I am planning to hike Langtang Trail next month. Here is my detailed itinerary: Your suggestions are most welcome.
Day 1 [Nov 16 Friday]: Get NPR from SBI ATM, FIT TIMS (Free Independent Trekker - Trekkers Information Management System) ID + Langtang National Park Entry from Nepal Tourism Board Office, Brikutimandap, Activate Nepal SIM, buy tickets for next day morning bus to Syabru Besi from Maccha Pokhari bus stand counter
Day 2 [Nov 17 Saturday]: Morning bus to Dunche-Syabru Besi (8-9 hrs) from Maccha Pokhari bus stand and stay for the night at Syabru Besi (1400m/4593ft)
Day 3 [Nov 18 Sunday]: Start hike (via Khamjing-Sherpagaon upper route): Syabru Besi-Khamjing-Sherpagaon-Rimche-Lama hotel (2748m/9015ft) (7hrs) and stay for the night in one of the tea house.
Day 4 [Nov 19 Monday]: Lama hotel-Riverside-Woodland-Ghoda tabela-Thyangsyap-Langtang Village (3500m/11482ft)-Mundu-Kyanjin Gompa (3800m/12467ft) (8 hrs) and stay for the night in tea house
Day 5 [Nov 20 Tuesday]: Acclimatization Day at Kyanjin Gompa (3800m/12467ft): day hike to Lirung Lake (1-2 hrs roundtrip)
Day 6 [Nov 21 Wednesday]: Peak climb: Kyanjin Ri I (4328m/14199ft) and Kyanjin Ri II (4779m/15679ft) (8hrs roundtrip)
Day 7 [Nov 22 Thursday]: Peak Climb: Tsergo Ri (4984/16351ft) (6-8 hrs) / Numthang viewpoint (4-6hrs) / Langshisha viewpoint (6-8 hrs)
Day 8 [Nov 23 Friday]: Hike back Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel. Note: If buffer days aren’t already utilized, take detour to Gosainkunda Glacial Lake (4380m/14370ft) after reaching Lama Hotel
Day 9 [Nov 24 Saturday]:
[Saturday] Lama Hotel – Rimche – Bamboo – Thulo Syabru – Sing Gompa – Gosainkunda Glacial Lake (4380m/14370ft)
[Sunday] Stay at Gosainkunda
[Monday] Return: Gosainkunda – Sing Gompa – Deurali – Dunche (2030m/6660ft) (Bus/jeep to Kathmandu)
Day 10 [Nov 25 Sunday]: Lama Hotel – Rimche – Bamboo - Syabru Besi (shorter: valley route)
Day 11 [Nov 26 Monday]: Buffer Day.
Day 12 [Nov 27 Tuesday]: Bus/jeep to Kathmandu and stay for the night in hostel.
Day 13 [Nov 28 Wednesday]: Backpack around Kathmandu
Day 14 [Nov 29 Thursday]: Whole day for Bungy round trip (3 hour single side drive from Kathmandu)
Day 15 [Nov 30 Friday]: Backpack around Kathmandu and stay for the night in hostel.
Kathmandu Valley Backpacking:
Patan: Lalitpur, Durbar square & museum
Bhaktapur (Bus from Ratna Park): Durbar square,
Day 16 [Dec 01 Saturday]: Board Nepal Airlines from Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu to BLR. Reach BLR by 16:50
I am reasonably fit and have done few hikes in Indian Himalaya (Sandakphu:West Bengal, Chandrakhani Pass: Himachal, Roopkund: Uttarakhand) and trekking quite regularly for last 5 years in Western ghats mountain ranges - southern part of the country. Given the availability of food and place to crash for the night - I would like to hike Langtang independently - without employing a guide or porter.
Here are few questions I have:
1) How are the current road conditions to Syabru Besi - how easy it is to get bus tickets and current fare
2) I am aiming to do the whole trip in a shoe string budget. Do you have any tips to save some money for transport, stay, food. How much Nepal rupees you would recommend to keep in hand for the whole trek (12 days).
3) Keeping above point in mind, how much does it cost for basic stay in a tea house and price of a meal?
4) How are the beds in tea houses on Langtang trail - do I need to bring a sleeping bag to keep myself warm.
5) How is mobile connectivity (Ncell) on the trail. Do you recommend any other provider.
Thanks in advance.