Langtang Valley Trek

Trek Duration
8 Days

Max Trekking Altitude
4600m

Trek Grade
Easy-Moderate

Accommodation
Teahouse

Hours of Walking
5-6 hours per day

Area
Langtang National Park - Rasuwa

Group Size
4-8 people

Best time to go
September-November & March- May

Highlights


  • Pass through stunning forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures inside the Langtang National Park area
  • Trek through the "valley of glaciers," also known as the Langtang Valley.
  • Visit the famous cheese factory in Kyanjin Gompa
  • Enjoy incredible mountain views of the Langtang Himalayas and the valley
  • Explore Kyanjing-Ri (4,600m.) or Tsergo-Ri (4,984 m.)
  • Explore the fascinating cultural traditions of the hospitable Tamang and Sherpa people
Overview

Langtang Valley Trek


The Langtang Valley trek offers a perfect blend of nature, culture, and tranquility for trekkers who want to explore something unique and less touristy in Nepal. The trek is relatively easy, making it a good option for trekkers looking for a short trek. The off beaten track will take you Kyanjing Gompa where you can go on an early hike to Kyanjing Ri – the highest point of the Langtang trek.

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Trip Details

Langtang Valley Trek


Langtang Valley, located to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet, offers a mesmerizing trekking experience with its mountainous terrain, diverse flora and fauna, yak pastures, and local cheese factories. The region is home to a variety of Himalayan wildlife, including pheasants, deer, bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda.

Compared to the more popular treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, the Langtang Valley trek provides a more peaceful and less crowded journey, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a serene and off-the-beaten-track adventure. Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, the region remains relatively unknown to many trekkers.

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While the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp treks are widely recognized names, the Langtang Valley trek remains less familiar to people. However, it offers a rewarding experience with its unique combination of history, culture, and scenic beauty that Nepal is renowned for. The trek route takes you through enchanting rhododendron and bamboo forests, where thundering waterfalls create a breathtaking backdrop against the backdrop of spectacular snow-capped mountains. The Langtang Himalayas dominate the landscape, providing trekkers with stunning views and a sense of awe.

The relatively short duration of the Langtang Valley trek, combined with its manageable level of difficulty, makes it accessible to a wide range of trekkers, including those with limited time or less trekking experience. For those who wish to explore something distinct from the more touristy regions in Nepal and immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Himalayas, the Langtang Valley trek presents an ideal opportunity. Its hidden gems, serene ambiance, and unique cultural encounters await those adventurous enough to venture into this less-traveled route.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO SYAPHRU BESI (1,400M.) 7-8 HOURS DRIVE.

The day begins with an early morning bus journey from Kathmandu to Syaphru Besi. The 7-8 hour long drive will take you through the scenic countryside of Nepal, offering picturesque views of lush green hills, terraced fields, and charming rural villages. Along the route, you will also pass by the Trisuli River, adding to the beauty of the journey.

Syaphru Besi serves as the starting point of the Langtang Valley trek, and it is a charming village nestled at an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters (4,593 feet). Upon reaching Syaphru Besi, trekkers have the opportunity to rest for the night at one of the local teahouses and prepare themselves for the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2: Trek from Syapru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,470 m.) 5-6 hours.

After breakfast, our journey begins by crossing a suspension bridge over the Bhote Khola (River), which originates from Tibet and is a significant tributary of the Trishuli River. Shortly thereafter, we will traverse another suspension bridge over the Langtang Khola River, which will be our guiding waterway throughout the trek to Langtang.

We will be trekking alongside the river; slowly, you will find yourself surrounded by a bamboo forest with langurs and red pandas. Our resting place for the night will be at one of the travelers lodges located at Lama Hotel.

Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430 m.) 5-6 hours.

As we embark on the trek, our path will lead us through the enchanting forest alongside the captivating Langtang Khola. After approximately 3 hours of trekking, we will arrive at Ghodatabela. Here, we will take a short break to rest and rejuvenate.

Once we resume our journey, the trail will lead us uphill, guiding us through the charming settlements of Thyangsyap and Langtang Gompa. As we progress, we will finally reach old Langtang Village, a place that faced significant devastation during the 2015 earthquake. However, the resilient spirit of the locals has driven them to rebuild their village, which is gradually coming back to life.

We will spend the night in Langtang Village, allowing ourselves time to acclimatize to the altitude and the surroundings.

Day 4: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjing Gompa (3,870 m.) 4-5 hours.

After a hearty breakfast, our journey continues, and we'll walk across the path adorned with the sacred Mani Stone Wall. These stones are purposefully placed along the river as offerings to the local spirits. Within a short 1-hour trek, we will reach Mundu, a charming small settlement that thrives in this picturesque landscape. Here, we will take a brief break to rest and soak in the tranquil surroundings.

As we progress further, we will be greeted by the peaceful sight of horses, yaks, and goats grazing contently in the area. The scenery will be adorned with awe-inspiring views of the Naya Kanga to the South, while the towering peaks of Mountain Langtang 2 and Langtang Lirung will dominate the Northern horizon, treating us to a visual feast.

Our ultimate destination for the day is Kyangjin Gompa, an exquisite location nestled amidst the grandeur of the high Himalayan peaks. Upon reaching Kyangjin Gompa, we will check into one of the lodges, where lunch awaits us. This serene setting provides the perfect backdrop for us to unwind and fully appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Day 5: Rest day or Kyanjing exploration day - hike to Kyanjing-Ri (4,600m.) 2-3 hours. or Tsergo-Ri (4,984 m.) 6- 7 hours.

It should be a day full of exploration, where you can visit the Kyanjing Gompa. You will have the opportunity to meet the locals and try out the authentic flavours of the region. You can find yourself with the usual dal bhat or you can try out the local yak cheese. There is a yak cheese factory where you can visit to see the cheese making process. You can either have a bite there or take some with you.

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can opt to hike the Kynajing Ri. The hike to the summit takes approximately 4 to 5 hours for the round trip, rewarding us with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the picturesque valleys. However, if you prefer a shorter trek, we can opt for the lower viewpoint, which takes about 3 hours round trip, still offering splendid views to cherish.

The ascent to Tsergo Ri takes approximately 5 hours, leading us to a vantage point where we can view Yala peak standing tall at 5,520 m, Langtang Ri soaring at 7,205 m, Langtang Lirung towering at 7,227 m, and Naya Khang reaching 5,844 m. The panoramic vistas from the summit are truly breathtaking, offering a sense of awe and wonder in the face of nature's splendor.

Day 6: Trek back to Lama Hotel 5-6 hours.

We will begin our descent back to Lama Hotel. The trail will take us along the same path we took during our initial ascent.

Day 7: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syphrubesi (1,400 m.) 5-6 hours.

On the final day of the trek, we will bid farewell to the stunning landscapes of the Langtang region and begin our journey back to Syabrubesi. As we retrace our steps, we will have the chance to relish the scenic beauty of the valley once more. Then overnight at one of the teahouse.

Day 8: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU 7-8 HOURS.

After a wonderful trek in the Langtang Valley, we will bid farewell to Syabrubesi and begin our journey back to Kathmandu.

Overview

Day 1. Drive from Kathmandu to Syaphrubesi (1,400m.) – 7 to 8 hours

Day 2. Trek from Syapru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,470 m.) 5 to 6 hours

Day 3. Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430 m.) 5 to 6 hours

Day 4. Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjing Gompa (3,870 m.) 4 to 5 hours

Day 5.Rest day or Kyanjing Exploration day - hike to Kyanjing-Ri (4,600 m.) 2 to 3 hours, or Tsergo-Ri (4,984 m.) 6 to 7 hours

Day 6. Trek back to Lama Hotel – 5 to 6 hours

Day 7. Trek from Lama Hotel to Syphrubesi (1,400 m.) 5 to 6 hours

Day 8. Drive back to Kathmandu 7 to 8 hours

Confirmation of booking

All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details.

We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price Increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.
This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.

Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.

Payment conditions


Cost Includes
  • Transportation from Kathmandu/Syphrubesi and Syphrubesi/Kathmandu-2 way
  • Trekking accommodation in Teahouse during the trek (twin sharing room) on a full board basis- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Experienced English Speaking, government licensed guide and a porter and all their expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation (porter will carry max. 20 kg luggage)
  • All Trekking permit – Langtang National Park fee & TIMs card fee
  • Personal warm sleeping bag and liner
  • First aid kit and duffel bag
  • All government taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek, we will book only on your request
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication
  • Entry visas fee for Nepal
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
  • Tips for staff

Frequently Asked Questions


What level of fitness is required for trekking in Langtang?

Langtang trek requires you to walk almost 5-7 hours per day. In order to prepare for that it's essential to enhance your stamina and leg strength since the journey involves long hours of walking. Regularly engage in activities like walking, hiking, running, or cycling to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Don't forget to include leg exercises to strengthen your muscles. These preparations will enable you to handle the uneven paths and high altitudes during the trek.

What is the average duration of daily walking on the Langtang trek?

On average you would require to walk almost 5-7 hours per day covering around 7-8 km. The terrains can be uneven with some steep inclines and declines with jungles and mountainous views along the way.

Is it safe to trek solo in Langtang?

Yes, it is safe to travel solo however you would require a government licensed trekking guide to accompany you on the trek. Whether you are male or female, traveling solo raises concerns about safety, so having a certified guide can provide support and assistance throughout the trek.

Where are accommodations arranged during the trek?

You can expect stay at tea houses along the route. The Mountain Travel Nepal staff will handle the booking of rooms in advance, so you won't need to worry about accommodation arrangements during the trek even in a trekking high seasons.

What kinds of meals are provided during the Langtang trek?

We will be providing three meals a day, including hot tea or coffee. The menu is tailored to accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences you may have (vegetarian or vegan).

Do I need to bring my own water bottle?

It is recommended that you bring your own aluminum water bottle for the trek. If you don't already have one, you can purchase it in the city before starting your trek.

Is local drinking water safe during the trek?

It is advisable to use boiled water, which is usually available for purchase at tea houses for a small charge, or to bring your own water purifier to ensure the safety of the drinking water. The tap water and river water is unsafe to drink directly.

Do I need to arrange my own transportation?

You do not need to worry about arranging transportation, whether its land transfer or air transfer, as the Mountain Travel Nepal’s team will handle all the arrangements for you in advance.

Do we use a private vehicle or public transport?

We will arrange for a private vehicle to be available throughout the entirety of the trek for ease of access and convenience.

How many guides will accompany me during the Langtang trek?

For every one or two trekkers, we generally provide 1 licensed - highly experienced certified guide and a support porter for the trek as per the itinerary.

Is it necessary to hire a porter to carry my bags?

It is advisable to take a porter with you to make your trekking easy during your trek.

What should be the weight limit of my bag?

It's crucial to prepare adequately for trekking and minimize the number of items carried. You should pack only the essentials for the trek, aiming for a weight of around 10-15 kg. Our porters can carry up to 20kgs, so it's best to keep your pack light and focused on necessities.

What are the risks of altitude sickness during the Langtang trek?

The risks of altitude sickness during the trek are significant due to the elevation gain. Altitude sickness can affect individuals who are not accustomed to staying at high altitudes. Symptoms typically start to manifest around 2,500 meters or 8,200 feet. Since the Langtang trek reaches elevations of up to 4,000 meters or 13,000 feet, there is indeed a risk of altitude sickness associated with these heights.

While our itinerary is designed to facilitate acclimatization, it's crucial to be aware of the signs of altitude sickness and to take appropriate measures if symptoms arise. Make sure to inform your guide if you feel any discomfort so that actions can be taken before it's too late. It's always better to be on the side of caution when it comes to altitude sickness.

Can we do Langtang trekking in all season?

The Langtang trekking route is considered to be very safe for travel. There are few roadblocks along the path, making it accessible in any season you choose to trek. However, we recommend you to skip the rainy season month (June, July, August).

What is the best time of year for trekking in Langtang?

The best time of year for trekking is from September to November (autumn season), which is considered the main peak trekking season. Additionally, March to May (spring season) is also a good time (shoulder season) to visit the region.

What is the visa process in Nepal?

You can get visa on arrival after filling the paper form (with passport copy and pp sized photo) in the airport. However, it is better to fill online form for visa through this link: Online Services (immigration.gov.np) and bring the print paper and pay (please have the exact change in US Dollars if possible) for the visa at the airport which will save the time in the crowd.

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

Are hot shower facilities available during the trek?

Hot shower facilities are available at the tea houses most of the places (not in all high altitude places). However, hot showers typically come with an additional charge.

Do I need a Nepali Sim card while in Nepal to communicate?

It is not necessary to get a Nepali SIM card for the trek. However, if you anticipate needing one for urgent calls or important matters, you can inform the MTN team, and we will arrange it for you before the trek begins.

Do we get internet access while on trek?

Internet access is generally available only in the city or before starting your trek. However, in the tea houses, the internet connection is often unreliable and slow which can equate to having no internet access during your trek.

Do I need insurance?

Every guests are highly advised for their own arrangements for full travel insurance with an international insurance company. Make sure that the policy will cover the maximum altitude of your trek and activities.

What travel insurance do I require for the trek?

The majority of these spots are found in the remote Himalayan regions or in the jungle. Nepal is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for adventure trekking, spiritual tours, cultural and heritage tours, jungle experiences, peak climbing, and expeditions.

To ensure your safety, you must obtain insurance that will cover any medical costs incurred during trekking, peak climbing, expeditions, rafting, or other similar adventures, as well as coverage for illnesses and high altitude sickness, often known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Your travel insurance policy must cover all medical and travel-related costs, as well as any unforeseen accidents that may occur on the hiking trail. You can use the services like helicopter rescues, air ambulances, clinical care, and so on. The travel insurance providers that are suggested for each country's travelers are listed below.

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Will the company be able to arrange my permits?

The company will indeed be able to arrange the necessary permits for your trek. This includes permits such as the TIMS card and Langtang National Park permits. You can rest assured that the MTN team will handle all permit arrangements in advance, so you won't need to worry about them.

How much should I tip my guide(s) and staffs?

Tipping is a personal matter. However, tipping is expected, and most clients do choose to do so and frequently ask for guidance. We hope the following notes will be useful.

Below, we have provided guidelines for how much is reasonable to tip, should you be in doubt.

Service USD per day Rupees per day
Trekking Guide/Cook $15 to $20 USD or above 1500-2000 NPR or above
Porter $10 to $15 USD or above 1000-1500 NPR or above
Tour Guide $15 to $20 USD or above 1500-2000 NPR or above
Driver $10 to $15 USD or above 1000-1500 NPR or above

Please note: These amounts apply to what your group gives communally, not individually. If you decide to tip, we suggest that you make your tips on the last night of the trek. We recommend that, before your presentation, you designate the amounts for the guide, cook, support Sherpas and porters and give your gratuity directly and personally to each individual. This also ensures that all are getting what you intend them to receive.

Is accommodation easily available during the high season for the Langtang trek?

No, it is not easily available during the high season. The accommodations are limited in the trekking routes and needs to be booked prior due to the high flow of tourists as per the trekking routes. Mountain Travel staff will make sure that they are booked on time even during the high seasons.

" I recently returned to visit Nepal for a month in March/April 23 after a gap of about 40 years and used Mountain Travel Nepal again through Ashok Awal and his team to make ALL the arrangements.

This included the Sherpa Village Trek in the Solukhumbu region in Sagamartha National Park, the Langtang Valley Trek in Langtang National Park and accommodation in Thamel, Shivapuri Heights and Bhaktapur while in the Kathmandu Valley.

The whole month was a wonderful experience. Advice and communication was professional and I always felt safe and looked after. This was commented on by others I met along the way and I think a tribute to the experience of Mountain Travel Nepal.

A big thank you to Sherpa Ngawang Namgel and Porter Pemba Nuru and the staff of the Mountain Lodges of Nepal in the Solukhumbu region and also to Sherpa Sonam Ngima and Porter Phure Lema in the Lantang Valley and to the staff in the Lantang Tea Houses for making me feel so welcome and for sharing their unique way of life. It was a privilege to have the Sherpas show me wild life and birds along the trails and for sharing their lives and experiences. Thank you."

– Christine Silvester
- Australia
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