langtangvalley
  • Duration:9 Nights 10 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group:12
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 3870m

About Langtang Valley Trekking

Langtang Valley Trekking may be the most accessible trekking area in Nepal yet it has remained mostly unnoticed by trekkers until now.  On the Langtang Valley Trek the view of the valley and the mountains is constantly changing, but always incredibly beautiful. Glacier fed streams tumble down the nearly vertical rock walls into the river. As we gain altitude we gradually leave the jungle and enter oak and rhododendron forests.  If we watch carefully we may see some interesting animals and birds like monkeys, musk deer, pika and the national bird of Nepal, the colourful danphe.The Langtang Valley Trek passes through many quaint villages where Tibetan script on prayer walls and chortens remind us of the Tibetan-Buddhist heritage of the inhabitants. Don’t miss the local yak cheese, it’s delicious!

The Langtang Valley Trek starts with a 130 km road trip from Kathmandu to Suryabrubesi, which takes approx. 8 - 9 hours.  Syabru Bensi, 1472m, marks the entry to the Langtang National Park where we register our TIMS and Park Pass and set off on our trek. The Langtang River is our constant companion on the Langtang Valley Trek. The trail starts out on a stone stairway in a deep gorge. On one side of the trail is a jungle, and on the other is the river. We cross back and forth across the river on suspension bridges many times during the trek. 

At Langtang, 3430m, the landscape begins to seem surreal.  The whole valley is open on all sides and dry as a desert. The magnificent Langtang Lirung, 7246m, dominates the myriad of huge peaks. As we climb the final distance to Kyanjin Gompa, the mountain views seem to become more and more magnificent with each step. A knoll overlooking the village gives a 270 degree panoramic view of glaciers and 5000 meter snowy white peaks.  At Kyanjin, 3870m, there is a monastery that is over 600 years old. Imagine the faith and determination it took to build this and survive the harsh winters around the same time Columbus discovered America.

From Kyanjin Gompa there are two equally awesome peaks to climb, depending on your energy levels. The more challenging is Tsergo Ri, 4984m, a 6hr or 7hr round trip; the relatively easy one, Kyanjin Ri, 4773m, is a mere two to three hour excursion from Kyanjin Gompa. We stay one more day in Kyangjin to explore the hills, ridges and glaciers around and then retrace the route back down the valley to Syabru Besi where we started out.

Annapurna Foothills Treks recommends trekking in September and December or in March and May. This trek is also suitable for a winter (Christmas) Trek as the weather in this region is moderate. A summer-time trek can be quite wet and a little slippery, and you need to combat leeches, but as for the views, this trek takes you so close to the Himalaya that even during the rainy season, you get great views of the mountains that would be impossible on any other trek. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, time, private or group departures. Email us at info@annapurnafoothills.com 

Highlights of Langtang Valley Trekking

  • beautiful trek into Langtang National Park
  • trailhead is accessible by road 
  • kyangjing Gompa, Yala cheese factory at Kyanjin
  • unique culture of Tamang villages
  • views of Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. 

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Vehicle

We take a  scenic drive north of Kathmandu along the Trishuli River Valley to Sybru Besi, via Dhunche village; 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 1,505 m/ 4936 ft
  • Bus

We trek  from Sybrubensi to Lama Hotel, walking along the Bhote Koshi river and Langtang Khola river passing through a village, Bamboo, which is famous for the red panda. Guesthouse accommodation.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,415 m/ 7,921 ft

We trek  from Lama Hotel to Langtang via Ghodatabela. At Ghodatabela, 3000m, the trail emerges from the forest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6 hrs
  • 3,430 m/ 11,250 ft

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures. As the valley opens out, the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, we reach the settlement at Kyangjin Gompa by about lunch time. There is a small monastery and a cheese factory. It is a dramatic setting, with a panorama of snow covered peaks surrounding us. From this point, you will see the Dorje Larpa, 6990m, Langtang Ri, 6370m, Langtang Lirung, 7245m and others. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 3,870 m/ 12,693 ft

We take a day off to acclimatize, explore and have a proper rest. We can climb Kyangjin Ri, 4350m, from where you get wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 2-3 hrs
  • 4,350 /14,268 ft

We retrace our steps back to the Lama Hotel. Walking through the rhododendron and pine forest we may see deer and snow leopards native to this region. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2,415 m/ 7,921 ft

We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 1,505 m/ 4936 ft

The drive back to Kathmandu should take approximately 6 hours, on arrival the rest of the day at leisure. 

  • Breakfast/ Lunch
  • Hotel
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Bus

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home.

  • Breakfast
  • Private Vehicle

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.\
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 7 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Langtang National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Ground transfers Kathmandu - Syabru Besi- Kathamndu  by local bus (upgrade to private Jeep - $180 *2= $ 360 total)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Good to Know

Best Seasons for Langtang Valley Trekking

The best seasons for the Langtang Trek are from September to mid-December and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.  For those who don’t mind the cold, trekking in December to February is also good and you will have the trails to yourself 

Langtang Valley Trekking is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. 

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Meals on the Langtang  Valley Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Langtang Valley Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day. 

Drinking Water on Langtang Valley Trekking

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment. 

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


Local Customs You Should Know About for Langtang Valley Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


Travel Insurance for Langtang Valley Trekking

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you have adequate insurance coverage to trek into this remote area. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy