Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Freedom Adventures’ representative will greet you. You will be dropped  off at the hotel, and after checking in, you could walk around Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Observing the market and some souvenir shopping will freshen your mind. Dinner at an excellent restaurant will give you a taste of Nepali cuisine. Your trek guide will brief you about the trip and the next day’s sightseeing trip. Overnight at Kathmandu.

After a lovely breakfast in the morning, we start guided sightseeing tour to some most historical and spiritual attraction in Kathmandu. We will be visiting some landmarks which are considered as World Heritage Sites. This Sightseeing will be fully informative and historical. We start our day from Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples, followed by Bouddanath, the ancient Buddhist Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Following our day to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is the plaza in front of the royal place of old Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the old royal place complex which was built on the 14th century. After we finish sightseeing we follow the local market called Ason, crossing the busy local area we reach our hotel at Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

We drive early in the morning from Kathmandu to north-westward of the Kathmandu valley. Weather permitting, views of the Manaslu massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal are possible. A long, winding descent brings us to Trisuli bazaar. From Trisuli, it’s a short uphill drive to the town of Nuwakot, with its palace. Overnight at Nuwakot.

The current road conditions to Dhunche (50 kms) are rigorous to say the least. Another 15kms further will get you to the dead end of the road and the start point of the trek. Overnight at Syabrubesi.

Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is gradually climbs to Bamboo passing through the Landslide area. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche through Bamboo, which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like. And at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you’re lucky. Overnight at Lama Hotel.

The trek route follows Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela literally it means the Horse Stable. After this the trail is slightly gradual and beautiful in the valley with the grazing Yaks. Langtang village is one of the very local and old villages along this trekking route and the view from here is more spectacular as we get closer to mountain. Overnight at Langtang Village.

Leaving Langtang the trail crosses yak pastures and follows a meandering stream. Gengchempo (6,387m) is a prominent landmark off to the east. The trail reaches the Tamang settlements of Mundu (3,410m) and Sindum (3,410m). Beyond we continue our climb. Kyanjin Gompa, flanked by equally spectacular peaks, notably the Langtang range and Langshisa, comes into view. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.

Today is a day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4773m/15660ft) which is highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.

Retracing our steps back down the valley over the same route to Lama Hotel.  The trail goes all the way downhill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic Tamang settlements who follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. Overnight at Lama Hotel.

After breakfast we trek down to Syabrubesi which takes us about 5 hours. A steady day’s trekking to arrive at Bamboo Lodge, from where we head off on the uphill trail towards the Sherpa village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight at Thulo Syabru.

We climb to Dursagang (2,550m), then the gradient eases as the trail makes its way through rhododendron forest to Chandan Bari (3,250m). The next village of note is Sing Gompa. The trail cuts across the ridge tops before finally reaching the saddle of Chalang Pati (3,380m). A final upward thrust and we’ve reached Laurebinayak; from where there are astounding views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung. Overnight at Laurebinayak.

The first part of the trail emerges and we steadily climb up to Laurebinayak. With a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda, you follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin – the three most important ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend Gosainkunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing poison that threatened to destroy the world. Overnight at Gosainkunda.

A day free to enjoy the beauty of this very special place. Overnight at Gosainkunda.

The path skirts the northern shore of Gossainkund and climbs along a rough trail, marked with rock cairns, towards the Laurebina La pass (4,610m). The descent from the pass can be very difficult and caution is advised. The descent is initially very steep but levels out slightly after a while, following a ‘middle’ valley then taking the lower trail to Phedi (3,500m). The trail from here is no less difficult with a dramatic drop to the right. Through forest and ravines we finally reach the head of the valley. Then, atop a spur, we come across the first glimpse of our overnight destination, Ghopte. Overnight at Ghopte.

Having left the big mountains behind a series of foothill ridges now dominate the landscape. We’ve a short day’s trek through alpine landscape. Soon we meet the trail that merges with the Helambu Circuit. Tharepati is at a short way further along, perched on the crest of the hill. Overnight at Thadapati.

A comfortable day’s walk along a well-defined path. Via Mangengoth (3,150m) we climb again to a saddle adorned by fluttering prayer flags. An hour from Mangengoth, the forest opens onto a wide hillside and we reach another trail junction. Ahead is the Tamang village of Kutumsang, its ridge-top location giving way to terraced fields on either side. Overnight at Kutumsang.

The trail follows the crest of the ridge, bringing us to Gul Bhanjyang (2,142m). Uphill again through forest of oak, we reach Namche Danda (2,453m). A long descent down stone steps leads to Chipling (2,165m). From Thana Bhanjyang (1,780m) the trail branches out in three directions; we take the path which leads to Pati Bhanjyang (1,768m). Another steep 400m ascent to Chisopani. Views from Chisapani are splendid to say the least. Overnight at Chisapani.

After taking in the views at dawn we set off on the final leg of our trek. Following the trail through and beyond Burlang Bhanjyang (2,438m), through forest, we reach the village of Mulkharka (1,768m). Descending a steep staircase, we arrive at the water reservoir of Sundarijal and the Shivapuri National Park – the end point of the trek. We join our transport back to Kathmandu and a celebratory dinner. After arriving at Kathmandu we will be dropped by our hotel. We will have enough time to visit the market for quick shopping or visit some landmarks. We will meet up for dinner and celebrate the successful completion of our adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu.

An amazing trip to the Himalayas concludes on this day. Freedom Adventures’ staff will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe flight back!