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Applications now being accepted

March 18 – April 7, 2020

The Basics:

Who: This course is for adults (18+) seeking to advance leadership skills. People need to be in excellent shape with the capacity for hiking many hours per day carrying a 30 lbs. backpack.

What: This is an adventure-based, experiential, professional-growth course using the framework of empowering leadership.

Where: This expedition begins in Kathmandu, Nepal and travels to the majestic Langtang Region of the Himalayas. It concludes in Kathmandu.

When: March 18-April 7, 2020

Cost: $2,199 (Early bird rate until December 31, 2019). $2,399 per person after December 31. Price includes meals on trek, lodging, travel insurance, and transportation within Nepal. Excludes 5 meals in Kathmandu, international airfare, Nepali visa, tips for Nepali guides and porters, and souvenirs.

Guides and instructors

Lead American Instructor: Les Zollbrecht, holds a master’s degree in leadership. Les has served the past 5 years as Director of Big Lake Youth Camp and previously directed Mountain Leadership Institute, where among numerous other expeditions in the US, he lead four Himilayan expeditions to 18-20,000′ peaks in Nepal.

Lead Nepali Trekking Guide: Jagat Lama, directs Independent Trekking Guides. He has guided hundreds, if not thousands, of people through Nepal. He has dedicated his life to the people of his home community of Kumari, where he has helped build a women’s skill center, elementary school, clinic, and coffee farm.

The Trek

The Langtang Region is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. This area near the Tibetan border was previously a restricted zone. In the past few years the unexplored regions of the Langtang National Park have been developed into the Tamang Heritage Trail. The people in these communities are mostly of Tamang and Tibetan origin. The craftsmanship, dress, traditionally built stone houses, and the beautifully carved wooden porches reflect the solitude and the serenity of the Himalayan scenery.


Day-01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Tibet Guest House.

Day-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Kumari. Load our gear in Land Cruisers and drive the 4wd road to Kumari. Here we will visit the ancestral home of Jagat Lama, our lead Nepali trekking guide. We will tour the Kumari project consisting of a women’s skills center, medical clinic, school, and coffee farm.

Day-03: Drive from Kumari to Syabrubensi (1466m.) 6 hrs by Jeep.

Day 04: Syabrubensi – Gatlang, 2240m
Today we hike to the Tamang village of Gatlang. After having our breakfast, we leave behind Syabrubesi and experience awesome views of the Himalayas including the Ganesh Himal. We will end in the beautiful and historic village of Gatlang.

Day 05: Gatlang – Tatopani, 2600m
Today is the longest day of the trek. We will slowly descend alongside the Bhotekoshi river and stop for lunch. Then we ascend towards Tatopani crossing suspension bridges. We end the day soaking in the wonderful hot springs of Tatopani.

Day 06: Tatopani – Thuman, 2340m
Today, following the Tamang Heritage Trek, we ascend towards the stunning Nagthali Danda. After enjoying the views from this vantage point, we descend towards the Tamang village of Thuman.

Day 07: Thuman – Timure, 1762m
Today, we explore the beautiful cultural villages as we make our way to Timure

Day 08: Daywalk – Rasuwagadhi (1815m) Tibet border, overnight at Timure
We will be walking for a day towards Rasuwagadhi which is near the Tibetan border. Finally, we return to Timure for our overnight stay.

Day 09: Timure – Bridim, 2230m
On this day, we make our way to the Tibetan-influenced Buddhist village of Bridim situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. There are numerous monasteries nearby to see as well as ancient stone houses.

Day-10: Bridimg – Langtang (3430m) – 6 hrs.
We make our way to the bustling village of Langtang. This is a really special place boasting a local cheese factory and an incredible view of Mount Langtang Lirung.

Day-11: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa (3830m) – 2hrs.
We will enjoy the breathtaking Himalayas as we make our way to the famous meditation temple known as Kyanjin Gompa. We will have great views of Yala peak, Langtang Himalayas, Dorjelakpa, Nayakang, and Ganjala peaks.

Day-12: Kyanjin – Lama Hotel – 4 hrs.
Today we will follow the stream back to the Lama Hotel.

Day-13: Lama Hotel – Syabru Bensi– 5 hrs. It is the last day of the trek. We descend through the beautiful valleys to spend the night in Syabru Bensi.

Day-14: Today is the final day of our trek as we conclude our Tamang Heritage Trek and return towards the capital city of Kathmandu by regular public bus or private Jeep and stay overnight at the Tibet Guest House.

2 Additional days just added: We have an option of a two-day summit bid of Yala Peak, 18,044 ft. Yala rises from the center of the Langtang valley and provides views of the surrounding Himalayas including the 14th highest mountain in the world, Shishapangma in Tibet.  Climbers would leave Kanjin Gompa and climb to a high base camp on the first day where we will sleep in tents. On the second day we would make a summit attempt and then return to Kanjin Gompa. Summit day will include a full day of (8hrs) of climbing and descending all the way back to Kanjinj Gompa. Views from Yala Peak are absolutely stunning, as you would be able to see into Tibet and a full 360 degree view of the giant Himalayas. Food, tents, and guides are provided in the cost.

Excellent physical fitness is required. This is considered an entry-level trekking peak, but still includes high altitude, snow climbing and traveling on steep terrain.

For those who would prefer to take in the stunning terrain of Kanjin Gompa and the Langtang Valley, there will be plenty to explore and see while the summit team climbs. Once the team returns, we will then descend together and return to Kathmand.


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