Langtang Valley Trek Overview
Langtang Valley Trek offers a majestic view of mountains with panoramic landscapes. It is the top 3 most visited trekking destinations in Nepal alongside Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
The Langtang Valley Trek is not in much distance from the Kathmandu valley. It lies in the north of Kathmandu and close to the Nepal Tibet border (Now Kerung Boarder). The major peak of the Langtang region is Langtang Lirung. Along with the Langtang Lirung some other peaks like Gang Chhenpo and Dorje Lhakpa also add to the beauty of Langtang.
The Langtang valley has a huge diversity of plant and animal life, and is a haven for bird watchers. You could come across langur monkeys, wild boar, and if you are lucky, red pandas. The Langtang National Park is also situated in Langtang. In the national park we can experience the Himalayan ecology.
The Langtang trek is one of the shorter hiking routes in Nepal. It offers fantastic scenery from the jungle with banana trees and monkeys at lower altitudes to glaciers and ice peaks at higher elevations.
The 11 days of Langtang trek itinerary is also inclusive of an experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients) who would assist you throughout the entire trip. The trip also ensures to provide necessary medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) in case of any emergency situation. The package is also inclusive of all government taxes.
Langtang Valley Trek Highlights
- Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi viewing the beautiful landscapes.
- Unspoiled National Park of Nepal: Langtang National Park lies between the Nepal-China (Tibet) border.
- Learn more about Tibetan Buddhist culture.
- Experience Extended diversity of flora and fauna.
- The best place to view: Dorje Lakpa (6,990 m), Langtang -II (7,227 m), and Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), Ganesh Himal(7,429 m), etc.
- Enjoy the typical Tamang Village & Community.
- Chance to climb Chorko-Ri.
- Walking through unimaginable Rhododendron forest.
Best time to hike Langtang Valley
There are two main trekking seasons: March-April and October-November. I would advise to try and complete the trek around these months and avoid the wet season in the middle of the year. The dry winter can make for quieter trails, but many teahouses close down and the trail will be snowed in higher up.
If you’re travelling at the start of the trekking season, it’s a good idea to ask Nepal Trekking website.
Langtang Valley Trek for Female Trekkers
Nepal is safe for both male and female travelers. For female trekkers, you need to be extra careful while exploring the different places. Sometimes, it will be different situations as every country has its own culture, languages, and lifestyle. So always respect it and be sure you follow them.
Always be careful about the dress code while in Nepal. Also, don’t forget to hire a guide and never go outside alone in evening time. Additionally, if you feel uncomfortable with a male guide, then you can hire a female guide too in Nepal.
Langtang Valley Trek Gear and Equipments
This is the most crucial section of this guide. Gears are vital aspects if you are going for short or long trekking. Sometimes backpacking is difficult if you are unfamiliar with the weather condition of the particular place.
Actually, You don’t have to carry all the trekking gear from your home town. You can find hundreds of trekking shops at Kathmandu. The shop generally sells or rents the gear items at a low price. But bring the basic stuff like a hiking boot, Trekking Bag, etc. from your country. Trekking Shop at Kathmandu commonly rent gloves, jacket, Sleeping Bags, etc.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Welcome to the country of Mt. Everest! As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal Tours representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Hotel staffs will complete check-in and manage for your accommodation.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs
We start early in the morning after breakfast and drive up to Syabrubesi. This will take us about 8 hours. We drive along the scenic banks of Trishuli River with beautiful views of valleys, meadows, rivers, and mountains. After reaching our destination at an altitude of 1450m, we will check-in to the hotel and spend the night there.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs
The Langtang valley trek for the day starts right after breakfast. At first the trail ascends for about 2 hours and then a climb for an hour takes us to a bamboo village where we will enjoy our lunch. After that we walk through leveled trails witnessing a number of bird species in the area as well as beehives hanging on the cliffs. We will have to ascend a steep climb again to finally reach the Lama Hotel where we will stay the night.
Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hrs
A pleasant walk through the rhododendron and pine forests for 3 hours takes us to Ghoda Tabela. After having lunch here, we can enjoy the dense forests and herbs in the area. Another 3 hours walk through a scenic trail finally takes us to the Langtang valley where we will spend the night.
Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3 hrs. Explore the area.
Today is more like a leisure day as we will take a leisurely walk for 2 -3 hours to visit the Kyangjin Gompa at an altitude of 3817m. The final destination of the trek, the Gompa is a serene and beautiful place that allows us to have the scenic views of Mt. Ganchhenpo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. The cheese factory, the monasteries and the traditional local houses are the main attractions of this short trip.
Day 07: Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) and back to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 7-8 hrs
This day is dedicated to indulging in the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. We can enjoy the splendid mountain views as well as relish in the peaceful environment. We can also take a climb up to the Tsergo Ri at 5150m and also reach the Langtang glacier and the beautiful yak pasture called Langshisha Kharka. This quite tough day. We will follow the same trail back to Kyanjin Gompa and spend the night in the same hotel.
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel: 6/7 hrs
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.
Day 09: Trek back to Syabrubesi: 5 hrs
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.
Day 10: Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu: 6 hours drive
After having breakfast at Syabrubesi, you will head to the capital, Kathmandu. Nepal Tours 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.
Day 11: Final Departure
All Kathmandu airport/hotel transfers
3 nights in hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
All accommodation and meals during the trek
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
Private jeep transportation (Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu)
An experienced English-speaking trek guide
Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
Staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
Trekking Map & Duffel bag
All necessary paper work and permits (Langtang National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
All government and local taxes
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
Items and expenses of personal nature
Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
Personal Trekking Equipments
Tips for guide, porters, driver.