A. Itinerary in Detail (17 Days)
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival Kathmandu, accord warm welcome / pick up from airport / transfer to the hotel
DAY 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley,
A full days sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley visiting the major sites of cultural and historical importance / overnight
DAY 03: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi, 1440m: approx. 7-8 hours by private vehicle
An early morning drive by private vehicle to Syabrubesi (eight hours) / scenic drive / Syabrubesi trek start point / overnight.
DAY 04: Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel, 2470m approx 5-6 hours
Crossing the suspension bridge / we continue along a stream and river / Langtang River / trek through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests / variety of wildlife in these forests / yellow-throated martens, wild boar, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bear to Lama Hotel / overnight
DAY 05: Lama Hotel- Langtang, 3430m approx 5- 6 hours
After breakfast we continue by descending forest slope to the Langtang River / cross a bridge and head up a winding path where the valley opens up / the trail ascends up the valley / climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels / to the large settlement of Langtang / overnight.
DAY 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa, 3870m approx 4-5 hours
Today is an easy day / we leave the village / pass through stone-built houses and climb to a chorten / then past a huge mani wall (wall made of stones inscripted with carved religious text) along a gentle path of a hill / continue up slowly to allow time to acclimatize / arrival Kyanjin / time to explore the surroundings / this place is famous for cheese and curd / overnight
DAY 07: Kyanjin Gompa- Rest day
A full day to relax and take in the beauty of the Himalayas / we are up at the base of the mountains / good for side hikes or a visit to the glacier higher up the valley.
DAY 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel approx 2470 meters 5-6 hours
We retrace our steps back down the valley through Langtang and back to Lama Hotel / good today as we already have the altitude in our lungs / and it is all downhill.
DAY 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru- 2250 meters,approx 5 hours
We take the broad trail / climbing up to Dimsa village / the trial continues less steeply / through rhododendron / hemlock and oak forests to the village of Thulo Saybru / settlement that lies mainly on the ridge.
DAY 10: Thulo Syabru- Sing gomba-3330 meters approx 4/5 hours
Todays begins with a fairly stiff climb up to a ridge / fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas and into Tibet / continue along the ridge through an achient rhododendron forest before a slight descent to Sing Ghompa / cheese factory / great Himalayan cheese
Day 11: Sing Gompa-Gosainkunda, 4460m, approx 5 hours
The trail climbs smoothly through rhododendron forest / the area in-between Shin Gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda / endangered species / the Nepalese call cat bear / return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at a Gosainkunda. explore around the lakes / overnight
DAY 12: Gosainkunda- Gopte, 3440m, approx 6-7 hours
Today is a bit challenge / the trail climbs accross rough moraines / past three more small lakes / before a pretty stiff climb up and over the Laurebina La (4,609m / highest point on the trek) after the pass, the path goes steep down to Phedi / continue with a long series of small ups and downs whilst crossing a pretty long rocky hill with pine and rhododendron trees to reach Gopter Cave / overnight
DAY 13: Ghopte – Tharepati, 3640m. approx 5-6 hours
Descending from Ghopte the trail makes several ups and down across moraines, then makes a final ascent to Tharepati /some great panoramic mountain views / to Tharapati / overnight
DAY 14: Tharepati – Kutumsang, 2470m. approx 5-6 hours
From Tharepati we travel through forests of fir and rhododendron and the villages of Megangoth (3420m) and Panghu / finally to reach Khutumsang. The view from here is breathtaking / overnight
DAY 15: Kutumsang – Chisapani, 2134m, approx 5 -6 hours
It’s a fairly long but pleasant walk today / down to Pati Bhanjyang and up to Chisopani / also here some great panoramic Himalayan views / overnight
DAY 16: Chisapani – Sundarijal 1300 and drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle. Approx 4-5 hours
From Chisapani we trek gently up / through the forest of oak and rhododendron / to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) / past the Army check post then to Mulkharka (1800m) / spectacular view of Kathmandu valley / we trek down through forest to reach Sundarijal where there is a large water project to supply water to Kathmandu / Private transport awaits us for the hours drive back to Kathmandu / transfer Hotel.
DAY 17: Departure Day / Transfer to airport / departure for onward destination