Langtang Valley Trek
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Langtang Valley Trek

A short and easy trek to the Langtang region

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Langtang Valley Trek Overview

If you’re looking for a beautiful, rewarding, yet relatively accessible off-the-beaten-path trekking experience in Nepal, you can consider the Langtang Valley Trek. This Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most amazing trek offering you a stunning and culturally enriching experience close to Kathmandu valley. Its proximity to Kathmandu makes it an attractive choice for those with limited time, ensuring an exciting experience comparable to other popular treks such as the Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit Trek, or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

The Langtang Valley Trek offers stunning views of some of the snow-covered mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Gangchenpo, Yala Peak, Naya Kang, and other nearby peaks. The Langtang Valley Trek trail winds through varied landscapes, including lush forests, past alpine meadows along the banks of the Langtang river. Furthermore, Langtang National Park serves as a sanctuary for various wildlife species, such as red pandas, Himalayan black bears, Pika, Langur monkeys, Mountain goats, Musk Deer, and a wide bird species including Tragopan and Impeyan pheasant.

The Langtang Valley Trek route meanders past small villages inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa communities, providing an opportunity to deeply engage with their distinctive culture, traditions, and way of life. The Langtang Valley Trek route gradually ascends from lower altitude to higher altitude, reducing the risk of altitude sickness, and it is suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.  This Langtang Valley Trek stands out as an excellent choice for those seeking a Himalayan trekking adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and relatively convenient access from Kathmandu.

The devastating earthquake in 2015 had a lasting impact on the Langtang Valley and its residents. The entire valley was left with rubbles, rocks and boulders, with a loss of lives and property. Despite facing this adversity, resilient locals embarked on a gradual transformation, rebuilding their lives and homes. The resurgence of tourism in this region has become a vital economic lifeline, offering not only the chance to immerse oneself in breathtaking landscapes but also to actively contribute to the local economy and the sustainable development of the area.

To avoid the steep uphill climb from Domen to Lama Hotel, we have designed this itinerary from the other way round starting from Sherpagoan. From Sherpagoan, the trail traverses diverse terrain inside the Langtang National Park, winding through verdant forests, picturesque alpine meadows, and passing by yak herders camps en-route to Kyanjin Gompa. Early next morning, you will embark on a hike to the vantage point of Tserko Ri (4950 m), this is the highest point in the Langtang Valley Trek. The hike to Tserko Ri is more difficult and time consuming but the view is absolutely astounding. The whole Langtang valley opens up before your eyes with the surrounding mountain peaks up close.

After enjoying the incredible moment, you will retrace back to Kyanjin Gompa. The return journey follows the same route that you had taken earlier past Langtang, Thangsyap, Ghoda Tabela, Lama Hotel and Rimche. From Rimche, you will take a different route instead  of continuing towards Sherpagoan, you will descend towards Domen. The trail goes mostly downhill along the Langtang river past Bamboo and Pairo with some ascents and descents and finally arrive at Domen, thus ending your Langtang Valley Trek adventure. At Domen, you will board into a private 4X4 jeep and drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu with memories of your Langtang Valley Trek.

The Langtang Valley Trek provides an excellent opportunity to discover the stunning landscapes of Northern Nepal. This Langtang Valley Trek can be combined with other popular treks such as the Gosainkunda Lake Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail, Helambu Valley Trek, and Ganjala Pass Trek. The Langtang valley trek is one of the few treks in Nepal that offers one of the best views of the Himalayas from a lower altitude. It can be a popular option for trekkers in search of natural beauty and cultural experiences within a short timeframe.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sherpagoan (via Syabrubesi)
Day 2: Trek to Thangshyap
Day 3: Trek to Langtang
Day 4: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 5: Excursion to Tserko Ri
Day 6: Trek to Ghoda Tabela
Day 7: Trek to Bamboo
Day 8: Trek to Domen-Drive to Kathmandu from Domen

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation Local village lodges/tea houses during the trek
Meal Meal All meals are included during the trek
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best Season-Spring and Autumn, but can be done all year round except during the Monsoon
Route Route Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Sherpagoan-Lama Hotel-Riverside-Ghoda Tabela-Thangsyap-Langtang-Kyanjin Gompa-Langtang-Thangsyap-Ghoda Tabela-Lama Hotel-Rimche-Bamboo-Pairo-Domen-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

  • Scenic drive through winding mountain road to Syabrubesi.
  • Explore Langtang National Park, home to rare Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Tread across verdant forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures.
  • Visit the ancient Buddhist monastery, Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Enjoy incredible mountain views from Tserko Ri.
  • Visit a local cheese factory.
  • Experience the unique Tamang and Sherpa Buddhist culture.

Cost Information

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in tea house lodge during the trek.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Sherpagoan-Domen-Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (LNP/TIMS).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Not included

  • Personal expenses.
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge and Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Drive from Kathmandu to Sherpagoan (via Syabrubesi)

Starting early from Kathmandu, your journey will take you north of Kathmandu valley along a winding mountain road. You’ll drive past charming villages such as Trishuli and Dhunche, eventually arriving at Syabrubesi. Situated on the outskirts of the Langtang National Park, Syabrubesi serves as the gateway to the Langtang Valley Trek.

With a short break for lunch at Syabrubesi, you will continue your journey towards Sherpagoan. The drive goes over a dirt road along the Trishuli river. You will cross over the Trishuli river and then climb up hill past attractive pine forest towards Sherpagoan.  You will disembark from the vehicle at a short distance from Sherpagoan, and gear up and head towards Sherpagoan. It is a short uphill hike until the ridge and then it is gradual descent until Sherpagaon. Overnight in Sherpagoan.

 

MEALS:
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2600m
Duration Duration: 7-8 hrs drive/Trek 1 hour approx.
Overnight Tea House
Day 2:

Trek to Thangsyap

Today you begin your trek with a descent over a narrow undulating trail around the hillside that goes towards Rimche, where you will join the main Langtang Valley Trek trail coming up from Bamboo. From Rimche the ascent is mostly gradual with a few steeper section past thick forest along the Langtang river towards Lama Hotel.

From Lama Hotel, the trail climbs up and then descends towards riverside, cross over an iron bridge over the Langtang Khola and then continue past beautiful forest to the picturesque pasture of Ghoda Tabela, where you will come across grazing yaks against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas.

Continuing on along the ascending path, you will eventually arrive at Thangsyap, a delightful village nestled amidst the mountains. Overnight in Thangsyap.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3190m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 3:

Trek to Langtang

From Thangsyap, the trek unfolds through a picturesque landscape. The hike is fairly a gentle uphill climb up a open valley, you will notice the vegetation changes from dense forest to scattered bushes with the imposing mountains on each side. You will get the good views of the langtang ranges.

After passing the Chyamki and Gumba Danda, you will come across an expansive landside area that carried away most of the Langtang village during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. After crossing the landslide area you will come across a number of mani walls and finally arrive at Langtang village. Overnight in Langtang.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3450 m
Duration Duration: 4-5 hrs
Overnight Tea house
Day 4:

Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

After leaving Langtang, it is steep climb until the SMSR Memorial school, hereafter it is a gradual ascent until the tea house village of Mundu. After Mundu the trail goes across the hillside past thorny bushes, huge rocks and pastures.

You will come across some water run prayer wheels and then two white chortens come in view set on on a small hillock. You will come across two paths, both leads to Kyanjin Gompa. The left path goes past the local hydroelectric station. After a short climb over the stone steps, you will come across a suspension.

A steep climb from here, you will get first view of the colorful Kyanjin village painted in different colors. Kyanjin Gompa is a beautiful village surrounded by majestic peaks, such as Ganchenpo, Langtang Lirung, Langsisa, Dorje Lhakpa, Yala Peak, and others, offering a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan landscape.

Following lunch, if you are interested you will  have the option to hike to the viewpoint of Kyanjin Ri. The trail begins at the norther edge of the village, it is a steep uphill zigzagg climb up to the lower view point and then to the upper view point, it takes 3-4 hrs round trip from Kyanjin Gompa. This vantage point provides panoramic views of the entire Langtang Valley, the Langtang glacial lake, and the surrounding snowy peaks. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3870m at Kyanjin Gompa/4330m at Kyanjin lower peak & 4770m at upper peak
Duration Duration: 3 hrs/Approx, 7 kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 5:

Excursion to Tserko Ri

Today you will start your hike early in the morning, before dawn. This is a highly challenging day from Kyanjin Gompa, climbing over 1100m to reach the view point of Tserko Ri. It takes about 6-8 hours round trip from Kyanjin Gompa.

Initially, the trail starts with a short flat section that goes underneath the Kyanjin Ri down to a stream, you crossover the stream and then climb over a switchback trail on to a hill upto the ridge.  Hereafter it is steep climb past yak herders camp over a rocky terrain. The hike can be quite challenging as it is a steep uphill climb, but the reward awaiting you at the top makes the effort worthwhile.

The summit of Tserko Ri provides an exceptional 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains such as the Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Yala Peak, Gangchenpo, and the entire Langtang Valley. After relishing the natural beauty and tranquility from the summit, you will descend to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4950m at Tserko Ri
Duration Duration: 6-8hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 6:

Trek to Ghoda Tabela

Today you will retrace your steps back over the same route you followed earlier past the village of Langtang, Mundu, Gomba Danda, and Thangshyap towards Ghoda Tabela. Overnight in Ghoda Tabela.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3050 m
Duration Duration: 4-5 hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Bamboo

From Ghoda Tabela the trail winds through forests and villages once again, offering you an opportunity to enjoy yourself in the natural beauty along the way. The trail goes past the tea house village of Ghumnachok, Riverside, Lama Hotel, and Rimche to the tea house village of Bamboo. As most of the trail is a downhill, the hike back to Bamboo will be swifter than expected. Overnight in Bamboo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Duration Duration: 4-5 hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 8:

Trek to Domen-Drive to Kathmandu

The trail descends from Bamboo towards Domen, past the tea house village of Pairo. You will pass through beautiful landscapes with some ascents and descents past the village of Pairo and finally arrive at Domen, thus ending your Langtang Valley Trek adventure. At Domen, you will board into a private 4X4 jeep and drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Duration Duration: 2hrs trek/5-6 hrs drive

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Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation Local village lodges/tea houses during the trek
Meals Meals All meals are included during the trek
Route Route Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Sherpagoan-Lama Hotel-Riverside-Ghoda Tabela-Thangsyap-Langtang-Kyanjin Gompa-Langtang-Thangsyap-Ghoda Tabela-Lama Hotel-Rimche-Bamboo-Pairo-Domen-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size 2-5
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best Season-Spring and Autumn, but can be done all year round except during the Monsoon
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

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