Trip length:12 Days
Alpine grade: PD+
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Group size: Per group 7 pax
Accommodation: Nepal Scouts’ center, Hotel & camping
Maximum altitude: 5,890m
Group Size: Maximum Group size for the Climbing: Per group 7 pax
Preparation: Climber must be familiar with alpine environments and must understand the risks that camping at the snowline pose.
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. Representatives and driver from our office will meet you at the airport.
After having breakfast, we take a bus ride to Trishuli. We approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. There is a small bazaar on the banks of the river, known as Trishuli Bazar (540m). From Trishuli after driving for another 8kms we reach Rasuwa District’s main gate. We drive uphill to reach Dhunche (2120 m) and get the view of the mesmerizing panorama of the Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. We drive downhill, through a winding road and reach Syabru Besi(1460m), where we stay overnight at a local lodge.
We traverse the ridge on Syabru Besi’s main road and soon reach Ghopcha Khola. Terraced fields and dense forest with a variety of plant species like oaks, maple, alder and bamboo can be seen on the trail. We may get to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear en route. Further on, the trail crosses a stream and a bridge. We pass by several small tea shops. As we continue ascending steeply along the trail, we come across a steel suspension bridge at 2000 meters. The route further crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola amid the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens into scrub oak forest. On reaching 2748 meters, we arrive at Lama Hotel where we conclude the trek for the day.
From Lama Hotel, we continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. We have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 3000m. We will see several lodges and a police check post in the area. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. We arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3500 meters. Overnight will in Mundu.
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Mundu & Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory in the area.
BP High Camp (4987m)
The route from the base to high camp is an uphill climb. This little trek goes up through a rhododendron forest. We follow the rhododendron bushes and cross a river. We head in a westerly direction up to the mountain and moved towards the south. The high camp at 4,987 m, takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach from Kyangjin. The place where we set up our high camp is a good very open. It is a large rocky area but has fresh water flowing through it. The view from the high camp is fantastic. To the north, you have the magnificent view of Langtang Lirung, Langshisa Ri and Shisapangma in Tibet. To the south, the impressive south face of Naya Kanga (5844m) towers above. Since the camp area is totally flat, we can put up our tents easily. We pass the night at the high camp.
From high camp, we cross the rocky field and climb up about 50 meters until we get to a rocky slab on the right. From there we ascend the snowy 30 degree slope that leads to a glacier, which soon becomes a large glacial bowl. We zigzag our way up, keeping to the right, aiming towards the rock face to the west. From here, the slope gets a little bit steeper. Ropes are fixed. We stay on the ice and climb around the rocks until we get to the top of the ridge at about 5,890m.
From high camp we trek back to Mundu.
From Mundu, we take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.
From Lama Hotel, we head back to Syabru Besi. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community. We can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the majestic Himalayan Mountains.
From Syabru Besi we drive to Kakani, where we stay overnight at the Scouts Training Center.
For more information, please contact Nepal Scouts National Headquarters Lainchour, Kathmandu Nepal.
Official Trekking & Expedition Agent of Nepal Scouts
(Government License holder)
Baden Powell Scout Peak Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd