang (3439m) – ( Approx 7 hour’s trek)
The day’s trek commences through the dense forest of the previous day and the numerous climbs and descends. On entering clear space the scintillating view of the Langtang peak comes into sight. Here the ground is more opened and sights of water mills, chortens, prayer wheels and mounts of sacred rocks become apparent.
5. Day Five – To Kyangjin (3798m) – (Approx 4 hour’s trek)
On leaving the village, we head past yak pastures and massive mani walls with prayers in Nepali inscribed on them. Crossing a number of bridges, we find the air getting thinner. We finally get to Kyangjin with the Himalayan on four sides.
6. Day six – Kyangjin: rest day – Short climb to Thergo Ri (5000m)
Today we rest to get use to the altitude we are in with a short climb to Thergo Ri (5000m) Ri in the local dialect means small mount, giving you a pictorial view of the surroundings.
7. Day Seven – To Lama Hotel (2500m) – (Approx 6 hour’s trek)
We retrace our footsteps all the way back to Lama Hotel which will seem short as now most of the hike would be mostly downhill.
8. Day Eight – To Thulo Syabru (2130m) – (Approx 5 hour’s trek)
We again retrace part of the trek back to Syabrubesi and along the way, before Doman we divert way to U Kyang and along a circuit trail get to Thulo Syabru.
9. Day Nine – To Sing Gompa (3030m) – (Approx 7 hour’s trek)
Following in the southern direction, we first get to Gursagang and then onto Danda. Via forest of varies flora and fauna and hopping across a number streams and finally on a eastern turn we get to Sing Gompa, on the edge of a ridge in an area of dead forest.
10. Day Ten – To Gosaikund (4460m) – (Approx 6 hour’s trek)
The day’s hike takes us up a number of ridges with views of scrubs and low vegetation on the slop, the trail gives way to a deep forest and emerges at Chalang Pati (3650m). Ascending through fabulous view of the Langtang Valley, we touch Laurebina from where the trail ascend and then starts the climb first to Saraswati Kund, Bhairav Kund; famed for its Hindu shrines and the onto Gosaikund; a holy pilgrim site for Hindus.
11. Day Eleven – To Gopte (3440m) – (Approx 7 hour’s trek)
The day’s trek moves around the Gosainkund Lake and via rugged terrain to a pass and then crosses moraines. Passing through Laurebina La, Phedi and Dupi Chaur (3630m), we finally get to Gopte, from where the outline of Kathmandu come into view.
12. Day Twelve – To Mangan Kharka (3285m) – (Approx 5 hour’s trek)
The trek takes off up and down a number of descends past moraines, ravines and boulders to Tharepati on a ridge (3640m) and the descending down to Mangan Kharka after a couple of hours.
13. Day Thirteen – Gulphu Bhanjyang (2125m) – (Approx 4 hour’s trek)
Descending and walking in reverse, we first get to Panghu, Khutumsang and finally to Gul Bhanjyang.
14. Day Fourteen – To Chisopani (2195m) – (Approx 6 hour’s trek)
It does not take much in this trek as it is practically downhill with a few ascends, but the views is breathtaking all the way to Chisopani (cool water in the local dialect).
15. Day Fifteen – To Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu (1400m)
We finally trek to Sundarijal as the sight of Kathmandu comes more and more in view through the Shivapuri Forest reserve. From here it is a one hour drive through the traffic of Kathmandu and onto a hotel for rest.
16. Day Sixteen – Farewell from Kathmandu
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What is the best time of year to trek?
You can find good places to trek somewhere in the Himalayas at anytime of the year. However for most regions the best time is from October to May, with Oct-Nov having best weather for trekking. During the autumn nights are cold in the high Himalaya, but the bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature (20 degree centigrade to 5 centigrade in the night). Above 3500m temperature range goes down to -10 degree centigrade, and in winter (Dec-Jan) it is about 10 degrees colder.
How fit do I have to be to do a trek?
Whilst you do not need to be super-fit, you need to be fit enough to comfortably walk for 5-6 hours per day in the mountains on reasonable trails. Most of our customers have an interest in walking in the hills or countryside of their homeland and are used to similar daily trips.
What is a typical group size? Will I fit in?
We pride ourselves in our small group approach to Adventure Travel. Small groups allow you to share great company without crowding your experience. Our typical groups range in size from 2 up to 8. One of the attractions of such a trip is the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and personalities
What if the dates for the group treks don’t fit my itinerary?
If this is the case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. Additionally if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek we can organize the hotels and quote you a price.
Are your tours guaranteed to run?
If you are group of two and more the trip is guaranteed to run.
Do I need to buy special equipment?
Usually our clients simply bring their existing clothing and equipment and if necessary supplement this with some extra items purchased cheaply in Kathmandu.
What gear to bring?
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Day pack for daily personal items
Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of walking socks
2 warm shirts/ thin fleece
1 pair of thin thermal under trousers.
Long trousers for walking (or long skirt for women)
Gloves (it’s cold on the Thorung La, Laurebina Pass and Cho La)
Warm hat which covers your ears (for the Kali Gandaki and Thorung La – it’s windy)
Base ball cap or broad brim hat to keep the sun off (Australian Barmah recommended)
Soap and soap dish
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Tampons – hard to buy in rural areas
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Sheet of plastic (Use as a poncho if it rains)
1 roll of toilet paper. You can buy more on the way.
2 large plastic bag. One for smelly clothes, one for things which must be kept dry.
Small good quality padlock
Iodine tablets for water purification
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Notes. All of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu at nominal prices. However we suggest you bring hiking boots from your home country if you decided to purchase these items in Kathmandu .
Can I store stuff that I do not use on trek?
Yes, all hotels provide storage facility for free.
Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is a condition of booking a tour with Green Lotus Trekking, and your responsibility to ensure for type of tours you are undertaking; the policy must include satisfactory cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to Green Lotus Trekking when available.
Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes. You can apply in your home country thorough Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or obtain it at the airport on arrival by paying fee as below:
Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100
Notes. We suggest you to bring the exact change. You also need bring 2 passport size photo.
Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
I am a single trekker. How does this work?
Normally single trekkers have no problems fitting in with a group. Normally single trekkers share rooms or lodges with other trekkers of the same sex, but if we have an odd-number we ensure that a room or lodge is organised accordingly.
How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking we will require deposit of $250 for treks and $300 for a peak climbing which can be made by bank transfer or online through paypal.com (leading transaction site). The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque. Alternatively balance can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal shortly before arriving in Kathmandu.
Beside deposit payment what information do I need to forward?
Following details is needed to process your trekking permit, national park permit, flight booking etc.
Place of issue:
Date of birth:
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines):
All above info can be sent electronically via email.
How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5-8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for impromptu exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 2000 meters and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people. You will probably carry only a light day pack.
How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. You may wish to reach camp at a measured pace, but take a side hike after camp arrival. Your guide is always interested to learn about your personal interests and to accommodate those interests as the trip permits.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Loss of appetite
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can cause death, sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatisation allows them to reach their high point without any problems.
What is teahouse and camping treks?
Tea House accommodation: There are a number of lodges along the popular trekking routes in Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions. These lodges are called Tea House Lodges and managed by local people. These lodges have basic requirements for over night accommodation like private rooms, dormitories, toilets, shower room with hot and cold water, and one attached restaurant. The quality of food offered might vary from lodge to lodge but most serve simple and hygienic meals. The teahouse trekking provides you an opportunity to feel the warm hospitality of friendly Nepali hosts. The money you spend goes to the local community.
In a typical camping trekking, each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain tent with a durable rain, fly, and full insect netting. The tent is fitted with foam mattresses. When your campsite is near villages or lodges you may be invited to sleep in the lodges or homes of local people.
What are the typical foods on the treks?
Breakfast options includes Oatmeal,French toast,Chapatti, Tibetan bread, eggs,, pancakes,, muesli and for Lunch or dinner you can have sandwich, soups momo (dumpling), macaroni dishes, pizzas, noodles, steak, dal bhat (rice, lenthal, veg platter) pasta etc.
What is your guide like?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected for their ability and are generally from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and other communities from remote mountain villages. Each guide is trained and has abilities in eco-friendly trekking methods and safety. They help to maintain your health and your happiness as well as his crew members. Our guides are committed to making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek, come back safe and are overwhelmed by their experience. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country’s specialties and, perhaps, meet his home and family too.
What about the Porters?
Services of porters and pack-animals to carry your luggage and equipment are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community where you trek.
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day per porter. The total amount can then be divided among the group.
What is your Kathmandu contact address in case if my family needs to contact me in case of emergency?
Please have them contact at any of the following numbers:
Cell : ++977-98510-32108+977-98510-32108 or 9841-250248. Landline (office hour) 977-1-400-5037977-1-400-5037 or 444-5475. We check email frequently throughout the days so you could also write to our email: [email protected] if it’s not urgent.