Langtang Valley trek
Langtang valley trek overview
Langtang valley trek is one of the most popular trekking areas in Nepal. The Langtang valley comprises of many beautiful landscapes, meadows and old monasteries. Langtang valley trek gives us lots of surprises of the nature where we walk pass the forests and get an amazing view of mountains and glaciers. Following the Buddhist religion, the chortens, mani walls and the monasteries shine with pride of Buddhism. As we cross through many small settlements, the hospitality of the locals is so heartwarming. Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. Most of the travelers plan this trek due to short duration (8 days) and reach the highest destination – Tserko Ri (5000m). Trekkers will find this route quite surprising because every day you will discover different landscapes, forest, waterfall, and of course wonderful mountains. Trekking to the most popular and the valley of glacier trek is an experience worthy trek. It offers us the beauty of nature, a pinch of Tibetan culture and 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. In this Langtang valley trek blog, we have listed out the major highlights of 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 close up 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 hike to TserkoRi
Thick and green forests and meadows
The majestic viewpoint of LangtangLirung (7,345m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), DorjeLakpa (6,966m), Kimsung (6,781m), and YansaTsenji (6,575m)
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 a 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 Trishuli river, you will catch glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. Passing through Dhunche will make you feel as though you are heading toards deep land. Then continuing the drive, we will arriv atSyabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring. In this Way Our 1st day of langtang valley trek will be sucessful.
Day 2 : Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m) 6 hrs
We begin our trek from Syabrubensi following the route of the BhoteKosi and Langtang river. We come across fertile jungle, 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 lush landscape as weclimb upward through dense forests. Along the way, we will might see the snowy peaks ahead if the weather is favourable. Ultimately the narrow river valley broadens out atGhoraTabela (3,030m). In this area, there was once a Tibetan resettlement projectrunning, and currently, GhoraTabela has an army check post that will register our paoers and afew 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 to reach 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 body can acclimatize to the altitude. Soon after, we will come across water mills, prayer wheels, 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 o Langtang. This area of the v alley has so much to offer for trekkers. Since the elevation is high, we will definitely be getting stunning views of the Himalaya ranges. Also, 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. 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 places 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 throughLangtang Village and break for lunch at GhoraTabela where the army check post registers our exit. After the leisurely lunch, we continue down throughthe dense forests of the river valley to 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 be seeing an amazing landscape to cross the Langtang and the BhoteKoshi rivers to Syabrubensi. This being our 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 an enjoyable trek, we will take our respective vehicle and drive from Syabrubensi to Kathmandu which will take about seven to nine hours. This drive will begin from 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 to their respective hotels. Overnight at the hotel with included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
Langtang Valley Trek Best Season
Spring (March, April, May): You can see the national flower of Nepal rhododendron, green forest, best mountain view
Autumn (September, October, November): You can enjoy green forest as well as the best mountain view
Beside above best season, the monsoon is also fine but it’s a rainy season. You should have a raincoat. Be careful from the leech. This season is most preferable for nature photographers who like flora and fauna, green forest, river, 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
The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Langtang Valley Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature, strong winds, storms and slippery trails.
January – February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time 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 more tough.
March – April
This is the best time of the season to trek in the LangtangValley Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the LangtangLirung, Langtang II and many more will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in 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 of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.
July – August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. 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 season for the LangtangValley 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 day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. 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 LangtangValley trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.
November – December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins in the Langtangregion and it 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 day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, he 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 night.
Langtang Valley Trek Altitude
The maximum altitude that you can reach in whole Langtang Valley Trek is Tserko Ri which stands at 5000m. In an exploration day, most of the trekkers head to Kyangin Ri (4500m) where you can get the 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) prefers to go for Tserko Ri because of the highest altitude and wonderful 360-degree view of Mountains and Peak which includes; 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 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 twin sharing basis and the big dining room. If you are wondering, how the teahouse looks 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 above 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 a courage and willing power to complete it.
Acclimatization for Langtang Valley Trek
11 days Langtang valley Trek package spends three to four nights over 3500m above the sea level, where there is somehow at the 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 well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at 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 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has 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 other.
Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
The Langtang valley trek is an easy and rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 3-6 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.
The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides
A typical day on langtang valley trek
A day on trekking will be rewarding with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days.The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Discovery World Trekking crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for well-deserved sleep.
Communication on trek
There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.
Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.
Electricity and battery recharge, water on langtang valley trek
Throughout the lodges at The Langtang Valley trek, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.
Trekking in The LangtangValley Trek requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and another casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. To join in The LangtangValley trek, at a minimum, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is must to cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusively helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in The LangtangValley Trek, with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment. You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.
Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash.
Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.
You can exchange most foreign currencies through the banks and through the money exchanges. Money exchangers are also legitimate. You might be able to also exchange small amounts of cash at the hotel you are staying. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu. Money changers or Money exchangers in Kathmandu are found all over Thamel. The going rate is normally displayed in the front of the stores on a board. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRP). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupees in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined. Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheque, many hassles problems like a lengthy process and high rate of commission may take place during the processing at banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of many ATMs in Kathmandu (if you card is linked to the International Cirrus System), or by exchanging your travel cash at a bank in Kathmandu, the service fee charge will impose on around four percent or more depending up on the bank. There is a day transaction limit on cash withdrawing if you use the bank. Please note that most establishment banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The weight limit for your luggage ,Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials,You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Discovery World Trekking store for free.
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and wont wander off alone.
Equipment lists for Langtang Valley Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Light weight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Light weight cotton pants
- T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots
- Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- Deodorant floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.
Discovery World Trekking Crews
During the Langtang Valley Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.
- Intensive wilderness first Aid
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Rock climbing
Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience
Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.
Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.
After completing the Langtang Valley trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.