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Langtang Valley Trek - 8 Days

Langtang Valley Trek

Although Langtang Valley can be reached by a day’s drive from Kathmandu, this area is still unknown to the majority of trekkers. Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas this valley trek is relatively short but one which the trail, at altitudes of under 4,000m, except for a sunrise climb up Tserko Ri at 5,000m, runs through rhododendron, and bamboo forests, along thundering waterfalls, and under stunning snow-capped mountains. This diverse trek also introduces the Buddhist culture of Tamang and Sherpa peoples. 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, ensuring pristine countryside and flora and fauna, as well as yak pastures and even home based cheese factories! Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda, are native to this region. Langtang Village was completely 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 visit this area.

For those who want to trek off the beaten track and see something completely different to 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.

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 and TIMS card
  • Kathmandu to Syafrubesi by private jeep
  • Syafrubesi to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 8 days
  • Porter for 8 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 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.)
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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.

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Trip Facts

  • 5000 m
  • Syafrubesi/Syafrubesi
  • Moderate

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