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Langtang Helambu trekking guidelines

Permits and Fees

Northern sides of the region are more or less covered with the boundaries of the Langtang National park. You have to get the entry permits from the Kathmandu before you begin the trek. Likewise, Ganesh Himal to the west and Helambu to the south are the exclusions however to reach Ganesh Himal from Kathmandu entry permit is necessary as there is halfway motor road inside the park. Special trekking permit are not required for this region whereas National Park fee and TIMS Card is necessary. But to trek to the upper areas of Langtang like Thuman and Timure, one must get the Special Trekking Permit from the Department of Immigration.

Climate

This is one of the elevated areas so the temperature is quite lower. In the time of winter there is usually a heavy snowfall in the elevated regions, whereas summer are not generally cool and slightly temperate during day time, however you can obtain chilly temperature at night during rainfalls. The best time to visit this region isMarch – May and October – November. Similarly, you can trek Langtang region anytime of the year excluding the Monsoon Season i.e. June to September. As you walk higher level, temperatures will fall every day. Temperature at the night time will be between -5 C to 5C, which will be chilly whereas, the days can be hot and bright with the temperature between 10C to 20C. When you trek at the higher level, temperature begins to fall.  Mornings are generally clear, with some clouds at afternoon and vanishing at night time. It is not recommended to trek at the Monsoon time because the brightness and visibility during Monsoon time is very low and limited. You can trek at the time of winter, but it is very much colder than spring and autumn.

People and Culture

Langtang is the residence of various ethnic groups. Tamang, Bhotia and Sherpa are the majority of people residing here. They follow Bon and the pre-Buddhist principles of Tibet. Nowadays, this religion has compound with the latest and new teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

Flora and Fauna

Langtang region is rich in its different variety of natural majesties from green valley alive with Monkeys (Langur) to the tall rhododendrons and fir forests full of color of spring. Also, there is amazing expanse of old forests of rhododendron, chir, pine, alder and conifers. You can find plants like epiphytic orchids, rhododendrons, primroses, larch, gentians, wildflowers and many more in this area. Similarly, 1000 species of flowers and wild animals like Wild boar, Tigers, Pica, red panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar also known as wild goat, Rhesus monkey, Snow Leopard, exceptional Himalayan wildlife, Hoopoe, Hawks, Barbets, Cuckoos, Owls, Parakeets, Night jars, Red-billed, Laughing Thrushes, Black –capped Sibias etc. Also, you can find more than 250 species of birds in this region. These varieties of vigorous birds are more often seen as they assemble in groups, wild scavenging parties

Trekking Styles / Types

Most of the trekking routes in the Langtang region it is difficult to find teahouse or guest house so the trekkers will get chance to accommodate in the camping trek. In some places there are well serviced by teahouses for most of their length. Trekkers should be aware, however that there is always the risk of being stranded by bad weather or injury/sickness between teahouses, particularly in the more remote parts of the trek itineraries.
This trekking trail is varying from Moderate to fairly challenging and this is quite loved and demanding trek in Nepal. It comprises about 6 to 8 hours of walking on up and down but clear paths. For this trekking no previous experience is needed, mostly you should be fit and used to with some physical exercise daily and love walking in the elevated conditions.
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Accommodation

Here, you should understand that camping trek means sleep inside the tents. On a camping trek, the tents basically used are as ‘Two Men Dome’ or ‘A’ shaped tents. You will be provided foam mattress with liningbelow. Trekkers should have their own sleeping bag. You can use bag or clothes as pillow. If you want, you can bring and use your own ‘Air Pillow’.
Besides the treks in Kathmandu as per your budget we can accommodate you in hotels that are categorized from tourist standard to 5 stars

Food

Meals are set by our cook and supporting crew members. Generally, we serve daily three delicious and hygienic meals along with drinks. However, during your stay in teahouse or guesthouse you can take food arranged by them.

Water

Only on the camping trek our squad of cook and helpers will provide you safe and pure water with boiling facility. And they also make foods which are safe because of the use of potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP trek and lodge trek the above mentioned facility are not available and you have to buy safe and pure water or you can also buy some hot water and drinks by yourself.

Luggage while Trekking

While trekking, your stuffs and baggage will be carried by our porters. You can simply carry a light day pack including camera, water bottle, spare jacket, sun screen etc. A small baggage will helps you to take full enjoyment of the trekking. A small trek bag pack is good for your main bag, including a small bag pack for clothes or any stuff you don’t use during trek which you can just leave at the locker of respective hotel. Weight payment at domestic airlines of Nepal is not more than 15 kgs, and they will charge USD 1/ kg for excess weight.

Communication

Communication is not available easily and there are couples of telephone services available in for couple of days or weeks. Your mobile phone works very well in some of the places while trekking.
If it is emergency for you to contact with your family members, friends and relatives then Adventure Mission Nepal can provide the mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

Insurance

Before you join a trip, we strongly suggest you to issue travel insurance which cover all the medical expenses, ticket cancellation, emergency deportation and helicopter rescue.

Trip Extensions

Likewise, we can organize your trip to Nepal or other countries. You can also enjoy the white water rafting, Jungle safari, cultural sightseeing in Nepal. Similarly, you can also take a tour to Bhutan, Tibet, India and others parts as per your interest.

Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for every journey is supposed to be in use as an instruction only. Depending on current circumstances, you can adjust it to a number of extents after seeking advice from your guide. On the other hand, the time of trek conclusion should always match with the innovative itinerary. You should remain in mind that this is an escapade journey into a farthest mountain area, where many unanticipated occasion may add to require for modify in program. In such situations, we or your guide will recommend the finest option comparable to your unique plan.

Typical Day on Trek

Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek & Camping Trek

Every morning you have to pack your bags and other necessary equipment’s and then has a delicious breakfast. After that we will go for the day's walk. After having a short walk of 3 – 4 hours we will stop for our lunch at midday. After we start our afternoon walk which is normally shorter and we generally reach at our desired place in the time of afternoon tea. The remaining day we can spend by roaming the village, snapping a beautiful photos, chatting with the local people, doing washing, bathing and just you can simply relax by doing your own. On the particular days we will reach at our desired place by mealtime and whole afternoon will be free and you can do whatever you like to relax your mind and body. After the dinner, the evening time will be used up by playing cards or by doing other extra activities for the fun or we can simply exchange the experience of the day. After we will go for the sound sleep which is much required in our trip.
On the other hand, on the Camping trek, you start your daylight with the hot and delicious cup of tea which will be given to you on your tent at approximately 6 am. After that you will be served with a hot water for washing and for your daily activities. And rest day actions are same as stated already above

Trek Duration

We guarantee legal responsibility as per designate in the schedule and listing of services. If the holiday is slash small or finished previous than the predictable era ahead customers desire, we shall not be accountable or craft repayment next to unutilized days or services. Customers require disbursing additional for Hotels/services acquired in Kathmandu or somewhere else in particular cases.

Health Issues & Vaccinations

As immunization is needed while coming to Nepal. We will strongly recommend you to seek advice from the doctor minimum 2 months previous to the starting of your journey. We advise you to take fortification against Malaria, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis and Polio.
Altitude illness is the major and common issue which will affect the trekkers from the 2500 m onwards. Your body requires extra time to regulate to tiny quantity of oxygen in the air at 5500 m / 18,044 ft., the air pressure is around half that of sea level i.e. there is a less amount of oxygen. Acute Mountain Sickness is caused by departing up sky-scraping too quick and can be deadly if the whole caution indication is unnoticed. This program for exploring Khumbu valley and its surrounding situated monastery has steady climb and the time itself is short, so chance of AMS are not as much as on the treks to next elevated altitude regions. On the other hand, one should be more conscious and should perceive all the required and important safety measures.

First Aid Kit

First aid kit is the most important materials in the time of trekking. We provide first aid kit with well-equipped and well medicated materials. All the medicines are prescribed by the doctors because our team mate doesn’t have much information about the medicines. We strongly recommend you to bring the medicines by yourself. We advise you to bring some medicine like pain killing pills, medicines for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. We advise you to take some nasal ointment and throat moistening pills because it gives you the relief while trekking in the cold and freezing weather.

Rescue/Evacuations

We have services of rescue if some serious sickness or casualty happens, but we pray god not to not to happen that and we are also confident that it won't happen. We will use our whole manpower to take you to the nearest hospital. In view of the fact that you are completely, legally responsible for all the expenditure incurred in evacuation please make clear in your mind that it is enclosed by your insurance earlier than transmission for it or be ready to pay on your own after receiving back to Kathmandu.

Gear for Trekking Peak

Many travelers and climbers expend a huge amount of money that is totally useless. So you should be careful and conscious while spending money and buying trekkingequipment’s or gears. So you should have good knowledge that you need and what you don’t need. You should keep one thing in mind that if the circumstances are terrible then it is doubtful that we will be mountaineering. Circumstances may deteriorate during the time of day but in that case we will not climb and we will be on our path down.
Nonetheless, if you are a good and genuine mountaineer and you have keen interest and don’t hesitate in climbing in the rougher and worsen circumstances, then in that situation you should have to buy or carry good and well equipped gears and in that particular chance we won't fritter away any chance we get.

What to expect

When the day is good with the sunlight and if there is no wind then the thermal top is sufficient which is back up the light jacket or wind proof jacket for rest stops and you need a windproof breathable jacket for when the wind picks up.

Gear list

We will take for granted that you have all the necessary mountaineering equipment’s or gears like warm hat etc. You can have a large number of gears or equipment’s obtainable from our side or you can hire in the Kathmandu. You should have to pay some dues for the gears which will be charge by the day basis.

  • High quality sunglasses. Side pieces are not essential; we can always use tape for a day. Ski goggles are unnecessary.
  • neck gaiter or balaclava
  • balaclava, only if you don't have a neck gaiter
  • new liner gloves (i.e. thin gloves)
  • fleece gloves/wind stopper gloves
  • Wind proof gloves/mittens if you don't have wind stopper ones.
  • trekking pole
  • ice axe, non-technical is generally better
  • crampons
  • light harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bod is perfect)
  • Jumar
  • Belay device: ATC or figure of 8 etc.
  • two locking carabineers, two ordinary ones
  • two prussic, one short, one longer
  • windproof pants - these don't have to be fancy and you can buy in Kathmandu cheaply
  • snow gaiters
  • Plastic boots/leather boots - see the discussion below
  • Leather boot waterproofing (snow seal etc.)

Sleeping bag You need a sleeping bag. The bag should be down-filled bags which is best for 4-5 seasons and they are the finest to carry because at the height nights will be cold and cold night are the most worse things while trekking.

Sleeping bag liner The sleeping bags liner is made of the silk, cotton or fleece. It saves time of washing your sleeping and provides extra warm. The sleeping bags made by cotton or silk can be made in Kathmandu but we recommend you to bring from home because it saves your time and money. The bag made of fleece is ready made and easily available in Kathmandu and will cost you next to nothing.

Daypack This is supposed to be relaxed and high-quality waistbands that relocate a few of the burden to the hips are mainly significant. It requires being gigantic adequate to obtain a jacket, fleece, water, camera and so on. You set your daypack in the sunrise and offer the remaining of your luggage to the porters. You be supposed to have the whole thing you require during the daytime with you, because it is probable that we don’t notice the porters another time earlier than we camp for the night.

Down jacket This is the most significant stuff you don’t want to neglect on those cold evenings. If you don’t have your down jacket already then you can easily rented in Kathmandu for around $ 1 per day.

Helmet It is one of the important materials while climbing. It is constantly reasonable to climb and walk with the helmet. It is only use for a couple of hours while climbing. For the mountaineering summits it is exceptional for climbers to use a helmet, but we won't force you and that is up to you. On Island peak rock fall is probable but it is uncommon.