Langtang ??? Open to any ideas…

All I know so far is that I’m flying to Nepal in a couple of weeks and at the top of my to-do list is trekking 🙂

I hiked the Annapurna circuit years ago, and the experience remains up there with some of my favourite memories of life so far, so I’m really excited to be returning to Nepal again.

I’m arriving into Kathmandu on March 1st, and I think I’m going to be in Nepal for a few weeks

I’d love to meet some fun trekking buds to adventure with, and if not, maybe a guide of the female variety. When I did Annapurna before it was just a friend and I – no guide. I think the wrong turns we made spiced it up a bit, and carrying all my own stuff definitely taught me a thing or two about what not to pack.

I’d rather not retrace my footsteps to ABC, but I guess I would if I teamed up with the right crew. I’d also rather not go on an adventure requiring a flight to Lukla, cos that shit is scary and a nightmare to travel back out of, I have heard, but again, I won’t completely rule anything out.

About me: I’m 40 -but don’t feel it, from the UK, flexible on budget -but love a deal (who doesn’t)

I’m very chilled, upbeat, and good at going with the flow. I’m also great at making plans, though this entire spiel doesn’t quite illustrate that : / I also come with a travel scrabble board, and maybe a hip flask of gin.

I’d love to hear from you if you already have plans / are up for concocting plans / have heard of any great lady guides!

Thanks for reading, and I wish you the best trip



5 replies
  1. Hi Sarah,

    My husband and I have been traveling Nepal and India for the last two months. We had planned an epic 21-day trek in NE Nepal, but sadly he has to return home because his dad is not well. I’m planning to stay in Nepal and am now looking for a trekking partner. Langtang Valley has been top of my list including the main circuit and potentially the Tamang Heritage loop. It looks like you can do both in 10 days of trekking plus travel time to and from Kathmandu. I’m currently in Pokhara and headed to Bardia National Park on Sunday. We will be back in Kathmandu by Feb. 27 when my husband is flying back to U.S.

    About me: I just turned 50, avid hiker and backpacker (have backpacked around much of the U.S. west coast, also England, Spain (Camino de Santiago), Chile and Peru). Most recently did a nine-day circuit of Mt. Rainier in Washington State (22,000 feet of elevation gain for the circuit). So I’m fit for a 50-year-old. Also a whitewater rafter, birder, nature lover…

    I’ve been thinking to hire an independent guide for this trip and got a list from a Kathmandu based NGO that includes a couple of women guides. Sounds like you are open to hiring a guide? I’m flexible on timing and budget but prefer not to go with a tour company as that can get a lot more expensive.

    If it sounds like we might be a good match or you have questions for me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


  2. By the way, here’s an itinerary I pulled from someone’s website for the Tamang Heritage and Langtang Valley treks.

    Day 01:
    Kathmandu to Syabrubesi Syabrubesi (1470m) approx 7 hours drive.
    Day 02:
    Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m). Walking approx. 5 hours.
    Day 03:
    Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m). Walking approx. 6 hours.
    Day 04:
    Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2338m) via Nagthali. Walking approx. 8 hours
    Day 05:
    Trek from Thuman to Sherpa Gaun (2563m) via Bridim. walking approx 6-7 hours.
    Day 06:
    Trek to Langtang (3430m). walking approx. 7 hours
    Day 07:
    Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) about 3 – 4 hours
    Day 08:
    Rest and explore around Kyanjin Gumpa
    Day 09:
    Trek back from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2324m). walking approx. 5-6 hours.
    Day 10:
    Trek back from Lama hotel to Syabrubesi (1400m). walking approx. 6 hours.
    Day 11:
    Drive back to Kathmandu

  3. Hey Erin,

    Great to hear from you, and sorry to hear about your husband’s dad. I’ve been perusing similar itineraries, this one looks great to me! I’ll try and work out how to send you a direct message later on today 🙂

  4. Hi Sarah,
    I have been looking to experience Langtang Valley trek independently. Maybe your experince in trekking could make the journey memorable for a first-timer.
    I am 38 and have done one day trek in Uttarakhand Himalayas. I live in India across Birgunj Nepal border and run my own AirBnb listing. I did explore Mustang once last year during post-fall season. It was a surreal experience. And now I want to take things further in my journey to trek and conquer step by step. I like turning Maps into actionable objectives. I just love the starry night sky and can’t get over it ever staring into them.
    I have a very moderate budget. Maybe lower-moderate considering my currency is Indian rupees. Tea house trek ideas maybe could help me cover the trip.
    It’s OK if you would not feel the time is right to reply this time. But if you do… I’d be grateful to learn of the cost as well ( all inclusive )

    Best wishes and regards.

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