Situated just north of Kathmandu is one of the prettiest mountain ranges in the Himalayas: The Langtang Range. A small, but popular National Park, the region has often been compared to Switzerland for its natural mountain beauty. There are incredible valleys in Langtang and Helambu with fairy-land snowcapped peaks.
The Langtang area is also known for the sacred Gosainkunda Lakes. There are bamboo forests, rhododendrons, majestic waterfalls and incredible snow-capped peaks that top off an adventure into this wonderful place so close to Kathmandu.
There are also quaint villages, Buddhist monasteries and finally, a climb up to Ganja La Pass (elev. 5122 m). From here, experience some of the cleanest air on earth, as you gaze over the high mountains of the Himalayas.
Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to offer this 14 day adventure into the Langtang Range. It is considered a difficult trek because of Ganja La Pass, but those who make this trek will be highly rewarded with incredibly beautiful scenes as well as great local villages and interested places to visit.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
DAY 3 – Drive to Syabrubesi (elev. 1550 m) – 7 hours
DAY 4 – Trek to Lama Hotel (elev. 7830 m): 6 hours
DAY 5 – Trek to Langtang Village (elev. 3,430 m): 6 – 7 hours
DAY 6 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (elev. 3,870 m): 3 ½ hrs.
DAY 7 – Excursion to Tsergo Ri (elev. 5033 m) and back to Kyanjin: 7 – 8 hours
DAY 8 – Trek to Ganja La Phedi (elev. 4300 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 9 – Trek to Keldang (elev. 4250 m) via Ganja La Pass (elev. 5122 m)
DAY 10 – Trek to Yak Kharka (elev. 4000 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 11 – Trek to Tarke Gyang (elev. 2,590 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 12 – Trek to Sermathang (elev. 2160 m): 3 – 4 hours
DAY 13 – Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar, drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hour trek, 2 hour drive.
DAY 14 – Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be taken by private car to your Three Star Hotel to relax from your long flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu Sightseeing: The Kathmandu Valley is home to 1000 temples, so the story goes, and there are plenty of temples, palaces and natural beauty in this well watered valley. It is home of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting three of them: Swayambhu (a/k/a Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. There will also be some time to do any last minute purchases before heading out to trek tomorrow.
DAY 3 – Drive to Syabrubesi (elev. 1550 m): We head north by private vehicle from Kathmandu, crossing the valley rim by Shivapuri National Park and walk our way northwards to the picturesque village of Syabrubesi. We pass by the Trisuli River as it makes its way southward from Tibet. There are mountain villages and farms along the way. We will spend the night at a really nice local lodge with great food. Travel time is around 7 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Lama Hotel (elev. 2380 m): We enter dense forests following along the Langtang Khola (river). We will cross several suspension bridges along the way while seeing terraced farm fields that climb up the sides of the hills. We will spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 5 – Trek to Langtang Village (elev. 3430 m): We continue through dense forests as we make our way up the valley, finally leaving the tree line behind so we can have some magnificent views of the Langtang Range. There are water mills, prayer wheels, chhortens and sacred pilings of rocks with Buddhist inscriptions. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours, and we will spend the night at a local lodge.
DAY 6 – Trek to Gyanjin Gompa (elev. 3,870 m): We will cross yak pastures on our way to Gyanjin Gompa, passing the largest mani wall in all of Nepal. There are a number of small villages as well as small monasteries. The air is getting thinner up here as we trek to this higher elevation. It is a shorter day, only 3 ½ hours as we make our way to the higher elevations. We will spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 7 – Excursion to Tsergo Ri (elev. 5033 m) and back to Kyanjin: It is a day to continue to acclimatize to the higher elevations as we take a day hike to Tsergo Ri. From this magnificent vista we can see some of the finest views of the mighty Himalayas. We took it easy yesterday to start the acclimatization process, and today's climb up and back will prepare us for Ganja La Pass. Time is around 7 – 9 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to Ganja La Phedi (elev. 4300 m): We cross the Langtang River today as it descends down the mountains. We can encounter snow up here, depending upon the time of year. There are some rhododendron forests in some of the lower elevations, but we will also be above the trees in places, affording us great views of the snowcapped peaks. We will spend the night in a local guest house.
DAY 9 – Trek to Keldang (elev. 4250 m) via Ganja La Pass (elev. 5122 m): Today will be the most strenuous day of the trek as we climb to the top of Ganja La Pass. But it won't be for naught, because you will be blessed with quite a view! The pass is cold and is usually covered with snow. The views up here with the crisp mountain air are awesome! You can see incredible vistas of snowcapped Himalayas in all directions. Today is around a 6 -7 hour trek as we finally make our way to Keldang Village for the night.
DAY 10 – Trek to Yak Kharka (elev. 4000 m): We continue to descend as we make our way toward Yak Kharka, a local summer pastureland for the local farmers who bring their animals up here each year to graze. There will be plenty of yaks and goats and sheep as we enjoy great views from these lofty heights. Trekking time Is 5 – 6 hours and we will spend the night in the kharka.
DAY 11 – Trek to Tarke Gyang (elev. 2590 m): We really drop in elevation today. The vegetation increases today as the temperatures become warmer. We walk by mountain streams plus at various crags will have great views once more. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours and we will spend the night in the village.
DAY 12 – Trek to Sermathang (elev. 2610 m): We are now entering the Helembu region and our destination is a beautiful little village of Sermathang. We will pass through the Sherpa village of Gangyul along the way. We are entering farming country, with beautifully terraced fields. The people here practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the national religion of Bhutan. It is a short day of trekking, about 3 – 4 hours before we spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 13 – Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar, Drive to Kathmandu: It's our last day of trekking, and we will walk around 3 – 4 hours to reach Melamchi Puul Bazaar. Here we can pick up a bus to Kathmandu. We will check into our Three Star Hotel and in the evening have a cultural show and farewell dinner.
DAY 14 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and today, it is time to travel to your next destination. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can help you to plan your future trip as well as to other destinations around South Asia. Be sure to talk to your representative before leaving Kathmandu about a return trip to this great country. As they say, a lifetime is never enough to explore all that Nepal and the Himalayas have to offer.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling to remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek, there will be one leader, an assistant leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant leader) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. But, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition generally includes maximum of twelve (12) visitors as this company has found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can arrange this, too.
All accommodations for the Langtang Trek with Ganja La Pass are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations on this trip. In Kathmandu, we will stay three nights in Three Star Hotels. On the trek, we will stay ten nights at local lodges and tea houses which do vary in quality. Most contain unheated rooms with wood beds and foam mattresses. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition provides attached rooms in some major towns; however tea houses or lodges in some places only have shared facilities as well as shared toilet. If we are a solo traveler, we may have to share the room. Please understand that we will try to provide single rooms if at possible for an additional supplemental fee.
During our trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some basic foods from different types of cuisines. While in Kathmandu, we can enjoy a great selection of foods from a variety of ethnic cultures. In the larger villages, we will have good selections, but some of the small villages may only feature a single item for dinner. Lunch will be served as a picnic lunch. There will be a farewell dinner that will feature a cultural show in Kathmandu.