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Langtang Valley Trek | A Trekker's Paradise

Langtang Valley Trek | A Trekker's Paradise

Overview

The Langtang Valley Trek is a renowned trekking destination celebrated for its stunning scenery, rich Tamang culture, and convenient proximity to Kathmandu. Despite the significant impact of the 2015 earthquake and a major landslide, the area has seen remarkable efforts in rebuilding, making it accessible once more. Trekking in Langtang not only provides breathtaking views but also supports the local community's recovery and sustainability.

The Langtang Valley Trek is a deeply rewarding experience, combining the allure of natural beauty with the chance to support a resilient community. Langtang Valley, once a favorite among trekkers for its picturesque landscapes and authentic culture, is making a strong comeback after the devastating earthquake. The local inhabitants have worked tirelessly to rebuild their homes and lives, making this trek a unique opportunity to contribute to their recovery through sustainable travel.

Starting from the town of Syabru Besi, the trek leads you through lush forests, eventually reaching the high meadows and yak pastures surrounding Kyangjin Gompa, a serene Buddhist monastery. For an extra challenge, you can hike to the top of Kyangjin Ri for stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayas. The journey concludes with a trek back down the valley, followed by a scenic drive to Kathmandu. For those short on time but not on budget, consider a helicopter ride from Kyanjin for a swift return and unforgettable aerial views of the mountains.

Interested in the Langtang Valley Trek? Our local specialists in Nepal can help plan your journey, offering experienced guides, a well-designed itinerary, and the flexibility to trek at your own pace.

Trip Highlights

  • Nearest trek to the Kathmandu Valley
  • Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, enjoying views of Trishuli Village and the Trishuli River along the way.
  • Discover Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan national park in Nepal.
  • Stunning views of the Ganjala Range, Dorje Lakpa Range, and Khemjung Glacier
  • Support the rehabilitation of communities rebuilding their lives and livelihoods post-earthquake.
  • Explore Kyanjin Gompa,  at 3,860 meters, where six centuries of history are nestled among snow-capped peaks
  • Learn about the distinctive cultures and traditions of the Tibetan and Tamang communities.

Langtang Valley Trek | A Trekker's Paradise Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Dream Team will greet you and guide you to your hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you can check in, freshen up, and take some time to relax. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Dream Team. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

From Kathmandu, our journey extends over  to Syabru Besi. Just 30km into the drive, we encounter charming villages nestled along the Trishuli River. As we progress, the horizon expands to include magnificent views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the peaks of the Langtang region

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1400 m

Today, our trek begins by following the ridge along the main road of Syabru Besi, leading us to the Ghopcha Khola. As we venture further, the landscape unfolds into terraced fields and lush forests populated with oak, maple, alder, and bamboo. This natural habitat might offer glimpses of the yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkeys, red pandas, and Himalayan black bears.

The path continues, crossing a stream, and we encounter several quaint bhattis (tea shops) along the route. The trail then ascends steeply, and we come upon a steel suspension bridge at 2,000 meters. Crossing this bridge, we switch to the north bank of the Langtang Khola, surrounded by dramatic views of cascading waterfalls.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2748 m
Walking Hours
5/6

From the Lama Hotel, we ascend steeply beside the Langtang Khola with the impressive Langtang Lirung, reaching 7,246 meters, towering above us. After crossing a log bridge, we arrive at the meadows of Ghora Tabela, which sit at 3,000 meters and feature several lodges and a police checkpoint.

The trail then widens into a large valley filled with yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages, characterized by water-driven mills and prayer wheels. We continue to Langtang village at 3,500 meters, the administrative hub for Langtang National Park, where Tibetan-style flat-roofed houses are surrounded by fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley. This part of the trek is a vivid blend of natural scenery and cultural elements.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3500 m
Walking Hours
5/6

We keep walking up, passing through small villages that are now empty and meadows along the way. From the wide Langtang valley, we can see the huge Himalayan mountains far away. Our path crosses a few small rivers and a rocky ridge from a glacier.

Finally, we reach what used to be the biggest village on our journey, called Kyanjin Gompa. It's named after the old monastery nearby, but most of the village is empty now because of the big earthquake in 2015. After lunch, we can choose to climb up to Kyajo Ri Viewpoint at 5,150m  for great views of the mountains and Langtang Valley.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3870 m
Walking Hours
5/6

On this day, we'll remain at Kyanjin Gompa for acclimatization. The upper Langtang Valley offers incredible, up-close views of the tall mountains and glaciers. During our stay, we'll visit various sites, such as the Yak cheese factory and Kyanjin Gompa Monastery.

For those interested, there's an option to trek to Langshisha Kharka and the Tserko Ri (5450) viewpoint. From there, you can enjoy beautiful mountain views, including Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Langtang II (6,596m), and Yala Peak (5,500m). We'll return to Kyanjin Gompa in the evening.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3870 m
Walking Hours
5/6

From Kyangjin, we take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2748 m
Walking Hours
5/6

Today, you will follow the same path back down to Syabrubesi, completing your trekking adventure. Upon arrival, take some time to rest and rejuvenate at the lodge. In the evening, you and your trekking crew can celebrate the successful completion of your journey in your own special way.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1400 m
Walking Hours
5/6

Today, after breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast or lunch, depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the international airport or if you leave by evening you can put your luggage at the Hotel and enjoy the city one final day.

Food
Breakfast

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international and airport by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day during trekking in Langtang and Helambu (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Langtang conservation fee and trekking permit (TIMS)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • International flight ticket
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Nepal visa fee USD 40 for 30 days and 4 passport sized pictures
  • Personal expenses and tips for staffAll that is not mentioned in Include section

Langtang Valley Trek | A Trekker's Paradise Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Langtang Valley Trek?

The Langtang Valley Trek is a journey into the heart of the Langtang National Park in Nepal, known for its stunning landscapes, unique Tamang culture, and close-up views of snow-capped mountains.
 

Typically, the trek can be completed in 7 to 10 days, depending on the specific route taken and the pace of trekking.

The Langtang Valley Trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves daily ascents and descents, but does not reach the extreme altitudes of some other Himalayan treks.

Trekkers usually stay in teahouses, which are small lodges that offer basic rooms and home-cooked meals. The facilities are modest but sufficient for trekkers' needs.
 

The best times to trek in the Langtang Valley are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and the best mountain views.

Essential items include warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking boots, a waterproof jacket, a hat and gloves, a water bottle, sun protection, and personal medication. Also, consider bringing a map and a compass or GPS device.

While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a guide is advisable for navigation, safety, and to enhance the cultural experience. Guides can provide valuable insights into the local area and culture.

Yes, you will need a Langtang National Park Permit and a TIMS card (Trekkers' Information Management System). These can be obtained in Kathmandu.
 

Teahouses offer a variety of dishes, typically including Nepali, Tibetan, and some Western foods. Common meals include dal bhat (lentils and rice), momo (dumplings), and Tibetan bread.

To prepare, engage in regular cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming. Also, practice hiking to condition your legs and improve stamina.
 

Charging facilities are available in some teahouses for a small fee. However, it's wise to bring extra batteries or a solar charger as backup.
 

Key attractions include the panoramic mountain views, the lush forests of Langtang National Park, Kyanjin Gompa (a Buddhist monastery), and the opportunity to see traditional Tamang villages.
 

The trek starts at around 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) and the highest point is Kyanjin Ri, which is approximately 4,773 meters (15,659 feet).
 

The area is home to diverse wildlife including red pandas, Himalayan tahrs, and various species of birds. The park is also known for its beautiful rhododendron forests.
 

Respect local customs by dressing modestly, taking off your shoes before entering temples or homes, greeting people with "Namaste," and always asking permission before taking photographs.
 

Price Per Person

US$ 1085

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