Langtang valley trek is the perfect option if you are looking for a short trek. Langtang valley is located in the northern part of the Kathmandu valley. It is the best Himalayan trekking and a breathtaking mountain view from day one and if you are an experienced mountaineer you can attempt Yala Peak (5500 meters) that can be climbed in 2 days by camping one night. It covers 1710 sq. km Langtang National Park, peaceful Tamang villages, and holy Gosaikunda Lake. About one-quarter of the park is covered with forests of oak, rhododendron, maple and it is a home of a variety of animals and birds. Mammals to be found in the Langtang National Park are Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and Himalayan Tahr.
Top 5 things that trekkers can except while doing Langtang valley trek are:
During the trek, you will pass through many local villages and gets a chance to experience the lifestyle of rural people. Many people lost their lives in April 2015 earthquake and since then the tourism has dropped in this region. People are welcoming you step towards their guest house
The holy lakes at Gosaikunda and forest hill are the most attracted part of Langtang National Park. It is home to different vertebrates such as Red Panda, Musk deers, Jackals, and thick timberland of rhododendron.
The Mountain views
When you reach Kyanjin Ri you will see the spectacular view of Langtang Valley. You can see Langtang Lirung (7227m) to the right and the Langtang Lirung glacier beneath the peak from Kyanjin Gompa.
During the Langtang valley trekking, you will see many Buddhist monasteries, chhotrens, Mani walls, prayers flagsand Tibetan homes including Kyanjin Gompa monastery. The Langtang valley route uses to be a major trade route to Tibet, a long time ago.
Langtang valley trekking is culturally rich and traditionally fascinating close to the Tibetan border. Heading towards the north we can see the heritage, monastery and beautiful local architecture of Tamang homes. They are the most welcoming people in Nepal
Risk involved during trek
One of the major issues that people worry about when they trek higher altitude is altitude sickness. Here is the symptom of high altitude they are shortness in breading, headache, dizziness and increase in heart rate and it means that you having difficulty situation and your group and guide must know about your symptoms.
How many days must one set aside?
Langtang valley trek lies just about 19 miles from Kathmandu Valley, any kind of travellers- groups, couple, family or solo travellers can trek to Langtang Valley. Langtang Valley Trek is a short and easy trek and it takes 8 days to complete.
The starting point of Langtang trek
The starting point for Langtang Valley Trek is Syafrubesi. It takes 7 to 8 hours of drive from Kathmandu to Syafrubesi. We drive through the Trisuli river before reaching Dhunche and Langtang National Park.
The ending point of Langtang trek
The ending point for Langtang Valley is Syafrubesi. It takes 3 days reached Syafrubensi from Kyajin Ri. Many people returned to Thulo Syafru and trek Gosaikunda, and return through Sundarijal. It takes 6 days to return Sundarijal from Thulo Syafru.
Best time to trek
Langtang Valley trek in March to May
In Nepal spring falls in mid-March to May. In spring season the forest also starts getting greenery and one of the second-best seasons in Nepal. You will get colourful experience in spring season where you find rhododendron and other flowers. You can get the best view of a snow-capped mountain in this season.
Langtang valley trek in September to November.
In these seasons you will get a spectacular view of the mountains and sky. October is the month where Nepal receives high numbers of tourist. In the season of September, you will get an opportunity to see a festival like Dashain and Tihar. It is one the biggest festival of Nepalese people.
The cost of a local bus from Kathmandu to Syfrubesi bus service varies from 600-800 rupees depending on transportation companies. It may cost 1000 rupees if you decided to reach there through local jeep and around 15000 rupees through private jeep if you are group of 7-8 people.
Accommodation at Langtang Valley.
Langtang valley trek in Nepal is tea house trek where you will spend about a week in a tea house along the trekking route. On your trek to Langtang region, the tea house provides food, accommodation and other facilities like a hot shower, charging facilities, wifi. Most of the tea house trail is well-managed. Some of the tea houses provide facilities such as hot showers and modern toilets. With the change in place, the services you get is different. As you ascend higher such as Lama Hotel. Kyanjin Gompa the accommodation is basic. Depending on the altitude the services also limit because of remote places and unavailability of transportation.
The average daily cost for accommodation and meal.
The accommodation cost NPR 300-500 (3-5 USD) per night. It may cost more if you have a meal in the same tea house. Most of the tea house on the trail usually serves healthy, whole meals, snacks and drinks.
The morning meal of breakfast will cost you 5-6 USD in the higher region and cost 2-3 USD in the lower region. Dal, Bhat and Tarkari (a meal of steamed rice, lentils and fried seasonal vegetables) is a staple choice in most of the tea houses. There is other variation food available like noodles, mo:mo and fried rice etc. In the lower region, a healthy hot meal will cost around NPR 200-300 (2-3 USD) per plate. In the higher region, the same meal will cost NPR 400-600 (4-6 USD) per plate. There is other variation food available like noodles, mo:mo and fried rice etc.
We recommend you to bring light snacks like granola bars, a chocolate bar for the trek. Most of the chocolate bars and snacks are easily available in Kathmandu. You will get them on the trail but at a higher cost.
Permit required for this trek and cost of the permits
Langtang Valley trek required two different types of permits. There are TIMS card and Langtang National Park permit.
There are three types of TIMS card. They are green, blue and pink. Individual, you will get the green card it cost $20, if you are a group of trekkers you will get the blue card which cost $10 and if you are SAARC national your pink TIMS card will cost only $6. You can get your TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara or from Tekkers’ Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat. TIMS is available by filling out the form. Take copies of your passport and two passports sized photo you get your TIMS card.
Langtang National Park Entry Permit.
You need a special permit to trek in this region- the Lantang National Park Permit. It cost $30 excluding 13% VAT. For the citizen of SAARC countries, you can get a permit for $15 excluding VAT. If the children under the age of 10, trekking in this region, do not need to pay charges for a permit. You can get Langtang valley permit from Tourism Board, Kathmandu or You can also get at the entry point Langtang Valley, Dunche.
View of Langtang Lirung
Langtang valley trek itinerary
8 days Itinerary
- 1: Kathmandu to Syafrubesi
Syafrubesi is the initial point for trekking Langtang Valley. It takes around 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Syafrubesi to cover 117km. There are many hotels and lodges in Syafrubesi.
- 2: Syafrubesi to Lama Hotel, 2480m
A short ascend of 6 hours will take you to Lama Hotel. We will follow the trail through suspension bridge through Thulo Syfaru. It lead us to Lama Hotel
- 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley, 3420m
A short ascend uphill of 6 hours walk will lead us to Langtang Valley. The valley offers a breathtaking view of Langtang Lirung. The trail will lead through the forest where yak and wild goat can be seen gazing.
- 4: Langtang Valley to Kyanjin Gompa, 3880m
Leaving Langtang Valley, we will climb uphill to Sindum and Yamphu. The routes take you through Laja Khola to arrive at the viewpoint which provides the breathtaking paranomic view of Kyanjin Gompa and the icefall of Lirung and Kinshung.
- 5: Kyanjin Gompa to Kyanjin Ri, 4997m
Early morning around 6 am we will ascend to Kyanjin Ri, it takes around 3-4 hours to walk it will take to get to the summit to see the fantastic views of the upper Langtang Valley with a 360-degree view We will descend from Kyajin Ri to Kyajin Gompa and stay overnight at Kyajin Gompa.
- 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
After having your breakfast you start to get down, this is a day back to Lama Hotel with the view of the different escape of mountain and Langtang Valley.
- 7: Lama Hotel to Syafrubesi
This is your day to end your walking in Himalaya wilderness after arrived in Syafrubesi of 5 hours walk.
- 8: Syafrubesi to Kathmandu
This is a day we return to Kathmandu of 7 hours of driving enjoying the pleasant view of Majestic Mountain, waterfalls, and paddy fields that will take us to Kathmandu.