LANGTANG x 3 – (Trek, Mountain Bike & Raft) via The Famous Farm & The Trisuli Centre
11 Days. Max. Altitude 4,300m.
Farm Stay (1 night), Tea-House Trekking and Tented Beach Camp (1 night) with guides and porters.
Pre-trek Briefing: HE Office (Kathmandu Guest House) 5pm on day prior to Day 1.
A big physical challenge, a great adventure, a world unlike our own:…the power of three!
DAY TO DAY PLAN –
Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
(O/nt Altitude 1,460m/8 hrs approx.) Morning departure from Himalayan Encounters, Courtyard of Kathmandu Guest House. The road heads north-westward through Balaju before climbing steadily to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Weather permitting, views of the Manaslu massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal are possible on the winding descent down from the Valley ridge-top. The current road conditions to Dhunche (50 kms) are rigorous to say the least. It’s another 15 kms to Syabrubesi for overnight. (B)
Day 2: To Lama Hotel
(O/nt Altitude 2,480m/6-7 hrs approx. total time) Set off trekking from Syabrubesi. The trail first descends then turns northwards, passing through woods, sometimes filled with monkeys. We arrive at the village of Doman. A steep climb over a rocky ridge brings us to a junction with the trail from Thulo Syabru. The region is deciduous, rich in birdlife and home to the extremely elusive red panda.
A long climb through more forest brings us to another junction and beyond the gradient eases as we near Langtang Khola. Crossing the Langtang Khola the trail once more climbs through a wooded area and past waterfalls before finally reaching the Lama Hotel.
Day 3: To Langtang Village
(O/nt Altitude 3,430m/6hrs approx.) It’s upwards and upwards, following the Langtang Khola, climbing to Ghora Tabela (2,970m) from where Langtang Lirung should be visible. After the village of Thangshep the valley opens out and at times some pleasant level sections give some respite to the hard climb. We eventually reach the Tibetan-like village of Langtang. (B)
Day 4: To Kyanjin Gompa
(O/nt Altitude 3,850m/3hrs approx.) On leaving Langtang the trail crosses yak pastures and follows a meandering stream. Gengchempo (6,387m) is a prominent landmark off to the east. The trail reaches the Tamang settlements of Mundu (3,410m) and Sindum (3,410m). We continue our climb. Kyanjin Gompa, flanked by equally spectacular peaks, notably the Langtang range and Langshisa, comes into view.
We reach our night stop – the village of Kyanjin Gompa. Time permitting, there’s one hour uphill hike to the Langtang Lirung Glacier. Alternatively, explore Kyanjin Gompa. (B)
Day 5: Trek back to Lama Hotel
(O/nt Altitude 2,470m/6 hrs approx.)
We retrace our steps to Lama Hotel.
Day 6: To Thulo Syabru
(O/nt Altitude 2,130m/6 hrs approx.)
Again we take a relatively familiar route, through woods and along the river valley passing Bamboo Lodge, where we join the uphill trail heading to the Sherpa village of Thulo Syabru.
Day 7: To Laurebina
(O/nt Altitude 3900m/5 hrs approx)
We start with a steep uphill climb to Dursagang (2550m). Afterwards the gradient eases as the trail makes its way through forest to the village of Chandan Bari (3250m) with its Sing Gompa. The trail then cuts across a ridge top and reaches a relatively level section. Again passing through forest we arrive at the head of a valley. Later there’s another steep climb to finally emerge onto a saddle where the village of Chalang Pati (3380m) is situated. A last ascent and we arrive at Laurebina. Here, surrounding us, are the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung. (B)
Day 8: To Gosainkund
(O/nt Altitude 4380m/4 hrs approx)
The Gosainkund Lakes are one of the high points of this trek.
The ridge top trail (4,100m) brings us to where we can see the first of the lakes, Saraswati Kunda. We then cross a rocky spur and a short distance ahead is the much larger, second lake, Bhairabh Kund. Keeping to the ridge and finally dropping about 20m we come across the third and largest lake, Gosainkund. The fabled black rock at the centre of the lake is venerated as the head of Shiva. (B)
Day 9: Trek to Dhunche (1950m/7-8 hrs) and Drive to Nuwakot
(O/nt Altitude 1,000m approx./4 hrs approx)
The last and longest day on the trek follows much of the same trail we’ve covered earlier. Again we come to Laurebina. From there, through lush forest of oak, firs and rhododendrons, the trail heads downwards, passing the village of Chandan Bari (Sing Gompa). Descending still further we arrive at a suspension bridge. Finally our way flattens out before we arrive at the road junction at Dhunche. From here we join our transport to Nuwakot and the Famous Farm. (B, D)