Langtang Region lies north of Kathmandu Valley has hidden beauty of the Himalayas and the rich local culture. Moreover, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. Following our route map, we begin trekking from the lower region of the Langtang Valley through small villages, farmlands and verdant forests to Kyangjin Gompa. We also climb Tserko Ri for excellent sunrise views over the Langtang ranges. Furthermore, the Langtang Valley Trek’s itinerary also takes us to the ‘Langtang Village’ which was heavily affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative and transferred to your Hotel. If arrive early mid-day is free to venture around the city close to your hotel. Briefing at the hotel in the evening.
After breakfast, we will have a full day guided cultural tour to three of the famous UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will first visit; the stupa of Swayambhunath (Moneky Temple) with its all-seeing eyes is perched on top of a hillock overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the best example of the religious harmony of Nepal where both Hindus and Buddhists flock to pay their homage. This Buddhist shrine is considered to be over 2000 years old. It is interesting to visit the temple in the early morning when devotees flock the temple for their morning worship. The front access to the temple has 365 steps leading to the top and each step represents a day of the year. We take an alternate route with a drive to the top and a 5 minutes climb to the temple.
It is a 30 minutes drive to Patan, Once, an independent and mighty kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan became a melting pot of two influential religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The pious Krishna (Hindu) temple, which rests in the middle of the town; into the very own town, whose entire city's architecture was dedicated to the philosophy of the Buddhist Dharma-Chakra (Wheel of Righteousness) molds Patan, to this date, as a glorious city of culture, religion, art, and heritage. [Lunch at Patan]
From Patan, It is about 30 minutes drive to Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of Bagmati River also considered the holiest cremation ground for Hindus. The existence of Pashupatinath temple dates back to 400 B.C. and is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. The main temple is built in Nepalese pagoda style having four main doors all covered with sheets and covered by copper roofs of gold plating. It comprises of 264 hectars of land including 518 ancient temples and monuments and is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the “Pashupati Bagmati Aarati” which usually starts at 6:00 PM. The Bagmati river divides the temple into two sides, with the main Pashupatinath Temple being on one side and the location of this Aarati on the other.
After early breakfast we drive out on a public coach for Syabrubesi along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoying the country side view and if a day is clear we get to enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. On the way we will have our lunch break at Trisuli Bazaar, a small local town and then continue with the journey to Syabrubesi, the gateway to the trek in the Langtang Region. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
The first day of trek route follows the bank of the Langtang River. The trail then makes a steep climb through the rhododendron and pine forests for nearly 2 hours. After crossing fields and pastures to a little settlement, we see a few houses. After this point, we'll cross the river on a wooden bridge just before the valley narrows and becomes steeper. The trail follows the north side of the river making a steep climb towards the ridge top. After the initial climb, the trail levels off as it passes through a village. From here, we'll be climbing through a forest of firs and rhododendrons for about 1 hour to a small clearing. Further on, the trail continues to climb up the ridge side and comes to a trail junction. From here, we will be mostly climbing uphill to Langtang. The route crosses the north bank of Langtang, and we will notice that the vegetation is more sparse and it consists mostly of scrub oaks. We then head to Changtang, popularly known as the Lama Hotel.
We continue our trek towards the village of Mundu passing through the Langtang village (3,430m) which was badly affected by Earthquake of 2015 but now lots of tea houses are already rebuilt. Our trail pass through dense forests and we get to enjoy beautiful view of the Langtang Lirung (7,246 meters).
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a major monastery of the area. We will pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. Today we walk for only 3 hours so that we can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the buddhist shrine and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains.
After early breakfast, we carry on with our trek passing on through yak pastures and continue to Tserko Ri for mesmerizing sunrise views and little exploration. We will get back to Kyangjin Gompa by noon for lunch and rest of the day we just relax and enjoy the ambience.
After breakfast, we retrace to Lama Hotel. Most of the trekking today will be downhill as we pass through forests and beautiful Tamang villages.
After breakfast, we retrace to Syabrubesi, The starting and the ending point of this trek. It’s an easy walk as it will mostly involve descending. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu and Hotel check in and Rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Free day for independent activities. Can go for souvenir shopping for friends and family back home.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! After Breakfast, Free till departure transfer to the airport to connect with the onward flight. Return home to tell the tale of legendary adventure.
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Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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