Langtang Valley Trek

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal

Highlights of Langtang Valley Trek

  • Explore the unspoiled and beautiful landscapes of the Langtang Region.
  • You can see several species of wild flora and fauna including the endangered Red Panda.
  • Trek through beautiful isolated villages in pristine locations.
  • Have great views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and other peaks of the Langtang Range.
  •  Stay at the peaceful location of Kyanjin Gompa.

The Valley of Langtang is situated close to Kathmandu near the border of Tibet. The valley possesses a unique diversity of landscapes, forests, wildlife, and human settlements in a beautiful region of Nepal. This short and picturesque trek will take you close to the Himalayan range, specifically the Langtang range, from where you can have close panoramic views of several snow-capped peaks. Trekking along the rough terrain at higher altitudes, you will see come across glaciers and sandy-brown cliffs. Seeing the Himalayan glaciers and lakes is an additional experience you will have in this trek.

Along the trek you will cross villages of the native Sherpa and Tamang community. These friendly people have preserved their age-old traditions and cultures; so this trek is a chance to witness that as well. With every village having at least a chorten or a gompa, you will have a religious understanding of these people as well.

The program begins with a hilly-drive from the bustling city of Kathmandu to the quiet village of Syabrubesi. Here, you will begin the actual week-long trek in which you will walk through dense forests of bamboo and pines. You will see mesmerizing waterfalls, raging rivers, glaciers, and the mighty peaks of the Himalayan range. You will have stopovers at yak-pastures, sample some yak cheese right in the factory, and even drink yak-milk tea! Further into the trek, you will visit and stay at pristine places such as Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, and Kyanjin Gompa. You will explore the vantage point of Tserko-Ri, cross dense oak forests, and drive through winding hilly roads.

You will be doing the trek inside Langtang National Park through landscapes lined with rich vegetation. It means the trails are lined with dense green forests of bamboos, maples, oaks, and other tropical vegetation. As for the wildlife, trekkers have reported seeing the Himalayan Thar and Black Bear, too. Throughout the trek, the climate is pleasant inspiring you to trek ahead at every turn. The energy and vigor will be fueled by the scenery, and the sounds of nature. And since this trail is much less crowded than other popular areas of Nepal, you will enjoy the trip more.

For this trek, you need a regular habit of walking and an average physical fitness. The region is best visited in mid-spring to mid summer when the green is more prevalent than ever. The second best time is in mid autumn when views of Himalayan range is crisp and clear. Book this trip early for an exciting time in the beautiful valley of Langtang.

Prerequisites

  • Regular habit of walking and good physical fitness
  • Prior trekking experience in Nepal is a plus, but not required

Day to Day Itinerary

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After you have arrived, we will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later, you will be given a brief about your program and in the evening you are invited for a welcome dinner from Orbit Alpine. Stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,360 m
  • Time: Around 30-min drive to the hotel
  • Distance: Around 6 km

After breakfast we will drive out of Kathmandu Valley along the north-westerners road. En route, enjoy the views and see lifestyle in the hills - with terraced fields and isolated villages. Stop for lunch, then drive to Dhunche and continue on to Syabrubesi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Syabrubesi
  • Altitude: 1,550m/5,100 ft
  • Time: 6 to 7 hour drive
  • Distance: 80 km

Syabrubesi is the start of our trek. After breakfast, we we will first trek along Langtang Khola, then pass through a dense forest. Along the way we will also cross several raging rivers on suspension bridges. After a brief stop here we trek along the ascending trail until we arrive at Lama Hotel where we’ll stay for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Lama Hotel
  • Altitude: 2,380m/7,830 ft
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Distance: 11.3 km

A quick breakfast, and we start the day with a gentle walk through a tropical forest, waterfalls, and a pasture. After a brief stop, we will then ascend through the trail to arrive at a valley from where we will have splendid views of Langtang Lirung. Trek through some settlements and some chortens, a mani wall (probably Nepal’s largest), and arrive at the Valley where we will have an overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Langtang
  • Altitude: 3,430m/11,253 ft
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Distance: 11.3 km

Starting at a leisurely pace, we will leave Langtang Valley and head towards Kyanjin Gompa. A ‘gompa’ or ‘gumba’ as it is called in the local language, is a Buddhist monastery. Kyanjin Gompa, at an altitude of 3,870 meters, is a picturesque monastery located in an equally beautiful village. The climate is great, as is the scenery around. The short trekking duration today means that we will have arrived at Kyanjin Gompa before lunch. Enjoy the lunch with panoramic views of Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,990 meters), Langtang Peak (6,370 meters), and Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Kyanjin Gompa
  • Altitude: 3,870m/12,697 ft
  • Time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Distance: 7.7 km

We have set the day aside for acclimatization. After a leisurely breakfast, we will take a walk around the village, see some meadows and hike around a bit. During acclimatization, moderate activity is important for the body to get attuned with the environment and the altitude. We will climb up to Langshisha Kharka, for wonderful vista of the surrounding peaks such as Kyanjin-Ri and Tserko-Ri. Later, return to Kyanjin Gompa and visit the cheese factory there. Stay overnight here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Kyanjin Gompa
  • Altitude: 3,870m/12,697 ft

Leaving behind Kyanjin Gompa, we will head back to Lama Hotel. The trek is easy but it is mostly downhill, so tread carefully. The six-hour walk back to Lama Hotel is mostly through forests, rivers, and Tamang villages.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Lama Hotel
  • Altitude: 2,380m/7,830 ft
  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 14.5 km

From Lama Hotel, we will start after breakfast. We will be walking for around six hours at a leisurely pace today to arrive at the village of Thulo Syabru. The easy downhill trail will first pass through lush green forests, and overhead, you will have beautiful views of the mountains. You might even encounter wild animals but do not try to feed them or go near them. Later, climb to the top of a ridge where Thulo Syabru is located.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Thulo Syabru
  • Altitude: 2,210 m/7,251 ft
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Distance: 11 km

Start the trek through a descending forested route to arrive at a gushing river. Climb the trail beside a river and come to a Sherpa village. Take a break here and then trek further through fields, farmlands, and gradual ascents and descents to arrive at Thulo Barkhu. This village has good views of several peaks. From here take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu via Dhunche. Later in the evening in Kathmandu, you are invited for a farewell dinner from Orbit Alpine.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350 m/4,428 ft
  • Time: 3-hour trek & 5 to 6 hours of driving
  • Distance: 47.5 km

As the program comes to an end, we will take you to the airport as per your flight schedule.