Trekking around Langtang Valley takes you so close to the Himalayas in comparatively less effort that it seems you are in a dreamland. Langtang valley trek is one of its kind of adventure nearby Kathmandu valley comprising an excellent blend of nature, culture, and Himalayas. What else do you wish for? It’s like a lottery for those who want to see more in fewer days, less money, and fewer challenges. Bingo! You hit it right!
A similar thing about Langtang and Kathmandu is that both are valleys, but the difference is Kathmandu is a capital city where you will arrive first. Langtang is on the northern side, quite near snow-capped Himalayan peaks. This trekking site is one of the popular ones in Nepal, so trekking routes are well developed. The 2015 earthquake spooked it, but now it has been restored because of the willpower of local inhabitants and assistance from the Nepal government. Langtang now has plenty of local teahouses and services targeted at trekking tourists. Recently Langtang Marathon event was also conducted, which will now be organized annually to promote local tourism. The major highlight of this trip is the final destination, the Kyangjin Ri (4350m), or if you think you are tough, then hike further up to Cherko Ri (5000+m) for excellent Himalayan views of Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Langtang 2 and other surrounding peaks along with tumbling glaciers. Now that’s somewhere that you want to go, right?
So, how to get there? There is no domestic flight to get here. It is about a 6 to 7 hours bus/jeep drive from Kathmandu; you can reach the starting point of this trek at Syabrubesi. Then you hike for 5 to 6 days in the Langtang region and zoom back to Kathmandu on the vehicle. Local Tamang and Sherpa communities will welcome you with their heart, and I am damn sure you will start missing the place as soon as you complete this exciting Langtang valley trekking adventure. If you have a few more days, there are plenty of options to make it more interesting by taking another route on the trek back instead of trekking back the same way.
Hello yes! It is for you—this 11-day trek is suitable for anyone seeking short trekking because of their busy schedule. Any human with two legs and normal health who can walk 5-6 hours daily can complete this trekking. You don’t even need gravity to fall in love with the fantastic Langtang valley. To know further about this trekking, you can check the Langtang valley trek itinerary below.
All planning and preparations are finally going to happen, and you must be excited to join our Langtang Valley Trekking adventure as you approach Tribhuwan International airport today. After you arrive at the airport, complete your visa and customs formalities. You will be met by one of the official representatives at the arrival terminals outside the airport, holding a display card with your name printed on it. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to your respective hotel, and you will be assisted in checking in too by our staff. Later enjoy free time until the end of the day.
After breakfast, we will be met by our tour guide, and he shall take you around major UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu valley. These sites are Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. After completing the sightseeing program, we have a brief pre-trip meeting at our hotel. We will be introduced to our trekking guide and other trekking companions. Later after the meeting, if needed, you might stroll around Thamel market to pick up any lacking gear. We pack and be ready for the Langtang Trekking that will start tomorrow. Included Meal: B
Trek to Langtang valley begins after we take a private jeep drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. This drive consists of many offroad segments; however, mountainous views, greenery, and frequent stops for interactions/food at local sites will help not get bored. We drive through the bank of the Trisuli river and terraced farmlands and get views of Ganesh Himal. The city gradually changes into villages and remote areas as we cross Dhunche. Upon reaching Syabrubesi, we check in to our guesthouse and can stroll around Syabrubensi town. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Syabrubesi. Included Meal: B, L, D
The trek begins today after breakfast. We walk crossing Bhote Koshi river and Langtang Khola. We have gradually ascend to a place known as Bamboo. We walk carefully while we walk across the landslide-prone area. Most lunch sites are next to the riverside; here, we shall have our lunch at Ramche and further push ourselves to Lama Hotel. This Langtang valley trek gives us a wonderful opportunity to spot rare flora and fauna, and most probably, we could see red pandas and langur monkeys. Overnight in a teahouse.Included Meal: B, L, D
The route then follows the most affected site by the 2015 earthquake. The disaster destroyed the whole Langtang village. However, Langtang Village is now reconstructed, and we can see tea houses in operation. We shall stay at Langtang village to take an extra step to walk further towards Mundu village and stop there today. From mani stone walls to excellent views of Langtang Lirung, Changbu, and Kinshung peak is visible. Therefore because of the more spectacular views from Langtang village, we prefer to stay here tonight at the teahouse. Included Meal: B, L, D
Leaving behind Mundu, we push ourselves towards Kyangjin Gompa. Walk from Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa is just 2 hours of gradual ascend via beautiful grazing lands, crossing small river streams over a wooden bridge. There used to be a cheese factory here which is now not in operation, and a famous monastery over here is also under reconstruction. Upon reaching Kyangjin Gompa, you might go further to Kyanjin Ri hike today. It depends upon your interest and stamina. I.e., you can do Mundu to Kyangjin Ri (4300m/14107ft) and return to Kyangjin gompa today. Or else arrive at Kyangjin Gompa today and plan for Kyangjin Ri or Cherko Ri hike for the next day. We stayed at a guesthouse in Kyangin Gompa today. Included Meal: B, L, D
Kyangjin Gompa can be compared to Gorakshep during the Everest base camp trek as we extend to either Kalapatthar or EBC and return to Gorakshep for a night halt. We hike up to Kyangin ri or Cherku ri and return to Kyangin gompa for overnight stay during Langtang valley trek. Gorakshep is more remote and at a higher altitude, however.
Among a couple of side trip options, we have the Cherko Ri hike, Kyangjin Ri Hike, or Langtang Glacier hike. Most people prefer to hike to Kyangjin Ri. Some people do both Kyangjin Ri and Cherko Ri. Both from the top offers fantastic Himalayan sceneries. Cherko Ri hike takes a longer time (6-7 hours). Hence we will carry packed lunch. We enjoy spectacular views of the Langtang Himalayan range (Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Langtang II), snowy surroundings with tumbling glaciers, and return to Kyangin Gompa for an overnight stay. Included Meal: B, L, D
We soak in the beauty of Himalayas and prepare to trek back. Trekking back is via the same route. Regardless of being the same trail, changing direction gives us a different perspective on landscape views, cultural settings, and more. Crossing the Ghodatablea, and walking through the riverside of Langtang Khola, we finally arrive at tea house in Lama hotel for an overnight stay. Included Meal: B, L, D
From Lama Hotel we pass through the culturally rich Sherpa village of Sherpagaun; views become greener on the side with wide valleys, more local settlements, and more options to explore an ethnic group of Tamang people too. Across our Langtang trekking trail, on the western side, we have a route that takes us to the Tamang heritage trail to Gatlang, while on the eastern side crossing the Laurebina pass takes us to the pilgrimage site of Gosaikunda.
Today we simply drive from Syabrubensi to Kathmandu concluding our Langtang trekking adventure. As we arrive in Kathmandu after 6-7 hours drive, we deserve a good rest. We enjoy free time until end of the day. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Included Meal: B, L, D
You shall be ready with all your packing done for international departure. We will surely assist you in transferring from your hotel to Tribhuwan International Airport approximately 3 hours prior scheduled international flight. And finally, we hope that we have been successful in organizing a wonderful Langtang valley trek for you. See you again in near future. Farewell, friend.
Langtang was one of the most unfortunate sites triggered by devastating earthquake last year on April 28, 2015. Many lives were lost; landslides and tremors just worsened the case. Trekking was the only source of their income that was greatly affected since natural disaster took place. It was most popular destination after Everest and Annapurna.
Many reputed media highlighted only the negative part of the story only, the devastation caused. But there is the positive side of the story too, with local efforts, the trekking route is now open and Langtang valley trek is 100% open for business. Local people are literally begging and looking forward to welcome the tourist from all over the world. They anticipate that good days will come after tourist starts to arrive. So, if you wish to support local communities, please take a note that Langtang is absolutely SAFE after earthquake then now is the best time for Langtang Valley Trek.
You can make an positive impact on poor local inhabitants by volunteering in local projects ( let us know of you are interested, we can arrange), you can also buy local products, items as souvenir, avoid buying products built from wildlife parts, and by recommending your friends that Langtang is open for business. By choosing Icicles as you trekking partner, you will be creating local jobs for porters. In this way there are many ways you can help and support, the main thing is are you willing to?
Basically there are two season spring and autumn as the best season for trekking in Nepal. During the spring season in the months of March, April and May days start to become warmer with blossoming rhododendron and other trees while during the autumn months of September, October and November enjoy crystal clear views of Langtang range that will strike in your memories forever. But remember that it is always best time to plan and book Langtang Valley Hike.
Langtang Valley is different in many terms compared to Everest and Annapurna treks. The major difference is, it is less crowded that other popular ones but still blessed with extremely beautiful Himalayan views like from no other. Culturally rich places, with more of flora and fauna, where we can see blooming rhododendron flowers during spring. Langtang is also nearby Kathmandu making the trekking days shorter and is at less altitude at 4350m at Kyangin ri. If you have been to Everest and/or Annapurna, then Langtang is must for you.
You will be traveling through wilderness, rough terrains trekking across the valleys. Trekking with guide will not only make you feel safe, but it will also make your trip more enjoyable. Our guides are expert, and have good knowledge about local flora fauna, cultures and traditions. Also only few local people speak English. No matter how much you feel confident on traveling solo; our guides can only enhance your experience.
Of course you can. Langtang trek is also highly recommended trip for first timer trekkers as the maximum height attained during the trek is 4350m at Kyangin ri which is not considered as high altitude trek like Everest base camp and Annapurna circuit. Therefore, the chances of AMS is also very less with less average day walking activity. Therefore, if you have no prior trekking experience, Langtang valley trek would be the perfect way to turn on your adventure button.
Everyone have their own traveling style and we respect that thing. If you prefer group travel with other like minded members, then contact us send an enquiry, if there are other similar people looking forward to embark in for group travel, then we will definitely inform you. Also you can book via our fixed departure dates, when the same date is suitable for two or more people; your Langtang valley group trek is 100% on.
In the similar way, we do run private group departures, where you will be joining with your own group members only, no strangers. So, kindly send us a quick enquiry, let’s see how we can assist.
We say YES to travel solo also. Traveling solo with our guide is an excellent way to explore the site that gives full control on your hands. You have the authority. Authority means, you can choose your own transportation style (private jeep or local bus), stop at the beautiful site you just see, take a perfect picture, stroll around for a while, you don’t have to follow other members, you will be walking at your own pace enjoying the natural and cultural highlights, you choose the menu and above all, you will be more than friend, i.e. best friend with our guide. He will also take special care of you and provide exclusive attention and guide you through Langtang valley.
Preparations are vital for Langtang Valley Trek too. Even though you won’t encounter alluring altitudes, you need to be physically and mentally fit. For preparations, do you workout on gym? If yes, then you must be familiar with cardio exercises, take or sweat out on inclined treadmills , step staircases, keep your speed above 30 kmph in cycling and do make a specific exercise routine that you follow daily. Also, during the weekends, go for a day hike to nearby hill with backpack and your trekking boots on. It will give you an idea about your stamina, how much you can walk and what it would be during the trekking days.
We have prepared a standard 11-day itinerary of trekking Langtang Valley suitable for most travelers. However, there is also an option to go eastwards towards Gosaikunda Lake, a famous religious site with multiple high-altitude lakes and many cultural exploring opportunities. So if you wish to opt-in for Gosaikunda, Helambu regions, you are requested to allocate an extra 4 to 5 days more.
You must have known that getting insurance policy from your home country is mandatory before joining any of our Nepal trips. For Langtang valley trek, your insurance policy needs to cover the helicopter rescue operation from Langtang region to Kathmandu. In case of medical emergencies, our professional guide will call helicopter that will airlift you rescue to hospital in Kathmandu.
If you have your own sleeping bag, sleeping mat, air bag, down jackets and trekking boots, we recommend packing and using your own items during the trek. However, we provide full gears and equipments required for Langtang valley trek. We will hire at store in Thamel, Kathmandu. For extensive trekking in Nepal packing list, we have made a separate packing list page with detail information included.
Every trekkers need to acquire TIMS card and Langtang National Park permits from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. You need to bring couple of pp size photographs for those. All of these permits and documents will be arranged by our company. You just need to focus on enjoying the trip while we focus on making it worthwhile experience.
For Langtang valley trek, you need to be able to walk average 5 to 6 hours a day with light backpack that contains few cash, dried fruits like cashew nuts, raisins, chocolate energy bars, water bladder and few layers of clothing. There are very less or negligible chances of high altitude sickness. Still you need to be fit and have that passion towards completing the trip successfully. If you have any illness regarding respiratory, cardiac or other let us know beforehand.
There are two options available while taking a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Either you take a local bus or we arrange the private jeep. We recommend private jeep as it will be quite an off road journey and it will be more comfortable in jeep than in private bus. However the choice is yours; let us know what you prefer. It will be approximately 7 hours road trip from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. You will return the same way unless you take excursion to Gosaikunda and Shivapuri National Park that takes you to Sundarijal from where it’s only an hour drive to Thamel, Kathmandu.
We use our temporary porter staff from local community that creates local job opportunities which is one of our company’s responsible tourism policies. And of course while driving; your vehicle carries the load.
Langtang valley trek is a full tea house trekking where you will be staying at different tea houses (locally owned lodges) at end of the every trekking day. You see earthquake impact turning the houses into rubble. But there are still quite a number of tea houses that can accommodate you. Tea houses are rather basic compared to Everest and Annapurna regions. If you are on for an adventure, support local community and enjoy the best of nature and culture rather than luxury, then Langtang is definitely for you.
Langtang region is close to Nepal- Tibet border. So, local culture including food and meals and Tibetan influenced. Usually you will see Tibetan menu with giant momo, syabale, yak cheese, butter milk, soup, noodles, Dal Bhat Tarkari (rice, lentil & veggies) along with tea and other local drinks. Cheese is the specialty over there.
Kyangin RI at 4350 meters above the sea level is the highest point of Langtang valley trek. Or if you put an extra day effort then you can go high up to Cherkuri above 5000m. Both of these viewpoints offer excellent views of Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Langtang II and other neighboring snow capped Himalayas.
There are negligible chances of injury and AMS during Langtang Valley Trek. However during the contingency situations and medical emergencies, you will be airlifted by rescue helicopter to Kathmandu. Our professional experienced and trained trekking guides take the best decision for you and ensure you are safe during entire period of Langtang trek.
Yes this trek can be tailor made as per your need and requirement. Kathmandu sightseeing, Kathmandu hotel, transportation and other factors determine the cost which can be customized to meet your budget and style.
Big thanks to icicles adventure treks for your kind help. We (me and my friend) did langtang trek last week. Our guide lok and porter tek both of them did an excellent job. The views of langtang ranges were magnificent. We saw many animals, birds and other wildlife of national park.
At the end of the trip, there was a city tour. Our tour guide, Krishna gave a lot of information about nepalese culture and lifestyles. Visiting durbar square, hindu and buddhist temples made our day.
I did the Langtang trek las November. Everything was superb: organization and supervision by Icicles managers Hari and Indira which took care of every detail regarding the preparation. The guide-porter Bisal was also efficient and very kind during the whole trek. And, what can I say about Langtang? If you love hikking but not in massive routes, if you like to feel in the midst of the Nepali-Tibetan, culture see how the real life in the in a Himalayan valley is, just go to Langtang. The route is beautiful al the time and you won’ t find thousands of people in your way. It’s magic, it’s silent, it’s peaceful, it’s sort of mystic it’s charming. It’s Langtang.
We completed this trek in February 2017 and it was our best experience in Nepal. We were provided an English speaking guide and porter and although many people do this trek alone for us as part of a larger trip this was just not feasible due to equipment needed (all provided by icicles) and time required.
Our itinerary was tailer made to suit our requirements and abilities and we ended up scaling two peaks instead of the advertised one which was excellent.
We would not hesitate to book again and hopefully we will be back to do Everest base camp in a few years.
We (me and my friend) just returned from unforgettable Langtang valley trek organized by my friend Hari from Icicles Adventure Treks.
Actually this was our second time with Icicles as we were very much impressed with their efforts during our last year’s Everest base camp trek. So, we chose same company with same trekking guide Shiva with porter Prakash and Rishi.
We came to know many negative things about Langtang trek after earthquake. But we found that currently in 2017, there were plenty of tea house offering its services and trekking trail was completely passable. So, as the village is reconstructing and trying to be better than before, I guess this is the best time to visit Langtang region.
Thanks to Hari, who setup our Jeep to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu and we are thankful to that driver too who drove safely through narrow roads. And quick stops between the roads with local lunch were great too.
Langtang National Park was very insightful as it showed us plenty of occasion where we spotted Langur monkeys, different varieties of rhododendron trees and other faunas like horses, mules and few Yaks.
We were there during spring season in late April and the weather was perfectly fine without any rain disturbing our plan. Also we would like to thank Indira for providing us updated information on daily itineraries and other stuffs. Even at high season in Nepal, there were no hassle in teahouses. We guessed Langtang needs even more travelers than before and is able to surpass expectations of trekkers.
Finally, we would like to recommend Icicles Adventure for all who are planning for treks in Nepal. They are very much friendly and professional team. Soon, we are planning for our next year trip with them.
These are standard group departures for Langtang Valley Trek trip. We understand these departures may not suit your schedules, if so, please feel free to ask a customized departure date that suits you. Also, if you are looking for a different customized itinerary, please ask our local travel specialist for a new personalized, customized program as per your interests and requirements. Help Me Create My Dream Trip
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