What actually the word ‘Langtang’ defines?
Literally speaking, ‘Lang’ means a Yak and ‘tang’ means to follow according to the local beliefs. To conclude, the word ‘Langtang’ defines the trail which was firstly discovered by yak which later was followed by human.
Where is Langtang Valley?
Langtang Valley is probably one of the best valleys situated 51 km north of Kathmandu valley. Langtang National Park dominates the valley which is bordered by Tibet offering a magnificent view of several snowy mountains.
When is the best time to plan to trek in Langtang Valley?
Autumn (September – November) is the claimed to be the ideal season to do the Langtang valley trek. Following autumn, spring (March – May) stands as the second ideal season.
Trek can be done in monsoon too but the views won’t be that clear because of heavy rainfall. Trails in winter will be snowy and cold but if you’re good with it, winter is good enough to do the Langtang valley trek as the skies will be clear offering astonishing mountain views.
What is the cost of your Langtang Valley trek?
Our 10 days Langtang Valley trek costs USD 650 if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. The trek, however, can cost low or high depending on various factors like no. of trekking days, trekkers, season, etc.
How hard is this trek?
Langtang valley trekking is for those enthusiast travelers who dreams of countering the high Himalaya in a short time frame. Average fit person with experience of multi day hiking should be good for this trek as the trip Grade is moderate and one who has enough walking/running experiences previously should be ready for this trek.
What is the maximum altitude that I can reach in Langtang valley trekking?
The maximum altitude you will gain is 3870m (Kyanjin Gompa). Upon your physical condition and well being, we can hike to Kyanjin Ri which is 4773m or Tesrgo Ri (4984m).
Do I need any permit to do the Langtang valley trek?
To do the Langtang valley trek, you will need the Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card) and Langtang National Peak Entry Permit. All permits and documentation is already included in our Langtang valley trips.
I heard Langtang was devastated by 2015 earthquake. Any thought?
Yes, the Langtang region was greatly affected by a massive avalanche followed by 2015 earthquake wiping out the entire valley completely. The village suffered an estimated 310 deaths, including 176 Langtang residents, 80 foreigners, and 10 army personnel. More than 100 bodies were never recovered.
For several years, the trekking trails were still holding the potential threats of landslides which resulted in a decrease in tourists. However, over the years, Langtang valley is once again back, attracting good numbers of visitors. Infrastructures of the region have already been re-constructed better than ever.
The local people have got supported by many organizations to withstand the losses. As a matter of fact, tourism is also one of them to support their lives in the future.
Is Travel insurance needed for Langtang Valley trekking?
A big yes! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area. Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment is recommended. The insurance must cover 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.
What type of transportation do you use to reach Syabrubensi, the initial point of the trek?
Normally, we provide public bus ride to/from Kathmandu- Syabrubensi. Travelling by public bus is not the most comfortable but is best for a local experience. We do offer private jeep private service which will cost you an additional USD 180 for one way. You can share this rental charge if you are travelling in a group.
Why Annapurna Foothills for Langtang Valley trekking?
Not just because we’re a local tour operator but our trekking guides are professionals for sure and they have done this trek several times. Also, our great safety record allows us to operate with full liability insurance. All client funds are deposited in a regulated trust account. We spend more providing the best amenities, logistics and safety measures and things that many lower-cost programs don’t facilitates with.
What is the policy on Leave No Trace?
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip price while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day per person will be enough since you have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes, we do offer tailor - made departures. If our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient, we can reschedule the departures accordingly.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation.
What sort of food can I expect on Langtang Valley trek?
Meals in the Himalaya mainly consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations. Food will be typical but fresh, warm and eye appealing. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be on the way.
How do you deal with drinking water standard on Langtang Valley trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification 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.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 12, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
Do I really need a guide for Langtang Valley trek?
Well, it depends on your skills, money and time available. Some people go to Langtang valley trek without a formal guide carry everything themselves. There are usually a couple of trekkers in Langtang region so you would probably not be alone but easily could be as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own. So, we strongly suggest our clients to do the climb with professionals and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Are there any ATMs en route to Langtang valley?
En route to Langtang valley, as far as Syabrubensi, ATM and credit card may work but we encourage you to carry cash with you as with increasing altitude, you will not find such services. Keep in mind that the expenses go on increasing the higher you get.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during Langtang valley trek?
Most of the tea Houses will offer Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast but can check emergency message or important updated for your work.
Do I need to join a group or can I do the trek solo?
There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.
Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure trekking experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 4-5 hours long. The longest day can be up to 7 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
Can I along with my little children do the Langtang Valley trek?
For sure, you can. The only requirement is to have a good walking experience previously as the trip grade is moderate and less challenging.
How long does it take?
Well, depending upon your interest and holidays limitation, we can customize your trip to ABC. Normally, it can be done in a time frame between 8-12 days.
Where am I supposed to leave the unwanted stuffs in Kathmandu when I’m on trek?
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry approx 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a client voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, 2 Weeks prior to the Trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the magnanimous Langtang valley trek in Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details.