The Langtang valley trek is one of the most accessible treks that runs from Kathmandu in Nepal. The adventure seekers get to soak in the vibrant Tibetan and Tamang culture, apart from marvelling at the majestic sights of the Langtang range. The trek is a part of the Langtang national park and this means that flora and fauna can be found here in abundance, making the overall experience even more enjoyable. The Langtang trek can be undertaken by any age group and provides some of the best views of the Himalayas. You will also get to interact with the local Tamang and Tibetan ethnic groups who reside alongside the trekking route.
The activity will last for a good 10 days and the package includes accommodations in tea houses/lodges along the trekking route. It also includes Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit and National Park permit required to start the trek. A helpful and friendly guide apart from porters will assist you on the entire trip/ The local guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about Langtang trek and the surrounding areas. Apart from indulging in the local legends, you will also get to witness towering Himalayan peaks like Yala peak (5500m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Langtang Lirung (7227m). The highest point on this trek is somewhere around 3,800 metres while the difficulty level is moderate. The surface is mostly even with slight ascends and descends but at some points, it can get steep so prepare yourselves accordingly.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Our representatives will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and arrange the transfers to your stay in Kathmandu.
Hotel staff will complete the check-in process.
Later in the day, savor a scrumptious dinner at the Hotel.
Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m)
On this day, a scenic drive will be undertaken towards Syabru Besi from Kathmandu by bus.
The whole route is dotted with majestic views of the Himalayas.
The stay will be arranged at Syabru Besi so you will have enough time to explore the surrounding areas in the evening.
Trek to Lama Hotel
On this day, the actual trek will start towards Lama hotel.
The trail might be 6 hours long, but the whole route is very scenic.
You can witness some wild animals along the trail.
Trek to Langtang Valley
This is the day when we will enter Langtang valley.
The surreal views along the trail are very rewarding.
The Langtang valley is believed to be the third most popular trekking area in Nepal and is dotted with different varieties of flora and fauna.
Trek to Kyanging Gompa
The morning will commence with a trek towards Kyanging Gompa.
This short trek is about 3 hours with the views of snow-covered peaks.
You can explore the yak cheese factory in the afternoon.
You are entitled to just rest on this day.
You’re free to explore the surrounding area which could also include a short trek to Kyanging Ri at 4773m.
If there’s nothing left to do, you can visit a Yak cheese factory to know more about the methodology.
Retrieve Back to Lama hotel
On this day you will return back to the Lama hotel from Kyanging Gompa.
Get ready to be bowled over by the views while trekking back to the hotel.
Overnight stay is arranged at Lama hotel and you’re free to explore the surroundings after reaching there.
Retrieve Back to Syabrubesi
On this day, we will commence our descent towards Syabrubesi from the Lama hotel.
The trail might be the same but the excitement of returning back will be more.
Settle down in Syabrubesi for the night.
Drive back to Kathmandu
On this day, we start our drive towards Kathmandu from Syabrubesi.
In the latter half of the day, you will be back to your hotel in Kathmandu where you can either spend some chilled time with your new friends or go for a shopping spree in the local market.
This is the day when this adventurous trip to Nepal will come to an end.
Bid goodbyes to your new friends as our representatives will drive you back to the Airport.
Trekking shoes: Sports shoes and sneakers are best avoided because they tend to get slippery on surfaces with low traction. Get a good pair of trekking shoes with ample grip and protection.
Backpack: A backpack with a capacity of 40-60 litres should suffice. It should have a supporting frame, sturdy straps and a rain cover as well.
Clothes: Three warm layers, three trek pants and three collared t-shirts are a must for this trek, apart from the thermals obviously.
Sunglasses: To save your eyes from the glare of the sun and snow.
Suncap: While walking on the mountain slopes the sun feels a little more intense so it is advisable to carry a suncap.
Torch: It is one of the essentials which might come in really handy once the sun sets.
Trekking pole: It improves your overall stability and balance while trekking on rough surfaces.
Water bottles: Make sure that you bring your own water bottle which you can refill after every stop.
Personal medical kit: A personalised medical kit with all the important medications and other stuff like ointments and band-aids is always recommended.
By air: Since the route starts from Kathmandu in Nepal, the most feasible and accessible option to reach there is by air. Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport is well connected with the rest of the world, including India as well. After reaching Kathmandu, everything else will be arranged by our own representatives. This includes intercity travels as well.
By Road: One can also enter Nepal by road and Kathmandu is well connected by the rest of Nepal but since the journey is going to be very tedious, our advice is to stick to an aeroplane.
The whole adventure activity is going to last for 10 days so needless to say, it would be really helpful if you start working out a little before the tour commences. Endurance and strength training will go a long way in ensuring that your experience is elevated even more. Here are some more important tips for trekkers:
Stay hydrated: Even though one doesn’t feel that thirsty in the mountains, it is still essential to keep yourselves hydrated all the time.
Carry energy bars: Although food arrangements are done by the operator, it would come in really handy if you carry some munchies with you all the time.
Respect the locals and their traditions: A major highlight of this trip is to experience the local Tibetan and Tamang culture. It is advisable to be respectful to the locals and remember the fact that you’re a guest in their country.
Avoid alcohol: Alcohol has many adverse effects, especially when you have to undertake a tedious physical activity like trekking in the mountains. Avoid alcohol to stay focused and energised all the time.
Carry enough liners: The Himalayas tend to get super chilly when the sun sets so it is advisable to carry enough liners to save yourselves from the cold.
Do you need to book in advance to visit Langtang Valley?
Yes you need to book in advance because the Langtang valley trek requires some special permits and arrangements. The operator team will have to make these certain arrangements well in advance.
What's the best way to see Langtang Valley?
Trekking to Kyanjin Ri (4,773m) or Tserko Ri viewpoint (5,033m) is the best way to witness the surreal beauty of the Langtang valley. These are the highest viewpoints on this entire trekking route.
How difficult is the Langtang trek?
The Langtang trek is a moderate one and you don’t require any trekking training to enjoy this experience. However, if you wish to make your trek easier and a lot more enjoyable, start exercising before the trek commences.
What is the best time to do the Langtang Trek?
Autumn is the best time to do Langtang trek as the weather remains comparatively more bearable and present. The months of September and October are considered to be the best to do the Langtang trek.
What is the highest altitude of the Langtang trek?
The highest point on the Langtang trek is around 3,800 metres but if you wish to go even higher, you will have an option to do that as well.
Is it possible to trek Langtang Solo?
With an experienced guide, yes, it’s possible to undertake the Langtang trek solo. It is completely safe and equally exciting even if you wish to go all alone. You will also have a chance to make new friends along the way.