The Langtang Himal and the Jugal Himal are renowned for their picturesque and distinctive peaks. The valley between them is one of the world’s most beautiful.
This narrow valley lies just north of Kathmandu and was designated Nepal’s first National park in 1971. Trekking here offers the opportunity to explore Tamang villages, to climb small peaks and to see glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Much of the route is through semi-tropical forests where moss covers the ground and lush fern and orchids cling to tree trunks. During the full moon in August, the sacred lake of Gosainkund is the goal of thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Drive to Syabrubenshi about 8 hours and stay overnight.
A serious ascent over the Nourdhara ridge is rewarded with views of Langtang II (6571), continuing through cedar, pine and rhododendron forests descend towards Syabru.
This is a pleasant village set above corn and millet fields. Approaching the Langtang Khola, the route passes along terraced hillsides and through thick forests – first oak, maple and alder then bamboo – abounding with bird life and langur monkeys. Less often seen are lesser panda and Himalayan black bear.
Climbing through dense forest, the ground is covered with moss; trees have ferns and epiphytic orchids clinging to them.
From within this semi-tropical jungle glimpses of the glittering white Langtang Lirung make a startling contrast. Emerging from the forests the trail, often lined by mani walls, crosses wide meadows and yak pasture with Yala and Ganchempo Peaks above. A wooden bridge leads across the Lirung glacier onto the rocky moraine. In Kyanjin Gompa, the highest village, is the gompa from which the village was named as well as a cheese factory. This was started by the Swiss in 1955 and now produces thousands of kilos of cheese, all hauled by porters to Kathmandu.
A day here can be spent relaxing and enjoying the scenery or climbing a small peak (4200m) from where you can enjoy a view of the entire Langtang Lirung embracing the glacier.
Whilst retracing our steps past water-driven mills and prayer wheels to Syabru Khola.
At Sing Gompa there is a small cheese factory as well as the neglected gompa with its 1000-armed Avalokitesvara statue.
Descending back down the Langtang Khola we will spend a night at Langtang village. This is a settlement of flat-topped Tibetan-style houses surrounded by enclosed fields of potatoes, buckwheat, wheat and barley.
Merging from the forests of moss and fern, there will be views of Langtang Lirung (7225) and Ganesh Himal (7429). This area marks the transition from the moist mountain forests to the north and the dry scrub of the southern slopes. Climbing to over 4000m you will reach the lakes. Gosainkund is the third lake (4380) where there is a shrine housing a revered lingam symbolizing Shiva. According to legend Shiva released the waters of the holy lakes with his trident, and the black rock in the center of the lake is said to be his head.
Walk past more small lakes as you head for the prayer flags atop the Laurebina Pass (4610). The descent is through Kharka to the summer village of Tharepati.
From the chorten on the ridge above the village there are fine views of the Jugla Himal, Rolwaling Himal and back across the Laurebina Pass. Rhododendron forests and terraced hillsides mark the trail to Chisopani.
Drive to Kathmandu.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.
Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarias, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.
Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.
Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.
Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.
Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.
|:||Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities. Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities.|
|:||On the trek meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus.|
|:||15 km. per day|
|:||Tourist Bus and Private car|
summer (March – June)
autumn (September – November)