Itinerary for Bob and Ann Marshall
Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colourful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget! You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant. You will be met at the airport by your expedition leader.
Day 2 – The Ancient Temples of Kathmandu
Explore three awe-inspiring temples and discover why the entire Kathmandu Valley is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site! Along the banks of the Bagmati River is Pashupitinath. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the most important site for Hindus in Nepal. Cremations and acts of devotion can regularly be seen at this atmospheric place of worship. Located in a tranquil part of the city is the peaceful and majestic Bodhnath Stupa, where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to show their respect and faith. Climb the steps to Swayambutinath, high on a hilltop overlooking the city. Used by both Hindus and Buddhists, the temple is regarded for its many holy (and very cheeky) monkeys!
Day 3 – Jeep to Syabrubesi (1470m)
We drive by 4×4 jeep on rough mountain jeep tracks, winding our way through switchbacks and slicing our way upwards through the Himalayan foothills. On a clear day superb views of the Himalayan peaks, Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal can be seen. We continue until we descend to the small village of Syabrubesi, the starting point of our trek. We will stay here overnight in a local guesthouse.
The Langtang Valley is surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountains and marks the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Legend has it that a young lama following his lost yak discovered the valley, giving it its namesake. “Lang” means “yak”, while “tang” means “to follow”.
We leave Syabrubesi and ascend the valley through thick pine and rhododendron forest. An abundance of birds can be seen and if we’re lucky we will see Langur monkeys, red pandas and even the Himalayan Black Bear. The trail leads through traditional Tamang settlements, allowing for a glimpse of Himalayan culture. The Tamang are very similar in dress, lifestyle and religious practice to Tibetans. Climbing higher, we pass by many gompas and prayer wheels, through wild yak pastures and splendid alpine meadows. Beyond the trees, the valley opens up, revealing unparalleled views of Langtang Lirung and many other unnamed peaks! We trek to the last permanent settlement, Kianjin Gompa, our base for the next few days of exploration.
Kianjin Gompa lies at a breathtaking 3870 metres above sea level, surrounded by towering snow capped peaks and meandering glaciers! We have 3 days to enjoy this stunning mountain landscape and to venture further into the valley. Walk to Langshisha Karka, hike up Tsergo Ri – a 5000m peak, trek to the base of Langtang Lirung (7227m) or go in search of the elusive yeti! For those wanting to relax there is a gompa and delicious cheese factory in the village. There is also a smaller 4700m peak as well as the option to walk on the glaciers.
Day 10-21 – Kianjin Gompa to Kathmandu
We descend via an alternative route, crossing over high suspension bridges, traversing terraced hillsides, and hiking through remote villages. Experience incredible views of Ganesh Himal, crisp mountainous air, and stunning Himalayan sunsets, as we make our way back to the Kathmandu Valley via Gosainkund Lakes and the Helambu region. This gives us breathtaking views of 8000m peaks and high altitude lakes. This route is a lot more remote and is well away from the main tourist trails.
We will find ourselves in almost a different world as we see a different side to Nepal and experience a taste of the tranquility, remoteness and the splendour of the mountains. We have an exciting view of the central Himalayan range including Gaurishanker, Annapurma, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Simply breathtaking! Our descent crosses postcard-perfect meadows and fields past chortens and Buddhist stupas through fir and rhododendron forest and eventually into the subtropical jungle of the Shiva Puri National park.
Today is free to explore Kathmandu. Discover the ornate temples and palaces of Durbar Square in the heart of the city, relax with a refreshing chai (traditional Nepalese tea) on a rooftop restaurant, or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.
Day 23 – We’ll leave that up to you!
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Trekking Times and Altitudes
These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time. This route walks along part of the Great Himalayan Trail.
|Itinerary for Bob and Ann Marshall|
Khianjim (2235m) to Sherpa Goan (2563m)
Sherpa Goan to Lama Hotel (2700m)
|Lama Hotel to Tyangshap (3140m)||6 Hours|
|Tyangshap to Kyanjin Gompa (3860m) and trek to glacier (Optional)||3-6 Hours|
|Optional – Climb Tsergo Ri (4984m) or Kianjin Ri (4700m) and return to Kianjin Gompa (3860m)||10 Hours
|Optional – Walk down the valley to Langshisa Kharka between giant peaks
near the Tibetan border.
|Kianjin Gompa to Riverside (2410)||6 Hours|
|Riverside to Sherpa Gaon (2563m)||5 Hours|
|Sherpa Gaon to Thulo Syaphru (2210m)||7 Hours|
|Thulo Syaphru to Shin Gompa (3330m)||4 Hours|
|Shin Gompa to Gosainkunda Lakes (4610m)||7 Hours|
|Gosainkunda Lakes to Phedi (3780m)||5 Hours|
|Phedi to Thadepati (3690m)||5-6 Hours|
|Thadepati to Kutmusang (2470m)||6 Hours|
|Kutmusang to Chipling (2170m)||4 Hours|
|Chipling to Chisapani (2215m)||3-4 Hours|
|Chisapani to Sundarijal (1460m) then private car to Kathmandu (1350m)||3 Hours|