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Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Langtang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Tserko Ri (4,984m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular treks that can be done closer to Kathmandu City. Langtang Valley trek may not come along with big names like Everest Base Camp trek or Annapurna Base Camp trek or Annapurna Circuit trek with only a few recognizing it but once you get to Langtang you won’t be disappointed. Like any other Himalayan trek, the trek to Langtang offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and beautiful mountain villages.

Trekking to Langtang is also the most accessible since the Langtang region is located closer to Kathmandu where a day’s drive will immediately take you to the trek-start-point. Langtang Valley Trek gets it’s head start from Syabrubesi where you take a drive from Kathmandu of about 8-9 hours then begin the trek the next day to Lama Hotel.
The region of Langtang is protected under Langtang National Park where the trek commences. One comes across the exotic flora and fauna of the park while trekking along the rugged trails of Langtang which include endangered species such as musk deer, red panda and Himalayan tahr.

There is plenty of opportunity to mingle with local communities like Tamang and Sherpa and learn more about their culture and traditions. The prime highlight of the trek is the most beautiful mountain settlement of Kyangjin Gompa located at 3,870 meters. Kyangjin Gompa or Kyangjin Monastery is a Buddhist village and monastery is located in the Langtang Valley surrounded by the high Himalayas. Tserko Ri (4,984m) is the popular Himalayan viewpoint situated closer to Kyangjin Gompa where you will take a day-excursion to observe some of the most spectacular mountain panoramas during sunrise.

Langtang Valley Trek is an appealing hike in the Himalayas offering a combination of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and a majestic mountain panorama. It is a great alternative to the more popular Annapurna and Everest region treks, providing a quieter and more off-the-beaten-path trekking experience in Nepal.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights

  • Short & simple trek appropriate even for beginners.
  • A scenic Kathmandu Syabrubesi drive passes along small town, verdant fields with views of towering Himalayas.
  • Witness stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, viz. Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7604m), Dorje Lakpa (6988m), Naya kanga (5857m), Yala peak (5500m)
  • Visit Kyangjin Gompa, the last major settlement of Langtang Valley.
  • Take a side excursion to Tsergo Ri (4984m) for spectacular mountain views.
  • Observe the daily lives of the Tamang community.
  • Majestic view of glaciers tumbling down from Langtang Lirung.
  • Trek in the Langtang National Park.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1460m/8–9 hrs)
Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2420m/5–6 hours)
Day 4: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang (3430m /5–6 hrs)
Day 5: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m /4-5 hrs)
Day 6: Rest day in Kyangjin Gompa; Explore Tserko Ri (4,984m/6-7 hrs)
Day 7: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2420m/5–6 hrs)
Day 8: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1460m/5-6 hrs)
Day 9: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1400m/8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Final departure

Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and accomplish your entry/visa formalities, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel after which we will have a quick pre-trip meeting and discuss the itineraries. You can then take your time to relax, unpack and spend the time as you wish. In the evening, stroll around the nearby places and get the feel of this energetic city. 

Hotel

After breakfast, we drive to Syabrubesi, first along the crowded streets of Kathmandu and then later through the bumpy and dusty, single lane road tucked at the base of north western hills. As we move ahead, the terraced farms and orthodox villages whip past us. We’ll halt for lunch at Trishuli Bazaar. We then resume our drive to Dhunche, a headquarter of Rasuwa district, from where we take a descent to finally arrive at Syabrubesi. Well, to be honest, you might not enjoy the road conditions and could shake off at times, but yes, the views of mountains, the lush green terraced farms and stone house clusters alongside, could easily cheer you up, diverting your attention away from the rustic roads.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The real trek begins today. All jacked up, we commence our trek along a flat route, passing through the Langtang National Park. On the way, we come across a police check point. We show our permit there and then continue along a downhill route for about 10 minutes crossing a suspension bridge. We advance further following the Langtang river and pass through a jungle. On the way we might catch quick glimpses of different species of monkeys. We now cross one more suspension bridge and arrive at a place called Dobang (1672 m), where we can relish the view of a waterfall. Trailing ahead along the steep route to a rocky ridge for about 2o minutes, we pursue a flat track to Pahare Hotel and then to Bamboo Hotel, where we halt for lunch. We continue our move making an ascent to the route alongside the north bank of Langtang Khola (river) and further make a steep climb to the landslide, which gets us to a place called Rimche. A 20 minutes ascent from here, brings us to Changtang, popularly known as Lama Hotel. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We are on the fourth day. Let’s begin our trek with a gentle climb which becomes steeper and steeper through the wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendrons, high above the Langtang River. You can’t help glaring at the majestic Langtang Lirung (7,234 m) through the trees. We now cross a stream and further ascend to a pass marked with prayer flags. Crossing the Bailey bridge over another stream, we arrive at our lunch spot, the Ghora Tabela (2972 m), which is currently a Nepal Army and a National Park check post. By now, will have walked for almost 3 hrs. After lunch, we ascend further across the helipad, yak pastures and rhododendron bushes, which gets us to Thangshyap (3140 m). Continuing our climb ahead, we trail up the hillside above the potato, barley and buckwheat fields. We pass by few restaurants and guesthouses through the Ghumba village. We are now just about 15 minutes away from Langtang village. Briskly, we cross a stream and climb past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels, finally arriving at the settlement of Langtang.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Enjoy the sip of your morning tea and then gear up for a scenic trek! We trail through the village and climb a ridge top to a large chorten. Continuing our ascent past the splendid Mani walls (the largest in Nepal), we cross a stream and arrive at a village of Mundu (3442 m). We now trail alongside the river beside the pasture of Yamphu (3640 m). Crossing a concrete bridge, we climb a moraine and get our first glimpse of the Kyangjin Gompa and a magnificent icefall of Langtang Lirung. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We spend the entire day exploring Tserko Ri, which will aid in our upward adjustment. We start off early in the day. Yak fields are crossed on the trail as it climbs to Tserko Ri. From the summit of Tserko Ri, the sunrise vista is breathtaking. By late afternoon, we return to Kyangjin Gompa and take in the stunning monastery's vistas of the Himalayas, glaciers, yaks, and birds. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Most of our way back to the Lama Hotel is downhill, so shouldn’t be that exhausting! We reverse our journey of day 5 and 4 trailing alongside the Langtang River, passing through the village of Mundu, Langtang and then arriving at the Ghora Tabela. Lunching and resting here for a while, we take another steep descent to the Lama Hotel. The walk is pleasant as it downhill and more importantly embellished with Mani walls, chortens, pastures and rhododendron clusters. And of course, you can’t help wooing at the beauty of Langtang Lirung, everytime you see it through the trees.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We essentially make a full circle to return to Syabrubesi. Since the hike would primarily involve descending, it will be simpler. Get some sleep in Syabrubesi. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We take a drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast tracing the same route which we took before the trek start. The remainder of the day is devoted to packing and possibly completing any last-minute memento purchases.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule. As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Sybrubesi//Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Langtang National Park, & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Langtang Valley Trek?
The Langtang Valley Trek is a popular and rewarding trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal. It takes you through the beautiful Langtang Valley, offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and charming local villages.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek usually starts from a village called Syabrubesi, which is accessible by road from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

3. Is the Langtang Valley Trek difficult?
The Langtang Valley Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. The trail involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it does not reach extremely high altitudes, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers.

4. What is the best time to do the Langtang Valley Trek?
The best time for the Langtang Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

5. Are permits required for the Langtang Valley Trek?
Yes, like most treks in Nepal, you need to obtain permits for the Langtang Valley Trek. The required permits typically include the Langtang National Park entry permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

6. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Langtang Valley Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. While the facilities may not be as luxurious as in more popular trekking areas, they are sufficient to meet the needs of trekkers.

7. What are the highlights of the Langtang Valley Trek?
The Langtang Valley Trek offers a variety of highlights, including stunning views of the Langtang Lirung and other snow-capped peaks, exploring the culturally rich Langtang Valley, visiting the beautiful Kyanjin Gompa monastery, and experiencing the warm hospitality of the Tamang and Sherpa communities.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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