Langtang Valley Trek - The Last Shangri La, Nepal

15 Days, from AU $2,374

Trail through the Langtang Valley

Trekkers in the high regions of the Langtang Valley

The view across to Ganesh Himal

The view from Kyangjin

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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From Kathmandu travel to Syabrubesi, the starting pint of the Langtang Valley trek. Trek through sub-tropical rain forest and alpine meadows, stopping at the villages of Changtang, Langtang Village and Kyangjin Gompa.  Marvel at the sheer scale of the surrounding mountains and take the opportunity to summit a 5000m peak in this remote, untouched and stunningly beautiful area of Nepal.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Meet with your guide on arrival in Kathmandu and travel together to your hotel for check-in. After discussing plans for the adventure ahead, you have a chance to discover the city's excellent dining scene, ask your guide for recommendations.

Kathmandu is by far Nepal's largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the 'hippie trail' in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today set out on a tour of Kathmandu's temples.

Situated 5kms east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush, green, natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple is built in a pagoda style and has a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors can view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati river, entrance into the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri, which falls in the month of February.

Continue on to Boudhanath Stupa. Situated 8kms east of Kathmandu City, the Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

Venturing west out of the city, climb the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath Stupa or 'Monkey Temple' to see the 2,000 year old Buddhist Chaityas and take in sweeping views of Kathmandu, hemmed in by the looming bulk of the mountains on the horizon.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

This morning we depart Kathmandu by jeep on the rough mountain roads that wind their way up out of the valley into the Himalayan foothills. Weather permitting you will have spectacular views of the surrounding peaks including Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Continue on until we reach the village of Syabrubesi which is the starting point of our trek. Spend the night in the village in a local guesthouse.

Day 4: Changtang

This morning set off into the Langtang Valley, crossing the Bhote Koshi River which flows down from nearby Tibet. Climb up gradually through the sub-tropical forests that teem with bird life and follow the river through forests of oak and rhododendron. If your lucky you may spot Langur Monkeys in the trees or possibly even Red Panda or Himalayan Black Bears.

Arrive at your lodge in Changtang where you will spend the night in this beautiful, sparsely populated part of Nepal.

Day 5: Langtang Village

Continue on into the valley this morning catching an occasional glimpse of Langtang Lirung through the trees. The trail climbs gently as the valley widens and passes by some temporary settlements that are used by herders during the summer months when they bring their livestock to the high pastures to graze. Arrive at Langtang Village where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Kyangjin Gompa

Carry on into the valley, passing through traditional Tamang settlements. The Tamang dress and lead a very similar lifestyle to the Tibetans. As you climb higher you will pass by many gompas and prayer wheels and trek through the beautiful wild yak pastures and alpine meadows.

Arrive at the village of Kyangjin Gompa at around lunch time. You will have time to explore the village which is home to a small monastery and a government operated cheese factory.

Kyangjin offers dramatic views of the surrounding peaks that surround it including Kyangjin Ri, Tsergo Ri, Ganja la, Langshisa- Ri and Dorje Lhakpa among numerous others.

Day 7: Kyangjin

Today is a day to explore the area around Kyangjin Gompa. Climb up the moraine to get a closer view of the spectacular glaciers of Langtang Lirung or take a hike up Kyangjin Ri, directly behind the village, for stunning panoramic views of the Langtang peaks.

Day 8: Kyangjin

Enjoy another day around Kyangjin. Options include hiking up Tsergo Ri, a 5000m peak or trekking to the base of Langtang Lirung.

Day 9: Kyangjin

Today you will depart Kyangjin and head back to Changtang through the rhododendron forests. You will have great views down the Langtang Valley to the 6000m peak of Naya Kanga.

Day 10: Thulo Syaphru

Today is a fairly easy going day traversing trails high on the slopes of a deep valley. Pass through traditional farming communities and arrive at the village of Thulo Syaphru. Here you will be able to spend some time relaxing, meet the locals and visit the monastery.

Day 11: Shin Gompa

Get up early this morning to witness the sun rising on Ganesh Himal and Paldor peaks to the west and views of the Himalayas extending far into Tibet. After breakfast set off up the mountain to Shin Gompa with views of several more 7000m peaks as you get higher. Enjoy lunch on a 3000m high ridge that boast incredible views in all directions.

Day 12: Nuwakot

Today, watch the forest change as you descend. From the ancient hardwoods to the sub tropical bamboo, you will see a constant change as you go. Follow the river through the valley until it reaches the village of Dunche and the end of your trek. Here you can refresh and enjoy a mouth water dinner before driving to Nuwakot for your overnight stay.

Day 13: Kathmandu

Today you will make the drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu

Today is a day at leisure in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Kathmandu

Today you will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).

Inclusions:

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
• 10 nights teahouse accommodation during trek
• Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
• All transportation for duration of tour 
• Entrance fees and trekking permits
• Porters for trekking through Langtang National Park
• 1 English speaking local guide
• Welcome and farewell dinner and all breakfasts when in Kathmandu
• Guided tour of the temples of Kathmandu
• Map of the Langtang Valley

Notes:

Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide 2-4 passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Always have extra US dollars just in case.

The following costs were correct at time of writing:

- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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