Statue near Laurebenayak, Langtang Trek, Nepal

Langtang & Gosainkund Lakes Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Nepal
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TNL
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

The stunning Langtang Valley lies to the north of Kathmandu and sees fewer trekkers than the Annapurna or Everest regions. In Autumn it is blessed with superb views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung (7246m), while in spring it comes alive with birds and flowers. This trek takes us to the glaciers below Langtang Lirung, perhaps the summits of Kyanjin Ri or Tsergo Ri (optional) for some magnificent panoramas, and the spectacular holy lake at Gosainkund, an important place of pilgrimage. Parts of the Langtang Valley and Langtang village were devastated in the 2015 earthquake and now that the lodges have been repaired or rebuilt, the best way to show support is for trekkers and tourism to return. Our new route makes use of the best lodges and forms more of a circuit that the traditional trail.

At a Glance

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouses
  • 10 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 14 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4610m (optional 4984m), average 2740m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer days
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit on trek
  • The departure starting in Kathmandu on 8 November 2020 will be led by Valerie Parkinson

Trip Highlights

  • The magnificent holy Gosainkund Lake nestled amidst the mountains
  • Varied scenery; mountain panoramas, rhododendron forests, glaciers and gompas
  • Far fewer trekkers than in other Nepal trekking regions
  • Fantastic flora and fauna in spring
  • Views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung (7,246m)

Is This Trip for You?

The Langtang & Gosainkund Lakes trek is a moderate to challenging (Activity Level 4) teahouse trek covering a range of altitudes. Please read a description of our Activity Levels, found on our website. It involves ten days point-to-point walking. There are prolonged ascents and descents on some days (more than 1000m). Because of the ascents and descents and the rocky trails, this trek is at the higher end of a grade 4. It is graded as level 4 and therefore a lower level than Everest Base Camp as it does not go above 5,000m. We highly recommend using trekking poles. For those with previous walking experience, it is a superb trek through the middle hills of Nepal to the top of the Langtang Valley, an area surrounded by the huge mountains bordering Tibet.

It is suitable for those confident of their physical fitness, ideally with some previous trekking experience. If you do not partake in regular exercise or hillwalking then you should do some training or physical preparation beforehand. You may find our Walking & Trekking Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

The trail crosses a few modern suspension bridges, all of which have mesh sides and none are especially high, however, anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

The maximum altitude reached is 4,610m (4,984m for those who opt to climb Tsergo Ri), with the average altitude being approx. 2,740m. The ascent is gradual, lending itself to good acclimatisation. We ask you to refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further information.

The departure starting in Kathmandu on 8 November 2020 will be led by Valerie Parkinson who has been leading Himalayan treks for Exodus for over 30 years.

 Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• 'Ask an expert' - talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in wilderness first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The group will generally be between 4 and 14 people.

We have representatives in Kathmandu who will look after your transfers to and from the airport and will be around to answer other questions you may have about your trek. There is an Exodus desk and noticeboard in the Royal Singi Hotel in Kathmandu. The desk is manned morning and evening.

The departure starting in Kathmandu on 8 November 2020 will be led by Valerie Parkinson who has been leading treks in the Himalaya for over 30 years. Valerie was the first British woman to summit Mount Manaslu, the world's eights highest mountain. She will share her mountaineering experience, including talking about her own Everest summit expedition and Everest North Col Expedition with you along the way!

All other departures will have an English-speaking Nepali Tour Leader throughout the trip who will be assisted by Nepali Trekking Guides. All Exodus leaders are highly experienced and as well as Exodus leader training courses they are all trained in wilderness first aid. The trekking guides are licensed by the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and also receive additional training through Exodus. 

On all of our Nepal treks, there will be one member of trek staff for every four clients - this ratio may change if for any reason a guide has to stay behind with a member of the group. The leaders are assisted by additional guides and as many porters as necessary to carry the kitbags. All your main gear is carried for you and you only have to carry whatever you require for that day's trek. Porters are given porter clothing for treks above 4,500m (windproof jacket and trousers, boots, socks, gloves, hats, sunglasses). All the trekking staff are insured by our local partner in Nepal.

The minimum age of clients on this trip is 16 years. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

TNL Trip Map

Land Only

Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Kathmandu

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kathmandu

    The group flights are scheduled to arrive into Kathmandu this afternoon. Free airport transfers are available for any flight, provided you have supplied your flight details to Exodus in advance and requested transfers. A representative will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned today so if making your own travel arrangements, you can arrive at any time. Upon arrival to the hotel please look out for a noticeboard in the reception area with details of where and when to meet for your welcome briefing this evening. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel lobby should you require any assistance.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Drive to Syabrubensi

    Leaving the Kathmandu Valley we have a long drive ahead (approx. 7-8 hours). We drive out of the Kathmandu Valley and head northwards to Trisuli Bazaar. Continuing on, the road climbs to Dhunche and the Langtang National Park before descending to the river where we reach Syabrubensi, a small town at 1,462m where we spend the night.  

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Walk to Sherpagoan (2490m), a small village perched on terraces above the Langtang River

    We begin our trek by descending to the river, which we cross by bridge. We then have a steep climb away from the river to Kanjim, where we have lunch. Climbing further, the trail contours around into the main Langtang Valley. We have wonderful views ahead and down to the river. We end today with a short descent to Sherpagoan, a small village perched on terraces high above the Langtang Khola at 2,490m.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6.5-7
  • Day 4

    Trek through forest to Ghora Tabela (3035m) via Rimche and Chhunama

    We continue up the valley towards Langtang. The walk starts off easily, following an undulating trail through Sherpagoan and into the forest, past Rimche and further on to Lama Hotel; a collection of lodges in a forest clearing. The trail undulates up further through the forest with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We pass Riverside and have lunch a little further on at Chhunama. In the afternoon we have a shorter walk, uphill mostly, to Ghora Tabela (3,035m), where the valley starts to open out. Most of the area around here was destroyed in the earthquake and lodges are just now being rebuilt.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

    A poignant walk as the trail crosses the debris which engulfed Langtang village in the 2015 earthquake; continue to Kyanjin Gompa (3880m)

    The valley now opens out as we continue our climb. The trail ascends through the few tea houses at Thangshyap and we come to the moraine that was Langtang. Langtang village was destroyed in the earthquake of 2015 and was covered by rock and ice moraine. A path now leads across the moraine, a poignant and sad reminder of the power of nature. Once across the moraine we come to a few newly built lodges and a memorial to those who lost their lives in this valley in the earthquake. Climbing out of Langtang we pass the small settlement of Mundu. The valley opens out now to reveal spectacular mountain views. To our left the impressive Langtang Lirung towers directly above us and ahead is the great snow-covered bulk of Ganchempo. The trail climbs steadily past many prayer walls until at 3,880m we come to the teahouses at Kyanjin Gompa. Once there was only a small cheese factory here but now it is a bustling place with many lodges. 

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-6.5
  • Day 6

    Daywalk to a viewpoint to see impressive peaks and glaciers; option to climb Tsergo Ri (4984m)

    We spend a day at Kyanjin Gompa with a chance to explore the area. There are various optional day walks around here. The most popular walk is up to Kyanjin Ri (4,350m) and Kyimoshung Ri (4,620m). These two viewpoints above Kyanjin Gompa offer some of the most stunning mountain views in Nepal. An impressive array of peaks surrounds us - Langtang Lirung and Kyimoshung, whose huge glaciers tumble to the valley floor. Straddling the Tibetan border are Dorje Lhakpa, Ganchempo and a whole host of 6,000+m peaks whilst across the valley are Naya Kang and the Ganja La pass. For the very energetic there is the chance to climb Tsergo Ri (often written Cherko Ri) – at 4,984m. This is a full day's walk (8-10hrs) but worth it for the views from the top. Another option is to walk towards the Tibetan border and Langshisha, where we get wonderful views of the mountains bordering Tibet.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Activity (hours):
    8-10
  • Day 7

    Retrace our route past Ghora Tabela to Lama Hotel (2500m), a cluster of lodges in the forest

    A long day in terms of kilometres but an easy walk, mainly downhill, with great views down the valley. We leave Kyanjin and retrace our route down past Mundu and across the moraine of Langtang to Ghora Tabela. Heading back into the forest the trail undulates down the valley through Chhunuma and Riverside back to Lama Hotel (2,500m), a small collection of lodges in the forest.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 21 km / 13 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6.5-7
  • Day 8

    Descend to the river; cross over and continue past Bamboo and Pairo, then climb to the ridgetop village of Syabru (2250m)

    Below Lama Hotel we leave the trail we walked up the valley on and turn off steeply to the left. A rough rocky and narrow trail takes us steeply down to the river and a bridge across the Langtang Khola (2,150m). From here the trail undulates through the forest to Bamboo (1,917m) and further on to Pairo (1,700m) for lunch. After lunch we leave the river and climb steeply for an hour to a small tea shop. From here the trail contours round into a side valley and drops to cross the river by bridge. We then have another steep climb up to Syabru, a village which straddles a ridge (2,250m). There are great views looking back to the Langtang Valley and from just behind the lodges we can see the Ganesh Himal on a clear day.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6.5-7
  • Day 9

    Steep climb through scrub forest and rhododendron thickets to Sing Gompa

    A short but quite tough walk as we have a long steep climb out of Syabru. We walk through scrub forest and the occasional settlement among the fields, and then through magnificent rhododendron thickets until we reach the top of the ridge at Phoprang Danda,(3,200m), where we have magnificent views of the mountains. After a well-deserved tea break the trail continues on up the ridge, but less steeply now, to the small settlement of Sing Gompa. There are a few lodges here, a small temple and a cheese factory. Red Pandas have been spotted in the forests around here and in the afternoon the energetic can walk up the hill behind the lodge for views on a clear day.  

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 10

    Spectacular ridge walk to Gosainkund Lake (4430m)

    Today is probably the best day of the trek for amazing panoramic mountain views. Climbing a little less steeply this morning we follow the ridge for most of the day. We will have fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to the west and Langtang Himal to the north-east. We pass through Cholang Pati (3,620m), where there are a few tea shops and after this we gradually leave the trees behind. Climbing further up the ridge the views are even better as we reach Laurebeneyak (3,950m). We stop for lunch at one of the lodges here with plenty of time to admire the magnificent panorama. In the afternoon we climb further up the ridge and finally we contour round into the next valley. A fantastic path high above the first of the holy lakes. The trail undulates now until we finally reach the third lake, Gosainkund, at 4,430m. This lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. It is said to have been created when the god Shiva, suffering from thirst due to a poison, thrust his trident into the mountainside, whereupon three streams burst forth and ran together to form the lake. We stay close to a shrine by the lake, where there are a few pilgrim shelters. As the sun sets the reflection on the lake is incredible as the lake becomes one shimmering mass of gold. It is a truly magnificent sight.

    (Please note that in spring season there can be snow on this section)

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 6 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6.5
  • Day 11

    Cross the Laurebena Pass (4650m) to Gopte (3416m)

    A tough day today as we cross the Laurebena Pass. The trail descends from the lodge past the pilgrim shelters to the lake. We then climb up though bare and rugged terrain, passing four smaller lakes before we reach the summit of the Laurebena Pass at 4,650m. It will take us approximately 2.5hrs to the top of the pass. There are magnificent views to the north and west, and as we descend there are superb panoramic vistas over the Nepal midlands. We now have a steep descent for about 2.5hrs on a rocky trail to Phedi, where we have lunch. After lunch, we still have another 3.5hrs walk. At first, we descend a little but the rest of the afternoon takes us on a roller coaster trail up and down the valley. There are many short steep uphill sections followed by short downhill sections. We are now back in the forest and we finally come to our lodge at Gopte (3,416m).  

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    8-8.5
  • Day 12

    Descend the Helambu Valley to Kutumsang, visiting Tharepati (3,650m) en route, from where Mount Everest may be seen on a clear day

    A long day but mostly downhill. The morning starts with a short downhill and then a climb up to Tharepati (3,650m). The climb is well worth the effort for the amazing views from here. Looking north we can see the Jugal and Everest Himals and on a really clear day we can see right across to Everest. After a short break to admire the views we start to descend into the Helambu valley. We continue walking on an undulating path through thick rhododendron forest with a short climb up to lunch at Mangangoth. After lunch it is all the way down to our last night in a teahouse at Kutumsang. There are fine views back to the Langtang and Jugal Himals, and if it is clear other ranges can also be seen.

    Teahouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 16 km / 10 miles
    Activity (hours):
    7.5-8
  • Day 13

    Trek to Chunauti; drive to Kathmandu

    We leave early this morning and start by descending from Kutumsang down into the valley below. The walk should take us about 4hrs through farms and terraces to the valley bottom at 1,040m. We will meet our transport at Chunauti and from here we drive through Melamchi and back to Kathmandu (approx. 5 hours’ drive). Depending on traffic we should arrive to our hotel in the early evening.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 14

    Free day in Kathmandu

    After the long day yesterday we have a free day to explore Kathmandu. You may want to visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, the Hindu temple at Pashupatinath or the monkey temple at Swayambhunath. The Thamel District is a good place to explore with its maze of shops and restaurants. There is also the opportunity today to take an early morning scenic Everest mountain flight. This can be booked and paid for locally by your leader. Please read the ‘Optional Excursions’ section below for information regarding flying in Nepal.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Kathmandu

    The tour ends after breakfast. The group flight is a day flight scheduled to depart in the morning. Those on the group flights or who have booked a transfer through Exodus will be transferred to the airport.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
Altitude charts
TNL Altitude Chart

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels and lodges (teahouses)

TWIN ROOM KATHMANDU HOTEL ROYAL SINGI NEPAL

This holiday spends three nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu and eleven nights on trek in basic lodges (teahouses).

In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities. 

The lodges in Lama Hotel, Gosainkund and Gopte belong to the National Park and are not privately owned. Because of this they are not as well-kept, and the standard is lower than that of the other lodges we use unfortunately they are the only options in these locations.

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). All teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Most lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Please note that many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

The bedrooms are mostly twin-share but occasionally during peak seasons you may be asked to share a dormitory room (3-5 people max) for the odd night. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have gas or solar hot showers (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower) but don’t expect them every night. Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the hotel nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from 133,35 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip.

In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), a choice of egg (boiled, fried or omelette), and a choice between either muesli or porridge each day. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served - these options are not available in all teahouses and so we have only included them in locations where they can be guaranteed.

Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group's order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it).

Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.  

If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are powdered and contain gluten. Gluten free breakfast options will be limited to vegetable fried rice and a choice of egg, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the toast / with an extra egg) will be served. Breakfast options for vegans will be limited to a choice of muesli/porridge with water each day, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the egg), or vegetable fried rice will be served. If you are lactose intolerant as opposed to vegan then the same will apply although you will also have a choice of egg each day. 

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

The lodge at Kyanjin has a UV water filter (donated by Exodus) and you will be provided with safe drinking water free of charge here.

The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle (or two) and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions).

Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are widely available to purchase from online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay – they’re very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices.

There are also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market but be wary of their weight, bottles with a small capacity and the products performance in freezing conditions. Exodus has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – please visit Water-to-Go for more information. Exodus customers can claim 15% off your first order, and better still, 15% of the purchase value will be donated to the Exodus Travels Foundation. Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes.

Transportation

For airport transfers, we use a private minibus. For the journey to Syabrubensi and from Chunauti we will use a privately hired local style bus.

This point to point trekking holiday requires customers to walk between each overnight stay under their own steam. Other forms of transport may be available along the route (horses, jeeps etc) but Exodus is not able to take responsibility for the safety or the cost of any transport that customers choose to take even if provided with the assistance of our leader or staff.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 5ºC at the highest altitudes.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions, this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 10°C at highest altitudes but days can be pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but often a haze will build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. The Langtang Valley is famous for its flowers (especially rhododendrons) and birds and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes and more often in spring season.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Turkish Airways (depending on availability). 

As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure. 

Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Kathmandu

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Kathmandu in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Kathmandu
Location end:
Kathmandu

What to Take

Essential Equipment

All luggage for the trek should be packed in the Exodus kitbag provided or in a similar soft duffel bag. Many people find it easiest to pack the Exodus kitbag inside a wheelie case which can be left in at the hotel Kathmandu free of charge with anything not needed for the trek, whilst the kitbag will be carried by your porter on the trek.

Each porter carries two kitbags, therefore please respectfully limit your kitbag to 10kg maximum per person.

Many Nepalis are still traditional in the way they dress. You should, therefore, dress conservatively. Tight, revealing clothing is not advised and T-shirts are preferable to sleeveless tops. Long knee-length shorts are acceptable. Trousers or a long skirt are preferable for women.

  • 1 passport-sized photograph for your trekking permit (and an extra one if getting your Nepal visa on arrival in case the electronic machines are out of order)
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag (4-season for winter departures)
  • 3 season jacket
  • Waterproof synthetic or leather walking boots (worn in)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Gaiters (especially for spring departures)
  • Trainers/sandals for the evening
  • Warm hat
  • Scarf/buff
  • Gloves
  • Several pairs of walking socks
  • Tracksuit or thermals for the evening
  • Mid-layer (fleece)
  • Shirts/t-shirts/base layers
  • Light to mid-weight trousers (warmer for winter)
  • Long shorts or skirt for women
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve with sun protection
  • Daypack
  • Towel
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - with a wide mouth if using a SteriPEN
  • Plastic bags (bin liners) to line daypack and for packing clothing in the kitbag
  • Toilet paper (ideally biodegradable)
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Hand washing gel
  • Plug adaptor
  • Water treatment
  • Biodegradable soap/shampoo
  • Trekking pole(s)
  • Micro-crampons, Microspikes, Yaktrax or similar (highly recommended for spring departures)

Although the top end of the Langtang Valley and the Laurebena Pass are usually clear of snow, there can be snow at any time of year especially in the spring season. Snow can make the steep descent from the pass slippery. If you are unsure of your footing you may like to carry a pair of Microspikes, Yaktrax or similar with you just in case.

Equipment hire

There are many equipment shops in Kathmandu where you can buy much of the above clothing. The quality does vary and cannot be guaranteed so you should choose carefully.

The following equipment can be hired through Exodus - the equipment is good quality and will keep you warm but it is bulky and you should take this into account when packing due to the weight limits for both porterage and domestic flights. Hire equipment should be requested and paid for in advance of travel but will be provided locally in Kathmandu. Approximate hire prices are as below:

Down jacket (approx. 1.8kgs): from £35
4-season sleeping bag (approx. 2.3 kgs): from £35
Package including a down jacket and a 4-season sleeping bag: from £49

Donations for porters, children and the elderly

If while packing, you find a spare bit of space in your bag then you may be interested in donating to one of Exodus' projects. Exodus supports a Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu, as well as children in local schools in Kathmandu and various villages, and an old people's home in Kyanjin Gompa in the upper part of the Langtang Valley. If you have any old walking gear this can be donated to porters, and similarly, any warm clothing or blankets would be appreciated by the old people's home - please leave these items with your leader or at the Exodus desk at the Royal Singi Hotel. Books, stationery, games, warm clothes/underwear etc. suitable for children aged 5-18 years should be taken to the Ambassador Garden Home in Thamel and given to Prakash Lammichanne. Contact No: +977 1 4700724.

Exodus Kitbag

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek. Once you have booked you will be sent instructions on how to claim your free bag (they will not be sent out automatically). There are also details on how to claim for another item from the Exodus shop should you already have one of these. If you book via an agent, it is at the agent’s discretion and you should speak directly to them to arrange delivery. Please note that if you book less than three weeks before the departure date we cannot guarantee that your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts, so if this is the case please contact us on [email protected] to let us know. For full T&Cs see www.exodus.co.uk/kitbags.

Statue near Laurebenayak

Practical Information

Passport

Nepal

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. All Nepal tourist visas are multiple entry. We recommend that you apply in advance as queues on arrival can be very long – applications can be made directly through the Nepal Embassy (by post or in person) or through our recommended visa agency, Travcour. The current cost for a visa in advance is GB£20 for a 15-day visa and GB£35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders (plus processing and postage fees if applying through Travcour).

The current cost for a visa on arrival is US$30 for 15 days, US$50 for 30 days, or US$125 for 90 days for UK passport holders. The fee can be paid for in any major currency at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. On arrival in the immigration hall there are 3 queues (if you have obtained a visa in advance go straight to (3) - immigration):

(Step 1) Fill in a 'Tourist Visa' form: either online before travel (recommended) via the Department of Immigration website - print the submission receipt with barcode (valid for 15 days) and bring it with you, or use the electronic kiosk machines on arrival at the airport. If using the kiosks, after inserting your passport the machine will automatically fill out an application form, take an electronic photograph of you and print a paper slip. If the machine won’t read your passport you can complete the details manually using the touch screen. We recommend taking 1 passport photo with you just in case. (Step 2) Proceed to the visa fees collection counter and pay the visa fee (we advise to take some cash) – make sure to keep the receipt. (Step 3) Lastly, go to the relevant immigration desk and present your tourist visa form, payment receipt and passport to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. Please check you have been given the correct visa duration.

Non-UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. As of August 2019, there has been a recent outbreak of Dengue fever in southeast Nepal and we therefore recommend you take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites (such as wearing full length trousers, long sleeves and applying insect repellent during the day as well as at dawn and dusk).

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Altitude warning

This trip includes one or more nights over 3500m above sea level, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We expect most clients to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches and shortness of breath while walking or sleeplessness. Our leaders are trained to identify symptoms of severe AMS and if a client requires extra care, arrangements such as rapid descent will be made immediately.

On some days this trip climbs faster than commonly published ascent rate recommendations. Based upon an assessment by our external safety and medical advisors and our risk assessment process, we consider the ascent rate is acceptable due to the additional safety measures that are in place for our customers. All our trips operating at high altitude meet our internal altitude safety standards that minimise the risk of serious incidents occurring whilst travelling at altitude.

A number of medical conditions or medications can reduce your body's ability to acclimatise. This may affect your performance and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing conditions, such as heart conditions, or your overall physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. The drug Diamox (also known as acetazolamide and normally only available on prescription) has been shown to aid acclimatisation in some individuals, and therefore may reduce the risk of AMS. Clients considering using Diamox should speak to their doctor about the drug, its side-effects and a prescription. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

Please note: that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

If you are not taking out Exodus Travel Insurance, make sure that your policy covers you up to the maximum altitude on this trip (if trekking in the Himalaya your policy should also cover the use of a helicopter for emergency medical evacuation).

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Nepal's Timezone:
Asia/Kathmandu +0545 (GMT +05:45)

Electricity

Nepal's Electricity:

230V, 50Hz. On teahouse treks the majority of lodges now have electricity and charging facilities in the communal areas for batteries, for a fee (around Rs150-350 per hour). Battery life can be affected by cold - lithium batteries are best.

Money

Nepal's Currency

The national currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 141 to the UK£ and 113 to the US$.

It is illegal to import or export rupees, but foreign currency is not limited, provided it is declared on arrival.

Keep your change receipts, as you will need them if you want to change rupees back into hard currency at Kathmandu airport.

ATM Availability

There are ATM machines in Kathmandu. Please do not rely wholly on ATM machines as many are broken or run out of money and most have a limit of less than GB£100 which you can withdraw at any one time. If you are on the group flight you will only have 1 night in Kathmandu before leaving for the trek and it is difficult to withdraw all the money you need for the trek through ATM’s. 

Credit cards are accepted in many of the larger shops and restaurants in Kathmandu.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend taking your personal spending money in cash and changing it on arrival at Kathmandu airport (most major currencies including Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros can all be changed easily) - there is a currency exchange before and after immigration. Please note that any marked, torn or damaged notes may not be accepted. £50 notes or any Scottish or Irish Currency cannot be changed in Nepal. Hotels in Nepal are permitted to change a limited amount of cash but not large amounts. If you have time to go into Thamel before the trek, then there are plenty of money changers there. Please note that travellers' cheques cannot be exchanged in Nepal.

It is possible to buy things like beer, soft drinks, chocolate, toilet paper etc. from the teahouses en route. Spending habits are subjective, so it is impossible to give an exact amount of spending money required, however as a rough guideline, we recommend between GB£350-450 (approx. US$435-560) per person in total (inclusive of tips, expenditure on the trek, and meals in Kathmandu). Imported drinks and snacks are relatively expensive. Your expenditure will be towards the top end if you buy boiled water rather than treating cold water, and depending on how many hot showers you take, if you pay to charge electrical devices, drink alcohol, use Wi-Fi on the trek, and so on. 

Optional Excursions

A number of optional tours and activities can be booked locally through your tour leader or at the Exodus desk at the Hotel Royal Singi in Kathmandu.

Prices for a half-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour start from around GB£25 (approx. US$40) per person, based on a group of 6 and above. Return transport and a qualified sightseeing guide are included but lunch or entry fees are not included.

An optional Everest sightseeing flight is available on your free day (weather permitting). Anyone taking an internal sightseeing flight in Nepal should pay attention to the statement 'Flying in Nepal' below.

Flying in Nepal

The mountainous terrain in Nepal is often subject to changeable weather which makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations. The EU has chosen to highlight the relatively poor safety record in Nepal, and as of December 2013, all Nepalese registered airlines have been included on the EU ‘Banned list’ preventing them from flying in EU airspace. While no Nepalese-registered airlines currently fly within the EU, the EU have instigated this ban to encourage the CAA of Nepal to tighten its systems governing Nepalese aviation. Flying within Nepal is, therefore, a known risk and the current travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides an overview which we encourage you to read.

In response to general concerns over this safety record, Exodus asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal on our behalf to assess the suitability of the available carriers. Following these comprehensive audits (undertaken roughly every two years), Exodus decided to restrict our use of airlines to only those approved as part of the most recent audit. It remains our firm policy to only use these approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use. 

Exodus is supportive of the EU’s move to put pressure on the CAA of Nepal in this way. We are hopeful that, alongside our own risk control measures, this will make a difference to all who fly in Nepal.

Tipping

Tipping is very much part of the culture in Nepal and although entirely at your discretion, it is usually expected. Often people would like to tip in recognition of good service but are unsure how much would be appropriate - for this reason, a Tipping Information Sheet will be provided locally with some recommendations - these are intended as a guideline only.

We recommend budgeting approximately Rupees Rs10,000 (approx. GB£70/US$90) per person in total for tips for your trekking crew, excluding a tip for your leader. Regardless of the number of clients on a trek, there is a minimum number of staff required for the trek and for this reason, the recommended tipping amounts per person for groups of 7 people or less are a little higher: Rupees Rs12,000 (approx. GB£90/US$110) per person. 

To show appreciation to your tour leader a tip of around Rs2000-3000 (approx. GB£15-£20/ US$20-25) per person for the tour would be appreciated. You may like to pass an envelope around the group so that everyone can put in whatever amount they like anonymously, and this can then be given to the leader on the last night of the tour. 

A small amount should also be allowed for the tipping of hotel porters (Rs100 per room per time), restaurants (10% of the bill if good service) and drivers (Rs500 per group for half a day).

Gosainkund Lake, Nepal

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has a longstanding relationship with our local partner in Nepal, having worked with the family business for over 30 years. We employ local leaders, guides and staff throughout and work with family-run hotels wherever possible, such as the Hotel Royal Singi.

Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves, to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (Annapurna’s) and helping supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.

Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds. This enabled us to provide immediate and longer-term emergency support in the necessary areas. Exodus worked with volunteers from Nepal Medical College to run a medical camp in the remote village of Thulopatel in 2016, and sponsored Health Partnership Nepal to run a medical camp in Charikot in 2017. We are also proud to support Freedom Kit Bags (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal..

To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here... and follow the link to Himalayan Community Support.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.