Langtang Valley Trek Guide

  February 4th, 2020


​Overview of Langtang Valley Trek 

Langtang valley; situated 62 kilometers towards the north of Kathmandu, is a place to discover yourself and get to know more about the culture, traditions, and customs. Furthermore, you can also glance at the majestic mountain ranges, see the flora and fauna in the region, visit some Buddhist monasteries and enjoy the trek your way. 
Here, you can enjoy some of the mountain peaks like Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Kimsung, langshisha Ri along with Ganesh Himal. which are situated at an altitude ranging from 6,370 m (20,898 ft.) to 7,600 m (24,934 ft.) from the valley or while trekking. Since Kyanjin Gompa is the ultimate destination that you will reach up to you can enjoy even more great views from there. 

So, as to which you will also be able to visit the well-known ancient Buddhist monastery in this region- Kyanjin Gompa where you will be able to see the spiritual lifestyle of the Buddhist monks who live there, how they go on with their prayers and all those things. It is also said that this monastery dates back to 1300 A.D.  
Besides that, you will be able to go to Langtang National Park; which is the country’s first-ever Himalayan National Park established in the year 1976. Covering the total area of 1,710 sq.km (660 sq. miles); it is considered to be the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. So, here, you can see a wide range of floras and faunas which includes 46 mammals, 70 different species of butterflies, 345 different species of birds, 30 species of fish and 1043 species of vascular plants among which 13 are native to this land.

Now, talking about the culture and traditions, you can get to know about the Buddhist culture of the Sherpas and Tamangs as they are the natives of this place. Besides that, you can also gain some insight into the way of living of the monks in Kyanjin Gompa. Moving further to our topic of discussion, we have separated three different treks in this region so that it will be easier for you to opt for just one destination as it will consume lesser time, money and effort. So, as to this note, the treks are- Tamang Heritage Trek, Langtang Valley Trek and  Helambu Trek which will take you 11 days, 8 days and 7 days respectively.

The altitude that you will cover during the Langtang trek as a whole

Being a comparatively shorter trekking route, it is a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. Though the trails are quite steep and it has got an off beaten path, you can manage to get to your desired destination nicely without many hurdles. However, you have to keep in mind that you have to trek for long hours around 7-8 hours per day. 

As to which, the highest point of elevation that you will reach during this trek will be of 5,000 m (16,347 ft.) if you wish to reach till Tserko Ri but if you would like to go just up to Kyanjin Gompa, which is designed as the ultimate trekking route in Langtang then you will be reaching an elevation of 3,870 m (12,696 ft.). While the starting point of the trek will be 1,470 meters (4,822 ft.) at Syabrubesi. So, as a whole, you will be experiencing an altitude variation of 2,460 m (8,070 ft.) as this trek will take somewhat around a week. As the trek is not in a higher altitude, it is considered to be one of the finest trekking routes where you can view the Himalayan range nicely even from a lower altitude.

Now, regarding the altitude that you will cover during the three treks vary as per the time duration and your purpose. So, the altitude of Tamang heritage Trek starts from 1,550 m (5,085 ft.) at Syabrubesi and the maximum altitude reaches up to 4,773 m (15,659 ft.) at Kyangjin Ri. Whereas talking about the next trek i.e. the Langtang Valley Trek, here you will reach up to 5,000 m (16,404 ft.) at Tserko Ri whereas the starting point of the trek has the same altitude at Syabrubesi with an altitude of 1,550 m (5,085 ft.). Now, coming towards the other trekking route which is the Helambu Trek, the trek starts from Sundarijal, Kathmandu with an elevation of 1,350 m (4,429 ft.) and the maximum elevation that you will reach will be up to 3,490m (11,450 ft.) at Tharepani.
So, for you easy accessibility, we have listed the maximum and minimum altitude that you will be reaching from the point of starting of your trek till your final destination in the form of a table-
S.No. Destination Maximum Altitude Minimum Altitude
       
1. Tamang Heritage Trek 4,773 m (15,659 ft.) 1,550 m (5,085 ft.)
2. Langtang Valley Trek 5,000 m (16,404 ft.) 1,550 m (5,085 ft.)
3. Helambu Trek 3,490 m (11,450 ft.) 1,350 m (4,429 ft.)

Best Time to go for trekking in these regions-

The best time to go for the trekking in Langtang Region, regarding these three very treks though is good in all season; it is more popular during the autumn and spring season as in many trekking regions of Nepal. This is because, in the summer and winter season, the paths are usually obstructed and slippery due to snowfall in winter and rain in the summer season. 

As to this note, if you are going for the Tamang Heritage Trekking, then a mentioned earlier, you can go in autumn or spring season as in winter and summer you can experience heavy snowfall and cold temperature during winter and in both summer and winter you can experience slippery trails either due to snow or rain, strong winds and natural hazards like storms could affect your journey. So, we definitely will not recommend you go for trekking from December to early February in this region as the temperature drops down massively and there is a possibility of heavy snowfall. The area is mostly affected from early January to early February. 
But if you are well acquainted with this kind of weather condition and come from a colder place then you can go for the trek during this timeframe as well.

The plus point of going to trek in this region, however, is that you will be able to see the sky. However, due to snow, your journey will be challenging in nature. Then as the arrival of spring in March, it is the best season to trek here as the weather and temperature are suitable for trekking and you will be able to see the views of the mountains, the sky more clearly. Moreover, the forests along the way will re-gain its greenery and you can properly enjoy the flora and fauna. This starts from March to Mid-June. Then from Mid-June to Mid-August, you will experience monsoon and due to rainfall, the trails will get slippery. And as the path to Tserko Ri is very slippery during the season, we recommend you not to go for this trek during the heavy monsoon season. 

Then from September to November, as the arrival of the autumn season, it is the best time to go for this trek. With a clear sky, not much of slippery trails and stunning views of the mountainous range, you can enjoy this time to trek. The temperature during this time is just perfect for trekking. And the other reason why tourists like to go for trekking during this season is that it will let them know about the major festivals of Nepal i.e. Dashain and Tihar. 

Now, talking about our other trek which is the Langtang Valley Trek, the best time to visit here is also during spring and autumn seasons which is from March to May and from September to November. However, for trekking in this region autumn is considered to be the best even more than spring season as you might not get clear views of the sky and mountain ranges during the day time as the temperature slightly goes up. However, the trails here are not slippery as in winter or during monsoon season. Anyway, coming back to the autumn season, you can see the sky clearly without any clouds or fog and the trails are not slippery so that you can trek easily without much hardship. 

Now, regarding the winter season, you could go here but due to snowfall, the trails will eventually be slippery hindering your way to climb further. However, the sky and the mountains can still be seen clearly from here unlike in the Tamang Heritage Trekking region. But you have to make sure that you carry enough warm clothes if you are planning to go during the winter season here. So, as a whole, though we suggest you trek during the autumn season for this region, you still can trek during the spring or winter season as well. But we do not recommend you to go here during the summer like the arrival of monsoon, firstly the trails here will be slippery and the next thing is that as this area is covered with dense forest, you can find leeches everywhere which makes your journey even more difficult.

Now, coming towards the best time to go for Helambu Trek is again during spring and autumn but here you can trek till December as well. The best season to trek here is from March to Mid-June where the weather will be perfect for trekking and you can see the views of the mountains and the sky. Besides that, the flower-like rhododendron further adds color to the environment making you enjoy your trekking journey fully. 

Then in summer, which is from Mid-June to August, since it is also the peak monsoon season, we suggest you not to trek in this season as the trails and ridges here will get very slippery due to rain. But unlike in Langtang Valley region, you may not find many leeches along the way. Then from September to November, it again is one of the best seasons to trek as the temperature will be just fine and you can see great scenes while trekking. The clear sky lets the clear view of the mountains and the trails are also not slippery making your trek easy. Moreover, due to the festivals especially Dashain and Tihar, you can enjoy learning about the cultural practices of the villages in Nepal thus letting you explore the place more nicely.

Then coming to winter, from December onwards and especially from early January to early February, since the temperature will go rapidly down, we suggest you not to trek in this season. But if you still would like to trek then you may go for it as the sky will be clear and you can look at the views of the mountains nicely and during the day time, it will be a little warmer. However, since it will be really cold at night time, we suggest you take enough warm clothes along with you. 

For your convenience, we have listed your required trekking destination and mentioned about which season is good for your trekking destination through the comparison of temperature which is given in a table-
 
S.No. Trekking Destination Spring Summer/Monsoon Autumn Winter
           
1. Tamang Heritage Trek 10-20°C Up to 30°C, Average 12.1°C 10-15°C 6-9°C, 0°C at night
2. Langtang Valley Trek 10-20°C Up to 30°C, Average 12.1°C 10-20°C, 5°C night 6-9°C, 0 to
-3°C at night
3. Helambu Trek 10-20°C, 5°C at night 20-30°C 10-20°C, 5° at night 6-15°C, up to -15° C at night
Now, we have another table where we have listed out the routes from where you are going towards your destination and the average minimum and maximum temperature there-
S.No. Location Maximum Temperature Minimum Temperature
1. Tatopani 22.2°C 10°C
2. Langtang Valley 12.1°C -0.6°C
3. Kyanjin Gompa 10.2°C -3°C
4. Sundarijal 31°C 2°C
5. Chisopani 42°C 8°C
6. Melamchi Bazar 32°C 7°C
7. Helambu
 
15°C -15°C
8. Kathmandu 29°C 4°C

Highlights of these trekking region

Tamang Heritage Trek

  1. Explore the region fully through your viewfinder by glancing up at the amazing views of Ganesh Himal range, Dorjee Lhakpa, and Langtang Lirung.
  2. Get to know about the culture and traditions of Tamang and Tibetan people of this region to the most. 
  3. Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and get to know about the daily practices of monks.
  4. Go up to Kyanjin Gompa and look at the amazing scenery from there.
  5. Get to see the Nepal Tibet border and get to know about the geographical background of these places.
  6. Visit a local cheese factory.
  7. Being a newly opened trekking destination is less crowded so that you can enjoy fully.

Langtang Valley Trek

  1. Explore a typical Nepali village setting. 
  2. Get to know about the lifestyle of people living in the region.
  3. Get to see spectacular views of the mountain ranges like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Jugal Himal.
  4. Go up to Kyanjin Gompa and see the amazing views from there.
  5. Get to see the wide variety of flora and fauna.
  6. A glance at the yak pastures, the forest areas, and pastured grassland along the way.
  7. Enjoy the trek fully without much difficulties being a comparatively short trek in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Helambu Trek

  1. Glance over the spectacular views of the mountain ranges including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and Gaurishankar all above 7,000meters.
  2. Gain insight regarding different ethnic groups living in this region and their way of living especially of Tamang, Sherpa, Hyolmo and Tibetan people.
  3. Visit various Buddhist monasteries on the way.
  4. Get to see the green pastured lands along with a wide range of flora and fauna found in the region.
  5. Go to Shivapuri National Park and explore the place.
  6. Visit the popular sweet apple farm.
  7. Enjoy your trek successfully without bothering of problems of Altitude sickness as the highest elevation point here is just 3,500 meters.

Difficulties and duration of these treks

The difficulties and duration of trekking per day in your desired trekking destination are mentioned in the form of the table below-
S.No. Trekking Destination Level of Difficulty Duration of trekking per day
1. Tamang Heritage Trek Moderate 4-6 hours
2. Langtang Valley Trek Easy-Moderate 4-6 hours
3. Helambu Trek Easy 4-6 hours

Outline Itinerary of the treks

Tamang Heritage Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Day 02- Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang
Day 03- Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani
Day 04- Trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Nagthali
Day 05- Trek from Thuman to Briddim
Day 06- Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel
Day 07- Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village
Day 08- Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 09- Exploration day at Kyanjin Gompa
Day 10- Descend to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin Gompa
Day 11- Descend to Syabrubesi from Kyanjin Gompa
Day 12- Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi

Langtang Valley Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Day 02- Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
Day 03- Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang village
Day 04- Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 05- Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 06- Descend from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
Day 07- Descend from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi
Day 08- Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi

Helambu Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani
Day 02- Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang
Day 03- Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Therapani
Day 04- Descend from Therapani to Melamchi village
Day 05- Descend from Melamchi village to Tarkeghyang
Day 06- Descend from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang
Day 07- Descend from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar and then drive back to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Tamang Heritage Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi- On the very first day, we will be moving towards Syabrubesi on a four-wheeler from Kathmandu. The drive is about 7-8 hours long. On the way, you can see the rivers, terraced fields, small villages, and mountain ranges. And as we move along our way further we reach a point where you can look at the busy town of Dhunche where you can stop for some time to look at the views around. Besides that, while you will be going alongside the Trisuli River, most of the time you can see the clear views of the Ganesh Himal. Then, as we reach Syabrubesi, you can either just roam about the place looking at the views from there or you can also go to hot spring and relax and enjoy there as well.

Day 02- Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang- Now, moving along to the second day of the trek, we will first have our breakfast and without further ado, we will be heading our way up to our next destination which is Gatlang. On the way, since the trails here are quite steep, it will take us around 3 hours to reach a place known as Ronga Bhanjyang where we will be taking a break to look at the views. The scenery from here looks simply amazing as you can see the Gosainkunda range, Goljang valley and Ganesh Himal above it. And since Gatlang is further some 3 hours farther, we will be having lunch here itself and the proceed our way. Then moving on, you will finally reach gatlang. Gatlang is a village where the settlements are quite fascinating due to the scenic views covering the houses. Most of the people living here are Tamang and their culture and traditions further are something to be notified. Besides that, you could also go to Parbati Kund; a kind of pond where you can see a wide range of floras. Some of the monasteries over here are also famous due to its ancient architecture so you can visit there as well.

Day 03- Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani- On this day, we will trek from Gatlang to Tatopani where you will be able to see the trails covered with Buddhist chhortens and Mani wall in the forest area on the way until we reach Chilime. From Gatlang to Chilime, it takes us roughly around 2-3 hours. Then, as we reach Chilime, we rest for a while and continue our journey further. From here, we will then be crossing a suspension bridge and then we will climb up and reach Gonggang village where we will be having our lunch. Then again, as we rest for a while and have our lunch, we continue our journey further towards Tatopani which takes roughly around 2 hours from here. Reaching Tatopani, you can just dive into the natural hot spring and take a shower there if you would like to. Then, after that, you will be having your dinner and spend overnight at a lodge nearby.

Day 04- Trek from Tatopani to Thuman via Nagthali- Now, on the fourth day, we will first have our breakfast in the lodge and go further trekking Now, to reach Thuman, we will be taking the route of Nagthali. On the way, we come to a monastery situated at the hill where we roam about for a while, see the architects, the views from the place and then head our way further. Then, as we walk for around a couple of hours, we will reach Nagthali where we stop for a while and look at the amazing views of the mountainous ranges including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Shishapanga, and Tibetan Himal among others. Then, we will be having our lunch here as there are a handful numbers of lodges here. Then as we are done with eating and glancing over the Himalayas, we will visit a small monastery nearby and then further proceed our way to Thuman. Reaching Thuman, you will be able to see a unique way of lifestyle of people where the villagers (who are mostly Tamang and Tibetan) altogether sing and dance and enjoy their living towards the evening. 

Day 05- Trek from Thuman to Briddim- On this day, after having breakfast, we will be heading towards our next destination which is Briddim which is located on the other side of Bhote Koshi River. On the way, we will explore the old trade route to Tibet where we stop by for our Lunch. This place is known as Timure. And as we have our lunch and rest for a while, we again continue our journey further from Timure towards Rasywagadi where we will visit an ancient fort. Then, as we observe the fort, we will then move on to our final destination for today which is Bridddim. Reaching Briddim, you will have reached an elevation of 2,230m (7,316 ft.) where you will be able to see some monasteries built in the prehistoric era. So, you can go to visit there as well. Besides that, you will be fascinated by the unique culture and tradition of Tamang people living here. 

Day 06- Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel- Now, from Briddim, you will be trekking towards Lama Hotel via Rimche which will take you approximately around 6 hours’ while walking. We will firstly descend towards Bhote Koshi valley and then ascend to Rimche and finally reach Lama Hotel. On the way, we will be able to see terraced fields, a jungle full of flora and fauna and a human settlement area until we reach Rimche. Then, from Rimche to Lama Hotel, we will be able to glance at the Langtang river and bamboo forest. Then, as we reach the Lama Hotel, as it will be quite late we will explore the nearby places, have dinner and spend overnight here itself. However, reaching here, you will have reached an elevation of 2,470m (8,103 ft.).

Day 07- Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village- This day, we will be getting up earlier than usual and leave for our trek after having breakfast as you can have plenty of time looking at the views as you reach the final destination. So, we will trek along a narrow river valley and reach Ghora Tabela where the valley gets wide enough. Reaching Ghora Tabela, you will be able to see an army check post and some lodges where we stop for Lunch. Then as we rest for a while after lunch, we will continue our journey further towards Langtang village crossing Chyamki village. Along the way, today, we will be able to see dense forest, wide range of mountain peaks, water mills, short trails full of chortens, prayer flags, mani walls, and prayer wheels. And as we finally reach Langtang, we will have reached an elevation of 3.430m (11,253 ft.) where we will be able to find the village full of Tamang settlement along with a few monasteries. 

Day 08- Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa- Today you will be reaching your final destination which is Kyanjin Gompa at an altitude of 3,865 m (12,680 ft.). Starting our journey further from Langtang village, we will be crossing small plateaus, mani walls, water mills, yak pastures, grasslands and some human settlements along the way.  Besides that, you can find inscription carved rocks. Reaching Kyanjin Gompa, you will be able to have a great view covered with fresh air and the majestic mountain ranges of Nepal.

Day 09- Exploration day at Kyanjin Gompa- Now, on this day, you will be able to explore the places in this area. First of all, we will be looking at the views of glaciers which look amazing from here then we will be going to a Buddhist monastery to know about the religious practices and the lifestyle of the monks here. Then, we will be going to a popular cheese factory here to see the process of how they make cheese and get to know about the business in the area. Then, we will be hiking further to Langshisa Kharka and reach up to Tserko Ri which is the highest point of your trek situated at an elevation of 5,450m (17,880 ft.) from where you will be able to clear views of the mountain ranges which includes major peaks like Langtang Lirung and Langtang II. After that, we will head our way back to Kyanjin Gompa after we glance over the sunset over the mountains. 

Day 10- Descend to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin Gompa- Now, as our trekking journey ends; we will be descending to Lama Hotel on this day. We will go via Langtang Village followed by Ghora Tabela and then to Lama Hotel where we will be stopping by Ghora Tabela for our lunch as we had while ascending.

Day 11- Descend to Syabrubesi from Kyanjin Gompa- We will be descending to Syabrubesi further, which will take you around 5 hours. This is the final day of your trek where we will take the trail through Langtang river, Bhote Koshi river and finally to Syabrubesi. And as you might be tired and driving back to Kathmandu takes some 7-9 hours, we will not drive back to Kathmandu on the same day but instead stay overnight at a lodge here itself. 

Day 12- Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi- On this day, as mentioned earlier we will be heading towards Kathmandu which will take around 7-9 hours of drive in a four-wheeler. On the way, you will be able to see some terraced fields and grasslands, Trisuli River and the hills on the other side. And as we will be arriving at the capital, you will be dropped to your Hotel. From there, you can either go back to your home country or your next destination the same day only or you can go after a few days depending upon your choice. 

Langtang Valley Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi- The first day, you will be driven to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu valley in a four-wheeler which will take approximately around 7 to 8 hours. On the way, you can see amazing views of the mountain ranges like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Besides that, you will also be able to see the Trishuli River, the bustling city of Trishuli and the hills covered in the highway. The route passes through Dhunche where you will be requiring your TIMS card and National Park Permit so you need to remember to take along your required documents and it is better if you keep it handy as you don’t have to go through other things. Then, from Dhunche, you will go to Syabrubesi which will take around an hour-long drive. You will be spending overnight at Syabrubesi on this day and prepare yourself for trekking from the next day onwards. 

Day 02- Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel- This day, being your first day of trekking; you will be trekking after having your breakfast at a teahouse or a lodge in Syabrubesi. Then, you will head your way towards Lama Hotel passing by the Langtang Khola (Langtang River). But firstly you will have to cross a bridge over the Yin Yang River. After that, you will be going through a dense forest and then pass alongside the Langtang Khola On the way from Langtang Khola to Lama Hotel you will be able to encounter a wide range of floras and faunas among which the rhododendron and oak trees and langur monkeys are quite common here. Then as you finally reach Lama Hotel, you will straight away go to your rooms, rest for a while, have dinner and sleep as you will have walked 6-7 hours right on the first day of your trek itself. 

Day 03- Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang village- Trekking from Lama Hotel to Mundu through Langtang village. But first of all, you will start your day with a good breakfast and then go to Ghoda Tabela where you will have your lunch. On the way from Lama Hotel to Ghoda Tabela, you will be able to see some waterfalls and great views of Langtang Lirung time and again. Then, as we have our lunch and rest for a while, we again head up to our journey further towards the Langtang village. On the way, you will be able to glance over the mountain peaks and a few temporary settlement houses built after the Earthquake of 2015. Though Langtang village was full of teahouses and lodges, the number went down after the quake hit the area quite devastatingly. Though it is all fine and not prone to earthquakes, the lodges still have not been running in a big amount. Then, as we reach Langtang village, we take some time to look at the views and again head up to our way to Mundu village. Reaching Mundu, you will have reached an altitude of 3,430m (11,253 ft.) and today’s trek will be of around 6-7 hours long.

Day 04- Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa- Trekking from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa, you will be passing through trails filled with chortens and prayer flags and then continue your way crossing some small streams. Besides that, you can also find numerous water mills, pastured fields for yaks along with great views of the mountain range. The other fascinating thing that you will have encountered during this trek is the stones and rocks which are cared for with certain inscriptions. Since the trek will only be of 3 hours long, you will reach Kyanjin Gompa for lunch. And after you have your lunch and rest for a while, you can either look at the views from there itself, go to nearby monasteries or you can go up to Langshisha Kharka where you can see even better views.

Day 05- Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa- On this day, you will be trekking to the highest altitude that you will cover during this trek which is 5,000 m (16,404 ft.) as you reach Tserko Ri. And since going up Tserko Ri won’t take much time, you will go up and descend on the same day. And as you reach Tserko Ri, you will be able to witness some incredible views of the mountain peaks, glaciers along with the valley of Langtang. Then, as you will be back to Kyanjin Gompa again, we can explore the place like by going to a nearby monastery, cheese factory, and glacier, especially to the cheese factory and monastery if you have not gone and visited it the day before. 

Day 06- Descend from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel- Now, on this day; you will be descending to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin Gompa which will take roughly around 6-7 hours of walk. As we had gone t Kyanjin Gompa while ascending, we will be following the route via Mundu village crossing the Langtang river where we will be stopping by at a lodge at Ghoda Tabela for our lunch. While descending, you will further be able to see some amazing views of the mountain peaks, pastured lands, yaks along with chortens and Buddhist prayer flags.

Day 07- Descend from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi- On the seventh day, the final day of your trek, you will be further descending from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi as soon as we have our breakfast at Lama Hotel. And while descending, you will be able to find two routes from where you can descend which are either from Rimche or through the forest away from Lama Hotel. We, however, will take the route from Rimche crossing Sherpa Gaun (Sherpa village) as you will be able to see some amazing scenic views from there though this is a little more time consuming than the other option.

Day 08- Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi- So, finally, you will have completed your trekking journey to Langtang Valley with this note. And after having breakfast at Syabrubesi, we will head our way back to Kathmandu via a four-wheeler. On the way, you will be able to see some terraced fields, grasslands, the Trishuli River and hills covered along the highway. And as you reach the capital, you will be dropped to your respective hotel from where you can either go out to nearby places for sight-seeing, shopping or simply stay at your hotel if you don’t have your return ticket on the same day otherwise this will be the last day of you in Kathmandu. If you are going to your native country or your next destination on this day, then our staff will escort you till Airport. 

Helambu Trek

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani- On the first day, we will head up to Sundarijal from where we are staying as Sundarijal is also inside Kathmandu. So, it will only take us around an hour to reach there. Then, we trek, well more like a hike till Chisopani. On the way, we will be going to a small hydroelectric plant and then following our way to Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve for some sight-seeing. Then, we further pass by a forest full of rhododendron and oak plants along with some human settlement after that. Then, continuing our journey, we will descend from a place called Borlang Bhanjyang where we finally reach Chisopani. Reaching Chisopani, we will be able to look at the amazing views of the Everest and Annapurna ranges. On this day, we will have our breakfast at our respective hotels and have lunch at Sundarijal and for dinner, we will reach Chisopani where we will be staying at a lodge.

Day 02- Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang- Now, proceeding our way further, we will be trekking to Gul Bhanjyang from Chisopani on this day after we have our breakfast at a lodge there. Now, as we have our breakfast, we continue our way to Paati Bhanjyang and then to Gul Bhanjyang. On the way, we will be able to see some village settlements, plenty of farmland where mostly pine plantation is being done, pass by a forest. And the trails further covered with chortens will add color to the environment. Then, as we reach Gul Bhanjyang, we will have our dinner and stay at a lodge there and prepare ourselves for trekking the next day. Today, we will have trekked for around 4 hours and reached an elevation of 2,140 m (7,020 ft.). 

Day 03- Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Therapani- On this day, you will be reaching to the highest elevation that you will cover in this trek when you reach Therapani which is 3,597 m (11,801 ft.). Starting our journey from Gul Bhanjyang, we will ascend towards Kutumsang. On the way up to Kutumsang, we will be passing by an oak forest and reaching there, we will be able to see spectacular views of the mountain ranges along with the Helambu valley. Now, from Kutumsang we again trek further after a break which will lead us to Magen Goth. Magen Goth is a village from where we will be able to see some amazing views of Langtang and Gosainkunda mountain peak. While on the way up to Magen Goth, we will be able to see the trails passing by the rhododendron forest which further makes your journey worth exploring. Then again in Magen Goth, we will have a short break at Magen Goth and head up our way to Therapati where we will pass by a dense pine forest and after that the chortens and huts along the way. Then, since today we will trek for around 6 hours and as we will have started our trek in the morning itself, as we reach Therapati, we will be able to see magnificent views of mountain ranges including the Gosainkunda peak nicely in the evening. Then, as we have a little sight-seeing we check in to our lodge and after some time have our dinner and will be spending overnight here only.
 
Day 04- Descend from Therapani to Melamchi village- Now, on this day, we will be descending from Therapati where we will be taking another route to Melamchi Gaun and not to Gul Bhanjyang to explore different trekking routes and the scenery in these areas. So, as we descend, we will be able to see some incredible sights of rhododendron forest and a wide range of bird species in the forest. So, we will take some time to go to the forest and have a bird-watching session. Then, the other fascinating things about passing by these trails are the waterfalls and rocky gorges. So, after exploring the nearby places the whole day, we will spend overnight at a lodge at Melamchi Gaun (village).

Day 05- Descend from Melamchi village to Tarkeghyang- Now, from Melamchi village/ gaun, we will be further descending to Tarkeghyang crossing the Melamchi Khola. Melamchi Khola is a clear glassy river where you can take some photographs and enjoy it while we take a short break. Then, following the route we will then go up to Sherpa and Helmu settlement which is better known as Helambu; perhaps the name originated from Helmu. And then following the trails further you will finally be able to reach Tarkeghyang. Reaching Helambu, we will be able to see some incredible views of the mountain ranges. It looks even better if you can reach there in the morning time only. The other major highlight of Helambu is the oldest monasteries in this region. This monastery is considered to be one of the biggest monasteries as well. Then, as we reach Tarkeghyng, we will be able to see a huge prayer wheel which reflects the main attraction of this place. And as it will be quite dark already and the views are almost similar, we will directly go to our lodge where we will have our dinner and go for bed.

Day 06- Descend from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang- Now, on this day, we will further be descending to even lower altitude and reach Sermathang by the end of the day. So, as we have our breakfast, we will continue our trekking journey from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang crossing over the Sherpa Village of Gangyul. While on the way to Sherpa village, we will be exploring the forest which leads us to the village and we will go at a slower pace as we will not be trekking much today. Then, as we reach Sherpa village, we will interact with the locals and get to know about their way of living. And after a little chit-chat, we will follow the trails which will lead us to Sermathang. Reaching Shermatang, we will look at the views there and go to a nearby Buddhist monastery and explore the monastery and after that, since you will have free time you can take photographs, videos or simply do whatever you like to like play games or so and enjoy yourself. 

Day 07- Descend from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar and then drive back to Kathmandu- Now here is the seventh and the final day of your entire trek of Helambu region. On this day, you will be descending further from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar were on the way you will see some really old houses in several villages. However, the people there are friendly and hospitable. Besides that, you will also be going through the cultivable fields and grasslands along with amazing views of the mountain range. Then, as we reach Melamchi Bazar, we will drive back to Kathmandu on a four-wheeler. Reaching Kathmandu, you can either loiter around the city areas, do some shopping, go out for dinner or simply stay in the hotel and have dinner and stay overnight or if you have a flight this night itself then one of our staff members will drop you till the Airport. 
 

What all should I pack up for these treks?

The answer to what all you need to pack up in your backpack for trekking in these trekking routes are mentioned below-

For Clothing

For clothing, you need to dress in layers to keep yourself warm in the higher altitude especially if you are going for in Tamang Heritage Trek or Langtang Valley Trek. So, as to this, you will require the following:
  • Trekking/ Hiking Shirts- Pack up both full-sleeved as well as half-sleeved Shirts.
  • T-shirts- For T-shirts, pack up Light-weighted woolen T-shirts
  • Trekking Trousers- Pack at least two pairs of trousers d. Down jacket- You can purchase one or you might even rent one in Kathmandu in case you have a limited amount of money
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Breathable inner wears
  • Waterproof Jackets- Pack up 2 waterproof jackets just in case you need them.
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Light-weighted cotton pants or Baggy pants as you prefer
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shorts- Pack at least 2 pairs
  • Sweater

Head wears and hand wears

As you need to protect yourself from getting cold and prevent from getting sick, we recommend you to get the following head, neck, and hand wears for these treks:
  • Winter hat or winter cap or Beanie or insulating hat as you prefer
  • Sun protection hator wide Brimmed hat
  • Cap
  • Buff neck gaiter  
  • Scarf
  • Light-weighted inner gloves
  • Light-weighted outer gloves
  • Heavy weighted winter inner gloves
  • Heavy weighted winter outer gloves
  • Mittens

Footwears

As you will be trekking to high altitude; you should have proper and comfortable footwear. For this make sure that you wear them at least a couple of times before trekking as you may get comfortable while trekking. So, you will require the following footwears:
  • Hiking Boots- Buy a lightweight, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots. Buy a high-quality boot preferably of leather as you will be trekking through forests, snow and uneven terrains in a high altitude.
  • A pair of Sandals- This is when you are in Kathmandu or in the way in lower altitude
  • A pair of Slippers- This is when you are inside the teahouse or lodge 
  • Breathable hiking Socks- Carry at least 4 pairs
  • Thermal or woolen socks as you prefer
  • Thin socks for lower altitude 
  • Spare shoelaces

For face

As you face the harsh climatic conditions due to cold, it is necessary to take care of your face as well. So, here are some of the things that will protect your face:
  • Sunscreen creams- Buy that which will help protect your skin from high UV rays; which has high SPF 
  • Sunglass- Buy the one which will again help in protecting your eyes from harsh UV rays
  • Face Wipes
  • Lip balm/chapstick- For this make sure you buy a lip balm or a chapstick which has got at least SPF 20.
  • Mufflers or Neck gaiters- You can cover it till your nose area

Other Accessories

These include your other personal care products and the things that you require. Some of them could be:
  • Body Wipes
  • Water Bottle
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Tooth Brush and Tooth Paste- Biodegradable is highly recommended
  • Towel
  • Soap- Biodegradable is preferred 
  • Wet Wipes
  • Deodorants
  • Normal Cold Crèmes
  • Tissues
  • Men/ Women Grooming products
  • Binoculars
  • You can take a notebook, pen, storybook, novel
  • Indoor travel games like chess, scrabble, Uno, monopoly, backgammon or something else as you prefer.  

Snacks

For snacks, it's better if you take it from Kathmandu itself as you may not find shops everywhere while trekking. Some of the snacks that you can munch up while trekking or even while traveling through the bus/ jeep can be-
  • Chocolates- As chocolates provide a huge amount of energy which you will need while trekking, we recommend you to get yourselves some chocolate bars.
  •  Nuts like Cashew, Almonds

Gears and equipment required while trekking in these regions-

Some of the gears and equipment necessary for these treks as a whole are-
  • Backpack- One rucksack or backpack capable of packing up to 30-40 liters. If you are not carrying any heavy camera equipment then you may take it of less than 30-40 liters. Also, make sure that it comes with a waterproof cover.
  • Duffel Bag- One large duffel bag which is strong enough to hold your necessary items is required for these treks.
  • Sleeping Bag- As for the sleeping bag, we recommend you to take one which can resist temperatures even lower than -15°C. 
  • First Aid kit with all the basic necessary things required in it.
  • Trekking pole
  • The camera if you have and prefer to take along with you along with necessary equipment along with it.
  • Cell Phone- This is however just a reminder for you to not forget your cell phones in any lodges, hotels or teahouses as it might be difficult to get it back going all the way to the same location.
  • Cash- Keep cash in hand because you will not be able to retrieve money from anywhere in the upper regions as there are no or minimal ATMs and Credit Cards won’t get accepted in maximum parts of Nepal including the places that you will be trekking. For this, you can exchange and withdraw your required money while you are in Kathmandu itself. 
  • Extra Passport and photocopies of passport.
  •  Portable chargers, power banks, extra batteries and all the necessary things required for your electrical devices. 
  • Gaiters 
  • Small handy bags for keeping small things like wallet/purse, necessary travel passes, crèmes, hand sanitizers, etc.  
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Locks for luggage- for backpack and as well as a duffel bag.
  • Thick garbage bags

Information regarding SIM Card

To communicate via the mobile phone service without using the internet connection, you will require a SIM card. For, this in Nepal, there are many SIM cards available. Some of the well-known SIM cards are NTC, NCell, UTL, Sky Network, and Smart Cell. Among which NTC and NCell are commonly found and used among people here. However, in the Langtang region, only Sky Network works efficiently and both the NTC and NCell services don’t work so far. 

Due to the inconstancy of network and interruption of these network systems, the maximum numbers of teahouses in the Langtang region and especially if you are trekking in the Tamang Heritage area have landline phones if you have to contact somewhere in the capital or anywhere else inside the country. Besides that, since ISD calls are not much in use nowadays, you will be contacting anyone from your native land through the use of Wi-Fi. 

And this facility of Wi-Fi has been provided again by many teahouses and lodges in this area as well. However, for using Wi-Fi, you will have to pay an extra amount and will not be inside your trekking amount. So, make sure you have carried enough cash handy for such purpose.

Information regarding Visa to Nepal

For Visa to Nepal, if you are a foreigner then it depends upon which country you belong to and whether or not the Government of Nepal will give you a Tourist Visa or not. For getting a Visa of Nepal, you have to consult your country’s Immigration department where you will receive your Visa as you enter Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at the capital- Kathmandu of Nepal. Here are the provisions and countries where Visa could be rejected or gained easily:
  1. Indian citizens need not have a Visa to get into Nepal.
  2. Chinese citizens and the SAARC nationals need not pay for their VISA if they would like to come to Nepal for 30 days and can directly come with their valid Passport.
  3. One must have at least 6 months of validity left in their Passport to apply for their VISA.
  4. For other countries besides Indian, Chinese and SAARC nationalities, the VISA charge is the US $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $125 for 90 days.
  5. On arrival at TIA, you have to pay for the Visa. US Dollar is preferred more but you can also pay with Australian Dollar, Euro, Canadian Dollar, Hongkong Dollar, Pound sterling, Swiss Franc, Singapore Dollar, and Japanese Yen. 
  6. You can extend your VISA for up to 150 days by visiting the Central immigration office in Kathmandu or Pokhara as per your convenience.
  7. For extended VISA, it will cost you $30 for 15 days and $2 from the 16TH day onwards.
  8. As a whole, you can stay up to 300 days as a tourist in Tourist VISA in Nepal.
  9. Countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Somalia, Palestine, and Iraq may or may not get VISA on arrival. So, it is better if you contact your local Nepalese Embassy before this. 
  10. For American nationals, Nepal provides 5 years of multiple entry tourists VISA.
  11. You will need a passport size photo along with your passport as you enter Nepal.
  12. Contact www.nepalimmigration.gov.np for more details.

Exchanging money (Nepalese Currency) in Kathmandu

For exchanging money i.e. Nepalese Currency in Nepal, the best place in Kathmandu even though you might find some places in areas like Pokhara city. For the exchange of your currency to Nepalese rupees, you can go to the Thamel area which is in Kathmandu. 

Then, for taking out money from your ATM, if your ATM Card is linked to the International Cirrus System you can easily take out. Then, the other thing you can do is to transact the money from a bank. However, the banks here will charge a certain amount as a service charge. The average service charge of maximum banks is 2-4% although some banks may charge more amount. Then, for Indian citizens, you cannot buy anything with Indian Rupees 500 or 1000. The smaller amount like 100 Indian rupees however may be accepted at certain places. But we recommend the Indian nationals also to exchange money for a better transaction. Besides that, there are a few banks which have their branch both in Nepal as well as in India. 

So, by transacting money through those banks might be easier for you. However, even if your credit card works in Nepal, we still suggest you exchange money as many places in Nepal including restaurants and cafes don’t accept Credit Card. For Cheques as well, they will charge you with an extra amount of 3-4% as a form of Service charge if you opt to get a foreign-currency traveler's cheque from some Banks which are Standard Chartered Bank, Nabil Bank, and Himalayan Bank. 

Now, if you want to have some money and somehow you lost it then you can tell someone- your family or friends to lend you even if they stay in your native country as well. For this, all you have to do is tell them to transfer the money from there to one of the companies like Western Union or Moneygram by going to their website. For Western Union, the website is www.westernunion.com and for Moneygram it is www.visitnepal.com/nepalvision/moneygram.  

Permits required for these treks

Tamang Heritage Trek and Langtang Valley Trek

For both the treks- Tamang Heritage Trek and Langtang Valley Trek, the permits that you will require are TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) Card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit to enter the Langtang National Park. 

Among these, talking about the TIMS Card, there are further three categories of it which are one for organized group trekkers, the other for individual travelers and another for SAARC nationals. These Cards can be noticed easily due to the different colors of Cards for different categories. For group trekking, it is the Blue Card, for individual trekking, it is the Green Card and for SAARC nationals who are trekking in this region, it is the Pink Card. 

Then, to obtain your permits, either you have to consult your trekking agency and they can do all the procedures for you otherwise you will have to go to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Office or Trekkers Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat which is located in Kathmandu for the TIMS Card and Langtang National Park, you can get your permit from the Nepal Tourism Board or you can even go up till Dhunche and get the entry ticket there itself. 

For obtaining the TIMS Card, however, you will need your valid passport, 4 passport size photos, insurance details and emergency contact information of someone in Nepal (you can mention the trekking agency or someone you are familiar with who lives in Nepal). 

Now, regarding the price, the amount that you will need if you are a SAARC national for obtaining your TIMS Card is US$2 and US$4. And if you are a citizen of any other nation then, you will need US$18 for individual and US$9 for the group. Then, moving on to Langtang National Park Entry Permit, you will require US$14 if you are a SAARC national and US$27 if you are from any other country. But in the case of Langtang National Park Entry Permit, if you are going along with your child or children who are under the age of 10 then you need not pay. 

Now, if you would like to know what the government will do with the collected amount which they charge you as a form of TIMS Card then, they use it as an insurance to the trekking workers in case of any accidents or health issues. Besides that, the leftover amount is used in running the work efficiently, the printing of TIMS Card, holograms and all of that. 

And after all, this, if there is some more money left then that goes in the form of revenue in the development of the tourism sector. And in the case of Langtang National Park Entry Permit, the total collected amount of the revenue will go for the rehabilitation of the post-earthquake of 2015 as the area there was severely affected. And if they are done with that then they spend the money on maintenance and development of the trails which are used for trekking.  

Helambu Trek

For Helambu as well, you will need TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card and Langtang National Park Entry Fee as you would have required for Tamang Heritage Trek and Langtang Valley Trek as mentioned earlier. But regarding that of Helambu Trek, you will also require Entrance Fee to Shivapuri National Park as Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park also comes on the way while you are going for Helambu Trek. 

And for this, it will cost you $3.39 if you are a SAARC National and $5 if you are a foreign citizen who does not belong to the SAARC countries. The amount, however, is excluded of VAT and reaching there while taking the entrance fee, you can ask for the total amount to the respective in-charge in the gate of entering Shivapuri National Park or your trekking agency will help you with all the process for this as well. 

If you have come along with children or children and would like to go for this trek or simply go up to Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park and they are below the age of 10 then you need not pay for the entrance fee. For your easy access, we have made a table which has enlisted the cost required for the permits-
S.No. Trekking Destination Required Permits Cost for SAARC nationals (Individual) Cost for foreign citizens (Individual) For Children below 10 y/o
1. Tamang Heritage Trek TIMS Card US $2 US $18 Same as for adults
Langtang National Park Entry Fee US $14 US $27 No charge
2. Langtang Valley Trek TIMS Card US $2 US $18 Same as for adults
Langtang National Park Entry Fee US $14 US $27 No Charge
3. Helambu Trek TIMS Card US $2 US $18 Same as for adults
Langtang National Park Entry Fee US $14 US $27 No Charge

Insurance for trekking in these regions

Tamang Heritage Trek

For Tamang Heritage trek, travel insurance is a good idea and more than that, to a certain degree now the insurance to this area has been regarded as compulsion by many trekking agencies as the trek lies in the Himalayan region which is towards a higher altitude. Due to this reason, you might get altitude sickness or some kind of other illness or even might get stuck up in some natural calamities. 

So, as a preventive measure, we definitely recommend you to have travel insurance which can cover up in case of any emergencies. Plus, we also recommend you to get an insurance which covers up helicopter rescue and other evacuation charges up to the very altitude you are reaching. We recommend you to get travel insurance as if you happen to get seriously sick or due to any reason you have to be taken back to Kathmandu via a helicopter then we have to show the details of your travel insurance and without that document, we won’t be able to rescue you. So, if you would like to be rescued in case of any unfavorable situations and emergencies, then we definitely recommend you to get one.

Now, if you would like us to tell about the insurance companies in Nepal then we can give you the information regarding the locations. However, we won’t be arranging you with your travel insurance.

Langtang Valley Trek

Similar to that of Tamang Heritage Trek, it is good if you have travel insurance however we do not force you to get one instead we can just make you aware about its drawbacks like the difficulties for us to rescue you if you happen to get sick or get stuck up due to any natural calamities. 

Besides that, we also recommend you to check out carefully regarding which is the highest point that you will reach during this trek and will the insurance company cover-up till that point, if not then there is no point. So, make sure they cover all the necessary costs including helicopter charges. And if you would like to get your insurance from Nepal then we can suggest you some widely known insurance companies in Nepal where you can go and talk about the details regarding your trek. 

In regard to this topic, we suggest you get insurance from your country itself or from certain companies like World Nomads as you will be able to do all the works beforehand. However, it is also a good idea if you come to Nepal, get to know about the policies, compare the costs in different companies and make your decision as planning out everything and paying it before a long time may not be fruitful at times.

Helambu Trek

In regard to that of Helambu Trek also it is as a whole quite similar to that of Tamang Heritage Trek and Langtang Valley trek. However, since the highest elevation that you will reach is comparatively less than that of the other two treks, if you think you need not get travel insurance and will remain healthy throughout the trek then it is up to you whether you would like to get one or not.

But besides that, you need to keep in mind that if you get stuck up there and any natural calamities occur or you suddenly get sick then as the other two treks, here too you will not be able to be rescued and even if the condition is serious, it is very difficult for us as we will need the proper documents of your travel insurance especially for the rescue through helicopter. If you need any help regarding finding an insurance company then we can help you find one by giving you a list of insurance companies in Nepal most preferably in Kathmandu where you can go and talk about the details. 

Besides that, make sure the company covers up to which point you are trekking as if they don’t cover up to that point then again it will be difficult in the rescuing process. So, as whole travel insurance helps you in rescuing in an emergency situation and if some include the provision then it might even help you to get a certain amount for your lost gears and equipment depending upon the company.  

Guide and Porter during these Treks

For these treks, it is not a compulsion to hire a guide or a porter and it completely depends upon you whether you would like to hire one or not. Some people also hire a guide or a porter on the way as at the beginning they don’t think it will be a necessity and later on they think it will be much helpful and easier for them. But we recommend you to hire a guide or a porter when you are in Kathmandu itself before you head up your way as the guides and porters might charge more than what you could have got at a lesser price if you had hired it earlier. 

And if you hire the guides on the way then it is more chance that they may not have insurance and moreover they might just be telling you they are the certified guides whereas they might just know a few places in that area and not have detailed knowledge of where you are also. For porters, however, it may not be a problem in regard to these things as they are simply there to carry your load and not guide you throughout your journey. But for getting a porter on the way can be quite difficult at times. 

But if you find a guide who is not certified but he/she says that he/she has good knowledge of the trails over the particular area then you may hire them as well. And if you are an avid traveler and most probably even have trekked in these areas before and think that you do not need a guide or a porter as all of these trekking routes are not so strenuous in nature and most probably you won’t have much problem. Also talking about the benefit, it will cost you less. But as it is said, with one positive comes a negative, so if you don’t want to hire a guide then you have to be able to communicate with the locals, know their language or at least Nepali and proceed your way. Or, if not then you should have trekked in the area before as well. 

Then, if you don’t want to hire a porter also then you should keep in mind that you should be able to carry your backpack along with yourself and climb up the hills, trails and reach to a certain height. If you are certain about these things then you won’t need a guide or a porter otherwise you will need either one or both. Besides that, if you hire a trekking guide then he/she will have much more information about the very place that you will be going and can even introduce you to new cultures and customs of people in that area, show you the famous temples, monasteries or any other shrines, tell you about the facts and myths of the place, show you the way to some places where you can have even clearer views of the mountains, valley, village, waterfalls, glaciers or such. 

Besides that, it is a really great idea to hire a guide and a porter as they will take care of your belongings and you need not worry of any thefts and you will also feel much safer as they will help you in things that you will need during the trek, how you can cope up with the environment and all those things. Now, if you are curious about whether or not you have to worry about altitude sickness or not then for Helambu Trek, you need not worry as it is comparatively situated in a far less altitude. 

However, if you are going to Tamang Heritage Trek or Langtang Valley trek, especially to Langtang Valley Trek the, you have to take precautions beforehand and if you were not sure but got altitude sickness then descend down immediately and after that inform any local or your respective travel agency staff or your guide or porter. So, for this problem also.guide and porter will be able to help you a whole lot, though it is completely up to your decision whether you hire one or not. 

A brief description of the cost required for trekking in these regions

Tamang Heritage Trek

The average cost that you will require for trekking in this region depends upon which trekking company you choose, how much time they have planned out in their itinerary and what all facilities you would like to get. However, talking about the estimated range just for the trekking purpose excluding your VISA charges, flight ticket charges and other personal costs that you would like to separate, it will cost you from US $495 with minimum facilities ranging up to the US $1,789 which can be moderate to maximum facilities. 

In regard to the costs, we only estimate the cost which is required for the whole package trek and not anything else like even if you would like to buy mineral water instead of what is served. The cost, however, depends upon which kind of hotel you would like to stay in while in Kathmandu or even while trekking whether it is of average range or high range. Breaking down the cost according to your budget on the basis of per day, it will somehow be like this.

Cost for Tamang Heritage Trek per day as a whole is presented in the form of a list:

  1. Accommodation- the US $10 for stay at a lodge or teahouse while trekking
  2. Meals while trekking- $12-15
  3. Hotel in Kathmandu- $15-25 or more than that depends upon your choice
  4. Guide while trekking- $25
  5. Porter while trekking- $17
  6. Transportation- Till Syabru Besi- Depends upon whether you will take a jeep or a local bus. The price of a deluxe bus (the local bus) is $7; the Deluxe supper bus (local bus but a bit faster and better than just deluxe bus) costs you $8 while a jeep will cost you $10.
  7. TIMS Card- $2 for SAARC nationals and $18 for foreign citizens other than SAARC nationals
  8. Langtang National Park Permit- $14 for SAARC nationals and $27 for foreign citizens other than SAARC nationals.
If you are going to a group then you can hire a private jeep which will cost you approximately around the US $150 which can fit up to 6-7 people nicely. 

Langtang Valley Trek

Now regarding the total cost of Langtang valley Trek, on average, it will roughly take you around the US $300-400 for an individual trekker. This includes the overall facilities that we provide as a trekking agency like transportation facilities, accommodation facilities, 3 times meal plus if you would like to have some basic needs that you want to buy during the trek like a bottle of water or something as such. This, however, excludes the extra expenses if you would like to buy it for yourself or others like souvenirs, going to different expensive cafes, bars while in Kathmandu or so. 

Now, breaking down the total cost on per day basis, we have enlisted the costs for your easy assessment:
  1. TIMS Card- $18 if you are a foreigner or $2 if you are a SAARC national.
  2. Langtang National Park Entry Permit- $27 if you are a foreigner or $14 if you are a SAARC national. 
  3. Transportation- Till Syabru Besi- Depends upon whether you will take a jeep or a local bus. The price of a deluxe bus (the local bus) is $7; the Deluxe supper bus (local bus but a bit faster and better than just deluxe bus) costs you $8 while a jeep will cost you $10.
  4. Guide while trekking- $22-25
  5. Porter while trekking- $15-18
  6. Accommodation while trekking- At a lodge or a teahouse- the US $2-10 (depends upon where you stay)
  7. Meals during trekking- US $12-27 (depends upon what food you eat and drink)
  8. Hotel in Kathmandu- US $15-25 on average (you can opt for higher-priced hotels as well)
  9. For transportation, if you are going to a group then you can hire a private jeep which will cost you approximately around the US $150 which can fit up to 6-7 people nicely. And for guide and porter, if a guide and porter both are the same individual then that will cost you around the US $18-20.

Helambu Trek

For this trek, the average budget that you will need as a whole will be around the US $500-1000. This, however, includes your total expenses like the trekking gears and equipment, clothing and all the required things for this very trek; except of course your personal expenses in Kathmandu, VISA charges and all the processes required before you come to Nepal.

Now, breaking down your total average cost on per day basis include are in the form of a list:
  1. TIMS Card-$18 for if you are a foreign citizen and $2 if you are a SAARC national.
  2. Langtang National Park Entry Permit- $27 if you are a foreign citizen and $14 if you are a SAARC national.
  3. Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park Entry fee- $5 if you are a foreign citizen and $3.39 if you are a SAARC national. 
  4. Transportation- from Bus Park to Sundarijal; Kathmandu- if you go on a local bus then it will cost you just around $1. But if you would like to go on a taxi then it will cost you a bit more somewhere around $15. 
  5. Insurance- US $150 for 30 days on average which includes helicopter rescue above 6000 m. But since this Helambu trek is not located at that height, you can decrease the elevation point and manage the cost at a relatively cheaper price. 
  6. Accommodation in Kathmandu- for a small simple guest house or a luxurious hotel which ranges from $5-150. But on average, most trekkers prefer to stay in an average hotel where the cost will be around $50 per day.
  7. Accommodation while trekking- $4-5.
  8. Meals- $6-9 in lower altitude and around $15-24 per day when you reach in higher altitude while trekking in this region. 
  9. Guide- $20-25
  10. Porter- $15-20
Just for your information, since the bottled mineral water will be expensive in higher altitude, we recommend you to bring a bottle along with you so that you can refill it in the lodge/ hotel or a teahouse where you will be staying. Then, if you want to use Wi-Fi and they charge you or take a shower in hot water while trekking, then you have to pay an extra amount for that. 

 Things that are included and excluded in the package that we offer-

Includes

  • 3 times meals while trekking and while in Kathmandu 
  • Accommodation facilities (lodge or teahouse while trekking and Hotel while in Kathmandu)
  • Transportation facilities
  • Pickup and drop off from and to the Airport 
  • Trekking Permits
  • Trekking gears if needed (to be returned after the trek)

Excludes

  • Mineral water
  • Hot Shower while trekking
  • Charging of electrical appliances while trekking
  • Nepal VISA costs and necessary documents
  • Snacks if you would like to have some
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide/porter/driver or donations in any place
Necessary things that you need to keep in mind before proceeding for these treks
There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before heading your way to trekking in these regions. 
They are enumerated below:
  1. Make sure that you are physically and mentally healthy before you go for the trek.
  2. Go for a short hike or do some physical activities like walking, cycling, swimming, etc. as it will be easier for you to trek.
  3. Make sure that you wear your trekking boots before you go for trekking as it will be comfortable for you as you wear it a couple of times before.
  4. Drink enough water in order to avoid altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness if you are going for Tamang Heritage trek or Langtang Valley trek.
  5. Do not drink water from the streams, rivers, waterfalls or any source of natural water when you reach a higher altitude. 

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