Langtang Valley Trek - 11 Days

Overview

Langtang Valley Trek is an exquisite hike, which happens in the Langtang Valley in the midst of the exotic beauty of the majestic Himalayas. It is the nearest Himalayan region to Kathmandu, which stands as a modal example of how trekking in Langtang destination is, in the exploration of the Himalayas. The valley can also be said to be a valley of glaciers, as it holds some of the most beautiful glaciers in this region. This region is home, mainly to, the Tamangs, Lamas and some other ethnic minorities. It lies to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and shares its border with Tibet. The Langtang National Park is a part of this region, which has some the most wonderful flora and fauna in Nepal. There is much adventure to be had in this region, such as trekking, rafting and climbing. In the trek, one takes part in hiking through traditional ethnic villages and dense forests. One gets to explore the local culture and traditional way of life of the people here. Another attraction is the peak of Langtang-lirung. Other major attractions are prominent glaciers, Kyangin Monastery, Lang Sisa Peak and more. On the hiking expedition, one gets the chance to witness the majestic beauty of Himalayan Peaks such as Langtang Lirung (7246m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Dorge Lakpa (6966m) plus Mountain peaks from the Tibetan side like Mount Himchuli, Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Shishapangma.

Breakfree Adventures, with its tailor-made itinerary pack takes you on a hike of a lifetime to this region. You start with seeing special historical valuable places in Kathmandu and then driven to Syabru Besi to start your hiking adventure. Through dense forest and a few suspension bridges, it’s Lama Hotel being the first stop. Then you continue onto Langtang Village for the next stop. It through the forest here and the majestic Langtang Lirung. Then it is through yak pastures and mani walls on route to Kyanjin Gompa at a soaring height of 3870m and a perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the Himalayas, glaciers, icefalls and other natural beauties. Then the trail takes you to Tserko Ri to get a spectacular morning Himalayan Sunrise. The hike finally concludes at Syabru Besi and you drive back to Kathmandu.

There is much that one can take away from a hiking trip of this kind. The first being, that the valley of Langtang is the second largest national park which houses a diversification of flora and fauna of various species of animals not found elsewhere like the endangered species of the Red Panda, The Himalayan Thar, Wild Deer, and falcon. You might get lucky to spot a few on the hike to Langtang Valley. In addition to this, is the farmland and the farming methods, so different from the normal styles? Then there are glaciers and peak covered with snow seen in the Tibetan, on the trek. Then there is the Gompa Village of Kyanji at a height of 3800 meters from where you not only get a spectacular look of the Mountain to the north, but glaciers oozing from most along with the form of Buddhism evolved. From the cultural viewpoint, the villages on the way are mostly habituated by the Tamang Community, alongside other communities in relative harmony which shows in the diversified prayer flags, traditional homes, and front open spaces and the very costumes worn. The best part of it all, it is in close proximity to the Kathmandu Valley where within half a day’s ride, you get to the starting point of your hike.

Is Langtang Trek from Kathmandu meant for me?
Sure, like any other hiking in Nepal treks, this is special in the sense, that it is one of the closest to the Kathmandu valley and is short at the same time. The daily hikes that are taken, are moderately comfortable, in which you get to be in the pristine undulating natural environment and get to see not only the cultural aspects but also the mighty Himalayan range, glaciers into addition to the rare species of birds and animals, now on the blink of extinction. It can also said to be an eco-trek, with culture thrown into it. This hike is not only short when time demands that you spend less of it, but also gives much in the short span of time. The plus point of this Langtang trek, is that the hike rejuvenates the body, for the unpolluted and verdure atmosphere it is done in. The outcome, for which, you are physically and spiritually more uplifted.

Break Free Adventures with its Langtang Valley Trek itinerary is design to ensure your high level of security and comfort. We leave no stone unturned, to make this hiking trip a special trekking trip.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Langtang Valley Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1550m) [7-8 Hours’ Drive]
Day 04 : Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m) [5-6 Hours)
Day 05 : Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m) [6-7 Hours)
Day 06 : Explore Langtang Valley
Day 07 : Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) [3-4 hours]
Day 08 : Kyanjin Gompa to Lama hotel [5-6 Hours]
Day 09 : Lama hotel to Syabru Besi (4-5 Hours)
Day 10 : Syabru Besi to Kathmandu (7-8 Hours’ Drive)
Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Drive a scenic to Syabru Besi from Kathmandu
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Langtang region
  • Discover unique Buddhist culture and tradition
  • Explore varieties and floras and faunas
  • Visit Langtang National Park
  • Explore some of the beautiful glaciers of the region
  • Explore Langtang Valley
  • Catch eye popping views of beautiful peaks of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Dorge Lakpa (6966m), Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu etc.
  • Explore different monasteries and religious sites
  • Ascend Tserko Ri to view the early morning sunrise over the Himalayas

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

On this day, a representative from Break Free Adventures will welcome you at the International Airport in Kathmandu, once you have landed here. He will then have you driven to your allotted Three Star Hotel for the night. If you have any time left in the day, you either use it to rest, freshen up or see what you find new in the city. You stay at the hotel for the night.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

On your first full day in Nepal, your get to see the sights, sounds and vibes of the capital of Nepal Kathmandu, with relics of its historical past, so much so, UNESCO has made four of them world heritage site. They are Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, Boudhanath Stupa, Syambhunath an ancient Buddhist temple atop a hillock and Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historical city centre and place of Kathmandu’s kings. They all depict the art and culture of Nepal. You stay at the same hotel for the night.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1550m) - 7 to 8 hrs Drive

It takes about 8 hours to reach Syabru, the starting point of the trek. We start early by vehicle. On the road, you get your first glimpses of the Himalayas mountain range, the surround green hills and life in rural Nepal. We stop on the way for lunch and on reaching Syambru, you stay for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 4
Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m) - 5 to 6 hrs Walking

We begin our hike from Syabru today. We begin by crossing a suspension bridge and walking through a dense wood to Doman. We then climb over a steep ridge to Paira lodge. Ascending now, we reach Rimche and finally Lama Hotel. It take anywhere from 5 to 6 hours to reach, all depending. You rest for the night at the Hotel.

Day 5
Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley (3430m) - 6 to 7 hrs Walking

We start the day’s hike through dense wood of hemlock, oak and rhododendron trees. The path on which we travel, offers a magical sight of Langtang Lirung and other Himalayan Mounts on the way. We then climb slowly up to Ghora Tabela and then head downwards to Thanshyapa before ascending to Langtang. On the way, along the hike, we get the opportunity to see watermills, still in existence, prayer wheels, chortens, and sacred carved rocks. In Langtang Village, we stay at a hotel for the night.

Day 6
Exploration of Langtang Valley

The sixth day is rest day basically, so that you get acclimatized to the altitude you are in. It only means, no trekking but you get to explore the beautiful Langtang valley’s surrounding. You might choose to walk or hire a pony for it. The trip up the moraine north of Kyanjin Gompa (4300m) where you get to view Langtang Lirung, Kinshung and Yansa Tsenji and other Himalayan mountains. You also get to view the Lirung glacier and other natural wonders of this valley. After hanging out the whole day, it is time to rest at the hot

Day 7
Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) - 3 to 4 hrs Walking

Hiking through yak pastures, be start our trek for the day and ascend to Sindhum and Yamphu. We also happen to pass the largest Mani Wall in the Country, made solely of stone and prayers etched into them. As we gain height, you might feel a bit of difficulty breathing. We then hitch up a moraine to point of view of the Kyanjin Gompa, and dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang, Lirung and Kinshung. The trail then heads down to the Gompa which is surrounded by the Himalayas and giving us spectacular sights of glaciers, icefalls along with other Himalayan attractions. We stay at the Gompa for the night.

Day 8
Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel - 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Today, we head back the trail to Lama Hotel, but we first visit Tseri Ri (5000m) to a wonderful early morning sunrise of the Sun over the Himalayas. After spending some time to being satiated of an early wonder, we then start the trek back. We stay at Lama Hotel for the night.

Day 9
Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi - 4 to 5 hrs Walking

It is easier back to Syabru that is mostly downhill through lush green woods. It takes about 5 hours back. We stay at a lodge at Syabru Besi.

Day 10
Syabru Besi to Kathmandu - 7 to 8 hrs Drive

We head towards Kathmandu by vehicle today which take about 8 hours to reach. On return, you might choose to relax or haunt the city for gifts for loved ones back. Later, it is a farewell dinner by the Break Free Staff at an authentic Nepalese restaurant. You stay for the night at the hotel.

Day 11
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Having ended your hike you came for, a representative from the Company will drop you off at the airport three hours ahead of your flight for check in formalities.
At Break Free Adventure, we only hope that you will have had a good time on your hike with our tailor made package and will lure you back to the country to try out other destination when time permits.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu – Syabru besi - Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: private vehicle)
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & ACAP Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
When is the best time for Langtang Valley trekking?

The best time for Langtang Valley trekking is from March through May during spring and September through October during autumn. These are the best months to do the trek during when you will be trekking underneath the lovely blue skies, breathe fresh air and see un-obscure mountain views.

What is the Langtang Valley trek difficulty level?

Langtang Valley trek difficulty level is considered to be an easy to moderate hike. For any beginner for trekking into Nepal’s high mountains then this certainly is the trek for them and a good start. Only you need is physical fitness and mental preparedness. Those with no previous trek experience can also complete this trek with some planning and training for a few weeks.

What is the level of fitness for this trek?

Hike to the Langtang Valley trek is considered a relatively easy to moderate trek. There’s no technical experience required. What you need is to be in good physical shape and able to walk for an average of four to six hours per day over mountainous terrain with a light backpack.

Is travel insurance for Langtang Valley trek required?

Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 4000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Langtang Valley trek and read their policie

Do I get altitude sickness on Langtang Valley trek?

At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The best thing to do is walk slow and proper hydration altitude sickness on Langtang Valley trek can be prevented.

How is Langtang Valley trek accommodation?

Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Langtang region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Langtang Valley trek accommodation is a very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.

What are food prices on the Langtang Valley trek?

Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the Langtang Valley trek cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.

Is drinking water available during the trek?

Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.

What foods should I bring with me?

Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost

Will the company arrange a trekking permit for Langtang Valley trek?

Yes, and trekking permit for Langtang Valley includes two permits. One is for ‘Langtang National Park’ which is US$30 per person. The other is TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card US$10 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking the tour so you don’t have to worry about it.

Can I take showers during the trek?

Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.

Where should I buy trekking gear?

You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide.

Is charging my camera, mobile possible?

All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you.

Can this trek doing alone okay?

Trekking solo trekking in the Langtang Valley is actually possible. You can trek without joining a group or you can even trek without any trekking guide too. The trek is completely safe for solo trekkers. But please keep in mind that it will be safe only if you have prior experience of high altitude treks. Otherwise, chances are a novice trekker walking alone may go through several unexpected complications.

How safe is the trekking trail?

The trail to the Langtang Valley is among the safe trekking routes in Nepal with the least news of casualties and unforeseen happenings. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals.

Is support of a trekking guide required?

Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porters. Hiring a trekking staff or booking with organized trek is not mandatory but doing it individually without experienced staff completely depends upon you.

Do I need a porter?

If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.

Did Langtang valley earthquake affect it on 2015?

Yes, the region was hugely affected by 2015 earthquake but nowadays most of the infrastructures have already been re-built and even better than before. Traces of the earthquake can be hardly found during this trek.

What are tips for trekking Langtang valley trek?

Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek. You can give them a certain amount as tips for trekking Langtang valley trek as per your desire at the end of the trek

Will I get wifi on Langtang valley trek?

Wifi on Langtang valley trek is available at most of the lodges and at around 90% areas on the trekking trail

Can Langtang valley reached without trekking?

If you wish to quit the trek or those who are physically unfit to accomplish this long walk, there is an option of Langtang helicopter tour package. This package allows you to fly to Langtang Valley and land at Kyanjin Gompa (3,950m), a Tibetan culture influenced village embellished with spectacular scenery, ancient monasteries, and beautiful mountain views.

Taking children on this trek is possible?

Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.

Does the trekking staff have a first-aid kit?

Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication

Sleeping bags, walking poles, duffle bag are required for this trek?

Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.

How much money is required each day?

You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.

Is there ATM on Langtang Valley trek?

No, there is no ATM on Langtang Valley trek. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the only option.

Can credit cards be used?

Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.

What is walking hour per day?

Usually, it’s about 5-6 hours average in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.

What is the group size? Can I do this trek privately?

The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.

Where should I store my luggage in Kathmandu before going to trek?

Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.

From where can I call home, my families or friends?

Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available in which you buy a local sim card in Kathmandu and use it to call back home during the trek.

What is the gear list for Langtang Valley trek?

The packing list for Langtang Valley trek depends upon the season you travel. During winter warm clothes are suggested. These include down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. In summer, still requires light warm clothing. In most cases, your company already provides down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at the Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exist with both local and foreign brands.

What will be the temperature Langtang Valley trek?

Temperature during Langtang Valley trek depends upon the season. The temperature during daytime in the Langtang region falls in the range of 10°C-20°C (50°F-68°F).

Trip Info

There is much that one can take away from a hiking trip of this kind. The first being, that the valley of Langtang is the second largest national park which houses a diversification of flora and fauna of various species of animals not found elsewhere like the endangered species of the Red Panda, The Himalayan Thar, Wild Deer, and falcon. You might get lucky to spot a few on the hike to Langtang Valley. In addition to this, is the farmland and the farming methods, so different from the normal styles? Then there are glaciers and peak covered with snow seen in the Tibetan, on the trek. Then there is the Gompa Village of Kyanji at a height of 3800 metres from where you not only get a spectacular look of the Mountain to the north, but glaciers oozing from most along with the form of Buddhism evolved. From the cultural view point the villages on the way are mostly habituated by the Tamang Community, alongside other communities in relative harmony which shows in the diversified prayer flags, traditional homes, and front open spaces and the very costumes worn. The best part of it all, it is in close proximity to the Kathmandu Valley where within half a day’s ride, you get to the starting point of your hike.

Is Langtang Trek from Kathmandu meant for me?
Sure, like any other hiking in Nepal treks (hyper link to main category), this is special in the sense, that it is one of the closest to the Kathmandu valley and is short at the same time. The daily hikes that are taken, are moderately comfortable, in which you get to be in pristine undulating natural environment and get to see not only the cultural aspects, but also the mighty Himalayan range, glaciers into addition to the rare species of birds and animals, now on the blink of extinction. It can also said to be an eco-trek, with culture thrown into it. This hike is not only short, when time demands that you spend less of it, but also gives much in the short span of time. The plus point of this Langtang trek, is that the hike rejuvenates body, for the unpolluted and verdure atmosphere it is done in. The outcome, for which, you are physically and spiritually more uplifted.

Break Free Adventures with its Langtang Valley Trek itinerary is design to ensure your high level of security and comfort. We leave no stone unturned, to make this hiking trip a special trekking trip.

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Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Facts

  • 09 Nights/10 Days
  • March-May, Mid Sept-Nov
  • 1-16 Pax
  • Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary
  • Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
  • Moderate
  • Syabru Besi
  • Syabru Besi
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 5-7 Hours
  • Lodge/Tea House Trekking
  • Langtang National Park, Tserko Ri, Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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