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10 August - 2014
Ian Smart
clientThe experience of a lifetime withy Magic Himalaya treks and expeditions, thanks to our guide Shanta Baniya His wonderful pleasant manner and thorough planning of every detail was the making of the trek . From the moment we exited the airport Shanta was there to support us, discounted shopping in Kathmandu and using his excellent English and quiet leadership insured we had all the correct ... Read More

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Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trek

Trip Facts
Program Code: NHG-LT04 Duration: 19 days Program Type: Trekking Maximum Altitude: 4,609 m at Lauru-binayak pass Mode of Travel: Tea House Trekking Start Trip: Syabrubesi End Trip: Sundarijal Program Grading: gradegradegrade
Trip Highlights
"trekking into one of the most beautiful alpine valley in the perfect tranquility of serene forest of rhododendrons, juniper on the traditional Tamang Heritage Trail, high alpine valleys, on the holy Gosainkund glacial ponds, high passes on the backdrop of high mountain of Langtang-Jugal and Ganesh Himal range"

OverviewOverview

Langtang valley is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region.  This area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km. Mountainous terrain south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border. Within its boundaries are some 45 villages, with the main objective of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection.

The area offers a range of cultures with the main three ethnic peoples living in are the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias who have originated from Tibet in the past 500 years till the mid 20th century. In a southern section of the park lies a small area of sub-tropical chestnut forest, along with unique Sal forest. The hill forests (2000-2,600m) across the southern slopes of the park consist of Chir Pine, Rhododendron, Nepalese Alder and Oak. Moving north and higher, the Montane zone (2,600-3000m) are mainly Mountain Oak, fading to Silver Fir, Hemlock and Larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3,6000m); throughout these zones, several species of Rhododendron trees form a twisted and colourful understory, continuing higher to treelines Birch and Fir forest are the last to survive. It is here at 3,600-4000m that Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs slowly dissolve into the expansive alpine grassland meadows. Here the elusive snow leopard is still thought to comb the alpine heights for prey. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, himalayan black bear, wild dog, himalayan thar, ghoral (mountain antelope) and more than 250 species of birds.

Above the tree line, the valley opens up into a classical, glacial 'U' shape, bounded to the north by the impressive Langtang Himal, beyond, which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m/21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m/23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m/22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m/22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it extends to the Jugal Himal, terminating in Dorje Lakpa (6,980m/22,929ft). To the east the upper meadows of the Langtang end in a massive mountain wall, forming the frontier with Tibet.

Short ItineraryOutline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 2,100m approx 7-8 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Riverside 2,042m/6,700ft. or Bamboo approx 5 hours walk
Day 05: Trek to Ghoretabela 2,880m   / 9,450ft. Approx 5 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m/10,850ft approx 3 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to  Kynging Gompa 3,749m / 12,300ft approx 3-4 hours.
Day 08: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around.
Day 09: Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 350m 6-7 hours walk
Day 10: Trek to Upper Syabru village 2,118m/6,950ft 5-6 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Singh Gompa 3,254m/10,675ft or Chandanbari.4-5 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Gosainkund 4,381m/14,375ft. 6-7 hours walk.
Day 13: Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566m via Laurabina-La 4,609m.
Day 14: Trek to Mange-Ghot 3,285 m.  5-6 hrs walk.
Day 15: Trek to Gul Bhangjang 2,125m 5-6 hours walk.
Day 16: Trek to Chisopani Danda 2,195m approx. 5 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Sundarijal 1,380m an hour drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: In Kathmandu. Guided tour on request.
Day 19: International Departure for Homeward bound.

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