Langtang valley trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Fact

5 Based on 4 Reviews
  • duration-icon
    Duration 10 Days
  • activities-icon
    Activities Trekking
  • tripgrade-icon
    Trip Grade Moderate
  • groupsize-icon
    Group Size 2-30
  • startendpoint-icon
    Start-End Point Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • maxaltitude-icon
    Max-Altitude 4800 m
  • besttime-icon
    Best Time Sep-Dec & Mar-May
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    Accomodation Hotel/Lodge

Trip Overview

The Langtang Valley Trek is like a hidden gem in Nepal. It’s not too far from Kathmandu, just about 30 kilometers to the north, and it’s close to Tibet. Even though it’s near Kathmandu, not many people come here for trekking compared to other popular places like Everest and Annapurna. The Langtang Valley is a special place where you can learn about Tibetan Buddhism and the cultures of different groups of people. It’s surrounded by tall mountains and has unique plants and trees because of the land’s shape and makeup.

The trek takes about 10 days and starts with a fun bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi in the Rasuwa district. Along the way, you’ll see cool places like Lama Hotel, the main Langtang village, and the old Kyanjin Gompa, which is up in the mountains at 3,870 meters high. When we head back, we’ll take a different path through Thulo Syabru to reach Shing Gompa, another important monastery. After that, we’ll go back to Dhunche and catch a ride to Kathmandu. We also have a tour of Kathmandu’s famous cultural and religious places the next day, and many of these places are on UNESCO’s list of important places in the world.

Trip Highlight

  • Enjoy the amazing beauty of the Langtang Valley trek with Kyanjin/Shing Gompa.
  • Explore the Tamang Heritage Trail, which is full of old culture and traditions.
  • Explore the Tamang Heritage Trail, which is full of old culture and traditions. Take walks through beautiful forests with rhododendron, pine, hemlock, and oak trees.
  • See stunning views of valleys and the central Himalayas every day.
  • Visit the home of rare Red Pandas and other endangered animals.

Itinerary

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When you arrive, our friendly Get Nepal Treks staff will be there to welcome you. They’ll give you a free ride to your hotel in the middle of Kathmandu, in a place called Thamel. Thamel is famous for being lively, and it’s a cool spot for shopping and eating at really good restaurants, pubs, and bakeries.

You can spend some time checking out this busy area and enjoying its special vibe. Also, one of our team members who knows a lot about the Langtang Valley Trekking will tell you everything you need to know so you can be ready for this awesome adventure.

This amazing journey starts with a beautiful drive. First, we go through the stunning Kathmandu Valley, heading northwest to a pretty place called Kakani. Then, we reach a warm and friendly place called Trisuli Bazaar, where we can rest and eat lunch. After that, we kept driving up into the tall hills on a narrow and twisty road. On the way, we see great views of the land around us and faraway mountains like Ganesh and Manaslu Himal. After a few hours of driving, we arrive in Dunche town, which is about 1,965 meters high.

Dunche is the main place for the Rasuwa and Langtang area, and it’s also where the Langtang National Park starts. We stop there for a little while and then drive downhill on a winding road for a few more hours until we get to Syabrubesi, where we’ll spend the night. Syabrubesi is an interesting Tamang village and it’s like the door to many trekking routes in Langtang and Ganesh Himal, as well as the way to Tibet up north.

On the first day of our exciting adventure, we’ll start with an easy walk to a bridge that goes over the upper Trisuli or BhotKosi River. Then, we’ll go up a steep hill after about an hour of walking uphill. After that, we’ll keep going on a nice path for a few more hours, passing by farms where they grow things like wheat, barley, millet, and corn on flat fields that look like stairs. When we go around a corner, we’ll come to Riverside, where the path from Thulo or upper Syabru meets up with the one from Bamboo. There are some teahouses and lodges here, so it’s a good place to take a break.

After a short rest, we’ll keep going, walking through a peaceful forest with rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. Later, we’ll go into a gorge by the river and follow it upstream. This river gets its water from the glaciers on the Langtang mountain range. After a nice walk, we’ll get to where we’re staying for the night, called Lama Hotel. It’s a small village surrounded by pretty forests.

Starting from Lama Hotel, your morning walk begins by going on the same path for about an hour. After you pass Riverside, the trail changes and takes you through a small place called Bamboo. It’s a nice spot surrounded by lots of bamboo plants, and there are a few teahouses and simple lodges there. Bamboo is in a cooler area, hidden in a river gorge with thick woods. Keep your eyes open because you might get lucky and see a Red Panda, which is a rare animal.

As you keep walking, you’ll pass by a few small places where people live and farms before you reach Ghoretabla. This small place has Nepal Army stations where park wardens work. Ghoretabla is right in the middle of a beautiful forest area, and there are a few lodges around. It’s a good place to stop for lunch because as you go higher up, it gets colder. After lunch, you’ll keep going to Langtang village, where you’ll spend the night. It’s a medium-sized village, and the people who live there are from the Tamang and Bhotia tribes. They have similar customs and cultures influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

Today, we’ll start our walk in the morning, and it will be pretty easy. We’ll begin by going up a little hill and then keep going until we reach a wide-open area. This is where the gorge opens up into a really beautiful valley. On both sides of the hills, we’ll see big snowy peaks, and it’ll be an amazing sight. Along the way, there are some walls with prayers written on them, which make the journey feel peaceful. While you walk, take a good look at the incredible mountains around you. Eventually, we’ll get to the Kyanjin Gompa area.

Kyanjin Gompa has more than 15 lodges and guest houses where we can stay comfortably. There’s also an old cheese factory here, which is pretty unique. It’s interesting to know that the word “Gompa” is used less now because the building is more like a small wooden chapel than a traditional monastery. It’s located on top of Kyanjin and Langtang Valley, surrounded by rocks and big stones on the way to Langtang Lirung glacier. This place is really special.

Kyanjin is a great place to rest and relax, but it also has some cool adventures if you’re up for them. One option is to hike up to TsergoRi, which is really tall at 5,033 meters. The hike up there is pretty steep, so you need to be in good shape, but it’s totally worth it. When you get to the top, you’ll see the highest mountains in the central Himalayas, and it’s jaw-dropping!

In the afternoon, you can just relax and look at the amazing views of Chimsedang Lekh and the Kangjal Himal. They’re like a bunch of peaks that go around the valley to the south. You can also see some stunning mountains all around the Langtang Valley. Some of them are Ganchenpo (6,387m), Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Pemthang Karpo Ri (6,830m), and Langtang Lirung (7,245m). And if you look north, you might even see Shishapangma (8,046m), which is the 14th tallest mountain in the whole world!

After having a great time at Kyanjin Gompa in the beautiful Langtang Valley, it’s time to go back to the forested area and stay overnight at Lama Hotel. We’re going to walk the same way we came, but don’t worry, it’s going to be a nice and fun walk. We’ll mostly be going downhill, but there are a few short uphill parts too. This walk will take about six hours, and you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful nature around you as we head back to Lama Hotel.

After spending the night at Lama Hotel, we’ll keep going down on our trek through a beautiful forest. This forest has big oak trees, rhododendrons with colorful flowers, and tall pine trees. We’ll walk next to a river, and after a while, we’ll get to Bamboo. There, you can find some small places to rest and have some tea or food. Then, we’ll keep walking, but this time we’ll be going downhill gently. After a little bit, we’ll come to a place where the path splits. If we go left, we can go see the pretty Gosaikunda Lake. But if we go right, we’ll head back to Syabrubesi. We’ll choose the right path and keep going downhill through the forest. Along the way, we’ll see farms growing things like barley, corn, and millet on flat fields. Finally, we’ll cross a river and arrive at Syabrubesi.

After a good breakfast in the morning, we’ll start a fun drive back to Kathmandu. During the drive, we’ll see amazing views of hills, valleys, and big mountains in the Himalayas. We’ll also go through cute villages and towns, where we can learn about the local culture and how people live. The drive down to Kathmandu will take about six hours, so we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the pretty scenery. When we get to Kathmandu, we can think about all the awesome things we did in the mountains. We’ll go back to our hotels and relax after this super cool adventure.

We’ll make sure you reach the airport in time, usually about three hours before your flight, depending on when it leaves. If you have extra time, we can suggest fun things to do, or you can go explore by yourself if you want.

As we say goodbye for now, we hope you had a fantastic time on your trip. Until we meet again for more adventures, take care and travel safely!

Includes/Excludes

  • Cost of necessary trekking permits, including the Langtang national park permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • Airport transfers to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (usually at a three-star hotel) before and after the trek. Accommodations during the trek in teahouses or lodges.
  • Meals during the trek, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are usually provided at teahouses along the route.
  • A licensed trekking guide and porter to carry a portion of your gear. The guide provides information, ensures your safety, and helps with logistics.
  • Essential equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, and trekking poles.
  • Basic first aid supplies and emergency evacuation arrangements.
  • The cost of international flights to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance, including emergency medical and evacuation coverage.
  • Expenses for items like personal snacks, beverages (other than water), souvenirs, and additional meals in Kathmandu.
  • Additional Gear: you need to rent or purchase additional equipment like trekking boots, warm clothing, and a daypack.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and teahouse staff.
  • Any optional activities, such as helicopter tours or side treks.
  • The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal.

Reviews

Sara (Usa)

Amazing Kathmandu Full Day City Tour with Raj

Our full day city tour in Kathmandu was nothing short of spectacular, thanks to our knowledgeable guide, Raj. We explored four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Swayambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath stupa.
Overall, Raj’s exceptional guiding skills, combined with his deep understanding of Kathmandu’s heritage, made this tour unforgettable. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to explore the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu.

Hany M (Australia)

Unforgettable experience!

I cannot express my gratitude adequately for the exceptional 14-day Everest Base Camp trek organized by Get Nepal Treks and Tours. Our guide, who was both knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around, meticulously explained every aspect of the journey and took great care of us throughout. The guide, along with their lovely assistant, added an extra layer of specialness to our experience. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Get Nepal Treks and the entire team for their remarkable support. The unforgettable farewell party served as the perfect conclusion to this incredible journey. I eagerly anticipate my next adventure with them in Nepal!

Prash (India)

Amazing experience!!!

Great Views and Amazing experience. Trek was strenuous, Guides made it easier. They provided us with great guidance, clean water and amazing food. They helped us organize the trip and provided great support. Get Nepal Treksand Tour is the best!!!

Theresa R (USA)

Great company to book with

We had an incredible experience on this trek during the off-season. It was important for us to select a Nepali company for our adventure, and they took care of all the logistics, making the entire journey exceptionally smooth. Our guide and porter were not only incredibly skilled but also provided us with unwavering support throughout the entire trek. If you have the option, we highly recommend requesting their services when booking your trek. We are already looking forward to returning for another adventure!

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