This journey to Sing La Pass (4,200 m) offers an extraordinary panorama of the Ganesh Himal Massif, Manaslu, and the Langtang Range. Highlights of this journey include not only the mountain views but abundant flora and fauna, magnificent village scenery and the welcoming people of the mid-hills with their captivating customs and traditions. The best season to visit is September to November as well as February through June, and even outside of these times the spectacular attractions and relatively low elevation make it an all-season adventure. The trail begins from Kathmandu and follow the same road route to Bhalche a town on the border between Nuwakot District to the south and Rasuwa District to the north. Bhalche is about 30 km north of the large bazaar town of Trishuli.
Day 1 Kathmandu to Bhalche 1850m/6105ft 6-7 hrs drive
Signla Pass Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheel drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Bhalche Gaon after driving approximately 5 hrs. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati 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. You will even able to start your trek on the same day but due to bit rough and tough driving spending a night in Bhalche will give you excellent acclimatization day.
Day 2 Bhalche to Gonaga(lunch) Rupchet 3850m/12705Ft 6hrs.
After breakfast trek bit uphill and have breath taking views on the back of Bhalche village. Trek continue passing thorough high tropical jungle and mesmerizing jungle views as well as surrounding landscape. Arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch after lunch trek continue to Rupchet where you will find beautiful camp site and yak hut. It has amazing mother goddess blessing hillside views and its periphery views.
Day 3 Rupchet via Singla Pass (4050 m) Shertung /Chalish Gaon 1875m/6187ft 6-7 hrs
After breakfast trek all the way hill top near Singla Pass (4050m) having the best almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, massift Ganesh himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and little bit of Annapurna ranges. Enjoy the best views and then trek all the down to Shertung gaon passing through high tropical jungle, rhododendron forest, pine forest, oak, fire, Himalayan bamboo and surprising wildlife experience with many Kharkas (cow, sheep and goat huts). Iljyang water fall and its surrounding landscape is an extra ordinary views along the way. On the way quick visit to Phyanchyat monastery and finally arrive in Shertung village.
Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend , two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices.
Day 4 Shertung to hot springs (lunch) to Neber Gaon 2020m/6666ft 5 hrs
Take breakfast and then just after walking 30 minutes down hill you arrive in Chalish the most stunning hospitality village of the area where majority of Gurung people and small portion of Dalit people live together. Trek continue to Tatopani (host spring) where you enjoy half of day taking bath and have lunch. This is probably the best hot springs in the area but tourist infrastructure has not developed yet (lodge, meals etc…) however pack lunch from Shertung village or from Chalish village will be much better. After lunch trek all way up to pristine Tamang village named Neber. Just form side of the village you will see the breath taking Ganesh Himal view just like your face and mirror (so close view). Enjoy high valley village stay with locals.
Signla Pass Day 5 Neber to Rachyat (lunch) to Lapa Gaon 1850m/6105ft 4-5 hrs
Take breakfast and trek all the way up to Timla Pass (3850 m/12,705Ft) walking about 2 hours, have a look the best stunning massive Ganeshe Himal ranges and Langtang himal ranges too. Its best flora and fauna experience as well as surrounding landscape will make you the best day of the trek. Passing through dense Himalayan alpine jungle is another charm of the trek. Trek with local guide is highly recommend as trek trail is not well marked in this area. Water will be available but still tea house has not built yet. After enjoying the scenery trek all the down stone steps and bit slippery down hill walking to Lapchat gaon it 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. Lapa gaon also a big community of Tamang people where you will have a lots of opportunities to learn about Tamang culture. It has at least two local guest house and villagers are initiating to build more lodge for the tourist comfort. Simple food and simple dormitory shelter but good enough for a night halt.
Day 6 Lapa Gaon to Ri Gaon 1550m/5115ft 5 hrs
Take breakfast at the same place and then trek a bit down hill and right turn to Chyamchat village. Front side Jharlang area and down in the gorge Ankhu khola view lure any tourist walking on this way but it's a hilly terrain track walking so careful walking is highly recommended. Passing trough local villages, paddy terraces and little bit of jungle finally arrive at Kutawal village where stop for lunch and trek continue via Tawal to Ri Gaon. Ri village has a big community of Tamang people and Dalit. Local houses is good enough for night shelter and community lodges are building soon by the locals for the trekkers.
Day 7 Ri Gaon to Phulkharka 1210m/3993ft 5 hrs
Today is quite easy walking of the day. Passing most of the Bhramin villages and dalit village as well as paddy terraces more open valley views finally make you arrive in Phulkharka gaon where big community of Brahmin people live. Lunch along the way and dinner at night staying with local guest house will fine as it has developed already in this area for both domestic and international tourist. Tourist standard food and accommodation has to develop yet but comparatively much better.
Day 8 Phul Kharka to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda 1550m/5115ft 5-6 hrs
Trek to Ankhu khola side and innumerable villages along the way make you another interesting trekking of the day but due to bit low valley walk in summer it will be bit hotter. Lunch at Rine river side in local restaurant and trek continue uphill to Jyamrung Durbar/danda which is historically popular said that king of the Jyamrung used to live. Centuries old palace still can be seen. This the best spot for the sun rise, sun set and the massive mountain views of the Langtang ranges, Ganesh himal ranges and Manaslu ranges. Over night at local house.
Day 9 Jyamrung Danda to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu 1310m/4323ft 2 hrs walk and 3 hrs drive
Sun rise view, take breakfast and then trek via Dodke danda to Dhading Besi walking about 2 ½ hours mesmerizing Dhading Besi views and its surrounding views. Dhading Besi is the head quarter of Dhading district where government administration offices are based. Take lunch and 3 hours bus drive back to Kathmandu via Prithivi highway.