Destinations Destinations
Gul Bhanjyang, Langtang region
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Trekking, Backpacking
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous
Season Season
December - May

Good to know

  • Operated by Snow Cat Travel, part of Rural Heritage, the highly recommended Nepal adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

While the ridges of Helambu and the delights of the Langtang Valley are the closest trekking areas to Kathmandu, they are both frequently overlooked by the crowds that flock to the busier Everest and Annapurna regions. Passing through villages not despoiled by the influences of tourism makes for a more authentic Nepal trekking experience. The walking is quite challenging with regular ascents and descents, although walking days usually are between 5-6 hours each day. This is a great route for a quieter trekking experience and a chance to see a different side to Nepal.

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Arrival to Kathmandu

You’ll be met at the airport for the transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You’ll meet your tour leader for a pre-departure briefing on what to expect in the coming adventure. Your tour leader will also happily point you towards one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in the area for your evening meal.

Where you'll stay
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KGH Hotel
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KGH Hotel

Kathmandu - Chisapani

A private vehicle will whisk you away from the chaos of Kathmandu to the trailhead at Sundarijal. From here you ascend to the Kathmandu Valley rim and the hilltop location of Chisapani (2095m).

Walking time: 5 hours.

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Chisapani Teahouse lodge
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Chisapani Teahouse lodge

Chisapani - Gul Bhanjyang

The views (particularly at sunrise) of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal can be pretty spectacular from Chisapani. The trekking now begins in earnest and you initially descend the ridge line before heading up to Thotung Fanda, then further up to cross a forested ridge and downhill to Gul Bhanjyang (2145m).

Walking time: 5-6 hours.

Gul Bhanjyang - Magingoth

A tougher day begins with a steep and long climb to Kutumsang. It's then more uphill to the ridge that forms the Panghu Danda. At around 3300m not only is the altitude noticeable, the villages in the valleys below seem a long way away! Following the ridge the trail undulates mostly as you walk to Magingoth (3255m).

Walking time around 6 hours.

Magingoth - Tharepati

A little shorter today, but a great bit of ridge line walking that typifies the Helambu region. There are ups and downs all along the way as you walk for around 4 hours to Tharepati (3490m).

Tharepati - Surche Phedi

As tomorrow is a tough day, today’s short walk to Surche is a handy way of acclimatising to the altitude. It's a beautiful walk of around 4 hours through pine and rhododendron forests. The lodge tonight is right at the foot of the big climb to the Lauribina La.

Lauribina La - Gosainkund Lakes

After breakfast you head up to the Lauribina La (4600m), a good 4hrs to reach the pass and around 900m ascent. There are good views of the sacred Gosainkund lakes and of Himalayan peaks too. It's a straightforward and quick descent down the trail that leads to the Pilgrim Centre by the sacred waters and a further easy descent to Lauribina itself (3900m).

Walking time is around 6-7 hours.

Lauribina La - Thulo Syabru

Descending steeply through dense forests, reputed to contain the rare red panda, you reach Sing Gompa. Continuing the descent to the very small settlement of Thulo Syabru and to the 2000m mark.

Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Walk into the Langtang Valley

Initially descending the ridge line you then drop down a trail that zig zags its way down the hillside to the Langtang Khola. Head upstream into the beautiful Langtang Valley, with a descent to end the day at a village commonly referred to as 'Lama Hotel'.

Langtang

Up through forests that gives way higher up to scrub vegetation and over the 3000m mark again as you continue into the Upper Langtang Valley. (3430m)

Kyanjin Gompa

The valley opens out as you make your way further up and the walking today is primarily gradual uphill. After around 3hrs walking Kyanjin Gompa comes into view. A fantastic sight with the ice fall that flows off Langtang Lirung behind it. Now with high peaks in front, to your left and to your right the final walk of about an hour to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) is atmospheric and there's a great feeling that you are in the wilder reaches of the Himalaya.

In the Upper Langtang

The Swiss helped set up a cheese factory here and it makes for an interesting visit. Today you can walk up to Kyanjin Ri, which at 4773m affords outstanding views of the surrounding peaks. The round trip takes about 6hrs.

An alternative hike would be to the summit of Tsergo Ri (4800m).

Back to Lama Hotel

As it's virtually descent all the way and naturally the walking pace is much quicker, a good 7 hour walk brings you back to the Lama Hotel.

Trek to Syabru Besi

Continuing your descent out of the Langtang Valley it takes around 5hrs to reach Syabru Besi (1400m).

A full day's drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle. If you don't fancy a full day of driving, one option would be to break up the journey and stay at Nuwakot at Famous Farm Country Inn. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel, or to your onward connection.

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KGH Hotel
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KGH Hotel

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Good to know

  • Operated by Snow Cat Travel, part of Rural Heritage, the highly recommended Nepal adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

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Included Accommodation

All nights in comfortable hotels or in traditional trekking lodges (teahouses). Hotels are 3* equivalent: simple, comfortable and friendly. Teahouses are traditional Himalayan lodges, they are usually independent and family-run. They are basic but provide welcome shelter, a space to relax with your fellow trekkers, and plenty of delicious, hot food to fuel your next day on the trail.

Included Guided excursions

All guides are English-speaking, professionals and fully licensed. Also included: porterage on trek, permits and national park fees.

Included All meals

All meals are included while in teahouses. What’s “on the menu” can depend upon factors like, what is available locally, how remote the teahouse is and even how busy the teahouse is. With limited cooking facilities, a busy teahouse may provide a set menu in order to be able to feed everyone adequately. Please note teahouses may not be able to provide dietary requirements beyond vegetarian options. While meals are included, refreshments and snacks aren't, so budget accordingly.

Breakfast: A typical breakfast will consist of porridge, pancakes, toast, muesli and other cereals, eggs (various ways), tibetan style bread, tsampa etc. Tea and coffee.

Lunch: Some days this will be at a teahouse, other times it will be a picnic such as Dal Bhat lentil curry, fried noodles, noodle soup, rice, Tibetan dumplings, chapatis with a curry sauce, sandwiches.

Dinner: First Course — Vegetable or noodle soup. Main Course — Dal Bhat, noodles dishes, rice-based dishes, momo’s, chapati, spring rolls, stews, spaghetti, pizza, dhido, potato and buckwheat pancakes, chips.

Included Ground transfers

Includes all airport collections and ground transfers.

Included Internal flights

All internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Not included Camping equipment

Sleeping bag hire (3 or 4 seasons) is not included but can be arranged on request.

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Eileen H, UK
03/07/2019

I waited 50 years to visit Upper Mustang Nepal and now thanks to Snow Cat Travel the dream has been realised. The journey was above expectation I will never find another one to equal the experience. As we travelled it was like peeling an onion each layer had a new adventure. The highlight was Lo Gekar gompa when I saw it tears came to my eyes. Mark took great care in planning the journey taking into account altitude, ages and any health issues. It paid off I never even got a headache even at 14000 feet at Lo Manthang. Thank you Mark I will always be grateful to you for arranging my Mustang Experience.

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Paul Stiles - author, Lonely Planet Guidebook to Nepal (2018)
13/12/2019

I am one of the authors of the forthcoming Lonely Planet guidebook to Nepal. Snow Cat handled the very complicated logistics of my recent month-long research trip to the country. They did so brilliantly. I would not hesitate to use them again and would advise anyone else to make them their first call.

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Mike L, UK
17/04/2019

We had very specific requirements for our trip to Nepal. We wanted to see wildlife including lots of birds, to see something of how people live in the rural parts of the country and of course to see the Himalayas. The trip that Mark put together ensured that all this was achieved, including about 240 bird species. This was due both to the itinerary and the superb guides that Mark found for us. This made it very special as it was probably not typical of the usual holiday to Nepal. Nothing was too much trouble in making the arrangements and the team in Nepal were also excellent. If you want a tailor-made trip to Nepal with some ideas of you want then Snowcat is the organisation that will ensure that you will have a wonderful holiday. Even if you want to see Nepal with no specific ideas then Mark has an excellent knowledge of the country and where you can go. I cannot recommend Snowcat too highly.

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11/04/2019

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