Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Regulus Treks & Expedition receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu sightseeing
It is a busy day with jam-packed schedule. We will visit four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu namely, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is a historical site of the country which covers five acres of land at the centre of Kathmandu. The entire site is divided into two parts—inner and outer. The inner part consists of Hanuman Dhoka Palace which is one of the prime sites to visit. The statue of Hanuman (monkey god) is placed in front of the main entrance of the Palace. King Pratap Malla erected a statue of Hanuman here in 17th century with the belief that the god will keep all evils outside the palace. He also built Sundari and Mohan Chowk on the north of the palace.
According to stone scriptures, Kathmandu Durbar Square was the administration centre for Lichhavi Kings. They built palaces and temples here in 3rd century but no remains of it is found yet. The major developments of the site took place in the time of Ratna Malla in 1484. He turned the existing palaces into Royal Palace. Since then many temples and palaces were built here by different Malla and Shah Kings.
There are many things to observe in the outer part of the area such as: Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati temple, Kumari Ghar and many more. Kasthamandap enshrines Gorakhnath (Lord Shiva in the form of cow protecting god). King Laxmi Narasingha Malla built it in 16th century by using woods of a single tree. It was built in Pagoda style. This temple was completely destroyed by the quake of 25th April, 2015. The name Kathmandu was derived from this very temple—Kasthamandap.
Kumari Ghar (house) is another major attraction of this place as living goddess—Kumari lives here. This house is also severely damaged by the quake and is in reconstruction process. Kumari is regarded as a living form of Taleju Bhawani (Durga).
There are many other things to see here. It is truly a historical site with cultural outlook of Nepal. It is a centre of Newar culture.
Pashpatinath temple: Pashupatinath is located on east from Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a sacred site for Hindu where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga. The Linga is a stone of around three and half feet cylindrical black coloured stone where face of Lord Shiva is carved in four sides. There are temples of many other god and goddess in this area.
Bouddhanath stupa: Bouddhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas of South Asia. It is built in octagonal mandala structure. The entire stupa is surrounded by brick wall. The colour of the stupa is completely white. A dome like structure is made on the octagonal base where people walk in clockwise direction reciting matras.
The prayer wheels, butter lamps and prayer flags in the site are really pleasant. There are more than 50 monasteries in Bouddhanath area dedicated to Lord Buddha. The site gives glimpse of Tibet so it is also regarded as mini Tibet. It is said that the stupa was built by Lichhavi King called Shiva Dev in 590 AD but it is not proved it.
Swoyambhunath stupa: Like Bouddhanath Swoyambhunath is also regarded as prime site for Buddhist. It is a place where hundred thousand people around the world visit every year. The site is located on the west from Kathmandu. Swoyambhunath is situated at a hillock. It is a dome shaped structure with the eyes of Budddha in all four directions at top of the dome. Swoyambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple because a lot of monkeys live here.
‘Self-Existing’ is the meaning of Swoyambhu. It is said that this stupa used to be here even then when this entire valley was logged with water forming a huge lake. Later Manjushree arrived here and saw a beautiful lotus with many petals. Manjushree was moved by the lotus and he determined to settle village in this place. He cut the gorge at Chovar making passage for water flow. Since then people started living here.
Here ends our Kathmandu sightseeing today and we get back to hotel. It is also a day for trek preparation. We will introduce you with our trekking guide who will be with you for next 16 days. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3 Drive to Syabru Besi
Our trekking begins from Syabrubeshi. We reach there by private or public vehicle. It is around seven to eight hours drive from Kathmandu. The way is full of scenic beauty and mountians. Syabru Bazaar is busy market place where people gather to purchase commodities and get social. We put off in a hotel here.
Day 4 Trek to Lama Hotel
We begin our trekking officially from today. We descend at first. We cross suspension bridge placed above Bhotekoshi River. After crossing the river we start climbing till Thulo Syabru. We arrive at Langtang Khola (River). We reach Changtang where there are six lodges and it is known as Lama Hotel. Here we stay overnight.
Day 5 Trek to Langtang village
It is a steep climb initially. We arrive at starting point of Langtang Valley. The scenic beauty of Langtang Lirung is fascinating. We pass through forests and pasture land. Yaks graze here. We will stay overnight in Langtang village.
Day 6 Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
It is a beautiful trail today. We begin through uphill walk to pass Sindum and Yamphu. We cross Laja Khola. We arrive at vantage point from where get ecstatic view of Kyanjin Gompa and icefall from Lirung and Kinshung. Now we follow downhill track to arrive at Kyanjin Gompa. You see several monasteries here. We put off at Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 7 Rest day
To acclimatize with increasing altitude we take rest today. It is essential to avoid altitude sickness. Despite that we will roam around local villages enjoying local culture. People here are simple and friendly. The mountain view and yak pasture lands will fascinate you. From here you get view of Langtang Lirung, Genjempol and Kenga Himal. You can also visit cheese factory, monasteries and Tsergo Ri today.
Day 8 Trek to Dalai Hotel
After breakfast we begin our trek. We head towards Langtang Khola. To visit Langtang village we cross suspension bridge. After couple of hours of walk we arrive at Ghoratabela. The English translation of Ghoratabela is horse-stable. We descend down to arrive at Dalai Hotel. Here we will spend night.
Day 9 Trek to Thulo Syabru
It is a kind of cultural trekking today as we pass through Sherpa and Tamang village. We pass through green hills and arrive at Syabrubeshi. We now follow the trakc ot Thulo Syabru. Here we have two options to get in Gosainkunda. We follow the course towards Singh Gompa.it is popular trail with majestic views. We put off at Thulo Syabru.
Day 10 Trek to Sing Gompa
We begin trek after breakfast and pass through Dursagang. It is a view point. We cross oak, fir and hemlock forests to arrive at Sing Gompa. It is a Buddhist monastery where we stay overnight.
Day 11 Trek to Gosainkunda Lake
It is an easy walk till Lauribinayak. We will follow narrow track to reach here. The more we walk the more vegetation changes from green to pale. Gosainkunda is around three hours away from Lauribinayak. The lake is very calm and is crystal clear. It is said that true devotees of Lord Shiva will see his (Lord Shiva’s) face in the lake. It is regarded as holy Lake of Nepal. We stay overnight in Gosainkunda.
Day 12 Trek to Ghopte
We follow steep downhill walk for around three hours. We cross a pass. We descend further for another three hours to arrive at Ghopte. Here we will spend night.
Day 13 Trek to Tharepati
We walk through pine and juniper forest. It is beautiful walk deep inside forests. We climb a slope for around two hours to arrive at Tharepati. Here we stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 14 Trek to Melamchi
We follow downhill walk through spruce and rhododendron forests. Different species of birds are found here. We arrive at Melamchi. Below Melamchigaon flows Melamchi Khola. Here we halt for a night.
Day 15 Trek to Tarkegyang
It is descend walk today. We arrive at Melamchi Khola. Here you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear water. Tarkegyang is our last destination for today. It is located at another side of the valley. Tarkegyang is popularfor 18th century gompa and huge prayer wheel. We stay overnight here.
Day 16 Trek to Sermathang
It is a walk in plain surface. We arrive at Sermathang. It is a Sherpa village. Sherpa are regarded as mountain people who are natural climber. From here we get splendid view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling, Gosainkunda and Everest on a clear day.
Day 17 Back to Melamchi and to Kathmandu
We get back to Melamchi. From here we drive to Kathmandu. It is around two and half hour journey in vehicle. In Kathmandu we get time to stroll around Thamel where you can purchase souvenirs for friends and family. Regulus will offer farewell dinner at night. We put off in a hotel at night.
Day 18 Departure to your country
Your trekking ends here today. We will drop you at Airport three hours earlier to schedule flight. We are thankful to you as you gave us opportunity to serve. See you soon!