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Langtang Circuit Trek has turned out as one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Langtang Region of Nepal. With a combination of full proof adventure, diverse wildlife, photogenic scenery, and Tibetan-influenced ethnic encounters, this trip has become a favorite for a high number of visitors.
Langtang Circuit Trek starts with a drive from the crowded Kathmandu Valley and goes along the Tibetan-originated river of Trishuli to get to Syabrubesi. From there starts your real trekking trip along the Lama Hotel and fully devastated village of Langtang until we get to the Kyanjin Gompa. Again, get back on the same road to traverse to the sacred lakes of Gosaikunda. The trails go through the forests of Rhododendron and oak along the Langtang and Trishuli River. The major highlights of this trek include the forests, wildlife, and the views. Look at the high Langtang Ri, and such other peaks along the route. Don’t forget to enjoy the soothing hot springs along the way.
The Langtang Village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal with a pure Tibetan influence. The village was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake which stopped the trekking to this region. However, now, the village has already stood up from such devastation and is in the process of construction. The first major destination of Kyanjin Gompa offers great insights on the monasteries and also offer one of the best cheese factories of the country. The next major destination of Gosaikunda has a series of holy lakes in its periphery. The lake is thought to be a resting place for the Lord Shiva. The small lakes around are also classified on the basis of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
During the Langtang Circuit Trek, you will come across several people following their own religion and norms. But, the major religious group along the way is the Tamang people. The best season for this trek is the Spring and Autumn seasons.
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350 meters. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you will be driving north out of the Kathmandu Valley to Syabrubesi via Dhunche. This scenic drive through the mountainous terrain gives you an ample time to observe the scenic villages of Dhunche and Syabrubesi. Also, enjoy the Himalayan views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangma, Dorje Lakpa, and various other mountains. You will be passing one of the important Hydro Projects of Nepal, the Trishuli Hydro Project along the way. Overnight in a tea house in Syabrubesi.
After breakfast, you commence your trek as you cross the Bhote Koshi River and follow the Langtang River. This trail gradually ascends through the dense bamboo forest. You ascend close to 1000 meters on the third day as the popular Lama Hotel is located at an altitude of nearly 2470 meters. Overnight in a tea house in Lama Hotel.
Today you ascend almost 900 meters as you reach the Langtang Village. The trekking route follows the route of ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which in Nepali means the ‘Horse Stable’. Leaving the stable, you move on and the trail becomes quite even as you pass the beautiful scenery watching the Himalayan Yaks grazing on the field. Langtang Village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and the view of breathtaking Himalayas from Langtang is quite famous. Overnight in a tea house in Langtang.
Get up, perform some stretching exercises to warm your body up and get set for your trek. You start your trekking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa which despite being a mere 500 meters is quite fascinating because you come across several Cheese factories that are quite popular for the quality of Yak cheese they produce. Moreover, there are several Buddhist Monasteries in Kyanjin. The most popular one is the Kyanjin Gompa which is well known amongst the tourists. You will pass through the largest Mani Wall in Nepal made from stone with prayers written all over them. You will cross many wooden bridges and slowly get higher in altitude. The Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas. You can wander around and experience the chirping of birds, grazing Yaks, beautiful glaciers & icefalls. Overnight in a tea house in Kyanjin Gompa.
On the sixth day, you have to return to The Lama Hotel from the most beautiful Kyanjin Gompa. As it is a downhill trip, it takes less than five hours to reach the Lama Hotel. Overnight in a tea house in Lama Hotel.
On day seven, as you descend from the Lama Hotel, you can enjoy the natural beauty on display. While on the route to Thulo Syabru, you may also be privileged to see the Red Pandas, monkeys and various rare species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful traditional village in Rasuwa which also offers unaltered views of the Ganesh Himal (7110 meters), Langtang Himal, and other mountain ranges. Overnight in a tea house in Thulo Syabru.
Equip yourself with some nutritious breakfast and head towards the Shin Gompa from Thulo Syabru on the eighth day of the itinerary enjoying the views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and other mountains of the region. There is a popular local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery at Shin Gompa. The cheese factory at Shin Gompa is considered as one of the best cheese production centers in Nepal. Overnight in a tea house in Shin Gompa.
From Shin Gompa, you steadily climb up and make your way to the holy lake of Gosaikunda. The trek undoubtedly gives an exotic feeling. You follow a rugged trail featuring dramatic views of the Manaslu Himalayan Range, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang Himal. On a clear day, even the Annapurna Mountain Range is visible to the North. The first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda can be alarming as the bluish lake takes your breath away. There are around a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda Region. Some being the Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda. According to the Hindu legend, Gosaikunda Lake was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after he swallowed poison that threatened to destroy the whole world. The trail is really breathtaking. It is believed that there are 108 lakes in the immediate area of Gosaikunda. You will sleep well tonight with the memories of the blessings of the Holy Kunda. Overnight in a tea house in Gosaikunda.
The most challenging day of your trek comes after you leave the holy lake of Gosaikunda on the tenth day of your itinerary. You pass through several green forests, mountain rivers, and small lakes before crossing the Lauri Binayak-La Pass (4610m/15124ft). Crossing the pass is the most difficult part of this trek and from there, the trail heads up and down around the hillside under forbidding cliffs where you can see junipers, colorful rhododendrons, sparkling clear streams and Himalayan waterfalls. Overnight in a tea house in Gopte.
Trek from Gopte to Melamchi is quite exhilarating as the trail descends continually through several Sherpa settlements. You will also have the chance to interact with the local villagers while heading down the trail. After 3 hours of trekking, you will reach Thadepati Pass (3690m/12106ft), a traditional local village. A couple of hours of trekking from Thadepati takes you to the beautiful village of Melamchi. The drinking water project of Melamchi has been popular for quite some years now. Enjoy a cozy night with a beautiful sound of pure and bluish water of Melamchi River. Overnight in a tea house in Melamchi.
After stretching your body and having a satisfying breakfast, explore the local community and wonderful culture of Helambu. Helambu is especially known for its rich Hyolmo culture. Do not miss tasting the delicious apples from the Helambu Region. The people of this community practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. You then walk up to Tarkegyhang which boasts several beautiful monasteries along with the traditional Sherpa culture. Overnight in a tea house in Tarkheghyang.
On the 13th day, you further explore the Helambu region as you leave Tarkegyang and head towards Sermathang (2600m/8530ft). Sermathang is a beautiful village which offers insights into some of the oldest Hyolmo cultures and traditions. There are impressive views of the Dorje Lhakpa and looking North-East is the Panch Pokhari Lake, a part of the Jugal Himal Trek. Rest your body and mind with a pleasant breeze from the Himalayas. Overnight in a tea house in Sermathang.
After a short walk to Melamchi Bazaar, you will travel by a vehicle to Kathmandu. A couple of hours drive from Melamchi Bazaar takes you back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival to Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. This is an opportunity to have a rest in your hotel once you arrive. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’ metabolism.
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.