Kalo and Seto Kunda Trek

Trip Duration 18 Nights/19 Days
Trip Code NAP-GAN – 054
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Cost Prices on request
Best Time Sept – Nov / March - April

Overview

Kalo and Seto Kunda trek is one of the Nepal's renowned peak particularly as the best tourist destination, situated in central Nepal, northwest of Kathmandu. This trek offers the terraced hillsides dominating the sky as well as ethnical diversity from various groups & their mixed of lifestyle that gives you a glimpse into real Nepali life & the tour gives the trekkers an ample opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition being very closer with locals, & definitely giving you a sense of full satisfaction.

Kalo and Seto Kunda trekking starts from Syabrubesi. It passes through the parvati kund, pangsang pass and Chalish to reach Nojet Kharka. From here, we hike up to dobra Danda to enjoy stunning view of Ganesh himal and the two lakes kalo and seto kunda. The trail continues through many Tamang Gurung and Magar villages where one can experience the culture and lifestyles of local peoples along with the natural beauties of Nepal. The trail comes to an end in Tripura Sundari.

Highlights

* Scenic road drive to Syabrubensi via Trisuli Bazzar
* Interact with local people and experience their old culture
* Panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and Manaslu Himalayan
* Colourful rhododendrons forests and various kinds of medicine herbs
* Excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals
* Explore the holy lakes of Kalo and seto Kund
* Rubies and crystals with hundreds varieties of herbal medicines
* Really an unforgettable journey

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 18 Nights/19 Days
Trip code NAP-GAN – 054
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu Syabrubensi/Tripura Sundari
Maximum Altitude (4115m)
Trip Cost Prices on request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group
Accessibillity Drive to Syabrubensi to trail-head from Kathmandu, start the trek according to the itinerary and trek back to Kathmandu.
The Route kathmandu drive Syabreubensi, after complete trip drive back to Kathmandu
Season Sept – Nov / March - April
Permit Fee Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Trip Facilities 3+ hotel in city on B/B and camping/home-stay on mountain.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have

Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheel drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Shyabru Besi, gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon and Dhunche Bazaar makes you scenic driving. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscape along the way driving will make you good start day drive of the trek.

A dirt track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnimaa when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple.

The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts. A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.

Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. Locals are initiating to build a basic lodge accommodation the right pass of the Pangsang but has not built yet so trekkers are recommended to take own tent for the night camp or just pass your night sheltering in poor yak hut. Dry fruits or food highly recommend to take for your dinner.

Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields. Shertung or Chalish village is the only village in this region from where those trekkers who have planned short 7 days trekking, walk down to Jharlang village taking about 5-6 hours and in next day walk to Darkha Gaon taking 5-6 hours finally next day after walking 1 ½ hour down hill to Darkha phedi, take sharing local Jeep with other people and drive to Dhading Besi (3-4 hours driving). You continue drive back Kathmandu in total 3 hours driving. So in total taking 2 ½ days walking and half day drive or let's say in 3 days you will get back to Kathmandu.

Hindung is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and yarsagumba is hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands.

Thulo Dhunga is a camp site with views of waterfalls tumbling down across the valley. Flora and fauna abound in the Ganesh Himal region. Wildlife includes musk deer, jharal a type of goat, wild boar, langur, leopard, pheasant and partridge. Vegetation includes bamboo, rhododendron and juniper among abundant wildflowers.

The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka.

A climb to the ridge to the northeast, Dobra Danda, is rewarded with a supreme viewpoint of towering Ganesh Himal. The mesmerizing sight is unforgettable. Two small lakes shimmer below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the awe-inspiring surroundings and the smaller Seto Kunda (white lake) has a seasonal pasture nearby. These lakes are said to have mystical powers that will bless visitors but anybody who misbehaves will be punished with poor weather and difficult travels

Trek from Base camp to Hindung (Gomba Danda) will be almost the same way back you have done way up however its stunning mountain views, surrounding landscape of mother nature and jungle down hill walking makes you full of fun walking of the day.

Follow the Tatopani (Hot Spring) River south to a built up riverside hot springs with a bathing pool and 3 taps. Relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. Pass through Tir on the way to welcoming Racyat and Kapur villages.

Pass through Lapchyat gaon which is a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 homes. Cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge and ascend along a trail surrounded by fields to the walled compound of a newly built hospital of the large town of Lapa gaon with over 400 homes. Above Lapa gaon is Khading the largest Gurung village of the area. The residents have a welcoming spirit, and the people are enthusiastic to perform cultural dances with traditional music.

Steeply up the hill to the west in a tall, blue pine forest with rambling rhododendron is Magne Goth, and nearby is a large boulder, location of ruby extraction.

Enter Gorkha District on the descent to cross the Chote Khola before ascending through lush forest and descending into a valley with excellent panoramas including Manaslu, soaring in the western horizon. Pass through the scenic villages of Dhonjet, Kartunje and Manbu and re-enter Dhading District to reach the magnificently located Laphu Danda, chiefly a Brahmin village with a large school in an area with luxuriant vegetation, surrounded by bountiful fields. Take in views of snow-clad Himalchuli and Shringi peaks with a section of the Ganesh Range.

The path climbs through fertile fields of Baseri as it ascends to Dandagaon, with excellent views of Manaslu and more. Continue gradually to the glorious twin waterfalls of Ganga Jamuna.

This day will be quite easy walking day passing most of the Bhramin people's villages, paddy terraces and low land terrain views of the surroundings. Local culture, little bit of Mt. Manaslu ranges mountain vies as well as Akhu khola river views will lure the trekkers

The Ganesh Himal region and surrounding territory offers cultural and natural splendor and has religious significance, too, for pilgrims attracted to its sacred mountains and lakes. The area is filled with rare and exotic wildlife, wildflowers, herbal plants, yarsagumba, waterfalls, hills and peaks and hospitable, openhearted local people. While magnificent scenery graces every step, the residents of the beautiful landscape welcome visitors to their extraordinary land. The region has something to bring travelers to Nepal and bring them back to Nepal on a repeat visit.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Ganesh Himal region permit, National Park entrance permit & TIMS card 
  • Activities: Hiking, trekking trip as per the itinerary
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilize, if doing camping trek
  • Accommodation: 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bedroom, and 18 nights home-stay/tented on twin or multi shared bedroom on mountain
  • Food: Full board on home-stay/camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 2 breakfast in city
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
  • Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer,, Kathmandu to Balche and Budhathum to Kathmandu transportation.
  •  Company and Governments service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic flight
  •  Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  •  Personal travel and trekking equipments
  •  Lunch and dinner while in city
  •  Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  •  Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
  •  Optional activities
  •  And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point.

Trip Notes

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