Langtang Valley Trek with 2 days School Volunteering - 12 Days

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Destination: Nepal Trip Cost: $1090 USD
Group size: 2-12 people Max-Altitude: 4,733m/15,530ft
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.

Day to Day Itinerary

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:D
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BLD
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:BD
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:B

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.

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

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

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).

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

For Volunteering, we will have a staff to ensure all guidelines with the school where we will work. You will be briefed beforehand about the activities you will be doing. Himalayan Glacier will stay in continuous communication with the school before and during your stay in Khangjim Village.

Langtang Valley Trek: The most significant thing that makes traveling with us successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier only employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Himalayan Glacier are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, and English language etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

To meet our team, check out the�Guide Profile Page.

Porter Care

Though often overlooked, it is no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the basis of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipments and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it is very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, Himalayan Glacier is firmly committed to porter rights. Himalayan Glacier further ensures all our porters should be well treated, well paid, well sheltered, well clothed and should have good footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. Himalayan Glacier has previously used helicopters at its own expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, Himalayan Glacier request to all the trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. Himalayan Glacier supports the work of the�International Porter Protection Group(IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns

Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces number of do's and don'ts. Himalayan Glacier's experienced staffs can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Himalayan Glacier works with KEEP.

Acclimatization

This Trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Some days, you might even need to walk little more hours too. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the Langtang valley trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Langtang Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform HGT before booking the trek.

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.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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

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