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Langtang Heritage Trail Trek – 10 Days

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About Langtang Heritage Trail Trek

  • 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 3607m/8553ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transport: Land Transportation

Langtang Heritage Trail Trek also popularly known as Tamang Heritage Trail is a less explored area of the Langtang area which has recently been opened for the world. The people in this area are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet and settled in Nepal. The Langtang Heritage Trail is an off beaten track which highlights ancient culture and lifestyle, combining it with picturesque views and soothing baths in the natural hot spring. It also covers the culture, religion and daily lifestyle of Tamang community.

This trek starts from Syabrubesi and passes through Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, Rusuwagadhi and Briddim. This is a perfect trek to learn the beautiful culture of the Tamang community along with a chance to observe lifestyle. With high open grasslands and an amazing view of the snow-capped mountains, this is the perfect trek for anyone who seeks for solitude, enjoy the local culture and hospitality and get away from the crowd. Langtang Heritage Trail Trek passes through traditional Tamang and Tibetan villages and goes until Tibetan border. Also, the local homestay is an incredible way to interact with the local communities.

 

Langtang Heritage Trail Trek - 10 Days Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft)

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Treks and Expeditions representative at the airport. From thereyou will be transferred to your local Kathmandu hotel. After freshening up you will meet once again with our representative for a briefing on the trekking itinerary. At this time, you will receive additional information as well as departure times. The balance of your day will be free time to stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Based on the amount of time available to you our representative will offer you suggestions on things to do and sites to see. Enjoy your overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m/4812ft) via Trishuli (Nuwakot) - 150 Km/8 hrs

After breakfast, you will be driving north out of the Kathmandu valley too Syabrubesi via Dhunche. This scenic drive through the mountain terrian gives you an Ample time to observe villages of Dhunche and Syabrubesi and enjoy himalayan view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangma, Dorje Lakpa and various mountains.You will be passing one of the important Hydro Projects of Nepal the Trishuli Hydro Project. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 3:Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2200m/7217ft, 5 hrs)

Syabrubesi is the starting point for our trek and after walking for some hours you can enjoy stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang range and the Goljang Valley. Today we will be passing through the Goljang valley and walking toward the beautiful Tamang village of Gatlang. You will be welcomed by the local people upon your arrival in the village. Overnight stay at Local Community Lodge/Homestay.

Day 4: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550ft, 6-7 hrs)

Today you will be walking for 7 hours so make sure you have enough breakfast and lunch so you don’t run out of energy. You will be passing through the Thangbuchet village and can relax at the Tatopani (Hot Spring) which literally means ‘hot water. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 5:Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2400m/7874ft, 6 hrs)

The trail ascends to NagthaliDanda (3300m) situated on high open grassland with amazing views of the snow covered Himalayas. Stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to NagthaliDanda. One can enjoy the view and spend some time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. The trail continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 6:Trek from Thuman to Rasuwagadhi (2240m/7349ft, 7 hrs)

The trek today goes to Rasuwagadhi which is a very historical fort dating back to conflicts with Tibet. This section follows important historical trade routes with Tibet and you will have the opportunity to view Tibetan culture and tradition in this area. All of this topped by stunning mountain views. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 7: Trek from Rasuwagadhi to Briddim (2290m/7513ft, 6 hrs)

The trekking route goes through rhododendron forest and alpine meadows as we trek towards Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang community under the ever presentLangtangHimal range. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 8:Trek from Briddim to Syabrubesi (1467m/4812ft, 4 hrs)

The trail follows the Bhote Kosi river along the valley through rice and corn fields. Enjoy the culture and tradition of Locals through out the way. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 9: Drive back from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by local bus or jeep (150km/8 hrs)

Today we will board our vehicle to take us back to Kathmandu. It is a long drive through picturesque farmland and hills. On arrival in Kathmandu you can relax in your hotel or do a little souvenir shopping. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek.Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10:Final departure

If your plans today include a departing flight, a Great Nepal Treks and Expeditions representative will escort you to the airport. If you have other plans, we are here to assist you in any way necessary to make that transition.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers except Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Kathmandu by local bus/jeep. (SIC basis)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & One night with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Pokhara on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included.  Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

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. 

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FAQ

Acclimatization

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

What kind of personal first aid should i carry?

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

Does high altitude effects and benefits?

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.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

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.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

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.

Life threatening forms of AMS.

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.

Symptoms of HAPE

Breathlessness
– 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

Symptoms of HACE

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to prevent Altitude Sickness?

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

What is treatment of Altitude 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.

How do we handle during the case of emergency?

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.

How to get safe drinking water?

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.

Do we be secure during our journey?

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.