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Langtang Rhododendron Trip

  • 17 Days
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 1 - 10 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: Public Vehicle

Accommodation: Teahouse+Hotel

Max. Altitude: 4708m

Activities: Trekking, Cultural Tour

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Langtang Rhododendron Trek is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu, and has an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of the Langtang Region. Over 70 glaciers of varying sizes, picturesque Langtang and Ganesh Himal mountains range, and high altitude lakes including Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Dudhkunda are notable places on the Langtang Rhododendron Trek. In addition, mainly Tamang inhabitants of this area have an idyllic culture similar to Tibetan which goes back many hundreds of years. The unique craftsmanship, typical dress, traditionally built stone houses, and the beautifully carved wooden verandas reflect the Langtang Himalayan heritage, which is why this trip is known as the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek too.

The newly opening Langtang Rhododendron Trek is a Home Stay Trip conducted off the beaten track, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country Nepal. It offers a glance at the Himalayan nature experience of Tamang lifestyle and culture in an unexplored part of the Langtang National Park, and healing baths in natural hot springs. In the eighteenth century, Nepal fought with Tibet for the salt trade and some of the biggest areas where this war took place are in the area.  This trekking trail was developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (RPAP), and is located about 132 km toward the north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border. Langtang was extending in an east-west direction, and it is bordered on the north by the main pinnacle of the Himalayas, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), to the south are the Chimse Danda (ridge), crossed by the Ganja La pass (5,122 m), and Jugal Himal, and culminating in Dorje Lakpa (6,989 m). The huge glaciers spawned by the slopes of Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung and other peaks feed the Langtang Khola (river).
Langtang Rhododendron Trekking offers; to the mountains lovers’, an opportunity to observe Syabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung, Brimdang and Gatlang village, which are near the Tibetan border. The villages also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, mufflers and other items, and the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman are an unforgettable experience. At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is a home stay facility in two dozen houses. After the Tamang Heritage Trail we will head for a couple of days towards the narrow Langtang valley to the Kyanjin Gompa at 3900m along the Langtang Khola (stream), enjoying splendid mountain vistas along the way. Our trekking ends the same place it began, and from either Dhunche or Syabrubesi we then drive back to Kathmandu. Or it is possible to continue to the Gosaikunda and Helabbu for an entirely new experience.

As we are trekking company based in Nepal, Nepal Mother House Treks organizes the Spring Trip with a lifetime of experience with local Guides, porters, helpers, necessary equipment, rescue and evacuation service, all our staff insurance, Government permission and other required fees. As you are here on your holiday, you can extend or make the trip shorter as you prefer, and explore the High Himalaya. Whether you are looking for a long trek, mountain climbing, rafting, jungle safari, cultural tour and other adventure Activities, we have all these packages ready for the ultimate excitement and adventure of your choice during the spring season.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel 1350m.

Day 02:Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m)

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1440m) -7 to 8 hours

Day 04:Trek Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 05:Trek Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m) -6 to 7 hours

Day 06:Trek Tatopani to Thuman (2,338m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 07:Trek Thuman to Briddim (2,229) -5 to 6 hours

Day 08:Trek Briddim to Lama Hotel (2,470m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 09:Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 10:Trek Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) -3 to 4 hours

Day 11:Explore Day in Kyanjing Gumba

Day 12:Trek Kyanjin Gompa to Langtang (3,430m) -3 hours

Day 13:Trek Langtang Village to Bamboo Lodge (1960m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 14:Trek Bamboo to Syabrubesi (1440m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 15:Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu -7 to 8 hours

Day 16:Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 17:Final Departure to your Destination

Cost Include

  • Arrival to until Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport).
  • Hotel in Kathmandu before trek and after trek overnight with BBB Plan.
  • Welcome and farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural restaurant.
  • All comfortable Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee, chocolate during the trekking.
  • Warm down Jacket and Sleeping Bag for the trek.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Kathmandu private tourist bus/ car/ van.
  • English speaking friendly Guide and helpful strong porter and their lodging and food.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entries fee and transportation.
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Insurances for Guides and Porters.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Medical Kit Bag during the trek.

Cost Exclude

  • Cold drinks; coke, fanta, sprite, and mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, beer and bar bills.
  • Tips for guide and potters.
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance.
  • Souvenir or other expenses during the trekking.
  • Personal mountaineering gears.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend.        

Trip Note

If you do not need porter for the trip, the trekking cost will be reducing from the original price. Nepal Mother House gives you some clue to make less cost for the Solo traveler also. Please contact us in our email for more details with your requirements. 

If you wish to stay longer, we can offer plenty of suggestions: Bungee Jumping, mountain biking in the Kathmandu valley, white water Rafting, Jeep Flyer, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Jungle Safari tour, Skydiving, Mt. Everest view flight, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square, the Kathmandu valley's other historic cities Sightseeing, or a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and some worth able sunset and sunrise mountain panoramas. We help to arrange any of these excursions for you. Namaste and see you during your next trip to the Nepal Himalayas!

Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel 1350m.Upon arrival at international airport meet our assistants and transfer to the Hotel located at Thamel to take a rest and be free all afternoon.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide leads you to explore around Kathmandu valley for sightseeing. You will explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of the Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” - it is said that it was built from a single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carvings in old temples, old palaces, etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill known as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world, which has been registered as a UNESCO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, with Sadhus and pilgrims bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. After these activities we go back to your hotel and prepare for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1440m) -7 to 8 hours Our Guide and Porters come to your hotel at 6:00 am. Then we head north out of Kathmandu to Syabru Besi about 7/8 hours scenic driving by bus or Land cruiser (depending on group size). The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche, and you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. Behind Trisuli Bazaar the road is tricky because of the grubby road. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Trek Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m) -4 to 5 hours This is our first day of trekking, so we are heading with excitement to the Gatlang. About an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach the view point from where we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley, then we head down to Goljang valley for lunch which is an hour walking down hill. We get to beautiful Gatlang Tamang village after another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarfs) and home made local Rakshi accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Get refreshed and walk around enjoying the local Syabru dance. Stay overnight at the community lodge.

Day 05 : Trek Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m) -6 to 7 hours This would be one of the longest days of the entire trip and will take about 6/7 hours. The trekking trail begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Probably, we will top for the lunch here. The Chilime Hydropower dam has made a beautiful tranquil lake here. After lunch the trail will ascend, crossing the hanging bridge, and then the ascent continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means 'hot water'. Here you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. People believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. We stay overnight stay at local tea house.

Day 06 : Trek Tatopani to Thuman (2,338m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, we ascend to Nagthali Danda (3300m) through the Rhododendron forest, the high open grassland with amazing views of snow covered Himalayas. We will stop for lunch at Brimdang village then the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda. We will enjoy the view and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Again we continue down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. We will stay overnight at local tea house.

Day 07 : Trek Thuman to Briddim (2,229) -5 to 6 hours Today, the trail begins flatter in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. We will be stop here for the lunch. The famous Rasuwaghadi (Nepal-Tibet border) is just 3hrs walk from Timure and lies on the bank of a river. After lunch the trail continues for another Tibetan influenced Tamang village Briddim for a unique home stay experience. All accommodations and meals are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. In the evening the visitor enjoys eating traditional foods and sleeping at their usual clean bed. Rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), Potato, Tibetan tea, Briddim wine, and other indigenous foods are offered. In addition, you have great chance to observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices, lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. The locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing the live craftsmanship.

Day 08 : Trek Briddim to Lama Hotel (2,470m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, the trail leads us through the forest and hill terraces of the Tamang settlement to the Lama hotel. Some time we will encounter wild boar and Longur (monkey) through the Rhododendron forest. On the huge rock we can see wild beehive stacking. People here collecting honey using their indigenous techniques. We will get to the Lama Hotel after 5/6 hour walking. We will stay overnight at a teahouse lodge.

Day 09 : Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours Today, at the beginning the trail climbs up towards a steep Magnificent Rhododendron forest slope to the Langtang River. The trail follows Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela, which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail is slightly gradual and beautiful in the valley with the grazing Yaks. After some time it descends into a valley, crossing a stream, and climbs past several water-driven prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang. This is one of the old villages along this trekking route and the view from here is more spectacular as we get closer to mountain. The rest of the day we walk around the village and stay overnight in a Guest house.

Day 10 : Trek Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) -3 to 4 hours The trail leads us through the tiny village, stone-built houses, to a climb to a Chorten, and passed a huge mani along a gentle path of a hill. We have a chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, which is a remarkable feature of this place. This is a shorter walk but enough for acclimatization. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Cheese factory. This beautiful valley is in the lap of the Langtang Lirung and others around us. This is a good place to explore local culture similar to Tibetan which has been blending for centuries.

Day 11 : Explore Day in Kyanjing Gumba Today is a day to rest and explore around. We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier. Descend to guesthouse for overnight.

Day 12 : Trek Kyanjin Gompa to Langtang (3,430m) -3 hours After late wake up, we have a hot breakfast while observing surrounding snowy capped mountains and the breathtaking view. All the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountains which you have missed on the way up. We can also visit a glacier after 2 hours walk. Or come back to Langtang and enjoy rest of the day around village and mountains beauties.

Day 13 : Trek Langtang Village to Bamboo Lodge (1960m) -4 to 5 hours After breakfast the trail retraces downhill to the Bamboo Lodge through the some ancient Tamang settlements with fantastic views of towering mountain and some wildlife and pine and Junipers forests. It is still an enjoyable trail even to retrace. We stay overnight at Lama Hotel.

Day 14 : Trek Bamboo to Syabrubesi (1440m) -4 to 5 hours Today also we retrace all the way to Sybrubesi about 4 to 5 hours. For variation we will follow the so called ‘high’-route back to Syarubesi. This trail splits off the route we took upwards shortly after leaving Lama Hotel. The route goes to the small village of Syarpagaon, and continues onto Bhanjyanggaon and Khangjung before descending back to Syabrubesi. This was the primary route to Langtang before the new trail (which we followed on our way up) was build (6 hrs).

Day 15 : Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu -7 to 8 hours We will be ready at 6:00 morning in hotel lobby while you have your breakfast, and can offer advice as your trekking guides. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the Trishuli river side. It takes about 7 to 8 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus/ private car.

Day 16 : Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have the full day at leisure to either relax at your hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is the day of ending your journey, so Nepal Mother House Treks would like offer you farewell dinner in a Nepali Restaurant and offer you a Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 17 : Final Departure to your Destination Today is free for last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives until your departure flight/drive. Our assistants will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

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Useful Info

Few things are worth arranging while you are at home. Please note down these list details before your departure, this tips will help to make your trip enjoyable:

  • Read travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive.
  • Make sure your passport valid date during your travel and consult about visa processing.
  • Estimate your budget and fixed holiday period then chose suitable destination.
  • Note down travel check list before leave home and preparer accordingly.
  • Inform your friend and family about your trip and itinerary details.
  • Make copies of your important documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
  • Buy Guide book and study about Nepal’s general information (culture, custom, political, people, geography, weather, festival, religion, rule and regulation).
  • Buy insurance which will cover all overseas medical, emergency evacuation costs.
  • Batter to know at list few Nepali words while traveling in Nepal.
  • Make reservations with advance payment, especially during peak season, for trip, accommodations and local guides.
  • Call your bank for debit- and credit-card to let them know about fees and your travel destination. Get your bank’s emergency phone number if you have a problem.
  • Visit the doctor for your health report and take medicine and vaccine accordingly.
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
  • Never step over anyone feet/legs, and pull in your own legs when somebody wants to pass.
  • Never touch anybody with your feet, also never point in a direction using your feet. The feet are considered the most impure parts of the body.
  • When entering a house, somebody's kitchen, temple or monastery take off your shoes.
  • As a woman you should always be dressed avoiding provocation, so keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • It is very polite to give and accept with your right hand, and even more so when you use your left hand for supporting the elbow of your right hand.
  • When in doubt how to behave in certain situations; keep a low profile, do not shout and keep your dignity.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
  • Beef is prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
  • You may not be allowed entry to the inner sanctuaries of temples and Stupas.
  • You may be interested to take snaps of temples, Stupas and monuments. Generally temples, Stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed, but it is better to have permission before using your cameras.  

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