The stunning Langtang-Hardway trekking area lies in the north of Kathmandu Valley. The trek leads us to the renowned Langtang region and the Ganja-La pass (5130m). We also make an interesting excursion to Cherko Ri (4984m) which offers grand views of the Langtang Himalaya range. The attraction of the Langtang region is that it’s so close to Kathmandu and yet it’s as wild as any Tibetan highlands. Langtang region is also famous for its Gosaikunda Lakes. Moreover, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The people living in the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. Hence, a visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages, splendid Buddhist monasteries, delightful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Kyanjin Gompa is a last Tibetan Village in the valley, from where a trek starts to Helambu over Ganja La Pass. On the Ganja La we stand face to face with one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas. On the horizon, less than 30 kilometers away, we can see the huge massif of Shishapangma. This is the only 8000m mountain lying entirely in Tibet.
The Langtang-Hardway trek over Ganja la pass offers an entire wilderness and adventure experience. If we are trekking during spring the forest on the trail is colorful due to the full bloom of Rhododendrons. To cross from Langtang into Helambu via the Ganja-La pass is a serious undertaking requiring good equipment and experienced local guides. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition will manage for all. For three or four days there will be no facilities and groups with their staffs must be fully self-sufficient. A crossing of the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment/guides and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be prepared to assist less well-equipped porter staff. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.
The devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015, completely ruined the Langtang region. Villages of this region along with the people and hotels/lodges were covered by the avalanche. The routes have been severely damaged due to the landslide after the earthquake. But now, the Nepal and government and the local people are working hard for its rebuild. Let’s hope the routes and the hotels/lodges in this area will be ready for trekking soon.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,503m): 8-9 hours by bus
Day 04: Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel (2,500m) 5 hours walk
Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang Village (3430m) 4 and a half hours walk
Day 06: Langtang Village – Kyangjin Gumba (3830m) 3 hours walk
Day 07: Kyangjin Gumba Rest/ Acclimatization/Exploration day
Day 08: Kyangjin Gumba- Kang La Phedi (4960m) 4 hours walk
Day 09: Kang La Phedi – Cross the Ganja La pass (5130m) – Keldang (4270m) 6 and a half hours walk
Day 10: Extra Day (for Emergency, if any)
Day 11: Keldang – Dukpa (4040m) 5 and a half hours walk
Day 12: Dukpa – Tarkeghyang (2,600m) 4 hours walk
Day 13: Tarkeghyang – Kakani (1996m) via Shermathang (2,621m) 5 hours walk
Day 14: Kakani- Melamchi Pul (870m) ( 2 -3 hours walk)- Bhaktapur by vehicle 3-4 hours
Day 15: Bhaktapur ( 1401m)- Kathmandu (1320m)/Shopping, Rest
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern to Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Please understand that the HV Treks trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found prudent. Unfavorable circumstances may occur during the trek. Such as dangerous weather conditions, the condition of a group member, natural events like landslides, can force changes in the itinerary. All efforts will be made to keep to the planned itinerary. The HV Treks leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give a 24-hour emergency response to an accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
We start early bus journey to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek. After Trisuli Bazaar the road is a little difficult because of the grubby road. During the travel, we pass through many small and villages on the way. We reach Dhunche, the headquarter of Rasuwa District, a small city in the hills. But we don’t stop here. We head to Syabrubesi a beautiful Tamang village, where we spend the night,
The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960m) passing rugged paths. Afterward, your trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400m) through Bamboo which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end, your trail is the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys, and bears if you are lucky.
The trek route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this, the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks around. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become more imposing as well trek closer. In the beginning steady climb up through the valley leaving the tree line behind us. We enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung.Pass. On the way, we view water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
After taking morning tea and breakfast, we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. It is a shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. We see the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is not visible well, it is supposed to be blown away by the wind. We cross several wooden bridges. Since we are really getting into the high altitudes, we might start feeling the thin air. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climbs several small peaks (hillocks).
Today is a day to rest for acclimatization and we explore the area too. We can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4773m) for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks or we may make an excursion to Tsergo (Cherko) Ri (4984m) which would help us to acclimatize. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make arrangement for today’s entire programme.
Taking today’s breakfast, we board on our today’s journey to Ganja La Phedi. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since we’re already in high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take a longer time to cross the snow-strewn path. No villages can be seen in this area.
Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It’d be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and submit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.
From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridgeline. In our 5-6 hrs trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands. But we enjoy the amazing view of Himalayas on the way.
Today, we lose altitude considerably, about 1500 meters. The trail descends slightly before climbing over a 4,100m pass, from where a spectacular view of the Annapurna and the Everest regions can be clearly seen. From the pass, the trail descends through the pine forest, rhododendron forest past a tiny herder settlement called Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. You will be welcomed by the cheerful and friendly people of this village.
This day the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests and small streams along the way. We’ll visit a beautiful village half way to Shermathang, another pretty Sherpa village where we can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village. From Shermathang we walk to Kakani Bhanjyang, a village with a panoramic view of mountains and green hills.
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own unique traditions. The walk today is quite pleasant with great mountain views. We drive from Melamchi Pul to Bhaktapur buy bus/vehicle for 4 hours. Then we go through sightseeing in Bhaktapur Darbar Square area. We stay in a hotel in Bhaktapur for the night.
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye.
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 12
Max Altitude: 5130 meters
Best Season: Sep-Oct And April – May
Difficulty Level: Hard
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges a tour for these places.
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.