About Langtang Culture Trekking
Langtang Culture Trekking blends an amazing cultural experience with unequaled mountain scenery and wild highlands. This relatively gentle circuit trek leads through the remote villages of the ethnic Tamang people who closely resemble their Tibetan ancestors in both appearance and traditions. The magnificent snowy peaks of Mt. Langtang, Kerung and Ganesh Himal provide a stunning backdrop as you walk through the valley amid rhododendron and bamboo forests and waterfalls.
The "Tamang Culture Trail" was opened as a government project to promote tourism in this region which has remained almost unknown to the world. Trekking in the Langtang Tamang Culture trail is like stepping into a remote, majestic valley untouched by the rapid changes of modern civilization. Staying in guest houses of these welcoming Tamang people provides a cultural immersion into the traditions and religion of these warm-hearted people. Their centuries-old Tibetan heritage is apparent in the ancient monasteries, stone houses, carved wooden porches, culture, clothing and crafts.
The Langtang Culture Trek starts with an 8-9-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, 1505m. Our trek starts with a steep climb to Goljung La Pass, 2300, where we pause to enjoy the grand view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma and Kerung before continuing to Gatlang, 2238m, hillside village of stone houses.
A soak in the natural hot-springs at Tatopani, 2607m, refreshes us before our climb to Nagthali, 3165m. Ornate wood carvings mark the ancient monasteries and houses at Thuman, 2338m. At Briddim, 2239m, there are 24 houses which provide home stay and a taste of the warm hospitality the Tamang people are known for. We spend an extra day in Briddim to relax and discover more about the local traditions of this wonderful region before descending to our starting point at Syabrubesi.
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Highlights of Langtang Culture Trekking
- learn about ancient Tamang/Tibetan culture and religion
- cultural interaction with the fun loving Tamang people
- stunning views of Langtang, Kerung and Ganesh Himal
- still a new area where few trekkers visit
- traditional culture dance with traditional costume
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.
The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip.
We take a scenic drive north of Kathmandu along the Trishuli River Valley to Sybru Besi, via Dhunche village.
Today, we will walk through many villages and along the trails, there are numerous Buddhist chortens and mani walls. After two to three hours of ascent from Syabrubesi, we reach a view point where we will observe the fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, Gosainkunda range and Langtang Lirung. Then we head down to Goljang valley (lunch stop) which is an hour walking down hill from our view point.
Gatlang is a beautiful Tamang village that is set high on a hillside among terraced fields.
Our walk today begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After Chilime, we start to ascend first by crossing a small hanging bridge and continue until we reach our campsite. Enroute, we have excellent views of the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani literally means ‘hot water’, where one can cleanse in the natural hot springs. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains.
This wil be the longest trekking day. This morning we ascend to Nagthali, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. Nagthali Danda (3300m), the highest pass of the area, lies in a high open grassland and offers panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. After cherishing this scenes, we descend down to Thuman, a heavilyTibetan influenced Tamang village. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of langurs. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here area an unforgettable experience for lifetime.
Passing through the rhododendron forest and meadows, we head towards Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang village located in the bosom of the Langtang Himal. Around 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of splitshake. Here, we may meet other trekkers on the Langtang trail.
We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields, we finally descend to o Syabrubesi.
The drive back to Kathmandu will take approximately 7-8 hours, on arrival the rest of the day at leisure.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight
- Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 6 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
- All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
- Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Langtang National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- Kathmandu - Syabru Besi- Kathamndu by Local Bus (Upgrade to Private Jeep - $180 *2= $ 360 USD Bothways)
- All government and local taxes.
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer)
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
- Porter to carry luggage - but we arrange on your request 1 porter between 2 guests for 7 days (US $ 140 in total)
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The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Langtang CulutreTrekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
Langtang Culture Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Langtang Culture Trekking is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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Best Seasons for Langtang Culture Trekking:
The best seasons for the Langtang Trek are from September to mid-Decemberand from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. For those who dont mind the cold, trekking in December to February is also good and you will have the trails to yourself!
Langtang Culture Trekking is a Tea House/Lodge Trek:
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome
Meals on the Langtang Culture Trekking:
Three meals a day are included during your Langtang Valley Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Langtang Culture Trekking:
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About for Langtang Culture Trekking:
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for LangtangCulture Trekking:
Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you have adequate insurance coverage to trek into this remote area. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.