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Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley trek
September 8, 2019

Trip Introduction

If you are wondering to make one of the short and adventurous treks in Nepal, do come with Himalayan Holyland Treks. We will provide you one of the best Langtang Valley Trek In Nepal, which will offer you amazing landscapes with striking views of Himalayas along with Tibetan Lifestyle. You will also find various alluring viewpoint such as; Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Kimshung and Dorje Lakpa to view beautiful Langtang Valley. Additionally, you will also get a chance to encounter with the interesting people and explore their unique culture influenced by Tibetans. Climbing Tserko Ri for incredible sunrise views over the Langtang Valley is really amazing to witness.

Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation day.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 7-8 hours.

Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang Village: 6-7 hours.

Day 06:  Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 07: Acclimatization- Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hours.

Day 08: Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel: 6-7 hours.

Day 09: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi: 4-5 hours.

Day 10: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu drive by bus or jeep.

Day 11: Final departure day to your destination.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights

  1. Scenic drive Kathmandu / Syabrubeshi via mountain terrain.
  2. Langtang village aptly called ‘The valley of glaciers’.
  3. Explore Langtang Gompa and Kyanjin Gompa, old Buddhist shrines.
  4. Climbing Chorko-Ri view point.
  5. Have a panoramic view of Mt. Langtang-Ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala Peak.
  6. Tibetan Buddhist Cultures and their unique lifestyles.
  7. Walking through the rhododendron forest.
  8. Explore diverse flora and fauna.
  9. Explore amazing Langtang Village, Kyanjin Gompa, and Buddhist monuments.
  10. Visit and explore stunning Kyangiin Monastery.
  11. Panoramic view of the mountain from Kyangjin Ri.
  12. Stunning snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and several suspension bridges to witness and enjoy.
  13. Amazing Lirung and Kimshung glaciers.
  14. Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas and monuments.
  15. Visiting the cheese factory at Kyanjin Gumba and hike to Tserko Ri.
  16. The royal viewpoint of Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Yansa Tsenji (6,575m), and Kimsung (6,781m).
  17. Encounter with the varied rare and endanger Wildlife such as; red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, bear, langur, and many more.

Langtang Valley Trek Short Route

Most of the trekkers consider Langtang Valley as a short trek. You can see short trekking route of Langtang Valley trek as mention below.

Day 01:  Drive from Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi.

Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel.

Day 03: Lama Hotel to Mundu  Via Langtang Village.

Day 04: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 05: Kyanjin Gompa to Kyanjin Ri.

Day 06: Kyanjin Ri to Lama Hotel.

Day 07: Lama Hotel to Syafru Beshi.

Day 08: Syafru Beshi to Kathmandu through the drive.

Langtang Valley Trekking Facts

Situated in the lap of Himalayas, Langtang Valley trek is the most accessible adventure in Nepal. Travelers will begin the trek towards the north of Kathmandu and can be undertaken without any flights or rides. Although the Langtang region doesn’t contain any Himalaya over 8000m, it is more rewarding with the amazing views of the Himalayas and unique culture and tradition of the people. Here are some Langtang Valley Treks facts that you have to know before trekking in this region.

  1. The Langtang National Park covers 1,710 square km is covered with the two famous rivers called Trisuli and Koshi. This national park is also famous for langur monkeys and fir and rhododendron trees that bloom in spring.
  2. Langtang Region is a home place to the various ethnic people such as; Tamang, Helambu Sherpa, and Newar, who have been separated from their main cultural groups and follow their own unique cultural traits. Sherpa people also called Hyolmo and derived from the name of their sacred valley, Helambu is so welcoming and friendly.
  3. You can explore Gosainkunda, most sacred of the lakes and renowned among Hindus in Nepal. It is believed that god Shiva stays in this mountainside with his Trishul to create the lake and cool down his burning throat after drinking poison to save the world. So this lake has its own value in Nepal for Hindu and during the august full moon, thousands of pilgrims come here to visit the lake and bathe in the water as a holy undertaking.
  4. The Laurabina La (4610m) pass situated just southeast of Gosainkunda, which offers outstanding views of mountains.
  5. Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and Dorje Lhakpa (6975m) are the stunning viewpoints of the Langtang Valley.
  6. In Langtang Region the majority of people, you will find is Helambu, a Tibetan Buddhist, where you can find rich cultural heritage over there.
  7. Most of the trekker don’t prefer to trek Langtang Valley trek in winter. Even though Helambu and Gosainkunda trek captures Langtang’s remarkable valleys with the spectacular lakes of Gosainkunda.

Why Langtang Trek?

Langtang Valley trek has been very popular from the medieval period for a trans-Himalayan trade route. Not only that it is a safe place for Buddhists during the crisis period and preserved varied cultures of Shamanistic Tamangs and Tibetan Buddhist Sherpas. Langtang itself is a very beautiful place to visit where Langtang National park is protected and a number of high peaks exist. Easy access and breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung and its vicinity make this trek one of the best treks in Nepal. There are so many other reasons to make a wonderful vacation trip to Langtang.

  • Wonderful views of the Himalayas

Most of the trekkers throughout the globe come to Nepal to have stunning views of Himalayas. Langtang Lirung is the highest mountain in the Langtang area which dominates the beautiful Kyanjin Gompa Village. There are so many alluring glaciers to attract so many tourists in Nepal. Langtang is spectacularly beautiful where you will find a combination of the remote and spectacular valley. It is fused with the high mountain lakes at Gosaikunda, wonderful Helambu Valley, Langtang National Park, and striking views f the Himalayas.

  • Diverse cultures and landscapes

In Langtang region, the majority of the population inhabitant are Hindu, Newar, Tamang, Bhotia, Sherpa and many more. Here you can have multi-cultural encounter and observe their uniqueness. Similarly, you can see different but beautiful landscapes as you go through the rich forest with the crippling sound of birds and animals, Tamang villages, and varied ups and down the trail.

  • Camping Experience

Langtang is one of the best destinations to experience camping. During your trekking onwards to Langtang, there are so many places such as Kyanjin Gompa, Ganja La Pass, and Tarkeghyang. During your camping you can encounter with the local folks of the area.

  • Langtang National Park

During your trek to Langtang, trekkers will get an opportunity to explore Langtang National Park with varied rare and endanger flora and fauna. Trekking through following beautiful rhododendron, oaks, bamboo, and another beautiful greenery is really amazing. In this National park, you can encounter with the various wildlife including Langur (monkey), wild deer, dzo, huge falcons, and colorful lizards.

Cost /Time /Duration of Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley, the classic treks in Nepal is one of the most affordable and accessible high summit treks in Nepal. It is situated only 19 miles north to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. the cost of Langtang Valley trek depends on different factors such as; package size, seasons, itinerary, accommodation, meals and Guide and porter you choose to travel with. Normally the cost of Langtang Valley trek range around $540 to $930.  As regarding the duration of the Langtang Valley Trek, the average Langtang trek is around 8 to 11 days. Himalayan Holyland Treks & expedition will offer you customizable trekking itinerary.

Difficulties during the Langtang Valley Trek

Before going for trekking, most of the trekkers are curious about the difficulties of Langtang Valley trek in Neal. Although the Langtang Valley trekking trail is a range of uphill and downhills, it is called as a moderate trek which does not require previous experience of a trek for novice trekkers. The difficulties of Langtang Valley trek be contingent on the topography of the route and the seasons in which travelers choose to trek. If you choose spring and autumn seasons then Langtang Valley Trek will be quite easy to trek due to its moderate temperature and stable weather. If the trekkers are prepared physically and mentally with proper packing itinerary, you can easily overcome through rugged terrains and the rocky trails.

How fit should you be for the Langtang Valley Trek?

Langtang Valley is moderate trek even though you to follow some tips to make you fit for this legendary trek. You can do some warm-up which will help you to increase your stamina and develop endurance power. Make sure that you have comfortable shoes and proper clothing along with gear. Before going and during the trek, you should eat properly and maintain hydration food which contains protein and carbohydrates. Proper diet and enough drinks will help you to sustain and provide energy to trek around 7 to 8 hours every single day.

Permits for Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Region trek requires two types of permits to explore Langtang Valley. Trekker should have TIMS Card and Langtang National Park entry permits. In the Langtang region, trekkers will get so many options for trekking including Langtang Valley trek, Gosaikunda trek, Helambu trek, and Langtang- Helambu trek. To explore these treks, permits are mandatory for every trekker. They have to show trekking permits at different checkpoints of the Langtang region. To explore Langtang National Park, you will need Langtang National Park entry permit.

Weather and Temperature at Langtang Valley Trek (Season wise)

Although Langtang Valley trek is perfect in all season, most of the travelers prefer spring and autumn seasons as an ideal season to trek and explore Langtang region. Every season has its own glory, where you can find trekking trail will surround with the blooming flowers and greenery. In these seasons you will find stable weather and a good temperature. Every season has its specific features.

  • Langtang Valley Trek in Spring and Autumn

Spring and Autumn seasons are the ideal seasons to make the trek in the Langtang region in Nepal. In these seasons, the days are also long and warm along with the crisp air. In these seasons, the temperature ranges between 10 to 20 degree Celsius during day time. The weather and temperature are fine to trek in the Langtang Valley. The blooming flowers will accompany and add more extra energy and excitements to your trekking energy.

  • Langtang Valley Trek Monsoon/Summer

In Nepal, the monsoon season starts in the summer season that contains the months June, July, and August. In this season the temperature is 30 degree Celsius in a sunny day but as you go ascend hill then the temperature you will find around 10 degree Celsius and dropping down. In this season, the monsoon will be rainy, which will create some difficulties in the trekking trail.  The trail will be slippery with the leeches, bugs, and earthworms however the mountain view will be clear to witness and enjoy.

  • Langtang Valley Trek in Winter

Winter season contains December and February months in Nepal. Winter season is the time of snow and cold, where you will find 6 to 9-degree Celsius temperature in a day and night is too cold.  In this season, the Langtang will be blanketed with the snow under the deep blue skies. You may feel uncomfortable, harsh weather with heavy snowfalls.  So, this season is the less preferred season for trekkers.

Accommodation during Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley trek offers you different accommodation options that range from basic to standard. But the services you will get during different accommodation may change according to the changing altitude. As you reach a higher altitude, you will get basic accommodation with organic meals. As you are in the lower altitude, you will get some other facilities such as; hot shower, WiFi, charging and many more. Langtang Valley trek is tea house trek in Nepal.

Meals During Langtang Valley Trek

During Langtang Valley trek, you will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most of the tea house will serve you Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (a meal of steamed rice, lentils, and stir-fried seasonal vegetables).

What included?

  • Airport and hotel transfer by tourist jeep/car.
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu hotel as per the itinerary.
  • Entry Fee and Essential Permits for Langtang National Park
  • Required long transportation to and from trekking point.
  • An experienced equipped trekking guide.
  • Required supporting porters for your luggage.
  • Standard full board meals during the trekking. (breakfast / lunch / dinner)
  • Best lodges twin sharing accommodation during the trek.
  • One day Kathmandu valley sightseeing guided by the city tour guide.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu city after trip completion.

 What excluded?

  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral and hot/boiled water, soft drinks and snack foods.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to staffs.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Hotel.

 Packaging Lists for Langtang Valley Trek

Before going for Langtang Valley Trek, it is essential to carry necessary equipment’s to make a safe and enjoyable trek. So, trekkers need to know the necessary items to carry on. Here are some essential equipment and packing list for Langtang Valley trek. You have to know the weight limits of your luggage too. You can carry only 15 kg of luggage.  You have to take significant documents that include:

Documents

  • Passport, Passport size two photos, air tickers.
  • Photocopies of passport and insurance.
  • You need to bring dollars, pounds or euros to change Nepali rupees.
  • Credit Card, Bank/ATM/ Cash machine cards.

Clothing’s required

  • Hats, headscarf, headlamp, sunglasses with UV protection, and Prescription sunglasses.
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves), Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover, Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable, Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket and down vest and/or jacket.
  • Poly-liner gloves, wool or fleece gloves, and 1 pair of mittens consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal).
  • A pair of Non-cotton underwear briefs, hiking shorts, hiking trousers, thermal bottoms (seasonal), fleece or woolen trousers, and waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric.
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks, heavy poly or wool socks, Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”), trainers or running shoes and/or sandals, Cotton socks (optional), and Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F) and Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional).
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on), large duffel bag, a small day pack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding, Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags, and 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Some Medical equipment’s

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light), Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids), skin-blister repair kit, Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-headache pills, Cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant, Water purification tablets or water filter, 1 set of earplugs, Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit, cigarette lighter, small box of matches, compass or GPS (optional), alarm clock/watch, digital camera with extra cards and batteries, large Ziplocs, 2 water bottles (1 liter each), small folding knife, Binoculars (optional), and 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel, Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable), Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable), Deodorants, Nail clippers, Face and body moisturizer, Female hygiene products, and Small mirror.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes), Tissue /toilet roll, and Anti-bacterial hand wash.

Extras/Luxuries if you need (all of these items are optional)

  • Reading books, Trail map/guide book, Journal and pen, iPod Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps), 1 modest swimsuit, Binoculars (optional), Voltage converter (from 220 to 110), Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs), and Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow.

Conclusion

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most famous and adventurous treks in Nepal where traveler will get chance to experience the pure beauty of Nepalese Himalayas, greenery forest, thundering waterfalls, stunning snow-capped mountains (Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Ri, and Langtang Lirung), incredible monastery (Kyanjin Gompa) interesting cultures of Tamang and Buddhist, and many more. Exploring all of these beauties of Langtang region is a really amazing experience to have.