Langtang Valley Trek - 10 Days
Langtang Valley Trek was once a part of the Langtang National Park. Otherwise known as the Tamang Heritage Trail, this trek allows you to venture deep into the Tamang hinterland. In this trek, you travel through verdant Tamang villages to immerse yourself in the local indigenous Tamang culture.
The Tamangs trace their roots back to ancient Mongolia and originally made their way into lowlands of Nepal to trade horses. The Tamangs are considered to be one of the oldest tribes of Nepal and the Langtang valley is considered to be one of their first settlements.
Even though Langtang valley can be reached by a day's drive from Kathmandu, this area is still relatively unknown to the majority of travellers because the major trekking destinations of Annapurna, Kanchenjunga and Everest pull in the majority of the crowd.
Langtang Valley Trekking Trail
The starting point of this trek is at Syabru Besi. The trail then ascends up the Langtang valley from just 1,470m at Syabru Besi to 3,870m at Kyanjin Gompa in just a matter of two days.
There is plenty of time to acclimatize, however, as the trail takes you through Khangjim (2235m), Sherpagaun (2563m), Lama Hotel (2340m), Ghodatabela (3030m), Langtang Village (3430m) to finally ending in Kyanjin Gompa.
You can find a few coffee houses in Kyanjin Gompa that boast of proper Italian coffee machines flown in by helicopter. This ancient monastery preserves age old buddhist traditions of the local Tamang people as well as the local Sherpas.
You can venture off the main trail into a secret path that leads you to Parvati Kunda, a hidden lake, whose waters apparently hold powers of fertility. The trail then passes through the pristine landscape of Langtang National Park. You may get a chance to spot then endangered Red Panda or a Himalayan Black Bear in these parts if you are observant. Once you cross the forests, yak pastures and yak-cheese factories are a common site.
The trail then passes through the pristine landscape of Langtang National Park. You may get a chance to spot then endangered Red Panda or a Himalayan Black Bear in these parts if you are observant. Once you cross the forests, yak pastures and yak-cheese factories are a common site.
During the ascent, the landscape changes from lush subtropical forest, large bamboo groves to high alpine pastures which then gradually change to glacier and mountain peaks on the Tibet border. The view from the top are of Manaslu Massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal (Mountain) with the Langtang Mountain dominating majority of this region.
The Langtang Valley trek is relatively short and fairly easy, even with a climb up to the crown jewel at Tserko Ri (5,000m). Tserko Ri offers you a 360 degree view of the whole Langtang valley and if you are lucky, you may even have a chance to spot the ever elusive Snow Leopard.
The Langtang valley was completely destroyed during the 2015 mega-earthquake. The locals have remained resilient, however, and have already built tea shops and lodges.
This trek is all about culture and heritage. The trail runs through quaint villages off the main trekking routes so this you can gain an experience of the ancient lifestyle that is still being preserved.
If you love travelling the off-beaten path then this trek is for you. Ancient Tibetan culture permeate every inch of this expedition. This trail is called the Tamang Heritage Trail for a reason.
- Sacred Tamang culture permeates through every inch in this uniquely cultural expedition.
- “Off-the-beaten-path” hiking experience.
- High chance of encountering Grey Langur Monkey troops in the rhododendron forest of Thaman.
- Quaint villages of Briddim and Gatlang.
- Italian coffee at a height of 3,870m at Kyanjin Gompa.
- A chance to spot the endangered Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear and the elusive Snow Leopard.
- Yak pastures and yak cheese factories at Langtang Village.
- Price Details
- Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu.
- Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
- Nepal Tour Guide team will greet you and drop you at your hotel.
- Half day visit of major world heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Syambhunath, and Boudhanath stupa.
- Prepping for the next day's trek.
- Overnight stay at your hotel.
- Day 02
Kathmandu (1400m) – Syabrubesi (1460 m), 8 hours drive
- After morning breakfast, you travel via a bus through Trishuli Bazaar, and then Dhunche to Syabrubesi.
- Although roads are bumpy and rough, the travel becomes so pleasurable with sights of beautiful landscapes and snow-covered mountains.
- You stay at a lodge in Syabrubesi. Make sure you sleep on time as your body is tired of long and enduring bus ride.
- Day 03
Syabrubesi (1460m) – Lama Hotel (2420m), 6 hours trek, 7 miles
- As the trek begins, you pass through Bhote Koshi River and follow Langtang River.
- After passing through a suspension bridge, you have to walk through Pahiro to reach to Bamboo. The trail then crosses a subtropical forest. Red Panda, Langur monkey, wild boars and various birds inhabit the forest.
- The trail then ascends through Rimche to end the day trek at Lama Hotel.
- Day 04
Lama Hotel (2420m) – Langtang Village (3430m)
- After morning breakfast, the fifth-day trek begins with a gentle uphill climb.
- But, the trail soon becomes steep as you trek further.
- As glimpses of beautiful Langtang Lirung and other snow-covered peaks start appearing, your trek becomes more interesting.
- You can give your legs a rest and have your lunch in Ghoda Tabela.
- As you ascend uphill, you will reach a beautiful valley – Langtang where you will see yaks grazing all over the pastures.
- You will spend your fifth night in Langtang Village.
- Day 05
Langtang Village (3430m) – Kyanjin Gompa( 3870m), 2 and a half hours, 4.2 miles
- You are already above 3400-meter altitude, so the sixth-day trek is a short one.
- The trek begins after morning breakfast. You pass through a Buddhist shrine and trek to Mundu.
- After you travel across streams, wooden bridges and moraines, you get a glimpse of Buddhist monastery called Kyanjin Gompa.
- The village is named after a Buddhist monastery Kyanjin Gompa which is made up of local woods and stones. There are Buddha images and idols.
- You can visit a cheese factory there. You can rest or explore the area after having your lunch. Langtang Lirung, Kyanjin RI, Tsergo RI, Langshisha RI, Yala Peak are some mountain peaks you can see from Kyanjin Gompa.
- Day 06
Acclimatization Day in Kyanjin(3870m)
- The seventh day is for rest. As you have climbed to more than 3800 meter altitude, your body needs to adjust to the change in the environment. Also, it is a precaution for altitude sickness.
- If you feel comfortable, you can explore Kyanjin as you can visit the monastery, cheese factory, and glaciers.
- You can also hike to Tserko RI. From those points, you can see the breathtaking view of Langtang Valley, Langtang Lirung, and some other snow-covered mountain peaks.
- Tserko RI stands at an altitude of 5,033 meters which is the highest point of Langtang Valley trek.
- Day 07
Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel, 6 hours, 13.4 miles
- You descend more than 1430 meter for around 6 hours trek for overnight stay at Lama Hotel.
- As you return through the same trail, you can take a rest in Ghoda Tabela and have lunch. Make sure you enjoy the magnificent view of the snow-covered mountain range while descending down to Lama Hotel – it’s a sight to behold.
- Day 08
Lama Hotel(2420m) – Syabrubesi(1460m), 4-5 hours, 6.8 miles
After morning breakfast, you trek downhill through beautiful forests and villages to Syabrubesi.
- Day 09
Syabrubesi – Kathmandu
- Drive back to Kathmandu through Pasang Lhamu Highway along the Trishuli riverside. 7 to 8 hours drive will bring you back to Kathmandu.
- In the evening, you get to share experiences with your guides or friends with dinner at hotel.
- Airport pickup & dropoff by Private Car.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star category Hotel with Breakfast.
- English Speaking Guide as per the itinerary, And a Porter in the Trekking area.
- All accommodation in trekking area in local lodges. ( soft comfortable bed with Shared bathroom)
- Food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance, of guide and porter.
- All surface transportation as per the itinerary.
- Lantang conservation & TIMS permit.
- Tourist service charge, Vat.
- Office Service charge
- 1 Night Cultural dinner.
Price Not Includes
- Launch, dinner in Kathmandu and meals in trekking area.
- Travel insurance
- International air fare to and from Nepal.
- Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
- Personal Expenses.
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jacket)
- Tips for guide, porters, driver (Not mandatory )
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
- Other things not mentioned in Cost includes.
What is the best time of a year to do Langtang valley trek?
For this trek spring season (March, April and May) is best time to trek. In this time, you can see the beauty of blooming flowers like rhododendron and orchids and clear panoramic view of Himalayas. Apart from this season, you can trek in other seasons too for the same adventure.
What is the trekking equipment’s required for this trek and where do I get them?
For trekking equipment’s, we have mentioned them below. We recommend you be equipped with these for the trekking: Day pack Duffle bag Sun glasses Towels Water bottle Washing soaps Moistening lotion Spare batteries Spare Warm clothes And most needy things like: Hiking boots, Flip-Flop slippers, wind proof jackets which will keep you warm, trekking suits, sun hat, water proof gears. These equipment’s are important for you while trekking and you will get these stuffs in trekking shops in Thamel area in Kathmandu or in lake side Pokhara. Our representatives will be happy to help you with the hiring of the materials.
Are the foods and water hygienically standard?
Yes, the foods and water in the trekking region are hygienical standard as our representative will take care of foods that are provided to you on the region.
What kinds of foods are available during Langtang valley trek?
Typically, different kinds of ethnic foods like Dal-Bhat are best served in the area. One can also get western and continental foods however the taste might not be up to the usual standards. And please inform our guide if in case you are allergic to any kinds of food.
How fit do I need to be for this trek?
This trek is suitable if you are a normally healthy adult. People of underage or overage can also do the trek if they have no any health issues. We recommend you to consult your medical practitioner if you have any health issues. Also, it is better to have travel insurance that covers high altitude medical insurance in case of any emergency.
Do I need any medical insurance for this trek?
Medical insurance is highly recommended for this trek because it will be easy for you in case of any medical emergency. The trek to Himalayas is itself a challenging task so it is better to be prepared for circumstance.
Do I need guides and porters for this trek and how can I get them?
Trek guide is necessary for this trekking while you can choose to have a porter if you feel necessary who will carry 15 kgs of your luggage. The price of the porter is not included in our packages. You can get one in the trekking area and our guides will help you in the matter.
How can I pay for this trek?
You can choose to pay via credit cards, Bank transfer or IME/ Moneygram/ Western Union. For more information regarding the payment please follow our payment information.
What happens in-case of medical emergency during the trek?
In case of any medical emergency our guide will be there to help you. You could be transferred to any nearby health post or health clinic or you could be rescued via chartered Heli from the trekking region in case we need to. Having a travel insurance that covers the high-altitude medical insurance could be helpful in this situation.
Can I get the guides who speak languages other than English?
Yes, you can get the guide that speaks other language if you need one. The price however will be extra.
What if I cancel the trip?
For any trip cancellations clients will have to inform 30 days prior to the departure. While 20% Booking amount is fully nonrefundable any extra amount received above that shall be refunded however the expenses incurred for the transfer of the refund amount shall be charged by the company. Any trips cancelled within 30 days of the date of departure shall be fully nonrefundable.
How difficult is to do Langtang valley trek?
Langtang valley trek is a moderate trek which involves 6 hrs of walk per day to reach an altitude of 3870 m so clients with altitude sickness might face the difficulties.
How experienced are your guides/porters for this trek?
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide licensed by the Government of Nepal. Our team has the members serving more than 10 years in the industry.
Are there ATMs on the way of this trek?
No there are no ATMs on the way so you have to carry extra cash with you.
Do I have to pay extra for the mobile, camera charging, hot shower and internet use and how much is it?
Yes you have to pay extra charge 2 to 4 Dollars for charging, camera, hot shower or internet use.
What are the safety measures during my trip?
You might want to have a travel insurance. Also please be equipped with all the necessary trekking gears. Further please inform about any health issues to our representative before the start of the trek as a safety measure.
Do I need to tip guides and porters and how much is it?
It is not mandatary but recommended to tip the guides and porters. It is usually 10% of trip amount.
What is the highest altitude reached of Langtang valley trek?
The highest altitude is 3870m at Kyanjin Gompa.
How long do we walk every day during this trek?
We will walk up to 6 to 7 hrs in this trek in average every day. Throughout the trail there will be plenty of time to rest and enjoy the scenic beauties.
What kinds of transportation are available during Langtang valley trek? Do you book transportation or I need to book the transportation by myself?
We will provide tourist bus for surface transportation in this trekking package. Private vehicles or shared Jeep are also available upon request by clients and the price will be extra.
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