A seven hours bus drive to Dhunche which is 105 Kilometers northeast of Kathmandu brings you to the starting point of this spectacular Langtang trek to the splendid Langtang valley region of central Nepal. Moving up a gentle gradient, you pass along the dramatic ridges through villages inhabited by Tibetans, Tamangs, and Sherpa people where you will come across the lush forest of Rhododendrons, conifers and oaks. You will also pass through mountain grazing cattle on the rich alpine pastures under the watchful eyes of their herders.
Breathtaking mountain views emerge on your ascent as the vegetation becomes sparser and the conditions more challenging. Once you enter the core Langtang valley from Ghora Tabala you will find fluttering prayer flags in the main trails, brightly painted shortens, Mani walls (carved Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum) and yak herders welcome you to the land of these high mountain people. Langtang Lirung, Langshisa Ri, Ganjala Peaks proudly shows above as you head for the main Langtang and Kanjing trail. This adventure takes you off the bitten track into the valley of a hardy untouched people.
You will have ample time to explore and relax in Kathmandu.
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EXCEPTIONAL TRIP FOR GOSAIKUNDA – THE SACRED LAKE n RIVER
There are a Shamanism and a Full moon Festival at 4312 meters in this region, every August.
Shamans (“Dhami”) come from all over Nepal and arrive at the lake on full moon night which involves dancing and singing. This day is considered holy by the shamans whereby apprentices or “Jhankris” graduate into full shamans.
The full moon month of Shrawan (July –August), the day when this festival is observed is considered sacred all over Nepal and is celebrated in different manners by various groups of people. Throughout the Kingdom, the “Dagadhari” (or those who wear the “Janai” or sacred thread on their bodies) change the “Janai” after having a haircut and a ritual bath on the occasion of Janai Purnima, also known as “Rishi Trapani”. This festival is observed by the Hindus, especially of the Shaiva sect.
Full moon night in the month of August is also popularly known as “Gunhu Punhi” in the Newar community.
According to time-honored tradition, people receive the “Rakshya Bandhan” thread tied around the wrist. The yellow thread is purified by the chanting of Mantras by Brahmins as a symbol of protection from fear and disease. They also observe the occasion as “Kwati Purnima”.
On this day, thousands of devotees worship Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu and at Kumbheswor in Lalitpur and take holy bath dips in the ponds and lakes.
You will be welcomed and received on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Later on, you will be transferred to your hotel; check into the room and spend some relaxing time until we meet at some point in the evening for the trip briefing. You will be informed about the briefing time on your arrival at hotel.
After breakfast in the morning we take you for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.
Take a drive of about seven hours from Kathmandu to Dhunche by a public bus. The mountain road takes you through local villages, forested areas where you can see glimpses of local Nepali life. Enjoy somewhat bumpy but a nice scenic drive through the country side of Nepal. Stay overnight in Dhunche.
Take an early breakfast and start the first day of your trek. The trek to Thulo Syaphru today takes about six hours with ample breaks on the trail. Feel the fresh mountain air and head higher towards the destination. Enjoy the view of Langtang, Lerung and other mountain peaks while your are walking the trail. You will walk mostly through forested area with occasional passing through local villages.
The trail leads north, across a suspension bridge over the Bhote Kosi , into the settlement of Old Syabru. A pleasant, forest trail follows to a side stream, then onto waterfall, and climbs up along rocky ridges. When you reach the next junction near the Langtang River, you will then cross it heading for a lunch break in Boombu. Enjoy the water flow coming from the world’s largest glacier. After lunch you will cross two bridges along the main path, leading you on a gentle ascend to Gummanchhok. Lying over a steep hill is the Lama Hotel. Approximate Travel Duration: 7 Hrs
Today we trek to take you to Langtang village via Gore Tabela which literally means horse stable. Today the valley opens up above the tree line as you trek through rugged terrain. The you get a clear view of the mighty Langtang mountain. On reaching Langtang village you can have a warm cup of tea while you see the sunset behind the mountains.
Relatively short walk today takes you to an amazing mountain village of Kanjying. The walk is incredibly beautiful as it provides you the close up view of Langtang range. Once you are in Kanjying, you can visit monastery; enjoy the view of soaring snow capped Himalayan peaks in the Langtang range.
You will be staying overnight here today but you have a busy day. As this is an acclimatization day, you will be hiking either to Kanjying Ri - 4770 m or to Cherko Ri - 4984 m; enjoy the close up view of the mountains and return back to Kanjying Gumba for overnight stay. Get used to with the high altitude climate.
Make a return trip back to Lama hotel via Langtang village after the unbelievable exploration of the Langtang region. Stay at Lama hotel in a tea house.
Another nice walk of about five hours today takes you to Syabrubesi on the bank of River Trishuli, a fresh Himalayan water river famous for rafting on its lower section. Stay overnight at Syaphrubesi.
After Breakfast drive for about seven hours back to Kathmandu by Public Bus and check in to Hotel. Evening we will take you to cultural show and dinner.
You will be transferred to airport at your schedule for the final departure as today is the last day of 12 days Langtang Valley Trekking.
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