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Study Trip

Trekking in the Langtang Valley, Nepal

Saturday 6th April to Sunday 14th April 2013
Leader: Mr. Peter Laverick, Council Member of the Siam Society

 

 

The Siam Society will organise a trekking trip in the Langtang Valley, Nepal.  We will be away for nine days, including the 8th April which is a holiday for Chakri day.  We return at the start of the Songkran holiday.

The Langtang Valley is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan region and it is in the Langtang National Park which covers an area of 1,710 square kilometres. The highlights of this park are the Langtang mountain range in the north and several lakes in the south. High altitude jungles with diverse vegetation and wildlife, scenic lakes, glaciers and Himalayan peaks combine to make Langtang an attractive destination. Trekkers can enjoy the views of snow-covered peaks, Mt. Ganesh, Langtang and other high mountains. The area also offers a range of cultures. The three main ethnic peoples living in this National Park are Tamangs, Yolmos and Tibetans. Tamangs and Yolmos are traditional farmers and cattle breeders of the region, whose farmlands and villages stretch south and west of the Bhote Koshi and Trishuli rivers.

We will be trekking for five days – 3 days up and 2 days down - staying in lodges eating basic local food prepared for us by our guides.  The walking will be hilly but not difficult.  Each day we will be walking for up to six or seven hours along trails rather than roads, so there is no option to take motorised transport.  Our maximum elevation will be about 3,900 metres, but as we take five days to reach that height altitude sickness is unlikely to be a problem.  There will be porters to carry all our luggage, so on the trek we will just need to carry a small day bag with water, camera, passport etc.

You don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking.  If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of adventure and are not afraid of walking, you qualify.  The first day of the trek will be the most demanding as we will ascend 1,000 metres, so a certain amount of stamina will be required.

Though we will be staying in basic trekking lodges our guides will be hygienically preparing our food and they will provide a clean sleeping bag for you to use throughout the trek.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Sat. 6 April: Bangkok to Kathmandu (elevation 1350m)

08.15 a.m. Meet at the Thai International check-in counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
10.15 a.m. Depart by TG 319 to Kathmandu.
12.25 p.m. Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel for check-in at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu or similar. Briefing on the trip followed by an introductory sightseeing trip to Patan city.  Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Sun. 7: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi Bazaar (1462m)

  After breakfast at the hotel we will spend most of the day driving to Syabru Besi Bazaar by private jeep.  The road winds a lot, but we will enjoy fine mountain views.

Day 3: Mon. 8: Syabru Besi Bazaar to Lama Hotel (2470m)

  Today we start our trek! The first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola (river). The trail is a gradual climb passing through Landslide Lodge and continuing up to Bamboo Lodge (1960m). Afterwards, our trail passes some waterfalls formed by a jumble of house-sized boulders, ascending gently to Rimche (2400m).  The end of today's trail is level to the Lama Hotel (also known as Changtang). En route we might see red pandas, monkeys or a bear if we are lucky.

Day 4: Tue. 9: Lama Hotel to Langtang (3307m)

  As we continue climbing we will get occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7245m) between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, we might catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we will visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 5: Wed. 10: Lantang to Kyangjin Gompa (3914m)

  We have a short trek of 3 to 4 hours to Kyangjin Gompa (Cheese factory).  The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin Gompa. After lunch we will explore around the Kyangjin Gompa enjoying the breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung and its glacier.

Day 6: Thur. 11: Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

  Today we start retracing our steps by returning to Lama Hotel. An easy downhill trek to Lama Hotel.  Though we are following the same route we came up, we will get different panoramas.

Day 7: Fri. 12: Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi Bazaar

  An easy downhill trek to Syabru Besi Bazaar.

Day 8: Sat. 13: Syabru Besi to Kathmandu

  Drive to Kathmandu by private jeep. Check in hotel Radisson or similar. Rest. Evening, sightseeing and shopping trip to Thamel street. Dinner at local restaurant. Return to hotel.

Day 9: Sun 14: Kathmandu to Bangkok

  After breakfast, at leisure or sightseeing near the hotel.
11.30 a.m. Transfer to airport
1.30 p.m. Depart to Bangkok by TG 320 to Bangkok
6.15 p.m. Arrive Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Booking

Your contribution of 102,500 baht will cover all transportation mentioned in the programme, accommodation for two persons per room, all meals, entrance fees to the sightseeing points, gratuities, donation for the Siam Society and all necessary arrangements to make this trip possible. Please add 4,950 baht for single room (at Kathmandu hotel only). 3,000 Baht extra cost for non-members. Visa fee to Nepal not included in the price.

A deposit of 26,000 baht is required at the time of booking with the balance due by 20 February.

Please book your place as soon as possible.

Cancellation charge:

45 days before the start of the trip:                    No cancellation charge
Within 45-25 days of the start of the trip:            10 % of the tour cost
Within 25-15 days of the start of the trip:            20 % of the tour cost
Within 15-10 days of the start of the trip:            50 % of the tour cost
Within 10 days of the start of the trip:                NO REFUND

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin.