Langtang Valley, White Water Rafting and Chitwan National Park
To reach your trek starting point of Syabrubensi involves a long, approximately 6-hour road journey from Kathmandu. After first passing Balaju and Nagarjun, the road leaves the Kathmandu Valley at Kakani (2145m), where there are excellent views of Annapurna II, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, and then descends into the broad Trisuli valley. The vehicle usually makes a tea stop at Ranipauwa, the only large village on the route, at km 27. This region is the radish capital of Nepal; in season you can see huge piles of long, freshly washed radishes (mula in Nepali) alongside the road, awaiting transport to the markets of Kathmandu.
After a long descent through terraced fields, the road crosses the Tadi Khola, then climbs onto a plateau and passes fields of mustard, maize and rice planted in bright red soil. There is a police check post 2 km before Trisuli Bazaar where trekking permits are usually examined.
The Dhunche road follows the east bank of the Trisuli River out of the Bazaar, climbing slightly towards Betrawati soon after passing two bridges carrying massive pipes that feed the hydroelectric project there. After Betrawati you will experience 47km of steep switchbacks on a wild road to Dhunche.
En route, the road passes through Brahman and Chhetri villages, to Kalikhastan at 1390m, which is the entrance to Langtang National Park. Villages now become sparser as the elevation increases, and the intense cultivation of the lowland rice-growing country gives way to herding, and small fields of maize, millet and vegetables. The road reaches its high point on the ridge at 1980m, and then makes a long contour, with a few ups and downs through oak and rhododendron forests, finally reaching Dhunche, the administrative headquarters of the region at 1950m, three to four hours’ drive from Betrawati.
Another 15km drive will reach Syabrubesi, and overnight. Starting out from there, on trek, the following morning, the trail elevates quickly and after crossing the Bhote Kosi river, it climbs gradually up to the village of Briddim (2,229m).
Next, the trail passes through lovely pine forests with large trees, where pheasants and other birds are frequently spotted – fewer tourists mean that the birds are not as shy as in some parts of Nepal. The first part of the trail retraces its steps, and from then on is a gentle walk through the forest, where there is a variety of wildlife, including possible sightings of yellow-throated marten, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and the Himalayan black bear. Soon the trail begins to descend gently to Changtang, popularly known as Lama Hotel, passing through some remote Tamang and Sherpa settlements. Overnight will be at Lama Hotel.
The next day starts with a gentle climb, soon becoming steeper and passing high above the Langtang Khola. Tantalising glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7246m) appear through the trees as you trek on to Ghora Tabela at 3000m and thence on to Langtang (3,500m The houses of Langtang have Tibetan-style flat roofs and are surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. The villagers keep herds of yaks and cattle here and in pastures above the village.
After leaving the village the trail climbs onto a ridge dominated by a large, square chorten and a long row of mani walls. Continuing through yak pastures as the valley becomes broader, the path crosses a bridge and climbs a moraine from which you can finally see Kyanjin Gompa, where there is a cheese factory started through a Swiss initiative in 1955. You should reach Kyanjin before lunch, allowing time to explore the surroundings.
There will be an acclimatization and exploration day in Kyanjin, and this may be used for optional excursions to the Langtang Glacier, walking to Numthang and back, or climbing Tsergo Ri (4984m).
The next day’s trek takes you back to Lama Hotel and from there the trail moves on to Thulo Syabru, a pleasant Tamang village with many elaborately carved windows in the older, traditional houses which are strung out along a ridge.
From Thulo Syabru the next day will be a gentle climb up through dense pine forests as far as Sing Gompa where there are a few lodges and yak pastures. The following day is a short one, and it may be that the group would like to rest at Sing Gompa during the morning whilst others might like to explore towards Gosainkund and return to have lunch together, and then carry on down to the Trisuli riverside for the last night camp. An alternative to this would be to descend, heading south-east, all the way down to the Trisuli river side, for lunch, and then carry on to Dhunche for the last night’s celebration, prior to driving back to Kathmandu.
In either case, the following morning is spent driving on towards Chitwan, breaking the journey in Charaudi, to take a short rafting trip down the Trisuli river en route to the wildlife resort, where you will enjoy one of the finest wildlife experiences in Asia. You will be taken on an elephant safari and visit Nepal’s famous elephant breeding centre which is reached via a journey by dugout canoe. There will be a chance to visit the local Tharu village on oxcarts and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wash elephants in the river. There will also be time to swim in the resort pool, which is a wonderful antidote to the heat of Chitwan.
On leaving Chitwan you will return to Kathmandu by bus.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transport to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu morning sightseeing (Monkey temple and Patan or Bhaktpur Durbar square), Preparing for trek
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi (1460m) and over night
Day 04: Trek to Bridim (2229m)
Day 05: Trek to Lama Hotel (2370m)
Day 06: Trek to Langtang Village (3330m)
Day 07: Trek to Kyanjing Gompa (3730m)
Day 08: Acclimatization and exploration day around Kyanjing Gompa and Langtang glacier or optional climb to Kyanjing Ri (4500m)
Day 09: Optional climb- ascend Trseko ri (4980m)
Day 10: Trek back to Goratabela (2992m) or Gumnachok (2340m)
Day 11: Trek to Thulo Syabru village (2210m)
Day 12: Trek to Sing Gompa (3210m)
Day 13: Optional excursion to Chandanbari (3250m) and trek to Yunglang (2000m) on the Trisuli
Day 14: Early morning trek to Dhunche (2030m), join with submit time and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Kathmandu, leisure time
Day 16: Drive to Charuidai and rafting on Trisuli River, and camp on riverbank
Day 17: Short rafting on Gaighat, and continue to Chitwan
Day 18: Chitwn National Park; jungle adventure and elephant back safari
Day 19: Late morning drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Visit to EPHC (our underprivileged children school project) and Free time/shopping in afternoon.
Day 21: Transport to airport for departure
Date & Price
All ACCESS-HIMALAYA adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.
... on River RaftingAll three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during rafting
Internal transportation (as stated in itinerary)
Rafting equipment (boat, safety helmet and life jacket, safety kayak, handheld paddles, dry bags etc)
Camping equipment (two-man tents, mess tent , mattresses, plates, cutlery and kitchen gear)
River permits and entrance fees.
Experienced staff (river guide, safety kayaker and some helpers)
... in ChitwanAll meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Twin room with a/c and ceiling fan
Elephant-back safari and possibility of elephant wash as well
A short walk inside national park with a jungle guide
Visit to elephant breeding centre, and brief bird watching
Dugout canoe excursion with probable observation of Marsh Mugger & Gharial crocodiles
Brief visit to typical local Tharu village, and evening cultural programme presenting local tribal dances
After your exciting daytime activities, you may enjoy starting your evening by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or relaxing on the banks of the Budi Rapti River viewing the sunset and bird watching
... in Camping TrekAccommodation in Kathmandu and elsewhere-apart from trek (see itinerary) bed & breakfast basis, (accommodation in twin room unless otherwise arranged) – accommodation facilities/details are outlined at 'Trip Notes'
All meals during the trek (all breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be hot and freshly prepared)
All internal transportation as stated in itinerary, including domestic flights (see itinerary) We use Tourist Bus/Privately hired vehicles/Domestic air transport - whichever is available, and viable
All Camping equipment [Large A-shape or D, two-man tents about 5’2”high internally, Mess tent, Kitchen tent, Shower tent (on request), Toilet tents, Mattresses (dense foam with removable cotton cover), Tables, Chairs with back support, Stainless steel plates and cutlery, and Kitchen gear]
Free hire of four season down sleeping bag and fleece liner for trek only (see individual trips)
Experienced staff - (cook, kitchen helpers, sardar, sherpa helpers, porters/animals for camping trek) as appropriate
Staff and porter insurance
Sightseeing in Kathmandu as stated in itinerary (guide and transport only)
Free gift of Access-Himalaya trekking kit bag for each member of group (to be distributed on arrival in Kathmandu)
Free airport pick and drop (usually international only)
Trekking and TIMS permits (as appropriate)
... in Camping TrekYour personal equipment
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
Your travel insurance, (Make sure the policy covers helicopter rescue and evacuation service)
Medical examination and vaccination costs
Personal expenditure, including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and elsewhere-apart from trek (see itinerary)
Heritage sights/Monastery/Temple entrance fees
Trek and Tour crew tips at end of tour
- A AVAILABLE - Trip date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!
- G GUARANTEED - Trip is reached minimum numbers and this is 'Guaranteed to Run'
- L LIMITED - Trip is 'Guaranteed to Run' and there are a very limited number of available places remaining. Immediate booking is recommended.
- C CLOSED - Trip has reached maximum numbers and it is unavailable. Please Contact Us to enquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as a private departure
Trip Info (Tour/Trek Styles) Explained
- PG Private Group: This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.
- OA Open to All: This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us.
- LT Lodge Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
- CT Camping Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
- GAP Guide, Accommodation & Porter only: In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.
- SG Self Guided/Budget Trip: This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.
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Accommodation in Kathmandu
It is our policy to use Nepali-owned accommodation, always, as we feel this is an aspect of fair trade, and the hotels we use in Kathmandu are comfortable, clean, efficient and friendly. Most hotels are also family-run; we visit, and stay in the hotels ourselves, to ensure that facilities are ... read more..
Food on Camping Trek
Three meals a day, plus afternoon hot drinks with biscuits, are provided on our camping treks. We will provide a tasty, nutritious mixture of Nepalese, Indian and Western food prepared hygienically by our trekking Cooks who are masters at preparing foods under less then ideal conditions. As much as possible ... read more..
It is a strict condition of joining an Access-Himalaya adventure holiday that you must be insured against all medical and personal accident risks, including repatriation if necessary. Helicopter evacuation, in the unlikely event of your being injured or taken seriously ill on trek, is very costly - an average rescue ... read more..
Nepal Visa and Passport
All visitors to Nepal require a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return to your home country) and an entry visa. A visa application should be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy, in London (click here to download Nepal visa application form ), or in your own country ... read more..
Travellers' cheques are no longer accepted in Nepal, so please do not bring these as your currency. However, ATM facilities are widely available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other large towns, so a Visa, or other internationally-recognized credit/debit card, would be useful. Larger shops accept payment by credit/debit card, although they ... read more..
Arrival in Nepal
At Kathmandu airport you should proceed through Immigration (you apply for your Visa here) to the baggage collection area. Once you have collected your baggage you should move on to the Customs officers to have your baggage cleared and chalked up, before leaving the Arrivals lounge. Immediately outside, you will ... read more..
Tipping and Service Charges
Tipping is an entirely personal and optional matter and at the discretion of the individual. Should you wish to give a tip in a restaurant, if there is not already a service charge included you may consider a tip of 10%. Recently there has been a recommendation for 10% charge ... read more..
Security and Valuables
We (Access-Himalaya) will arrange for your valuables, air ticket and passport to be kept in the safe of your hotel, together with all excess money, credit cards and travellers\' cheques, while you are away on trek. When on trek, your money, camera and binoculars should be kept with you at ... read more..
Trekking Clothing & Equipment Guideline
The following is a guideline, not a prescription: we hope it will help you find your way through the minefield of items of clothing and equipment which fill the catalogues of outdoor adventure outfitters! Jacket x 1This should be breathable, wind-proof and waterproof (not showerproof), with attached hood. Suitable fabrics to ... read more..
Accommodation in Chitwan
In Chitwan, the wildlife resort facilities are slightly different to those of the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, because of its situation in the National Park buffer zone, although each room has en suite facilities and air conditioning. There is also a swimming pool, large and airy restaurant with bar, ... read more..
Accommodation on camping treks
Camping trek accommodation will be in A-shaped Vango-style spacious two-man tents (over 5’ internal height x 5’ width x 8’ long), or, for high pass/peak climbing expeditions and rafting, two-man dome tents. On trek, cotton-cased, thick, foam mattresses are provided (if you require additional comfort you might consider taking along ... read more..
Getting Around in Kathmandu
Your first day in Kathmandu is usually dedicated to settling in, and exploring the city. The next morning may include a sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Boudanath or the Monkey Temple (Swayambunath). During your free time, the best way to explore your environs is to walk, as this enables you to ... read more..
If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.
Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.
Customised Private Groups:
For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.
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