The short and exotic Langtang trek is a dream for both the novice and the experienced trekkers.
But before they start this trek, they get stuck up in a common question,
‘What Kind of Accommodation is Available in Langtang Trek?’
To answer the question short, you will get different options for accommodations ranging from basic to standard. The services you will enjoy on the trail changes with the change in altitude. As you ascend to the higher altitudes, such as Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, Kang Jin Gompa, the accommodation is basic.
Langtang trek in Nepal is a teahouse trek where you will spend about a week in the teahouses along the trek route. And, the services you will enjoy on these teahouses are different with the change in place.
Accommodation at Teahouses
On your trek to the Langtang region, you will stay in a teahouse which usually provides you with food, accommodation and different other facilities such as hot shower, Wifi, charging facilities, etc. Depending on the altitude the services also limits because of the remoteness of the place and the unavailability of transportation.
Here are the details of the rooms, toilets and dining room you may find in different altitudes of the Langtang region.
In lower regions of the Langtang region, generally, the rooms are twin basis that may or may not have an attached toilet. If it does not, you will have to share a common toilet. The rooms will have a bed(s) with a foam mattress, bedsheet, blanket, and pillows. You may find a table and a cupboard in the room as well.
In places like Syabrubeshi, you will get to enjoy the standard services in a single room with attached baths as well. But, to enjoy these services you will have to pay high than for the basic accommodations.
But, as you ascend to higher altitudes, you will find that the accommodation type is basic. Usually, there are also twin basis rooms. You will have two single beds with foam mattresses, blankets, and pillows in the room. After a day of the tiring walk, trust me, these rooms will feel like a luxury.
It is possible to get a single room in the lower regions of the Langtang valley. But, in higher altitudes, the chances of finding a single room are low because once you ascend further you notice the limited number of teahouses. Even if you are willing to pay more, you may not find one.
Toilets and Bathrooms
In the lower regions, you may find the western toilet or the Asian‘squat’ type toilets. It varies according to teahouses. Some tea houses may have separate bathroom facilities as well which may have a hot shower service. But, in some teahouses, hot shower may be a reference to a bucket of hot water and a mug, not the actual hot sprinkle.
But in the higher altitudes, mostly, there is a common toilet system which is the squat type with a bucket of water and a mug. The toilets may be outside in a separate hut. You may also not find toilet paper there. So, carrying toilet paper is a good idea.
The bathroom is separate in the higher regions as well. Some teahouses may provide you with hot shower facilities but with an extra charge of $2-$3 in the higher regions. Though, a hot shower may be a bucket with lukewarm water. If you choose for a cold shower, it, of course, is free.
Almost all the teahouses have a dining room, space where you will enjoy your meals and hang out. Many trekkers love to spend their time in the dining room either playing a game of cards with their fellow trekkers or sharing their tales of the journey.
The dining room also has indoor heating. That is why after a tiring day of walking, you can enjoy staying in this room for a relaxing time.
In peak seasons, due to the inflow of many trekkers and a limited number of rooms, some of the trekkers may have to sleep in the dining room.
Facilities in Langtang Trek
Other than rooms and toilets, there are extra facilities you may find in the Langtang trek.
- Electricity is not available in the higher regions of the trek. The local teahouses use solar energy for the power. So, to charge your electronic gadgets you may have to pay $2-$3 per hour.
- Some of the teahouses also provide wifi services for some money. To use the service you have to pay around $2-$3. But the wifi may not always be reliable there so you can buy SIM cards and use data packs for internet service on the trail. Ncell and NTC sim cards are available cheap in different places in Kathmandu.
Types of Accommodation in Langtang Trek
The accommodation types in Langtang trek changes according to the altitude. The higher you go, the accommodation becomes more basic. Here are the details of the types of accommodation you may find in the Langtang trekking route.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, has many accommodations and of different types. From basic hostels to luxurious 5-star hotels, you can choose to stay in any depending on your budget. A basic hostel may cost up to $3 whereas a five-star hotel per night can cost up to $300. You can find a decent place to stay in Kathmandu at a range of $50-$60 which may have attached bathroom, hot shower, and Wifi.
Many trekkers opt to stay in Thamel as there are many types of hotels and restaurants in the area. You can choose from many options according to your budget here. There are also many stores in this area from where you can hire or buy trekking gears. You can easily get your trekking permits here as well. If you stay in Thamel, you can spend there the day before trek managing everything easily.
The area is also close to downtown so you can easily find a bus to go to Syabru Besi, the starting point of the trek.
Of course, since Thamel is a popular stop for tourists and trekkers, you may find the place crowded. You can also choose to stay in places like Boudha, Durbar Marg, etc. as well. There are good accommodation options in these areas as well.
Syabru Besi is the official starting point of your trek. After a drive from Kathmandu, you will stay in Syabru Besi for the overnight. There are different types of accommodation available in Syabru Besi from basic to standard. From a range of $3-$30, you can choose to stay in whichever fits your budget best.
Lodges in Syabru Besi
Yak Hotel, Ok Hotel, Yala Peak Guest House
Lama Hotel is 6-7 hours trek from Syabru Besi. Once in the area, you will find a few pleasant teahouses that are of the basic type. Usually, the rooms are of the twin basis types. The toilets are normally outside the teahouse which is for all the trekkers. There is also a separate bathroom that may have a hot shower facility.
Lodges in Lama Hotel
Friendly Guest House, Sherpa Hotel and Lodge
Many trekkers before the earthquake 2015 chose to stop at Langtang village. The beautiful village had many accommodations from basic to standard. The valley also was a perfect stop where the trekkers got to enjoy the culture and the natural beauty all at once.
After the earthquake locals have relocated the valley and built new teahouses for the trekkers. The new teahouses in the new Langtang village are basic but comfortable. Although basic, you will find no compromise in any of the services in the new teahouses.
Lodges in Langtang Village
Peaceful Guest House, Hotel Red Panda, Himalayan Guest House, Sunrise Guest House, Eco Guest House, Tashi Delek Guest House, Tibetan Guest House, Lucky Guest House, Shangri La Hotel, Everest Guest House, Hotel Moonlight, Buddha Guest House, Village View Hotel
Kang Jin Gompa
Kang Jin Gompa is the highest point of the trek where you will reach on this trek. At an altitude of 3900m at Kang Jin Gompa, you will find the basic type of accommodation. Generally, the rooms are twin basis types. And you have to use a common toilet outside in a separate hut.
Lodges in Kang Jin Gompa
Nurling Kyangjin, Yeti Guest House, Hotel Sherpa, Yak Hotel
Accommodation Cost for Langtang Trek
The locals and the authorities from Langtang National Park have fixed the accommodation prices in the teahouses from Syabru Besi to Kang Jin Gompa. Usually, they charge you $5-$10 per night.
On a Langtang trek, teahouses in the hills provide you both food and accommodation facilities. So, generally, if you choose to stay in a teahouse, the owners expect you to have your meal(s) there. Sometimes, in the offseason, some teahouses may not charge you for accommodation if you eat there.
Accommodation cost may get expensive in the peak seasons. Because of the inflow of many trekkers, you may not get a chance to bargain for the prices. You may have to pay the exact amount quoted on the menu. But, in offseasons, you may not have to pay the exact price if you can bargain. Teahouses may even give you some discounts on the total charge in offseasons.
The different tea houses available in Langtang trek caters to the needs of the trekkers for the food and accommodation in the region. From basic to standard, there are different types of accommodations in the Langtang region. You will find the rooms comfortable and clean in most of the teahouses of the Langtang valley.
But in the peak seasons, you may encounter a lot of trekkers on the tea houses. Because of this, you may not even get the room if you forget to pre-book. So, to avoid any hassles and get a comfortable bed to sleep in and a warm meal to enjoy, it is wise to book the room beforehand.