Langtang Circuit Trek

Duration: 16 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4610m

Highlights

  • Trek in the Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park
  • Get to see diverse vegetation, animals, & birds along the way
  • Trek through remote villages, lush forests, and beautiful waterfalls
  • Visit ancient monasteries on the way and come across many stupas, mani walls, chortens, etc
  • Explore Kyanjin Gompa and Tserko ri
  • Witness stunning mountain views and diverse landscapes
  • Get blessings in the sacred Gosaikunda Lake
  • Cross Lauribinayak pass and traverse in the picturesque Helambu region
  • Meet with an indigenous group of Tamangs and Hyolmos
  • Enjoy undisturbed views and a less-crowded trail

Langtang Circuit Trek Overview

"Trek in the beautiful Langtang and Helambu regions on our Langtang circuit trek for 16 days. Explore two national parks, gorgeous mountain views, and picturesque villages on this trek. Escape the bustle of modern society and follow a less crowded trekking route."

Langtang circuit trek is an adventurous trip in the Langtang region that extends to the Helambu region. It is a strenuous trek that also involves a high pass crossing. Located north of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, the Langtang circuit trail is easily accessible within a 7/8 hour drive. You begin trekking in the Langtang National Park and join the Shivapuri National Park at the end of the trek.

Langtang circuit trek combines all the wonders of the Langtang region, including beautiful Langtang village (3,430 m), Kyanjin Gompa (3,830 m), Sing Gompa (3,250 m), and Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m). The trail crosses the Lauribinayak pass (4,610 m) and explores picturesque villages like Ghopte (3,640 m) and Kutumsang (2,470 m) in the Helambu before descending to Chisapani and Sundarijal. Unlike the famous Everest base camp trek and the Annapurna base camp trek, this trek is less crowded and unspoiled.

If you are someone with previous trekking experience and looking for something different in the Himalayas, then we highly recommend the Langtang circuit trek for 16 days. This trek tests your fitness and endurance. Because it is a guided trek by an expert mountain guide, you'll have a safe journey. Likewise, you'll learn a lot about steep Himalayan terrain and how to approach them.

These are a few other famous circuit treks in the Himalayas- Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake, Manaslu circuit trek, and Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

The major attraction of the Langtang Circuit Trek

Trek in two national parks connected by a high mountain pass

We have mentioned earlier that the Langtang circuit trekking encompasses two national parks close to Kathmandu- the Langtang National Park and the Shivapuri National Park. The Langtang National Park was established in 1976 in the southern mountain chain of the Nepal-Tibet border.

The climate varies from lush temperate river valleys to snow-capped giant mountains. Likewise, the vegetation ranges from the subtropical (2 000 m-2,600 m), temperate zone (2,600 m-3,000 m), subalpine zone (3,000 m-3,600 m), scrubs & juniper (4,000 m) to alpine grassland meadows before ascending to the arctic zone.

Shivapuri National Park is located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu valley. The park lies in the transitional zone between subtropical and temperate climates. The forest types include pine, oak, rhododendron, etc. Likewise, the park is home to 177 species of birds, 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies, 129 species of mushrooms, and many mammals.

Kyanjin Gompa & Cheese factory

The Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most significant religious places in the Langtang region. There's not much about the history of this gompa, and locals are trying to collect as much as they can. The Kyanjin Gompa was built 280 to 300 years ago. And the early settlers immigrated from Tibet.

Right next to the gompa is the famous Kyanjin Yak Cheese Factory. You can visit the cheese factory and taste some yak cheese as well as see the cheese-making process. You can also buy cheese to bring back with you.

Meet with people of indigenous communities such as Tamangs & Hyolmos

Trekking in the Langtang region takes you close to Sherpas and Tamangs. The Tamangs are believed to be descendants of the Tibetans. If you are aware of Tibetan culture and traditions, you'll notice a lot of similarities.

Likewise, while traversing the Helambu region, you'll meet with the locals of the Hyolmo community. An indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage. The Langtang circuit trek route is covered with mani walls, stupas, prayer wheels, and chortens.

Our Tamang Heritage Trek takes you very close to the Tamangs and lets you observe their ancient culture first-hand.

Gosaikunda Lake- holy lakes related to epic Hindu mythology

Located at 4,380 meters, Gosaikunda lake is a sacred lake, situated in the Langtang National Park. There are 108 lakes around Gosaikunda lake. According to the belief of the locals, this lake is connected to Hindu mythology and directly related to the god of power & destruction, Lord Shiva.

Locals believe lord Shiva meditated here for a long time and took bath in this lake. Therefore, on the occasion of Janai Purnima (on the full moon day of August), pilgrims visit this lake to purify their souls and get rid of their sins by bathing in the Gosainkunda Lake.

There's a story that tells how Gosaikunda Lake is formed. And it says the lake is created when lord Shiva thrust his Trishul (Trident) into a mountain to extract the water to soothe his poisoned throat.

Locals say that people with pure souls can see the reflection of Shiva on the lake. The Gosaikunda Lake origin is also mentioned in the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, and Bhagavata Purana at the time of Samudra Manthan, which makes this lake very prominent for Hindus.

Snow-capped mountain views, stunning glaciers, and perfect landscapes

The Langtang region is dominated by the Langtang Himalayas and numerous glaciers. Do you know the Langtang valley is also called the valley of the glaciers?

The mountain panorama throughout the Langtang circuit trek is phenomenal. You get to witness jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Langtang Ri (7,205 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), etc.

Likewise, the views of hills and rivers with occasional waterfalls will soothe your soul. At Gosaikunda Lake, you can see snow-capped mountains surrounding it. From Lauribnayak's pass, the views are equally rewarding and fantastic.

Itinerary

The Langtang Circuit is the longest trekking itinerary in Langtang National Park which is for 16 Days. The 16-Day Itinerary of the Langtang Circuit Trek includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, plus a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is also included on it.

Also known as Langtang Gosaikunda Trek with Lauribinayak pass. The Langtang circuit trek begins with a long, scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Walking inside the Langtang national park, the trail ascends to Lama Hotel. Further, you'll walk through lush rhododendron forests and Langtang Khola to Langtang village. The trail then ascends along the pastures and rocky hills to Kyanjin Gompa.

We'll go on a hike to Kyanjing Ri and visit the local yak cheese factory before retracing the path back to Lama Hotel. The trail then gets offbeat and leads to Gosaikunda Lake via Syabru Gaun & Sing Gompa. It's time to cross the Lauribinayak pass and explore the wonders of the Helambu region. Walking through villages like Ghopte and Kutumsang, descend to Chisapanu. Lots of pasture walks are involved in this part of the trail.

You then trek in the Shivapuri National Park and pass by small settlement areas to Sundarijal, where the Langtang circuit trek ends.

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Our airport team will welcome you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can see them with our company banner. They will transfer you to the hotel and give you some general information about your surrounding.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, we arranged a guided sightseeing tour early in the morning. You'll visit the famous Monkey Temple by walking on the long staircase. From here, the next monument you'll visit is the holy Pashupatinath Temple. Located on the bank of the Bagmati river, it is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Nepal.

The tour then takes you to the largest stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath Stupa, and ends at Kathmandu Durbar Square, an ancient royal residence. We spend the late afternoon packing for the trek with our mountain guide.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Syabrubesi, the starting point of the trek. We'll be driving along the Trishuli river, enjoying tempting views of green hills and snow-clustered mountains like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Manaslu, etc. The road gets bumpy from Trishuli Bazaar onwards till Dhunche. From Dhunche, Syabrubesi is located 15 km away.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1500

Today is our first day of the trek. We walk following a forested path and small settlements. The trail progresses via green meadows. On the way, we can see the Langtang range on both sides. The valley soon widens. We can see herders with their livestock. We pass by an army post and walk on the boulders-filled area to Lama Hotel.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2480

We begin walking alongside a river and ascend steeply through dense forests. The trail then follows a narrow river valley as it opens up at Ghoda Tabela. We then walk through Chyamki village and ascend through a few remote villages. On the way, there are many chortens, stupa, mani walls, and prayer wheels. Further walking alongside the Langtang river, we reach the beautiful Langtang village.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3430

Leaving Langtang village, we walk towards Kyanjin Gompa. The trail ascends via highland and yak pastures. We also pass by some isolated villages and mani walls on the way. Soon, we'll be walking on steep slopes. Passing by the water mills and sacred rock cairns, we finally reach Kyanjin Gompa for the night's stay. The mountain views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc are excellent.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3830

We have a leisure day today in Kyanjin Gompa. Early in the morning, we'll hike to Kyanjin Ri to see a gorgeous sunrise, along with snow-capped mountain views. The hiking route is rough and rocky. Later in the day, we'll visit the yak cheese factory and the Kyanjin Gompa. We'll spend the remaining day relaxing and enjoying the views.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4400

We follow the same trail back to Lama Hotel today. The trail descends, offering stunning snow-capped mountain views. We walk through green meadows and descend to Langtang village. The trail then goes along a river and passes by villages. We further walk by lush rhododendron forests and keep walking on the downhill trail to Lama Hotel.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2480

After breakfast, we begin walking along the Langtang river. The trail descends to a lovely valley and goes by dense forests of birch & bamboo. The views of rolling green hills and mountains are fantastic on the way. We'll cross the Langtang and Bhotekoshi rivers and follow a downhill trail to Syabrugaun. The trail passes by remote settlements and forested paths further.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2210

The trail now ascends towards Sing Gompa. This place is also called Chandanbari. We begin walking, following a gentle path, and gradually walk on a steep uphill trail. We walk by rhododendron forests and many traditional villages. Walking past chortens and monasteries, we navigate on a winding trail, enjoying views of snowy peaks. The glimpses of Langtang II, Dorje Lhakpa, and Ghengu Liru are outstanding.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3330

We begin walking in the morning, following a steep trail over a ridge. We can see mesmerizing views of Manaslu and Hiunchli on a clear day. After an hour-long uphill walk, we'll descend the hill. The trail offers shimmering views of Bhairav Kunda and Saraswati Kunda. We then ascend and descend for a few hours before we reach the holy Gosaikunda Lake. The heavenly view and immaculate surroundings will make our stay at Gosaikunda Lake out of this world.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4380

Today is a very exciting day as we cross the Lauribinayak pass. From Gosaikunda Lake, the trail moves toward the phedi of the pass. We walk through rocky moraine and trek on a steep uphill path that leads to the top of the pass. It may be the toughest part for you of the entire trek.

Upon reaching the top of the pass, we'll get to see a breathtaking mountain panorama. From the pass, we descend and walk by rhododendron forests. Walking through meadows, we continue descending to Ghopte village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4610

It's mostly a downhill walk from today onwards. The trail passes by dense forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron. If the weather is clear, we can see stunning views of the mountains on the way. We'll reach Kutumsang, a beautiful village resided by Sherpas, to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2470

From Kutumsang, we trek gradually, following the footsteps of our guide. The trail takes us up a ridge and descends to Gul Bhanjyang. The trail ascends to Thotong and Lapcha Danda. From here, we descend to Chipling and walk on a steep narrow gully to Pati Bhanjyang. It's another 1/2 hour walk from here to Chisapani.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2115

Today is our last day of the trek. We leave Chisapani and begin walking towards Borlang Bhanjyan pass. From here, we walk by dense forests to Mulkharka, a small Tamang village. The trail further descends through Shivapuri National Park to Sundarijal. We end trekking here and hop on a jeep to drive back to Kathmandu.

From Sundarijal, it takes around 1/2 hour to drive to reach Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll have the remaining day free. We meet you in the late evening for a farewell. Until then, you can rest and do window shopping in Thamel.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Our airport team will help you check out of the hotel as per your flight departure time. They will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport in a private vehicle and bid you our last goodbye.

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-night hotels in Kathmandu hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • National park entry and Tims permit
  • Ground transportation by local bus from Kathmandu- Syaprubesi and Sundarijal to Kathmandu
  • 12-night accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for guide and porters
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, if necessary

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) and entrance fees on day two tour in Kathmandu
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Sweet things like chocolate, batteries charge, internet, and phone charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Permits for Langtang Circuit Trek

Some permits are required to do the Langtang circuit trek, which are Langtang national park entry permit and TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the trek.

Best Time to go on Langtang Circuit Trek

The Langtang circuit trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn season (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring season (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for the Langtang circuit trek in terms of weather and temperature.

Fitness for Langtang Circuit Trek

A moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking between 3 to 8 hours to do the Langtang circuit trek. You will reach an altitude of 4700m above sea level on this trek so, physical fitness with good health is mandatory to do the Langtang circuit trek.

Accommodation on Langtang Circuit Trek

We provide a 3-star hotel for three nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 12 nights on Langtang circuit Trek. The rooms are basic, and just a bed with a pillow, and blankets on the trek lodge/guest house, please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight or similar: 3 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes- Simple Mountain lodge: 12 nights

Note:

  • Accommodation will be in double/twin share rooms.
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available as there are luxury 4 and 5-star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Langtang Circuit Trek

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Langtang circuit trek is available. Let us know if you will arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need any extra night, then we book.

Transports on Langtang Circuit Trek

  • We provide private transport for airport transfers and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and local bus transport from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi.
  • However, private jeep/van transport is available on request to drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubeshi. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transportation to have a more comfortable drive.

Meals & Drinks on Langtang Circuit Trek

Most of the meals are included and provided in the Langtang circuit trek and are taken in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you stay overnight and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You have a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on the Langtang circuit trek and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer), and these drinks are not included. So, you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Langtang circuit trek since you have normal water for free so, you can use the medicine and drink it, or you can buy bottled/boiled/safe water to drink.

Shorten the Langtang Circuit Trek

We have 13 days trek included in this 16-days package of Langtang circuit trek. However, if you have limited days, then we can customize the trekking adventure and make it shorter. The given itinerary for the Langtang circuit trek is for the fixed departure group trek. And, if you want to shorten the trekking, you have to do private trekking. Let us know if you need a shorter version of the Langtang circuit.

Extra tours/activities on Langtang Circuit Trek

You can add some extra tours/activities on our Langtang circuit trek. You can add a mountain flight tour on the morning of day 2. Furthermore, if you have some extra days, then you can add Chitwan Jungle Safari, or if you want to extend your holidays in another country, then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

Travel insurance for Langtang Circuit Trek

Travel insurance is required to do the Langtang circuit trek. In the case of any sickness of AMS or injury during the trekking, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. However, you will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, make sure that all these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is Langtang Circuit Trek?

    Langtang circuit trek is a challenging trek. The trekking route is rough and steep. The trail also involves offbeat walking. It's a remote trek, so you'll stay overnight in basic teahouses, and the services along the way are minimal.

    Therefore, the trekkers have to be mentally prepared to live without modern comforts on the trail, which can get very difficult to adjust to. The trail likewise has numerous ascends and descends.

    You walk through dense forests and landslide-prone areas. Some places might not even give you any signal to connect with the outer world. Daily 6 hours of walking is needed. Overall, the participants have to be physically and mentally fit to join Langtang circuit trekking. This trek is not for beginner trekkers.

  • To prepare for the Langtang circuit trek, you can go on short hikes. Have 5 to 6 weeks on hand to get your legs ready for the journey. Do regular long walks and other activities that involve cardio, like cycling, swimming, etc. You can build stamina with these activities.

    If you visit the gym, then include cardio in your routine and focus on your leg muscles & core strength. You can also exercise to build endurance.

    Then comes packing and getting your trekking boots ready for the trek. If you are planning to buy a new pair of trekking boots, then buy them early, and use them before the trek begins. You will get used to the boots and not get any blisters while walking in the mountains.

  • Our Langtang circuit trek is 16 days long. We have crafted the best Langtang circuit trekking itinerary for a memorable adventure in the Himalayas. You get full support from experienced mountain guides to accompany you while trekking to all the necessary reservations done by the company. You'll have a safe trek with our team.

    We have some short treks too in the Langtang National park- Langtang Valley trek and Langtang Gosaikunda trek. You can also join our Helambu trekking.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Fabulous Langtang circuit trek

    Even I was traveling by myself for two weeks in Nepal. I never feel lonely and, the outfitter trekking took care of me very well from the beginning until the end of the day. The services are impressive, how detail they are, especially my trekking guile Mr. Bhim, who is such friendly with full of humor person.

    You never feel bored to have him with, of course with his expert at trekking experience, no need to worries, you just a need to enjoy trekking with majestic landscape surrounding, really enjoy my time in Nepal, also Mr. Arjun patiently answers all my question before trekking, thank you, guys!

    You definitely can enjoy trekking in Nepal with Outfitter Himalaya.

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    KievFrom: Australia,Mar 22, 2022
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    Dear Kiev,

    Thank you for joining us for your adventure Langtang circuit trek and thank you for your review about a day tour in Kathmandu and Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided this day tour in Kathmandu.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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