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Langtang Valley Trek

  Langtang Region Trek , Nepal

Duration

9 Days

Tour Type

Tea House (Lodge) / Camping

Group Size

1 +

Accomodation

Tea House/Camping

Meal

Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Max. Altitiude

3870 m

Best Season

Sep-Nov,Mar-May

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Snowcapped peaks of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu region
  • Langtang National Park for flora and fauna
  • Less crowded trails
  • Tamang Cultural Heritage trek
  • Visit cheese factory for getting the real flavour of Nepalese cheese
  • Cultivated farmlands of the Langtang Valley
  • Kyanjin Gompa to feel peace of mind
  • Kynajin Ri for the astounding vistas of the Langtang Valley and snow-clad peaks

Overview

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the closest Nepal trekking destinations from Kathmandu. It is close to the border of the Tibetan Plateau, which is known as the Roof of the World. The valley boasts a unique diversity of wildlife and vegetation. The landscapes, forests, wildlife, and human settlement areas beautify this Himalayan region. Langtang Valley Trek takes you close to the Langtang Himalayan range.

This Himalayan Valley lies in Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan conservation area of Nepal. Also, the fourth protected area of the nation, this national park an estimated 2,000 flowering plants. When you plan Langtang Valley trek in spring, the entire jungle is decorated with the colorful rhododendron flowers. Different species of mammals like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar are also found in here.

Langtang Himalayan Range consists of 13 peaks above 5,500 m nearby Manaslu (8,163 m) and Ganesh Himal. Langtang Lirung (7,246 m),  Langtang II/Ghenge Liru (6,581 m), Kimshung (6,781 m), Yansa Tsenji (6,575 m) and Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m) are the major peaks seen during this trek. Although Mt. Shishapangma (8,027 m) lies on the other side of the valley, it is not visible from here.

Trekking to Langtang Valley leads you along the rugged terrain at higher altitudes. You will see sandy-brown cliffs, some Himalayan glaciers and lakes. You visit some villages of the native Sherpa and Tamang community. Therefore, Langtang Valley trek is sometimes known as the Tamang Heritage trek. You can have the first-hand experience of the Tamang lifestyle, culture and tradition.

You can feel the high influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition in this region. The friendly people have kept their age-old traditions and cultures intact. So, you witness at least a chorten or gompa decorated by the prayer flags in almost every village. You can buy the handcrafted items like scarves, socks, jumpers and gloves.

Direction to Langtang trek

Langtang Valley trek begins with a hilly-drive from the bustling city of Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. It takes nearly 6 hours to reach Syabrubesi along the Pasang Lhamu Highway. You enjoy the snow capped peaks of Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal and Langtang regions trek en route. Syabrubesi is the gateway to Langtang Valley trek and Ganesh Himal trek as well. Kailash Mansarovar tour also goes along this pristine valley.

For a whole week, you will walk through dense forests of bamboo, rhododendron, oak and pines. You see mesmerizing waterfalls, raging rivers, glaciers, and the mighty peaks of the Himalayas. You will have stopovers at yak-pastures; taste some yak cheese right in the factory, and even drink yak-milk tea! The special Tibetan tea made up of yak cheese is something worthy of tasting! Moving further, you will follow the banks of the Langtang Khola irrigating the picturesque valley. You will visit and stay at blissful places like Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, and Kyanjin Gompa. You will explore the vantage point of Tserko-Ri, cross dense oak forests, and drive through snaking hilly roads.

The Major Attractions of Langtang Trek

Langtang Valley trek leads you through Langtang National Park. The national park  has been conserving the diverse species of wildlife and vegetation since its inception. The park is name after the Langtang Himalayan Range which has around 13 mountains above 5,000 m. Langtang Lirung (7,246 m) is the highest peak of the range.

The trekking trail of Langtang Valley trek goes through the dense green forests of bamboos, maples, oaks, and other tropical vegetation. The trekkers see a large species of animals like Himalayan Thar and Black Bear, etc. Throughout the trek, the climate is pleasant giving you the best of this region from snowy peaks to amazing landscapes. And you will enjoy the trip more because this trail is much less crowded.

The Variants of Langtang Trek

When you plan Langtang Valley trek with Nepal Trekking Routes, there is always a room for customizing the trip. Langtang Valley is connect with Ganesh Himal Range, Helambu Valley and even Tibetan Plateau. You can customize this trek further towards the mentioned regions. You can extend this trek to Kailash Mansarovar tour, Ganesh Himal trek or Ruby Valley trek as well.

The most popular variants of this trek are Gosainkunda Lake trek, Helambu Circuit trek, Ganja La Pass trek and Tillman Pass trek. The itinerary of these packages ranges from 6 days to 18 days depending upon your desire, holiday and budget. For more details, you can contact us via various means of media available on our official website.

How difficult is Langtang Valley trek?

Langtang Valley trek is moderately challenging trekking. The highest altitude to reach is Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m) and the longest trekking duration is 6 hours. Even the beginners can do this trek by following the instructions of the trekking guide. Except some sections, the trekking in Nepal trail is well-define and comfortable.

Can I customize Langtang Valley trek?

Of course, you can. Langtang Gosainkunda trek, Langtang Yala Peak climbing, Langtang Paldor Peak climbing, Langtang Helambu Valley trek and Langtang Ganesh Himal trek are some variants of this Langtang Valley trek.

Itinerary

Reception at the Kathmandu Airport by the crew member of NTR. Then, he will relocate you to the hotel which is booked for your lodgings. After becoming fresh, you can visit Thamel on your own. In the evening, the team leader gives you briefing about Langtang Valley trek itinerary.

After having breakfast, you begin the travel towards Syabrubesi, the gateway to Langtang Valley trek, Ganesh Himal trek or Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. While driving along the Pasang Lhamu Highway, you have the captivating vista of the snowcapped peaks, high altitude villages and green forests. Ocassionally, you see the stunning view of the snowy peaks of Langtang region and Manaslu region.

To reach Lama Hotel, you follow the banks of the Langtang Khola. Walking along the uphill and downhill trail passing through the oak and rhododendron forests, you cross a bridge over the Langtang Khola. Then, following the sloppy track, you reach the destination for the night station.

While moving further from the Lama Hotel, you see a lot of natural waterfalls sprouting from the mountain landscapes. By crossing the green meadows, you reach Ghore Tabala from where you have the glimpses of the mountains of Langtang region. Then, you pass through the seasonal cattle settlement areas made by the herders to keep them in summer. Making this trip in spring, the entire forests are covered with the colourful rhododendron flowers. By walking past a local Buddhist monastery, you reach Langtang village.

Today, you trek up to one of the major attractions of the Langtang region. The rugged path takes you through small villages and meadows giving the best Himalayan views. You see Mt. Langtang Lirung on your left while Ganchenpo in front as if waiting for your arrival. By walking past several small streams and moraines, you reach Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is a small village which houses a government-operated cheese factory. As today’s trekking duration is quite short, you can take a visit around the village. On the one hand, you can see the beauty of the village and on the other hand, it helps you in acclimatization purpose.

For the acclimatization purpose, you have a few things to do for getting a lifelong memory. You can visit the Kyanjin Gompa, the cheese factory and walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice ridges. Alternatively,  you can hike up to a glacial lake just three hours’ walk from the hotel. You can also visit the Langtang Lirung Glacier or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4,600m.), which is located nearby the village. Kyanjin Ri rewards you with the splendid vistas of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region. Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Changbu and Langtang Yubra Peak (6,035m) are some of the peaks you can see. So, it is said to be the best vantage point of Langtang region trek.

The trekking trail from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel is steep downhill. To avoid any possible accident, you are advised to walk carefully. You walk past some mountain streams, forests and small Tamang Villages of Langtang region. You might have glimpses of wild animals like musk deer, snow leopard and birds like Himalayan pheasants en route.

For the first few hours, the track leads you through the dense green forests of Langtang National Park. You might see some animals and birds playing in the lush forests as well. Then, the brilliant view of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan side, too. By climbing a steep ridge, you reach Thulo Syabru for the night rest. You can visit the shops that sell souvenirs or taste local jam made by the native people of the village.

Today’s trail takes you through the thick forests and gushing Himalayan rivers. Then, you walk past a Sherpa village highly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Walking through the uphill and downhill trail that passes through farmlands, you reach Thulu Bharku. From the village, you can relish the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet as well. From here, you drive to Kathmandu in a private jeep or local bus. By travelling for about 6 hours, you arrive at Kathmandu.

Then, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the spare time, you can visit around Thamel to buy some souvenirs or clothes to present to your people in home country. In the evening, the agency organizes a farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant nearby Thamel.

This is the last day of Langtang Valley trek 10 days’ itinerary. The representative of NTR accompanies you up to the Tribhuvan International Airport according to the flight time.

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, accommodation during the trekking
  • Three star or equal level hotel  in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System )
  • Round  Transport ( Kathmandu to Trekking starting point to Kathmandu )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )

FAQ's

Langtang Valley lies in the northern side of the Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the closest trekking regions from the Capital City. Langtang Valley is located in Langtang National Par, named after Langtang Himalayan Range. It shares its border with the Tibetan Plateau. Visiting here, you can see the typical Tamang and Sherpa culture tradition. The flora and fauna of the first Himalayan conservation area are the rewards of this trek. You can visit the local gompas like Kyanjin Gompa and cheese factory. If you like, you can also taste the organic cheese made of yaks’ milk!

Yes, you can as there is not any restricted area in this region. It is quite close from the Kathmandu Valley and can be reached within 6 hours’ drive. However, we highly suggest you to hire a professional trekking guide to avoid any mishaps. There are some cases that a few solo trekkers to Langtang region have lost their lives. The trekking guide helps you find the right trail and to avoid altitude sickness, if any.

Langtang Valley Trek difficulty is classified under the moderate type that doesn’t demand previous trekking or climbing experience.

Langtang Trek ranges from 8 days to 17 days depending upon your choice and time. 8 days Langtang Trek takes you up to Kyanjin Gompa and back to Kathmandu from Syabru Besi. But if you want to do Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek, you need 17 days.

Yes, you can do Gosainkunda Trek with Langtang Valley Trek if you have around 17 days time to spend in Nepal. You have choice to do Gosainkunda Trek fist and then, Langtang Valley Trek or first, Langtang Trek, Gosainkunda Trek with Helmabu Circuit Trek.

While doing Langtang Gosainkunda Trek, you need 8 more days and the route diverts from Lama Hotel towards Thulo Syabru instead of Syabru Besi. After exploring Gosainkunda Lake, you can trek back to Syabru Besi to return to Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can trek to Ghopte, then Melamchi Gaon, Tarkegyang, Sermathang, Melamchi Bazaar, and drive to Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley Trek permits are:

  • TIMS Card
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit

To begin Gosainkunda Langtang Valley Trek from Sundarijal, Kathmandu, you need:

  • TIMS Card
  • Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit

For Helambu Trek, you must have:

  • Local Area Permit
  • Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit

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