Langtang Valley trek
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular trekking areas in Nepal. The valley comprises many beautiful landscapes, meadows, and old monasteries. It gives us lots of surprises of nature where we walk past the forests and get an amazing view of mountains and glaciers.
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. Most of the travelers plan this trek due to the short duration (8 days) and reach the highest destination - Tserko Ri (5000m). Trekking to this Valley of Glacier offers trekkers the beauty of nature, a pinch of Tibetan culture, and a glimpse of the local lifestyle.
What to Expect from Langtang Valley Trek?
Kyangjin Ri (4500m)
After intense research and discussion with our professional trekking guides, we have listed out the major highlights of the Langtang Valley Trek.
Kyangjin Gompa; Old Monastery in Langtang Region
Tserko Ri (5000m); the Highest Altitude that you can reach
Wild Animals; Snow Leopard, Black Beer, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, and Rare Animals (Red Panda)
Wonderful Mountains; Langtang Lirung, Sisa Panama, Dorje Lakpa, Gang Chhenpo, Naya Kanga, Surya Peak, and a close view of Yala Peak
Langtang National Park
Experience the local Tamang community
Local Yak cheese factory located in Kyangjin and Sing Gompa
Research on Red Panda Conservation
Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Visit to Langtang village and Kyangiin Monastery
Panoramic view of the mountain from KyangjinRi
Home land of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and several suspension bridges
Amazing Lirung and Kimshung glaciers
Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and monuments
Visiting the cheese factory and hiking to TserkoRi
Thick and green forests and meadows
Wildlife like red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, bear, langur etc
Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,503 m / 4,655 ft) -7-9hrs
After early morning breakfast, the drive to Syabrubesi begins. You head out of Kathmandu to the highway, slowly heading towards the north along the main valley road. You will come across many beautiful views of the river, terraced fields, small villages, and snowcapped mountains if the sky is clear.
The road takes you to a little busy town called Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of the Trishuli River, you will catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces, and green hills. Passing through Dhunche will make you feel as though you are heading towards deep land.
Then continue the drive, we will arrive at Syabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring. In this way, Our 1st day of the Langtang Valley trek will be successful.
Day 2: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m) 6 hrs
We begin our trek from Syabrubensi following the route of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang rivers. We come across fertile jungle, and terraced fields, and pass through rural settlements with bamboo and birch groves.
In this place, we might have the chance to spot rare and local wildlife like the red panda. Afterwards, the trek ascends gently to Rimche (2,400m) through Bamboo which lies at the bank of the Langtang River. Following the trail, we reach the Lama Hotel. Overnight at lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 3 : Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,255ft) 6 hrs.
We begin our day with an early morning breakfast and we will trek alongside the river through the lush landscape as we climb upward through dense forests. Along the way, we will see the snowy peaks ahead if the weather is favorable.
Ultimately the narrow river valley broadens out at GhoraTabela (3,030m). In this area, there was once a Tibetan resettlement project running, and currently, GhoraTabela has an army check post that will register our papers and a few nearby lodges.
As we trek further we will come across Chyamki village (3,230m); a small settlement. As we walk past chortens, water mills, mani walls, and prayer wheels, it means that we are nearing reaching the Langtang village.
We continue past prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags to scenic Langtang, a large settlement of mostly Tamang people with a nearby monastery. Overnight at Lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 4 : Trek to KyanjinGompa (3,865m/12,675ft) 3 hrs.
After a good cup of tea and breakfast, our journey waits for us. The trek today will be short and easy. We will pass by many small plateaus, big mani walls, yak pastures, small villages, and meadows.
Since we will be walking towards a higher elevation, we can trek slowly so that our bodies can acclimatize to the altitude. Soon after, we will come across water mills, prayer wheels, and sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
This is when we reach an ancient monastery the KyangjinGompa. KyanjinGompa is another wonderful land of Langtang that is surrounded by the Himalayas and we get stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. Overnight at lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 5: Exploration day at KyanjinGompa
Today is the day to let our body acclimatize to the high altitude and also explore this beautiful land of Langtang. This area of the valley has so much to offer for trekkers. Since the elevation is high, we will be getting stunning views of the Himalayas ranges.
Also, the sighting of the glaciers will be seen too. A day full of exploration remains as there is so much to do. We will be visiting the monastery that portrays the religion; Buddhism and we may also get to see the monks do their prayer.
The cheese factory would also be another compulsory visit as it is interesting to see. Besides these, we also have optional hikes to LangshisaKharka and the viewpoint of TserkoRi (5,450m). This will be the highest point of the trek.
TserkoRi is the best place to see the peaks like LangtangLirung (7,227m), Langtang II (6,586m), and many more. As the sun begins to set, we will return back to KyanjinGompa. Overnight at lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 6: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,470m) 6 hrs.
From KyangjinGomba, we admire the last glimpse of the beautiful mountains standing with pride and head back down and out of the valley. We retrace the arrival route through Langtang Village and break for lunch at GhoraTabela where the army checkpost registers our exit.
After the leisurely lunch, we will continue down through the dense forests of the river valley to the Lama Hotel. Overnight at lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 7: Trek to Syabrubensi (1,420m/4,655ft) 5 hrs.
Today being the final trekking day, we will head to our destination which is Syabrubensi so we can drive back to Kathmandu from there. We will be walking along the Langtang River, heading downwards to the beautiful river valley.
Descending down through bamboo and birch forests, we will see an amazing landscape to cross the Langtang and the Bhote Koshi rivers to Syabrubensi. This being the beginning point of our trekking journey, the next day we will be driving back to Kathmandu. Overnight at lodge with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Day 8: Drive from Syabrubensi to Kathmandu 7-9 hrs.
After accomplishing an eventful and enjoyable trek, we will take our respective vehicles and drive from Syabrubensi to Kathmandu which will take about seven to nine hours. This drive will begin in the early morning.
During the drive, we will be getting scenic views of the Trishuli River valley as we head through south of the hills. Along the way, we will see the terraced farmlands and meadows and hopefully a final glimpse of the snow-capped mountains.
Once we arrive at Kathmandu, trekkers will be dropped at their respective hotels. Overnight at the hotel with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
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Langtang Valley Trek Best Season
The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to The Langtang Valley Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn.
Spring (March, April, May): You can see the national flower of Nepal rhododendron, the green forest, the best mountain view
Autumn (September, October, November): You can enjoy green forest as well as the best mountain view
Besides the above best season, the monsoon is also fine but it's a rainy season. You should have a raincoat. Be careful of the leech. This season is most preferable for nature photographers who like flora and fauna, green forests, rivers, waterfalls, and many more.
Whereas in the winter season, you can view the mountain but the weather is very cold (should wear warm clothes). And, the Trekking trail is quite icy and slippery. During the winters and monsoons, it becomes difficult to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, strong winds, storms, and slippery trails.
Let's have a look at how the weather differs month by month.
January - February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This is when there is heavy snowfall in the mountains which can result in extremely cold temperatures.
Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time because the trek is challenging itself and the snow would make it tougher.
March - April
This is the best time of the season to trek in the Langtang Valley Trek. The weather is very favorable throughout the trek. Stunning views of the LangtangLirung, Langtang II and many more will be seen.
Temperatures may start increasing from the middle of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed in their expeditions at this time. On the journey, the bamboo and birch forests will be luscious green, and dense.
May - June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid-August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.
July - August
The rainfall hits its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would arise. The trails would be very slippery. As we will be trekking to the TserkoRi, so avoiding such risks would be advised.
September - October
This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Langtang Valley trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees during the nighttime.
This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it's the best time for the Langtang Valley trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festivals of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.
November - December
As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Langtang region and it is eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days.
The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. In December, the temperature starts to get cold, and begins to snow.
Please Note: The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to tonight.
Langtang Valley Trek Altitude
The maximum altitude that you can reach in the whole Langtang Valley Trek is Tserko Ri which stands at 5000m.
On an exploration day, most of the trekkers head to Kyangin Ri (4500m) where you can get a panoramic view of amazing mountains to include; Langtang Lirung (7234m) right in front of you. For that, you will have to walk 3-4 hours from Kyangjin Gompa.
Whereas, few physically fit trekkers (7-8 hours roundtrip) prefer to go for Tserko Ri because of the highest altitude and wonderful 360-degree view of the Mountains and Peak which include; Langtang Lirung, Sisa Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gang Chhenpo, Naya Kanga, Surya Peak and close up view of Yala Peak.
Langtang Valley Trek Map
Langtang Valley Trek Food & Accommodations
During this trek, meat is only available in Syabrubensi. After that, you will get fresh yak cheese, eggs, and tuna fish instead of meat. If you get some time, don't forget to check out Yak Cheese Factory located in Kyangjin and Sing Gomba.
You will find the following food items during the trek:
Breakfast: Tibetan Bread or Toast, Hash brown potato, eggs of any style
Lunch & Dinner: Nepali Dhal Bhat, Pizza, Chowmein, Mo: Mo, Thukpa, Fried Potato, Fried Rice, etc.
Throughout the trek, you will be staying in a Tea House. It is a simple guest house which has a normal bedroom on a sharing basis and a big dining room. If you are wondering, what does the teahouse look like? Then, have a look at the following pictures of the bedroom, kitchen, and dining room:
How difficult is Langtang Valley Trek?
For Langtang Valley Trek, you will have to walk 5-6 hours daily which includes; uphill and downhill. With that normal pace, you will easily reach Kyangjin Gompa. But, to reach Kyangjin, you should walk 7-8 hours round trip.
Langtang Valley trek can be comfortably completed by every level of trekkers. No matter if you are a beginner. Just you need to have the courage and willing power to complete it.
Acclimatization for Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek package spends three to four nights over 3500m above sea level, where there is somehow risk of being affected by altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness. We will be acclimatizing at KyanjinGompa.
We will be exploring various places like the monastery itself, the cheese factory, or the optional hikes planned to the viewpoint of TserkoRi. Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn't be left ignored.
Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first-aid training and are well-experienced in the Himalayas we urge you to inform your group leader and guide at the first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be in reliable hands.
Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 litres a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately.
Please note that your group leader has the ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than others.