Langtang Valley Trekking takes you to the northern Himalayan part of Kathmandu valley which is just about 32 kilometers away; however it will take more than six hours to reach there on road transportation. After a pleasant drive to our starting point of the trek, the adventure towards Kanjyin Gompa and stunning, scenic Langtang valley starts.
Langtang Valley trekking, a moderate country walks which fits to all age groups from younger to elderly people as this walk leads you gaining heights slowly, with time to get acclimatize along the walks with daily views of mountain scenery.
A fascinating destination, which is a third popular adventure destinations in Nepal Himalaya after Annapurna and Everest region, due to its closeness to Kathmandu valley and the city. Langtang Valley and its great mountain range located North Central Himalaya of Nepal which lies on the route to Tibet frontier, where Langtang Himal also straddles the border with Nepal and Tibet.
Starting this great adventure of a week duration with interesting overland past farm villages towns to reach at cooler alpine zone at Dhunche town and beyond to Syabrubesi village in the land of Tamang, the mountain and hilly tribes of Nepal and Langtang Himal region interwoven with Buddhism religion, as you can witness its great colorful culture visiting it traditional village on walk to Langtang valley.
Finally, our journey enters into a wide valley covered with series of snow clad peaks at Kyanjin Gompa within scenic Langtang valley and the highest point of the adventure, with fabulous time at Langtang valley with dramatic panorama of mountains our walk leads back to the road head at Syabrubesi village.
With grand and marvelous moment on high hills of Langtang Himal, exciting drive brings you back into Kathmandu after a glorious and enjoyable experience on Langtang Valley Trekking.
Best Season for Langtang valley Trekking
Trekking to Langtang Valley is possible in every months throughout the year; however, autumn season and spring season are considered as an ideal season for trekking in Langtang Region. These season offers pleasant weather and perfect glimpses of Himalayas and luring nature in a crystal clear sky. Besides, you will feel lucky to walk on the trail filled with tremendous natural beauties. The flourishing Rhododendrons and other wild flowers adds more beauty to nature during spring.
But, if you love solo trekking and don’t want to walk in a crowded trail, Langtang valley Trekking is best during winter and monsoon. To complete trekking in these seasons you need high determination and well preparations.
Langtang Valley Panorama Trekking Difficulty
Langtang Valley Trekking is considered as moderate level trekking that is suitable for both experienced and novice trekkers. As this doesn’t goes up to high elevation, you won’t feel any kind of altitude sickness and complete the trek easily. Previous trekking experience is recommended but not mandatory. You can find tea houses easily that offers great hospitality and this will make your trekking more easy.
Moreover, the season you choose also plays an important role on the difficulty of trekking. If you are travelling in winter or monsoon season you might face more difficulties as compared to autumn and spring seasons. So, make a wise decision regarding the season you are choosing for Langtang Valley Trekking.
Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where drive leads on interesting and exciting highway to reach at Dhunche and beyond to Syabrubesi village.
On drive views of mountain and scenic landscapes as journey leads past number of farm villages and towns and then ending the drive at Syabrubesi for first overnight stop, around Langtang Himal and Rasuwa district home of Tamang the mountain tribe of Nepal and Langtang areas.
First day walk from Syabrubesi, leads to a climb for a while with rest of the walk on gradual winding uphill trail through terraced farm fields and villages.
As our route enters into cool forested area in a gorge following the torrential glacial Trisuli River upstream, as the path follows with a climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after a good walk of near six hours reaching a small clearing at Lama-Hotel for overnight stop.
From here few hours of morning walks leads to Ghoretabela for possible lunch stop within lovely forest of pines, hemlocks and rhododendron from here onwards you can feel the altitude also.
After a refreshing break, walk continues on the road to beautiful Langtang valley, an hour treks into a pleasant cool alpine woodland, crossing a small stream leaving tree line behind as our walk leads uphill for an hour, then walk gets easier on gradual trail with few ups and down to Langtang village for overnight stop.
From Langtang village walking on nice gradual uphill trail for few hours following “mani-prayer wall” where walking clockwise is the appropriate way in respect to Buddhist religion, walk leads further east as valley opens up with views of snow capped peaks.
After hours of gentle good walk overlooking views of peaks brings you at Kyanjin Gompa a charming and scenic spot with amazing views of Langtang Lirung above 7,000m and its icefall at near distance Kyanjin Gompa, surrounded by a ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders.
A leisure day, visit Kyanjin small Cheese factory with optional hike up to Tsego-Ri or Kyngin Ri above 4,700 m / 15,420ft adding more heights facing stunning panorama of snow capped mountains from Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal (7,405 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6,571m), Kimshun (6,745 m) and Shalbachum(6,918m), Chimsedang, Naya-Kanga or Ganja Chuli (5,846m), Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak, Jugal Himal and ending to eastern horizon at Dorje Lakpa (6,980m).
After a refreshing and pleasant scenic time at Kyanjin, our walk retracing the trail back on same route to Lama-Hotel a small settlement in the midst of the forest at the bank of upper Trisuli River.
Last day walk of this fantastic journey leads back to Syabrubesi, as walk follows on the same trail providing you with much views of the area, heading downhill past farm villages and terrace fields and then crossing over a bridge, where our final trek of the adventure brings you at Syabrubesi for last overnight stop around Langtang Himal and Rasuwa district.
Morning drive back to Kathmandu on same interesting highway with exciting time as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six hours journey reaching in Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.
The best time to go on the Langtang Valley Trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather is mild, and the skies are clear. The monsoon season (June to August) and the winter season (December to February) are not recommended for trekking in this region due to the heavy rainfall and extreme cold temperatures.
The Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, but the altitude is not as high as some of the other treks in Nepal. Altitude sickness is not a major concern on this trek.
Yes, trekkers need to obtain permits from the Nepal government to go on the Langtang Valley Trek. The permits include the Langtang National Park Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. These permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from local trekking agencies.
The accommodation on the trek varies from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges. The tea houses offer shared dormitory-style rooms with common bathrooms and toilets, while the lodges offer private rooms with attached bathrooms. The accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable, and most of them provide hot showers and Wi-Fi facilities.
The food on the trek is usually Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian cuisine, with some western options as well. The meals are cooked fresh and are usually vegetarian. However, meat options are also available in some places. The tea houses and lodges also offer snacks and beverages like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Some essential gear you'll need for the Langtang Valley Trek includes a good quality trekking backpack, trekking boots, warm clothes, a down jacket, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a headlamp. It's recommended to bring a sleeping bag and a trekking pole as well.
Yes, it is possible to do the Langtang Valley Trek independently, but it's recommended to hire a local guide or porter to assist you. They can help with navigation, language barriers, and carrying your gear. Hiring a guide or porter also supports the local economy.
The Langtang Valley Trek is known for its rich wildlife and diverse flora. Trekkers can expect to see animals such as Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Langur Monkeys, and various species of birds. The trek also takes you through beautiful forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak trees.
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Drea Buss Andri
Great experience !!
16th October, 2022
My mom and I booked the Langtang trek with Dilip Karki as our guide. He was caring and thoughtful about our security and the success of our journey. Every home stay and restaurant he chose was clean and food was always good. We would recommend booking through Annapurna Encounter and even more having Dilip as a guide.
24th September, 2018
Amazing trek around the Langtang valley, most professional people and best guide Anjan Dhital! Highly recommendable!!!