You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel
Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.
After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Dunche. Parts of the road are unsealed and the condition of the road often depends upon the monsoon season. We will travel via Trisuli Bazaar where the dam and hydrlectric project was completed by the Indian Technical Mission. Finally we drive on to Dhunche where we will make our first camp and final preparations for our trek.
Soon after commencing our trek today we climb steeply on a good trail to Thulo Syabru,en-route we cross the village of Barbal with it's terraces, and gain our first good views of the mountains. Our walk today passes through rhododendron and pine forest.
We cross through the village of Thulo Syabru and descend to the Langtang Kola. Slowly the trail climbs gently through the forest with the river flowing beside us.
The forest becomes sparser and drier on this side of the river, consisting mainly of scrub oaks and nettles. Finally we climb steeply on a good trail to Rimche and on to our campsite for the night.
We continue to follow the Langtang Khola climbing steeply through hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron forest to the national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2970m). Beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7225m) can be seen from here. The trail ascends gradually, as the valley becomes wider and we pass many mani stones, water-driven prayer wheels and scattered Tamang villages before arriving in Langtang village.
Passing through the village of Langtang we climb gradually past yak pastures and the small villages of Mumdu and Sindum. After crossing a wooden cantilever bridge over Langtang Khola, we reach a wider valley scattered with large boulders to a moraine. Here we gain the first views of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) to the north. Our route weaves through large boulders before a short descent to Kyanjin Gompa.
Today we retrace our route along the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela (3020m). The trail is for the most part downhill, descending to Lama Hotel and our camp for the night.
Dropping steadily through fir, rhododendron and oak forest we pass through the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. The trail afterward is gentle ups and downs and follows a ridge to our camp site. This is an excellent view point of the Himalayan range from Manaslu to Everest.
On our descent from the ridge of Kutumsang, there are several lodges below with spectacular mountain views. We continue down to the village of Golphu Bhanjyang and make a short climb to Thotung Danda on the top of the ridge. The views here are stunning and it is highly recommended to make the effort to rise early in the morning and catch the sunrise over this unforgetable mountain panorama.
The trail continues up the ravines before we make our make a final ascent to Tharepati. From the ridge we can see into the Helambu region. Soon we descend to the tree line, passing beautiful waterfalls and rhododendron forest to army camp.
Following the same route until we reach the upper trail on the ridge we arrive at the pleasant village of Thulo Syabru. This gives us an opportunity to gain an insight into the tradition, culture and custom of the local Tamang community.
Following a rugged trail we climbs steeply up the ridge, with dramatic views of Himal Chuli (7893m)and Manaslu (8156m)as our backdrop. To the west Ganesh Himal(7406m) rises up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda (locally known as the cat bear), an endangered species. We pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina and cross a ridge for our first view of the holy lakes. Gosainkund is a protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires and grazing of goats is prohibited. There are about a dozen lakes in Gosiankund Basin, the most prominent being Saraswati Kunda, Bhairav Kunda and Gosiankund. According to legend, Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. There are stone shelters at Gosiankund used by pilgrims who visit to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival each August.
Passing a school and army post, we proceed up a steep hill above the village to Dursagang. After Dursagang, the trail is less steep and largely forested to the top of the ridge at Fhulung Danda. The only sign of human habitation are the occasional shepherd huts. The trail eventually levels as it crosses the head of the valley and after passing the ridge we arrive at Sing Gompa.
Today is the final day of our trek, and we make the most of our last stunning views before a final climb to Burlang Bhanjyang (2420m). After the pass we descend to Sundarijal where we meet our transport for the return drive to Kathmandu.
We climb further passing three more lakes near the Laurebina pass (4610m). After the pass, we descend alongside a stream to the national park post at Bhera Goth. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest and finally drops to Duphi Charu.
Arrangements cease after breakfast unless further arrangements have been made. Those travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.