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Langtang Trek Overview

Amongst several well-known trekking trails of Nepal, the Langtang trek marks itself as a hidden gem that is yet to be explored by many trekkers. Situated in the Rasuwa district of Nepal, the valley is also popularly known as the 'Valley of glaciers'. Relatively a short trek in comparison to other famous trails like; Everest & Annapurna, the Langtang trek is an ideal option for people looking for a short off-beat path to the thrilling Himalayas. 

The Langtang trek comprises everything that adventure-seekers are looking for, from lowlands to rocky heights, giant waterfalls to fast-flowing rivers, deep forests to open fields in the lap of the Himalayas & the diverse biodiversity in the Himalayan wilderness. Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas, you can witness astonishing views of mountains like; Langtang Lirung (7227m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Naya Khang (5844m), Yala Peak (5520m), etc, during the Langtang trek. Passing through local settlements, dense forest, suspension bridges, praying walls, and open fields, the trek also takes you to Langtang national park where you might witness wildlife like musk deer & wild monkeys. Along with natural beauty, the valley doesn't fall behind on cultural aspects as well. During the trek, you get to witness & experience the Sherpa culture & tradition influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

The 11 days trek starts with sightseeing around Kathmandu valley & then a day drive takes you to the starting point of the trek, Syabrubesi. Following a few days of the trek, you arrive at the highest settlement point of the trek, a Sherpa village named Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). Further, the trek takes you to the highest viewpoint of the trek Kyanjin Ri (4773m) and Tsergo Ri (5000m) from where you get to witness a 360-degree view of mountains. There cannot be a more suitable option than the Langtang valley trek for people looking for exceptional adventure in the Himalayas. 

 

Why do you have to trek Langtang valley? 

 

Trek the distinct off-beaten trail

In recent years, the Langtang trek has gotten much more exposure in comparison to the past times but is still unknown to many. One of the major reasons to consider trekking the Langtang valley is because of its off-beaten path. Unlike other famous trekking trails of Nepal, this region is less crowded with a diverse natural & cultural beauty to offer. If you want to experience something different from regular trekking trails, then this trek is perfect for you. 

An adventure of a lifetime

Although off-beat, the Langtang trek doesn't fall behind on the adventure it has to offer to trekkers. The adventure starts from the very first day of the trek as you drive to Syabrubesi. A few hours of the drive is typical off-road with lots of ups and downs which can prove to be an adventure for many. Then, the very next day, the actual trek begins as you cross dense forests, long suspension bridges & waterfalls. That's not all, the trek also takes you to the highest viewpoint of the region, Tsergo Ri which is at an altitude of 4984m, from where you get to see the panoramic view of the Himalayas. 

Amazing sightseeing opportunities

The journey is not just limited to the Himalayan adventure but takes you to some remarkable heritages of Nepal. As the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is home to some phenomenal UNESCO World heritage sites. So, on this Langtang valley trek, spare some time to witness the unique beauty of Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, and the oldest Asian Bouddhanath Stupa. With the knowledge of our guides, you will have an enlightening experience here. 

Astonishing views of mountains

There cannot be a more pleasing emotion to any nature lover than witnessing mountains right before their eyes. Nepal, as a land of the Himalayas, offers a delightful experience for visitors to witness the majestic mountains from several regions of the country. During this Langtang valley trek, you get to witness the Langtang range of Himalayas including mountains like; Langtang Lirung (7227m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Naya Khang (5844m), Yala Peak (5520m), etc.  

Experience the thrill of climbing the viewpoints above 4500m

One of the most thrilling experiences of the Langtang valley trek is that you get to climb the highest viewpoint of the region Kyanjin Ri (4775 m) & Tsergo Ri (4984m) respectively. The ascend to the viewpoint is tough & demanding but thoroughly worth it. You get to stand face to face with the mountains & witness the view of the valley and glaciers below which is another highlight of the climb. 

Walk on national park trails

The Langtang valley trek takes you to the fourth national park of Nepal, Langtang national park. Walking on the trails inside the national park is already a unique experience in itself & if you're lucky you might as well witness animals like deers & wild monkeys. 

Explore the Tibetan influenced Himalayan culture & lifestyle

Nepal is a diverse country, not just naturally but culturally as well. It is a country where every region presents distinct culture, tradition & lifestyle. Now, if you want to experience the Himalayan tradition & lifestyle influenced by the Tibetan culture, you've just got one more reason to add Langtang valley to your bucket list.

Start At Kathmandu Airport
End At Kathmandu Airport
Transportation Car and Local bus
Max Altitude 5000 M
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel and Tea house

Langtang Trek Highlights

  • Get astonishing views of snow-capped mountains such as Langtang Ri, Langtang, Langsisa & Yala Peak, etc.
  • Explore the less known trekking trail of Nepal.
  • Experience the Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
  • Pass through rhododendron forests, waterfalls, suspension bridges & yak fields.
  • Climb the highest viewpoint of the Langtang region, Kyanjin Ri (4773m) & Tserko Ri (4984m)
  • Walkthrough trails inside Langtang National park.
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna.
  • Get to experience the incredible hospitality of the Himalayan region.
Langtang Trek Itinerary

This is your arrival day in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our representatives will be there to greet you warmly outside the airport. They will then escort you to the hotel and complete all the check-in procedures. You can take a rest at the hotel for the remaining day and in the evening you will have a meeting with our guides to discuss the trek to Mardi Himal. All the required pieces of information about the trek will be delivered by our guides to you. And you can freely ask for their help if you need anything for the trek. 

Things to Look Out For:

  • Meet and greet at the airport and reach the hotel.

  • Relaxing in the hotel. 

There are a few governmental formalities that you'll have to fulfill today. So, today we will help you complete all the Government procedures and formalities so that no hassle arrives during the Mardi Himal trek. It is also a free day for you before we begin our trek, so you can explore Kathmandu city which flaunts some of the UNESCO World heritage sites. You can pay a visit to the renowned Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath temple. Another site you can visit is Swayambhunath stupa which is well-known as a monkey temple. Also, don't forget to stroll around Kathmandu Durbar Square and its surrounding area as it is the shopping hub of the city.   

Things to Lookout For:

  • Visiting Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath temple

  • Going to the Monkey temple (Swayambhunath Stupa)

  • Shopping at Durbar Square

  • Relaxing in the hotel 

Keep in Mind:

Today you can take all the small pieces of information about the trek with our guides. You have to make sure that you don’t have any queries or confusion regarding the trek. Also, you should keep everything ready for the trek including the packing of bags and all necessary items. 

This is your third day in Nepal & the official start of the Langtang valley trek. The journey today will start early in the morning as you start your drive to Syabrubesi which is the starting point of the trek. The drive today passes through the town Trisuli before moving towards Dunche. It will take around 7-8 hours of drive to reach Syabrubesi from Kathmandu & on the way, you can get pleasant views of the Trishuli River and surrounding landscape along with local villages and hills. After arriving in Syabrubesi, your guide will lead you to the hotel where you’ll be staying overnight. Overnight stay at Syabrubesi. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • View of landscapes & rivers during the drive.

  • Experience the thrilling off-road ride.

Keep in Mind:

The road after the halfway to Syabrubesi is off-road with lots of ups and downs, so it is better if you are prepared mentally beforehand for an off-road ride. Also, it is a long ride of around 7-8 hours which may be tiring for a few but, don't forget to enjoy the views of landscapes & small valleys on the way during the drive. If you need to buy anything before starting the trek, you can buy here as it is the last town before you set off to the mountains. 

The day starts with an easy walk through the roads until you reach the suspension bridge which leads to a jungle trail. You will walk on the trail alongside Langtang Khola as you ascend and descend through rhododendron forests. Soon, you'll cross a hot spring and after a little more uphill climb, you'll reach a place called Bamboo. From bamboo, you'll pass several other small settlements, small bridges & waterfalls until you reach Lama Hotel. The trail just before arriving at Lama hotel is a dense forest & the place Lama hotel itself is located in the middle of the forest. Overnight stay at Lama Hotel.

Things to Lookout For:

  • Witness the giant waterfalls & long suspension bridges.

  • Pass through several small settlements.

  • Walk on a densely forested trail & sneak a peak of mountains. 

Keep in Mind:

The total hours of the walk today is around 6-7 hours. The walk starts pretty easy but as you keep walking, you'll start noticing the uphill stairs which will tire you quickly. Walk steadily at your own pace & don't forget to enjoy the forested trail. 

From Lama Hotel, today you'll ascend above the Langtang Khola from where the trail becomes steeper. You'll get to witness the first view of Mt. Langtang Lirung rising up on the way today. The trail takes you through forests & open fields before you arrive at the field known as Ghoda Tabela. Further, the trail takes you to a wide valley of yak pastures and Tamang villages with prayer wheels. Before arriving at the Langtang valley, you'll pass old Langtang valley which was devastatingly destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. After crossing the old Langtang valley, you'll walk on a steep trail for a while & arrive at the new Langtang valley. Overnight stay at Langtang valley.

Things to Lookout For:

  • Enjoy the open fields & yak pastures on the way.

  • Take a short break at Ghoda Tabela which is an amazing location.

  • Get the first view of mountains on the way. 

  • Passing through the old Langtang valley. 

Keep in Mind:

The walk today is less than the previous day and much more beautiful as you get closer and closer to your destination. There are several places on the way today which are picture-perfect locations. Also, keep your heart strong as you pass by old Langtang valley as it can be heartbreaking to see a place all deserted which once used to be a lively village.

The walk today is very easy and short as you head towards the last village of the region of your trek, Kyanjin Gumba. Kyanjin gumba is also an important monastery of the region. You pass by several prayer wheels, mani walls, open fields alongside the river & there are not many settlements on the way today. After the short trek, you'll arrive at Kyanjin gumba surrounded by mountains all around. After having lunch, you can either explore the Gompa and surrounding areas. Or if you want some more walk then, you can choose to hike up to Kyanjin Ri which offers some outstanding views of mountains. Hiking to Kyanjin Ri can also help you get acclimatized for tomorrow's climb. Overnight stay at Kyanjin Gompa. 

Things to Lookout For:

  • Enjoy the short walk to Kyanjin Gumba.

  • Pass through mani walls & prayer wheels as you walk witnessing the mountains.

  • Explore the village Kyanjin Gumba & its surroundings. 

Keep in Mind:

It is a relatively very short and easy walk today up to Kyanjin gumba. take your time to enjoy the view on the way. After arriving at Kyanjin Gumba, it is totally up to you if you want to explore the surroundings of the village or hike to Kyanjin Ri. Either way, you'll have a great time in this village.

Today can be considered as the highlight of the trek as you'll spend the whole day exploring Tsergo Ri. You'll begin your trek early in the morning today. You'll cross the Kyanjin gompa village and leave the settlements behind and reach yak pastures before ascending to Tsergo Ri. The climb to the top is quite challenging as it is mostly uphill. But once you reach the top, you get to enjoy the majestic views of Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), and Naya Khang (5,844m), etc. After enjoying your packed lunch while relishing the majestic mountains right in front of your eyes, you’ll descend back to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight stay at Kyanjin Gompa.

Things to Lookout For:

·       Majestic views of Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), and Naya Khang (5,844m), etc.

·       Looking for uphill walks may come as a challenge for you. 

 

Keep in Mind:

Today can be regarded as the highlight day of the trek as you ascend to the highest point of the trek. Remember to take in every moment amongst the mountains today as a day like this doesn't come often in a lifetime. Also, don’t hesitate to let your guide know if you’re having any trouble walking.

Today, you'll descend to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin gompa following the same route you took to ascend. You'll walk alongside Langtang Khola followed by Mundu village, Ghoda Tabela & Langtang valley respectively. The descent is much faster and easier than the ascent, so after 5-6 hours of the walk today, you'll reach the Lama hotel. Overnight stay at lama hotel

Things to Lookout For:

·       Have a last look at the majestic mountains.

·       Once again, enjoy the trail filled with open fields & forested paths.

 

Keep in Mind:

Make sure to take a look at the mountains as much as you can as today is the last day of the trek to view mountains up close.  

Today is the final walking day of your trek as you descend to Syabrubesi. It is an easy descent through a forested trail to Syabrubesi. You can take your time and enjoy the walk as you make your way back to Syabrubesi. Overnight stay at Syabrubesi.

It is a day to bid farewell to the Langtang region and drive back to Kathmandu. You'll catch a vehicle early in the morning & leave for Kathmandu. You'll reach Kathmandu after a 7-8 hrs of drive & you can spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu taking much-needed rest or catching up on some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Your journey to the mountains has come to an end and this is your departure day. Our representatives will be there to escort you to the airport before your boarding time and help you with the check-in procedures.

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Langtang Trek Includes / Excludes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers

  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu

  • Kathmandu city tours, including tour guide, and private transportation

  • 3 standard meals a day during the trek

  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek

  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.

  • Kathmandu-Sabrubeshi by Jeep and Sabrubeshi to Kathmandu by Local bus

  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Langtang trip

  • Porter services during the Langtang Trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)

  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.

  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate

  • Required Langtang Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System

  • First aid medicine kit

  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.

  • Government taxes & office service charge

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary

  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses

  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages

  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)

  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Before You Go

Best time to trek Langtang valley

Weather plays a vital role in determining to trek to any destination. It is very important to know the weather of any destination before your trek. Although it is possible to trek to all parts of Nepal throughout the year as every season has its pros and cons. The best time to trek to any region is during the spring and the autumn season as the sky is usually clear offering some breathtaking sceneries. 

Particularly speaking about the Langtang Valley trek, like any other region, spring and autumn seasons are the most suitable time and more preferable by the trekkers. The main reason why these two seasons are preferable is because of their advantages. 

In the spring season, rhododendron and several other plants start blooming & the weather is very pleasant with clear skies & moderate temperature that provides you with a panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. You also get to enjoy the trail filled with a diverse range of plants and flowers. 

As the spring season, Autumn is another perfect season for Langtang Valley Trek when the weather is clear with moderate temperature, making it a perfect time to trek in higher altitudes. If you want to enjoy the trek to the fullest without any hassle, it is much recommended to trek to Langtang valley during spring or autumn but if you want to avoid the crowd & enjoy the sole trek you can also take up an adventure of trekking in monsoon or early winter. 

Food during Langtang Trek

The food during the Langtang Trek is quite suitable and adjustable in comparison to other regions of Nepal. But as you're already expecting, there won't be as many options as in the cities. You can have breakfast, lunch & dinner anywhere in the villages scattered along the trail. The menu normally includes traditional Local, Asian, and Western cuisine at the beginning of the trek but as you trek in higher elevation, the choices get limited. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, potatoes, toast, or traditional bread while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), noodles, fried rice, dumplings, etc according to the lodge and destination. 

Accommodation during Langtang Trek

Accommodation in Langtang Valley varies from destination to destination. During the beginning of the trek, you can enjoy standard hotels with a private room including in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff. But as you trek in higher elevation and enter the remote village area, the rooms come without facilities like in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, free WIFI, etc. But given the area & its remoteness, it is the best that people here can offer. 

Langtang Trek difficulty

Langtang valley trek falls under moderate level trekking which is also known as Grade B level of trekking. Grade B usually involves about one to two-week-long treks above the elevation of 3000m and below 5000m. This grade of trekking involves a few uphill and downhill climbs in the elevation between 3000m to 5000m. Trekkers embarking on this grade of trekking are highly recommended to a few short hikes and treks beforehand. Altitude gain per day during this grade of trekking can range between 400m-700m. This is an ideal grade of trekking for trekkers looking for a fun and thrilling experience in the mountains. 

Langtang Trek Equipments

Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking gears & equipment for Langtang Trek, Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment & gear.  Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good quality and reliable clothes and footwear as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. Below Here is the packing list for Langtang Trek.

Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 

General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear 

• Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 

Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 

Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 

Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 

Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 

Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 

Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 

Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitiser. 

Langtang Trek FAQs

Generally, the Langtang trek is 7-8 days long, with the starting and ending point being Kathmandu. But it is feasible to extend the trek depending on the walking hours preference each day and extra rest days in-between the journey. 

Langtang Trek can be categorized as an Easy level or Grade-A trekking in case of difficulty. It is not difficult for the trekkers with past trekking experience and even not challenging for beginners. This trek can be done by all ages people without having stress. Anyway, it is best to have a few hiking experiences before the Langtang trek to enjoy without any hassle. 

There is no compulsion to have a guide for trekking to the Langtang. But, Himalayan Recreation suggests having a Guide for your safety, all the arrangements from the trekking permits and accommodation will land on your shoulder. So, it is best to have a guide to avoid any kind of mishaps during the trek and fully enjoy the journey. 
There is only one route you can take for the Langtang trek. And it begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. For the drive, both private and public vehicles are available and you can choose depending on your preference.

The Langtang journey from Kathmandu to Langtang begins with a drive to Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is the starting point of the Langtang trek from where you'll be following the route through Lama Hotel, Langtang Valley, and Kyanjin Gompa for the coming days. To get to Syabrubesi, you can either catch a public vehicle or rent a private jeep which will take around 6-7 hours of total drive.

Langtang trekking region is filled with a diverse range of nature and culture offering visitors a distinct trekking experience. Some of the special features of the Langtang region are;

·     Langtang National Park offers a rich ecosystem.

·     Tibetan influenced the authentic lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa community.

·      Langtang valley, dominated by the Langtang Himalayas.

·       Viewpoints like; Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri which offer 360-degree vistas of mountains. 

Yes, Langtang is open for trekking and welcomes all the trekkers around the globe to have the best time of their life in the Himalayas. 

There is no need for a sleeping bag during the Langtang trek unless you decide to camp during the trek. The hotels and lodges are easily accessible during the trek all along the trail. But we suggest you bring a Sleeping bag in case the tea houses bedsheet is dirty and it is compulsory to have it in the winter season.

Like any other trekking region of Nepal, Langtang trek weather differs according to the season. But as it is comparatively in the high altitude, the night and mornings are cold all along the year. It is best to trek Langtang in Spring and autumn to have the best and preferable weather. 

When trekking to Langtang valley, it is essential to pack suitable clothing according to the season. The must-haves during all seasons are; warm windproof fleece jackets, trousers, inner thermals, proper trekking shoes, and other personal required cloths. For the equipment, trekking sticks, chargers, power banks, medical supplies are must-haves along with any other personal gear.

Generally speaking, the Best cost of Langtang Trek ranges from $600 to $1500 per person although there is no actual math for the precise cost. Prices generally include all permits, both ways Kathmandu – Sabrubeshi – Kathmandu transportation cost. Also includes accommodations, meals, guides, and porters. The journey to the Langtang cost depends on factors such as the reputation and brand name of the operator with whom you book your Langtang holidays. It also depends on the season that you plan to travel, the services or facilities you require, standard of accommodation and food options, and other aspects. We can recommend 999 USD Per Person is the best Langtang Trek cost. 

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