Langtang Trek: Hiking to explore Langtang Region
Langtang Trek is a wonderfully scenic hiking trip that takes you to explore the naturally beautiful Langtang valley. This is the nearest hiking trail from Kathmandu which takes you to the alpine Himalayan zone in a short period of time. Langtang valley is situated to the North of Kathmandu and is sandwiched between the Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.
Langtang valley is like heaven surrounds by the majestic Himalayan peaks. This valley is often said as “the valley of glacial masses trekking” where you can visit Himalayan glaciers from a lower altitude place. It also offers pine woodland forests, serene mountain streams, lush green slopes, and an overall enjoyable experience. This valley is inside the territory of Langtang National Park.
The Langtang trek combines spectacular views of the Himalayas with great cultural insights. In this trekking, you can enjoy the outstanding views of Mount Langtang Lirung (7246 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Gang Cheenpo (6388 meters), and Ganesh Himal (7429 meters). It grants you an opportunity to explore beautiful mountain villages habituated by Tamang People. Tamang is one of the major ethnic communities in Nepal. The lifestyle of Tamangs who live in the Langtang area is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture. Further in this cultural trek, you will also get to see ancient Buddhist monasteries.
About the origin of the name ‘Langtang’ of that place, locals tell an interesting legend. According to the legend, in ancient times, one of the Buddhist monks called Lama lost his yak. When in search of yak he discovered this beautiful valley. In the Tibetan language, the word ‘Lang’ means ‘yak’ and ‘tang’ means ‘to follow’. As this valley found when the following yak, later this place called Langtang. In the upper part of this valley, we find lots of yaks. They are grazing in an open meadow.
Syabru Besi is the gateway of Langtang valley trekking. It is reachable after 6 hours of drive from Kathmandu. From Syaphrubeshi the trail swings north into the Langtang valley crossing the river several times along with oak and rhododendron forests. Upon reaching Langtang valley firstly, you visit Langtang village. Afterward, the trail moves towards Kyanjin Gompa crossing through the glacial moraine.
Kyanjin Gompa is the last place on this trek. From Kyanjin Gompa, there will also be a chance to climb Kyangjin Ri (4900m), if you wish. This is a non-technical climb that can be done by trekkers without any previous climbing skills. From its top, you will get 360-degree mountain views.
After exploration around Kyanjin Gompa, finally, you will start to trek back through the Langtang magnificent valley, until you reach Syabru Besi. From Syabrubesi you drive back to Kathmandu. All in all, this is a great trek and can be done by anybody who can walk 5-6 hours a day. If you are in doubt as to your level of fitness please add porters, as they will then carry your backpack.
In summary, the major highlights of Langtang Trek are as below:
• Enjoy a scenic drive along the bank of the Trishuli river
• Cultural and scenic trekking route
• Exploring an ancient Buddhist monastery & cheese factory in Kyanjing Gompa
• Panoramic view of Langtang Himalayan range from the top of the Kyangjin Ri/ Tsergo Ri
• Experience the interesting Tibetan-style lifestyle of the Tamang people
• Explore the Himalayas glacier nearby Kyanin Gompa
• Trek through Langtang National Park
• Easy to the moderate trekking route
Outline Itinerary of Langtang Trek
|DAY||ITINERARY||HEIGHT||AVG WALK||NIGHT STAY|
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal.||1400 m||Hotel|
|2||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (7/8 hrs).||1467 m||Tea House|
|3||Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel.||2470 m||6 hrs||Tea House|
|4||Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village.||3430 m||6 hrs||Tea House|
|5||Trek from Lantang Village to Kyanjin Gompa.||3870 m||3 hrs||Tea House|
|6||Explore Kyanjin Gompa. Hiking to Kyanjin Ri.||4773 m||3 to 5 hrs||Tea House|
|7||Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel.||2470 m||7 hrs||Tea House|
|8||Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi.||1467 m||5 hrs||Tea House|
|9||Drive back to Kathmandu.||1400 m||Hotel|
|10||Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal.|
Langtang Trek Cost
|Bronze Price||Silver Price||Gold Price|
|USD 395 Per Person||USD 550 Per Person||USD 625 Per Person|
The Services inclusive in Package (Different according to Package Price):
|Services Includes||Bronze Price||Silver Price||Gold Price|
|Airport Transfers||By Car/ Van||By Car/ Van||By Car/ Van|
|2-night Hotel in Kathmandu||Tourist Type Hotel||Tourist Type Hotel||Tourist Type Hotel|
|Meal in Kathmandu||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|Accommodation in Trekking||Mountain Lodge||Mountain Lodge||Mountain Lodge|
|Meal during Trekking||No||Breakfast, Lunch,
|Experience Trekking Guide||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Drive of Kathmandu to Syabrubesi/
Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
|By Public Bus||By Public Bus||By Public Bus|
|Trekking Permit Fee (TIMS)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Langtang National Park Fee||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|First Aid Medicine||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Trekking Map for Group||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Meal, Salary, Accommodation,
Insurance of Trekking Staff
|Dinner with Cultural Show
on the last night of the Trip in Kathmandu
The Services exclusive in Package (Same in All Package Prices):
1. Nepal visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days period). You can get a Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
2. Airfare for your international flight.
3. Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
4. Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, boiled water, and dessert.
5. All kinds of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, etc.
6. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu “except farewell dinner in Kathmandu”.
7. In case of emergency, the cost of helicopter rescue/ evacuation.
8. Tips for Trekking Staff.
9. Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, flight cancellation, etc.
10. Cost of any extra services if you use which not mentioned in the package price.
I. Porter will be provided only in Gold Price. As usual, the porter was provided on the basis of 1 porter for 2 trekkers. 1 porter carries the baggage of two trekkers with a maximum total weight limit of 25 kg.
II. The above cost is on a Per Person basis for a minimum group size of two persons.
III. If you are single and want to Solo Trek. We also organize Langtang Trek for solo trekkers. For the solo trekker, we have a separate special price. Please contact us for the price of Solo Trekking.
IV. Costs are not refundable and transferable if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled.
V. Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and return in a Private Jeep upon request with extra cost.
Please contact us by email at [email protected] or WhatsApp/ Viber at +977 9851203181 for any further information about Langtang Trek, need any changes in the above itinerary, or any questions. Once we receive your message, we get back to you within 24 hours.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying the card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced to your guide, and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and hand over a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at the hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (Alt. 1467m/4813ft). 145 km northwest of Kathmandu. Driving 6:30 hours.
After breakfast, you start trekking crossing the bridge, and climbing to the village of Old Syabrubeshi. Visit monastery is in a small stone building at the end of the village. Afterward, you follow the stone paved trail to cross over Langtang Khola by the bridge. Continue walking along the stream to a junction. The right trail goes to Thulo Syabru but you follow the straight one. You have a couple of climbs and descent through the forest. In the forest, you may see varieties of birds and wildlife including wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas, and black bears. The trek becomes pleasant crossing side stream up to Doman. The trail then makes a steep climb over a rocky ridge and arrives at Bamboo. Leaving Bamboo the trail crosses the Dangdung Khola and then climbs to a suspension bridge over Langtang Khola. On the north bank of the Langtang Khola, the route climbs alongside a series of the waterfall. The climbing continues until you reach Changtang popularly known as Lama Hotel. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you start your journey with a gentle climb but it soon becomes steeper climbing through a wild forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples, and white rhododendrons. Through the forest, you can see the first view of Langtang Lirung peak. You stop for a while at Gumanchok. This is one of the loveliest spots of the trek. You follow the path that crosses a stream then climbs steeply and arrive at Ghora Tabela. Here you find Nepal Army, National Park Check post. You follow the path across the helipad and yak pastures and climb briefly through rhododendrons trees. The trail now opens up into a glacial Langtang valley. You climb the hillside above fields of buckwheat, potatoes, and barley and sooner you reach your lodge nearby Langtang village. From the lodge, you can have spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (6581m). Upon arrival at Langtang village, it is worth visiting Langtang Gompa, the old monastery with Buddha statues whose walls are elaborately carved. This village is also the headquarters of Langtang National Park. You can visit the park building just a few minutes walking below the village. Another attraction of Langtang valley is to explore local houses which have Tibetan-style flat roofs and carved wooden windows. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path through the village and climb a ridge by a large Chorten. You walk along the impressive mani wall and cross a stream to Mundu village. Later the trail rejoins the rushing river and climbs to the yak pastures of Yamphu. You then cross another stream on a cement bridge and then climb a moraine to a viewpoint from where you see the Kyanjin Gompa monastery and icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and its surrounding peaks. After you climb the final ridge the trail descends to the large cluster of lodges below Kyanjin Gompa. After checking in the lodge first, you will take lunch. Then you go to explore this beautiful area that includes Nyingmapa Monastery School, Cheese Factory started with Swiss Assistance in 1955, and pasture land. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early morning our guide takes you hiking to Kyanjin Ri nearby Kyanjin Gompa. For this excursion, you follow the path east towards Langshisha Karaka. The path passes stone Goths at Yala Kharka before climbing. After 3 hours of climbing up, you will reach the top marked by the prayer flags. From here you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the whole Langtang Himalayan range includes Langtang Lirung (7,244m), Langshisa Ri (6,810 m.), Gyanghempo (6,888 m.), Ganjala peak and more. Then you trek down Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast leaving Kyanjin Gompa you retrace your footsteps to Langtang village then to Lama Hotel passing through the forest and crossing the streams. Today the trail goes all the way down Lama Hotel. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today as well your journey is on all the way down to Syabrubesi following the path which you caught earlier day. Upon arrival at Syabrubesi, your trekking ends. Stretch your sore legs and have a rest at the lodge. Most trekkers make celebration with their trekking crews in the evening on their own way. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you catch a bus drive to Kathmandu. You will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure/ you can do some last minute souvenirs shopping for your family and friends. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at a typical Nepali Restaurant.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, a recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″), and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entries||15 days||US$ 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entries||30 days||US$ 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entries||90 days||US$ 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
This is a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Langtang Trek:
• A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
• Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
• Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
• T-shirts or shirts
• Down jacket*
• Wind/ waterproof light jacket
• Fleece jumper or jacket
• Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
• 4 to 6 pair of Socks and underwear
• Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
• Inner and outer gloves
• Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
• Sun protection cream, lip balm, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
• Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
• Water bottle and water purification tablets
• 4 season Sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); *
• Hiking poles, if you need
• Your daily medicine if any, small personal first aid kit, aspirin, plasters (band-aids), anti-diarrhea pills, anti-headache pills, cough or cold medicine, anti-altitude sickness pills, etc.
• A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables
*Down jacket and sleeping bag you can rent/hire from Trekking gear shops in Kathmandu.
The above list is essential for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by a porter if you choose a package that includes a porter. Even if you have a porter you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.
Langtang Trek is high altitude trip. We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, hospitalization, helicopter evacuation from high-altitude places in case of an accident or medical emergency. The highest altitude you reach is 5033 meters if you hike to Tserko/Tsergo Ri near Kyanjin Gompa. Thus your insurance should have coverage up to the elevation of 5100 meters. It would be advantageous for you also to choose an insurance policy that also covers lost or stolen baggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with a playing card with your name written on it. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
In Langtang Trekking there are available of lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. All have electric lights with spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In Langtang Valley trekking it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Langtang Valley trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only a couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Langtang Valley trekking is moderate trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.