How long: 14 days (16th October 30th October 2009)
Days of challenge activity: 6
Altitude: Approx 3,817m.
Accommodation: Hotels & guesthouses
Best suited to: 18-60 age group
Physical grading: 3 Star
Culture shock: 3 Star
Nepal

Day 1 Australia to Kathmandu
Check-In at the airport in Perth 3 hours before departure. We start with an overnight flight to Singapore and then onto Kathmandu.

Day 2 Bhaktapur
After arriving in Kathmandu at lunchtime we transfer to our hotel in Nepal’s best preserved town, Bhaktapur. Centred around some of the most beautiful palaces, temples and traditional Newari houses, Bhaktapur exudes a wonderful timeless atmosphere. A great place to relax and explore on your first day in Nepal. Bhaktapur is located in the Kathmandu valley several kilometres from the main city of Kathmandu. This evening we will have a welcome meeting, full briefing and dinner.
Meals included: dinner only

Day 3 Ghorka village
We depart Kathmandu in the morning for the 4 hour drive to a picturesque and very friendly Ghorka village. This is a spectacular drive on winding mountain roads that provides a thrilling introduction to Nepal as we climb through terraced hills and villages clinging precariously to the sides of mountains. On a clear day you will get a preview of the awesome 7,000m snow clad peaks of the Langtang range behind the mountains we will be trekking into. Tonight we will be staying in a teahouse in Dhunche. (1950m)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 Ghorka village to Syabru
Today we have a final 3 hour drive in the morning before we begin the real challenge as we descend to Syabru River and then begin trekking up hill about 2 hrs via Bharkhu. Magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Mt. Kerung of Tibet can be seen from here. Trek for another 2 hrs through the forest and reach Syabru village for the overnight stay. (2470m)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 Chongong
For about 2 hrs we walk downward through forest and ascend for about 1 hr to reach Bombu Village (1850 m). Gradually we ascend through Bombu forest and reach Chongong (also know as Lama Hotel). (2380m)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 Langtang village
On todays trek we walk through Rhododendron and Pine forest for about 3 hrs. We reach Ghoda Tabela then walk for another two hours and reach Langtang village (largest community in this area) inhabited by Buddhist Tamangs and Tibetans. (3500m)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 Kyanjin Gompa
After 3 hrs trekking through the trail we reach Kyanjin Gompa (3817m) where we can see local the cheese factory, monastery and breathtaking mountains views. We enjoy a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa. Put your feet up and relax or spend some time exploring the area and viewpoints of the surrounding mountains.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Days 8 - 10 Syabru
We spend the next 3 days returning to Syabru by the same route down the Langtang valley.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Dhunche
Our final destination on the trek and a great place to unwind with a few refreshing drinks to celebrate the last day of trekking.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 Kathmandu
A long drive back to Kathmandu will see us arriving in the capital city in the afternoon. The Harati Hotel is in a great location with everything in Thamel within walking distance. Step out of the hotel and you are in an area of traditional shops and markets but only a five minutes walk away is the Thamel area of western style shops and restaurants, the tourist’s Mecca of Nepal. Five minutes further walking brings you to the cultural riches of the unusual and character filled Durbar Square. Drop by the home of the Kumari, a living Goddess and visit the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath (the ‘monkey temple’), an icon of Nepal. You will have plenty of time to explore this legendary city of Hindu shrines, Buddhist stupas, and bustling bazaars.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu
A free day to roam the bustling streets of Kathmandu and enjoy its many sights and restaurants.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 14 Flight back to Australia
We will depart Kathmandu around midday for Singapore and our onward flight to Australia.
Meals included: breakfast only

Day 15 Arrival in Australia
You’ll be arriving back in Sydney/Melbourne in the early morning.

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