- DURATION 10 Days
- DURATION 14 Days
While hiking ‘The Circuit’ in Langtang National Park you can start and end the hike at different points and traverse altogether different scenery and terrain. Langtang has a huge array of natural and cultural attractions still waiting to be explored – as more and more hikers light out for the Everest or Annapurna region, Langtang remains literally crowd free.
Our 18 day trip includes 14 days of hiking around the national park, climbing in and out alpine valleys, walking through pine forests, exploring some spectacular lakes, stopping by the tiny villages in between and experiencing Nepalese culture first hand.
Fixed Departure Dates:
3 March, 21 March, 8 April, 26 April and 14 May
25 September, 13 October, 31 October and 18 November
After clearing the immigrations and collecting your bags, you will need to come out and look for the sign Icefall Adventures. Our representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu - there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the later half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
The drive to Syabru Bensi has been described by a lot of travellers as ‘crazy’ while some have described it as ‘scenic’. Although the distance between Kathmandu and Syabru Bensi is only 117 kilometers, it takes 7-8 hours to complete the journey across the winding and uneven Himalayan road leading to Syabru. Be ready for some huge bumps in the roads, some really sharp turns and landslides if you’re travelling during monsoon!
The trail first passes a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi to the village of old Syabru Bensi after which, it leads you out of the village as you cross the Langtang khola and pass several forests before reaching Lama Hotel.
After a hearty breakfast in Lama Hotel follow a trail alongside the Langtang River and climb up almost 700 meters before stopping for lunch in Ghora Tabela. After lunch, hike further up to Langtang, a remote and beautiful village that is still following some age old customs and traditions.
The hike between the Langtang village and Kyanjin Gompa is short and fairly strenuous. Walking past meadows and grazing Yaks, you’ll find the hike quite pleasant as you reach Kyanjin Gompa after only four hours of walking.
An extra day in Kyanjin Gompa allows you to take a leisurely walk around the little village and observe the local lifestyle and culture. A visit to the cheese factory and an old monastery is also highly recommended.
From Kyanjin Gompa you’ll retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel via Langtang village. The descent is long and this can be quite tiresome and hard on the knees.
The trail first drops down some 700 meters and then its a 500 meter climb to the village of Thulo Syabru, passing through a heavily forested surrounding. Look out for red pandas, mountain goats and a variety of birds.
Today its mostly uphill - you make an early morning start after a hearty breakfast and follow a steep path, entering forested surroundings as you climb up some 1000 meters to reach Singa Gompa where a visit to the cheese factory and an old monastery is highly recommended.
The first part of the trail climbs gently until Laurebina Yak (3,920m), a great place to see one of the best mountain vistas in the world. From Laurebina Yak the trail climbs up more steeply to Gosainkunda and you have the rest of the day to explore the Gosainkunda lakes. The lake is a sacred pilgrimage site to Hindus and Buddhists and according to legends it was the abode of the Hindu god Shiva.
Today you’ll reach the highest point of the trek as you cross the Laurebina La Pass (4,610m) before you climb down a steep path to Ghopte.
More ups and downs today - the trail first drops and then climbs through a forested area until Tharepati. From Tharepati, the trail descends to the Helambu valley through forests of pine and rhododendron.
From Melamchi Gaon the trail first drops gently through a forest and then drops more steeply until it crosses the Melamchi Khola. After crossing a suspension bridge the trail climbs steeply until Tarke Gyang, an ancient village with a buddhist monastery and traces of Tibetan influence.
Walking is quite pleasant today because the trail between Tarke Gyang and Sermathang is mostly ‘Nepali’ flat and the scenery is very beautiful, passing villages, farmlands, streams and waterfalls.
The descent to Melamchi Pul Bazaar is very exhausting because the trail drops a staggering 1700 meters. After a long day of descent you’ll arrive in Melamchi Pul Bazaar early in the evening and a 4X4 will be waiting for you in there to take you back to Kathmandu.
An extra day in Kathmandu for shopping or sightseeing if you are interested in visiting some places. In the evening, we will take you for farewell dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. This is an unique restaurant in Kathmandu where they have signatures of all everest summiteers on yeti foot.
Again our representatives will be there to transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.