Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek is a wonderfully scenic hiking trip in Nepal. It is also the nearest hiking trail from Kathmandu which takes you to the alpine Himalayan zone in a short period of time. Langtang valley is like heaven surrounds by the majestic Himalayan peaks. This valley is inside the territory of Langtang National Park.
Langtang Valley trek grants you an opportunity to explore beautiful mountain villages in habituated by Tamang People. Tamang is one of the major ethnic communities in Nepal. The lifestyle of Tamangs who live in Langtang area is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture. Another attraction of this route is you can visit Himalayan glaciers from the lower altitude place. From Langtang Valley trek, you can experience the outstanding views of Mount Langtang Lirung (7246 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Gang Cheenpo (6388 meters) and Ganesh Himal (7429 meters).
About the origin of the name ‘Langtang’ of that place, locals tell an interesting legend. According to the legend, in the ancient time, one of the Buddhist monk 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 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 of this trekking. From Kyanjin Gompa, you hike up to Tsergo Ri (4984m), the highest elevation of this trip. It offers the spectacular views of Himalayan panorama with glaciers. Then, you retrace your footsteps to Syabrubesi. From Syabrubesi you drive back to Kathmandu.
Langtang Valley Trek Cost: USD 350 Per Person
The above Cost Includes:
• Your arrival airport pickup & your departure airport drop by car.
• Two-night accommodation in Kathmandu at Tourist Type hotel with breakfast.
• During trekking accommodation in Mountain Lodge/ Tea House.
• Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi/ from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by Local Route Bus
• During trekking, one experienced friendly trekking Guide.
• Trekking Guide’s daily expenses
• Trekking Permit (TIMS Card) fee.
• Langtang National Park Entrance fee.
• Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
• Trip Achievement Certificate.
• Trip Map.
• All government taxes, local tax, and tourist service charges.
The above Cost Excludes:
• Nepal visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days/ USD 50 for 30 days period). You can easily get Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
• Airfare of your international flight.
• Your Meals cost (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking. (Per Day USD 25 to 30) depend on the food you choose according to the restaurant menu)
• Porter (Total USD 70 per person for the whole trek in the basis of on porter sharing by two trekkers. Generally, one porter carries the baggage of two trekkers in maximum total weight limit of 25 kg).
• Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
• Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, dessert.
• All kind of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, excess baggage charge, etc.
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (USD 8 to 10 per lunch/per dinner)
• In case of emergency helicopter rescue/ evacuation & its cost.
• Tips for Trekking Staff.
• Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, etc.
1. In the package, if you want to include food cost of trekking and porter. We have a special package rate for this. Please contact us for the package rate including the food of trekking and porter.
2. The above cost is in Per Person basis for a minimum group size of two persons.
3. If you are single and want to Solo Trek. We also organize Langtang Valley Trek for a solo trekker. For the solo trekker, we have a separate special price. Please contact us for the price of Solo Trekking.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play 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 your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (Alt. 1467m/4813ft). 145 km northwest of Kathmandu. Driving 6:30 hours.
After breakfast, you start trekking crossing bridge and climb 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 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 that 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 at 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 to visit Langtang Gompa, the old monastery with Buddha statues which walls are elaborately carved. This village is also the headquarters of Langtang National Park. You can visit park building just a few minutes walking below the village. The 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 impressive mani wall and cross a stream to Mundu village. Later the trail rejoins the rushing river and climbs to yak pastures of Yamphu. You then cross another stream on a cement bridge 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 lodge first, you will take lunch. Then you go for exploration of 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 Tsergo Ri nearby Kyanjin Gompa. For this excursion, you follow the path east towards Langshisha Karaka and cross the side stream. Subsequently, you ascend the steep hill. The path passes stone Goths at Yala Kharka before climbing. After four hours of climb 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. Besides, you can also see dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Gyanghempo peak. 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 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 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, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
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.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional), Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Note: * mark item we will provide you in service. If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.