Chyangba Village lies at a height of 3500m, in the north of Kathmandu and is approximately 400Km away from the city. The village does not lie on the trekker's trail so development has been very slow. Yet the natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage make this village a unique place on earth.
There are about 150 houses inhabited by many ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Rai, Magar, Newar, Tamang, Chhetris, Brahmins, Viswakarma, Sunuwar, etc. People here are mostly farmers, growing potato, apple, maize, wheat, barley, peach, radish, buckwheat, millet, etc. Every Friday, people bring their crops to sell or exchange for rice, tea, salt, oil, butter, spices, soaps etc. There are many species of rhododendron growing at this height. There are also many wild strawberries growing in the nearby forests. During mushroom season, people collect different varieties of edible mushrooms from the nearby forest.
Friday market is an attraction to see where people come from nearby villages to sell their products. Once a year there is a shaman ritual when people gather near a water stream to watch shamans perform unusual practices when they worship their spiritual gurus. Mani Rimdu is another unique Buddhist festival that happens at the Chyangba Gompa where Buddhist monks wear different deities' masks and robes and perform dances. This is when all the villagers come and socialize. Wild animals like bear, jackal, white and red monkey and many different kind of birds can be seen. Depending upon your luck, you might even encounter a Himalayan Tiger or a leopard.
November-December and January-February are the main wedding seasons here at Chyangba. This is also the time when most part of the village remains covered under snow.
Date - Plan
Day 1- ARRIVED IN KATHMANDU
Day 2 - DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO JIRI (1955M.)
Day 3 - TREK FROM JIRI TO SHIVALAYA
Day 4 - SHIVALAYA TREK TO BHANDAR (CHANGMA) (2190M.)
Day 5 - BHANDAR TREK TO NAMKHELI (1460M.)
Day 6 - NAMKHELI TREK TO NGAUR (3350M.)
Day 7 - NGAUR TREK TO PIKEY PEAK BASE CAMP (3640M.)
Day 8 - BASE CAMP HIKE PIKE PEAK (4065M.) BACK TREK TO LAMUJE (3500M.)
Day 9 - LAMUJE TREK TO JHAPREA (2885M.)
Day 10 - JHAPREA TREK TO CHANGBA (2820M.)
Day 11 - CHANGBA REST DAY VISIT MONASTRY AND VILLAGE
Day 12 - CHANGBA TREK TO BHITAKHARKA (2250M.)
Day 13 - BHITAKHARKA TREK TO PHAPLU (LAST DAY)
Day 14 - PHAPLU TO FLY KATHMANDU, visit Bhaktapur/ Dinner in traditional restaurant
Day 15 - Kathmandu visit to boudhanath and pashupatinath, transfer to airport.