Langtang Kyanjin Gompa Trek takes you to the Buddhist Monastery popularly known as Kyanjing Gompa located beyond the Langtang Valley of Nepal. Langtang valley is the traditional homeland of the Tamang ethnic group of people who follow Buddhism and Tibetan culture. By nature, they are very amicable and hospitable. Any trekker is well treated as a special guest.
Langtang Valley was badly affected by the April 2015 earthquake and the original trekking trail is still remain blocked by landslide boulders and debris. But after the rebuilding of the trail by the local people the valley is now open once again for trekking. We organize our trek to Langtang Kyanjin Gompa using a new route along the northern valley above the landslide affected areas. The new trail takes east into the Langtang Valley and heads to Sherapagaon. This new route is much easier now as the ascent grade is not difficult and tiring. After lunch at Sherapa gaon, you will continue your trek ascending gently to Rimche. As you trek further, you will find you are no longer walking high on the valley side but now slowly descending to the valley floor. By the time you will reach Rimche late in the afternoon.
When you reach Kyangjin Gompa at the elevation of 3870 m you need to stay one extra day for the excursion in and around to enjoy the view of the Himalayas. Here you can also visit Nepal’s first Yak Cheese Factory though the production is seasonal.
After a half-day drive from Kathmandu, you will reach Syabrubeshi, from this village your trek to Langtang valley and Kyanjin Gompa begins. On the way, you will come across the entrance to the Langtang valley and National Park. The route that you follow to Kyanjin Gompa is less crowded and the trek begins and ends in Syabrubeshi. Along the trekking route, you will find plenty of lodge facilities with accommodations and food and Trek Himalayan guide will arrange all the logistics accordingly. We have carefully designed the itinerary of Langtang Kyanjin Gompa Trek to allow altitude acclimatization and avoid Acute Mountain Sickness.
Walk through Langtang National Park, Enjoy mesmerizing views of Himalayan peaks, Explore traditional Sherpa & Tamang culture, Visit Yak Cheese Factory, Explore the Langtang valley
This itinerary is a guideline pattern which we offer trekking tour of this type. But, unforeseen events such as mountain weather, local politics, transportation etc., is beyond Trek Himalayan’s control could be resulted in a change of program. It is very unlikely to have such circumstances occurs but our effort is to minimize its effect, however Trek Himalayan is not responsible for the result of delays or changes.
Arrive at the (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel if you have booked Airport Pickup facility at the time of booking your trip. Otherwise, our representative will meet you at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drink with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Hotel Accommodation (Kathmandu)
Harati Manor Inn [or similar standard]
This is an example of the hotel we may use in Kathmandu city. Your actual hotel will be specified when your booking is confirmed. Please check your email or booking confirmation.
We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabrubesi. The first part of your trip we will drive up to Trishuli Bazaar smoothly. Then, the path moves uphill along the road to Syabrubeshi. During the rainy season, the road is sometimes blocked due to landslides. Stay overnight at lodge in Syabrubeshi.
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through the Langtang Khola ( River). This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo passing through landslide area. Afterward, we gently ascend to Rimche (2400m) through Bamboo (1960m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. We will have our lunch at this place. In the end, the trail is level up to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys, and bears if you were lucky. Overnight at lodge
From Lama Hotel, we continue gently ascending above the Langtang Khola. As the trail proceeds, it becomes steeper and steeper. From time and again we can have the most exotic sights of Mt. Langtang Lirung lying at the elevation of 7246 m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 2992m. Here, we will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of Yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages showcasing water-driven mills and prayer wheels. After descending for a while, we arrive at the Langtang village and cross a stream. Then we reach the elevation at 3430 m. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and the village has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc. Overnight at lodge
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending along the mountain passes we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa, the highest place during the trek. There are a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. Overnight at lodge
This is a day to rest and relax. There are several worthwhile side trip up to the glaciers, Kyanjin Ri (4600 m) or Tserko Ri (4984 m). The valley is in the midst of exceptionally rugged and beautiful mountain ranges, ringed with glaciers, snowfalls and huge moraines. You will enjoy a glimpse of Mt Changbu (6251m), Mt Yubra (6264m), Mt Yansa Tsenji (6562m), Yala Peak (5500m), Mt Naya Kanga, Ganjala Chuli (5844m) and Mt Ganchenpo (6387m) during the side excursion. Overnight at lodge
From Kyanjin Gompa we will take a route back to Lama Hotel following the same trail we retraced before, through the Langtang River and Langtang Village and on to GhodaTabela. We will stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight at lodge
Today we will hike back to Thulo Syafru Village from Lama Hotel. We continue our walk along the rising and falling path leading to the village which provides us the opportunity to get a closer look at customs and culture of Tamang ethnic communities of Nepal. Overnight at lodge
After breakfast, we walk back to Dhunche through dense pine and rhododendron forest past Sano and Thulo Bharkhu. Overnight at lodge
Today we drive for about nine hours to reach Kathmandu from Dhunche. We experience marvelous views of terraces, hills, mountains, and villages on the way. Overnight at lodge
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the trek and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your trekking trip.
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the trek in family-run teahouse (lodge), with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag. A typical lodge in Langtang region offers muesli, porridges, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner Dal, Bhat, lentil soup and other cuisines.
Most lodges offer hot showers and in the ones that don’t a bucket of water. In this region, we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 16 people. The minimum is 2 people.
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
The forests of Helambu and Langtang are temperate and sub alpine type. The dense oak and pine forests on the trail up the Langtang Valley are of particular interest. In this part of Nepal, the rhododendrons bloom in red and white color during spring, Wildlife in the area is dominated by many bird species with migratory birds using the Gosainkund area as a temporary sanctuary. Deer and monkey are also found in the Langtang National Park and Thar and Pica in the alpine elevation.
The people here are of Tibetan origin and call themselves Sherpa although they are quite distinct from the Sherpas of Solukumbu both in language and customs. Also, the Tamang people are found in large numbers. They are migrated from Tibet in the 18th century and settled in Nepal permanently earlier than the Sherpas.
The main trekking season in Nepal begins from early October to mid-May. During this period temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC above higher altitudes. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November
This is the main trekking season in Nepal. While trekking in mountains weather will be sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February
Even it is cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to negative 12ºC to negative 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year
Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May
Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but cloudiness will be occurred up in the afternoons. Seasonal flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
At 6.30 am your guide knocks on your door and greets with a cup of tea. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
We recommend you to exchange at least USD 450 for meals during the tea house/lodge trek.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Many hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Many trekking porters come from villages. They live hard and frugal lives and work to carry heavy loads using the traditional ‘doko’ (the bamboo latis basket supported from the forehead). Heights up to 3,500m are part of everyday life and they resist wearing what they consider to be unnecessary personal equipment. Above that altitude, Trek Himalayan urges them the use of kit suited to the varying levels of more extreme conditions. It’s an incredible job that they do and we really appreciate their working nature and try to reward accordingly.
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can turn if not treated upon recognizing the symptoms. AMS is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations of 3,000m or above. Early mountain sickness results in headache, loss of appetite and sleepiness. One can encounter such sickness no matter s/he looks physically young, strong and fit. Medicine itself can be on substitute unless patients suffering from such sickness are immediately rushed downhill. Doctor may provide temporary care with some medicines and oxygen but the patient must be brought down immediately in order to escape danger. For emergency purpose, one can contact doctors at local hospital in Dhunche ora health post at Syabrubesi.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Note: It is possible to buy or rent the above gear in Kathmandu
Tipping is a tradition in tourism in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. We highly suggest you to allow approximately USD 5-6 per person per day for our trekking staff. But, tipping amount is not applied for western tour leader.