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Langtang and Lauribina Trek

Langtang and Lauribina Trek

Langtang is situated in the north of Kathmandu valley and to the south of Nepal-Tibet border. Extending from Kathmandu to Tibetan border it comparatively attracts few trekkers than other main

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This is the classic trek in the Langtang region that takes us to the pristine Gosainkunda Lake via Lauribina Pass.

Langtang is situated in the north of Kathmandu valley and to the south of Nepal-Tibet border. Extending from Kathmandu to Tibetan border it comparatively attracts few trekkers than other main trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna. With Ganesh Himal in the west along with the range of 6000to 7000m peaks, the northern part of Langtang has Langtang National Parks.

The main ethnic groups residing here include Sherpas and Tamang whose cultural antiquity, language, lifestyle and religious practice is similar to that of Tibetan people.

Langtang valley was first explored by Bill Tilman, a well-known Himalayan explorer and mountaineer, who once describe it as “one of the world’s most beautiful valleys”. The trail winds through the richly dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak which provides habitat to endangered Red Panda, Himalayan black bear and Musk deer.

The valley opens to an alpine plateau offering the astonishing vista of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. From Kyangin Gompa one can explore the glaciated upper valley which is surrounded by snow clad Himalayas. The trail takes up to Gosainkunda through high altitude alpine meadows and then we will cross Laurebina La pass which is dotted with Buddhist prayer flags. After the pass the trail descends down to Helambu valley with the surreal Himalayan view in the north and forested hills in the south. 

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay

Day 3: Drive to Syabru Besi(1420m);7-8hours                              

Early in the morning we will grab our breakfast and start a ride along the north western hills of Kathmandu for Syabru besi. In the way we will witness picturesque scenic beauty of snow clad Himalayas like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal along with many other minor peaks. Continuing the ride through the scenic foothills and ridgeline panoramas we will reach Trishuli Bazaar where we will stop to have lunch. After having lunch we will further drive to Syabru besi via Betrawati and Dhunche.

Day 4: Trek to Rimche(2455m)

Leaving Syabru Besi behind us we will start the day’s trek crossing Bhote koshi River and following the Langtang Khola. After paying our visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche we will follow the stone paved street over Langtang Khola. After crossing the river via suspension bridge, the trail gradually goes uphill to Bamboo. From Bamboo the trail goes through sub-tropical forest of oak, maple, spruce, fir and blue pine which also provide habitat to variety of wildlife including yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears. Later the trail gently goes uphill to our camping site in Rimche.

Day 5: Trek to Langtang(3,500m); 6hours

From Rimche the trail steeply climbs uphill through the forest to Lama Hotel. Continuing the climb with the occasional glimpse of Langtang Lirung between the trees we will reach Ghora Tabela(3000m), where the trail comes out of forest. With the continuous gentle climb the valley widens up and we will make our way through few temporary settlements of Yak herders. Lastly we will come along a monastery situated just before reaching our camping site in Langtang village. Headquarter of Langtang National Park; the village has flat roofed Tibetan style houses which has elaborately carved wooden windows. The village is surrounded by stone walls enclosing the fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 6: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa(3800m); 4-5hours

The trail gradually goes uphill through the small villages and Yak pastures as the valley opens out and reaches the village of Mundu(3442m). After crossing few streams and moraines we will finally get to Kyangjin Gompa which has dramatic backdrop of icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. We will be reaching Kyangjin by lunch time which allows us sufficient time to acclimatize and explore the area. The place offers the awe-inspiring vista of Kyangjin Ri(4750m), Tsergo Ri(5000m), Ganja La(5160m), Langshisa Ri(6427m), Dorje Lakpa(6430m), Naya Kang(5844m), Yala Peak(5500m) along with many others.

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Kyangjin Gompa

Today we will rest, explore and acclimatized at Kyangjin Gompas. We will be visiting monastery and Cheese Factory. Either we can walk up to the moraine to see the invincible ice faces and dripping  glaciers of Langtang Lirung or climb to Kyanjin Ri or Tserko Ri which is the highest point of this trek. Later trek back to Kyangjin for overnight stay.

Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel (2400m); 4-5hours

After having the breakfast we will start the downhill walk observing the surreal vista of snowcapped Himalayas. We will retrace our route following Langtang Khola to Langtang village and then to Ghora Tabela along with many other Tibetan look-alike villages. After having our lunch we will continue the downhill walk to Lama Hotel.

Day 9: Trek to Thulo Syabru(2100m); 6hours

Today’s walk is quite easy which goes downhill through big waterfalls. Making our way through the dense forest which provides habitat to endangered red pandas, boar, monkeys and various other species of birds we will trek to Tamang Cultural Heritage of “ Thulo Syabru Gaun” which is known for its ethnic custom, culture and tradition. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa(3250m); 5hours

From Thulo Syabru the trail steeply goes uphill passing Dursagang(2735m) through the align of chortens. Observing the astonishing vista of Lantang Himal, Ganesh Himal and mountains in the Tibetan side the trail continues to go uphill through the forest of Oak and Hemlock to the top of the ridge of Phoparng Danda(3190m). a short descent from the top of the ridge takes us to Sing gompa. The area has a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4200m); 5hours

Today the trail goes through two parts. At first the trail steeply climbs up to a ridge that marks the transition zone between rich, moist mountain forest and dry scrub vegetation in the slopes. The trail offers the magical vista across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. In the west one can witness dramatic view of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. The path up to Lauribinayak is quite steep and continues for three hours. From Lauribinayak the trail climbs to alpine zone above the tree line. Ultimately the trail descends to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second is Bhairab Kund and the third is Gosain kunda. According to Hindu mythology, Gosainkunda Lake was created by Lord Shiva when he threw his trident in a glacier to get water to quench thirst after swallowing the poison that was supposed to destroy the world. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek to Ghopte Cave (3400m) via Laurebina La (4,700m); 6-7hours

Leaving Gosainkunda behind us the trail climbs through the rocky land, passing four small lakes which ultimately take us to Laurebina La which is the highest point of the trek. The top of the pass offers the spectacular vista of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung. After the pass the trail descends to Gopte via Bhera Goth, Phedi(3740m), Dupi Chaur(3630m) and Kasturee Danda. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 13-15: Trek through Helambu

We will make our descent through the Helambu valley to Chisopani.

Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu

From Chisapani the trail climbs for a while to Borlang Bhanjyang pass(2240m). from the pass the trail descents steeply through deeply eroded land towards the Tamang settlement of Mulkharka(1800m). Making our way through the dense forest of Oak and Rhododendron we will reach Sundarijal. In Sundarijal we will catch a ride back to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is high\low. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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