Langtang Valley Trek

Duration: 12 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4400m

Highlights

  • Quick access to trail from Kathmandu and an easy trekking route
  • Perfect for travelers looking for a short trek in the Himalayas
  • Trek in the Langtang National Park with high chance of coming across wildlife
  • Explore the verdant Langtang Valley and the picturesque villages
  • Trek through dense forests and cross thrilling wooden bridges
  • Intimate encounters with the indegnous communities of Tamangs and Sherpas
  • Enjoy guesthouse trekking and have a close glimpse of local’s lifestyle
  • Less crowded trekking route and a tranquil venture
  • Visit the old Kyanjing Gompa and other stupas on the way
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise from Tserko Ri and breathtaking mountains views as well as excellent sceneries throughout the trek

Langtang Valley Trek Overview

"Explore authentic rural Nepal, experience guesthouse trekking, and get to witness some of the most stunning mountain panoramas during Langtang valley trekking. Meet friendly locals, learn about the rich cultural heritage of Sherpas & Tamangs, and walk-through beautiful rhododendron forests."

We have a short 12-days Langtang valley trek for travelers who are looking for a quick venture into the Himalayas. You'll be trekking in the Langtang National Park, abundant in flora and fauna. The trail is adventurous and full of thrills like suspension bridges, waterfalls, etc. You'll walk through lush forests of rhododendron, bamboo, pine, and cedar.

Langtang valley trekking is located near Kathmandu. You do not have to take any domestic flight to reach the starting point of the trek. A 6-7 hours comfortable drive from Kathmandu leads you to the starting point of the Langtang valley trekking. Regardless of easy access to the Langtang trail, the tourist flow in the region is quite low, unlike the famous Everest base camp trek & Annapurna base camp trek.

Langtang valley trek is famous, especially among novice trekkers. Still, not many people trek in this region, which makes the trail less crowded. You'll have a lot of time to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and unwind amidst the tranquility of high mountains.

Within three days of walking from Syabrubesi, you'll reach Kyanjin Gompa, the last village of the Langtang valley trek. The trail to Kyanjin Gompa ascends and descends through lush woodlands, meadows & small picturesque villages. You'll come across many stupas, mani walls, chortens, and prayer flags along the way. And with a hike to Tserko Ri, you'll retrace your way back to Lama Hotel and drop down to Dhunche to end the trek.

Meet with the indigenous community of Tamangs, descendants of Tibetans. Have intimate encounters with the locals and get to know about their simple mountain lifestyle. Langtang valley has preserved Tibetan Buddhism culture, and the trail showcases it.

Major Attractions of Langtang valley trek

There are a bazillions of reasons that make the Langtang valley trek a fantastic option. From impressive trekking experience to heartwarming hospitality of the locals and stunning glaciers & mountain views. We hope the below reasons make it easy for you to choose Langtang valley trekking in Nepal.

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

So, all of our packages cover an exciting guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. First of all, Kathmandu is called the city of temples for a solid reason. Every corner has a temple or a site where locals worship. The city has major monuments that reflect the rich Nepali diverse cultural heritages and arts.

During the tour, our friendly English-speaking guide will accompany you. You visit monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Comfortable & scenic drive to/from Syabrubesi

Syabrubesi is the starting and ending point of the Langtang valley trek. Situated at 1,500 meters, Syabrubesi is located 122 kilometers away from Kathmandu. The drive takes around 8 to 9 hours. Kathmandu to Syabrubesi's driving route is smooth and well-built. The ride offers beautiful views of green hills, mountains, terraced fields, and waterfalls. It's a comfortable drive.

Trek in the Langtang National Park

Established in 1976, Langtang National Park is Nepal's first Himalayan national park. The climate ranges from lush temperate river valleys to glacial-carved cliffs. The national park has varieties of forests and green meadows.

From 2,000 m to 2,600 m, you can see rhododendron & pine forests. From 2,600 m to 3,000 m, there are mainly oak forests that are further mixed with larch, hemlock & fir forests from 3,000 m to 3,600 m. Similarly, 4,000 meters above has expansive grassland meadows.

As the Langtang National Park is home to numerous wildlife like Himalayan black bear, screeching langur, red panda, snow leopard, wild dog, serow, and more than 250 species of birds.

Adventurous but easy trekking route

Langtang valley trekking route has an easy to moderate difficulty level. The trail has all the wonders of trekking in the Himalayas regardless of an easy route. You'll cross suspension and wooden bridges over streams & rushing rivers. Likewise, trekking through dense forests, you come across many flora & fauna.

Some part of the route is off-beat, steep, and also passes by landslide-prone areas. You walk along the ridge of high cliffs, enjoying phenomenal landscapes. Not only this, but the encounter with yaks and mules on the grazing sites & along the way is also compelling.

Meet with indigenous Tamangs

The Tamangs are an indigenous tribe with a great history. They are the descendants of Tibetans, residing in the Langtang regions for centuries. Their main language is Tibeto-Burmese. More than 90% of Tamangs practice Tibetan Buddhism and have their own dialect.

While trekking in the Langtang valley, you learn a lot about these communities and their culture. The stupas and monasteries along the way showcase their traditional practices. Likewise, the trail is also enriched in prayer wheels, chortens, prayer flags, and mani walls.

Learn a lot about the lifestyle of the locals and visit ancient monasteries

The Langtang valley trail passes through villages like Lama Hotel, Ghat, Ghoda Tabela, Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa, etc. We stay overnight in the guesthouses in these villages. The guesthouse accommodation means you stay in the houses of the locals, so the experience is very immersive. You can see closely the lifestyle of the locals and their daily chores. Likewise, we visit the Kyanjin gompa. It is believed to be 280 to 300 years old. It's one of the significant monasteries in the Langtang region.

Witness stunning mountain views and landscapes

If you love the Himalayan landscapes, then you'll love Langtang valley trekking. The landscapes during the Langtang valley trek are out of this world. The forested hills with well-made terraced fields and meadows & snow-capped Himalayan mountains on the backdrop are nothing less than a storybook scenery.

Some of the mountains you see during this trek are Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), etc. Likewise, you also get to see glistening glacier views.

If you have some extra days in hand, we highly suggest you extend your Langtang valley trek to Gosaikunda Lake. It's a holy lake and offers jaw-dropping scenery. Combining Gosaikunda lake visit in your trek makes the journey more offbeat and adventurous.

Likewise, here are some other short treks for you in the Himalayas- Everest View Trek, Poon Hill trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Khopra Danda Trek.

Itinerary

Find the detailed day-by-day itinerary for the Langtang Valley Trek 12 Days. The 12-Day Langtang Valley Trek itinerary is inclusive of your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a cultural day tour in Kathmandu. If you prefer to make your arrangement for the accommodation for pre and port trek or if you want a shorter or longer itinerary also available from us. If you have longer holidays then you can consider the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek or Langtang Circuit Trek as well.

The 12 Days is the standard itinerary that we have designed to offer you, however, we at Outfitter Himalaya are always happy to customize the trek itinerary for you as per your requirements and fitness level. Let us know your own requirements.

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On your arrival day, we'll be at the international airport to welcome you and escort you to the hotel. You'll have no hard time getting from the airport to your hotel. As we have not planned anything for the remaining day.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, we have one more full day in Kathmandu. In the first half of the day, you'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a guided tour, so one of our friendly licensed guide will accompany you during the tour.

Later in the day, we take some time to meet with the trek guide and prepare for the venture. We'll check all the permits and trekking gear. Pack our duffel bags and do last-minute shopping if needed.

  • MealsB
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

From this day onwards, our Langtang Valley trek begins. First, we’ll drive to Syabrubesi, enjoying green hills and snow-capped mountain views.

Likewise, well-built terraced fields, waterfalls, and small villages also enhance the driving route. From Dhunche, we follow Trishuli river banks and ride towards Syabrubesi.

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

From Syabrubesi, the trail follows Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. We trek through lush woodlands and terraced fields. On the way, we pass by small settlement areas. As the trail is forested, we may spot rare wildlife like the red panda.

From Rimche (2,400 m), we walk through dense bamboo forests alongside the Langtang river and ascend to Lama Hotel.

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

The day begins with a gentle walk alongside a river. We then walk on an uphill route through dense forests, enjoying beautiful landscapes. Every now and then, we can also see snowy mountains peeking behind the lush hills. At Ghoda Tabela (3,030 m0, the narrow river valley spread out.

We register our permits here and continue trekking through Chyamki village (3,230 m). Further, passing by chortens, water mills, prayer wheels, and mani walls, we reach the picturesque Langtang village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3430

It's a short and easy walk from Lama Hotel to Kyanjin Gompa. We'll get a lot of time to rest today. From Lama Hotel, we walk past small plateaus and mani walls. The trail ascends through yak pastures and a few remote villages.

Gradually, we ascend to Kyanjin Gompa, surrounded by mountains and hills.

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

We take a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa. The first thing we do today is wake up early and hike to Kyanjung Ri. It is a viewpoint that offers stunning views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Kang Guru, Dorje Lakpa, etc. We then spend the rest of the day exploring the monastery and village.

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

Following the same trail back, we descend to Lama Hotel. From Kyanjin Gompa, first, we descend to Langtang village, walking through pastures. The trail then drops down through dense forests. We walk along the Langtang river bank and pass by waterfalls to Lama Hotel.

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

After a warm breakfast, we begin trekking back to Syabrubesi. The trail goes along the Langtang river, and gradually descends through birch & bamboo forests. We cross Langtang and Bhote Koshi rivers before reaching Syabrugaun.

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

Today, we descend further down to Dhunche. It's an easy walk from Syabrubesi to Dhunche. We'll have a relaxing day today. It is also the last day of our trek, so enjoy the walk.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1960

From Dhunche, we use a local vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. The drive begins early in the morning. We drop you at the hotel upon arriving in Kathmandu. In the remaining day, do the shopping and explore the local market. We meet you in the late evening over farewell dinner.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, you check out from the hotel and fly to your home or your next destination. Our trip with you has ended. We'll drop you at the international airport.

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu includes breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek with a cup of tea/coffee at breakfast
  • National park entry permits and TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation by Local bus from Kathmandu- Syaprubesi and Dhunche to Kathmandu
  • Eight nights’ accommodations in lodges/tea houses on the trek
  • A guide and porters
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for guide and crew
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, If necessary, (returned after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Entrance fees on Kathmandu tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Sweet things like chocolate
  • Tips for the guide and crew
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Permits for Langtang Valley Trek

You require to have some permits to do the Langtang valley trek, and they are Langtang National Park entry permit and TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permits. We apply and get all these permits once you book the trek.

Fitness for Langtang Valley Trek

A moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking between 3 to 8 hours to do the Langtang valley trek as you will reach an altitude of 3870m above sea level. Good health with good stamina and a strong desire for trekking is required, and you do not need to have previous trekking experience. However, physical fitness is required.

Accommodation on Langtang Valley Trek

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

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 3 nights
  • Hotel on Trek routes: Simple Mountain lodge: 8 nights

Note:

  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share, or a single room is available in Kathmandu also.
  • The hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available as there are luxury 4–5-star hotels also available. Let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Langtang Valley Trek

The extra nights' hotel in Kathmandu for pre- or post-Langtang valley trek is available, Let us know at the time of booking if you need extra nights.

Meals & Drinks on Langtang Valley Trek

We provide a total of 28 meals (11 breakfast, 9 lunch, and 9 dinners) on the Langtang valley trek, and these meals are provided in hotels and lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals trek and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer), and the drinks are not included in the cost. So, you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We also advise bringing water purification pills/medicine while coming for a trek in Nepal since you have normal water for free. You can use this medicine and drink or buy bottled/boiled water to drink.

Langtang Valley Trek for Children

Langtang valley trek is suitable for children, and this is a family-friendly trek in Nepal. If you are planning to take your children on a Langtang valley trek, we suggest you do private trekking to Langtang Valley. Private trekking offers much flexibility as different people on group treks may have different walking paces. And, you can trek at your own pace on private trekking.

Shorten the Langtang Valley Trek

It is possible to shorten the Langtang valley trek. We have 9-day trekking in this itinerary with a rest day in Kyanjing. However, we can cut this day, and we can also remove the trek to Syaprugaun, and can make it for seven days.

Let us know if you have limited days and want to complete the trek in fewer days, and we can make a suitable itinerary program for you.

Langtang Valley Trek Extension

It is possible to extend the trek by a few days and include the Gosaikunda Lake after Syaprugaun, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, or we can cover the Gosaikunda pass and extend to Helambu valley as well. We have another program in this region which are the Langtang circuit trek and Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek. Let us know if you want to extend the trekking in Langtang.

Extra tours/activities in Langtang Valley Trek

There are some tours such as there is Everest Mountain flight every morning from Kathmandu airport, which you can do in the early morning of day 3 before the day tour in Kathmandu starts at 9:00 am, and you do not need any extra days to add this tour.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days at the end of the Langtang valley trek. We suggest you add Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour, Lumbini Tour, or if you want to travel to another neighbouring country of Nepal Tibet, or Bhutan.

Travel Insurance for Langtang Valley Trek

Travel insurance is required when you go on the Langtang valley trek, in case of a serious sickness or injury on 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, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy when you buy the policy.

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is the Langtang valley trek?

    You cover approximately 95 kilometers during the Langtang valley trek. The trek lasts for seven days, and another five days of our Langtang valley trek itinerary involve your arrival/departure in Kathmandu and to/from Syabrubesi. The Langtang valley trail has a gentle pace. The trek is easy (if we compare it with other treks) and doable for everyone.

    There are a few steps to ascend and descend, which is the essence of trekking in the Himalayas. As all the heavy luggage is carried by the porters, you do not have to worry about load and can walk freely. Each day around 6-7 hours of walking is needed.

    Gradually, walking along the trodden path, you reach the highest point of the Langtang valley trekking, Tserko Ri, at 5,000 m. The elevation gain is huge, but the risk of altitude sickness is quite low, thanks to our well-designed Langtang itinerary.

    Non-technical climbing or any special equipment is needed for the Langtang valley trek. Likewise, no previous trekking experience is needed for this trek. Anyone who can walk six hours a day is eligible for this trek.

  • You do not need to do anything special or any training for Langtang valley trekking in terms of physical preparation. All you have to make sure of is you can walk and keep your stamina constant during the trek. To do so, you can go on long walks frequently before the beginning of the trek.

    The best way to build stamina, which is very much needed for a trek in the Himalayas, is by doing cardio. You can simply go on jogging or do other activities like swimming, cycling or running. If you have access to a treadmill or gym, you can add cardio to your routine.

    You can buy/rent heavy trekking clothes and gear in Thamel, Kathmandu. No need to carry everything from your home. As per your budget, you'll find a range of options here.

    If you are thinking of getting a new pair of trekking shoes, then we recommend getting them early and wearing them to avoid any blisters while trekking.

  • The Langtang valley trek is located in the Northeast of Kathmandu valley and it is in the Langtang National Park. The Langtang valley Trekking starts from Sybrubeshi or Dhunche. You need to drive to Syaprubeshi or Dhuche and start the trek to Langtang Valley. The Ky-anjing village is the last place to stay overnight.

  • The Langtang Valley Trek is doable throughout the year. However, the Autumn (from mid-September to end of the December) and the Spring season (from mid-February to the end of May) are the best time for the trek.

  • No, there is not an ATM along the Langtang valley trekking route, and there is not even a money exchange shop along the trail. So, please have enough cash in Nepali currency to spend on the trail.

  • The Langtang valley trek is safe, however, few trekkers have lost their lives on this trail in his-tory. Some of the trails go through jungles, and people may lose the trail when they trek alone. So, trekking in a group with people or a local guide who knows the trail well, which is important while going on the Langtang valley trek. The safety of our clients and staff is the top priority at Outfitter Himalaya.

    Our trekking guides are professional and well trained, and they are well-known about the trails. So, we advise you to hire a guide from the local company when you go on the Lang-tang valley trek. And, if you are worried about safety in terms of criminality, the crime is al-most non-existent on Langtang valley trail, no worries.

  • There is internet service on the Langtang valley trekking trail, which you can have free to 400-500NPR to use. Or, you can buy a local NTC sim in Kathmandu and use the internet through it while on the Langtang valley trek.

  • Yes, the electricity available in almost all the places/villages along the Langtang valley hiking trail. You need to pay anywhere from free at low elevation to 500.00 NPR to charge cameras, phones, etc...

  • You can do the Langtang valley trek from 5 days up to 9 days, which depends on your wak-ing paces etc…. and more depends on whether you just want to trek and reach the destina-tions and return or spend your holiday. It takes three days to reach Kyanjing village and an-other two days to return.

    However, if you want to spend more time in the region and do some side trips and about 12 days with your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal is ideal for the Langtang Valley Trek. You can find the day-to-day itinerary of the program above the page.

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