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Langtang Valley - Gosainkunda

Duration :

20 Days

Description :

Langtang valley lies north of Kathmandu on the frontier with Tibet. Recently declared a national park the region is inhabited by Bhotia people (of Tibetan extraction) whose main activities are agricultural, or the grazing of yaks, which provide wool, milk and meat. The mountains of Langtang, though not the highest in Nepal, are no less spectacularly impressive. The trail passes through forests of oak, birch and pine, hung with Spanish moss and hosting delicate orchids. In spring the alpine meadows bloom with a profession of wild flowers and plants. The region is also the home of the red panda, musk deer and remarkable variety of birdlife.
Day   Activity
  1   Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

  2   Sightseeing in kathmandu Valley.
    Sightseeing Programme: Boudhnath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square: Boudhanath: The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air); and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It's one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India, including many colorful sadhus, those wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms. His 'temple' forms are probably best known, particularly his appearances in Nepal as the cruel and destructive Bhairabs, but he also has peaceful incarnation including those of Mahadev and Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. As the shepherd of both animals and humans, Shiva as Pashupati shows his most pleasant and creative side. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali 'palace' and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Kathmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer lives in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. At that time it was on the edge of the city, now it's close to the popular tourist area of Thamel. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It's easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar Square and the adjoining Basantapur Square. This is very much the center of old Kathmandu and watching they would go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval is a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although many of the buildings around the square are very old, a great deal of damage was caused by the great earthquake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original form.

  3   We drive to Dhunche(1966m), the administrative center of the region. It will take about 8 hours drive to Dhunche. We will camp the night nearby Dhunche.

  4   Start by following the road
    Start by following the road, descending past a large government agricultural project. We cross the Trisuli river and take the steep path through shady woods to our lunchspot at the village of Bharku(1844m). From here we ascend through chirpine and rhododendron forest of crest a (2250m) ridge. From here too there should be fine views northward of the snow peaks in Tibet, and to the north-east the summit of Langtang Lirung(7245m), after a short descent we reach Syabru(2118m), a pleasant village strung out along a ridge.

  5   The main trail to Langtang contours down along a ridge and through forest to the Langtang Khola. This dayâ??s walk is most fascinating, the forests are alive with birdlife and there so much to interest the plant over. Camp at Lama Hotel(2380m).

  6   With intermittent views of Langtang Lirung, we climb steadily above the valley to the police check post of Gore Tabela(2889m) a short distance beyond is Langtang village (3307m). The houses are Tibetan-style and surrounded by stone walls enclosing small fields of buckwheat, potatoes, turnips and barley.

  7   A short dayâ??s walk to the summer pasturing settlement of Kyangjin (3749m) the nearly monastery is well worth a visit. There is also cheese factory, built in 1955 with Swiss assistance. Kyangjin is a beautiful place to spend a couple of days.

  8   Side trips in the valley. A dayâ??s walk up the valley to the yak herders huts at Yala(4633m) before ascending Yala Peak-Tsergo Ri(4984m), an excellent viewpoint. Or, From Kyangjin again, head up the valley but continue to Langsisa(8084m), the nest to last of the summer Yak pastures. Ahead lies the main Langtang glacier. To the south is the beautiful Gangchempo, Buddha peak(6387m).

  9   Side trips in the valley. A dayâ??s walk up the valley to the yak herders huts at Yala(4633m) before ascending Yala Peak-Tsergo Ri(4984m), an excellent viewpoint. Or, From Kyangjin again, head up the valley but continue to Langsisa(8084m), the nest to last of the summer Yak pastures. Ahead lies the main Langtang glacier. To the south is the beautiful Gangchempo, Buddha peak(6387m).

  10   From Kyangjin returning via the route of approach the trail passes through the village of Langtang to camp once again at Lama Hotel.

  11   A lovely morningâ??s walk downhill to a familiar place by the river for lunch. A longer time is spent here to enjoy the birdlife before continuing to camp at Syabru.

  12   Another very pleasant dayâ??s walking fir and rhododendron forest to camp at Sing Gompa close to the Chandanbari Cheese Factory(3254m).

  13   Stretches of snow may be encountered on each of the following 3 days. A long and fairly strenuous day begins with a steep ascent east through the forest to a ridge and some tea houses at 3650m. Going along the north side of the ridge the few yak herders huts known as Laurebina(3901m) is reached. In good clear conditions there are fine views of Himalchuli(7893m), Ganesh Himal(7406m) and Manaslu (8156m). Continue to the lakes at Gosainkunda and camp.

  14   An early start for another tough day through rugged country, climb up to cross Laurebina Pass(4610m). On the far side a descend is made alongside a stream and past a number of waterfalls to a climb up to overhanging rocks that create the shelter known as Gopte Cave(3566m).

  15   Descending along a ridge the walk goes through beautiful rhododendron forest, crosses a small stream before climbing up to reach the village of Tharepati (3505m), a collation of stone huts just below the ridge west of the Melamchi Khola. Above the village the trail heads south along the main ridge to a campsite by the new. National Park buildings.

  16   A half day walk to Kutumsang(2438m), a beautiful place for an energetic or lazy afternoon. This area is called Helambu and is the closes Sherpa populated region to the Kathmandu Valley.

  17   From Kutumsang a descent through forest reaches Gull Bhanjyang(2141m) before climbing again to reach the scattered village of Chipling(2165m). An hour further from a col. on the ridge the farmlands of Pati Bhanjyang(1768m) are entered.

  18   The tiny village of Chisopani is reached after a two hours walk from Pati Bhanjyang, crossing a pass at 2440m, we descend through the villages of Chubas and Mulkharka. A short distance away through the forest is the reservoir and dam that rams the end of the trek. From Sundarijal it is only a short drive back to Kathmandu.

  19   Free day in Kathmandu.

  20   Transfer to airport for onward flight.

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