Red Panda Tracking Trek in Langtang National Park

  • 7 Days
  • 6 Nights

Langtang National Park is currently known as the world’s red panda conservation region. It is one of Nepal’s most important red panda habitats.

Highlights Red Panda Tracking

Trip Highlight

  • The nearest national park from the capital city Kathmandu to spot the rare red panda.
  • Discover some parts of the closest trekking destination Langtang region which ranks third in terms of trekking popularity in Nepal.
  • Enjoy the stunning sunrise views over the panoramic mountain ranges and eagle-eye views of the hills, valleys, and rivers from the Pake View Point (3500 m). 
  • Explore the rich flora and fauna of the oldest Himalayan national park in Nepal established in the year 1976.
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing mountains ranging from Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang to the Jugal.
  • Insight into the lifestyles of various ethnic groups residing within the area.
  • Experience a unique Hyolmo (Helambu Sherpa) culture different from the sherpas of other regions in the upper region of Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts.
  • Short and suitable trek for any age group.
  • Perfect for those who want to trek in Nepal for a short vacation
  • Visit the mountain areas with nature and culture while gaining little altitude.
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : Red Panda Tracking in Langtang 7 Days
  • Trip Type : Red Panda Tracking Trek
  • Trip Duration : 7 Days
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu- Samundratar- Maghu village- Mangingoth- Kutumsang- Dolmathang
  • Trek Accomodation : Homestays and hotels
  • Preferred Seasons : Autumn Season (September to December)
    Spring Season (March to May)
  • Transportation: Private Jeep
  • Age Limit : Above 8 years

Presently, Langtang National Park is the world’s red panda conservation region. It is one of Nepal’s most important red panda habitats. The park is home to 46 species of animals. Including the elusive and endangered Red Panda and Snow Leopard and other wildlife. These endangered species are proof of the park’s healthy Himalayan environment just under their presence.

Red Panda Tracking Trek in Langtang National Park is a wildlife safari tour in the nearest national park to Kathmandu. Langtang National Park is the first mountainous national park in the central Himalayan highlands of Nepal. And the first national park in Nepal to save the Snow Leopard. The park is part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape which is rich in flora and fauna. The park was established in 1970-71 AD to conserve the flora and fauna of the Langtang region. In fact, it is the second largest national park of Nepal with an area of 1710 sq. km.  It covers 3 districts, including 7% of Nuwakot, 36% of Sindhupalchowk, and 57% of Rasuwa. Despite the Nuwakot district covering only a few parts of the park, the district has the highest number of red pandas and more sightings than the Sindhupalchowk and Rasuwa districts.

The red panda is the primary mammal we are looking for. For the same reason, we will be tracking the red panda trails in the Mangingoth, Pake, and Pangbu Danda areas. These red panda habitats lie in the Helambu region on the border of the Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts of Langtang National Park.

We will also likely have encounters with many other incredible wildlife experiences such as those with the Himalayan tahr, wild boar, Ghoral, grey langur monkeys, Himalayan brown bears, Musk deer, etc. With over 300 different bird species identified in the area including the Danphe (Nepal’s national bird), Himalayan monal, satyr tragopan, the Impeyan pheasant, ibis bill, snow partridge, and red-horned pheasant, it is also a birder’s paradise.

Furthermore, get a glimpse of a different Hyolmo (Helambu Sherpa) culture that distinguishes them from other sherpas. Hyolmo people live mostly in the upper parts of Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts in the Helambu region and in some other districts too. Helambu trek is a religiously, culturally, and naturally beautiful trek in Nepal. It ranks as the third choice for trekkers coming to Nepal. The trek lies in the first national park of Nepal, i.e. Langtang National Park. It’s close to the capital city Kathmandu.

The park is reachable within one day and there is a high possibility of spotting red panda in a short period with the assistance of local trackers and forest guardians.

Red Panda Encounter in Langtang National Park trip itineraries are customisable; according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay. Simply, Contact Us

Tour Plan

1

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Experience Nepal's serene beauty and warm hospitality as you fly over breathtaking mountain views and lush landscapes. Upon landing in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly welcome you with a "Namaste" and guide you to your hotel in Thamel.

After check-in, unwind with a welcome drink, receive a tour briefing, and explore lively Thamel streets in the evening, savoring diverse cuisines and live music for a perfect introduction to your Nepalese adventure.

2

Drive from Kutumsang and trek to Mangingoth (3,280 m)

Embark on a picturesque early morning drive from Kathmandu to Kutumsang, taking approximately 4 hours, followed by a delightful trek to Mangingoth lasting 3 to 4 hours, and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

3

Full day Red Panda tracking

Embark on a scenic hike to Pake View Point at 3,500m for a breathtaking sunrise panorama, followed by a full-day red panda tracking adventure in the forest with a specialized guide and essential assistance. Encounter not only the elusive red panda but also witness various other wildlife, birds, flora, fauna, and majestic mountains.

4

Full day Red Panda tracking

Every day, following our standard plan, you'll have the opportunity to explore the forest throughout the entire day

5

Full day Red Panda tracking

Every day, following our standard plan, you'll have the opportunity to explore the forest throughout the entire day

6

Trek back to Maghu Village, and drive back to Kathmandu

After a 2-3 hours trek back to Maghu Village from Mangingoth in an off-the-beaten-path through the lush rhododendron and oak forests,  enjoy a 4 to 5-hour drive back to Kathmandu. 

7

Final Departure 

Today, you will depart Nepal with everlasting beautiful memories and experiences. Our representative will meet you at your hotel and will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule to bid farewell. It is good to be at the airport at least 2.5 hours before your departure to complete the airport check-in on time.

After a successful Red Panda trip, explore Nepal's wonders, from the Royal Bengal Tiger to Leopards, One-Horned Rhinos, Wild Elephants, Birds, and even embark on a Snow Leopard Encounter Expedition or trek with us, simply contact us.

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • ​​​International airport pickup and drop by private vehicle
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu twin/single with breakfast at 4 stars hotel 
  • Kathmandu to Kutumsang - private 4wd jeep transport (start)
  • Maghu Village to Kathmandu - private 4wd jeep transport (return)
  • Accommodation and 3 meals a day during the trekking (Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tea, coffee, hot or cold drinking wateer entire the tracking period.
  • Professional government license holder English-speaking trekking and nature guide.
  • Porters to carry the luggage (Kutumsang and trek to Mangingoth and back to Maghu Village)
  • All programs as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional government license holder English speaking export nature guide entire the red panda trip – guides have minimum 15 years’ experience and work for conservation
  • Necessary assistant guide during tracking
  • All salary, allowance, food & accommodation for guides
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver)
  • Government Tax and office service charge
  • Basic medical kits
  • Tiger Encounter Souvenir - t-shirt/ photography jacket
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and boiled water during the red panda tour.
  • All food and beverages are other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
     

Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

The nearest national park to Kathmandu, Langtang National Park is the first mountainous national park in the central Himalayan highlands of Nepal and the first national park in Nepal to save the Snow Leopard. The park is part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape which is rich in flora and fauna. It was established in 1970-71 AD to conserve the floras and faunas of the Langtang region. It is the second largest national park of Nepal with an area of 1710 sq. km.  It covers 3 districts, including 7% of Nuwakot, 36% of Sindhupalchowk, and 57% of Rasuwa.


The best time to track red pandas in Nepal:

The best times to spot red pandas in the wild are during the spring (mid-March to mid-May) and autumn (October to November) in the central Himalayan foothills. Red pandas are less visible in the hot summer when temperatures exceed 25C, as they seek refuge in tree hollows and shaded areas. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall, making forested hills risky to navigate and reducing sightings. To increase chances of observation, we travel in the cooler spring and autumn, when red pandas are more active, sunbathing on large branches in the morning and throughout the day.


 

Fitness levels required:

A moderate level of fitness or some experience in hill walking is recommended for this tour, as it primarily takes place at altitudes ranging from 9,800ft to 13,000ft. It's important to note that all trekking is conducted at your own pace, with the longest continuous walks lasting around an hour, and most typically being less than an hour.

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