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 trek provides 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 in the Everest or the Annapurna region of Nepal.
The Langtang Valley Trek showcases stunning views of snow-covered mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and other nearby peaks. The path winds through varied landscapes, including lush forests, terraced farmlands, and vast alpine meadows. Furthermore, Langtang National Park serves as a sanctuary for various wildlife species, such as red pandas, Himalayan black bears, langur monkeys, and a wide array of bird species.
The Langtang Valley Trek route meanders through numerous traditional villages inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa communities, providing an opportunity to deeply engage with their distinctive culture, traditions, and way of life. This 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. Despite facing 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.
Starting from Syabrubesi, the trail traverses diverse terrain, winding through verdant forests, picturesque alpine meadows, and passing by yak herders en route to Kyanjin Gompa. Early next morning, you will embark on a hike to the vantage point of Tserko Ri. This vantage point provides an unforgettable sunrise view over the valley. Witnessing the panoramic vista of the surrounding landscapes bathed in the golden hues of sunrise.
After enjoying the incredible moment, you will retrace back to Kyanjin Gompa and continue the journey following the same route which you had taken earlier from Syabrubesi. At Syabrubesi, we’ll arrange for a private vehicle to transfer you back to Kathmandu.
The Langtang Valley Trek provides an excellent opportunity to discover the stunning landscapes of Northern Nepal. It can be a popular option for trekkers in search of natural beauty and cultural experiences within a constrained timeframe.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi-Trek to Pairo/Bamboo
Day 4: Trek to Thangshyap
Day 5: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 6: Excursion to Tserko Ri-Trek to Langtang Village
Day 7: Trek to Riverside
Day 8: Trek to Syabrubesi-Drive to Kathmandu
Day 9: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure
- Explore the UNESCO Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley.
- Scenic drive through winding mountain road to Syabru Besi.
- 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.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in 3-4* category hotels.
- 5 nights’ accommodation in tea house lodge during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with coffee/tea during the trek.
- One welcome or farewell dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
- 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
- Transfer from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
- First aid kit, trekking map, and duffel bag.
- 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.
- Nepal Visa.
- International airfare.
- Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
- 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 ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu
Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following that, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Later, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Syabrubesi-Trek to Pairo/Bamboo
Starting from Kathmandu in the early hours, your journey will take you north along a winding mountain road, you’ll drive past charming villages such as Trishuli and Dhunche, eventually reaching Syabrubesi by early afternoon. Situated on the outskirts of the Langtang National Park, Syabrubesi serves as the starting point of the Langtang Valley Trek.
The hike begins after crossing the Bhote Koshi River and then proceeds alongside the Langtang River. This hike involves a series of ascents and descents. As the trail winds its way through forests of oak and rhododendron trees, you will come across occasional views of the majestic, snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
After approximately three hours of trekking, you will reach Pairo, a small settlement featuring tea houses and lodges. You have the option to either spend the night in Pairo or continue for about 45 minutes more towards Bamboo village. Overnight in Pairo/Bamboo.
Trek to Thangshyap
Moving beyond Bamboo, the trail leads you uphill towards Rimche. The ascent offers increasingly spectacular views, with snow-capped peaks and pristine landscapes unfolding along the way.
The trail proceeds through Ghoda Tabela, known for its picturesque pasturelands where yaks graze, set against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas.
Continuing along the ascending path, you will eventually arrive at Thangshyap, a delightful village nestled amidst the mountains. Overnight in Thangshyap.
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
The trek from Thangshyap unfolds through a picturesque landscape, taking you past small villages, lush meadows, and yak herder camps. Along the route, you will encounter water mills, prayer wheels, and chortens as you make your way toward Kyanjin Gompa.
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, you will go on a hike to the viewpoint of Kyanjin Ri. This vantage point provides panoramic views of the entire Langtang Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. After relishing the breathtaking scenery, you will gradually descend to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
Excursion to Tserko Ri-Trek to Langtang Village
You will set out early in the morning, before dawn, to reach the viewpoint before sunrise. Initially, the trail starts with a short flat section that quickly turns into a steep ascent. Although the hike is challenging, the reward awaiting you at the top makes the effort worthwhile.
The summit of Tserko Ri provides exceptional views, encompassing Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Yala Peak, and the entire Langtang Valley. After relishing the natural beauty and tranquility from the summit, you will descend to Kyanjin Gompa for lunch. After lunch, you will descend on an easy hike towards Langtang village. Overnight in Langtang Village.
Trek to Riverside
Today’s journey entails retracing your steps along the same path you took earlier. The hike takes you past Thangshyap and the Lama Hotel, accompanied by spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and the surrounding landscape.
The trail goes through forests and villages once more, providing opportunities to soak in the natural beauty and observe local life along the way. As most of the trail is downhill, the trek back to Riverside will be quicker than expected.
The trail winds through forests and villages once again, offering opportunities to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and observe local life along the way. As most of the trail is a downhill hike, the trek back to Riverside will be swifter than expected. Overnight in riverside.
Trek to Syabrubesi-Drive to Kathmandu
The trail descends from Riverside towards Syabrubesi, retracing the same path taken earlier. You will pass through familiar landscapes and villages, arriving at Syabrubesi around noon. With lunch at Syabrubesi, your Langtang Valley adventure comes to an end. After lunch, you will drive back to Kathmandu in a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Rest day in Kathmandu
We have set aside this day as a free day. You may spend the day as per your choice, you may go for souvenir shopping for your family and friends. Alternatively, you can request for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and explore the rich culture and history of the city. Overnight in Kathmandu
It is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your departure flight. Have a safe and pleasant journey ahead.