Langtang Valley Trek - 11 Days

Tour Overview

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Location

Langtang

Durations

11 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Max group size

12

Best Time

Spring and Autumn


Tour Description

The Langtang Valley Trek is a renowned trekking route in Nepal, situated in Rasuwa district close to the Tibetan border and located in the Langtang region of the Himalayas. The trek takes you through stunning landscapes, including dense forests, lush valleys, and high-altitude glaciers, while also providing a unique cultural experience as you interact with local communities and learn about their way of life.

This Langtang Trek is a moderate-level trek that can be completed in 6-11 days, making it a great option for trekkers looking for a shorter, yet challenging trekking experience in Nepal. 

An ideal 6-day Langtang Valley Trek (Syabrubesi-Kyanjin-Syabrubesi) is about 65km/40 miles in length. however, if you have multiple side trips and explore more around the Langtang region, then the trek length may vary.

What sets Langtang Valley Trek apart is its close proximity to the Tibetan border, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local Tamang and Tibetan cultures, as well as witness their traditional lifestyle and warm hospitality. The trail leads you to the sacred Kyanjin Gompa, where you can savor stunning panoramic vistas and indulge in authentic local cuisine.

 

Langtang Valley and the Tibetian Influence

Langtang Valley stands as a captivating testament to the Tibetan influence that graces its culture. This pristine valley, located in Nepal, is a heaven for trekkers and explorers seeking a glimpse into the enchanting blend of Tibetan traditions and natural beauty. The valley not only offers amazing vistas of snow-capped peaks but also serves as a living museum of Tibetan culture, from its distinctive architecture to its vibrant festivals.

Langtang Valley's connection to Tibetan culture extends to its culinary delights as well. The valley's eateries offer a mesmerizing array of Tibetan dishes that delight the senses and warm the soul. From hearty yak-based stews to delicate momos (dumplings), the food reflects the resilience of the Tibetan people and their adaptability to high-altitude living. This trekking journey becomes a cultural exploration, as every bite narrates the story of shared histories between the Tibetan plateau and the Langtang Valley.

Tibetan culture in Langtang Valley trekking resonates through more than just the food and flavors, it echoes in the very language spoken by the locals. The melodious cadence of the Tibetan language fills the air, fostering a sense of connection between the valley's inhabitants and their roots. The valley's festivals, infused with vibrant dances and traditional attire, offer a glimpse into the profound spiritual beliefs of the Tibetan people. As visitors traverse the trails of Langtang, they are met with warm hospitality. This convergence of traditions is what makes Langtang Valley not just a destination, but a transformative cultural trip.

 

What to Expect during Langtang Valley Trekking

The Langtang trek journey begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu. After a scenic drive to Syabrubesi, a picturesque village, you'll be ready to set foot on the trekking trail. The initial stages will introduce you to the local culture and offer glimpses of the majestic mountains that await you.

The first leg of the trek takes you through dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. The gentle uphill path to Lama Hotel offers a serene introduction to the trek, with the soothing sound of the Langtang River accompanying you throughout the hike.

Continuing your ascent, the trail leads you deeper into the woods. Keep an eye out for local wildlife and the playful antics of the langur monkeys. The trek to Mundu provides a taste of the stunning vistas that lie ahead.

As you approach Kyangjin Gompa, the landscape transforms dramatically. The lush greenery gives way to rocky terrain. The monastery and the surrounding peaks create a surreal backdrop that marks the gateway to the higher altitudes.

We need to take a day to acclimatize and explore the wonders of Kyanjin Gompa. This day you hike up to the Kyanjin Ri for panoramic views of the Langtang range. The fresh mountain air and stunning vistas make this a truly memorable experience.

For the adventurous souls, a trek to the Langshisa Glacier awaits. This demanding journey takes you to higher altitudes, rewarding you with jaw-dropping views of the glacier and the surrounding peaks.

The pinnacle of the trek is the hike to Tserko Ri. As the sun rises, you'll be treated to a 360-degree panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langshisa Ri, and beyond. It's a moment of pure awe and accomplishment.

The return journey follows a familiar path, giving you the chance to relish the landscapes you passed through on the way up. It's also an opportunity to say goodbye to the welcoming locals you've met along the way.

 

Why Choose Langtang Valley Trekking?

The Langtang Valley Trek lies within the Langtang National Park, covering an area of 1,710 square kilometers, making it the first-ever Himalayan National Park. The region boasts spectacular landscapes, soaring snow-capped peaks, pristine glaciers, dense forests, and quaint villages. Trekkers are enchanted by the stunning vistas of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and other towering peaks that surround the valley.

The Langtang Valley Trek stands out from other treks in the Himalayas due to its unique features and offerings:

  1. Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience: Unlike the more popular treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley Trek offers a serene and less crowded environment, allowing trekkers to connect deeply with nature as it is a less crowded route.

  2. Cultural Immersion: The trail takes you through several Tamang and Tibetan villages, providing an opportunity to experience the rich local culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

  3. Breathtaking Scenery: Every step of the trek offers mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and glistening glaciers, leaving you in awe of the Himalayan beauty.

  4. Accessibility: The starting point of the trek, Syabrubesi, is easily accessible from Kathmandu, making it convenient for travelers.

 

How Difficult is Langtang Valley Trek:  

The Langtang Valley Trek is considered a moderate-level trek, with a maximum altitude of 4,984m at Tserko Ri. The trek involves several steep ascents and descents, as well as high-altitude trekking, which can be physically challenging. The trails can also be rocky and uneven, so it's important to have a good level of fitness and stamina. However, the Langtang Valley Trek is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and trekking experience and can be completed by both novice and experienced trekkers.

If you want to explore more in the Langtang region and have more time then you can check out  Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Trek.

 

Ideal Season for Langtang Valley Trek:  

The best time to do the Langtang Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these seasons, the weather is generally clear and stable, with warm days and cool nights. The skies are usually clear, offering stunning views of the Himalayan range, and the trails are dry and stable, making it easier to trek.

However, it's important to note that the Langtang region can experience unpredictable weather, so it's always best to check the weather forecast before starting the trek. 

 

Permits Required for Langtang Valley Trek

For Langtang Valley trekking, several permits are required to ensure a smooth and regulated journey. These permits include

  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.

The Langtang National Park Entry Permit is essential, as it grants you access to the protected area and contributes to its conservation efforts.

The TIMS card is designed to provide trekking-related information and ensure the safety of trekkers. Both permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the respective entry points before beginning your trek.

It's important to carry these permits with you at all times during the trek, as they might be checked at various checkpoints along the trail. By obtaining the necessary permits, you not only comply with local regulations but also contribute to the preservation of Langtang's unique natural beauty and cultural heritage.

 

(You can obtain these permits from a certified trekking agency in Nepal like Hikingbees)

 

How to Prepare For Langtang Valley Trek:  

To prepare for the Langtang Valley Trek,

it's recommended that you undertake a regular exercise routine that includes cardio, strength training, and endurance building. This will help you to build your fitness and stamina, making it easier to trek for longer periods of time. It's also important to undertake some high-altitude training, such as hill walking or stair climbing, to prepare your body for the altitude.

Additionally, it's recommended that you invest in good-quality trekking gear, including a sturdy pair of trekking boots, a warm jacket, and a good-quality sleeping bag.

Finally, it's essential to stay hydrated and well-nourished throughout the trek, so make sure to carry enough water and snacks with you. 

Tour Highlights

  • Trekking through the stunning Langtang Valley and Langtang National Park.
  • Interacting with local communities and learning about their way of life and culture.
  • Enjoying stunning views of the Himalayan range, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa 
  • Exploring the traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages along the way.
  • Witness the awe-inspiring Langtang Glacier, a massive sheet of ice that extends from the Langtang Lirung.
  • Visiting Kyanjin Gompa, a famous Buddhist monastery, and learning about Tibetan Buddhism.
  •  Gosainkunda Lake, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It's believed to have been created by Lord Shiva.
  • Trekking to Tserko Ri for panoramic views of the Himalayan range.
  • Experiencing the unique flora and fauna of the Langtang region, including rhododendrons, oaks, and pines, as well as wildlife such as the Himalayan black bear, red panda, and snow leopard. 
  • Less crowded off-the-beaten trekking experience.

Tour Includes

  • Airport transfers and transportation as per itinerary 
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during the trek (tea houses/guesthouses in the Langtang region) 
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide along with a skilled porter
  • All necessary permits for the trek (TIMS and Langtang National Park entry fee)  
  • Insurance for the guide.
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • All the necessary equipment (Down Jacket, Duffle Bag, Sleeping Bag).
  • First-aid supplies including an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • Energy Supplements (Cookies, chocolate bar, etc.) once a day.
  • Seasonal fruits as dessert after dinner.
  • Certificate of trek completion and Hiking bees T-shirt.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali kitchen.
  • Hot bag for a good night's sleep.

Tour Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu 
  • Nepal visa fees 
  • porter (additional 20 $ per day)
  • Meals in Kathmandu 
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, phone calls, internet, etc.) 
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Highest Altitude : 1300Meters
Meals : Welcome Drinks

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

You can spend the rest of the day exploring the vibrant streets of Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu.

Highest Altitude : 1,550m
Trek Duration : 7-8Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

You will start your journey early in the morning from Kathmandu, and drive towards Syabrubesi, which is located around 120km north of the city.

The drive will take around 7-8 hours, and you will be passing through the beautiful countryside of Nepal, with stunning views of the Himalayan range. Upon reaching Syabrubesi, you will check in to a teahouse and rest for the night.

Trek Distance : 15-16 Km
Highest Altitude : 2,380m
Trek Duration : 6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today, your trek will start from Syabrubesi, and you will be walking through beautiful landscapes of dense forests, rivers, and waterfalls. The trail is a gradual ascent through the Langtang Khola Valley, and you will be walking on a well-defined trail that passes through small villages and tea houses.

You will be trekking for around 6 hours before reaching Lama Hotel, where you will be staying overnight.

 

Trek Distance : 15-16 Km
Highest Altitude : 3,430m
Trek Duration : 6-7 hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After having breakfast, you will start your trek towards Langtang village. The trail today is steeper than yesterday, and you will be walking through dense forests of oak, maple, and rhododendron. You will be crossing several streams and waterfalls on the way, and the scenery becomes more beautiful as you climb higher.

After trekking for around 6 hours, you will reach Langtang village, where you will be staying overnight.

 

 

 

Trek Distance : 7-8 Km
Highest Altitude : 3,870m
Trek Duration : 3-4Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today, you will be trekking toward Kyanjin Gompa, which is one of the highlights of the Langtang Valley trek. The trail is relatively easy, and you will be walking through yak pastures and moraines.

You will be crossing a few streams and small bridges before reaching Kyanjin Gompa. The monastery is located at the base of Langtang Lirung (7,246m), and it offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. You will be staying overnight at a teahouse in Kyanjin Gompa.

 

Trek Distance : 12 km
Highest Altitude : 3,870m
Trek Duration : 8 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today is an acclimatization day, which means you will not be carrying any luggage but rather we'll hike exploring the area around Kyanjin Gompa. You can hike to Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is located above Kyanjin Gompa and offers breathtaking views of the Langtang Himalayas.

Alternatively, you can visit the Cheese Factory, which is located in Kyanjin Gompa, and taste some delicious cheese made from yak milk.

 

Trek Distance : 21Km
Highest Altitude : 2,380m
Trek Duration : 5-6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After spending a day at Kyanjin Gompa, you will retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel. The trail is mostly downhill, and you will be walking through the same route that you took while climbing up.

You will be trekking for around 6 hours before reaching Lama Hotel, where you will be staying overnight.

 

Trek Distance : 13 Km
Highest Altitude : 2,230m
Trek Duration : 5-6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today, you will be trekking toward Thulo Syabru, which is a beautiful village located in the Langtang region. The trail today is mostly downhill, and you will be walking through beautiful landscapes of bamboo forests, rhododendrons, and small streams.

You will be trekking for around 5-6 hours before reaching Thulo Syabru, where you will be staying overnight

Trek Distance : 8 km
Highest Altitude : 3,330m
Trek Duration : 4-5 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today, you will be trekking towards Shin Gompa, which is a small village located in the upper Langtang region. The trail today is uphill, and you will be walking through beautiful forests of oak and rhododendron.

You will be trekking for around 4-5 hours before reaching Shin Gompa, where you will be staying overnight.

Trek Distance : 9Km
Highest Altitude : 1,960m
Trek Duration : 3-4Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After breakfast, you will start your descent towards Dhunche, which is the endpoint of the Langtang Valley Trek. The trek will be downhill and mostly on a rocky trail. You will pass through beautiful forests of oak, rhododendron, and pine, and you may be able to spot some wildlife along the way before reaching Dhunche. From here, you will bid farewell to the Langtang region and take a bus or jeep back to Kathmandu.

The journey will take around 7-8 hours, and you will pass through scenic landscapes and traditional villages. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be dropped off at your hotel, where you can rest and relax after the trek.

Later in the evening, we'll have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant (funded by the company) and head back to our hotels.

Meals : B

This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport

You will head back to your homes and recall the magical moments in Nepal.

FAQs Section

The Langtang Valley Trek is considered a moderate-level trek, with a maximum altitude of 4,984m at Tserko Ri.

The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear.

The trek offers teahouse accommodations, which are basic yet comfortable lodges run by locals. They provide a warm and cozy environment, perfect for trekkers.

Yes, you need two permits: the Langtang National Park entry permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.

Altitude sickness can affect trekkers at higher elevations. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

Yes, you can combine various other treks with Langtang Valley Trek such as Langtang Gosainkunda Pass Trek, Helambu Trek, and Tamang Heritage Trail.

Yes, you can do honey hunting on the Langtang trek with an additional 2 days on this trek. You can reach up to a place called Pahiro( Landslide)/ Bamboo and do the honey hunting there.

Trek Map

Additional Info

Essential Gear and Preparation for Langtang Valley Trekking

Before you set foot on the Langtang trek journey, it's crucial to be well-prepared and have the right gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some essentials you should consider:

  1. Footwear: Invest in sturdy and comfortable trekking boots to support your feet throughout the journey.

  2. Clothing: Pack breathable and moisture-wicking clothing, including base layers, insulated jackets, and waterproof outerwear.

  3. Trekking Poles: They provide stability on uneven terrain and reduce the strain on your knees during descents.

  4. Medical Kit: Carry a well-stocked medical kit with basic medicines for common ailments like headaches, stomach upsets, and blisters.

  5. Permits: Obtain necessary trekking permits from the Nepal Tourism Board and Langtang National Park.

Read our detailed checklist before visiting Nepal for Trekking.

 

Langtang Village Before and After Earthquake of 2015

Before the earthquake of 2015, the Langtang Valley trekking experience was known for its pristine natural beauty, charming local culture, and serene atmosphere. The Langtang Valley, situated in the northern part of Nepal, was a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. The trail took visitors through picturesque villages, lush forests, and alongside the Langtang River, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Travelers could enjoy interactions with the warm and welcoming local Tamang and Sherpa communities, experiencing their traditional lifestyle, cuisine, and religious practices. The region was known for its ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, and the hospitality of the local people.

However, in April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, including the Langtang region. The earthquake triggered massive avalanches and landslides, causing widespread destruction. The Langtang Valley was particularly hard hit, with entire villages being buried under debris and rocks (nearly 300 people were killed). The natural landscape was altered, with some trails becoming impassable due to landslides, and some areas suffering from extensive environmental damage.

 

Here's a satellite image showcasing the satellite image of the Lantang before and after the landslide. (Image Source: https://www.nasa.gov/)

 

 Lantang after the landslide. (Image Source)

 

After the earthquake, there were significant efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate the Langtang Valley. It took a lot (nearly 5 years) for Langtang and the people living there to recover from the damage. The local communities, along with government and international organizations, worked together to restore infrastructure, rebuild homes, and create safer trekking routes. Slowly but surely after a few years, the Langtang Valley started to welcome back trekkers again.

Now you can find nice tea houses and lodges, good food and accommodations. In short, Langtang is ready to welcome Tourists again and is back to its lifestyle forgetting the past.

 

Langtang now (2023)

 

Also, check out this visual guide of Langtang and Gosainkunda:

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