A short trek across green meadows into a lush valley till you reach Kyangjin…..an enjoyable holiday out on the mountains…
This venture commences with an overland journey to Dunche, the main trading post known in this area. From here on, we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day for some exploration of the high mountains and glacial systems. We track back for three days before taking a different route back to Dunche and then proceed onwards to Kathmandu. This trek is ideal for people not wishing to trek over the Laurebina pass 4610 meters.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu / Dhunche (1966m)
Day 02: Trek Dhunche / Syabru Gaun (2581m)
Day 03: Trek Syabru Gaun / Lama Hotel (2470m)
Day 04: Trek Lama Hotel / Langtang village (3430m)
Day 05: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m)
Day 06: Day for rest at Kyangjin Gompa
Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
Day 08: Trek from Lama Hotel / Syabrubesi via Sherpa Gaun (3000m)
Day 09: Drive back from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu by local bus.
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu for home
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m) which takes about eight hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. Your drive from Kathmandu to your destination will be made by either a local bus or a land cruiser. Stay over night in a tea house lodge or an option to camp.
Day 02: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m.) which takes about five and half hours. Trek to Syabru Gaon (6950ft, 2120m). You pass through forests and terraced hill slopes. As you enter Syabru, you descend to a ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. You will continue through the village to your campsite about fifteen minutes beyond on the slopes below the village. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of Lantang Lirung (7245m), the whole Tibetan Himal range and several other fascinating peaks. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) which takes about five hours. The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru’s main street and then drops to the Ghopche Khola (2050m.) and again descends to the Landslide (1810m.). Thereafter, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you will see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. There are a few lodges and shops which provides trekkers with essentially required supplies if needed. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela which takes about six hours. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m) which takes about three hours. The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990m), Langtang Ri (6370m), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and some other fascinating peaks. Stay over night in a tea house lodge or in camps.
Day 06: Rest days at Kyangjin Gompa and we do some excursions in and around the area. This is a day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay over night in a tea house lodge or in camps.
Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel takes about six hours. From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Stay over night in a tea house lodge or in camps.
Day 08: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaon which takes about five hours. The upper part of the trail is more beautiful for the panoramic view of mountains and lush green hills. The first half part of the trail goes gradually down and then the trail steeply descends to Syabru Besi (1600m.). A huge hydropower project called the Chilime Power Plant is based here. The main inhabitants of this area belong to the Tamang community. Stay over night in a tea house lodge or in camps.
Day 09: Drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu by bus, which takes about nine hours. You drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Kathmandu. At eventide, we proceed to a well known Nepali kitchen for some tasty Nepalese cuisine; and as we enjoy our meals, we will be entertained by a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles in the area. This will be an interesting occasion. Over night at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: do some last minute packing and or shopping. Our representatives will be on standby to drop you to the airport for your connecting flight home.
I checked with many trekking companies before setting on Higher Limits. From the beginning I felt comfortable with Gopi and the staff. We talked for almost two hours about trekking. He took a lot of time explaining rates and itineraries. He also provided the best price of the ten or twelve companies I checked with. I have to say I have no complaints with anything. The guide, Janu, was very knowledgeable about the culture, people, trails, mountains and things not related to trekking and Nepal. The food was good, the weather cooperated, the accommodation was comfortable and clean, and the views were better than expected. I highly recommend Higher Limits and Janu as a guide while I could have trekked independently for cheaper I can’t imagine all the knowledge and information I would have missed without a guide. I felt safe, comfortable and very happy the entire trip. I look forward to my next trek with Janu and Higher Limits.
Justin Bennett Kohl beck
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