Langtang Valley Trek

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Starts at: Syabrubesi Ends at: Syabrubesi
Trek Region: Langtang Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 8 days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 4800 m / 15655 ft (Kyanjing Ri) Accomodation: Teahouse

Langtang Valley Trek highlights

  • No need to book a plane! You can drive to this trek within 7 to 8 hours
  • Trek through the Langtang Valley, also known as the ‘valley of glaciers’
  • Climb Tserko Ri for its stunning scenic views
  • View of snow-capped mountains such as Langtang Ri, Langtang, Langsisa and Ganjala Peak
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhist culture and life firsthand
  • Walkthrough spectacular rhododendron forests
  • Collect blessings at old Buddhist shrines such as Langtang Gompa and Kyanjing Gompa
  • Stay in interesting teahouses along the route
  • One of the lesser-known treks in Nepal

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

While many people recognise the names Everest Base Camp TrekAnnapurna 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 seeing the sunrise from the Tserko Ri at 5,000m.

This diverse trek introduces you to the Tamangs and the Sherpas Buddhist culture, and the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko, upholds this tradition. The spectacular views on this trek include Dorje Lakpa (6,990m / 22,933 ft), Langtang Ri (6,370m / 20,898 ft) and Langtang Lirung (7,245m / 23,769 ft).

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 been busy rebuilding; Teahouses and lodges have been rebuilt and open. The best way for people to help us continue visiting this area.

This is a perfect trek 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.

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

Langtang Valley Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Syabrubesi – 1550 m / 5085 ft 7-8 hrs

Day 2: Trek to Lama Hotel

Lama Hotel – 2380 m / 7808 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village

Mundu – 3430 m / 11253 ft 6 – 7 hrs

Day 4: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

Kyanjin Gompa – 3870 m / 12696 ft – 3 hrs

Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri to Kyanjin Gompa

Tserko Ri – 5000 m / 16404 ft 8-9 hrs

Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

Lama Hotel – 2380 m / 7808 ft 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

Syabrubesi – 1550 m / 5085 ft 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu ( Drive )

Kathmandu – 1380 m / 4572 ft 8 – 9 hrs

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

  • Travel time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Getting to the Langtang Valley Trek starting point is straightforward: a 7 or 8-hour bus journey from Kathmandu. 

That’s not to say it’s dull.  Far from it! Driving along the Trisuli River, you may be fortunate and see white water rafters taking on the mighty rapids. But look up – already the mountains are welcoming you. On reaching Trisuli Bazaar, the Manaslu Massif, Ganesh, Jungal Himal, and Langtang stand tall overhead. 

The road is a bit bumpy from this point, so be prepared.  It’s around 50 km / 31 miles to Dhunche, then another 15 km / 9 miles to Syabrubesi, where we stop for the night before beginning the trek proper the following day.

Day 3: Trek to Lama Hotel

  • Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Another walk through a beautiful forest with Langtang Lirung as the backdrop.  When we reach Ghora Tabela, the trail enters green meadows, and we can see the Langtang Range stretching on both sides of the valley. Walking on, the valley widens, and we can see herders graze their livestock on the high summer pastures. 

Today there are only temporary settlements and an army post situated there.  This was once the teaming village of Langtang, with its many trekkers’ tea houses. Today the area is full of boulders, deprived of life after the 2015 earthquake.

Walking on a further half an hour or so, we reach the village of Mundu. Our overnight stop at Mundu is very comfortable with its more modern buildings and facilities.

Day 4: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

  • Trek time: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

The route is shorter today with a host of Buddhist artifacts such as chortens, prayer flags, and rocks with Buddhist inscriptions carved into them. 

Watermills and yak pastures are also of interest, and of course, the mountain views are wonderful. Reaching Kyanjin Gompa by lunchtime, there is the option of relaxing or exploring the area. 

Why not hike towards Langshisha Kharka, with its wonderful views? We overnight in the gompa itself and enjoy the area’s spirituality and mountains. 

Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri to Kyanjin Gompa

  • Trek time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This is an exciting but challenging day to hike up Tsergo Ri (5,000m /16404 ft), from where we can see over 20 peaks, the Langtang Valley, and frozen lakes. 

The views and exhilarating experience make this hard upwards hike well worthwhile!  After taking in the breathtaking views, return to Kyanjin Gompa for a second night and a well-deserved dinner.

Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

  • Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today we retrace our steps to Lama Hotel by crossing streams and hiking through forests.  After the extra effort of the previous day’s challenging trek.  Overnight at Lama Hotel.

Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

  • Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This is the final day of the trek, and there are options!  There are two routes that take us back to Syabrubesi.  We can either retrace our outbound route through the forest and the villages of Bamboo and Rimche, reaching Syabrubesi in about 6 hours, or take a shorter but steeper route with stunning views of the Langtang Valley. 

The second route goes via Rimche and Sherpa Gaun. You can decide on the day which route to take depending on the weather and stamina level. We overnighted in Syabrubesi.

The second route goes via Rimche and Sherpa Gaun. You can decide on the day which route to take depending on the weather and stamina level. We overnighted in Syabrubesi.

Day 8: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (Drive)

  • Travel time: 6 to 7 hours

Today we retrace our journey along the highway back to Kathmandu.

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Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Guide for 8 days
  • Kathmandu Syafru Beshi Kathmandu local bus
  • Langtang national park permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 8 x breakfast, 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner while on trek
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  • One porter for 8 days USD 142 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD 260 (Optional)

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