Langtang Valley is well-renowned for its euphoric ambiance embracing snow-capped mountains, glaciers, moraines, pinewoods, furious mountain rivers, lush meadows, good-natured inhabitants, diverse species of flora and fauna. It is widely celebrated as Shangri-La for the enthusiastic trekkers and travelers. Individuals who are short on time but willing to explore this earthly paradise can opt for our Langtang Short Trek which also provides a detailed insight into the natural and cultural aspects of this graceful valley.
More than half a century after his first visit here in 1949, the description of famous British mountaineer Bill Tilman still holds true today, for he found ‘The Langtang has not only the austere beauty of ice mountains accentuated by the friendly smile of flowery meadows alive with cattle – but it has the charm of reticence and the witchery of the unexpected.’
Succeeding a picturesque drive beyond terraced farms, quaint villages, and the stunning Trishuli Valley; we’ll arrive at Syabrubesi. We’ll then make our way through the Langtang Valley where lies the exquisite Tamang settlements of Gatlang, Tatopani, and Thuman. Experience and understand the hospitality, traditional lifestyle, and ethnic culture of Tamang communities.
There are no Annapurnas or Everest here, no popular names in the pool of lofty mountains. Instead, you will get acquainted with the majesty of Langtang Lirung as well as the Ganesh, Jugal and Rolwaling Himal. Also, encounter the sublime biodiversity of Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park, the Langtang National Park. Join us now on this trip of a lifetime!!
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,460m/4,790ft)||Syabrubesi|
|Day 2||Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m/7,342ft)||Gatlang|
|Day 3||Gatlang to Tatopani (2,380m/7,808ft)||Tatopani|
|Day 4||Tatopani to Thuman (2,238m/7,342ft)||Thuman|
|Day 5||Thuman to Syabrubesi (2,239m / 7,345ft)||Syabrubesi|
|Day 6||Drive back to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
After getting on a public vehicle early in the morning, we’ll progress on a rough road across the picturesque landscapes and villages of Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche to one-time trading post of Syabrubesi. Although a bumpy ride, this 6-7 hour (approx.) long journey enjoy extends put forth some splendid countryside scenery which includes hills, valleys, terraced farmlands and raging river. Moreover, we can get acquainted with the lifestyle of the mountainous communities residing within the pristine settlements along the way.
We shall commence our trekking venture this very day. Making our way through the native Tamang villages, we’ll observe the ethnic culture of the native inhabitants along with their traditional way of life. Besides that, we’ll come across terrains that look pretty as a picture. The outlook of the Goljung valley overlooked by Ganesh Himal and adjacent mountain ranges is simply incredible! We’ll eventually arrive at Goljung village and continue further to Gatlang (2,238m). With the terraced hills surrounding it, the Tamang settlement is well-known in the region for its friendly locals and heart-warming hospitality.
Following the daybreak, we’ll proceed down to Thangbuche. Constantly pursued by the sublime vistas of majestic mountaintops of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Massif; we’ll advance past Chilime Hydropower Dam then climb an uphill path beyond teahouses at Cherka and Gonggang (2,230m) to Tatopani (translates into hot water). Here, we can discover natural hot water springs which dried-up subsequent to 2015 earthquake that shook the entire nation. The village was named after this very hot springs. It is believed that the hot waters will eventually return as it did in the olden days.
Brace yourself because we are about to experience a long haul trek of our entire journey! We’ll proceed alongside the trekking route and ascend uphill past the settlement and gompa of Brimdang to Nagthali, a village greatly admired as a meditation site by local Buddhist lamas and devotees and priests. We’ll then climb atop Nagthali Danda (3,300m) to find wide open grassland where we can witness awe-inspiring outlook of snow-clad peaks of Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Sanjen Ranges. Thereafter, we’ll steadily descend to Thuman (2,338m), a beautiful Tamang village that harbours a time-honoured monastery. Explore this natural sphere of tranquillity and experience its grandeur!
Previously, trekkers used to hike from Thuman to Timure (1,760m) then continue to the Tibetan border (a further 45 minutes); but currently, the busy road networks full of trucks, few massive hydroelectric power plants and a new China border crossing at Rasuwagadhi tend to make this lovely experience, a thing of past. Either we’ll follow above mention route or climb down steeply to the Bhote Koshi River. Afterwards, we’ll traverse a suspension bridge spanning over the river and stay with the path to Lingling. From here, we’ll hike up to the euphoric Tamang settlement of Briddim (2,230m). Navigating through the pine woods, we’ll finally set our foot in Syabrubesi (2,239m).
The day six marks the end our adventure. We’ll make it to Kathmandu City via a jouncy drive, negotiating scenic terrains flaunting lush greenery as well as the untamed river Trishuli flowing continuously through grass-covered valley and hills. Upon arrival in the capital city, you may repose in your living space rejoicing in the amenities offered by your hotel. Alternatively, you can stroll around the vibrant local markets in search of souvenirs to take back home.