AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek


Posted on Mar 20, 2014

This is the description of the trek in the Langtang Valley. For our equipment see the equipment page plus the extras we bought in Kathmandu. For costs on the trek see the costs page. Day 1: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel Altitude: 1,470m Climb: 1,000m Time: 5hrs walking + 1hr lunch We eagerly awoke for our first day of trekking in the Langtang valley, ready for breakfast at 7:30, as we’d agreed with Sumish (our porter for the week). A quick breakfast later (plus the final packing of the bag) and we were ready to go. In the morning air it was cold and we had our fleece and waterproof coats on. Within 2 minutes of setting off the sun was on us and we were feeling hot already. A couple of minutes later and we had to stop, it was just too hot in the sun to keep walking. We both took off our coats and fleeces and we were in our t-shirts already. Although we didn’t yet know it that was a pretty typical experience on this trek, in the sun it’s hot, in the shade it’s freezing, the wind is cold in the sun or shade. That’s the strange combination of the latitude resulting in a very strong sun but the altitude creating very cold air temperatures, and everyone hoping for a good balance. This trek starts with a negative vibe, I placed the water bottle (which we got for free) on the ground in the shade when I took off my coat and I forgot it. I realised about 1 minute down the road and ran back for it, but it had already been stolen! Oops. Luckily the bottle was free and we had 3L each in our hydration sacks but it’s still annoying and that bottle would have been useful at times. On the edge of Syabrubesi we went through the first checkpoint and our names and details were logged, then it was steep downhill to the first  suspension bridge. This was our first meeting with a Dutch couple we would keep on meeting up with over the next week. Over the bridge it was a steep climb back up the opposite hillside and into the old village of Syabrubesi. Through the village and at the other side we had another suspension bridge to cross. Our porter said about taking the path on the same side but my map showed the path as over the bridge and along the other side of the river, so we crossed the bridge. That turned out to be not such a good idea. Although this was the main path...

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Langtang Trek: Costs


Posted on Mar 16, 2014

Note 1: We hired a porter for this trek. The going rate for a porter is $15 per day. Note 2: Porters/guides require an almost compulsory 15-20% tip. Note 3: All prices are in Nepalese Rupees. Note 4: At the time of writing 100 NPR = $1.01 = £0.61 (which I round to $1 & £0.60). Note 5: You can pay the real price for the bus ticket by buying it yourself from the bus station at Maccha Pokhari (in Kathmandu), most hotels will charge between 500-700 per ticket for the local bus. Note 6: I have put breakfast as part of the daily cost for each previous day. This is because the evening meal and breakfast is paid the following morning to the lodge marked from the day before. Note 7: On the second day we bought boiling water for our hydration sacks. Towards the end we topped up a hydration sack with a bottle of water. At all other times we used the lodge water supply (for free) and chlorine tablets for purification. Note 8: Due to not feeling well we both skipped an evening meal once and both skipped a breakfast once, bringing down costs to an artificial low. Note 9: Until the final days we bought no chocolate or fizzy drinks. No alcohol for the entire trek. Note 10: Take off the cost of the porter and the Jeep (or get a better deal) and large savings can easily be made. Note 11: We did this trek in mid March and all guest houses asked us to name our price for the room. Others told us they paid nothing for their room, we could probably have had free rooms if we’d asked. Note 12: If you don’t eat in the lodge where you are sleeping at least 1,000 NPR will be added to the price of the room. Guaranteed! Summary of daily costs Day 1: 3,470 NPR Day 2: 2,550 NPR Day 3: 3,580 NPR Day 4: 200 NPR Day 5: 450 NPR Day 6: 8,200 + 2000 NPR Day 7: 2,680 NPR Day 8: 3,240 NPR Day 9: 880 NPR Accommodation + food: 27,250 NPR/$275/£165 Porter + tip: 17,000 NPR/$172/£103 Jeep: 7000 NPR/$71/£42 Total: 51,250 NPR/$518/£311 Average / 9 days:$57.50/£34.50 per day Day 1: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi Taxi to bus station: 340 NPR Bus tickets for 3 people: 1500 NPR Accommodation: Buddha Guest House Double room: 500 NPR 24/7 hot shower Power sockets in room WiFi Lavazza Coffee Clean Good beds Carpet Slow food service Front desk not always available Evening meal Small pot of ginger tea: 180 NPR Dal Bhat x2 : 600...

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Downstairs at 6am to meet the porter and eat breakfast. Considering that breakfast isn’t supposed to start till 7am and we had been told it would be a minimal breakfast it was good, scrambled egg, toast and jam, bacon and fried potatoes, washed down with black coffee. By 6:30am we we ready to leave the hotel. Our porter, Sumesh, had gone out and arranged a taxi while we were eating and bartered the price down for us. A handy guy! At the bus station the voucher we had had to be swapped to tickets for the bus, this was achieved effortlessly. We stood out the way and Sumesh took care of it. I’m starting to like this. Some Israeli travellers weren’t having as much luck, the ticket office had rejected their bus voucher and wouldn’t convert it into tickets for the bus. Sumesh rang the ticket company then sorted out with the ticket office to get their tickets. He also sorted their seats on the bus. Very nice of him, he didn’t have to do any of that. The bus was old but not totally dilapidated. The seats were OK and the windows had glass in. That and a working engine was good enough. We set off into the hills on a single track road. It was full of lorries and trucks and we had to stop every 30 seconds to get the two vehicles to pass, usually with only inches to spare. Even when we were moving it wasn’t at speed, probably 25kph was the fastest we went. There are many small villages hanging on to the edge of the steep valley walls and the bus kept stopping to pick up more people. There was source for about 50 people sitting and I think we had about another 20 on the roof and probably about 20 standing in the aisle. It was extremely crowded and tightly packed and the people in the middle was usually lean on the seat or hang over my seat so I’d have either sometimes arse crushing me or their arm knocking my head at every corner or bump. Personal space was an unknown concept. Then the strangest thing, this women decided to stand next to me then put her head on the top of the seat in front of me and lean over. With her body basically leaning on me and her face almost in mine she then attempted to sleep. I was crushed. She also coughed often so I probably have some horrible disease. I couldn’t get her to move, she didn’t respond to pushing, shouting or shuffling. In fact any space...

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