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Langtang – Sanjin – Nature and Wildlife

Trip Title: Langtang – Sanjin – Nature and Wildlife

Trip Length: 27 Days

Trip Grade: B/C       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Langtang

National Park: Langtang       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Nature and Wildlife

Activity Grade: 4+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Sanjin Base Camps / Nature

Months: April, May, September, October, November,

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Description:

Sanjin rolls out of the Tibetan sky, a land full of myths, rich in folklore and natural beauty. It consists of one river valley, the Sanjin khola, and two ridges which become the icy Himalayan peaks of Sanjin; D-Yu Sanjin in Nepal and Mai Sanjin in Tibet, sheep and cow Sanjin repectively. Sanjin is actually two mountains areas – one in Nepal, D-Yu Sanjin, meaning Sheep Sanjin, with its peaks of Paldor, Dil-Bu and Marphalla and sacred lakes of Kalo, Dil-Bu and Mung Kalo, and one in Tibet, Mai Sanjin, meaning Cow Sanjin, with its peaks of Chang-Chang (waterfall), Dup-Chu (ten days meditation), Boom Dzo (lama's tea pot) and Du-Yhe (living snake god) and sacred lakes of Chonga, Choona and Du-Yhe.The word Sanjin is a corruption of the Tibetan god Sanga, meaning community; Sanga came to this valley, found that a community could flourish and so made a millstone and planted crops. A weary traveller stopped by and found these things, word soon spread bringing people from Tibet to settle in the valley. The descendants of those settlers are now known as the Sanjin Tamangs.The trek follows the Chedung ridge high above the Sanjin Khola, passing an empty monastery, a holy lake, Paldor peak to the D-yu Sanjin base camp and glacier enclosed by the mighty heights of Paldor, Dil-Bu (spiritual heart) and Marphalla (butter making mountain).We can find three hidden lakes, Dil-Bu, Kalo and Mung Kalo, who's waters are a fluorescent green and misty air hides a local demon. We can explore the area visiting the base camp of Mai Sanjin with its peaks at Chang Chang (waterfall), Dup-Chu (ten days meditation), Boom Dzo (Lama's teapot) and Du-Ye (living snake God). Among the pinnacles lie three lakes, (Chonga, Choona and Du-Ye, in Tibet and out of our reach. We then follow the Sanjin Khola as it crashes down the valley, through thick forest, until we reach the tiny monastery of Brimdang and the isolated ridge and empty monastery Nagatali where we can see the whole world. A slow trek to absorb the culture and magic that is Sanjin. The Blue Space have seen snow leopard tacks just above the tree line on the rocky ridges on both sides of the valley. Locals say that the cats have returned here in the last 10 years, and although sightings are rare the cats have included the high ridges in their hunting ground. This area has red panda, black bear and huge forest cover with many plants and animal species as well as many birds – see the Langtang National Park link for more info.

Itinerary:

Day 1.
Bus journey from Kathmandu to the Tibetan/Sherpa/Tamang settlement of Syabru Bensi on the banks of the Trisuli River, Langtang National Park.

Day 2.
Syabru Bensi to Chileme village (2000 m). A walk along the banks of the Chileme Khola and Hyrdo Lake as it narrows and heads towards the steep slopes of Sanjin Valley. Chileme Village is a Rasuwa Tamang community and has its own tiny monastery.

Day 3.
Chileme Village to Te Tang Che (2210 m). settlement, passing a 110m watertrfall which tumbles through the vegetation and canopy. Here the thick forest starts, and we can explore the area, visit the water mill and get our first experience of the Sanjin Khola as it crashes down from the hidden peaks of Sanjin Himal.

Day 4.
Te Tang Che to a tiny and isolated monastery (2350 m) high up in the forest above Chileme. This part of the forest is full of wild pig and monkeys.

Day 5.
A sojourn through the thick forest, along small trails to where we camp high above the Chileme Khola. Great views (2700 m).

Day 6.
We follow the Lumbri Ridge, walking slowly to acclimatise and camp (3350 m).

Day 7
We walk higher through the forest and above the tree line and camp (3600 m).

Day 8.
Acclimatise.

Day 9.
Short trek and camp (4000 m).

Day 10.
Short trek and camp (4400 m).

Day 11.
A few hours treKking to Jokasorkunda lake (4800 m). We are high above the forest and firmly established on the Sanjin Valley West Ridge – Chhuber Danda. Spectacular views of Langtang, Gossaikunda, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak. We can spend the day here to rest and explore the stark and beautiful landscape.

Day 12.
Explore.

Day 13 – 14.
Depending on the weather:

Settled weather – we take the Chhuber Ridge (5314 m).
Cloudy weather – we take the lower Rinamo Ridge (4800 m).

Both these ridges take us to Paldor Peak base camp and across a pass (4600 m) east of Paldor and into Sanjin base camp area.

Day 15 – 16.
Sanjin Base Camp. Camping under Paldor and Marphalla Himal (Ganesh V). We visit The Sanjin Glacier under Sanjin Himal (Ganesh 3), source of the Sanjin Khola, Dil Bu Lake (Sacred heart) (4724 m) and Kalo Pokhari (Black Lake). A chance to walk up the huge slopes of Marphalla Danda (trekking is possible to 5000 m maximum).

Day 17 – 18.
Change of campsite and a walk up to the see the eerie green lake of Mung Pokhari (Ghost Lake) (4400 m).

Day 19.
We follow the second tributary of the Sanjin Khola round to its source as it drains the snows of The Tibetan Sanjin Himalayas and camp under the awesome jagged peaks.

Day 20.
We follow the Sanjin khola down stream, crossing a small bridge, and camp on its flower meadow banks.

Day 21 – 22.
A steep climb up to the East Ridge (4400 m) where we have great views of Sanjin, Paldor, Langtang and Gossaikunda.

Day 23.
Naga Thali (3400 m ). A tiny uninhabited monastery with spectacular views. Our guides tell us about the history and folklore of this place.

Day 24.
Brimdang monastery with its huge spinning prayer wheel is a two-hour walk from Naga Thali; we then descend to TatoPani (hot springs) and camp.

Day 25.
TatoPani to Chileme.

Day 26.
Chileme to Syabru Bensi.

Day 27.
Syabru Bensi – Kathmandu.

Price:

The below cost is quoted under per person:

For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost.

Camping Price:
Minimum 2 Pax – 1500
(3-6) Pax – 1300
(7-10) Pax – 1100
10 or more – 900

The Price includes:
Camping accommodation in tents, food (except bar bill), staffs (Guide, sherpas, cook, kitchen boys, porters) and their all expenses including insurance, Local monasteries entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes.

Prices Don't include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc.

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