Langtang Valley Trek - 8 Days


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Langtang Valley Trek Highlight

  • No need to book a plane! You can drive to this trek within 7 or 8 hours.
  • Trek through the Langtang Valley, also known as the ‘valley of glaciers’.
  • Climb Tserko Ri for its stunning scenic views.
  • Be amazed by the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains such as Langtang Ri, Langtang Himal, Langsisa and Ganjala Peak.
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhist culture and life first hand.
  • Walkthrough spectacular rhododendron forests.
  • Collect blessings at old Buddhist shrines such as Langtang Gompa and Kanjanjin Gompa.
  • Stay in interesting teahouses along the route.
  • One of the lesser-known treks in Nepal.
Langtang Trek at Glance
Durations days8 days
Max. elevation4800 m / 15655 ft
(Kyanjing Ri)
Trek Start/FinishSyabrubesi/Syabrubesi
DifficultyModerate
AccommodationTeahouse

Langtang trek map

langtang trek map
click on the image for the map

Although the Langtang Valley can be reached by a day’s drive from the Kathmandu Valley, this area is still unknown to the majority of trekkers.

While many people recognise the names Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, few recognise the name Langtang Valley Trek.

Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas this valley trek is relatively short but one that runs through rhododendron and bamboo forests, alongside thundering waterfalls and stunning snow-capped mountains.

The trail takes you to an altitude of 4,000 meters, and if you want to go higher, you’d not want to miss to see the sunrise from the Tserko Ri at 5,000m.

This diverse trek introduces you to the Buddhist culture of the Tamangs and the Sherpas, and the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko upholds this tradition. The spectacular views on this trek include Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Langtang Ri (6,370m) and Langtang Lirung (7,245m).

The trek passes through Langtang National Park- a pristine countryside with majestic flora and fauna, yak pastures and local cheese factories! Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda, are native to this region.

Langtang Village was utterly destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake. The resilient locals have, however, been busy rebuilding and some teahouses and lodges have been rebuilt and are open. The best way for people to help is to continue to visit this area.

For those who want to trek this off-beat track and see something completely different from many of the more touristy areas in the country, this is a perfect trek.

Similarly, for those who are discovering Nepal for the first time, this is the perfect introduction.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

monkey temple in kathmandu

Our representative will meet you on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. He will escort you to your hotel in the centre of the city, in the vibrant and colourful area known as Thamel.

With its restaurants, bars, shops with unique Nepali handcrafted items and trekking gear this is an interesting place to spend the afternoon. There will be the opportunity to meet your guide today and ask any questions you still may have about your trip to Langtang Valley.

Meals not included

Overnight in Maya Boutique Hotel / Bodhi Boutique Hotel or similar standard

Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Heavy Truck in the Highway struggling to pass.

Maximum Altitude: 1,460m  at Syabrubesi

Driving Hours: 6-7 hours

Today we drive to Syabrubesi the starting point of your trek.  On the way, there are lovely views of the Trishuli River and its surrounding landscape as well as local villages and hills.  The drive takes approximately 6 to 7 hours after which there is time to explore the area.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included  

Overnight in Syabrubesi 

Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel

Lama hotel 2nd day of Langtang trek
Tibet Guest House at Lama Hotel.

Maximum Altitude: 2,560m at Lama Hotel

Trekking Hours: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, your trek begins with an uphill hike through a forest.  Continuing uphill there is a bit of a steep climb for an hour to reach a place interestingly called Bamboo.

At 1,850m it is a good place to stop and catch our breath and have lunch. After lunch, the trail continues upwards through the bamboo forests until we reach Lama Hotel, quite a famous name in these parts.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Overnight at Lama Hotel

Day 04: Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village

Lama-hotel-to-Langtang
On the way from Lama hotel to Mundu

Maximum Altitude: 3,430m at Langtang Village

Trekking Hours: 6-7 hours

Today the trail takes us through rhododendron and pine forests, past waterfalls and along very scenic paths.  We feel particularly close to nature today as we enter the interesting wide valley of Langtang.

This is home to much wildlife also as we are in Langtang National Park.  Will we see a red panda? But first, we stop at Ghoda Tabela for lunch before heading on to Langtang Village and up the Langtang Valley to Mundu where we stop for the night.  Langtang Village was badly damaged during the 2015 earthquake however the mainly Tamang peoples have now rebuilt and the area is open again to trekkers.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included.

Overnight at Mundu Village

Day 05: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

Sindhum to Kanjin Gompa
The view from Sindhum. It takes 2 and half hour to reach Kyanjing Gompa from Sindhum

Maximum Altitude: 3,870m at Kyangjin Gompa

Trekking Hours:  4-5hrs

Today’s trek is a little shorter but no less interesting!  After breakfast, we walk passed watermills, chortens (Buddhist shrines) and prayer wheels on the way to Kyangjin Gompa.

After lunch, we have the afternoon to explore the Gompa and surrounding areas and take in the mountain views. This also acts as an acclimatization day before climbing Tserko Ri in the morning.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Overnight at Kyangjin Gompa 

Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa

Maximum Altitude: 5,000m at Tserko Ri

Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs

After a good breakfast, we trek for approximately 5 hours to summit Tserko Ri.  But the views make it worthwhile! Here we can see Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m) and Naya Khang (5,844m).  We can enjoy our packed lunch while taking in the majestic mountains before the shorter descent back to Kyanjin Gompa where we will again spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Overnight at Kyangjin Gompa

Day 07: Tserko Ri/ Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

Sindhum to Kanjin Gompa
The view from Sindhum. It takes 2 and half hour to reach Kyanjing Gompa from Sindhum

Maximum Altitude: 3,870m at Kyanjin Gompa

Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Today the trek is long but relatively straight forward, as we gradually descend to Lama Hotel.  Passing through forests and interesting villages, the mountains continue to dominate the sky.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Lama Hotel

Day 08: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

View of Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Mount Ganchempo (6,387m)

Maximum Altitude: 1,460m at Syabrubesi

Trekking Hours: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, there is plenty of time to reach Syabrubesi so walk at your own pace and take the opportunity to take the final photographs from the Langtang Region.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Overnight at Syabrubesi

Day 09: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 1,460m at Syabrubesi

Driving Hours: 8-9 hrs

Today we bid farewell to the Langtang mountains and drive back to Kathmandu bringing wonderful memories and photographs with us.

Difficulty Level

Simply put, the Langtang Valley Trek is rated as a ‘moderate trek’. This means that no previous trekking experiences are required and it is a relatively short trek – 6 days of hiking and 2 days of driving – for Nepal.

However, like all treks in the Himalayas, there are ups and downs! The actual difficulty level will depend on which route you take and which season you trek in. If you wish to climb Tserko Ri for example, the day will be a long uphill with a slightly shorter downhill trek.

As far as the weather is concerned, the lower parts of this trek can be quite warm in spring and autumn but overall the weather at those times is perfect and the trails dry. Winter and monsoon obviously make the trails wet and brings the temperature down while putting the difficulty level up!

We do recommend you be of good fitness to tackle any trek in Nepal, but there is plenty of time on the Langtang Valley Trek to go at your own pace.

Side Trips in the Langtang Valley Trekking Region

As well as the main Langtang Valley Trek, there are many other areas of the Langtang Region to trek and explore! Being that it is an area of rich Buddhist cultural heritage, with its Buddhist gompas and stupas, you may be interested in the Tamang Heritage Trail.

This trail takes you through the Langtang Valley with its spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, and through villages which are home to the Tamang people. Closely related to Tibetans – this area is close to the Tibet border – they follow the Buddhist way of life.

On this trek, you will visit all the main sights of the classic Langtang Valley Trek including Kyanjin Gompa, which is a monastery, and also learn about the culture, traditions and religion of the Tamang people and witness their craftsmanship and lifestyle. And of course, there are the stunning Langtang Mountains!

Others may be interested in visiting Gosainkunda Lake, which is a lake of mythological significance to Hindu peoples. It is believed that Lord Shiva formed this lake himself and the water is considered pure.

If you have the chance to visit during the full moon in August you will witness thousands of pilgrims gathering here. On the more scientific side, Gosainkunda is a Ramsar Site, which means it is a wetland of international importance. Naturally, mountains are involved!

The Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung is on a spectacular show! Oh, and there are actually three lakes – Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda.

If you are interested in adding Gosaikunda Lake or the Tamang heritage Trail to your Langtang Valley Trek, or in doing these as independent treks, please ask us using the form below

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)1550 m7 - 8 hr
Day 2Trek to Lama Hotel2380 m6 hr
Day 3Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang village3430 m6 - 7 hr
Day 4Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa3870 m3 hr
Day 5Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri5000 m7 - 8 hr
Day 6Tserko Ri to Lama Hotel2380 m6 - 7 hr
Day 7Lama Hotel to Syafru Beshi1550 m6 - 7 hr
Day 8Syafru Beshi to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m8 - 9 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Langtang national park entry permit
  • Kathmandu to Syafrubesi by local bus (upgrade to private Jeep - $160 total)
  • Syafrubesi to Kathmandu by local bus (upgrade to private Jeep - $160 total)
  • Guide for 8 days
  • Porter for 8 days ($162 USD in total) - Add-on
  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 8 x breakfast, 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)

FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Langtang Valley Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Langtang Valley Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are tea houses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Langtang Valley Trek

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Trip Facts

  • 5000 m
  • Syafrubesi/Syafrubesi
  • Moderate