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Langtang Valley Trek with 2 days School Volunteering - 12 Days

All inclusive price
$ 1090 USD
  • trek
  • weaving baskets
  • village
  • view
  • team with banner
  • school in langtang
  • locals
OUR SMALL EFFORT FOR BIG CHANGE

We donate $100 USD of this trip to support day to day administration of Shree Nepal Primary School. Get involved with the 2 day volunteering we provide. We will ensure the last standing school around Langtang Valley remains open.

Group size: 2-12 people Max-Altitude: 4,733m/15,530ft
Destination: Nepal   
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals during trek and volunteering
Accommodation: 2 star hotel in Kathmandu. Tea-house during the trek

Trip Introduction

The misery of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 was shared the most by Rasuwa followed by other parts of Nepal. Consequently, Rasuwa was declared a red-alert zone by the Nepal government instantly. The disaster claimed over 8,000 lives and affected 8 million people. Langtang Valley alone lost 400 lives, flooded away by an earthquake-triggered avalanche, destroying an entire village and infrastructures. The district is still suffering and needs support from all sides, especially to re-maintain its position as one of the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal.

One of the most affected aspects in the Langtang Valley is education. During our field assessment, we found all but one school currently in operation in the area. The locals are not yet ready to reconstruct schools and send their children in upper parts of the valley due to fear. Mixing an unforgettable trekking experience with good deeds, we have come up with an amazing itinerary that will not only provide trekkers with pure Himalayan adventure, but also an opportunity to be a part of change.

Here's what we are trying to do:
  • Fundraise for Shree Nepal Rastriya Primary School in Khangjim. We commit 100 US $ for every trek we sell to the school committee, to help them for school development and infrastructure reconstruction.
  • Provide our client's with a new perspective to experience Langtang National Park - one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal.
  • Provide our clients with the opportunity to take part in volunteering activities to make travel more exciting.
  • An opportunity for students and teachers in remote region to indulge in cross-cultural environment of learning.
  • Allow Langtang to welcome as much visitors as it used to before earthquake.
BACKGROUND OF THE SCHOOL

Shree Nepal Rastriya Primary School is located in the lower part of Khangjim-VDC. This is the only existing school from lower to upper Langtang route, as all the other schools were completely destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake. The school runs classes for 1st to 5th grade students, who are a total of 46 students. They have only one building (one storey) with 4 rooms including the office. The building has cracks as a result of the earthquake. The school is in need of serious public attention and ideas of renovation. It is currently equipped with only 5 teachers.

ACTIVITIES

1. Volunteering

If you are someone who believes helping others is the best way to travel, this trip is for you. We donate 100 US $ from every trip we sell to the school management committee. We also offer volunteers opportunities to extend their support in the field. You can get involved in the following activities in the school for 2 days:

  • Teaching English (alphabets and words in lower grades and basic conversation in upper grades), Mathematics, Science and other subjects
  • Taking part in extra-curricular activities (sports, team-building and debates)
  • Hand-washing and nutrition classes
  • Arts and Crafts classes. (Origami, basic art classes). You may have to bring color pencils and/or coloring books etc as the school will most likely lack those items)

2. Trekking

We will leave for Langtang Valley Trek after spending some days in the school. Be with us as we ascend the pine forests, rocky dunes, Yak meadows and the mighty Kyanjin-Ri (Langtang View). The Sherpa culture starts to make more sense as we climb, with occasional encounters with donkeys, horses, Yaks, wild boars, pheasants and the vegetation inside one of the most popular National Park area of the country. The Valley has wide range of vegetation, wildlife, glaciers, local culture and fresh air for us as we walk by.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

We are a leading travel and tour company working in the Tourism Sector for more than 24 years. We are also a socially committed organization and are involved in social initiations for keeping the environment clean and internalizing zero waste policy. We are allied with The International Ecotourism Society and Leave No Trace. We were one of the first travel companies to reach out in earthquake affected zones with volunteering and relief distribution.

Included in the Cost

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 Star hotels in Kathmandu and Tea house during trek/volunteering
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the activities (volunteer/trek)
  • Domestic Transportation as per itinerary by local and tourist bus
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: (1,300m/4,265ft)
Day 02: Bus ride from Kathmandu to Syarbu Besi (1,570m/5150ft):7 hours
Day 03-05: Trek from Syarbu Besi to Khangjim (2,235m/7,332ft) Volunteering in Khangjim (2,235m/7,332ft): 2 hours
Day 06: Trek from Khangjim to Sherpa Village (3 hrs) to Upper Rimche (2,450m/8,038ft), 5 hours
Day 07: Upper Rimche to Kyanjin Gompa Village (3,555m/11,664ft): 10 hours
Day 08: Climb Kyanjin-Ri (4,733m/15,528ft) for sunrise view, visit Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft) and back to Mundu: 4-5 hours
Day 09: Trek back to upper Rimche: (2,450m/8,038ft), 6-7 hours
Day 10: Trek back to Syarbu Besi: (1,570m/5150ft), 6 hours
Day 11:  Bus Ride from Syarbu Besi to Kathmandu: (1,300m/4,265ft), 7 hours
Day 12: Final departure
Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own Customize it !

Accommodations

We will accommodate in 2 Star hotels in Kathmandu. Syarbu Besi has comfortable hotels with facilities of big menu, comfortable hotels, and hot shower. During the trek and while volunteering, we will be accommodating in local tea houses. (Accommodation services will be simpler and more basic as we ascend).

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Himalayan Glacier's Langtang Valley Trek with 2 days Volunteering is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 6-8 hours a day with a light day pack. Volunteering with require interest and ability to work for 7-8 hours every day but the working hours can be increased or decreased on  mutual consent.

Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital to consult with our doctor before we decide to go. Participants with preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

Volunteering, on the other hand is possible with or without prior experience. The only things it demands are high level of interest and commitment to work with flexibility.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept to Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are little cold.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: (1,300m/4,265ft)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take you to your hotel. After checking in, you will visit Himalayan Glacier’s office, meet your trekking guide as well as other trek participants. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you will try the Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture.
Included meals:Dinner
Day 02: Bus ride from Kathmandu to Syarbu Besi (1,570m/5150ft):7 hours

After breakfast, we will be greeted by our guide and taken to the bus station. From there we will take a bus to Syarbu Besi (Rasuwa District). A road-trip will go around hills all the way to our destination, providing breathtaking landscape views of neighboring hills and vegetations. Some of the buses play movies during the trip, which helps if you understand the language. Otherwise, just plug in your iPod, or simply enjoy the view outside your window.

We stop for lunch and take short breaks on our way to Syabru Besi. Enjoy hot shower in our hotel and call it a night - Overnight in Syarbu Besi.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 03-05: Trek from Syarbu Besi to Khangjim (2,235m/7,332ft) Volunteering in Khangjim (2,235m/7,332ft): 2 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross a suspension bridge and climb uphill to Khangjim, a small Tamang village. Most of the trekking route from here is a single walk dirt track. We reach Khangjim in around 2 hours. After lunch and some rest, we visit the school where we will be spending the next two days. During these two days, we will be living in the same tea-house in Khangjim. We will be spending most of our time with the students from around the village. At the end of our last day, we will bid them farewell and prepare for the trek ahead.  Spend two nights in Khangjim.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 06: Trek from Khangjim to Sherpa Village (3 hrs) to Upper Rimche (2,450m/8,038ft), 5 hours
After breakfast, we will start our trek from Khangjim to Sherpa Village. First part of the morning will be colder as the hills obstruct the sun, but not for long. We will meet some Sherpa people who inhabit the village which has around 20 households, all equipped with tea houses for trekkers. Acclimatization will be done in abundance today. We will stop in Sherpa Village for lunch. After that, we will proceed towards, upper Rimche. Occasional encounter with load-carriers (donkeys) reflects the hardship of material supplies in the geography - Overnight in Rimche.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 07: Upper Rimche to Kyanjin Gompa Village (3,555m/11,664ft): 10 hours
After an early breakfast we begin our long journey to Kyanjin Gompa Village. There are tea-house clusters between Rimche and Mundu, but most of them are closed, another result of the earthquake. Therefore, we carry packed lunch and have it on the way. The trek feels different the moment we change our direction from east to north, and head towards the Langtang Mountain. Forest will slowly start to clear up as we ascend. We cross a beautiful meadow, a grassland and rocky dunes as we continue our journey. As we continue ascending, the number of Yaks starts increasing and long prayer walls (Tibetan inscription) begin to appear. On our journey, we also see the ruins of Langtang Village where an avalanche had claimed 400 lives and displaced the whole settlement last year. We continue walking and pass through camp highlights-Lama Hotel, Ghoda Tabela, Riverside-Inn, and Langtang Village (ruins). After reaching Mundu, we trek further for about 2 hours to Kyanjin Gompa, upper Langtang civilization. Nearby mountains in the south look grand with the moon shining on a clear night - Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa area.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 08: Climb Kyanjin-Ri (4,733m/15,528ft) for sunrise view, visit Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft) and back to Mundu: 4-5 hours
We get up early in the morning and climb Kyanjin-Ri to enjoy the sun as it rises from the mighty Langtang Mountain. After climbing the steep hill for about 1.5 hours we eventually reach the top of the ridge. On the way, we can observe Yaks, pheasants, hawks and other animals and birds welcoming the morning. Temperature drops down to zero easily, so we also dress warm and carry a lot of drinking water. At the top, the view is magnificent with the mighty Langtang Peak right in front of us. As the sun tears off the dark, the peak turns red in excitement. We descend after spending some time enjoying the amazing view. We have breakfast in the same teahouse we stayed for the night in Kyanjin Gompa. After resting for a while, we visit the Kyanjin Gompa monastery, which is a principal monastery of this region. Then we trek back to Mundu - Overnight in Mundu.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 09: Trek back to upper Rimche: (2,450m/8,038ft), 6-7 hours
We begin our downhill trek after breakfast. Downhill trekking will be faster as we travel back to Rimche via the same route. Our back-trip will provide us with scenes and emotions that we'd missed while ascending. After a considerable amount of trekking, we can finally enjoy the sunset at Rimche-may be with a couple of beers, or just a cup of warm coffee - Overnight in upper Rimche.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 10: Trek back to Syarbu Besi: (1,570m/5150ft), 6 hours
From upper Rimche, we trek back to Syarbu Besi. Since we will be descending for the most part, we should walk carefully and not put too much pressure on our knees. We have lunch in Khangjim.  As we pass Khangjim Village, the great Highway and the suspended bridge downstream starts to appear and will add enthusiasm as we descend more and more. Once down, we cross the bridge and walk for a few minutes before reaching our teahouse - Overnight in Syarbu Besi.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 11:  Bus Ride from Syarbu Besi to Kathmandu: (1,300m/4,265ft), 7 hours
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. Upon returned to Kathmandu we spend the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening - Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
Day 12: Final departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Included meals:Breakfast
Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own Customize it !

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Langtang Valley Trek with 2 days School Volunteering route map

Included in the Cost

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 Star hotels in Kathmandu and Tea house during trek/volunteering
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the activities (volunteer/trek)
  • Domestic Transportation as per itinerary by local and tourist bus
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Accommodations

We will accommodate in 2 Star hotels in Kathmandu. Syarbu Besi has comfortable hotels with facilities of big menu, comfortable hotels, and hot shower. During the trek and while volunteering, we will be accommodating in local tea houses. (Accommodation services will be simpler and more basic as we ascend).

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