If you are wandering for a crowd-less trekking route, the Langtang valley trek popularly known as Langtang trek can be the best option for you. This trail comes under the moderate to the challenging category which is the best choice to do as an acclimatization trek before trekking to the Everest Base camp luxury trek or Annapurna Circuit trek.
Facts Of The Langtang Valley Trek
- Distance: 77 km
- Start/Finish: Sybrubesi
- Total Ascent: 3925 m
- Total Descent: 3925 m
- Highest Station: Kyanjin Ri (4700 m)
- Difficulty: Moderate/Difficulty
- Permits: TIMS Card/ Langtang National Park entrance permit
- Days Required: 8 to 14 Days
- Accommodation: Teahouse
Highlights Of The Langtang Valley Trek
- Trek through the valley of Glaciers
- 360-degree astonishing views of the mountains
- One of the best sunrise viewpoints of Tserko Ri
- Walkthrough rhododendron forest
- Visit Buddhist shrines
What Are The Special Feature Of Langtang Valley Trek?
Langtang is a beautiful destination for both Nepalese and foreign tourists especially for the trekkers wishing to trek in a crowd-less trail. The region lies in the north-central part of the Himalayas in the Bagmati province of Nepal. The Langtang National Park is the most important icon of this region.
When the royal family approved in 1976, the region is started to be protected as the Langtang National Park with the aim of conserving the forests, wildlife, and many other cultural and natural resources.
In recent days, it has become one of the popular trekking decisions after the Everest or Annapurna region. Himalayan-masters arrange a perfect trip in the Langtang region for those who have included the Langtang in their bucket list.
The Langtang region is a comparatively closer trekking destination than other popular regions. Apart from the Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Gosaidunda Trek is also a popular trekking trail in the area.
How Long Is Langtang Valley Trek?
Langtang Trekking trail passes through Langtang National Park. The blooming rhododendron, bamboo forest, beautiful waterfalls, fantastic scenery, and lots of banana trees along the trail are the glories of this trek. In addition, you will be surprised by hundreds of flora and fauna, Yak pastures, and some local cheese factories.
The Langtang village was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake. Your expenditure might be the right support for the reconstruction of the region. Thus, spending any amount in the region becomes vital support for raising the locals’ livelihood as well as the reconstruction of the devastated settlements.
The Langtang trek basically beginning from a beautiful town called Sybrubesi, goes through the wonderful alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin Gompa, one of the popular Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal. We suggest you add an extra day to hike up to the top of Kyangjin Ri peak from where you can enjoy the 360-degree stunning Himalayan views.
Langtang Trek – Less Crowded Trekking Trails In Nepal
The trails are not as crowded as the trails of the Annapurna Region. The trails and the accommodation along the pathway are not as comfortable /advanced as in the Ghorepani Poonhill trek or the Everest Base Camp trek. The hotels and guest houses here have comparatively poorer facilities than other popular trekking trails in Nepal.
Some of our clients prefer taking a helicopter ride from Kyangjin peak to Kathmandu with the spectacular views from the helicopter. Although it is quite expensive, you will have an unforgettable experience and most importantly it shortens the tiring trip.
If you think Langtang is suitable for you, please contact Himalayan-Masters who will fully customize the trip according to your time, interest, and budget. We will provide you with an experienced guide with an authentic license. If you add 3 extra days to your itinerary, you can combine your Langtang trek with the Tamang Heritage trek which gives you a wonderful cultural experience.
Required Permits For Langtang Valley Trek
The Langtang Valley Trek requires two basic permits. Trekkers information management system (TIMS) and Langtang national park entry permit. Langtang is a tea house trek.
Langtang Trek food
Well Langtang trek is one of the famous trekking trail in nepal, and in this trail you will get really amazing food like local food like Dalbhat, Momos, Thukpa and you will get western food as well.
How To Get To Langtang Valley Trek?
There are two options to reach Langtang from Kathmandu. Syabrubesi is the more common and popular beginning point for the Langtang trek which is nearly 122 kilometers from Kathmandu. Another option for the Langtang trek is to travel to Sundarijal and start the trek. The journey will obviously be wonderful from any of the beginning points.
The stunning views of snow-capped mountains, varieties of wildlife, and blooming rhododendron forest are the special things along the way. Thus, trekking in the Langtang region is not only the walk on the highland but also to experience the majestic beauty of nature and to get in touch with unique local cultures and traditions influenced by Tibet.
The warm welcome and hospitability of the Tamang community are really worth learning about their way of life. Your visit to this region is greatly appreciated as it becomes a wonderful contribution to restructuring and rebuilding of the local houses that were badly destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.
Beginning From Sybrubesi
Syabrubesi is the most important and popular gateway for the Langtang Valley trek. It is also part of Langtang National Park a beautiful village at an altitude of 2380 meters from sea level. It is just a 7 to 8 hours drive from the capital city. As this region has no airport, road transportation is only the option to travel from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi.
Reserving seat(s) in a local bus or hiring a private jeep are the choices. The local buses leave daily from Machhapokhari near Balaju Bus Park. However, we, Himalayan-Masters recommend taking a private jeep for our clients.
And we arrange for all of our clients. Traveling by local bus can be quite upsetting as the road and the buses are not as comfortable as you find while traveling to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. Although hiring a jeep is pretty expensive compared to the price of local buses.
But it is far better as they do not stop time and again and also provide you the chances of capturing pictures of mesmerizing mountains and wonderful landscapes from some stations. It is fine if you could get the ticket for the express bus which does not stop during the travel.
Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary:
Langtang trek usually begins from Syabrubesi, a small town nearly 122 kilometers away from the capital, Kathmandu. Langtang trek is one of the best Short Treks in Nepal. Here is a brief 8-day itinerary of the Langtang trek. You may probably require two more days before and after the trek.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1400 m) to Syabrusi (1500 m)
The trip begins from Kathmandu Hotel. After breakfast, Himalayan-Masters sends you a taxi for pick up to Machhapokhari Bus Park from where you will take our reserved jeep for Syabrubesi. You will have a wonderful experience driving through Shivapuri National Park.
The zigzag country road, traditional villages, terraced farmland, and amazing mountain views from the window keep you alert and excited throughout 6 to 7 hours of travel. Before you reach Syabrubesi, there are a few stops on the way. Tasting some local flavors at Trisuli Bazar or at Dhunche is amazing.
The snow-capped peaks of the Ganesh Himal range from the trail between Dhunche and Sybrubesi are really wonderful. Like other trekkings, Langtang trek is also a teahouse trek as the accommodation throughout the trip is the teahouse with basic facilities. These simple lodges are comparatively cheaper with delicious meals with local tastes.
The food at a higher altitude is more expensive than the beds. You are highly expected to eat at the same teahouse where you have booked your beds. They might charge high if you do not eat there.
Day 2: Trek from Syabrubesi(1500 m) to Lama Hotel (2480 m)
It is the first day to begin the actual trek. After having a yummy breakfast at nearly 7 am, the trek to Lama Hotel begins. Lama Hotel lies nearly 7 hours away from Syabrubesi. The trek begins by crossing a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River.
The trail then ascends upward through the dense forest of rhododendron and pine. The beautiful landscape, amazing waterfalls, and a few hot springs are the additional charms of the trails. Lama Hotel is situated at an elevation of 2480 meters. You will probably stay overnight at Lama Hotel.
Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel (2480 m) to Langtang Village (3430 m)
The third day’s trail passes through pine and rhododendron forests and finally enters the wide valley of Langtang. Today, you will witness a few wonderful views of the Langtang Himal range. Langtang Lirung is the highest among the peaks. Godatabela is an important stop with a beautiful settlement that lies nearly halfway on the route for the day.
You will probably take lunch at Godatabela. The trail then moves across alpine meadows where you will see a lot of livestock grazing. The trail then leads you to Langtang village where you will be staying overnight. This small and beautiful Langtang village was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake.
After the devastation, the region remained almost ignored for months but the reconstruction projects made a huge difference there. The traditional styles of houses have been rebuilt in modern design. There are plenty of hotels and lodges with modern facilities.
Day 4: Trek from Langtang(3430 m) to Kyanjing Gompa (3830 m)
Due to the beautiful alpine scenery, the third and the fourth days of the trip probably become the best days. Starting the trek quite earlier from Langtang village, you will have to ascend a steep trail crossing some settlement managed and used by the shepherds.
As the trail today is at a higher altitude (3500 m) you will rarely see the permanent settlements. Thus, the shepherds’ temporary huts are only the options if you decide to spend the night before reaching the Kyanging Gompa. There is an amazing example of a Buddhist Mani wall near the community of Kyanjing Gompa.
You will see the beautiful wall of stones carved with religious scriptures. After arriving at the village, it is best to spend a few more hours exploring the surrounding areas. But you will be checked in at one of the best teahouses and keep all the luggage before you begin strolling around.
Day 5: Rest day in Kyanging Gompa(3830 m)
The fifth day of the Langtang Trek itinerary can also be taken as the rest day as you will spend one more night there. Most trekkers prefer to explore astounding viewpoints not far from the Kyanjing Gompa. There are two most staggering viewpoints: Tesergo Ri and Kyanjin Ri.
Tesergo Ri is the most preferable option for most trekkers. The breathtaking views of more than 20 peaks can be enjoyed from Tesergo Ri. The Langtang Lirung (7234 m) is the highest among the Langtang range. The viewpoints of Tesergo Ri lie at an altitude of 4984 meters.
Another option for the day’s hike is to Kyanjing Ri at an elevation of 4400 meters situated just northeast of Kyanjing Gompa. It is a comparatively easier and shorter hike than the Tesergo Ri. 360-degree views of snowy mountains, beautiful valleys, lakes with frozen water and the Glaciers are really spellbinding from the top of Kyanjing Ri.
Whichever summit you choose, you require to return back to Kyanjing Gompa for an overnight stay. It is approximately a 6 to 8 hours hike both for going and returning back. Visiting the most elevated viewpoints of the whole trip you will be gaining unique experiences that you will never forget.
Day 6: Trek from Kyanging Gompa(3830 m) to Lama Hotel(2480 m)
Now it’s time to return back. After enjoying the last breakfast at Kyanjing Gompa, the trek begins for the Lama Hotel where you had spent a night on the second day of the trip. It is a quite long walking day. However, most trails for this day are to descend which is more comfortable than ascend.
Today you will explore the Langtang valley in a better way as the longer portion of the walk lies through the valley. Upon arriving at the village, you will be checked in at one of the fine teahouses for an overnight stay. Enjoy the second night at Lama Hotel with an amazing dinner with a farewell party (probably there will be).
Day 7: Trek Lama Hotel (2480 m) to Syabrubesi(1500 m)
It is the last trekking day. After breakfast at Langtang region (Lama Hotel), you will begin the trek to Syabrubesi from where you will be catching a vehicle to Kathmandu. Thus, this is the final trekking day of your trip if you are not trekking to another side trek of the Langtang region.
Tamang Heritage trek and Gosaikunda Lake trek are the best options to extend your trek. There are two route options to descend back to Syabrubesi from Lama Hotel. The first is the same one you took in the beginning and the second is the much steeper one.
This route will offer you fabulous views of the Langtang valley and some of the tall mountains. Depending upon the weather and the clients’ stamina, our guide will decide which route to follow.
Day 8: Drive from Syabrusi (1500 m) to Kathmandu (1400 m)
After having breakfast at Syabrubesi, you will head to the capital, Kathmandu. Himalayan-Masters’ reserved jeep or a car is ready to receive and take you back to Kathmandu. You will be back through the same route enjoying the beautiful scenery from the window. After 7 to 8 hours of travel, you will arrive in the city, check in at the hotel, and rest.
Enjoy the farewell dinner organized by our company and go to bed with pleasant memories of the Himalayas. Note: at least two more days are required before and after the trek, especially for the trekkers from countries other than Nepal. Make sure to have a minimum of 10 days’ time so that you can explore Kathmandu and enjoy the Nepal trip without any haste.
Drive from Kathmandu (1400 m) to Syabrusi (1500 m)
Trek from Syabrusi(1500 m) to Lama Hotel (2480 m)
Trek from Lama Hotel (2480 m) to Langtang Village (3430 m)
Trek from Langtang(3430 m) to Kyanging Gompa (3830 m)
Rest day in Kyanging Gompa(3830 m)
Trek from Kyanging Gompa(3830 m) to Lama Hotel(2480 m)
Trek Lama Hotel (2480 m) to Syabrubesi(1500 m)
Drive from Syabrusi (1500 m) to Kathmandu (1400 m)