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Naya Kanga 5,844m & Langtang Valley

Trip Route: Ktm-Syabrubesi-Ghoretabela-Kynging Gompa-Naya Kanga High Camp-Upper Syabru-Dhunche-Ktm
Max Altitude: 5,844m
Trip Duration: 20 days
Transportation: Bux/Jeep/Van
Best Season: Sep-Dec & Feb-Jun
Naya Kanga 5,844m & Langtang Valley

"In the central himlayan location, amazing valleys & gorge, traditional culture & buddhist religion, pristine forest, area of the red pandas, and in the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himlayan range"

The upper Langtang valley was first explored by Tilman in 1949 and 46 years later still retains a hint of Shangri-La, due to its closeness to Tibet and the untracked wilderness beyond Langshisa Kharka. Himalaya Expeditions leaders have climbed extensively in the upper Langtang valley and through their enthusiasm and feedback we have developed the Langtang Climbing Camp. The upper Langtang valley has proved to be an ideal location for an alpine style climbing holiday and our aim will be to explore this upper valley, following in the footsteps of Tilman. As well as Naya Kanga, one of Nepal's permitted trekking peaks, there are several peaks that offer a variety of climbing challenges, many with no technical difficulty and we would hope to climb a possible five peaks.

Good acclimatisation days and be spent exploring the upper Langtang valley, beyond the rich meadows of Langshisa Kharka, first explored by Tilman, when he was probing for routes into Tibet. These upper meadows are rarely visited by trekkers and are home to large herds of thar, the valley ending in a massive wall of mountains, forming the frontier with Tibet.

Climbing the ridges to the north of the valley to attempt the glaciated peak rising above the Yala Glacier, Yala Peak (5500m), then crossing to the Chimsedang Lekh and the Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, we establish base camp below the Ganja La (5,121m). From here there is a possible summit to climb including Naya Kanga (5844m). All of the peaks are glaciated and offer a variety of climbing challenges amid spectacular Himalayan scenery. All of these summits will provide stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo (6387m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Pemthang Karpo Ri (6830m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and across the border in Tibet rises the huge bulk of Shishapangma (8046m).

Whilst most of the peaks are technically straightforward, to get the most from this trip, it is important that you are a strong hill-walker with previous experience of snow climbing, or at least the completion of one winter courses or similar.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
Day 02:
In Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03:
Drive from Kathmandu -Syabrubesi 1,460m.approx 7-8 hours drive. 
Day 04:
Trek to Riverside 2,700m. approx. 5-6 hours. 
Day 05:
Trek to Ghoretabela 3,020m.approx. 5hrs walk. 
Day 06:
Trek to Kynging Gompa 3,850m via Langtang village 3,307m. approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07:
Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around. O/N Camp.
Day 08:
Trek to Yala High Camp. 4-5 hrs. 
Day 09:
Climb of Yala Peak and return to Kyangin Gomba.
Day 10:
Trek towards Naya Kanga at Branchen Kharka 4,100m. Approx. 4-5 hrs walks. 
Day 11:
Trek and climb to Naya Kanga High Camp 5,100m.
Day 12:
Rest day for the climbing preparation. 
Day 13:
Ascent of Naykanga and return to Base Camp at Branchen Kharka for the overnight Camp.
Day 14:
Trek to Langtang Village. 5-6 hours walk. 
Day 15:
Trek to Riverside.
Day 16:
Trek to Upper Syabru. 2,118m.
Day 17:
Trek to Dhunche. 
Day 18:
Drive back to Kathmandu. 
Day 19:
In Kathmandu.
Day 20:
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Service includes
  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • An experienced licensed holder Tour Guide.
  • Transportation as per itinerary,
  • Medical kit box
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing.
Service does not include
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any kinds of Bar bills
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking/ Climbing /Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu -Syabrubesi 1,460m.approx 7-8 hours drive. 
An early morning drive after breakfast to Syabrubesi, the ride takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route is Trisuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone the road from here climbs uphill to cooler region leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, on arrival at the entrance of Dhunche 1,965m, the one and the only major town of the Langtang area and Rasuwa district. From here, journey continues downhill for 1-2 hours till Syabrubensi village is reached for the overnight stop.

Day 04: Trek to Riverside 2,700m. approx. 5-6 hours. 
The trek from Syabrubesi is quite pleasant with few up climbs for a while but the rest of the walk is gradual on the winding trail through the terraced farm fields and villages, as the trail descends and joins the path coming from upper Syabru at the Riverside Lodge near the place of Bamboo, an ideal spot for camping with ample time to go for a refreshing splash in the nearby river of upper Trisuli River.

Day 05: Trek to Ghoretabela 3,020m.approx. 5hrs walk. 
The trek leads to cool forest in the gorge following the torrent glacial river Trisuli upstream, the walk is more or less an uphill climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after three hours trek, we arrive at a small clearing place of Lama-Hotel, where there is facilities for camping and staying in one of these local teahouses serving as lodges for backpackers. From this place another 2-3 hours brings you to the wonderful spot at Ghore-Tabela for the overnight camp. Ghoretabla is in the midst of the forest of pines, hemlocks and rhododendron from here onwards you can feel the altitude also.

Day 06: Trek to Kynging Gompa 3,850m via Langtang village 3,307m. approx. 5-6 hours walk.
After a pleasant stay here, the trek continues for a short hours on the trail to Langtang and its beautiful valley, walking through the cool shade of the alpine wood for an hour, after a small stream leaving the tree line behind. The path leads uphill for an hour, then the walks get better on the gradual winding trail with few ups and down till the village of Langtang is reached by lunch time.

From Langtang village walk leads through the gradual path for a short while, then the path winds uphill for few hours through the prickly Burberry and high alpine shrubs, and encountering "mani-prayer wall" where walking on the clockwise direction is the positive way of respecting the local culture and religion, walk leads to further east the valley opens up and then walking on the grassy meadow with views of numerous snow capped peaks in the distance. The walk is more pleasant and can be vigorous due to altitude gain the reaching at Kynging, a scenic charming spot with peaks looming from all direction, the closest peak that you can see is the Langtang Lirung of over 7,000m and its icefall just at leisurely distance from the campsite, Kynging Gompa, a small monastery located on the top of the ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders.

Day 07: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around. O/N Camp.
At leisure, a well deserved rest day. After breakfast you can go for a short walk at the nearby hill called Kyangin Ri 4,700m. adding more heights to your adventure with a panoramic view of the surrounding snow capped peaks, visit the cheese factory with rest of the day at leisure. Above Kyangin to the north there are several hills that provide both spectacular viewpoints and good acclamatisation, the hill behind Kyangin is called Kyangin -Ri which is at 4,700m / 15,420ft.

Day 08: Trek to Yala High Camp. 4-5 hrs. 
After a good rest day at Kyanging, morning walk leads to a gradual walk for the first hour towards the eastern valley near the old airstrip, from here our route climbs steeply up to the moraines north-east from Chhongdu to Tharche before traversing towards Yala, pitch the high camp and as well the base camp in the meadows at the head of the Yala Chhu before the Yala Jhang Glacier.

Day 09: Climb of Yala Peak and return to Kyangin Gomba.
Early morning climb of Yala Peak which is not a technical climb can be done with the help of ski pole, depending upon the snow conditions. On snow and ice, crampons are required for safety purpose, after a climb to the summit great views of the surrounding peaks and valleys can be seen from the top. Return walk back to Kyanging gomba for the overnight camp.

Day 10: Trek towards Naya Kanga at Branchen Kharka 4,100m. Approx. 4-5 hrs walks. 
The walk from here follows the downhill track towards the Langtang khola and to a place called Chhona, from here the path climbs the hillside through rhododendron forest towards Ganja-la to camp at Branchen Kharka for Naya Kanga Base Camp at 4,100m/13,451ft this spot provides a good campsite.

Day 11: Trek and climb to Naya Kanga High Camp 5,100m.
Walk this morning leads a little further towards Ganja-la to establish a high camp at 5,100m below the North East Face. From the base camp continue on the trail to Ganja-La to gain the upper cwm filled by a glacier beneath the North-East Face by climbing steeply up moraine to establish the high camp.

Day 12: Rest day for the climbing preparation. 
Free day to scout the area for the climb, our Sherpa guide will make possible route for the next morning climb.

Day 13: Ascent of Naykanga and return to Base Camp at Branchen Kharka for the overnight Camp.
The route of ascent to Naya Kanga follows the North East Ridge, which is reached by traversing the glacier shelf and then climbing an easy angled couloir's to a col on the ridge. Above this col the ridge gets steep normally a rope is fixed to safeguard this section of the route. There are two further steep sections beside the first steep ones which may require fixing, the climbs from here leads to a level area below the summit ridge. The summit ridge is quite broad, and its is exposed and corniced and the party will be roped together. The round trip from High Camp to the summit can take about 6-8 hours.

After the magnificent time on the summit with stunning view of the nearby array of snow capped, the long careful descent will bring us to the camp, depending upon the time as per the schedule and in good physical condition we will cover the distance as far as to Branchen Kharka, to make it more easier for the next day walk.

Day 14: Trek to Langtang Village. 5-6 hours walk. 
After a wonderful time at the Base Camp and at the high summit of Naya Kanga in the absolute wilderness, return back on the same trail to Langtang Village.

Day 15: Trek to Riverside.
Retrace the journey to the Riverside for the overnight camp after a good 5-6 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Upper Syabru. 2,118m.
The trek today follows the same route for an hour, then after the bridge the walk is pleasant through the rain and bamboo forest, after leaving the river way down below, the climb starts uphill through the landslide bit of rocks and boulders, passing through farm terraces till Upper Syabru is reached.

Day 17: Trek to Dhunche. 
The trail follows climbs to the ridge overlooking the village down below, from here the walk is more or less on the easy gradual path on the downhill slopes through the deep forest of rhododendrons and oaks for an hour passing through meadows and farm houses till the path reaches the bottom at the road head, after an hour or more walk on the paved road leading at the suburb of Dhunche town village for the overnight camp.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu. 
After an early morning breakfast the drive leads through the winding road downhill towards Kathmandu after the most wonderful and memorable time in the serenity of the mountains.

Day 19: In Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Good acclimatisation days and be spent exploring the upper Langtang valley, beyond the rich meadows of Langshisa Kharka, first explored by Tilman, when he was probing for routes into Tibet. These upper meadows are rarely visited by trekkers and are home to large herds of thar, the valley ending in a massive wall of mountains, forming the frontier with Tibet.

Climbing the ridges to the north of the valley to attempt the glaciated peak rising above the Yala Glacier, Yala Peak (5500m), then crossing to the Chimsedang Lekh and the Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, we establish base camp below the Ganja La (5,121m). From here there is a possible summit to climb including Naya Kanga (5844m). All of the peaks are glaciated and offer a variety of climbing challenges amid spectacular Himalayan scenery. All of these summits will provide stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo (6387m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Pemthang Karpo Ri (6830m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and across the border in Tibet rises the huge bulk of Shishapangma (8046m).

Whilst most of the peaks are technically straightforward, to get the most from this trip, it is important that you are a strong hill-walker with previous experience of snow climbing, or at least the completion of one winter courses or similar.

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