Lamjung Himal

Near camp at Haju Dobato (3,562m)
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Demanding
  • TRIP STYLE: Camping
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 13 Mar 2021

Details

Lamjung Himal is a rarely trekked region in the Annapurna region and with this nine day trek you will see a wonderful cross section of Nepal.

After a drive from Kathmandu the trek begins from the small town of Besisahar, also known as the starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit, however our quieter trail heads to the west rather than along the Marsyangdi Valley on the more popular trails of Annapurna. After leaving Besisahar you start by trekking through traditional Gurung villages and terraced rice fields then you enter the forest zone with rhododendron and bamboo then further up above the tree line into the alpine zone. 

Above the village of Ghanpokhara you start walking up a ridge (or in Nepal known as a “danda”) for three days staying at a number of grazing grounds known as “kharkas” on the way up to Valley Camp at 3,717m. From here we walk up Rambrong West Summit (4,384m) and to the panoramic viewpoint of Himalayan mountains. From the summit you can see Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Mt Machapuchare known as Fish Tail (6,997m) in the west to Manaslu (8,163m) and Himal Chuli in the east.

From Valley Camp the trail descends down another ridge for three days to Tangting village. All along this ridge we camp at kharkas where there are also superb views of Lamjung Himal (6,983m) and Mt Machapuchare (6,997m). From Tangting we drive to Pokhara where we stay two nights to enjoy the town by the lake before flying back to Kathmandu.

There are no lodges in Lamjung Himal region so we organise this trek as a fully supported camping group. As the lodge trails in Nepal are getting busier by choosing a camping trek means you can access more remote region less frequented by other trekkers. We sent one of our international leaders, Natalie Wilson, to lead a reconnaissance trek to Lamjung Himal in October 2018 and we have designed the itinerary based on her experience. Natalie came back full of enthusiasm for this trek as she did not see any other trekkers from leaving Besisahar to arriving to Pokhara after the trek was finished.

  • In October 2018 we organised a reconnaissance trek led by one of our international leaders, Natalie Wilson, where she and our Nepalese crew successfully completed the trek and walk up to the summit of Rambrong West Summit (4,384m).
  • Our itinerary has been carefully designed for gradual acclimatisation to high altitude in order to maximise your chances of safely summiting Rambrong West Summit (4,384m).
  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Lamjung Himal region.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for Lamjung Himal where our overall holiday rating is 95%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the Lamjung Himal region from EverestWeather.com and from our in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Western branded tents are used for all of our camping treks in Nepal. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety. We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location onto Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek.
  • There will be a range of tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. We give everyone in the group one chocolate or muesli bar per day and also provide Pringles and biscuits at tea time. For breakfast every morning we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. 
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Lamjung Himal trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. 

In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit.

Drive to Besisahar (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private vehicle. It is a scenic drive with several picturesque gorges and occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. At Dumre we turn off the Pokhara highway and drive north following Marsyangdi River to Besisahar. 

During the months of April, May and October it will be very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius during the first days of this trek. If you prefer cooler weather then it would be best to choose the March and November departures. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and frequently apply sun cream.

Walking 6km (3 to 4 hours)

Walking ascent 820m

Walking descent 120m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

There is a rocky and stepped upwards from Besisahar through farmlands and rice terraces. We pass a Gurung monastery and the lovely village of Chami Danda (1,000m) with its small school. From here we take the jeep track for a short distance passing several traditional houses surrounded by bamboo. You can see the jeep track traverse all the way round the ridge but at the right hand bend we take the trail straight up into the forest. It is quite steep and slippery in places and we cross a jeep track again as continue walking uphill to the col. In Baglungpani we camp at the football pitch.

Walking 8km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 670m

Walking descent 165m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

We make our way through the village and onto a rarely used jeep track for fabulous views of Lamjung Himal (6,983m) and Manaslu (8,163m). Turning off the track we take one of many stepped stone trails up the ridge. We pass through the quiet village of Kapurgaon with it small Gurung monastery. The next village of Ghalegaon is larger and it is likely you will have lunch here. You can explore the village while lunch is being prepared and there is a viewpoint and temple to see. We also have to check in at the ACAP office to show the permits. A lot of work has gone into improving the paths and there are many litter bins. The trail keeps going uphill passing the Samba Cheeling monastery then finally reaching the village of Ghanpokhara at 2,158m where we camp for the night.

Walking 7km (3 hours)

Walking ascent 730m

Walking descent 155m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

As we leave the village a sign guides us to the start of our hike uphill. We follow a forested ridge with the occasional kharka where shepherds graze their goats. After about 5km we reach a shepherd’s hut where we will stop for lunch. Leaving our lunch spot we head uphill steeply on mainly stone stepped paths until we reach a couple of kharkas where we will spend the night.

Walking 6km (5 hours)

Walking ascent 705m

Walking descent 165m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

This morning we leave our clearing and once again head steeply uphill on a stoney stepped trails to Palma Kharka (3,100m) where there are excellent views. We continue on a lovely trail through rhododendron. After a short steeper section we reach Thokyo at just under 3,400m. After 6km we start heading to the right of the ridge in order to find a good water supply for camp.

Walking 4km (5 to 6 hours)

Walking ascent 400m

Walking descent 90m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Leaving camp we follow a pleasant undulating trail that brings us into a lovely valley where we will spend a couple of nights. This is our Base Camp for walking up Rambrong West Summit (4,384m) tomorrow.

Walking 7 hours+

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Leave Valley Camp and we follow a faint trail heading towards the shepherd’s hut by crossing small streams. By following the path signposted to Dudh Pokhari we zig zag up a hill to a lovely kharka with water at 4,100m. There is a prominent rocky summit straight ahead and a path heading up to the left of it before curving around to the right. Follow this until you reach the first Col then follow path ahead to next Col for spectacular views and the chance to bag a 4,000m summit. It is possible to go to walk further along the ridge but this would only be suitable for fit and strong walkers as you need to lose some height then regain it up steep slopes.

Walking 12.5km (7 hours)

Walking ascent 880m

Walking descent 980m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

We retrace our steps a little way from our Valley Camp, then turn right and start heading uphill to a clearing. From here we traverse around the hillside and gain height until we reach a saddle then drop down into a lovely valley with water and flat ground for lunch stop at 3,800m. After lunch we pick up our route heading South. It is a mix of good paths by streams and through clearings then we descend into deep forest as we undulate along the ridge. We descend steeply to a Kharka then ascend up and up to reach a pleasant campsite with spectacular views of Mt Machapuchare (6,997m) and the Annapurnas.

Walking 9km (5 to 6 hours)

Walking ascent 140m

Walking descent 840m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

The first 7.5km of this day follows the ridge up and down all the while enjoying the mountain views. Just after a hut and pond we turn right and descend steeply through the forest. The trail is slippery and indistinct in places and often quite steep. Eventually the trail levels out and we arrive at a large kharka where we camp for the night.

Walking 6.5km (5 to 6 hours)

Walking ascent 60m

Walking descent (1,240m)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Camp we continue downhill along a ridge where we arrive at holy place that is called Nain Fhiji. Leaving here we descend a long steep stone staircase until we can see the welcoming village of Tangting. Campsite is at the school. There is beer available, occasional wifi and chance for a well earnt rest.

Drive to Pokhara (2 hours)

Breakfast

Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

Drive to Pokhara in a private vehicle.

Breakfast

Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

Today you can relax and enjoy the lakeside town of Pokhara.

Fly to Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

We take the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

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What's Included

  • Internal flight from Pokhara and to Kathmandu.
  • All transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu and Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals included while on trek.
  • Western branded tents are used for all of our camping treks in Nepal. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear. 
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Sherpa guide, porters and cook.
  • The porterage allowance for your main bag to be carried by a porter is 15kg. For the internal flights the weight allowance is 15kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft.
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Lamjung Himal region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location onto Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek.
  • Trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is located in Lazimpat next to the Radisson and is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our previous clients enjoy staying at this property due to its good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor and the roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Camping in Nepal

We use both Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s and Quechua tents for our camping treks in Nepal.

Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

Mount Kailash Resort is situated in a good location along a quieter section of Pokhara Lakeside and has fine views of the lake and the mountains.

This property has been recently built in modern style and the rooms are spacious with amenities including en-suit bathroom, television, air-condition and free Wi Fi. There is a well kept garden to relax in and also a swimming pool.


Practical Information

A Typical Day On Camping Trek

The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the assistant guides. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast you will pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7am and 8am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks.


There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three course meal is served in the mess tent around 6-7pm. After supper the international leader will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.

While on the trek, the cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities.  For breakfast you are likely to get porridge or cereal, toast or chapatis, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. For our camping treks in Nepal we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine. On arrival to camp in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal will follow later in the evening.

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Clothing and Equipment List for Lamjung Himal

 

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for Lamjung Himal trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on Lamjung Himal trek you are likely to experience quite warm conditions and you will experience the coldest temperatures at Lamjung Himal at an altitude of 3,717m where overnight lows can get down to around -8˚C.

Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The maximum weight allowance for back pack is 5kg. The rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 15kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear:

  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.
  • Walking socks.
  • Trail shoes or trainers. Can be used around camp.
  • Sandals: fully enclosed sandals are best to protect your feet during river crossings. These are required for river crossings as well as two trekking poles (see below)

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek.
  • Trekking trousers. Minimum two pairs of trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts (not cotton). Minimum two shirts.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet fleece can be used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket to provide maximum warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece pants. To be worn around camp or added as an additional layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket (eg. Nuptse jacket by The North Face).

Handwear:

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.

Headwear:

  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or face mask (eg. Buff Headwear check out http://www.buffwear.com)
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • The lenses need to be Category 4 rated and should have side protection or wraparound design to prevent light getting through to your eyes that could cause sun blindness.

Personal Equipment:

  • Sleeping bag. Maximum overnight lows at Pansang La will be around -5 Celsius. Note: it is possible to rent a bag in Kathmandu from Shonas Rental.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty and helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Sleeping mat (eg. Thermarest). On trek we provide everyone with one foam mat however we recommend two layers for maximum insulation and comfort.
  • Recommended size is 30 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing such as down jacket etc. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).
  • Pee bottle. Highly recommended as means you do not have to get up to find toilet tent at night! For men you can use an old water bottle for women take a look at SheWee at http://www.shewee.com/
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira). You will be provided with boiled water at camp however if you refill water bottle at a water tap or steam during the day you should use water purifiers.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and loose sections of the trail and for walking through snow on the passes.
  • Umbrella (you are very likely to get some rain on this trek….)
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer. We suggest you keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks.

Travelling:

  • Duffle bag (or large backpack) for your personal gear on the trek carried by a porter. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc. We provide toilet paper so you do not need to bring this with you.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Threat and risk assessment for Lamjung Himal

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. 

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Lamjung Himal. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on Lamjung Himal we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for Lamjung Himal is available to clients on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path. There are exposed sections on the descent from the passes so it is necessary for anyone joining this trek to have accurate foot placement while walking and confidence in walking on rocky terrain without a defined trail
  • Altitude illness including but not limited to AMS, HACE and HAPE.
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. crossing high passes in whiteout.
  • Severe bad weather and conditions when camping.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Please note it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius for the first three days of the trek.
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic accident. We use a private bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from Tanting to Pokhara.
  • Flight accident [see paragraph “Internal flights in Nepal” for further information about STOL flights].
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Internal Flights

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) travel advice to Nepal states that “STOL airstrips in Nepal are among the most remote and difficult to land on in the world and are a challenge for even the most technically proficient pilots and well-maintained aircraft.” For their latest advice please take a look at their Safety & Security section under Air Travel.

There have been a number of recent air accidents in Nepal and in December 2013 The European Union banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the 28-nation bloc under the latest changes to a list of unsafe carriers.  For more information on Nepal’s air safety profile take a look at Aviation Safety Network.

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