About Langtang Valley:
The Langtang Valley trek is also called the valley of many glaciers trek. If one needs to capture the breathtaking view of massive snow capped mountains and beautiful glaciers then Langtang is the place to be. This valley is located about 19 miles north of Kathmandu. The whole valley is dominated by majestic Mount Langtang Lirung at a height of 23766 ft and offers pine forest, swift streams, rugged rocks and snow-capped peaks and meadows. The Langtang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal and was, once upon a time, trekker’s paradise who are in a constant lookout for stunning landscapes and authentic culture along with heart-warming hospitality in delightful homestays and guest houses.
However, the Langtang Valley has been almost devoid of visitors eversince the earthquake of 2015. In spite of the calamity the people of Langtang are striving hard in an attempt to rebuild their lives in the region by trying to rebuild their homes and re-establish their agricultural lands. Trekking in this beautiful valley will only do as much as contribute towards helping support the people of Langtang by providing much-needed income to rebuild in a sustainable and secure way. This certainly cannot be defined as charity but the business end of sustainable travel, where your travel choices can respectfully support local people while preserving their dignity, their culture and their way of life. Be gobsmacked by the nature’s beauty, be humbled by the human spirit and play a part in helping their revival by choosing to trek in Langtang.
About The Langtang Valley Trek:
The trek starts at the small town of Syabru Besi. This trek passes through the magnificent forests to the sloppy alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin Gompa which is a Buddhist monastery. Climb up to the top of Kyangjin Ri Peak, which provides a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Himalayan mountains leaving you gasping for breath, retreat back down the valley and drive back to Kathmandu. The Langtang Valley has for so long been a trekkers’s paradise due to its exquisite sceneries, interesting Tamang culture, relatively gentle pace and accessibility from Kathmandu.
Permits & regulations
A TIMS card and a Langtang National Park permit is required for this trek.. If you’re trekking with us, then our agents will arrange these for you. If you are doing it by yourself, you will need to pick up your TIMS permit in Kathmandu and your Langtang National Park permit in Dunche.
- Langtang Glacier
- Views of gorges and snow clad mountains
- National park
- Local Monuments
- Kyangjin Gompa
- Maximum altitude: 15,912ft
- Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate
- Nearest Airport: Kathmandu
- Nearest ATM: Kathamndu
- Trek Style: Tea House
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1,460 m. / 4,790 ft.)
On your first day leave from Kathmandu early in the morning for the seven-hour journey to the Langtang Valley. The roads ascend high over ridges as the leave the Kathmandu Valley, with fascinating beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas in the west, to Manaslu, Ganesh Himal along the way. Drive along the hilly routes till Dunche and the Langtang National Park. Upon crossing Dunche, it will probably take an hour downhill to Syabru Besi which is the first night halt of the trek.
Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470 m. / 8,103 ft.)
Today’s itinerary includes crossing the Bhote Kosi River also known as the Tibet River which flows from Tibet. The trail then includes a gentle ascend through the sub-tropical forests to join the trail from Syabru Besi, then climbing through uninhabited forests of oak and rhododendron. The road through the woods up to Lama Hotel becomes extreme, but the benefit is a cozy mattress in a comfortable lodge in the little settlement.
Trek to Mundu (3,550 m. / 11,646 ft.)
The path entails trekking up through forest, with occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3,000 m. / / 9,842 Feet) the Road emerges from the Woods And the hills loom on each side of the valley. This was the place of Tibetan resettlement project a couple of decades ago, but now it has been transformed into Nepal Army post with no permanent residents. What comes next in this trail is a bit tricky as the next part of the trail is a painful reminder of the 2015 earthquake. Where Langtang village stood gloriously with numerous lodges, there sits only a huge rock field as a reminder of the tragedy. Mundu is at a distance of just half an hour by foot. The older homes in Mundu really are a reminder of exactly what all of the villages after looked like within this particular valley. Most of the lodges and homes in this area have been renovated.
Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,800 m. / 12,467 ft.)
From Mundu, it is a steady and gradual ascent through yak pastures into the valley. Upon crossing several small rivulets and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, which is a good place take a break for rest and refreshment or afternoon snacks. Head towards the Valley in Langshisha Kharka to give your eyes a visual treat.
Rest day in Kyangjin or climb Kyangjin Ri (4,850 m. / 15,912 ft.)
Set out to explore the wilderness of Kyangjin. The monastery , the cheese factory, and the walk down to the moraine are a few options among others. One might choose to glimpse the spectacular ice faces and gigantic glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Trek to Lama hotel
From Kyangjin the trail back to Mundu is mostly the same. The descent will surely be quicker compared to the ascent. Following dinner, continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.
Trek to Syabru Besi
Continue taking your steps to Syabru Besi, appreciating the quiet forested mountains. If you’re feeling fit, choose the magnificent path from Rimche through Sherpa Gaon into Syabru Besi; it takes much more time to accomplish the final destination, however it is a gorgeous detour.
Drive to Kathmandu
Conclude the trip by traveling back to Kathmandu.
The Langtang Valley has a warm and hospitable environment with plenty of comfortable lodges. While the earthquake and landslide destroyed many in certain towns (most dramatically, in Langtang Village), plenty of other settlements were less affected and good options are still available. The service here is good, with warm blankets, fireplaces, comfortable beds, the occasional hot shower (for an extra fee) and a variety of food. The momos in this region are a speciality especially because of their larger size and pastry-like texture than the ones found commonly in the capital.
All meals are included in the trek
- Other Inclusions:
- Tour Guide, Cook, Porter and horses within the tour.s
- Camping Grounds(permissions and bookings)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a 3 star hotel on twin sharing rooms and in simple lodges throughout the trek
- Full board meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner and 3 times tea)
- All airport transports
- Fresh fruit every night after dinner
- Langtang National Park entry permit
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit
- Bus to Syabrubesi and again back to Kathmandu.
- English speaking Government register guide with all his Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transport and Insurance.
- A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available
- Sleeping bags, Down Jacket,duffel bag and walking Pole
- Government taxes, service charge and official expenses.
- Guided Kathmandu City tour with private vehicle.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily.
- Kathmandu sightseeing, airport pick up and drop, all ground transport
To trek in the Langtang National Park one has to drive to Dunche, Sano Barkhu or Syabru Besi to start the trek. Public buses are available from Kathmandu, but they are really slow and time consuming. A private vehicle or jeep is advisable as it would save time. Exit is via the same route.
- ID Cards
- Comfortable Trekking Shoes
- Warm Clothes
- TIMS CARD
- Torch Light
- Power Bank
- Trekking Poles
- Magnetic Compass
- Energy Drinks and Energy Bars
- Water Bottle
- Personal Toiletries
- Caps, hats and scarve
- ID Proof has to be carried along.
- Wear proper it trekking shoes for proper grip in order to avoid tripping along the slippery path.
- Avoid wearing thick socks or multiple socks in order to ensure proper blood circulation at such an elevated region.
- It is advisable to wear track pants or shorts instead of jeans.
- Do not litter the place and spoil its aesthetic beauty. Therefore, avoid using disposable plastic bottles or items wrapped in plastic.
- Always carry an additional pair of thermal wear.
- Water proof jackets, gloves and boots are recommended.
- Keep your backpack light in order to avoid backaches during trekking. Only carry the essentials.