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Essential Guide to Langtang Trek: Comprehensive Packing List

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I: Introduction to Langtang Trek

Overview of the langtang trekking route.

From the bustling, adrenaline-infused streets of Kathmandu straight into the heart of the mighty, silent Himalayas, Langtang Trek is nothing short of a thrilling adventure. Among the less crowded routes, it offers unparalleled views of breath-taking landscapes, while simultaneously challenging both your physical endurance and mental determination.

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This exhilarating trek begins in Syabru Bensi and traverses through the beautiful Langtang Valley, leading up towards the lofty altitudes of the Kyanjin Gompa. The highest point on the trek is Tserko Ri (5,000 M). Sounds thrilling, doesn't it?

Key Highlights of the Langtang Trek

Amongst the snow-capped peaks and ice-cold winds, the Langtang Trek is a series of unforgettable moments. You'll pass lush green forests, meandering icy rivers, and quaint Himalayan villages. Not to mention the warm teahouses serving buttery yak cheese and the rare chance to spot an elusive snow leopard. If you're lucky, a night under the crystal-clear, star-studded sky can feel like a trip straight to the Milky Way!

Best Season for Embarking on the Langtang Trek

While the Langtang Valley Trek is open all year round, the ideal time to visit would be during the spring (March-May) when the rhododendrons are in full bloom adding delightful color to the trials. Autumn (September-November) is excellent for views of clear, golden-hued peaks.

II: Importance of Advised Packing for High-altitude Trekking

The crucial role of right packing for successful trekking.

Packing for a high-altitude trek is similar to meeting climbers at a base camp; everything must move harmoniously and purposefully. Missing items can lead to discomfort and even jeopardize your safety while overpacking may unnecessarily burden you. Balancing between necessity and luxury can be the winning formula here.

Evaluation of Weather and Terrain Related Challenges

While the merry rhododendrons and sunny horizons paint a beautiful picture, the weather at high altitudes is often moody and unpredictable. Meanwhile, challenging terrain of rocky paths, snowy trails, and steep slopes demand sturdy gear. Having weather-appropriate items and durable trekking gear will turn potential setbacks into minor hurdles.

Impact of Over-Packing or Under-Packing for a High-altitude Trek

Each extra pound on your back can feel like lugging around a reluctant yak. On the flip side, leaving behind vital items can be like trekking without your favourite Sherpa. A careful consideration of each item's utility can help strike an optimal balance.

III: Comprehensive Clothing Guide for the Langtang Trek

Insights into essential layers for different climatic conditions.

Layering up on a high-altitude trek is akin to preparing dumplings in a Himalayan household; each layer serving a purpose. Base layers ideally should be moisture-wicking, mid-layers insulating and the outer layer waterproof. But remember, the weather changes rapidly, so make sure your gear can adapt just as quickly.

Necessity of Specific Trekking Gear and Footwear

Venturing on rough terrains with sneakers designed for flat parks is like signing up for a comedy horror film – thrilling yet uncomfortable! Invest in good trekking boots that can survive the rocky Himalayan terrains and you’ll reduce the risk of twists, sprains or falls. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

Importance of Hats, Gloves and Other Protective Gear for the Trek

Ever tried sipping hot tea in freezing temperatures with bare hands? Guess how holding trekker's pole with icy fingers would feel. When the temperature drops, accessories like gloves, hats or beanies, and neck gaiters can make a world of difference. Protecting extremities from cold is vital, not just for comfort, but safety, too.

IV: Essential Trekking Equipments and Survival Tools

Choosing appropriate backpacks and sleeping bags for high-altitude treks.

A good backpack is like a trusty steed, bearing your load without poking or prodding you. Pick one that fits you well, has a good suspension system, and is weather-resistant. As for sleeping bags, consider a four-season sleeping bag. They hold the promise of a warm, cushioned sleep after a tiring day of trekking, even in harsh temperatures.

A List of Must-have Survival Tools for Emergency Situations

When you’re kilometres away from civilization, a Swiss knife can be more precious than a diamond, and a compass can be your guiding star. Remember to always carry essential emergency items like a whistle, torch, multi-purpose knife, compass, and a map.

Necessities for Hydration and Nourishment During the Trek

Depend on mountain streams for water? I prefer my bottled glacier fresh, without the bacteria. Pack a water bottle or hydration packs and water purification tablets or a portable filter. For nourishment, energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolate can be your go-to source for quick calories.

V: Health and Hygiene Essentials for the Trek

Importance of medication and first-aid supplies for potential high-altitude health issues.

Between dodging rocky paths and pacing your steps, health issues can unexpectedly spring up. Altitude sickness, blisters, cuts, or even indigestion can turn a joyful trek into a challenging endeavour. A basic first-aid kit and necessary medications should be at the top of your packing list. However, if you’re already taking specific medications, remember to pack those too!

Maintaining Hygiene During the Trek: The Essential Items

Keeping clean on treks can be tricky. Our good friend, wet wipes, can be a lifesaver when showers are few and far apart. Also, don’t forget toiletries like travel-sized toothpaste, soap, and a quick-drying microfiber towel.

Managing Waste Responsibly During The Trek

The pristine Langtang trail laced with rhododendrons is not a sight we want to ruin with waste. Of course, we can’t stop natural calls, but we can carry biodegradable waste bags to leave no trace - literally. As responsible trekkers, let’s ensure the generations that follow can enjoy the same beauty we do today.

VI: Miscellanea: Items Beyond the Essentials

Optional items that enhance the trekking experience.

For the bookworm, a lightweight Kindle can be a comforting companion during chilly nights. Birdwatchers can consider binoculars to spot the exotic Himalayan species. And if you're like me, who can't get enough of the landscapes, a good camera is worth the extra weight.

Technological Devices Recommended for the Trek

Unless your memory works like a 4K video, a good DSLR or GoPro can capture your trek's highlights as HD memories. A power bank can keep your devices charged, and a GPS tracker can come handy during unfamiliar terrains. Trust me, the bragging rights these pictures offer back home is worth every ounce.

Packing Tips for Bulky or Delicate Items

If your backpack looks like a high-altitude junkyard, chances are, you're doing it wrong. Roll your clothes, nestle fragile items inside your clothes, and distribute weight evenly on both sides of your pack. Oh, and always put the heavier items closer to your back - thank me later!

VII: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Packing for Langtang Trek

Misinterpretations regarding weather-appropriate clothing.

Quoting a seasoned trekker, "In the mountains, cotton is rotten." Cotton retains moisture and could leave you feeling cold, sweaty, and miserable. Choose materials like wool or synthetic blends that dry quicker and insulate better — even a Yeti would vouch for that.

Overlooking Essential Survival Tools

Neglecting survival essentials is like leaving behind your sherpa guide and wandering into wild, bear territory. Pack your survival tools with extreme care, as these items can turn a survival situation on its head and help you feel like Bear Grylls, minus the bugs diet, hopefully!

Neglecting Health and Hygiene Essentials

Remember the story of the smelly yak herder? You don't want to be him. Ignore hygiene at your own peril, because nothing dampens spirits faster than foul body odor and an uncomfortable rash.

VIII: Concluding Summary

Recap of the challenges involved in langtang trek and the importance of right packing.

Langtang Trek, with its high-altitude, varied terrain, and cool to freezing temperatures offers unique challenges. Navigating these challenges does not only involve resilience and determination but also demands a carefully curated packing list — remember, your clothing is not just about style, it’s about survival.

Summarization of the Essential Items for a Successful Trek

From clothing layers, protective gear, and specific footwear, to essential survival tools, backpacks, sleeping bags, hygiene, and health items — each item in your pack has a role. Pack wisely, respect the mountains - and who knows, you might return with tales that even the abominable snowman wouldn’t believe.

IX: Frequently Asked Questions

Questions related to the cruciality of layering.

Question: I usually feel hot while trekking. Should I still layer?

Absolutely! You can remove layers when you're warm and put them back on when it gets chilly. That's the beauty of layering, it’s like customizing your personal mini-weather system.

Queries Regarding the Type of Backpack or Trekking Gear Suitable

Question: I have this stylish tote bag I carry everywhere. Can I bring it for the trek?

No, unless your tote bag offers the support of a backpack, can protect your possessions from rain and snow, and doesn't strain your shoulders. Style is of the essence, but functionality is of high importance.

Common Questions Revolving Around Health and Hygiene During the Trek

Question: Is it really essential to maintain hygiene during the trek? It feels like so much work!

Letting go of cleanliness just because you’re en route to becoming a mountain goat, is a no-go. Not only for your own comfort but for your trekking companions too! After all, how will you make friends if you smell like a three-week-old sandwich? hygiene might seem like a hassle, but it's worth it. Believe me!

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Langtang Valley Trekking Gear List

Nepal Packing Lists , Trekking in Nepal / February 11, 2022 by fulltimeexplorer / Leave a Comment

Packing for a trek can be difficult. You want to make sure you have everything you need, but you don’t want to over pack and be stuck carrying a heavy bag for days. This Langtang Valley trekking gear list includes everything you’ll need including the basics and some emergency items.

We intended to have a porter carry our bag, but by day two we realized it wasn’t a good fit. We hired three men for our group and two of them were wonderful guys who we enjoyed walking with and getting to know. Unfortunately, the third was rude to one of the women in our group, so we sent him home. Suraj and I ended up carrying our own bag since we were the most experienced trekkers in the group. Luckily, we have our packing list down to the essentials and our bag wasn’t too heavy.

Michelle Della Giovanna stands near Kyanjin Gompa along the Langtang Valley Trekking route

Langtang Valley Trekking Backpack & Storage

Pro Tip: Take everything you want to pack out one week in advance. Lay it all out somewhere easy to see. Each day before the trek, go over what you packed and see if you really need it. If you pack at the last minute, you’ll likely add impulse items that are heavy and unnecessary.

40L Backpack

I have the 40L Alchemist Bag from Eddie Bauer. It’s water resistant, has a tough outer shell that doesn’t rip easily, and is big enough to hold everything I need for a 4-12 day trek. I don’t recommend taking a bag over 55L because typically when you have more room, you fill it up with unnecessary stuff.

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Mudder Waterproof Bags

Even though my bag is water resistant, it will get wet in a downpour, so I always have waterproof bags to store electronics and important documents like my insurance papers and wallet.

Mudder Waterproof Bags for the poon hill trek

Packing Cubes

I’m a huge fan of packing cubes and can’t live without them. When trekking, you need to unpack and pack every day in a room without a dresser or table. Therefore, having everything in neat little cubes makes it easier. You just take out the cube you need rather than unpacking every single item in your bag.

Packing Cubes for the poon hill trek

Water Bottle

Single use plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, and locals don’t have a proper way to dispose of them. They often end up being burnt in a fire or thrown someplace people can’t see. Please bring a reusable water bottle and a water purification method to help reduce waste in the mountains.

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Plastic Bag for Laundry

I bring a simple grocery store plastic bag for laundry to keep it separate from my other clothes. I only put dirty underwear in it as the larger items like pants and shirts will be worn more than once. A plastic bag adds no weight and doesn’t take up any room.

Langtang Valley Clothes & Accessories

You will need a warmer layer at night and in the mornings when you are at higher altitudes. The Langtang Valley trekking route is so famous for its winds that you’ll often see signs advertising teahouses that are tucked away and “wind free”. I can speak from experience that the wind is strong and on a cold day you’ll want a good coat. I’m obsessed with my Microtherm coat. It’s super warm, lightweight and packs down small.

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Fleece Jacket

Have a fleece jacket with you and keep it towards the top of your bag. Even in warm weather, when you trek, you get sweaty. And when you sweat, your clothes get wet which causes a chill. Have your fleece handy for tea breaks. You can also sleep in this at night if it’s cold. Plus, you can wear it around the teahouses in the evening.

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Raincoat / Poncho

Another item to have at the top of your bag is a raincoat. In the mountains, you never know when it’ll rain and when it starts, you don’t want to have to pull everything out of your bag to find it.

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Quick Dry T-Shirts (2)

Two t-shirts are important because if one gets sweaty or wet, it might not dry by the next morning. So, you can rotate wearing these.

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Quick Dry Long Sleeve Shirt

I carried one long sleeve quick dry shirt with me as well. I used this when we were at a higher altitude, including the day we hiked to Kyanjin Ri in the morning. We opted not to hike early for the sunrise, so it wasn’t too cold, but it was windy on the way back.

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Lightweight Trekking Pants (2)

I love the pants I have from Eddie Bauer because they are light and have UV protection, so you don’t get too hot wearing them. I like to have two pairs to rotate between on treks that are more than four days.

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Thermal Base Layer

It was cold at night in Langtang village and Kyanjin Gompa. Thermals were put on as soon as we arrived, and I slept in them. The winds in the valley are strong which makes it even colder. I highly recommend having thermals with you. These would also be good if you do a sunrise hike.

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Buff / Scarf

Buffs are a great alternative to scarves because they take up very little room and keep you warm. You can also use it as a mask for protection from dust. I like this one because it is thin enough to breathe through and keep you warm. I wouldn’t recommend a fleece one as they are too hard to breathe through and make you too hot.

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Short Hiking Socks (2)

Socks tend to get wet during treks. Whether it rains, you walk through a river, or you sweat a lot, my socks rarely dry in time for the next morning. So having two allows me to rotate them and keeps my feet dry.

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Long Hiking Socks

I save these to sleep in so that I don’t have to wear dirty socks to bed at night. I also used these to go up to Kyanjin Ri in the morning.

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Hiking Boots

I am obsessed with my La Sportiva boots. As someone who hikes a lot, I invested in these as they will last years. They have great ankle support and good traction. Any hiking boots you get should be treated with Nikwax once a year to ensure they are waterproofed. These shoes have already been with me on several high altitude treks and they are holding up great!

La Sportiva Hiking Boots for the poon hill trek

A summer hat is a must. I recommend something made with quick dry material as it will get sweaty. You can also find hats with UV protection which is great.

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You’ll want a warm winter hat for the higher altitudes and for the trek to Kyanji Ri. I also sleep with mine if it’s freezing at night.

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Polarized sunglasses are necessary for daily wear. Parts of this trek have no cover from trees. On a sunny day, you are completely exposed to the elements. It also snowed on Tsergo Ri when we went. Snow at altitude can be blinding because the sun is so strong, so polarized lens’ are important.

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I like a long sleeve oversized cotton shirt and a pair of leggings, but whatever you are comfortable in will work. Long sleeves and long pants are nice because it gets cold at night and the rooms in teahouses aren’t well insulated.

I hate doing laundry when I trek, so I pack a pair for each day. Doing laundry isn’t so difficult, but if they don’t dry by the time you leave in the morning, you have to hang them on the outside of your bag which isn’t ideal.

Sports Bras (2)

I have one bra to wear during the day, and one to change into once we arrive so that I’m not wearing a sweaty one as it gets cold at night.

I have a pair of very lightweight flip flops. These aren’t necessary; however they make life a lot easier. When you get to a teahouse, it feels so good to kick off your hiking boots. Also, it’s much easier to pee at night because you don’t have to lace up your boots. You can also wear them in the shower.

I like thin gloves . I have a pair of silk glove liners that I love. I find thicker gloves are less effective for me, but other people may want something a little thicker.

Langtang Valley Trekking Toiletries

Pro Tip: Think about the weight of every item when you choose it. On my first trek, I packed a full sized toothpaste, a heavy hairbrush, and so many excessive items. Find the lightest and smallest version of everything.

This route has some decent showers, but I always carry wet wipes just in case I can’t take a shower. I recommend decomposable ones to lessen your footprint.

Quick Dry Towel

A small microfiber towel is a must if you plan to shower on the way. These dry incredibly fast and pack into a small space.

Bug Repellent

I like Badger Bug Balm which is a natural bug repellent. It’s a solid stick, so it won’t spill in your bag and it works very well!

Some of this trek takes place on a path with no coverage from trees. Make sure to have an SPF 50 that is sweat resistant. The sun is stronger at altitude and can leave you with bad burns if you aren’t careful. Use sunscreen every day, even if the sun isn’t out.

Bring a small travel sized tube of toothpaste, a travel sized toothbrush and floss.

Hand Sanitizer

There isn’t always soap available by bathrooms, so be sure to have hand sanitizer.

We always carry a tiny vaseline with us. Trekking has an interesting way of chapping ones lips and nostrils. On one trek, the combination of the strong sun and freezing cold winds left my nose looking like I had a severe burn for weeks. We apply vaseline multiple times a day to avoid this.

Pack a small travel sized deodorant.

Roll of Toilet Paper

You will not be provided with toilet paper so bring your own. One roll per person is enough for this trek. You can buy toilet paper in the mountains, but it’s more expensive.

Feminine Hygiene

It’s hard to find pads in the mountain and impossible to find tampons in Nepal, so bring what you need with you.

Bring hair ties and a lightweight travel hairbrush (or comb). Don’t make the mistake of packing a heavy brush.

Shower Supplies

Bring a small travel sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. If you bring soap, make sure to have a plastic zip lock bag to store it in after using it.

Langtang Valley Medication & First Aid

Diarrhea medicine.

Traveler’s diarrhea is a major problem in Nepal. We always carry several tablets with us and even if you don’t need it, someone in your group likely will.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is great for treating food poisoning. I always bring about 10 tablets with me. Talk to a doctor before you take this as it is strong enough to cancel out some prescription medications.

Electrolytes

Dehydration is common at altitude, so be sure to have some electrolytes. I like Nuun the best because they taste good. You can buy electrolytes in Nepal, but the taste is kind of gross.

Ankle / Knee Support

I have a bad knee and ankle so I used a brace for the downhill sections. This makes my life exponentially easier and helps manage the pain.

Basic First Aid

Have an array of items including band aids, Neosporin, antibacterial creams, etc. On our last trek, Suraj slipped on a wet rock and got a big gash in his knee. Luckily, I had gauze, antibacterial powder, a large band-aid, and some medical tape to fix him up.

Water Purification Tablets

Water in Nepal is not potable. This means you cannot drink it. Plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, so I discourage you from buying them. Therefore, you need a water purification system. Water tabs take up the least amount of room and are the most affordable.

I bring a good multivitamin with me on all treks to avoid getting a cold.

Antibiotics

I always bring an antibiotic for food poisoning just in case. Talk to your doctor about when to use it.

Prescription Drugs

There are almost no pharmacies in the mountains, so be sure to have all prescription drugs with you when you head out.

Cold Medicine

The common cold can hit you anywhere. Have a few days’ worth of cold medicine with you. On every single trek I’ve been on, I’ve given at least one person cold medicine. Do not use nighttime medicine at high altitudes as they can affect your breathing which is already affected by low oxygen levels in the air.

Tylenol/Advil

I don’t use pain killers, but I always have these in case of an emergency. This is another item that I’ve given to someone else on every single trek I’ve done.

Langtang Valley Trekking Electronics

Camera & charger.

I bring a professional camera with me for work, however, it’s heavy to carry. If you aren’t into photography, I’d recommend just using your phone camera.

Phone & Charger

This probably goes without saying. You likely won’t have service, but can you really go anywhere without your phone these days?

Travel Adapter

You’ll need an adapter to charge things. This one is lightweight compared to other options.

You’ll need a local SIM card to make your phone work in Nepal. You can read my post on SIM cards to see which one you will want. SIM Cards in Nepal

Maps.me Downloaded

Maps.me is a free phone app that has all the trekking trails on it. This is great as a backup if you get lost. Make sure to download it before starting the trek as you need a good wifi signal to download the map. Most of the Langtang Valley trekking route is shown clearly on maps.me.

Headlamps are important especially at nighttime. Many of the teahouses in the area have electricity and indoor bathrooms, but electricity isn’t always guaranteed. You’ll need a headlamp to go to the bathrooms at night. If you decide to do a sunrise trek, you’ll also need one for that. And, worst case scenario, if you don’t reach the village in time, you may need to walk in the dark. Hopefully that won’t happen.

Kindle / Book

I take a Kindle Paperwhite with me on every trek. I like that it’s lightweight, holds a charge that lasts me days (if not weeks), and it has a backlit screen which is perfect for reading if there’s a power outage or poor lighting. There is a lot of downtime at the teahouses, so you’ll want some form of entertainment.

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Langtang Valley Trekking Snacks

You can buy everything you need on this route, but chocolate is sometimes expensive. I recommend bringing some with you in case you need a little sugar to get moving.

Protein Bars

There are plenty of places to stop for snacks, but for some reason, it’s impossible to find protein bars or trail mix on the way. These are great for eating at tea breaks and in between meals.

Other Items Needed for Langtang

Trekking poles.

I needed trekking poles for this route. The downhills are steep and I have a bad knee and ankle. Trekking poles help take the weight off when descending.

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Langtang Valley Trekking Map

I always keep a map of the area. It’s fun to take it out each night and go over tomorrow’s route, see the altitude gains, and plan lunch breaks. You can buy one in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Make sure to bring money in small denominations (1,000, 500, 100, and 50) to make it easier for teahouse owners. If you only carry 1,000 rupee notes, it will be difficult to get change when you pay your bill.

Entry Permit

A Langtang National Park permit is required for this trek. You can get it in Kathmandu at the Nepal Tourism Board Office.

Copy of Passport/Visa

Always have a copy of your passport and visa with you in case of an emergency.

Trekking Insurance

Have a copy of your trekking insurance with you. Consider getting travel insurance because you never know when something will go wrong. This route has no road access and rescues are done by helicopter which is very expensive.

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Are you headed out on the Langtang Valley trekking route? Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

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Langtang Valley Packing List: Essential Gear and Tips

Langtang Valley , nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, offers breathtaking vistas and an immersive trekking experience. However, this adventure requires careful packing and preparation. Here's a comprehensive packing list and some essential tips for your Langtang Valley trek:

1. Backpack:

Choose a sturdy, comfortable backpack with a capacity of around 40-50 liters. Ensure it has padded shoulder straps and a hip belt for optimal weight distribution.

2. Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking thermal tops and bottoms for temperature regulation.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece or down jackets to keep warm.
  • Outer Shell: A waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight and quick-drying pants.
  • Trekking Shirts: Long-sleeve shirts for sun protection.
  • Gloves and Mittens: Insulated gloves and a pair of warm mittens.
  • Headwear: A warm hat and a sun hat with a neck flap.
  • Socks: Moisture-wicking and warm socks with extra pairs.

3. Footwear:

  • Sturdy, waterproof trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Gaiters to prevent debris from entering your boots.
  • Comfortable camp shoes or sandals for relaxing at tea houses.
  • Sleeping Bag: A three-season sleeping bag suitable for cold nights in the mountains.
  • Trekking Poles: To reduce knee strain and improve balance.
  • Headlamp: With extra batteries for early morning starts.
  • Sunglasses: With UV protection and glacier-grade lenses.
  • Water Bottle: Insulated and wide-mouthed to prevent freezing.
  • Trekking Backpack Cover: To protect your gear from rain.
  • Duct Tape and Repair Kit: For quick trailside fixes.

5. Personal Items:

  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer.
  • First Aid Kit: Including blister treatment, pain relievers, and personal medications.
  • Passport and Permits: Keep them in a waterproof pouch.
  • Cash: Carry small denominations for tea houses and emergencies.
  • Travel Insurance: Ensure it covers trekking activities.

6. Electronics:

  • Camera: With extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Portable Charger: To recharge devices, as electricity may be limited.
  • Adapter: To charge your devices in tea houses.

7. Food and Water:

  • Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits for quick energy.
  • Water Purification: Water purification tablets or a portable filter.

8. Miscellaneous:

  • Towel: Microfiber towels are lightweight and quick-drying.
  • Trash Bags: To pack out your waste and protect the environment.
  • Guidebook and Maps: For navigation and information.
  • Trekking Permits: Ensure you have all the necessary permits.

9. Optional Items:

  • Trekking Gaiters: To keep snow and debris out of your boots.
  • Thermal Liners: For added warmth in your sleeping bag.
  • Portable Oxygen: Especially if you're prone to altitude sickness.

Remember to pack efficiently and keep your load as light as possible since you'll be carrying your backpack throughout the trek. Layer your clothing to adapt to changing temperatures and be prepared for varying altitudes. Hiring a local guide and porter can enhance your trekking experience while supporting the local community. Finally, respect the environment and local culture, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of  Langtang Valley .

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The Langtang Trek Itinerary: the ultimate guide

This post offers you the ultimate Langtang Trek itinerary. The Langtang trek is a beautiful multi day hike in the Bagmati province of Nepal . An area that is 51 kilometers north of Kathmandu . Making this an easy and accessible trek for those that love to see the Himalayas, but have limited time

The Langtang trek brings you to a beautiful valley at the foot of the snow capped mountain peaks of Kyanjin Ri and Langtang Lirung. All are part of the Langtang National Park. 

Kyanjin Gompa at the end of the Langtang trek

Why choose the Langtang Trek?

So why choose the Langtang trek? My first response would be, because it is a very beautiful and diverse hike. The Langtang trek starts in lush forests where you might see langur monkeys or red panda’s and ends in the alpine meadows of Kyanjin gompa where yaks wander around.

Culturally it is also an interesting hike as you pass by multicultural villages with Tamang and Sherpa communities. Most ethnic groups along the Langtang trek are of Tibetan origin and follow Buddhism. 

The Langtang trek is one of the shortest tea house treks in Nepal and brings you to beautiful high altitude mountain sceneries in just a few days. Perfect if you are short on time, but if you prefer a longer hike it is easy to combine the Langtang trek with the Gosainkund lakes and the Helambu circuit.

The Langtang trek is also a sustainable choice as you do not need to fly to reach the start of the trail. Syabrubesi is an 8 hour bus journey from Kathmandu. Despite all these advantages, the Langtang trek gets relatively few visitors compared to the Everest and Annapurna regions. If you want to avoid the crowds, Langtang is a great destination. 

Tamand and Sherpa women in Kyanjin gompa

The Langtang Trek and the earthquake 

The Langtang area was hit hard by the earthquake in 2015 when a deadly avalanche completely destroyed Langtang village. The families that survived slowly rebuilt their lodges, but then covid came. If there is one area in Nepal where people can really benefit from the return of tourism, it is on the Langtang trek.   

I did the Langtang trek in 2010. Long before the earthquake hit the area. The Langtang village that I visited and stayed at, no longer exists and is still buried under the avalanche.  Survivors moved to Kyanjin gompa, but a new Langtang village is built 100 meters above the old one. 

As of now, the Langtang Trek is open again and there are enough lodges in the new Langtang village to receive trekkers.

Langtang village before the earthquake

Langtang Trek Itinerary

In this Langtang trek itinerary I mention every day the amount of time it took me from start to finish. I am a slow hiker though. I like to take frequent breaks to enjoy the beautiful views. 

If you are a fit hiker, you can probably do it in less time

Day 1: Bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

You need the first day to get from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the start of the Langtang trek. Like any bus journey in Nepal , it is a long and bumpy ride over winding mountain roads. Delays are common with frequent breakdowns or landslides blocking the road.

In theory, the bus journey to Syabrubesi takes around 8 hours. In practice, it often takes much longer. Buses stop everywhere to let in new passengers. Up till the point that the only place left for more people is on the roof.

My bus was half empty when we left Kathmandu, but one hour later was totally packed. As we left the city behind us the views got more beautiful and soon the peaks of the Himalaya were in sight. 

Right before Dunche there were some scary parts with steep cliffs right next to the road. Even the Nepali lady next to me was afraid.   

After 9 long hours I finally arrived at Syabrubesi. Because it was late in the afternoon I decided to stay the night.  

Logistics : Buses and shared jeeps to Dhunche and Syabrubesi leave everyday from the Gongabu bus station (new bus park or Machapokhari) in Kathmandu. Get there early as it is a chaotic bus station and buses to Langtang leave between 6 – 8 AM in the morning. It is best to reserve your tickets a day in advance at the bus station or at a travel agency in Thamel.

Insider tip : there are delux buses that are slightly more expensive, but don’t stop everywhere to let in new passengers. Shared jeeps are also slightly faster. The best option are private jeeps, but they are expensive ($150+) 

Bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Day 2: Syabrubesi (1492) – Lama Hotel (2447) 

15 kilometers, 7 hours, altitude gain 1070+

The first day of the Langtang trek is also one of the most difficult days of the trek as you gain more than a 1000 meters in altitude. It starts with a 3 hour gentle climb up to Bamboo village.

Bamboo village is about halfway and a great place for a lunch break. After Bamboo the climb gets more steep, but is still not too difficult if you take it easy. 

Overall, I really enjoyed my first day. Most of the day is right next to the Langtang river and through lush forests where I saw langur monkeys in the trees. In total it took me little over 7 hours to reach Lama Hotel or Changtang village. A cluster of lodges in the forest.  

Bamboo village

Day 3: Lama Hotel (2447) – Langtang village (3430)

14 kilometers, 6 hours, altitude gain 980+

The second day of the Langtang trek is another day of long ascents. The first half of the day is still next to the river and through the forests. However, after 3 hours you leave the forests behind you and enter the beautiful Langtang valley.

Ghodatabela is midway and a great place to stop for lunch. From here you have beautiful views on the snow capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas. The second half of the day is through the glacial valley past small rural villages.

Langtang village used to be the largest and oldest village in the Langtang valley. Famous for its yak yogurt and yak cheese. Langtang village was swept away by an avalanche in the 2015 earthquake. Slowly a new village is built and there are a number of new lodges to stay the night.

Stupa on the Langtang trek

Day 4: Langtang village (3430) – Kyanjin Gompa (3900)

7 kilometers, 4 hours, altitude gain 470+

The third day of the Langtang valley is the shortest and only has a small gain in altitude. I did feel the ascent more than the previous days though which probably had to do with being over 3000 meters high. 

I felt tired easily and was more quickly out of breath. Therefore, I had to take frequent breaks. Stil, I enjoyed every step I took because of the spectacular views. Between Langtang village and Kyanjin gompa are a few yak herding villages with visible buddhist influences such as ancient mani walls and stupas.

Kyanjin gompa was the most lively village I visited in the Langtang valley. Yaks and horses were grazing in the fields, children were playing outside and women walked outside carrying buckets of yak milk. 

Kyanjin gompa is a good place to try yak yogurt or yak cheese and the yak cheese factory is definitely worth a visit.   

Kyanjin Gompa at the end of the Langtang trek

Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa

Kyanjin Gompa is a great place to stay for at least one day to explore the valley. For half day hikes you can choose between the peaks of Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri that both offer beautiful viewpoints. The hike up to the summer yak pastures of Langshisha Kharka is a long and challenging day trip. 

Kyanjin Gompa at the end of the Langtang trek

Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel

20 km, 8 hours, altitude loss -1440

The sixth day of the Langtang valley trek was a very long day walking back from Kyanjin Gompa all the way to Lama Hotel. At Ghodatabela I was doubting whether to stop and still had energy, but I miscalculated the time it took to reach Lama Hotel. Being alone in the forest with misty clouds in the mountains and the sun setting was very beautiful, but I was glad to reach the warmth of my guesthouse just before dark. 

Forest views on the Langtang trek

Day 7: Lama Hotel – Syabrubesi

15 kilometers, 7 hours, altitude loss -1070

The seventh day of the Langtang valley trek I felt a bit sad that this would be my last day of hiking. I loved being back in the forests and once again saw langur monkeys. It felt too soon for my lunch break at Bamboo and my arrival at Syabrubesi.  

Syabrubesi at the start of the Langtang trek

Day 8: bus back to Kathmandu

Going back to Kathmandu after trekking in the mountains of Nepal always brings mixed feelings. Of course I am looking forward to the comforts and delicious foods in Kathmandu, but at the same time I am missing the mountains as soon as I take my seat in the bus back. 

Bus from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

The Langtang Trek Travel tips

Langtang trek permits.

For the Langtang trek you need two permits.

TIMS card : The Trekkers information management card is necessary for almost all treks in Nepal. You can get your TIMS card at the Tourism Board office at Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. Bring your passport and two passport size photos. The TIMS card costs 2000 nepalese rupees.  

National Park Entrance permit : For the Langtang trek you also need a national park entrance permit. Although you can get this at the checkpoints in Dunche and Syabrubesi I recommend you to get it as well at the Tourism Board Office at Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. This costs 3000 nepalese rupees plus 13% VAT.  

Do I need a guide on the Langtang Trek?

The Langtang trek is moderately difficult, but easy to do without a guide. There is one trail to follow and it is hard to get lost. Unless you go off season there will be enough other hikers on the trail to keep you company. 

If you are alone and not that experienced you might want to consider joining a guided trek or hiring a guide, porter or porter guide. 

In Nepal there is a clear distinction between a porter and a guide. A guide shows you the way and can tell you more about the history and the culture of the places you visit. A porter will only carry your luggage. Despite their heavy burden they often walk far in front of you and might have reached the lodge when you are only midway. A porterguide is less common, but does both.

If you prefer a female guide I can recommend the 3 sisters adventure trekking that works to empower women and trains women to become trekking guides in Nepal.    

Update April 2023 : The Nepal Tourism Board issued a press release that trekking without a guide is no longer permitted from 1 April 2023 onwards. Trekkers planning to hike in Nepal’s National Parks where you normally need a TIM’s card should have a government licensed guide that is registered with the official Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) . It is unclear yet how this rule will play out in practice. Everest issued a press release stating that they will not enforce it. Other areas do. However, there are no guidelines on how they are going to implement the ban on solo trekking .

Tamang women on the Langtang trek

Accomodation on the Langtang Trek

Along the Langtang trek there is plenty of accomodation and teahouses to choose from. They are rather basic compared to other treks like, The Gokyo Lakes , Poon hill trek or the Annapurna Circuit . They can’t be booked online beforehand. There is a first come first serve basis and some lodges are fully booked by big tour groups.

At the regular stops like Lama Hotel, Langtang village and Kyanjin Gompa there are enough lodges that there will always be a bed for you somewhere. 

The prices of accomodation is incredibly cheap, sometimes even free, but they do expect you to order dinner and breakfast at their establishment. 

Souvenirs for sale on the Langtang trek

Food on the Langtang Trek

The good thing about tea house treks in Nepal is that however basic lodges might be, the food is often quite good if you stick to Nepali cuisine. Yes, many lodges try all kinds of international dishes to attract tourists, but in my opinion often not the best choice.

When trekking in Nepal I eat Dahl bath at least once a day. This national dish of rice with lentils knows a huge variety. Different vegetable curries from fermented spinach to roasted cauliflower and different pickles to spice it up. Not one dahl bath is the same. 

Other Nepali foods to try are Tibetan bread, Thukpa and Momo’s.  

Yak cheese factory on the Langtang trek

When to hike the Langtang Trek

The best time to go trekking in Nepal is spring and autumn.January and February will be too cold with lots of snow on the trail. March, April and May are the warmer months before the monsoon. As the rainy season approaches it can become hot, dusty and humid, but this is not a problem at the higher altitude Langtang valley. Another highlight in spring are the blooming rhododendrons

June, July and August are the monsoon months bringing lots of rain and leeches at the lower altitudes. The biggest problem regarding the Langtang trek is the high chances of landslides on the road from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and muddy trails.

September, October and November are the most popular months for trekking. Autumn brings clear blue skies and mild temperatures before the cold sets in in December. Autumn is also a festive season with the celebration of Dashain and Tihar . Nepal’s biggest festivals .   

Langtang river on the Langtang trek

Altitude Sickness on the Langtang Trek

The Langtang trek involves a rapid gain of altitude with Syabrubesi at less than 1500 meters high and Kyanjin gompa at 3900 meters high. Experts advise to not ascend more than 300 – 400 meters per day once you are above 3000 meters high. This Langtang trek itinerary actually ascends a little bit more than that and therefore it is important to be cautious of altitude sickness.

The key to prevent altitude sickness is to take it slow, give your body enough time to adjust to the height and to drink enough water. Diamox is a medicine that might help your body to acclimatize, but will not cure altitude sickness once you have severe symptoms. In that case, the only remedy is to go down to a lower altitude as soon as possible.   

Mild symptoms may include being tired and more easily out of breath. More severe symptoms of high altitude sickness are headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, breathing problems, loss of appetite and nausea. 

Take these symptoms seriously and watch out for symptoms in others, even in your nepali guides or porters. It is a misconception that they cannot get altitude sickness. 

Langtang Trek Books and Guides

Cicerone and Trailblazer both have excellent and comprehensive guides about treks in Nepal. Unfortunately their guidebooks about Langtang are out of print and somewhat outdated. Still, if you can get one of those I would certainly recommend it.  

Another option is the Lonely Planet’s trekking in the Nepal Himalayas guide. However, even the newest version was released shortly after the earthquake and lots of things have changed in Langtang since.

Langtang Trek packing list

If you need to carry your own gear on a multi day trek the advice is to bring as little as possible. The Langtang trek is not difficult and there is no need to bring a tent or food. Below a few things to consider

Sun protection : no matter what time of the year, you will need to bring protection against the sun. Sunscreen and a hat are a must.

Rain protection : there is always a risk of rain. I brought a poncho along that protected both me and my backpack from the rain.

Sturdy shoes : There is no need for proffesional hiking boots. However, there are rocky trails. Bring sturdy shoes that fit you well. Don’t bring brand new shoes. Make sure they are tested and comfortable to prevent blisters.

Hiking socks : Besides good shoes, hiking socks are key to prevent blisters. Merino wool socks are lightweight and dry quickly. Wrightsocks are specially designed with double layers to prevent blisters. Decathlon has good merino wool socks too.

Layers : there can be a big difference in temperatures during the day and night. The best way to deal with this is to wear layers. As a base layer I bought merino wool tshirts. I had a fleece vest as a midlayer and as the upper layer I had a windproof jacket.

Backpack : Your shoes and backpack are two things that will have a big influence on the comfort of your multi day trek. I recommend to go to an outdoor store to get some good advice to buy a backpack that fits your torso length and that is comfortable when you wear it. I own the Osprey Fairview trek 50 that I am very happy with.

Reusable water bottle : to prevent plastic waste I always bring a reusable water bottle with me and a water filter or steri pen.  

Sustainable Travel on the Langtang Trek

Although the Langtang trek is not as crowded as other trails, tourism is increasing. The trails become more crowded and pollution is a growing problem. Traveling sustainably to the Himalayas is essential to minimize your environmental impact and preserve the area’s natural beauty for future generations.

Support the local community : You can support the community by purchasing goods and services from local vendors. It is better to try Nepali Cuisine that uses local ingredients rather than imported foreign foods. Nepali food is vegetarian friendly and it is very easy to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Stay in small scale sustainable hotels : It is also better to stay in locally-owned guesthouses or homestays to support the local economy directly. These accommodations often have a more positive impact on the environment compared to large hotels.

You can try to look for guesthouses or homestays that prioritizes sustainable practices. That said, environmental awareness is still low. It’s up to you to use water sparsely, turn off lights, air conditioning, and heating when leaving your accommodation.

Leave no trace principle : When hiking the Langtang Trek, stick to designated trails to protect the fragile alpine ecosystem. Straying off the marked paths can cause soil erosion and damage to plant life. If you are lucky enough to spot wildlife, observe quietly from a distance to prevent disruption to their habitats and help maintain their natural behaviors.

I encourage you to take all your trash back with you and dispose of it responsibly. In other words, leave no trace of your visit. Even better is when you bring something to pick up any of the trash that other people left behind.

To avoid single-use plastics, invest in reusable items. For example, you can bring your own water bottle with a filter. At last, use biodegradable and eco-friendly personal care products to minimize pollution of water sources.

Respect the culture : Besides environmental concerns it is also important to be sensitive of the community’s way of life. Nepal is a multicultural country and on the trail you will encounter different ethnic groups.

People will appreciate it, if you dress modestly. Learning a few basic phrases in Nepali, can go a long way in building meaningful connections and to learn more about the local culture. Not everybody is happy to have their picture taken. When in doubt, ask permission.

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Thanks for this great overview. It’s just what I was looking for

Hi! Happy to read it! Being a trekking – tourist guide, i want leave one suggesstion : While you stay a couple of days at kyanjing gumba, should not miss to hike to Tserku-Ri (4984m)

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Langtang Trek Packing List

  • Dec 19, 2019
  • Ishwar Pyakurel

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Langtang region is 61.8 km from the capital Kathmandu which has its own beauty and the cultural uniqueness. The Langtang trek takes you to the valley of lakes full of exquisite natural beauty. The trip to this heavenly place becomes more memorable if only you have a proper packing list for Langtang trek.

This is a moderate trek where you will be able to dive into the pristine of the Langtang region in around a week. So, you do not necessarily have to be an experienced trekker to trek into this region. With appropriate backpacks, physical strength and mental preparedness even a novice trekker can opt for this trek.

In this trek, you start from Syabrubeshi after a bumpy ride from Kathmandu. On walking through the several rocky pathways, uphills, and downhills you will ascend to Kyanjin Gompa, the final destination of the trek. This point offers the most spectacular views of the chain of Himalayas in the  Langtang region .

Autumn and Spring are among the peak season to trek into the valley. During these seasons, the weather is moderate with the stable climatic conditions. You will get to catch the spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes under the deep blue sky. And, if you are trekking in Spring season then you get to walk through the heart of rhododendron blossoms.

While winter and monsoon are among the off-season for this trek as the seasons are more humid with unstable weather conditions. But during these time too, if you pack well and prepare physically and mentally then trekking will be much fun.

Depending on the weather condition of the trails and the temperatures you must pack for the trek. Packing list for Langtang trek is absolutely subjective but you must be careful not to miss the necessaries of the trek.

With proper packing and preparation, you can do solo trekking in the region. If you have the reliable route map and all the necessary supplies you may need on the route, then trekking independently would be no problem.

If you are planning to trek Langtang trek and need help, do not hesitate to  contact us . We will help you to make your trip memorable.

Packing List for Langtang Trek

This article will help you to be careful and be aware of the happenings that may come during your trek. And, the idea of proper packing is sure to make your trip more reasonable and fruitful in the future.

While packing you must be very careful not to over pack. It is always a wise decision to pack light and to pack wise. Although you may hire a porter to carry your luggage adding extra luggage or the burden is not a good idea. So, before you pack you must know about the weather and temperature of the time you are trekking to. And then you can plan accordingly.

Here’s a general Packing List for Langtang Trek:

Important Documents and Items to Carry

  • Some copies of passport size photos, Citizenship copy
  • For foreigners: valid passport, trekking permits, photocopies of passport, a copy of travel insurance, a copy of valid visa document

For Your Head

  • Hat and headscarf, it can be helpful for your safety and to protect your head from dust and direct sun
  • A warm cap or hat will be more important to make your ear warm in the cold weather of Langtang trek
  • Sunglasses are also important materials for your trek; you should not miss a polarized sunglass
  • Headlamps with extra batteries and bulbs are very important during treks. Because you need the light if you want to walk in nights.

For Your Hands

  • One pair of lightweight gloves to grab some stick and make a more tight grab
  • Hand moisturizers to keep your hand and skin in a good form

For Your Upper Body

  • Light trekking t-shirt for the protection from the direct sunlight and sunburn
  • One waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind stopper jacket
  • Breathable underwear
  • Muffler or scarf
  • For Your Lower Body
  • Hiking trousers
  • Woolen trouser
  • Windproof/waterproof trekking pants

For Your Feet

  • Some pair of thin cotton lightweight inner socks, which can make you feel comfortable on walking
  • Trekking shocks
  • One pair of a hiking boot, this should be waterproof with traction and grip
  • Some pairs of ankle support also important for your journey because sometimes you may need them when you feel muscle cramps or sprains.
  • One pair of sandal

Extra Materials for Your Trekking

  • One sleeping bag, a four season sleeping bag is very helpful
  • Travel bag with at least 50-70 liters capacity
  • Large back covers for the safety of your bag pack
  • Trail map or guidebooks about Langtang trekking route
  • Pen and diaries to note down your some important notes and information about the trek
  • Travel charger with power bank
  • Camera, the memory card with enough extra battery
  • Mobile phone and extra earphone for your enjoyment at teahouses and somewhere during rest
  • Some energy bars
  • Water bottle for your reuse of bottle
  • Toilet papers
  • Trekking Poles

Medical Materials for You

  • First Aid kit
  • Water purification tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, anti-headache tablets for your better health
  • Some stripes of antiseptic tapes, first-aid tapes
  • Some cold and cough medicine
  • Hand washing
  • Some tissue paper
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • A high SPF sunscreen

These are the general packing list for Langtang trek that every trekker must pack despite the season of their trek. For example, if you are trekking in winter then your first priority must be in warm winter gears to protect yourself from rain and cold.

While if you are trekking in summer you must pack the waterproof backpacks with reliable rain gears. Also, you must use shoes with a strong grip.

So, before you pack, you must be wise to pack extra specific trekking gears for special seasons and climatic conditions.

Tips While Packing for the Langtang Trek

  • Despite the season of your travel do not forget to pack water purifiers/purification tablets. You may have to pay charges to get a bottle of water in the tea house. So, if you use reusable water bottles then you can refill water anywhere in the trail. There, you can make it drinkable by adding the purification tablets.
  • If you are trekking in the summer/monsoon season then you should not forget to pack rain covers, raincoats, and waterproof backpacks along with waterproof hiking boots.
  • During the summer trek, you may encounter many leeches, earthworms, and bugs on the trail. So, it is a good idea to carry insect repellents or table salts.
  • If you plan to trek in winter, you should pack warm fleece and thermals along with the warm base layers.
  • Whichever season you are trekking to, you will be on the safe side if you carry along a four-season sleeping bag.
  • If possible do not pack weighty accessories like laptops, iPods, and other electronic gadgets as you will not be using them often in the trek. They only add a burden to your luggage.
  • If you want to reduce your costs on packing then you can rent some of the trekking gears fro USD1-10 from Thamel. And, you can submit the gears after using them.
  • Do not forget to carry Nepali currency with extra hand cash. Because you do not find ATMs in the mountains where you can withdraw money for transactions.
  • Do not forget to pack protein bars, chocolates at Kathmandu. You need them a lot during the trek but they are quite expensive on the trails. So, it is a good idea to buy them at a cheaper price in Kathmandu.
  • Pack extra hiking sandal so that you can use them whenever you have to take strolls around the tea houses. Or, you can use them when your feet get tired of the hiking boots.
  • Always pack the permits, your passport, visa document and travel insurance papers in your daypack. You need them often in various checkpoints on the trail route.

It is always what you pack inside your trekking bag that determines your trekking experiences. If you are up in the high altitude but lack basic necessaries then you will have worst trekking memories. So, before you pack for your trek you must be attentive to the geography, temperature, and weather conditions of the place you are trekking to.

Likewise, you must be very careful while arranging the packing list for the Langtang trek. If you pack wisely and properly, you will collect the fondest memories.

If you need any further information on Langtang trek or any other treks in Nepal, feel free to contact us . We are happy to help you plan your trip. Plus, we will be delighted to redesign our itineraries as per your convenience.

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Langtang Trek Packing List

Langtang Trek Packing List

  • Last Updated on Jul 7, 2023

Packing for a trip might be difficult. You want to be prepared, but you are also unwilling to overpack and have to lug a heavy suitcase for many days. This list of necessities for trekking in the Langtang Valley includes some emergency supplies.

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The Langtang Valley, which is 61.8 km from Kathmandu, is beautiful and has a distinct culture. You can reach an area of lakes endowed with spectacular natural beauty by hiking the Langtang trail. Your visit to this wonderful location will be even more memorable if you have an appropriate Langtang trek packing list. This is a short trip that will give you a week or so to see the Langtang region's natural majesty. With the right gear, physical stamina, and willpower, even a beginner trekker may accomplish this trek.

After a challenging journey from Kathmandu, this walk starts at Syabrubesi. The final destination of the walk, Kyanjin Gompa, is reached after ascending several challenging steep routes, uphills, and downhills. The most breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan Mountains in the Langtang region may be seen from this vantage point. The valley is frequently traveled to in the spring and autumn seasons. These seasons have pleasant weather and stable climatic conditions. While gazing up at the brilliant blue sky, you can enjoy the area's breathtaking views. Also, if you hike in the springtime, you will pass through a field of rhododendron blooms.

This trek is not recommended during the winter or monsoon because of the increased humidity and bad weather. Yet, trekking can still be a great experience if you pack wisely and are ready mentally and physically. According to the weather, the terrain, and the temperatures, you should pack for the walk. Although the Langtang trek package is entirely individualized, you must be alert not to forget any necessities.

Packing List for a Langtang Trek

You may use the information in this blog to be watchful and alert of potential incidents along the way. Also, effective packing will increase the success and affordability of your future travels.

When packing, you must be extremely careful not to overpack. Most of the time, packing lightly and intelligently makes sense the majority of the time. It is not a good idea to add extra baggage or burden, even if you employ a porter to carry your things. So, you should be conscious of the temperature and weather of the place before packing. A basic packing list for hiking Langtang Valley is provided below:

Carrying Essentials and Vital Documents

  • Three copies of your passport-sized photos and proof of citizenship
  • Foreign visitors must have a valid passport, a trekking permit, passport copies, a copy of their trip insurance, and a photocopy of their current visa documentation.

Trekking Equiptment for Langtang Valley Trek

  • Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (4-season, suitable for cold temperatures)
  • Trekking poles (helpful for steep descents)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system (2 liters capacity)
  • Durable duffel bag or waterproof bag for porters

Clothes and Accessories for Langtang Valley

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved shirts and pants)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jackets, down jackets, or synthetic insulation)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible or regular)
  • T-shirts and comfortable hiking shorts
  • Thermal socks and hiking socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Bandana or buff for dust and sun protection
  • Flashlights
  • Sports Bras (2 pcs)
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots
  • Hiking socks (carry extra pairs)
  • Flip flops for evenings

Personal items for Langtang Valley Trek

  • Personal identification and travel documents
  • Cash (small denominations for purchasing items on the trail)
  • First aid kit (including any necessary medications)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel

Miscellaneous for Langtang Valley Trek

  • Trekking map or guidebook
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Trekking snacks (energy bars, nuts, chocolates, etc.)
  • Trekking poles
  • Lightweight dry bags or Ziploc bags for organizing items
  • Travel adapter (Nepal uses Type C and Type D plugs)

Remember to pack light and prioritize essential items. Be prepared for varying weather conditions, including cold temperatures at higher altitudes. You can consult with us f or any specific requirements or recommendations based on the current trekking season.

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Langtang Trek Packing List : Essential Gear

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When planning for a trek, one of the most important aspects to consider is what to bring along. This is especially true for treks in the Langtang Valley, where the terrain and climate can vary greatly. Packing smartly for a Langtang trekking adventure can ensure that you have everything you need to be comfortable and safe throughout the journey. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive packing list for your Langtang trek , including essential gear, clothing, and accessories to make your trekking experience both enjoyable and memorable.

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When it comes to trekking in the Langtang Valley, proper clothing is essential to ensure a comfortable and safe experience. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and temperatures can vary greatly depending on the altitude and time of day. Therefore, it’s important to pack a variety of clothing options for different weather conditions.

Base Layers

Base layers are essential for keeping your body warm and dry by wicking away sweat and moisture from the skin. The importance of base layers cannot be overstated, especially during the colder months when temperatures drop significantly. When choosing base layers, consider the temperature and weather conditions you’ll be facing on your trek. If it’s going to be colder, opt for thicker base layers made of merino wool. If it’s going to be warmer, choose lightweight synthetic fibers that will keep you cool and dry. It’s a good idea to pack at least two base layers to wear during your trek, as you’ll need to change them often to stay comfortable.

Mid-layers are important for insulation, adding an extra layer of warmth and protection against the elements. Fleece and down are popular options for mid-layers, as they are lightweight and provide excellent warmth. Fleece is a great choice for moderate temperatures, while down is best suited for colder weather.

Outer Layers

The outer layer is important to protect against harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, and snow. Gore-Tex and other waterproof/breathable fabrics are popular choices for outer layers. When choosing outer layers, consider factors such as durability, waterproofness, and breathability. It’s important to pack outer layers in an easily accessible location for quick access during the trek.

Finally, a good quality rain jacket and rain pants are essential for any trek in the mountains. When choosing rain gear, ensure that it’s waterproof and breathable to prevent getting wet from sweat or rain. It’s also important to pack rain gear in an easily accessible location for quick access during unexpected rain.

When it comes to trekking, having proper footwear is essential to prevent blisters, injuries, and discomfort.

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are one of the most important pieces of gear for any trek, and the Langtang Valley trek is no exception. A good pair of hiking boots will provide the support and protection you need to tackle the rugged terrain of the Himalayas. When choosing hiking boots, it’s important to consider factors such as the type of terrain you’ll encounter, the weather conditions, and your personal preferences. Look for boots with sturdy soles, ankle support, and breathable materials. Before embarking on the trek, it’s crucial to break in your hiking boots properly to avoid blisters and discomfort during the trek. Wear them around the house, on shorter hikes, or even while doing household chores to get them comfortable and well-fitted to your feet.

Proper socks are just as important as good quality hiking boots to prevent blisters and provide comfort during the trek. It is important to choose socks made of materials that wick away moisture, such as wool or synthetic blends, to keep your feet dry and reduce the risk of blisters. The thickness of the socks should be chosen based on personal preference and the weather conditions of the trek. Thicker socks provide more cushioning but may be too warm in hot weather, while thinner socks may be more suitable for warmer climates. It is recommended to bring at least three to four pairs of socks for the trek and to pack them in a way that allows for easy access.

Equipment and Gear

When embarking on a trek to Langtang Valley, it’s important to have the right equipment and gear to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. Here are some essential items to consider:

A good backpack is essential for carrying all your gear and supplies during the trek. It’s important to choose a backpack that fits well and has enough room for all your belongings. Look for backpacks with adjustable straps and back panels for a comfortable fit, as well as multiple compartments for easy organization.

Sleeping bag

A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. Look for a sleeping bag that is rated for the temperature range you expect to encounter during your trek. Consider factors such as weight, size, and insulation when choosing a sleeping bag.

Trekking poles

Trekking poles can be a valuable tool to provide stability and reduce strain on your knees during the trek. Look for trekking poles that are adjustable, lightweight, and durable. Consider features such as shock absorption and comfortable grips when choosing trekking poles.

Other essential gear to consider for the trek includes a headlamp or flashlight, water bottles or hydration system, and a first aid kit. It’s important to research and choose the best gear for your specific needs and preferences.

When packing your equipment and gear, it’s important to consider weight distribution and accessibility. Pack heavier items towards the bottom of your backpack and keep frequently used items in easily accessible compartments. Consider using packing cubes or compression bags to maximize space and organization in your backpack.

Personal Items and Medications

Aside from clothing and equipment, it’s important to bring personal items and medications that will help you stay comfortable and healthy during the trek.

Personal items

When packing personal items for the trek, consider the specific needs of your trip and the climate in the region. Some items that may be helpful include:

  • Sunscreen: the sun’s rays can be particularly strong at higher elevations, so bring a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Sunglasses: protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and snow blindness by bringing a good pair of sunglasses.
  • Hat and gloves: to keep warm during colder temperatures, pack a warm hat and gloves.
  • Personal hygiene items: bring a small bag with items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes.
  • Camera and batteries: capture memories of the stunning scenery with a camera and extra batteries.

It’s important to pack personal items in a way that keeps them accessible but also protected from the elements. Consider using waterproof bags or containers to keep items dry in case of rain or snow.

Medications

If you take any prescription medications or require certain over-the-counter medications for health issues, it’s important to bring them on the trek. Some things to consider include:

  • Prescription medications: bring enough medication to last the duration of the trek, plus a few extra days in case of unexpected delays. It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating the medical condition for which you require the medication.
  • Pain relief medication: bring ibuprofen or other pain relievers to manage aches and pains during the trek.
  • Altitude sickness medication: some trekkers may require altitude sickness medication to prevent or treat symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Consult with a doctor before the trek to determine if this is necessary.
  • First-aid kit: bring a small first-aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic, and other essentials.

It’s important to pack medications in a way that keeps them safe and accessible, such as in a waterproof container or plastic bag. Be aware of any restrictions or requirements for traveling with medications. And, carry a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s note to avoid any issues at customs.

Trekking to Langtang Valley requires proper planning and preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Proper clothing, footwear, equipment, and personal items are crucial for a successful trek. When packing for the trek, it’s important to consider factors such as weather conditions, terrain, and personal preferences. By following the advice and tips provided in this guide, trekkers can prepare themselves for the challenges of the Langtang Valley trek and make the most of their journey through the stunning Himalayan landscape.

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LANGTANG VALLEY TREK GUIDE

Snowy mountain view with colourful prayer flags in the foreground, seen from the first Kyanjin Ri viewpoint (4300 m) on the Langtang Valley trek

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

With an impressive wall of snowy mountains behind, a trekker climbs the trail to Tsergo Ri (4965 m), one of two main day hikes from Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

In this guide we cover everything you need to know about the Langtang Valley Trek in Nepal. This includes a suggested itinerary, a route map, and a GPX download, as well as practical information about accommodation, costs, what to pack, independent vs. guided treks, and more. Along with this written guide, we also share ‘silent hiking’ films of the trail and a video guide to trekking the Langtang Valley. For detailed trail notes, check out our Langtang Valley Trekking Route Guide .

With lush forests and snow-capped peaks, the chance to reach nearly 5000 m without crossing a high mountain pass, and an opportunity to experience the culture of the Tibetan-speaking Tamang people, there are many things that appeal about a Langtang Valley trek. What’s more, the area is relatively close to Kathmandu, the transport options make it easily accessible, and the trek itself is not too long. Read on to discover more and start planning your own Langtang Valley trek.

TREK OVERVIEW LANGTANG TREK VIDEOS MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD ELEVATION PROFILE & 3D MAP SUGGESTED LANGTANG ITINERARY TREKKING SEASONS GETTING TO LANGTANG VALLEY LANGTANG VALLEY PERMITS TREKKING INDEPENDENTLY TREKKING WITH A GUIDE RECOMMENDED TREK AGENCY ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK FOOD ON THE LANGTANG TREK SAFE DRINKING WATER WIFI/PHONE SIGNAL/CHARGING LANGTANG TREK COST & BUDGET WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TREK ALTITUDE AWARENESS TRAVEL INSURANCE ADD-ON TREKS GETTING TO NEPAL NEPAL TOURIST VISAS WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU MAPS, GUIDEBOOKS, & APPS

TREK OVERVIEW LANGTANG TREK VIDEOS MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD ELEVATION PROFILE & 3D MAP SUGGESTED ITINERARY TREKKING SEASONS GETTING TO LANGTANG VALLEY LANGTANG VALLEY PERMITS TREKKING INDEPENDENTLY TREKKING WITH A GUIDE RECOMMENDED TREK AGENCY ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK FOOD ON THE LANGTANG TREK SAFE DRINKING WATER WIFI/PHONE/CHARGING LANGTANG TREK COST WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TREK ALTITUDE AWARENESS TRAVEL INSURANCE ADD-ON TREKS GETTING TO NEPAL NEPAL TOURIST VISAS WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU MAPS, GUIDEBOOKS, & APPS

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LANGTANG VALLEY TREK OVERVIEW

  • DISTANCE | 60 – 75 km (depending on day hikes)
  • DURATION | 6 – 8 days (+ 2 days travel to/from Kathmandu)
  • START/END | Syabrubesi (accessible by public bus (8+ hours) or private jeep (6 – 7 hours) from Kathmandu)
  • PERMITS REQUIRED | Langtang National Park Fee 3000 NPR (payable at checkpoint near start of trek), TIMS NOT Required
  • TREKKING SEASON | Best Seasons: Mid-March to April, October to Mid-November; Shoulder Seasons: Early-March, May, September, Mid-November to December; Avoid: June to August, January to February
  • TREK DIFFICULTY | Moderate
  • ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS |   +/- 3420 metres (to Kyanjin Gompa only), +/- 5300 metres (including day hikes)
  • MAX ALTITUDE | 3865 m at Kyanjin Gompa, 4965 m if trekking to Tsergo Ri
  • GUIDE MANDATORY | Debatable: From April 1st 2023, trekking guides became mandatory for all foreign trekkers in Nepal, however the rule isn’t necessarily being enforced on the ground
  • ACCOMMODATION | Teahouses/Guesthouses in villages along the trail
  • TREK COST | $ 24 – 100 USD per person, per day (budget independent trekker to fully inclusive package)
  • ADD-ON TREKS | Gosainkunda , Tamang Heritage Trail, climbing Yala Peak
  • RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY | Himalayan Masters , Quote HOGG5  for 5% discount

DISTANCE 60 -75 km

DURATION 6 – 8 days (+ 2 days travel to/from Kathmandu)

START/END Syabrubesi (accessible by public bus (8+ hours) or private jeep (6 – 7 hours) from Kathmandu)

PERMITS REQUIRED Langtang National Park Fee 3000 NPR (payable at checkpoint near start of trek), TIMS NOT Required

TREKKING SEASON Best Seasons Mid-March to April October to Mid-November Shoulder Seasons Early-March, May, September Mid-November to December Avoid June to August January to February

TREK DIFFICULTY Moderate

ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS +/- 3420 metres (to Kyanjin Gompa only) +/- 5300 metres (including day hikes)

MAX ALTITUDE 3880 m at Kyanjin Gompa 4965 m if trekking to Tsergo Ri

GUIDE MANDATORY Debatable: From April 1st 2023, trekking guides became mandatory for all foreign trekkers in Nepal, however the rule isn’t necessarily being enforced on the ground

ACCOMMODATION Teahouses/Guesthouses in villages along the trail

TREK COST $24 – 100 USD per person, per day (budget independent trekker to fully inclusive package)

ADD-ON TREKS Gosainkunda , Tamang Heritage Trail, climbing Yala Peak

OUR RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY Himalayan Masters , Quote HOGG5  for 5% discount

LANGTANG VALLEY FILM & VIDEO GUIDE

Our ambient ‘silent hiking’ style films are perfect for getting a sense of the Langtang Valley trek. Our indepth video guide works well as a companion piece to this written guide and includes much more discussion of our own experience on the trek.

Watch the behind the scenes version of our Langtang Valley trek on Instagram stories

Watch the behind the scenes version of our langtang valley trek on instagram stories .

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LANGTANG VALLEY TREK MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD

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MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD

We have created a detailed Langtang Valley trekking map to accompany this guide. The trekking route between Syabrubesi and Kyanjin Gompa, the day hiking routes to Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri, and the stats for each section are all marked on the map. Villages and tea shops are also marked, as well as key sights and practical info such as checkpoints. Guesthouses as per our own trek itinerary are marked, including prices and services, phone numbers, and a copy of the menu. Photos are included with almost every pin. You can use the digital map online, or download it for offline use with a mapping app such as Organic Maps, Maps.me or Gaia GPS. This is very helpful for navigation assistance on the trail and allows you to quickly pinpoint key places and services along the way and calculate distance and elevation differences between destinations. Note that while we’ve tried to be as accurate as possible when recording and mapping the route, changes on the ground are inevitable, and this map should not be solely relied upon for navigation. 

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK ELEVATION PROFILE

ELEVATION PROFILE

The image below shows the elevation profile of our own route for the Langtang Valley trek, going via Sherpagaon on the way up, including the day hikes to Kyanjin Ri (4586 m) and Tsergo Ri (4965 m), and ending at the Gosainkunda turn-off on the way down.  Elevation is displayed in metres and distance in kilometres.

Langtang Valley Trek elevation profile

3D ROUTE MAP

Watch our 3D relief map video of the route to visualise the geography of the Langtang Valley and get a sense of the trek.

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK ITINERARY

In the table below, we have outlined what we feel is an ideal Langtang Valley trek itinerary. This is an 8 day trek starting and ending in Syabrubesi, plus 2 days travel to and from Kathmandu.

Many Langtang Valley trek itineraries offered by trekking agencies, or outlined in other blog posts online, suggest a 6 day trek plus 2 travel days. Although that is certainly possible, when you consider factors like altitude and acclimatisation, day hikes, and alternative routes, we feel an 8 day trekking itinerary is better and will outline the reasons for this below.

The times given for each day are an average and don’t include time for lunch or other significant stops, such as tea/coffee breaks. You may of course be faster or slower than these times, depending on a variety of factors such as your pace, desire to take photos, and interest in things along the way.

If viewing on a mobile device or tablet, scroll to the right to see the full table or flip your screen to landscape mode.

*You could stop earlier at Ghodatabela (~ 3000 m) although the accommodation is more basic, or continue to Langtang if you are already acclimatised (which will save you a day)

** You could continue 30 minutes to Rimche for better views

ALTITUDE AND ACCLIMATISATION

Most Langtang Valley trek itineraries suggest trekking from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel on Day 1 (1500 m to 2485 m), from Lama Hotel to Langtang or Mundu on Day 2 (2485 m to 3450 m), and then from Langtang or Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa on Day 3 (3450 m to 3865 m). From Kyanjin Gompa, two of the absolute highlights of the Langtang Valley trek are the day hikes to Kyanjin Ri (4586 m) and Tsergo Ri (4965 m) on Days 4 and 5.

  If you are already acclimatised (ie. you have been at altitudes of 3500 m + within the previous week), then we don’t see a problem with this itinerary. However, if you are not yet acclimatised, we feel the speed of ascent to 3500 m and above puts hikers at an unnecessary risk of experiencing adverse reactions to altitude.

A view of Langtang village from above, jagged mountains rising behind

Ascending too quickly to Langtang village (3450 m) and above can put trekkers at risk of experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness

A view of Langtang village from above, jagged mountains rising behind

Everybody reacts to altitude differently. There’s every chance that you may feel fine by the time you reach Langtang or Kyanjin Gompa, but there’s also a chance that you may be suffering from headaches, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, or other symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) because the speed of ascent has been too fast for your body to properly acclimatise. At best, if your symptoms are relatively mild, you may feel pretty miserable and too unwell to tackle the day hikes to Kyanjin Ri and/or Tsergo Ri, missing out on some of the best views and experiences on the Langtang Valley trek. And at worst, you could put yourself at risk of developing HAPE or HACE, both life-threatening conditions.

Therefore, we feel that it is more sensible to follow medical advice and aim to sleep no more than 300 – 500 metres higher than the previous day when at altitudes of 2500 m and above . As such, our suggested itinerary includes a night at Thangshyap (3190 m) on Day 2 , before ascending to Langtang at 3450 m on Day 3, and finally Kyangjin Gompa at 3865 m on Day 4. This is the itinerary we followed and I (Kim) suffered almost no symptoms of AMS during the trek, having suffered from AMS at similar altitudes in the past when ascending more rapidly.

DAY HIKES TO KYANJIN RI AND TSERGO RI

Many Langtang Valley trek itineraries include a 2 night stay at Kyanjin Gompa , however we would recommend staying 3 nights instead. This gives you plenty of time to rest and further acclimatise on the day you arrive at Kyanjin Gompa, then do the day hike to Kyanjin Ri the following morning, and the day hike to Tsergo Ri the morning after that.

These two day hikes are absolute highlights of the trek. By planning morning ascents you’ll give yourself the best possibility of clear views, and by spreading them out over two days you will be less rushed and better acclimatised.

With an impressive wall of snowy mountains behind, a trekker climbs the trail to Tsergo Ri (4965 m), one of two main day hikes from Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

Climbing Tsergo Ri in the morning gives you the best chance of having clear mountain views

With an impressive wall of snowy mountains behind, a trekker climbs the trail to Tsergo Ri (4965 m), one of two main day hikes from Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES ON THE WAY UP & DOWN THE LANGTANG VALLEY

The Langtang Valley trek is largely an up and down the valley route, following the same trail from Syabrubesi to Kyanjin Gompa and back again. Between Rimche and Kyanjin Gompa there is no way to avoid this, however between Syabrubesi and Rimche there is an option to take an alternative route on the way up and/or down , which we think is far more interesting than simply repeating the same trail.

Most Langtang Valley trek itineraries suggest hiking from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel on Day 1, and repeating this route in reverse on Day 6. The route follows the Langtang Khola (River), going via Bamboo. However, for a change of scenery and chance to visit more local villages in the region, we’d suggest taking an alternative route from Syabrubesi to Sherpagaon on Day 1.

Instead of climbing gradually up the valley and ending the day with a steep climb to Rimche or Lama Hotel, you’ll start the day with a steep climb up through forest to Khangjim and Surka. From here you’ll follow a gently undulating trail for the rest of the day, working your way around the hillside through attractive forest sections and across open areas with fantastic views. Sherpagaon itself is a lovely village with a mix of guesthouses and local homes, and the views from here are great. The following morning it takes less than 1.5 hours to trek to Rimche (again with fantastic views), where you’ll rejoin the classic Langtang Valley trekking route.

The village of Sherpagaon, perched on a steeply sloping hillside high above the Langtang Valley floor

High above the Langtang Valley floor, Sherpagaon (2563 m) has impressive views of the surrounding mountains

The village of Sherpagaon, perched on a steeply sloping hillside high above the Langtang Valley floor

Sherpagaon (2563 m) has impressive views of the surrounding mountains from its position high above the Langtang Valley floor

If for whatever reason you would prefer not to trek the alternative route to Sherpagaon on Day 1, we would at least suggest overnighting at Rimche instead of Lama Hotel. The views from Rimche are much better than at Lama Hotel (a riverside location tucked into a narrow valley), plus it’s more interesting to stay at different places on the way up and down the valley.

If combining the Langtang Valley trek with the Tamang Heritage Trail, note that you’ll trek via Sherpagaon anyway.

OUR RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY

We partnered with  Himalayan Masters for our Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda, and Everest Three Passes treks, and found them to be professional and committed to a high level of service

To enquire about booking your own trek, get in touch via email at [email protected] and mention the code HOGG5 to get a 5% discount off the cost of your trip

LANGTANG VALLEY TREKKING SEASON

TREKKING SEASON

Like many treks in Nepal , the peak seasons for trekking in the Langtang Valley are Mid-March to April and October to Mid-November . While nothing is guaranteed, as weather patterns are becoming increasingly unpredictable in Nepal and across the world, these months typically offer the best chance of clear skies mixed with warmer temperatures. In autumn, expect less wind and higher temperatures, while in late March and April, blooming rhododendrons and other spring flowers are a beautiful sight at lower elevations.

Jagged, snow-covered mountain peaks at sunrise, seen from a guesthouse rooftop at Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

Clear, sunrise mountain views in late March from the rooftop terrace of the Holyland Guesthouse in Kyanjin Gompa (3865 m)

Jagged, snow-covered mountain peaks at sunrise, seen from a guesthouse rooftop at Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

The shoulder seasons of Early-March and Mid-November to December can be quieter and colder, typically with clear weather, especially in December. In late May and early September there is a higher chance of early or lingering monsoon rains and cloudy skies.

The summer months of June, July, and August coincide with the monsoon season . Trekking during this period means lots of walking in rain, poor visibility with clouds obscuring the surrounding mountains, muddy trails, and leeches. The landscape is lush and green though, and some rare mushrooms and colourful wildflowers can be spotted on the hillsides. Many guesthouses close during this time, although there is usually at least one open in each settlement.

The winter months of January and February are considered too cold by most to trek, and as is the case during the summer monsoon, many guesthouses close for these two months. If you don’t mind cold mornings and evenings, December is a good option for clear skies and sunny days.

HOW TO GET TO/FROM THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK TRAILHEAD

HOW TO GET TO AND FROM THE TRAILHEAD

Syabrubesi is the trailhead for the Langtang Valley trek , a small town approximately 115 km north of Kathmandu. You can get there by public bus or private jeep and the journey takes around 5.5 – 9 hours depending on your mode of transport. The road is narrow and twisting at points with occasional steep drop-offs, and includes some bumpy sections on rough non-tarmac roads.

BUS FROM KATHMANDU TO SYABRUBESI

Buses from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi depart from Machhapokhari (near the New Bus Park / Gongabu Bus Park) between 6am – 8am every day. They depart from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu between approximately 6am – 7am. Tickets cost 1000 NPR per person, one way. The journey takes around 8 – 9 hours, although it’s possible it can take longer depending on road conditions that day. In Kathmandu, you can arrive early and purchase a ticket on the same day, or head to the bus stop the day before to buy your ticket. In Syabrubesi, you can ask your guesthouse owner to book your seat for the following morning.

A public bus stopped in a town at lunch time, a bus which many trekkers use to get from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to start the Langtang Valley trek

A typical bus plying the route between Kathmandu and Syabrubesi

A public bus stopped in a town at lunch time, a bus which many trekkers use to get from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to start the Langtang Valley trek

The bus will stop a couple of times during the journey for food and a toilet break. It’s a pretty uncomfortable trip, with no air conditioning, dust and fumes blowing in the windows, and often music blasting through the speakers for hours on end. Drivers can tear along the road at high speed, which can be potentially dangerous and a little scary.

You can get a taxi between Thamel (or elsewhere in Kathmandu) and Machhapokhari for about 500 NPR. If you hail a taxi on the street, be sure to agree the price with your taxi driver at the start. You can also use a taxi app such as Pathao ( iOS / Android ).

PRIVATE JEEP FROM KATHMANDU TO SYABRUBESI

A private jeep from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi costs approximately $170 one way. It can seat up to 7 people plus a guide and driver (with your bags strapped to the roof). The price can be shared between all passengers. The route is the same as by bus, but the journey time is usually significantly less at around 5.5 – 7 hours, depending on the road conditions that day. You will likely stop for lunch and a toilet break along the way, and you have more flexibility to stop for photos, etc, whenever you like.

A private tourist jeep parked at the roadside, carrying trekkers from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi for the Langtang Valley trek

A private tourist jeep enroute to Syabrubesi

If you are organising your Langtang Valley trek via a trekking agency, they will be able to organise a private jeep for you. Otherwise, you can ask at your hotel or at local travel agencies. A private jeep will pick you up at your accommodation, offering door-to-door service.

It is much more comfortable to travel by private jeep than bus, and safer too.

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Langtang valley trek permits and fees.

TREKKING PERMITS & FEES

To trek in the Langtang Valley you will need to pay the Langtang National Park entrance fee , which is 3000 NPR (1500 NPR for SAARC nationals, 100 NPR for Nepalis). You can pay it on the way to Syabrubesi, at the NP entrance shortly before Dhunche, where all public and private transport have to make a stop. You need your passport and the fee in cash, in Nepalese rupees (NPR). Be sure to hold onto your receipt as you need to show it at checkpoints along the route.

Formerly, getting a TIMS card was also necessary, but this hasn’t been the case for a couple of years and when we trekked in March 2023, it was not required. Whether this situation will continue, we can’t say, but since 1 April 2023 a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card can only be obtained by a representative of a registered trekking agency. 

Your bag will be searched at the same checkpoint where your NP permit is issued, and the police will specifically ask if you have a drone with you. These are not permitted, unless you have the relevant permission and documents proving it.

TREKKING THE LANGTANG VALLEY INDEPENDENTLY

TREKKING INDEPENDENTLY

The Langtang Valley is not a restricted area, and as such, a guide (historically) has not been mandatory. However, the Nepal Tourism Board announced on March 9 2023 that as of April 1 2023, all international trekkers in Nepal are required to hire a licenced trekking guide and obtain the TIMS card through an authorised trekking agency registered with the government of Nepal. This abrupt announcement led to much confusion and debate about where such a rule applies, and whether it is being enforced on the ground.

A common interpretation of the rule is that trekking routes where TIMS is not required are exempt from the mandatory guide rule. The Langtang Valley falls under this category (along with treks in the Khumbu region, such as Everest Base Camp or Everest Three Passes).

From our own experience trekking in Nepal in March and April 2023, we can confirm that independent trekkers are still trekking in the Langtang Valley without guides. They are passing through police and national park checkpoints without any problems. However, the situation can of course change, so it’s best to seek out on-the-trail updates from independent trekkers on active Facebook groups, forums, etc.

PROS AND CONS OF INDEPENDENT TREKKING

Assuming the situation stays the same, and hikers continue to be able to trek independently in the Langtang Valley, here are a few thoughts on the pros and cons of independent trekking here.

This is the cheapest way to trek in the Langtang Valley. You won’t have to pay for anything extra beyond your daily food and accommodation costs, permit fee, and transport to/from the trailhead.

You have complete freedom and flexibility. You can choose how long to trek for each day, what route to take and where to stay. If you like somewhere, you can choose to stay an extra day without having to consult anyone else or consider their needs.

It is easier to enjoy a bit of ‘alone time’ on the trail. If you are trekking with a guide or group it can be harder or more awkward to branch out and enjoy walking alone with your thoughts.

You’ll likely have more interaction with locals. If you are trekking with a guide it is common practice for them to deal with everything at your guesthouse and act as a go-between. It’s normal for your guide to take your order, bring out your food, and settle up the bill on your behalf, which means you may have little interaction with the owner or staff yourself. But, you’ll be doing all that by yourself if you trek independently.

With freedom and flexibility comes more responsibility and the need to do more research, preparation and daily planning. You will need to spend time organising things both on and off the trail. You will need to sort out all the logistics like your permit, transport, and accommodation by yourself, and be confident in your route planning and navigation. 

You are more vulnerable in an emergency situation or if you get sick. This is especially true if you are trekking solo. You should prepare as best you can with a comprehensive medical kit, emergency contact numbers at the ready, and ideally an emergency communication device like the InReach Explorer . 

In peak trekking season you may find it harder to get a room. Many guesthouses prefer bigger groups with organised companies and will give preference to them over independent solo trekkers or those in small groups. Guides with existing local contacts often call ahead to book rooms, something which isn’t as easy for independent trekkers with no personal contacts. 

You miss out on all the insights a knowledgeable, English speaking guide can offer. Your understanding of the region, and Nepal in general, is likely to be much broader after spending a week or more in the company of a Nepali guide rather than going it alone.

This is the cheapest way to trek in the Langtang Valley. You won’t have to pay for anything extra beyond your daily food and accommodation costs, permit fee, and transport to/from the trailhead. 

You have complete freedom and flexibility. You can choose how long to trek for each day, what route to take and where to stay. If you like somewhere, you can choose to stay an extra day without having to consult anyone else or consider their needs. 

It is easier to enjoy a bit of ‘alone time’ on the trail. If you are trekking with a guide or group it can be harder or more awkward to branch out and enjoy walking alone with your thoughts. 

TREKKING THE LANGTANG VALLEY WITH A GUIDE (AND PORTER)

TREKKING WITH A GUIDE (AND PORTER)

Many people choose to trek the Langtang Valley with a guide, and often with a porter too. Whether you’re an inexperienced or seasoned trekker, this is a great option. Not only can an experienced guide be invaluable when it comes to your safety, a guide can also enrich your experience on the trail, giving you the opportunity to learn much more about the history, culture, and geography of the land. Hiring a porter to carry your bag will put less strain on your body, making your trek much easier and perhaps allowing you to better enjoy the surroundings. Hiring a guide and/or porter also provides jobs and supports the trekking tourism economy.

If you are trekking the Langtang Valley with a guide you will usually meet them in Kathmandu prior to your trek, travel to the trailhead together, and then return to Kathmandu together at the end. If you’re trekking with a porter, they may also travel with you from Kathmandu, or you may meet them locally at the start of the trek.

A guide and trekker walking alongside a large mani wall on the Langtang Valley trek

A guide can help with many practical things and also provide insight into local culture and customs

A guide and trekker walking alongside a large mani wall on the Langtang Valley trek

A guide can help with many practical things, but also provide insight into local culture and customs

During your trek a guide will stick with you on the trail, suggest the best spots to stop for lunch, and take you to their recommended overnight accommodation. At busy times, they may call ahead and pre-book a room for you. They will act as your go-between at each guesthouse, arranging your room, taking your food orders, and settling the bill. It’s normal for a guide to run through the following day’s itinerary each evening, giving you an overview of the trail, trekking time, and any other relevant information. Your guide will always be around at your guesthouse, but they won’t stick by you constantly. You will have plenty of freedom to hang out in your room or the dining room, read your book, chat with other guests, play cards, etc. Guides sleep and eat in the same guesthouse as you, always in a separate room.

Porters often trek at their own pace, meaning you won’t always be with them on the trail. It’s common for you to pack your porter bag before breakfast and have it ready for them, and for your bag to already be in your room when you arrive at your guesthouse for the evening. In the Langtang Valley, porters will sleep and eat at the same guesthouse as you, again in a separate room.

HOW TO ORGANISE A LANGTANG VALLEY TREKKING GUIDE (AND PORTER)

The easiest way to arrange a trekking guide is via a trekking agency . You can book an inclusive Langtang Valley trekking package which covers your transport, permit, guide (and porter), accommodation costs, and three meals a day. Alternatively, you can pay for a guide (and porter) only, and then pay-as-you-go for your accommodation, food, transport, and permit.

Choosing a trekking agency is often the trickiest part as there are thousands of registered agencies in Nepal and the quality of service can vary greatly between them. Many trekkers will choose a guide or agency based on a trusted recommendation from a friend or fellow trekker, and this is a good approach. An alternative option is to visit a number of trekking agencies in person when you arrive in Thamel (Kathmandu) to get a feel for a company that you like, or to contact agencies online in advance.

 Having trekked with three different agencies and three different guides on three visits to Nepal, our best experience has been with Himalayan Masters . We partnered with them for our Langtang Gosainkunda and Everest Three Passes treks, and found them to be professional, committed to a high level of service, and competitively priced.

We really appreciate the fact that Sandip, the agency owner, is super flexible when it comes to itinerary amendments that don’t just follow the norm (eg. including Sherpagaon and Thangshyap). He’s also a problem solver and what we’d call a real ‘go-getter’, a trait that’s highly valuable to his clients, whether he’s retrieving a swallowed bank card from a Thamel ATM in record time or fixing logistical issues when things go wrong last minute at 2am (both real life examples experienced by us or fellow Himalayan Masters clients we met on the trail!).

We’d also highly recommend our Himalayan Masters guide, Govinda Rai, who we spent over a month trekking with in Nepal. He is very professional, taking care of everything you would expect from a guide, but also tailoring his suggestions and advice specifically to his clients, resulting in a more enjoyable trekking experience overall. We quickly came to trust his choices for lunch stops and accommodation as we felt they were always among the best options available. His knowledge of the trail was excellent, and his advice on trekking times for each day (based on our own pace) was spot-on, making it easier for us to plan our itinerary and make on-the-go changes as we saw fit. And on a personal level, we found Govinda to be easy-going, friendly, and an all-round great person to spend time with.

Govinda Rai, a trekking guide for Himalayan Masters, laughing and smiling in front of colourful prayer flags at the top of Kyanjin Ri (4856 m) on the Langtang Valley trek

Govinda, o ur Himalayan Masters guide, enjoying a masala tea break at Kyanjin Ri (4586 m)

Govinda Rai, a trekking guide for Himalayan Masters, laughing and smiling in front of colourful prayer flags at the top of Kyanjin Ri (4856 m) on the Langtang Valley trek

Govinda, our Himalayan Masters guide, enjoying a masala tea break at Kyanjin Ri (4586 m)

We also met a number of other Himalayan Masters guides while out on the trail, including Dipak who we chatted with lots, as our Langtang Valley trek itinerary coincided for three nights at the same guesthouses. From our interactions with Dipak, and positive feedback shared over dining room chats with his two trekking clients, we’re confident that Himalayan Masters are working with great guides across the board.

To  discuss your Langtang Valley trek, get in touch with Himalayan Masters at [email protected] , and you’ll get a 5% discount off your trip cost by using our code HOGG5 .

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ACCOMMODATION ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

Accommodation.

Accommodation on the Langtang Valley trek is in the form of guesthouses, also known as teahouses or lodges. These can be found regularly along the trail in local villages (Langtang/Kyanjin Gompa), in guesthouse only settlements (Lama Hotel/Bamboo), and occasionally as stand alone guesthouses such as Riverside (at Gumnachok). In general, the standard of accommodation in the Langtang Valley is quite high, as many of the guesthouses have been newly built following the devastating earthquake of 2015. The main exception is Lama Hotel, where all the guesthouses are old and the facilities are more basic. The guesthouses at Rimche, Gumnachok, and Ghodatabela are also more basic.

Snowy mountains rise behind the colourful multi-storey guesthouses of Kyanjin Gompa, the main destination point on the Langtang Valley trek

There are many guesthouses at Kyanjin Gompa

Snowy mountains rise behind the colourful multi-storey guesthouses of Kyanjin Gompa, the main destination point on the Langtang Valley trek

Guesthouses provide both accommodation and meals, and you are expected to eat dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse you sleep at. Lunch is usually at a different guesthouse along the trail, unless you arrive early at your destination for the day.

Rooms are basic, but comfortable. They usually have two single beds, although some places will have rooms sleeping three, or just one. Beds always have a sheet-covered mattress, a pillow with a pillowcase, and a blanket. We have seen plenty of bedding hanging out to dry which would suggest sheets, pillowcases, and blankets do get washed, however there is no guarantee that they will be freshly laundered for each guest. Personally, we always trek with our own sleeping bag and silk liner, using the blanket over our sleeping bag for extra warmth at higher altitudes.

There is always a light in the room, powered by mains electricity or solar. Often there is a small table, some hooks on the wall, and a bin, and there is almost always a window with curtains. Some guesthouses will have charging sockets in the room, but this is not always the case. There is no heating in guesthouse rooms, only ever in the main dining room.

A bedroom at the Holyland Guesthouse, at Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

A better-than-average room in the Langtang Valley, this one at the Holyland Guesthouse, Kyanjin Gompa

A bedroom at the Holyland Guesthouse, at Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley trek

TOILETS AND SHOWERS

There are often rooms with attached bathrooms (ensuite) available, but shared bathrooms are also common. If you have an attached bathroom this will usually have a toilet, sink (not always), and shower. Shared bathroom facilities usually consist of separate toilets and shower rooms, with a sink outside, although sometimes there is no dedicated sink and you’ll need to wash your hands/brush your teeth at an outdoor tap.

Toilets may be sit-down or squat style. Toilet paper is never provided , so you’ll need to pack your own and buy more as you go. Do not flush toilet paper down the toilet, always put it in the bin next to the toilet (this may be an old tin can, a cardboard box, a plastic container, or such like.) Sit-down toilets will likely have an automatic flush, although at higher altitudes in cold weather, the pipes can freeze and you may need to flush the toilet using a bucket of water. Squat toilets never have an automatic flush; you always need to flush using the scoop and bucket of water provided.

Showers are generally solar heated, although sometimes a gas shower is available (usually for a fee). If neither are available, guesthouses can provide a bucket of hot water for a fee, which you can use to wash.

DINING ROOM

Every guesthouse has a dining room where you can eat your meals, drink tea, and hang out. There are usually tables and fixed benches around the perimeter of the room, with plenty of movable chairs too. Expect to see a display cabinet of snacks and sundries for sale (eg. chocolate bars, biscuits, Pringles, toilet paper, soft drinks), and often a Buddhist prayer altar, too. The dining room is the only room with a stove, usually lit in the late afternoon/early evening as the sun goes down and it starts to get cold, making it nice and cosy.

A traditional style, typical dining room with wooden tables, plastic chairs, a central heating stove, and sunny valley views, at the Ganesh View Hotel in Rimche on the Langtang Valley trek

A traditional and typical teahouse/guesthouse dining room, complete with stove, this one at the Ganesh View Hotel, Rimche

A traditional style, typical dining room with wooden tables, plastic chairs, a central heating stove, and sunny valley views, at the Ganesh View Hotel in Rimche on the Langtang Valley trek

A typical, traditional teahouse/guesthouse dining room, complete with stove, this one at the Ganesh View Hotel, Rimche

The kitchen is usually pretty cosy too, as most food is cooked over a wood fire stove. In smaller guesthouses, or when it’s not too busy, you might be invited to sit in the kitchen to stay warm (often at breakfast when the dining room is still cold).

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FOOD ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

FOOD AND DRINKS

Every guesthouse serves meals and you are expected to eat dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse you are sleeping at, otherwise the cost of the room will be much higher. There are also a few bakeries, coffee shops, and tea shops along the route where you can pop in for treats.

Every guesthouse has a menu, and the options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each are almost identical. Prices tend to increase the higher you go as food and fuel needs to be transported further via porters or pack mules, resulting in additional costs.

LANGTANG VALLEY SAMPLE MENU

Click into the slider to see a typical example of a menu in the Langtang Valley. This menu is from Summit Guesthouse in Thangshyap (3190 m) and the prices are similar to those in both Langtang (3450 m) and Kyanjin Gompa (3865 m).

Langtang Valley Trek sample food and drink menu, showing typical prices and items available as standard

Breakfast dishes include porridge, muesli, eggs, Tibetan bread (a kind of fried dough), chapati (flat, unleavened bread), and pancakes . Honey, jam, peanut butter, apples, chocolate sauce, and yak cheese are common accompaniments on offer.

Breakfast options are generally priced between 300 – 600 NPR (approx $2 – $5 USD) , depending on location and item.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Dal Bhat is a ubiquitous Nepali meal , eaten twice a day by many locals. It consists of plain rice, a lentil soup, veggie curry, papad (poppadom), and some sort of pickle. Depending on the veggies available, you may also get saag (spinach) or something similar. Everything is served on a big plate, and you can get free refills of each item (apart from the papad!).

A serving of classic Nepali dish dal bhat on a brass plate, sitting on a peach coloured wooden table

There are always free refills of rice, dal and curry with  Dal Bhat , giving rise to the familiar catchphrase ‘Dal Bhat power 24 hour’

Dal Bhat, the national dish of Nepal, on a copper dish set on a blue wooden table

With Dal Bhat , t here are always free refills of at least the rice, dal and curry, giving rise to the familiar catchphrase, ‘Dal Bhat power 24 hour’

Other options include various soups (some fresh, some from a packet), basic pasta dishes (usually fried), fried rice, fried noodles, boiled or fried potatoes, and momos (steamed or fried dumplings). Ingredients more or less revolve around eggs, cheese, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onion, garlic, and tinned tuna.

 Meal options are generally priced between 350 – 700 NPR (approx $3 – $6 USD) , depending on location and item.

Various hot drinks include black/green/milk/masala/mint/ginger lemon honey tea, instant coffee, and hot chocolate . You can order a single cup or a small/medium/large thermos (called ‘pots’). Cups or pots of hot water are also available.

Seabuckthorn juice is commonly available, served either hot or cold. Seabuckthorn grows locally and is harvested and turned into juice in autumn, making this the best season to try it, although it is often still available in spring.

Soft drinks like Coke, Fanta, and Sprite are available to buy at each guesthouse shop, along with bottled water (although we recommend purifying tap water to drink instead of buying bottled water). You can also buy beer (bottles/cans) and small bottles of Khukuri rum , however it’s best to avoid alcohol at higher altitudes as this dehydrates you and makes acclimatisation more difficult.

Hot drinks are on average about 150 NPR per cup ($1 USD) , or up to 1500 – 2000 NPR per large pot ($11 – $15 USD). Soft drinks are about 400 NPR ($3 USD), bottled water is about 350 NPR ($2.5 USD) , and beer is about 800 NPR ($6 USD) .

SNACKS AND DESSERTS

You can buy chocolate bars, biscuits, and Pringles at most guesthouse shops. Other snacks like popcorn, papad, prawn crackers, yak cheese, or french fries are often available on the menu, and you can usually get desserts like apple, Snickers, or Mars spring rolls/fritters/pies/momos.

Prices for Snickers/Mars are around 300 NPR ($2 USD) , packets of biscuits start from 100 NPR ($.80 USD) , and Pringles are about 600 NPR ($5.5 USD) . Desserts range from 300 – 600 NPR ($2 – $5.5 USD) .

The snacks, drinks and sundries on sale at the Ganesh View Hotel in Rimche on the Langtang Valley trek

A typical example of what’s on sale in Langtang Valley guesthouses 

The snacks, drinks and sundries on sale at the Ganesh View Hotel in Rimche on the Langtang Valley trek

A fairly typical example of what’s on sale at guesthouses  in the Langtang Valley  

BAKERIES AND COFFEE SHOPS

Proper coffee machines are starting to make an appearance in the upper reaches of the Langtang Valley, brought to the area at much expense via helicopter. A real americano goes perfectly with a baked goodie such as a brownie, cinnamon bun, or slice of apple pie, available at bakeries in Langtang and Kyanjin Gompa, as well as a few other select spots. Our personal favourite is the Himalayan Bakery in Langtang, run by friendly Mapsing.

Coffee costs around 300 – 400 NPR ($2 – $3 USD) , and bakery treats are usually around 400 – 600 NPR ($3 – $5.5 USD) .

SAFE DRINKING WATER ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

SAFE DRINKING WATER

Bottled water is available to buy along the trail, however a much better option (environmentally and economically!) is to treat tap water and drink this instead. Come prepared with a refillable water bottle and/or water bladder , and a method of treating the water to make it safe for drinking.

The cheapest option is to use water purification tablets . You drop these into the water, wait about 30 minutes, then your water is safe to drink (although it can have a strange taste due to the active chemical in the tablets, ie. iodine or chlorine). You can buy these easily in supermarkets and outdoor shops in Kathmandu.

Our preferred method of water sterilisation is to use a Steripen Ultra in conjunction with a filter . The filter screws onto the top of our Nalgene water bottle and ensures any weird floaty bits or particulates are filtered out. Then we stick the Steripen into 1 litre of water for 90 seconds and the UV light sterilises the water, making it safe to drink immediately and with no change to the taste. The Steripen Ultra model is rechargeable via USB, so we can charge it using our solar panel, power bank, or an electrical socket. We always carry water purification tablets as an emergency backup, although we’ve never had to use them during 6+ years of using the Steripen.

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Other common sterilisation methods include a Lifestraw , Grayl , Water-To Go , or a squeeze filter system .

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WIFI, PHONE SIGNAL, AND CHARGING ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

WIFI, PHONE SIGNAL, AND CHARGING

Nepal Telecom SIM cards work best in the Langtang Valley , with a phone signal and (weak) data connection available for most of the trek up to Rimche, and between Ghodatabela and Kyanjin Gompa. NCell doesn’t get much of a phone signal or data connection beyond Syabrubesi.

WiFi is available at a number of guesthouses and bakeries along the trail, although this is often via a hotspot connection to a staff member’s phone. The more people connected, the slower the internet service. There is often a charge of 300 NPR ($2 USD) for unlimited use per stay at a guesthouse . There is no WiFi or phone signal at Lama Hotel or other locations in the narrow valley area, such as Riverside/Gumnachok. Poor weather conditions can affect WiFi connectivity, with no guarantees that it will be working 24/7. In short, you can’t rely on having an internet connection every day, however you will be able to access the internet regularly throughout the trek.

A collection of older guesthouses at Lama Hotel, a small teahouse only settlement used by most trekkers on the Langtang Valley trek

In a deep and narrow section of the Langtang Valley, there is no wifi, data connection, or phone signal at Lama Hotel

A collection of older guesthouses at Lama Hotel, a small teahouse only settlement used by most trekkers on the Langtang Valley trek

There is no wifi, data connection, or phone signal at Lama Hotel, a collection of older guesthouses in a deep, narrow section of the Langtang Valley

Many guesthouses run off solar power and free in-room charging isn’t always available, although we had sockets in our room at four out of six guesthouses on the Langtang Valley trek. At our guesthouse in Lama Hotel, solar power was so limited that charging wasn’t possible at all, and in Thangshyap, charging in the dining room was possible for a fee per device.

Generally speaking, if there are no sockets in your room then you will be able to charge in the dining room , but there may be a fee per device (eg. 150 NPR (~$1 USD) for a phone or 250 NPR (~$2 USD) for a camera battery.

It’s a good idea to pack a power bank (or two, depending on your usage), enabling you to charge your phone and batteries on-the-go. You can charge your power bank overnight in your room or in the dining room when you don’t need it. A portable solar panel can also be useful although it’s certainly not necessary and will add extra weight to your pack; not worth buying unless you will use it on other treks and outdoor adventures in the future.

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK COST AND BUDGET

COSTS AND BUDGET

The cost of your Langtang Valley trek will very much depend on how you choose to trek (whether independently or with a guide), and how many people you share the costs with . The cheapest option is to trek independently as a duo, opting to travel by public transport and sleep in rooms with shared bathroom facilities every night. Trekking with a guide and porter as part of an inclusive trek package, taking private transport, and sleeping in rooms with attached bathrooms wherever possible, will cost more.

Below is a breakdown of the average costs for a Langtang Valley trek.

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK COSTS

3000 NPR ($23 USD) taxi to bus station + public bus (per person return)

$340 USD private jeep return (cost can be shared between up to 7 people)

3000 NPR ($23 USD) per person (1500 NPR for SAARC nationals/100 NPR for Nepalis)

Twin Room w/ attached bathroom, average cost 1000 NPR ($7.50 USD) per night (for 1 or 2 people)

Twin Room w/ shared bathroom, average cost 500 NPR ($3.80 USD) per night (for 1 or 2 people)

3 x meals with hot drinks, average 2500 NPR ($19 USD) per person, per day

Extra Snacks (chocolate bars, biscuits, soft drinks) average 1000 NPR ($7.50 USD) per person, per day

For a detailed look at prices, check out the Langtang Valley menu in the food section above

WIFI/CHARGING

Average 300 NPR ($2.30 USD) per person, per day

$20 – $30 USD per day (cost can be shared with up to 5 people)

$18 – $25 USD per day (max weight carried 25 kg, cost can be shared between 2-3 people)

Expected by guides and porters

Recommended minimum amount is:

500 NPR ($4 USD) per person, per day for guides

400 NPR ($3 USD) per person, per day for porters

For larger groups, tip 10% of total tour cost to be split between all trekking staff

3000 NPR ($23 USD) per person (1500 NPR for SAARC nationals, 100 NPR for Nepalis)

In summary, the average cost for an 8 – 10 day Langtang Valley trek is about $24 per day for a budget trekker sharing a room with one person and trekking independently, with no guide or porter. A fully inclusive package is about $100 per day . Other considerations, such as trekking with a guide but no porter, buying lots of snacks, or staying in more expensive rooms, would see your daily budget falling somewhere between these two figures.

MONEY AND ATMs ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

You must bring all the cash you need from Kathmandu , in Nepalese rupees. There is an ATM in Kyanjin Gompa, but it wasn’t working when we visited and by all accounts it can’t be relied upon. It’s a good idea to have a mixture of large and small bills, as guesthouses, teashops, and bakeries don’t usually have change.

ATMs in Nepal have maximum withdrawal limits (usually 35,000 NPR), and your bank card is also likely to have a max daily withdrawal limit. Be sure to plan ahead and start withdrawing cash a few days in advance if you need to carry a lot.

PLAN YOUR TREK ON THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

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WHAT TO PACK FOR THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

WHAT TO PACK

We have outlined packing recommendations for a Nepal trek in our What To Pack For Trekking in Nepal guide, so be sure to check this out for a complete rundown. You can also download our Nepal Packing List , a useful online or printable checklist for your trek.

In a nutshell, you will need clothes suitable for trekking in warm and cold conditions and for changing into in the evening, gear to use on the trail and at your guesthouse, any relevant electronics, hygiene and first aid items, and a few essentials such as cash, emergency contact details, travel insurance documents, and your passport.

If you arrive in Nepal without the appropriate gear for trekking, you can buy and/or rent everything you need in Kathmandu (either fake or genuine items). Some trekking agencies provide gear free of charge to clients. Himalayan Masters , for example, provide sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, water bottles, purification tablets, caps, and T-Shirts, plus a duffel bag if you’re trekking with a porter.

You can leave any excess luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu and pick it up when you return from your trek.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR TREK

ALTITUDE AWARENESS

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) , also commonly referred to as Altitude Sickness, can affect people at heights of around 2500 m and above . It can affect anyone regardless of age, physical fitness, or other factors. The higher you go the less oxygen there is, and it takes time for your body to adjust. Symptoms of AMS, such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, or loss of appetite, can occur when your body is not properly acclimatised to being at a particular altitude. The highest sleeping altitude on the Langtang Valley trek is around 3865 m, at Kyanjin Gompa. The highest points you are likely to trek to are Kyanjin Ri (4586 m) and Tsergo Ri (just under 4965 m).

AMS can develop into the life-threatening conditions of HACE or HAPE, therefore symptoms of AMS should never be ignored. Read up on the causes, symptoms, and treatments for AMS prior to your trek – it could save your life or that of a fellow trekker! We have found the altitude.org website helpful, along with the PDF booklet about Travel at High Altitude (available in a number of languages) produced by Medex . A number of other medical websites, such as the NHS , are also good resources.

In a nutshell, the best way to avoid developing AMS (or the life-threatening conditions of HACE or HAPE) is to follow medically advised best-practices . This includes ascending slowly , sleeping no more than 300 – 500 metres higher than the previous night , taking a rest day for every 1000 metres ascended above 2500 m, staying well hydrated by drinking lots of water, and going on acclimatisation hikes where you can climb high but return to sleep at a lower altitude .

Two trekkers and their guide smiling as they pose for a celebration shot at the summit of Tsergo Ri (4965 m), the highest point most trekkers reach on the Langtang Valley trek

Getting to the top of Tsergo Ri (4965 m) is a great feeling; make sure you acclimatise properly so you can enjoy it!

Two trekkers and their guide smiling as they pose for a celebration shot at the summit of Tsergo Ri (4965 m), the highest point most trekkers reach on the Langtang Valley trek

Getting to the top of Tsergo Ri is a fantastic feeling; acclimatise properly beforehand so you can enjoy it!

If you develop AMS symptoms, do not ascend any higher. Rest, drink water, eat something, take paracetamol and ibuprofen to help with the pain, and assess whether your condition is worsening or improving. If it is worsening, you should descend to a lower altitude immediately. If it is improving or staying the same, rest at the same altitude for a night and allow your body more time to acclimatise before ascending.

Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a tablet that can be taken as a preventative to AMS, or as a treatment to help reduce the symptoms. It helps to speed up the acclimatisation process by causing you to breathe deeper and faster, resulting in higher oxygen concentrations in the body. It usually comes in tablets of 250 mg and the dosage is 125 mg twice a day. You can speak to a medical professional prior to your trip about taking Acetazolamide (Diamox). It is available to purchase over the counter at pharmacies in Kathmandu and trekking guides will often carry it in their first aid kit. Common side effects of taking Acetazolamide (Diamox) are tingling fingers, lips, and/or feet.

Note that many guides and locals will advise you to eat garlic soup as a remedy to AMS, but there is no medical evidence to support this notion.

TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR TREKKING IN NEPAL

You will have the chance to trek up to nearly 5000 m on the Langtang Valley trek. Trekking to this altitude is NOT automatically covered by most travel insurance providers , but you should be able to pay extra for an add-on ‘activity pack’ which will cover you for trekking at such heights. When choosing your travel insurance policy, it’s also wise to ensure you have Search and Rescue cover and Medical Evacuation cover included.

Always check the inclusions and exclusions of your policy carefully. Some travel insurance providers have specific exclusions or conditions when it comes to trekking in Nepal. For example, the excess for helicopter evacuation may be considerably higher for Nepal than elsewhere. This is due in part to a scam in recent years whereby trekkers who become ill are pressured or encouraged to fly out of the mountains by helicopter for medical attention, with unscrupulous guides, helicopter companies, doctors, and even some trekkers themselves, profiting from the scam.

You should also make a note of the correct procedure for medical emergencies and the insurance company emergency contact number . Add this information to your phone, and keep a written copy with you while trekking.

Whether you are currently in your home country or are already travelling, two travel insurance policy providers that can cover you for trekking in Nepal are World Nomads (for residents of 140+ countries) and True Traveller (for UK and EEA residents only). We have purchased travel insurance policies from both of these companies on numerous occasions and have found their policies to be comprehensive, and their online claims and extension processes straightforward.

If you still need to organise travel insurance, we’d suggest getting a quote from each to see which suits you best.

Click the links below to get a quote

Click the links to get a quote.

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LANGTANG VALLEY ADD-ON TREKS

ADD-ON TREKS

It’s possible to combine a Langtang Valley trek with other treks in the region . One option is the Tamang Heritage Trail , a 5 to 6 day route which also starts and ends at Syabrubesi. Another option (and the add-on trek that we chose) is Gosainkunda , a high altitude lake and holy pilgrimage site. This adds 4 to 6 days onto your trek. You can start/end at Dhunche just south of Syabrubesi, or cross the Laurebina Pass and end at Kutumsang, Chisapani or Sundarijal, northeast of Kathmandu.

Read our   Complete Guide to the Gosainkunda Trek and Gosainkunda Trail Notes  to find out more and plan your own Langtang Gosainkunda trek.

Gosainkunda, a high altitude lake close to the Langtang Valley, with the surrounding landscape covered in snow

Gosainkunda is a great addition to a Langtang trek, requiring an extra 4 – 6 days

Gosainkunda, a high altitude lake close to the Langtang Valley, with the surrounding landscape covered in snow

It’s also possible to climb Yala Peak (5500 m) from Kyanjin Gompa. This is usually a 2 day expedition, camping at Yala Peak Base Camp on Day 1, then summiting the peak and returning to Kyanjin Gompa on Day 2.

You can organise each of these add-on treks plus a Yala Peak climb via Himalayan Masters (our recommended local trekking agency) and get 5% off your trip cost if you mention our referral code HOGG5 . Contact them by email at [email protected] .

GETTING TO NEPAL

It’s possible to travel overland from India to Nepal, crossing the border at Sunauli. The route and details are described in this post on Seat 61 .

The easiest way to get to Nepal is by flying and this is how the vast majority of people arrive. A number of different airlines operate flights to Nepal’s only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. There are very few long distance direct flights to Nepal, so you can expect to transfer somewhere in Asia or the Middle East, depending on your direction of travel.

It’s best to book your flights at the earliest possible opportunity . During busy times, such as the peak trekking seasons in spring and autumn, flights are often fully booked.

CHECK FLIGHT OPTIONS HERE

Arriving at kathmandu airport.

There is a money exchange booth next to the visa payment counter , prior to passing through immigration. There is an ATM next to the visa payment counter too, however it is unreliable. More ATMs are available after passing through immigration, but it’s best to have some cash with you just in case.

You can arrange a SIM from NCell or Nepal Telecom at arrivals , and SIM cards are also available from many small shops in Thamel.

AIRPORT TAXI

A taxi from the airport to Thamel costs approximately 800 – 1000 NPR ($6 – $7.50 USD) and takes between 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic and the time of day. There are prepaid taxi counters at arrivals, or you can negotiate a fare with a taxi driver outside (there are no metered taxis). You need to pay cash .

PLAN YOUR TREK TO UPPER MUSTANG

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NEPAL TOURIST VISAS

Tourist visas are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers .

While tourist visas on arrival are available for many foreign passport holders, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.

See the Nepal Immigration website for more details.

NEPAL VISA ON ARRIVAL

There are three Nepal tourist visas available and three things you must have to get one on arrival:

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A passport valid for at least six months
  • At least one blank page in your passport
  • The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)

The Nepal tourist visa on arrival process is as follows:

NEPAL VISA ON ARRIVAL PROCESS

  • Go to the machines to the right as you enter the arrivals hall. You’ll need your passport details and hotel address . After filling in the required details on the screen, take a photo of the confirmation page on your phone (the printer doesn’t work).
  • Next, you need to pay for your visa at the desk on the left as you enter the arrivals hall. You can show the confirmation on your phone. They want a cash payment for the visa. A sign indicates that a number of currencies are acceptable, including EUR, GBP, CAD, USD, AUD, JPY, KRW, AED, SGD, THB, MYR, CHF, DKK, QAD, SAR, CNY, HKD, KWD, and BHD. Note that they will NOT accept Bank of Scotland GBP notes, only Bank of England notes. You cannot pay in NPR. The sign says they accept card payments, but they will refuse and advise you that you must pay cash. If you insist hard enough, then they’ll send you to the desk on the far left to pay at a card machine with a $1 surcharge. The machine can be temperamental and the payment may fail to go through a few times. Also, it’s treated as a cash advance from your credit card, not a transaction, so you’ll probably be charged a cash withdrawal fee by your credit card company. After paying for your visa you’ll get a receipt .
  • Take the receipt of visa payment, your passport , and boarding pass for your flight into Kathmandu to the immigration desk and get stamped through.

WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU

Thamel is the main tourist hub in Kathmandu , with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and services aimed at trekkers. Below are our accommodation recommendations for before and after your Langtang Valley trek, with something to suit all budgets.

BUDGET KATHMANDU ACCOMMODATION

Flock Hostel | Dorm and Private rooms, modern design, close to Thamel, rooftop bar and terrace, restaurant

Zostel Kathmandu | Dorm and Private rooms, terrace, bar, restaurant, close to Thamel

Flying Yak | Dorm and Private rooms, modern design, central Thamel, bar, terrace  

Yakety Yak | Dorm and Private rooms, sleek modern design, rooftop terrace, bar, restaurant, central Thamel

Bag Packer’s Lodge | Budget private rooms with shared or private bathroom, rooftop terrace, restaurant, central Thamel location

MID-RANGE KATHMANDU ACCOMMODATION

9ine Thamel | Sleek minimalist design, central Thamel, excellent restaurant 

Nomad Hotel | Tasteful modern design, short walk from Thamel, restaurant and terrace

Oasis Kathmandu Hotel | Good location in Thamel, restaurant, generically ‘nice’ decor

Kathmandu Aagantuk Hotel | Good location in Thamel, restaurant, generically ‘nice’ decor, some rooms with balconies

Hotel Roadhouse | Stylish Modern design with heritage feel, central Thamel, popular restaurant on ground floor

HIGH-END KATHMANDU ACCOMMODATION

Dalai-La | Central Thamel, courtyard restaurant, artistic Nepali design

Hotel Thamel House | Classic heritage style with lots of brick and wood, leafy courtyard restaurant, central Thamel

Kathmandu Marriott Hotel | Sleek and minimal design, walking distance to Thamel, Nimsdai store on-site

Aloft Kathmandu |  Modern design, Thamel location

Baber Mahal Vilas – The Heritage Hotel | Heritage boutique hotel invoking a range of historic styles 

The Dwarika’s Hotel | 5* luxury heritage style hotel, half-way between airport and Thamel

SEE MORE KATHMANDU ACCOMMODATION HERE

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MAPS, GUIDEBOOKS & APPS

You can easily pick up trekking maps of the Langtang Valley region in Thamel, Kathmandu, with many shops selling them.

Good guidebooks for the Langtang Valley specifically, and Nepal in general, include A Trekking Guide to Langtang by Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons (available in paperback or kindle), Lonely Planet’s Nepal Guide , the Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya guide, and The Rough Guide to Nepal .

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We would also suggest having a mapping app on your phone that can be used offline . Our favourite is Organic Maps ( iOS / Android ) (very similar to Maps.me, but with less ads) which is easy to use and has a straightforward interface. You can download maps for the area beforehand and use it offline with the GPS on your phone. Our Langtang Valley Trekking E-Map includes a KML file with the route and all relevant places pinned, which can be imported to Organic Maps or Maps.Me for easy navigation and planning.  

We also use the Gaia GPS app ( iOS / Android ) when we want more detailed topographical info, ensuring that we’ve downloaded the relevant map region online in advance. Again, our Langtang Valley Trekking E-Map includes a GPX file download of the route and key places, which can be imported directly into your app. 

That’s it for our guide to the Langtang Valley trek. We hope you found it useful. If you’ve any thoughts or experiences to share, or any questions about this trek, drop them in the comments below.

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Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley is a classic trekking destination, located only 61.8km away from aerial distance, north of Kathmandu.

Although the Langtang Valley Trek is relatively short, accessible, and cheap, the trails are quieter with less number of trekkers compared to other classic trekking destinations in Nepal .

The trek is ideal for both experienced trekkers as well as novice travel enthusiasts. This trek provides an incredible opportunity to traverse through beautiful Tamang villages, diverse landscapes, eye-catching waterfalls, high Himalayan valleys, monasteries, and densely forested areas.

The mountain trails to Langtang also offers you a spectacular sight of the glaciers and mountains including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganja La Pass.

Protected as Langtang National Park , it is home to an abundance of exotic animals and birds. On a lucky day, you may spot plenty of wild animals including red panda, langur, musk deer, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr along with birds like Himalayan monal, white-winged redstart, and the snow Patridge.

Before the catastrophic earthquake in 2015, Langtang used to be one of the most commercial trekking destinations in Nepal. The region was severely affected and damaged by the earthquake. Some of the villages in the region were destroyed and buried under the rubble. However, after massive reconstruction and renovation efforts, the area is now open for the trekkers.

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Langtang Valley Trek Facts

Highlights of langtang valley trek.

  • Langtang Valley is a relatively short and accessible trekking destination with a fantastic Himalayan experience.
  • Relish the beautiful spectacles of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Jugal Himal.
  • Breathtaking climb to the vantage point of Tserko Ri at the elevation of 5033m.
  • Explore the beautiful Tamang villages and get a more in-depth insight into their cultures and heritages.
  • Opportunity to witness rare animals like the red panda, snow leopard, langur, and musk deer.
  • Explore the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa.

Getting There and Away

Langtang Valley Trek

Start of the Trek

Your journey to Langtang Valley Trek begins with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi covers the total distance of 122km. Although reasonably short in distance, there is still no luxury transportation services available for this region. You can drive to Syabrubesi either by local bus or local/private jeep.

The local bus departs from Machhapokhari every morning from 7 to 9 AM. The bus fare may cost you from $6 to $8 depending upon the different transportation companies. The main discomfort while driving on a local bus is congested seats and too many passengers.

The local jeep will cost about $8 to $10 per person on a sharing basis. You can take these jeeps from Machhapokhari as well. They depart every morning from 6:30 to 9 AM.

If you’re willing to hire a private jeep, it’ll cost you around $150 for a group of 6-7 travelers.

The road condition you travel along reveals its pathetic and rough forms. The highway from Kathmandu to Trishuli Bazaar is good with a narrow winding road.  However, once you drive further from Trishuli Bazaar, the road becomes rough and bumpy. Along the way, you come to experience some dreadful landslides.

End of the Trek

Since both starting point and endpoint of Langtang Valley Trek is at Syabrubesi, you’ll be retracing the route backward from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.

You’ll have similar transportation options while traveling from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary of Langtang Valley Trek – 8 Days

Lantang valley trek detailed 8 days itinerary, day 1: drive from kathmandu (1,400m) to syabru besi (1,550m) – 7 to 8 hours.

Syabru Besi

The adventure of Langtang Valley Trek begins with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. You can either take a local bus from Macchapokhari or hire a jeep to Syabru Besi.

As soon as the bus departs from Kathmandu, the road climbs over the ridge offering majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna. The condition of the highway is extremely rocky and rough with tons of potholes and small ditches.

You’ll be driving alongside the Trishuli river for most of the day. Driving past the bustling town of Trisuli, the road leads towards Dhunche, the administrative center of Rasuwa District. Make sure to keep your TIMS card and National Park Permit in an easily accessible place as you’ll need to show them at the Park Gate right before Dhunche. After driving for another hour downhill from the town of Dhunche, you’ll reach Syabru Besi.

Day 2: Trek from Syabru Besi (1,550m) to Lama Hotel (2,380m) – 6 to 7 hours

Lama Hotel

You’ll start the trek from Syabru Besi by crossing the bridge over the Ying Yang River. The trail ascends and descends simultaneously through the dense sub-tropical forest alongside Langtang Khola.

As the trek continues, oak and rhododendron trees dominate the surroundings. While walking in the woods, make sure to watch out for the langur monkeys. The trail goes steep and slightly strenuous through the forest up to Lama Hotel.

Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel (2,380m) to Mundu (3,430m) via Langtang Village – 6 to 7 hours

Langtang Village

On this day, the forest trail continues through plenty of waterfalls and occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung. At Ghoda Tabela, the path emerges out of the woodlands into the lush green meadow. The snow-capped peaks of the Langtang range begin to appear on either side of the valley.

The trail further continues to a gentle uphill, passing a few temporary settlements towards Langtang village. Before the 2015 earthquake, Langtang village was once a bustling settlement with plenty of teahouses and lodges. A massive rock field surrounds the entire valley. Mundu village is only half an hour away from Langtang village.

Day 4: Trek from Mundu (3,430m) to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) – 3 hours

Kyanjin Gompa

Today, the trail continues gradually passing water mills, chortens, prayer flags, and sacred mounds of rocks with carved inscriptions. The route heads upwards to a yak pasture where the sight becomes more extensive with the mountain views.

As you cross over some moraines and small streams, you’ll reach Kyanjin Gompa. Since this is the shortest day of the trek, you’ll arrive at Kyanjin Gompa by lunchtime. So, if you do not want to spend the day resting, we recommend you head towards Langshisha Kharka for incredible views.

Day 5: Excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m) – 5 to 6 hours

Tserko Ri

Hike up to the vantage point at Tserko Ri to relish the incredible sights of the mountains, glaciers, and the Langtang valley. Tserko Ri marks the highest elevation point of the trek at 5,000m above sea level.

Since you’ll return to Kyanjin Gompa by the afternoon, you can also explore the ancient monastery of the village. Additionally, you can also visit the cheese factory and glacier.

Day 6: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) to Lama Hotel (2,380m) – 6 to 7 hours

Tea House in Langtang Valley

On this day, you retrace the route from Kyanjin Gompa back to Lama Hotel. The way follows back alongside the Langtang River through Mundu village to Ghoda Tabela. The trail is mostly downhill throughout the day. Upon reaching Ghoda Tabela, you’ll continue descending on a steep downhill to Lama Hotel.

Day 7: Trek from Lama Hotel (2,380m) to Syabru Besi (1,550m) – 6 to 7 hours

Langtang Valley Trek

Two different trails lead to Syabru Besi. You can either retrace the route enjoying the forest from Lama Hotel or you can take a detour from Rimche via Sherpa Gaun to Syabru Besi.

The detour from Rimche takes much longer to arrive at Syabru Besi, but this spectacular route is worth the time.

Day 8: Drive from Syabru Besi (1,550m) to Kathmandu (1,400m) – 8 to 10 hours

Bhaktapur

On the final day, you drive back from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu. If you’re early, you can catch a local bus from here. Otherwise, you can also take a local jeep for a slightly convenient experience. It takes about 7-8 hours to drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Extension

Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Extension

If time permits, you can combine the Langtang Valley Trek with Gosainkunda. The trek offers remote trails with spectacular views of the mountains at Langtang and high Himalayan lake at Gosainkunda.

Gosainkunda, a holy glacial lake at an elevation of 4,380m, is a shrine of Hindus. The diverse landscapes, lush green forest, terraced fields, hills, and scenic mountain views make Gosainkunda one of the most stunning trekking destinations in Nepal.

Langtang Valley Trek with Gosainkunda Extension begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi and then follows through the Langtang Valley. The trail to Gosainkunda connects from Thulo Syapru while retracing the route back from Langtang Trek. The path is quite steep from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa and up to the pristine lake of Gosainkunda.

Best Time to Travel in Langtang Region

Best Time to Travel Langtang

Trekking to Langtang Valley is possible throughout the year. However, Spring season (March to May) right after the cold winter and in Autumn season (September to November) right after the soaking monsoon are two most popular periods to visit the Langtang region.

In most of the days during the Autumn, the temperature remains moderate with a crystal clear sky. This means the temperature during this time of the year is perfect for walking. Also, you get to witness the incredible scenery of the Himalayas throughout the trek. However, the only drawback to trek at this time of the year is the crowded trails.

During the spring season, the temperature is slightly warmer during the day, and the sky looks hazy at times. This means the view may not be as exceptional as the Autumn.

Winter brings cold and harsh weather, especially at the higher elevations. Thick snow covers the trails making it hard to walk during winter. However, the skies are unclouded and reward magnificent sights. If you’re planning to trek to Langtang Valley during the winter, make sure to pack warm clothes and high-quality sleeping bags.

Monsoon is the least favorable time to go trekking in Langtang. The temperature is far too unstable with wet and slippery trails. Since dense forests dominate this region, the risk of leeches increases extensively. Trekking in monsoon demands proper preparation and packing.

Here’s a table indicating the details of average temperature and rainfall of different places en-route to Langtang Valley Trek:

How Difficult is Langtang Valley Trek?

Langtang Valley Trek Difficulty

Langtang Valley Trek is a short and moderate trek that does not require any technical skills or previous trekking experience. You can complete the entire trek in 8 to 10 days, walking 5 to 7 hours per day.

The most challenging section of Langtang Trek is the hike from Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri. The trail to Tserko Ri is mostly steep uphill on the rocky Himalayan terrain. However, on most days, the path is easy and comfortable with a pleasant walk.

The highest elevation point in Langtang Valley Trek is 5,000m above sea level. Therefore, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one of the significant threats while trekking in Langtang. You are required to take all the necessary precautions while traveling in such high elevation. Insist on drinking plenty of water, and be aware of the symptoms of AMS.

The weather in the Himalayas is always unpredictable, especially in the upper reaches. Therefore, it is essential to pack all the necessary equipment while trekking in Langtang Valley. If you’re planning to trek during monsoon season, stay cautious on the trail. There are plenty of landslide-prone areas en-route to Langtang Valley.

While this trek may be relatively easy for experienced trekkers, it does demand a certain level of physical fitness and attitude. One proper way to keep yourself fit for the trek is to engage in cardio-oriented exercises.

What Permits are Requied for Langtang Valley Trek?

Langtang Valley Trek Permit

You only require two different permits —  TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) and Langtang National Park Entry Permit, while trekking to Langtang Valley.

There are three types of TIMS Card; blue for organized group trekkers, green for individual travelers, and a pink one for SAARC nationals. You can acquire TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or Trekkers Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat in Kathmandu.

Since you’ll be trekking through the Langtang National Park also need an exclusive National Park Permit to enter the area. The permit is available in Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu, or you can also get them from the entry gate at Dhunche.

While issuing a TIMS Card, you’ll require your passport, four passport size photos, insurance details, and contact details of someone in Nepal.

Here’s the price of the permits required for Langtang Valley Trek:

Insurance for the Trek

Having travel insurance is an excellent idea if you’re planning to trek to Langtang Valley. While trekking in such high elevations, you may come across unexpected situations. Therefore, it is essential to get travel insurance for Langtang Trek.

Make sure to choose a policy that covers emergency helicopter evacuation, medical costs, natural disasters, theft, and losses. While several companies provide travel insurance, we advise you to get it from World Nomads. The best thing about World Nomads is that you can claim, buy, or extend the policy anytime online from anywhere — even while traveling.

Guided VS Independent

Guided VS Independent Trek Langtang

Since Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate walk, you can do it both independently or with a guide. If you’re planning a solo adventure and have prior trekking experience, this trek is an excellent choice for you. The route does not disperse into other trails, and occasional signposts mark the entire trail. Therefore, the risk of taking the wrong path is very minimal.

Altitude is the primary threat while trekking to Langtang Valley. Stay aware and precautious regarding this factor.

Trekking independently is relatively cheaper than hiring a guide, but you need to deal with hassles of transportation, teahouses, food and permit. It is always handy to have an experienced guide at high altitude treks. The guide will assist you throughout the trek and will make sure of your safety.

An experienced guide will also know about the place, culture, people, and the mountains. You’ll also get more in-depth information about the valley if you hire an experienced guide.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation in Langtang Valley

On Langtang Valley Trek, you will mostly stay at the teahouses, which provide rooms, food, and basic amenities like wifi, hot shower, and charging facilities. On the lower reaches of Langtang Valley Trek, you will get high standard rooms with attached bathrooms. These teahouses will offer standard services but may charge you higher than normal rates. Some of the teahouses provide device charging facilities at free of cost.

As you get higher on the trail, teahouses provide only essential services with twin shared rooms. The rooms have two single beds, a thin mattress, a pair of bedsheets, and a cushion. The toilets are usually on a sharing basis without the facility of running water. You’ll have to pay the additional amount for a hot shower, wifi, and charging facilities.

These teahouses also have their restaurant, serving meals to the guests. The choices in the menu are limited, but portions of the food will be quite substantial and filling. Generally, the menu offers Dal Bhat, chowmein, omelet, fried potatoes, pancakes, Tibetan bread, and soups. The non-veg items include yak meat, canned fish, and chicken.

Langtang Valley Trek Cost

Langtang Valley Trek Cost

The plenty of factors like trek duration, transportation, type of trek, and season determine the cost of the trek. On average, the total cost of 8-day Langtang Valley Trek can be around US$ 300-400.

You’ll require TIMS Card and Langtang National Park Entry Permits to trek to Langtang Valley. For individual trekkers, the cost of the TIMS Card is US$ 18 while for group trekkers, it is US$ 9 her head. Additionally, the National Park Entry Permit costs US$ 27 per person.

The charge of the teahouses depends on season. Generally, the rooms in Langtang will cost approximately US$ 5 to 10 per night with an additional US$ 4 to 6 per meal.

A local bus from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi will cost about US$ 6-8 per person at par various transport companies. You can also take a local jeep that will cost you around US$ 8-10. Additionally, you can also hire a private jeep for $150 for a group of 6 to 7 people.

If you hire a licensed guide, they will charge you US$ 22 to 25 per day. If you hire a porter,  it’ll cost you approximately US$ 15 to 18 per day. If you want to hire a porter-guide, they’ll charge you US$ 18 to 20 per day.

Packing List for Langtang Valley Trek

Packing List for Langtang Valley Trek

  • Duffel Bags
  • Trekking Shirt: Pack at least 5 to 7 shirts balancing both long and short.
  • Trekking Trousers: Carry a minimum of 2 trekking trousers with a couple of shorts.
  • Base Layer: Pack a couple of wool base layers to stay protected from the cold in the upper reaches of the trek.
  • Insulation Layer: We recommend you pack a high-quality fleece jacket.
  • Outer Layer: Carry a warm and waterproof jacket for extreme weather.
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket: Pack a pair of waterproof jackets for wet weather.
  • Breathable Underwear: Minimum 5 to 6 pairs of breathable underwear.
  • Hiking Boots: Invest in high-quality waterproof hiking boots. Make sure the boot is lightweight and comfortable.
  • Trainers/Sandals: It is handy to carry a pair of trainers or sandals.
  • Hiking Socks: You should carry 4-6 pairs of breathable hiking socks.
  • Thermal Socks: A pair of thermal socks to keep your feet protected from the cold in the higher altitudes.

Head Wears:

  • Sun Protection Hat: Carry a protection hat to protect your face from the harsh sun.
  • Beanie: An absolute must to keep yourself warm, especially during the evening and night.
  • Buff/Neck Gaiter: This small piece of gear comes in handy to protect your neck from the cold winds and also helps you stay protected from the dust.
  • Inner Gloves: Pack light inner gloves as they can be useful when the temperature is moderate.
  • Outer Gloves: You’ll be wearing them in the upper reaches of the trek. Outer gloves need to be insulated, warm, and waterproof.

Sleeping Bags:

Sleeping bags are the most crucial gears while trekking in the Langtang region. With basic rooms and sleeping facilities, you can never rely on the teahouses for warm, decent blankets.

Therefore, we advise you to invest in a high-quality, 4-season sleeping bag while trekking in Langtang.

Important Accessories:

  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Bottle
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Trekking Towels
  • Portable Chargers

Network Information

Both Ncell and NTC networks do not work in the Langtang Valley. Once you depart from Kathmandu, NTC services are not available, and Ncell works only up to Lama Hotel. Sky Network is the most preferred telecommunication service in the Langtang Valley. Sky Network works throughout the entire trek, from the lower reaches up to the higher elevations.

Remember, phone services may not be consistent throughout the entire region. Due to the inconsistency of networks, the mobile internet will also be unstable. However, most of the teahouses do provide WiFi facilities, but it might cost you a few extra bucks.

The majority of the teahouses in Langtang have landline phones. In case of emergencies, landline phones are the best way to connect with your emergency contacts.

Useful Tips for Langtang Valley Trekking

Useful Tips for Langtang Valley Trekking

  • While trekking in the upper reaches of Langtang Valley, you’re in a constant threat of suffering from acute mountain sickness (AMS). It is crucial to drink more water and take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from altitude sickness.
  • Packing the right equipment is essential while trekking to Langtang Valley. If you do not wish to buy all the expensive trekking gears, we advise you to rent them in Kathmandu.
  • Although Langtang Valley Trek is a relatively moderate trek, it requires a certain level of physical fitness. We suggest you engaging in cardio-oriented activities like cycling, swimming and running, a month before the trek.
  • It is not advisable to buy bottled waters as they pollute the trekking trail. We highly recommend you to fill up the water at the teahouses and use water purifiers to treat the water.
  • Invest in high-quality hiking boots. If you’re planning to trek to Langtang Valley during monsoon or winter, buy waterproof boots that have sturdy soles.
  • Before you go for trekking to Langtang Valley, get proper travel insurance that covers both medical costs and helicopter evacuation.
  • Carry enough cash on the trek. ATMs are not available on the trail.

Accommodation in Kathmandu

Recommended travel agencies for langtang valley trek.

  • Himalayas on Foot
  • Magical Nepal
  • Mosaic Adventure
  • Nepal Eco Adventure

Recommended Books and Guidebooks

  • A Trekking Guide to Langtang
  • Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel Guide)
  • The Rough Guide to Nepal
  • Trekking in Langtang, Helambu & Gosainkund
  • Climate Change and the Extreme Events in the Himalayas
  • High Adventure
  • The Snow Leopard

1.   Is it possible to do the Langtang Valley Trek solo/independently?

Langtang Valley Trek is a short and moderate walk in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is possible to do solo as well as in a group. The trail does not diverge in multiple routes and it occasionally marks the signposts. So, the trekkers do not stray off the path.

2.   How likely am I to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness in Langtang Valley Trek?

Keep in mind, Langtang Valley Trek exceeds the elevation of 3000m above sea level. Once you cross the height of 3000m, the possibility of suffering from altitude sickness becomes higher. Therefore, it is crucial to drink more water and take the necessary precautions to stay safe from AMS.

3.   What type of accommodation can I expect in Langtang Trek?

In the lower region of Langtang, there are plenty of high standard lodges and teahouses that provide quality services. However, these teahouses are relatively expensive than the common one.

In the upper reaches of the trek, the teahouses offer rooms in sharing basis and other basic facilities.

4.   Is it safe to drink water in Langtang Valley Trek?

No, it is not safe to drink water directly from local streams or taps while trekking in the Langtang region. Bottled water is quite expensive on the trail. It is advisable to carry your bottle and fill the water in the teahouses. Carry water purifiers or SteriPen purifiers to treat the water before drinking.

5.   Do I need travel insurance before trekking to Langtang Valley?

While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly advisable to have one in high altitude treks. Even though Langtang Valley is a short and moderate, trekking in such high elevation is risky. Therefore, it is advisable to have proper travel insurance that covers all the necessary costs.

Langtang Valley Trek is a short and moderate trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Easily accessible from Kathmandu, this trek is an excellent opportunity that rewards trekkers with authentic experience and warm hospitality.

Langtang Trek is an ideal choice for people who are looking to escape the massive crowd of Everest and Annapurna. It offers a diverse landscape, unique culture, beautiful scenery, and panoramic mountain spectacles.

Langtang Valley is also a perfect adventure destination to discover rare wildlife and plants. Carrying a decent camera is highly advisable as this trek offers plenty of opportunities to capture picture-perfect photographs.

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Hiking The Langtang Trek in Nepal

Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Langtang Trek in Nepal? We’ve all seen those pictures of the soaring Himalayan Mountain Range but do you know what it takes to get there?

A long list of questions fill your head: When is the best time of the year to go? What should I pack? And, what about altitude sickness? 

To answer those questions, I have put together this guide to walk you through everything you need to know to plan and prepare for the Langtang Trek, one of the best treks in Nepal . 

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE LANGTANG TREK?

The trek is situated in the Langtang Valley, nearby Kathmandu city. It is the perfect destination for someone who wishes to trek to the Himalayas but is looking for a relatively easy route with shorter walks and lower altitude.

Although it is close to the city, it is hard to tell. The rich ecosystem of the valley is well preserved. The region is a rural landscape comprising of villages, terraced farms and forests encircled with green hills with a backdrop of the white Himalayan ranges.

The route is a scenic one through dense bamboo and rose tree forests that will take you passed waterfalls and snow-capped mountain peaks. The trek is known for having one of the best views of the Annapurna Range.

The bonus that comes along with the wild scenery is the chance to get to know the unique culture of the local people. Because the region is close to the Tibetan border, their culture resembles to theirs’. As you hike through the valley, you will get a chance to learn from their practices and traditions. You will also come across several Buddhist temples and monasteries.

LANGTANG AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake annihilated many homes and lives. Langtang, among all the devastated areas, was one of the most effected region. The catastrophe destroyed almost all the guesthouses and marred some parts of the trek. The region was also closed for trekking for a really long time.

The good news is that the region has been open again for trekking. Most of the guesthouses are still under reconstruction. You might have to spend your nights in tented camps if you can’t find a room in any of the few guesthouses.

The routes that were a part of the trek but were destroyed in the earthquake, have been recreated following a different path. You need not worry about the comfort. The trek is as pleasant as it always has been.

In fact, by trekking to Langtang, you will become a part of rebuilding the region. Your recreation will be a major contribution to the economical upliftment of the local residents.

BEST SEASON TO TREK TO LANGTANG VALLEY

The best seasons to trek to Langtang are autumn and spring. Autumn is from September to December and spring stretches from March to May. The weather is warm and the heat is bearable. There will be very little or no rainfall. The sky will be clear allowing you to get the best view of the mountains.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

The trek is graded as a moderate trek. Unlike easy treks, moderate treks have longer walks and higher altitudes. The route in some places steeply ascends or descends. You will require an average level of physical fitness to enjoy the trek.

However, a moderate trek doesn’t not require as much skill, knowledge and experience as the strenuous ones. Even if it is your first trekking experience, Langtang can be a good option to start with. If you are overweight or a senior citizen, take enough rest and break up the hike into short walks.

REQUIRED PHYSICAL FITNESS

The Langtang Trek is not a strenuous trek and hence doesn’t require a high level of physical fitness. But it is advisable to be moderately fit for any kind of trek. Being fit will help you enjoy the walk without putting much stress on your body. Train your body a few weeks before the trek. Read up on how to get fit for hiking , go for a city walking tour and do some regular routine exercises.

WHERE CAN I BUY TREKKING GEAR?

You can purchase hiking equipment in your hometown or in Nepal. Nepal has several stores that sale name brand gear as well as some cheaper ones that sell trekking essentials. Most of these stores are in Thamel, which is the most popular area among travellers. You can also rent gear if you don’t want to travel with your own. 

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

There aren’t as many teas houses to chose from as before the earthquake but you can still find a few that serve tasty food.

The prefered meal is Dal Bhaat . The dish is filling and will fuel you up for the long walks. Rice is served with lentils, vegetable curry, salad, chutney and meat cooked in Nepali style. The best part of the meal is that you can take as many additional helping of rice and vegetables as you want without having to pay extra.

There are a variety of other dishes. For breakfast, the tea houses serve pancakes, eggs, cereal and porridge. For lunch and dinner, you can also ask for noodles, pasta, momos and various other dishes.

Since most of the guest houses were destroyed during the earthquake, only a few of them are in good condition to accommodate trekkers. You will be either sleeping in tented camps or tea houses depending upon the availability of the rooms.

Do not expect luxurious home stays. The tea houses are simple, comfortable and cozy. In some, you might have to share the restroom which have a squat toilet .

HEALTH CONCERNS

Before trekking, it is always advisable to consult a doctor to check if you are physically healthy enough for high altitudes. But, despite of how fit you may be, there is no guarantee that you won’t fall victim of altitude sickness. There are many symptoms of altitude sickness. Some of them are below:

a. Headache

b. Nausea and vomiting

c. Dizziness

d. Tiredness

e. Loss of appetite

f. Upset stomach

g. Feeling dizzy

h. Shortness of breath

i. Increased heart rate

j. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, do not take it for granted. Take necessary precautionary and treatment measures. Some such precautions are:

a. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours

b. Descend to a lower altitude if possible

c. Take complete rest until you feel well

d. Do not exercise

e. Do not smoke

f. Drink plenty of water

g. Take external oxygen supply if necessary

h. Take anti-sickness medications

If you don’t feel better but notice you are feeling worse, you will have to be immediately evacuated in a helicopter. So, make sure you purchase your insurance before you trek. The insurance will cover your health costs such as minor & major injuries and emergency helicopter rescue.

There are a couple of local clinics you can consult for minor injuries. Be sure to read up on how to train for high altitude hiking to avoid getting sick.

HIRING A GUIDE AND A PORTER

While you can hike the Langtang on your own, hiring a guide and a porter is highly advisable. A guide will help you navigate through the mountains and will be there in case of an emergency. An added bonus is he will know the best places to eat and stop for the night. When you go to hire a guide, make sure that he or she is licensed to lead tours.

A porter will carry your baggage for you. This will allow you to enjoy long walks without feeling too tired. Even if you have experience carrying heavy backpacks, breathing the thin air of high altitude makes it much more difficult. 

A tip of 15% of what you pay to hire the guide & porter is recommended.

WHAT TO PACK

It is very important to have the right kind of equipment to enjoy any trek. Below is a generous list of the things you need to pack. Depending on your needs, you could pack more or less.

• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

• Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

• Fleece or wool pants

• Hiking boots with spare laces

• Thick Wool Hiking Socks

• Footwear For Around Camp (running shoes and/or sandals)

• Gaiters (optional)

• Thermal Base Layers

• Fleece Jacket

• Wind Breaker Jacket (optional)

• Waterproof Shell Jacket

• Thermal Gloves

• Underwear

• Hiking Pants

• Thermal Bottoms

• Sunglasses with UV protection (opt to but this at your home country)

• Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)

• Head Lamp , spare bulbs & batteries

• Small padlock to lock trek bag

• Plastic bags

• Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)

• Sleeping Pad

• Water bottles

• Small Towel

• Waterproof Pants (preferably breathable fabric)

• Toiletries

• Basic first aid kit

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

It is safe to carry your electronic devices with you. But make sure to purchase a cover to insulate your devices from extreme temperatures. Nepal has acute electricity shortage so pack a lot of spare batteries just in case. In higher altitudes, the tea houses will charge you extra for charging your devices.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Langtang trek is one of the best ways to experience the Himalayas. It has its own special characteristics that make it worth experiencing. It may not be as famous as the Annapurna Base Camp or the Everest Base Camp , but the experience cannot be compared. I hope you have found this guide useful and enjoy your adventure!

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Packing List for Langtang Trek

Packing for a journey might be challenging. You want to have everything you need, but you don't want to overpack and end up carrying a big suitcase for days. This Langtang Valley hiking gear list covers all of the essentials as well as some emergency goods.

The Langtang valley is 61.8 kilometers from Kathmandu and has its own beauty and cultural distinctiveness. The Langtang hike leads you to a region of lakes filled with breathtaking natural splendor. If you have a suitable Langtang trek packing list, your journey to this magnificent destination will be even more unforgettable.

This is a modest journey that will allow you to immerse yourself in the pure beauty of the Langtang region in about a week. So you don't have to be an expert trekker to explore this region. Even a rookie trekker with sufficient backpacks, physical strength, and mental preparation may attempt this trek.

This hike begins in Syabrubeshi after a difficult trip from Kathmandu. You will rise to Kyanjin Gompa, the trek's final objective, by going via various steep trails, uphills, and downhills. This vantage point provides the most stunning views of the Himalayan range in the Langtang area.

Autumn and spring are popular times to visit the valley. The weather is mild during these seasons, with consistent climatic conditions. Under the deep blue sky, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding surroundings. And, if you go hiking in the spring, you will be walking through the center of rhododendron flowers.

Winter and monsoon are considered an off-season for this walk since they are more humid and have inclement weather. However, if you pack carefully and prepare physically and emotionally, trekking will be a lot of joy even during these times.

You must pack for the walk based on the weather conditions of the terrain and the temperatures. The Langtang trek packing list is completely subjective, however, you must be careful not to leave out any essentials.

Solo trekking in the region is possible with correct packing and planning. Trekking solo would be no problem if you had a good route plan and all the supplies you could need along the way.

Langtang Trek Packing List

This post will enable you to be cautious and aware of the events that may occur throughout your journey. In addition, correct packing will make your future trips more affordable and successful.

You must be very careful not to overpack when packing. Packing minimally and wisely is usually a sensible option. Even if you hire a porter to carry your bags, adding more luggage or load is not a smart idea. So, before you pack, you should be aware of the weather and temperature of the destination. Then you may make plans appropriately.

The following is a general packing list for the Langtang Trek:

  • Items to Carry and Important Documents
  • Several copies of passport-sized pictures, as well as a copy of your citizenship
  • For foreigners, a valid passport, trekking permits, passport photocopies, a copy of travel insurance, and a copy of valid visa paperwork are required.

Langtang Valley Apparel and Accessories

Langtang Valley Trip is a high-altitude trek in Nepal that takes you from an altitude of 1550m at Syabrubesi to 5000m at Tsergo Ri. As a result, you will need to dress in layers. Layering clothing will assist to keep the body warm throughout the walk. Woolen, cotton, and denim clothing may be quite beneficial since they absorb moisture very efficiently.

Furthermore, depending on the weather and temperature, you may add or remove clothing layers. In addition, you should dress appropriately for the hiking season.

Body's lower layer

It would be advantageous to include quick-drying, waterproof, and convertible trousers for the trek's lower body layer. Wool or fleece trousers are waterproof, warm, and comfy to wear.

The inner layer

Trekkers should take a few pairs of quick-drying and breathable underwear for the inner layer of the Langtang Valley Trek. Pack at least two pairs of warm underwear. It will keep you warm and comfy on your journey.

The upper layer

For the upper layer, bring light synthetic garments. Because synthetic garments are simple to wash and dry fast, having them with you on the walk is really beneficial.Bring long-sleeved clothes to protect yourself from sunburn and hard winds during the winter walk. In the summer, short-sleeved shirts are ideal for hiking.

Langtang Trek Hiking Shorts Clothing List

  • Trousers for hiking
  • Windstopper fleece jacket
  • Tops with light thermal insulation
  • Briefs made of non-cotton material
  • Down jacket
  • Shell jacket made of waterproof and breathable fabric.
  • Shirts made of polypropylene (1 half sleeve and two long sleeves)
  • Waterproof shell pants made of permeable material
  • The Gore-Tex jacket is waterproof.
  • Thermal bottoms that are lightweight
  • Trousers made of fleece or wool

Proper hiking footwear is required for the Langtang Valley Trek packing list. Walking on the route will be more pleasant if you wear comfortable trekking boots and socks.

Boots for hiking

You will need a good pair of trekking boots because you will be traveling across the difficult terrains of the Langtang area. You will be traveling through deep forestlands, muddy ground, riverbanks, and even snow during the walk.

As a result, dependable hiking boots are required to minimize issues throughout the walk. Pack a pair of lightweight, sturdy hiking boots with a strong grip.

Sandals or flip-flops

When staying at the teahouses and lodges on the Langtang trek, a pair of sandals or flip-flops is a must-have. They come in helpful whether having a shower or going to the restroom.

Thermal Trekking Socks

Thermal socks will keep your feet toasty during the hike. Carry a pair of light, breathable, and alert socks. It will help keep your feet from developing blisters. A lightweight hose is great for hiking in the summer.

Gaiters are waterproof garments that protect you from the ankle to the calf. It will shield you from the water, stones, dirt, snow, and dust on the trail.

Footwear list:

  • Inner socks that are lightweight
  • Walking boots with extra laces
  • Socks made of heavy poly or wool
  • Socks made of cotton Trainers or jogging shoes with gaiters

Gloves are an essential item to bring for walking in high-altitude areas. It will keep your hands warm and comfy during the walk when the temperature lowers dramatically. Carry a pair of waterproof and windproof gloves with you. Mittens, lightweight wool or fleece gloves, and lightweight poly-liner gloves are among the most popular gloves to wear on the walk.

Proper headgear is essential for high-altitude hikes such as the Langtang Trek. Some of the necessary headgear for the walk includes a headband, a beanie, and sunglasses. These goods will shield you from the elements such as rain, snow, and direct sunshine.

Cap or fleece cap

Another piece of necessary headgear that will shield you from sunburns is a hat or fleece hat. If you are walking in the winter or at higher elevations, a fleece cap will keep you safe from the snow.

Sunglasses assist you in avoiding the strong sun. It will also shield your eyes from the tremendous gust of dust.

Scarf or bandana

A scarf bandana is an excellent piece of equipment for the Langtang Trek. It will assist you in protecting your mouth and nose from dust.

Headwear Collection:

  • UV-protective sunglasses
  • A cozy hat (wool or synthetic)
  • Sunglasses with a prescription
  • Headscarf or bandana
  • Extra batteries and bulbs for your headlamp

Accessories for Sleeping

Your sleeping bag, like your hiking boots, is an essential piece of equipment. Teahouses along the road often offer rudimentary sleeping facilities with blankets, but they are rarely clean and certainly not warm enough!

When you go above 3,000 meters in elevation, the temperature inside teahouses becomes exceedingly chilly, especially at night. Outside of central yak furnaces in the main parlor rooms, most teahouses are poorly insulated and lack warmth.

As a result, a warm four-season sleeping bag (rated at least -10°C) is a requirement! The greatest sleeping bags are often composed of duck or goose down, although there are also high-quality synthetic versions as well.

Your sleeping bag should be a suitable fit for your body shape (mummy-shaped is excellent) and include an insulated hood for extra warmth.

Carry a sleeping bag liner as well. Both of this sleeping equipment will come in handy throughout your adventure.

Langtang Valley Trekking Toiletries 

Pro Tip: Consider the weight of each item before selecting it. Discover the tiniest and lightest version of anything.

  • Toilet tissue
  • Medium-sized towel
  • Multi-purpose soap with antibacterial properties
  • Nail clippers and deodorants
  • Bug Repellent
  • Hand- Sanitizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shower Supplies

Trekking Snacks in the Langtang Valley

This road has everything you need, although chocolate may be pricey at times. I recommend carrying some with you in case you need a boost of energy.

  • Protein Bars 

There are lots of locations to stop for refreshments, but for some reason, protein bars and trail mix are tough to locate on the road. These are ideal for snacking on during tea breaks and in between meals.

  • Trekking Sticks

This path required the use of trekking poles. The downhills are difficult for me since I have a poor knee and ankle. Trekking poles assist in reducing weight when descending.

  • Trekking Map of Langtang Valley

I always have a map of the region with me. It's enjoyable to pull it out each night and go through the route for the next day, check the altitude gains, and schedule lunch stops. One may be purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Bring tiny denominations of money (1,000, 500, 100, and 50) to make things easy for teahouse proprietors. If you only have 1,000 rupee notes, you will struggle to receive change while paying your bill.

  • Permission to Enter

This hike requires a Langtang National Park permit. It is available at the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

  • Passport/Visa Copies

In case of an emergency, keep a copy of your passport and visa on hand.

  • Insurance for Hiking

Bring a copy of your hiking insurance. Insurance is usually a good idea since you never know when anything will go wrong. This path has no road access, and rescues are carried out by helicopter, which is a costly option. Travel insurance is strongly advised, and the coverage should include medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue. 

Langtang Valley Trekking Electronics

  • Camera & Charger 

For business, I bring a professional camera, although it's hefty to handle. If you're not like photography, I'd suggest simply utilizing your phone's camera.

  • Charger and Phone

This should probably go without saying. You won't have service, but can you really go anyplace these days without your phone?

  • SIM (SIM Card)

To make your phone function in Nepal, you'll need a local SIM card. You can find out the SIM card you want by reading my post on SIM cards. Nepal SIM Cards

  • Maps.me Downloaded

Maps.me is a free phone app that contains all of the hiking paths. This is a nice backup in case you get lost. Make sure to download it before beginning your walk, since you will need a decent internet signal to do so. The majority of the Langtang Valley walking path is clearly depicted on maps.me.

Headlamps are essential, especially at night. Although many of the teahouses in the region have electricity and indoor facilities, power is not always assured. To use the restrooms at night, you'll need a headlamp. You'll also need one if you want to go on a morning hike.In the worst-case situation, if you don't there in time, you may have to walk in the dark. Hopefully, this will not happen.

  • Book / Kindle

Every trip, I bring a Kindle Paperwhite with me. I enjoy that it's lightweight, has a charge that lasts me days (if not weeks), and has a backlit screen, which is ideal for reading in low-light situations. There will be a lot of downtime in the teahouses, so you'll want to keep yourself entertained.

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Medication and First Aid in Langtang Valley

  • Diarrhea Treatment

In Nepal, travelers' diarrhea is a big issue. We always have a few pills on hand, and even if you don't need them, someone in your company will.

  • Charcoal (Active)

Food poisoning can be effectively treated with activated charcoal. I always carry around ten pills with me. Before taking this, see your doctor because it is powerful enough to wipe off several prescription prescriptions.

  • Electrolytes

Dehydration is frequent at altitude, so bring some electrolytes with you. Nuun is my favorite since it tastes great. Electrolytes are available in Nepal, however, the flavor is unpleasant.

  • Support for the Ankles and Knees

Because I have a damaged knee and ankle, I wore a brace on the downhill stretches. This makes my life a lot simpler and helps me deal with the discomfort.

  • Fundamental First Aid

Have a variety of products on hand, such as bandages, Neosporin, antibacterial lotions, and so on. Suraj tripped on a wet rock on our previous walk, resulting in a large cut on his knee. Fortunately, I had gauze, antibacterial powder, a huge band-aid, and medical tape on hand to help him out.

  • Tablets for Water Purification

The water in Nepal is unfit for human consumption. This implies you won't be able to consume it. Plastic water bottles are hazardous for the environment, so I recommend that you avoid purchasing them. As a result, you require a water purifying system.Water tablets take up the least amount of space and are the most cost-effective.

  • Antibiotics

  Consult your doctor about when and how to use it.

  • Prescription Medicine

Because there are virtually no pharmacies in the mountains, bring all prescription medications with you.

  • Cold  Treatment

The common cold can strike you at any time. Keep a couple days' worth of cold medication on hand. I've given at least one person cold medication on every single hike I've taken. Do not take evening medications at high elevations since they can interfere with your breathing, which is already compromised by low oxygen levels in the air.

  • Tylenol/Advil

I don't take pain relievers, but I have them on hand in case of an emergency. This is another thing I've given to someone else on every trip I've taken.

First-Aid Kits and Medicines

(During the trip, our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag.) We still advise you to carry your personal first aid kit if you believe it is essential).

  • Medicine for headaches and fever.
  • Ibuprofen is used to treat common aches and pains.
  • Burned cream
  • Immodium or Peptobismol pills for diarrhea and upset stomach.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please consult with us before beginning to take this medication.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Blister remedies include mole skin, band-aids, waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, and so on.

Packing Tips for the Langtang Trek

  • Regardless of the season, bring water purifiers/purification pills with you. In the tea house, you may be charged for a bottle of water. If you bring reusable water bottles, you may refill them wherever along the path. You may make it drinkable by placing purification pills there.
  • If you are trekking during the summer/monsoon season, remember to bring rain coverings, raincoats, waterproof backpacks, and waterproof hiking boots.
  • During the summer walk, you may come across a lot of leeches, earthworms, and bugs. As a result, carrying bug repellents or table salts is a smart idea.
  • Warm fleece and thermals, in addition to warm base layers, should be packed if you want to trek in the winter.
  • Whatever season you are traveling in, bringing a four-season sleeping bag will keep you secure.
  • If at all possible, avoid bringing heavy attachments like as computers, iPods, and other electrical devices, as you will not be using them much during the walk. They just add to the weight of your suitcase.
  • If you want to save money on packing, you may hire basic hiking equipment from Thamel for USD1-10. You may also submit the gears once you've used them.
  • Remember to bring Nepali currency as well as additional cash. Because there are no ATMs in the highlands to withdraw money for transactions.
  • Pack protein bars and chocolates for your trip to Kathmandu. They are really useful throughout the walk, although they are fairly pricey on the routes. As a result, purchasing goods at a lower cost in Kathmandu is an excellent option.
  • Pack an additional pair of hiking boots to wear when you go for walks among the tea houses. You may also wear them when your feet grow weary of wearing hiking boots.
  • Always keep your permits, passport, visa, and travel insurance documents in your daypack. They are frequently required at numerous checkpoints along the path route.

Your hiking experiences are always determined by what you bring within your trekking bag. If you are at a high altitude yet lack basic necessities, you will have terrible hiking memories. So, before you prepare for your walk, you should be aware with the topography, temperature, and weather conditions of the destination.

Similarly, while planning your packing list for the Langtang trip, you must use extreme caution. You will have the best memories if you pack thoughtfully and properly.

Know before you go

  • About Langtang Valley
  • Langtang Accommodation
  • Culture in Langtang
  • Food on the Langtang Trail
  • Lama Hotel in Langtang Valley
  • Permit & Travel Insurance for Langtang
  • Reasons to go on the Langtang Valley Trek

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Everything You Need To Know About The Langtang Valley Trek

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Most of you have probably never heard of the Langtang Valley or Langtang National Park, right? Or heard anything about this unknown but beautiful trekking circuit in Nepal, only a relative short drive from the chaos of Kathmandu. If you have ever been lucky enough to be walking around the streets of the capital on an exceptionally clear day, the mountains you will be seeing are those of the Langtang National Park.

So what to expect on the Langtang Valley trek? Stunning and often blooming rhododendron forests, Tibetan villages with some of the friendliest people on earth, exceptional hiking and often challenging sections along the Langtang Khola (river), valleys of waterfalls to 360-degree views of snowcapped peaks including that of Langtang Lirung, a 7,200 metre mountain.

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Trekking in Langtang Valley is mindblowing! In this Langtang Valley Trek blog I will tell you all the things you need to know: places to see, difficulty, where to stop/sleep, trek cost, itinerary and more tips for an incredible experience.

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The Langtang Valley trek has everything that the Everest Basecamp trek and Annapurna Basecamp trek have and the best thing about this Langtang trek is that you’ll pretty much have the whole valley to yourself… apart from a yak or two!

So if you want to get off the beaten path in Nepal travel to Langtang Valley!

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Best time to do the Langtang Valley Trek

October and November are the ideal months to put on your hiking boots with little rain, good amounts of sunshine and warmth at lower altitudes. On higher grounds it already starts to get colder so prepared yourself well for the Langtang trekking.

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Spring is also perfection from late March to May as Rhododendron’s bloom and wildflowers pop up all over the valley. This time of the year makes the Langtang stand out from other trekking circuits in Nepal.

In summer don’t be put off by the warmer weather below Lama Hotel because the higher you go, the colder it will get especially once you pass Langtang Village (from day 3 onwards). Chances of rain are significantly higher these months.

I did the Langtang Valley trek in the first week of June and temperatures were perfect for trekking. There was a slight chance of rain from day to day, but only one day it actually rained for about 2 hours. We found shelter in a tea house and order a pot of tea. Also magical! Unfortunately our days were mostly clouded, nevertheless it was an absolutely amazing lifetime experience.

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Langtang trek difficulty

In general I found the Langtang trekking a bit more challenging than the Annapurna Basecamp trek, especially the first two days were long and tough to get through. From day 3 onwards it flattens out a little more and the trek becomes easier. In terms of altitude the Langtang Valley trek is pretty easy as the last village of the valley, Kyanjin Gompa, lies at only 3,800 / 12,500 foot.

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These donkeys are only for transportation of goods. They look sweet and innocent, but one tried to kick me so be careful! You don't want to get injured while trekking in Langtang Valley.

If you scroll down on this blog you will find the Langtang trek itinerary in where I describe every day including the difficulty per day.

Personally, I would not worry about the Langtang Valley Trek difficulty too much. The first two days of any trekking are always hard. Every though start requires a little determination, but once you get through that and you start seeing the beauty of the surrounding mountain peaks then you will only be smiling.

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Do you need a porter/guide?

When trekking the Annapurna Basecamp in 2013 I did not have a guide nor a porter. In all honesty I don’t think you need one for the Langtang Trek either, but…

My Langtang valley trek was with a group of 10 people and we had 1 amazing guide and 5 porters. Although you don’t need someone to guide you (there is only one way up) our guide was such an amazing addition to our team it was lovely to have him around. The same counted for the porters!

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By hiring a team of porters and a guide you are contributing to local communities by offering these people a job. On top of that Nepali people are some of the friendliest in the world and having their smiling faces around you will surely cheer you up in times that the Langtang trekking is difficult. Also you don’t have to worry about guesthouses, meals, trip planning, etc. They fix it for you!

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I hardly brought anything and only had my standard blue little backpack that I am now traveling around the world with for the last couple years. Which one? Click here to check out my Pacsafe .

What to pack for the Langtang Valley trek

For a comprehensive Nepal packing list be sure to visit my article in the link. There you will find everything you need to bring on the Langtang trek. Below in my list of Langtang Valley tips you can already find a couple essential things to bring.

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9 Langtang Valley tips

1. where to sleep in langtang valley.

The trekking is a so-called tea house trekking. Basically you hike from mountain village to mountain village. Some villages consist of 50 houses, some of only 5. But no worries there are plenty guesthouses everywhere scattered along the trek. Accommodation is very basic but warm and cosy. Staying at the local guesthouses are one of the best things about trekking in Nepal in general.

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Bring toilet paper! Western toilets are a rarity on the Langtang Valley trek. Some newer guesthouses in the bigger villages (Langtang Village and Kyanjin Gompa) have western toilets, but for the rest it will be squat toilets. My best tip is to start practicing! :)

First off have no expectations! If you prepare for the worst than all will be fine. Yes there are showers along the Langtang Valley Trek, but hot water is NOT guaranteed or chargeable. Don’t expect a hair dryer or any luxury item! So time your showers right…

On my 7-day trek in Langtang I had 3 hot showers. At the start and end of the Langtang trek in Shyaphru Besi and when we stayed at Langtang Village.

Make sure to carry enough cash on you to last the entirety of the trip from Kathmandu to Kyanjin Gompa and back as there are no ATM’s along the way. I will talk about the Langtang trek cost later, but better bring too much cash than a little too less. In the end of the day you are supporting local villages in the Langtang Valley and it feels good to spend money on these amazingly lovely people.

5. Phone signal

One of my favorite things about trekking in Nepal is that I can completely switch off. My first big trekking adventure was at Annapurna Basecamp in 2013 when I hiked through the mountains for 15 days. So when I went on the Langtang trekking I was really looking forward to not being online.

Things have changed and even going off the beaten path in Nepal there is a phone signal on the Langtang trek. In my article about the best sim card for Nepal I already explained that in case you are planning to go trekking in Langtang Valley you have to buy a Nepal Telecom sim card as that is the only signal available. There is only a signal in Langtang Village and Kyanjin Gompa, funny enough the two highest located villages at the end of the valley.

Ncell Nepal has no signal! I had an Ncell sim card and therefore still disconnected and I can tell you it feels amazing! :)

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6. Wifi available

Nowadays there is even WiFi! So in case you really want to be connected to the internet you can buy internet access for a couple dollars. It costs about $10 for 1GB and you can use it in several guesthouse around Langtang Village and Kyanjin Gompa. Don’t expect high speed internet but I saw some other people using Instagram and Facebook with the Wifi.

7. Bring powerbanks

Most guesthouses will let you charge your electronic devices for free, others ask less than a dollar. But electricity plugs are limited so it is better to bring a couple strong powerbanks with you.

8. Tipping guides/porters

It is normal to tip your guides and porters. I am not 100% sure anymore but I think we tipped $30 per person with 10 people and dived the tip over the guide and the porters. The smile on their faces was priceless.

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9. Langtang Trekking permit

Trekking in the Langtang Valley requires a TIMS card or a ‘Trekkers Information Management System’. These cards cost around 5,000 Nepalese Rupees ($44) and can be purchased enroute to the trailhead of the Langtang Valley or at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

A TIMS is a requirement for every major trekking in Nepal. Along with a TIMS, you are going to need to pay an entry fee for Langtang National Park. The Langtang National Park Entry Permit costs 3,000 Nepalese Rupees ($26).

Make sure you carry extra passport photos and a copy of your passport before purchasing a TIMS or National Park Permit as this will help the officers collect information for your TIMS.

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Best Langtang trek itinerary

The most common Langtang trek itinerary is 7 days. Including the drive from and back to Kathmandu this Langtang Valley trek itinerary is 9 days.

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Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Shyaphru Besi

  • Distance: 120 kilometers (75 miles).
  • Time: 9-11 hours depending on traffic and road conditions.

Getting to the trailhead of any trekking in Nepal is an adventure in itself meaning that nearly all adventures are bound to start in Kathmandu and may take up to half a day or more merely to get to the starting point of your trek.

Day 1 is more of a travel day, a really long one so make sure you are packed and ready to hit the road as early as possible to avoid the chaotic traffic of Kathmandu. Ideally, 05.00 or 06.00 in the morning is the perfect time to leave the city to avoid most of the crazy traffic.

Shyaphru Besi is located some 5 hours from the main road connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara and if you get out of the city before the traffic crawls to a stop, the whole trip either by bus or jeep should not take more than 9 hours.

Bus and jeep days can be long so make sure you charge up your phone or bring a book along to help pass the time. But prepare yourself for an at times horrible trip. Sorry I can’t make it sound better. The roads are really those of your worst nightmares! LOL

Oh and it is dusty! Like really dusty… :) A Langtang trekking tip I would like to tell everyone is to fix a vehicle with AC, like closed windows kind of bus/jeep! The dust is killing, or buy a mouthpiece!

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Once at the trailhead, Shyaphru Besi is the last main town you will pass for the next week so be sure to have all the things to bring for the Langtang trek. Another good tip is to stock up on trail-snacks at Shyaphru Besi as the higher you climb into the Langtang Valley, the more expensive things become.

Day 2: From Shyaphru Besi to Lama Hotel

  • Difficulty: Hard (long and tiring)
  • Time: up to 8 hours
  • Altitude: From 1,460 to 2,470 meter, total of 1,010 meters (3,310 ft) ascent.

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Hiking out of Shyaphru Besi is a good feeling and knowing that you have officially put on the hiking boots and headed for the Himalaya is an even better feeling. The Langtang Valley trek has started! The first few kilometers of the trek involve swing bridges decorated with colourful flags and a first glimpse of the Langtang Khola which is a mighty river originating from the Langtang Glacier.

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The first hour of the trek is quite flat following parts of an unfinished road and a rather mild mule track but that all changes once you arrive in the town of Pahare where a seemingly endless barrage of ups and downs occur over the course of the next 4 or 5 hours.

Fueling up or eating when trekking at altitude is essential so don’t forget to have lunch and plenty of water. Bamboo is an idyllic place to rest before pushing on through the thick native forests.

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Me and my guide at Bamboo.

After resting up at Bamboo, you will notice the steep, rocky walls of the Langtang Khola which rise sharply into the sky. If you are lucky enough, Langurs are a species of monkey common to the area and can be seen bounding from tree to tree in search of fruit and new leaf shoots. High on the rocky walls are ginormous hives of honey often 1 to 2 metres in circumference which are extremely difficult to get to and harvest.

For the remainder of day 1, the trek weaves and winds over loose scree while continuing along the Langtang Khola River.

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Lama Hotel is the name of the town and not a specific hotel and was our first place to sleep on the Langtang trek. Lama Hotel is based on the raging corner of the Langtang Khola while being tucked away into a beautiful patch of forest where curious monkeys often come down from the trees to pinch food from unsuspecting tourists.

The best place to stay in Lama Hotel is the first guesthouse on the left called Friendly Guest House. Everyone was broken that first day and even before dinner we all laid down to take a nap. Day 1 of the Langtang trek definitely was the most difficult one.

Day 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village

  • Difficulty: Medium to hard as you will feel the big day from yesterday.
  • Time: up to 7 hours.
  • Altitude: From 2,470 to 3,400 meter, a total of 970 meters (3,200 feet) ascent.

Lama Hotel to Langtang Village is a big day and a welcome change to the ups and downs of Shyaphru Besi to Lama Hotel. Already after 1 day of hiking, the scenery starts to change within the first 2 hours of hiking.

Once you have hiked past the small village of Thomna, the valleys open right up giving stunning views of the towering cliffs and the odd glimpse of Langshisha Ri, a 6,560 metre snowcapped peak still some incredible distance away.

During the 2015 earthquake, the Langtang Valley was one of the most heavily affected regions in Nepal so you will notice large areas of debris, ruined houses and remnants of the recent earthquake. As the region is now stable, there are times where you will see plumes of dust after loosened rocks gravitate their way to the valley floor.

With towering cliffs all around, waterfalls are a common sight.

Enroute to Langtang village, there are a few good options for a meal and a cup of hot tea my favourite being Chyamki, a tiny village just before Langtang village and a mere 45 minutes hike away. What makes Chyamki so incredible the fact that it just survived from being wiped off the map in the 2015 earthquake.

Today, an area the size of 30 or more football fields divides Chyamki from Langtang Village. This particular landslide was so intense that it dislodged a glacier which slid from high up in the mountains above and to get from one village to another, you have to cross the remnant glacier by foot!

Langtang Village sits at 3,400 meters and is the first place from where you will get to take in the ultimate Himalayan views at a relatively close distance. To the north of the village, the Luri Himal can be seen, a 6,905 meter mountain peak. This particular chain of mountains connect to Langtang Lirung but more on that later!

With the Langtang Village being affected by the 2015 earthquake, many guesthouses are still being built but there are plenty to choose from. The good thing about all these new guesthouses is that they mostly have a western toilet and a proper hot shower.

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Langtang Village was the only place on the trekking where I took a hot shower. Don’t judge me, it is normal to take only 1 shower a week when trekking in Nepal. By the way I tried washing myself in the Langtang Khola River but damn you need a thick skin for that: COLD!!!!

Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa

  • Difficulty: fairly easy as it is mostly flat/very slowly ascending.
  • Time: up to 4 hours.
  • Altitude: From 3,400 to 3,800 meter, a total of 400 meters (1,300 feet) ascent.

Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa is a slow going day despite its short distance. As the trail progresses, the valley opens right up and reveals stunning peaks in all directions.

As soon as you put Langtang Village behind there is a short steep climb for about 20 minutes, but then the trail flattens and follows Mani walls which are long rock walls with hand carved Buddhist writings imbedded into slabs of rock. Walking past Mani walls requires you to walk on the left-hand side which is a sign of respect for Buddhism and Hinduism which are prevalent in Nepal.

With only a few ups and downs, the hike is straightforward giving you time to take in the sights of a stupa at Yamphu which can be entered. In the middle of the stupa is a prayer wheel of gigantic proportions that spins as it is pushed while butter lamps flicker with the entering breeze.

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From the Yamphu stupa, it is a matter of 30 minutes uphill hike to Kyanjin Gompa.There are several ways to reach Kyanjin Gompa, I recommend to take the high route over the big hanging bridge from where you have amazing views over one of the glaciers in the Langtang Valley.

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Once you arrive in the small but charming town of Kyanjin Gompa, be prepared to be blown away by the closeness of Himalayan giants. Every direction you set your eyes upon, mountains pierce the sky while glaciers, seracs and chutes of snow bound the imposing mountain faces.

For now, take the rest of the afternoon off to acclimatize so sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the views! Chilling out in Kyanjin Gompa taking in these views with a hot tea was one of my highlights of the Langtang Valley trekking.

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Day 5: Rest/acclimatisation day at Kyanjin Gompa

There’s nothing more important than having a rest day or even two when hiking at altitude. Acclimatization allows your body to adapt to the change in atmospheric pressure. The higher in altitude you are, the less oxygen is available so there are a few key things to do to help your body adjust.

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Drink More Water! Dehydration at altitude is common. When conditions are colder you may not want to consume water or fluids, but you’ll need to drink as much as possible until you become hydrated.

Drink Less Alcohol! Look who’s talking! But seriously guys, alcohol and altitude DO NOT go hand in hand. Wait until you are at a reasonable level, preferably when descending before consuming alcohol. Or just when you know you are going down.

In all honesty we got freaking drunk on day 6 in Kyanjin Gompa after we climbed to Kyanjin Ri. :)

Go High, Sleep Low! Possibly one of the best techniques for adapting to higher altitudes. A simple method of hiking to a higher altitude than to where you are going to sleep that night. Hiking to an altitude of already 200 meters higher than your accommodation and turning around will drastically help you sleep at night.

Don’t Forget to Eat! At altitude, your body consumes a lot of energy so make sure you have had an adequate meal before going to bed.

Take naps! Sleeping is by far the most important thing to do while at altitude. Sleeping at altitude can be strange with lucid, real life dreams occurring almost nightly to restless nights where you might not get any shut eye at all. Nights in the Himalaya and guesthouses can be long as they are very different to that of a western house so bring a book to read or music to listen to and that might help you sleep.

I usually sleep bad in the mountains. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, because of my aching body. I seriously felt like I was suffering insomnia the first days on the Langtang Valley trek.

Now for exploring the village of Kyanjin Gompa!

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With a rest day at hand, make sure to get out of the guesthouse to stretch your legs. Without doing anything too extravagant, you can walk to the nearby Yak Cheese Factory and sample a rather tasty delicacy of the high Himalaya.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, I recommend going for a short walk to a lone stupa looking out to the incredible 7,227 meter Langtang Lirung peak which takes around 1 hour return.

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Day 6: Summit Kyanjin Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa

  • Difficulty: Hard! This day involves some serious climbing, don't underestimate it.
  • Time: up to 6 hours.
  • Altitude: From 3,800 to 4,770 meter, a total of 970 meters (3,200 feet) ascent and back down.

Kyanjin Ri a peak adjacent to Kyanjin Gompa and a good challenge providing exceptional views of Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak and the Dorje/ Kangjala Himal.

The hike to Kyanjin Ri can be divided into two parts with the first being a rocky outcrop perched at 4,300 meters. As the hike is quite a jump in altitude, be sure to spend 30 to 45 minutes here before pressing on to the summit of Kyanjin Ri.

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Kyanjin Ri is further away than it appears and is a lot steeper than you would imagine. A beautiful ridgeline precariously fades into the distant with the Kinshung and Yubra peak dominating the view. Depending on your level of fitness, the summit of Kyanjin Ri can be reached within 1 hour, preferably take your time to avoid altitude sickness related problems.

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The views from the top of Kyanjin Ri are outstanding with enhanced views of Langtang Lirung as well as the gnarly ridgeline and summit of Kinshung Peak. When you are lucky you can even see the Shishapangma mountain just across the border in Tibet/China. This is the 14th highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,027 meters (26,335 ft).

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When I was climbing to the top of Kyanjin Ri it started raining and I almost aborted my mission. Luckily I decided a little while later to continue and I’m extremely happy I did. Reaching the top of a mountain probably is one of the most rewarding feeling there is!

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A long time ago in 2008 I did my first mountaineering trip in Bolivia to the summit of a mountain 6,088 meters (19,980 ft) above sea level. Until today it is one of my best travel adventures from around the world.

Descending from the summit can take 2 hours at the most but be careful as there are lots of loose, rocky sections.

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Day 7: From Kyanjin Gompa back down to Lama Hotel

  • Difficulty: Easy! From this day onwards it is all downhill.
  • Time: 6 to 8 hours.
  • Altitude: 1,440 meters (4725 ft) descent.

The Langtang Valley Trek as you might have noticed is a return trek unless you are thinking of combining the Panch Pokhari Trek which can be done by taking a high route just past Kyanjin Gompa.

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As for the return part of the trek, you can do it in a few different ways depending on the time you have allowed yourself in Langtang Valley. If you are thinking of changing up the trek on the way back down, you could possibly stay at a different guesthouse in a different town or village.

Nearly 95% of the trek is downhill and the elevation that you will lose is guaranteed to give you a good night’s rest.

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Due to our time restraints, we chose to hike back to Lama Hotel which took 8 hours and stayed at the same guesthouse due to the awesome hospitality provided. The party already started in Kyanjin Gompa, but when we got our hands on a couple more bottles of Nepali rum we got completely hammered at Lama Hotel.

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Day 8: Lama Hotel to Shyaphru Besi

  • Difficulty: easy/medium. It just drags along and you want to get back to civilisation!
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Altitude: 1,010 meters (3,310 feet) descent.

Once again, due to time restraints we were unable to extend our time in the Langtang Valley however if you have sufficient time towns like Bamboo and Hotspring provide all your needs for an overnight stay off the beaten path in Nepal. Both Bamboo and Hotspring are meters away from the Langtang Khola giving you a soothing soundtrack to your relaxation after a day on the trail.

When doing the Annapurna Basecamp trekking in 2013 I loved it so much that I was probably the slowest trekker on the mountain. If you have time, take your time! You won’t regret being an extra day close to nature and it cuts the long walk down into two as well.

If you decide to press on for Shyaphru Besi, today is much like the first day with a decent amount of ups and downs, swing bridges and warm temperatures.

After a week or more in the Langtang Valley, Shyaphru Besi is a welcoming site with a hot shower very much on the cards.

Day 9: Back to Kathmandu!

I hope all the above Langtang Valley trek tips were helpful and it got you excited to go off the beaten path in Nepal. May you have any questions please hit me up on my Instagram @traveltomtom . Here you will also find some more stories and videos of my Langtang trekking. Curious what to bring to Nepal then click on my packing list article and read what to put in your suitcase. Also inspiring to read is one of my first ever articles about the Poonhill trekking . A short but great trekking in the Annapurna region to one of the most amazing viewpoints in the Himalayas.

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Langtang Valley Trek: Everything You Need To Know

Jackson Groves

Posted on Last updated: October 20, 2023

Categories NEPAL , HIKING

Langtang Valley Trek: Everything You Need To Know

The Langtang Valley Trek is a unique expedition in the Himalayas of Nepal. While shorter than many other popular treks in Nepal, the adventurous expeditions and day-hikes throughout this route make it one of my favorites. After three days of trekking, you will reach Kyanjin Gompa. From this small mountain town, there are several incredible day-hikes with fantastic views.

The short 3-day trek into Kyanjin Gompa makes this trek shorter, cheaper but arguably more beautiful than other treks such as Manaslu Circuit, Everest Base Camp Trek, or the Annapurna Circuit. I did this trek with the trekking company Himalayan Masters who I’ve trekked with

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In this blog post, I will cover everything you need to know about the logistics of the Langtang Valley Trek. I’ll also share with you my experience on each day of the trek in the form of a short journal entry and my photos from that day. This will give you an idea of what to expect and a great insight into the scenery you will find on each day of the trek. I’ve already created a lengthy guide for the nearby viewpoints such as Tserko Ri, Kyanjin Ri, or the climb of Yala Peak .

Before sharing my experience in the second section of this blog post, I will detail all of the information you have to know in this complete guide about the Langtang Valley Trek and climbing Yala Peak.

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Table of Contents

A GUIDE TO THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

In this guide, you will find all of the valuable information you need to plan your trek as well as my personal experience on the entire trek including the Kyanjin Ri Viewpoint, Tserko Ri Viewpoint, and Yala Peak climb.

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK DETAILS

  • Distance : 77km or 48 miles
  • Days required : 9 days including 2 days of transit to and from Kathmandu (7 days trekking)
  • Total Incline : 4000 meters
  • Total Decline : 4000 meters
  • The highest point on the trek : From Kyanjin Gompa you can reach Kyanjin Ri (4,773m) or Tserko Ri viewpoint (5,033m). Additionally, you can climb Yala Peak from Kyanjin Gompa, which has an altitude of 5,500m.
  • Difficulty : The Langtang Valley Trek is much shorter than Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit although relativley similair. You will reach an altitude of 5000m, which will challenge many. Altitude sickness can be common. The route ascends quite quickly with several days having more than 1000m of altitude gain. These days of ascent are tiring and also require the body to adjust quickly. It is a good beginner trek in Nepal but not one to be taken lightly.
  • Permits : You will need a TIMS card and Park Entrance Permit, both can be purchased when entering the park.
  • Guide: A guide is not required on this trek. However, the guide manages all of the logistics, distances, directions, and tea houses for your group. I used maps.me to navigate from tea-house to tea-house and found the paths easy to follow. If it’s your first time trekking in Nepal, I would suggest having a guide.
  • Accommodation: Guest Houses, also known as Tea Houses, are available along the way where you will sleep in a comfortable bed and have access to showers (extra charge) and restaurant facilities. It was very comfortable accommodation and great after a long day of hiking. Most of the villages were Tibetan, which gave us a great insight into their unique culture.

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TRY THE 3 BEST TREKS IN NEPAL

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Manaslu Circuit : My personal favorite 2-week trek through Tibetan villages and stunning scenery. Less crowded and more authentic.

Annapurna Circuit : The most beautiful & scenic 2-week trek in Nepal although can be crowded at times.

Everest Base Camp Trek : The most iconic 2-week route reaching the famous (EBC) Everest Base Camp at 5,300m.

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

  • This circuit is way less crowded than Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit. It is growing in popularity but it’s still a great time to trek this circuit before it hits the mainstream.
  • There are teahouses in each village along the way so each night you get a great sleep in a bed with blankets, have access to showers, eat great meals in a restaurant, and can charge your electronics and cameras.
  • The trailhead can be reached by car so there is no need to pay for expensive domestic flights.
  • I think it is important to base in Kyanjin Gompa for atleast three nights so you can hike up to Kyanjin Ri and Tserko Ri, which are the highlight of the trip.

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BOOKING A GUIDE FOR THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

The Langtang Valley Trek doesn’t require a guide but it’s great to have a guide managing the logistics such as directions, tea-houses, distances, medical issues, and the overall organization. I’d say 80% of trekkers go with a guide. I did the trek with Himalayan Masters which is one of the top trekking companies when it comes to the Langtang Valley Trek.

The trek costs around $800 USD with Himalayan Masters as of 2022 and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals, drinks, permits, and even the hotel stay before and after the trek at a high-quality hotel. I honestly had a great time on this trek and I can wholeheartedly recommend Himalayan Masters.

You can use my discount code ‘ JACKSON5 ‘ for 5% off the total price of your trek with Himalayan Masters which is a pretty handy saving.

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LANGTANG VALLEY TREK PACKING LIST

I packed pretty light and managed to wash most of my clothes each afternoon/night for the first half of the trip. In the latter stages of the trip, it was pretty cold so we weren’t sweating as much and we wore our warm gear basically nonstop while at the teahouses. There was no real need for multiple outfits.

This is just a guide and it worked quite well for me with no complaints from my set-up. You won’t need a sleeping bag as there are blankets in each guesthouse and when it got cold I just wore my down jacket to bed. This meant I didn’t have to carry a sleeping bag for the entire trek.

  • 1 pair of pants that maybe convert to shorts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 Warm or thicker pair of hiking pants
  • 1 Long sleeve quick-dry shirt
  • 1 Long-sleeve thermal shirt
  • 2 Short-sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 Thermal long underwear
  • 4 pairs of quick-dry underwear
  • 1 Lightweight down jacket
  • 1 Heavy-duty summit down jacket
  • 1 Neck Buff
  • Hiking boots
  • 1 pair of warm summit socks
  • 2-3 pairs of regular socks
  • Trekking poles
  • Water filter

All of this should fit into a backpack no bigger than 50L and should be less than 14kg.

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WIFI/ELECTRICITY AVAILABILITY ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

  • Wifi: Costs anywhere from $free to $4 to use wifi at the guesthouses. Buy an NTC Sim before you go. It worked in most spots after Lama Hotel with a weak signal but we were able to send emails, watch Youtube, and message friends from Langtang and Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Electricity:  You will have to pay anywhere from $free at low elevation to $5 to charge your power banks, cameras, and phones. The key is to get a big power bank. Pay to charge it then charge everything from your power bank. My power bank lets me charge my phone and four camera batteries before it dies. Most of the places we stayed let us charge our gear for free but when it is busy they usually charge a fee as many teahouses run off gas or solar.

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TOP 3 PLACES TO STAY IN KATHMANDU

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  • Ultimate Luxury: The Dwarika’s Hotel – Luxury, Spa-service, Pool
  • Best Value : Aloft Kathmandu Thamel – Swimming Pool, Gym & Great Restuarant
  • Budget Choice: Hotel Jampa is easily the top cheap hotel in Kathmandu

LANGTANG VALLEY TREK ITINERARY

This is one of the shorter treks in Nepal and has a straightforward itinerary.

  • Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1550m) 7 hours
  • Day 2: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m) 6 hours
  • Day 3 : Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village (3,430) 6 hours
  • Day 4: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) 3 hours
  • Day 5 : Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri to Kyanjin Gompa (5000m) 7 hours
  • Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,380m) 6 hours
  • Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1550m) 6 hours
  • Day 8: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu 7 hours

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THE FULL VLOG FROM OUR LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

DRINKING WATER ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

I use the Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier and it is a game-changer for hiking in Nepal, making this super easy and cheap. The Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier removes 99.9999% of viruses of disease-causing bacteria. The best thing about it is it only takes 15 seconds and one press to purify water from any fresh water source. You don’t need to buy bottled water at every tea-house contributing to large amounts of plastic waste and costing you $4+ per day.

Along the Langtang Valley Trek, we filled up at tea-houses, rivers, and local village taps. Unlike aqua purification tablets which require you to wait 30 minutes before drinking, you can have rehydrated yourself immediately with the Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier .

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GrayL Water Purifier

  • Never pay for water on the trek
  • Save 3-4 plastic water bottles a day
  • Turns any water into drinking water

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BEST TIME AND SEASON FOR THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

The peak season for the Langtang Valley Trek is March to April and October to November. The time to avoid this trek is during the rainy season from June to August .

During the winter from December to February, this region gets very cold and there will be snow cover in the higher parts of the trek. Many of the guesthouses actually close up for the winter and re-open in late February to March. However, it is possible to hike the Langtang Valley Trek on the fringe of the season in late February/early March and it can be quite beautiful with snow cover.

I hiked the Langtang Valley Trek in early March and it was warm during the day and got pretty cold at night. We experienced some heavy snow on Tserko Ri and Yala Peak but the trekking routes were clear.

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HOW TO GET TO THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

There are two main ways to reach Syabrubesi, which is the small town at the starting point of the trek. Despite the distance from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi only being 125km, the journey takes a long time due to the traffic and quality of the road.

Jeep: We went by private Jeep organized by our tour company Himalayan Masters. It costs about $180 to hire the vehicle out for the drive so can be split between your group. It’s not cheap but much less brutal than the lengthy bus journey.

Public Bus: The bus costs about $10 USD and can take anywhere from 7-10 hours depending on the traffic and if there are any roadworks or landslides recently. The bus leaves every day from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi at 6 am and 8 am as well as other defined times. The bus station in Kathmandu is called ‘ New Bus Station’ .

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MY EXPERIENCE ON THE LANGTANG VALLEY TREK

Throughout this section of this guide, I will share my experience with each part of this trek. I found the Langtang Valley Trek quite unique as the trek in was actually not too exciting. However, it became an incredible experience once we reached Kyanjin Gompa and did the two hikes Tserko Ri and Kyanjin Ri as well as the Yala Peak climb.

So, unlike other treks where the trekking along the route is the highlight, I found that the time when we were based at Kyanjin Gompa was the highlight and found the trek into Kyanjin Gompa relatively mild.

TREKKING FROM SYABRUBESI TO KYANJIN GOMPA

Syabrubesi seems somewhat of a trekking town even though it is connected by road to the greater civilization. The main street is lined with guesthouses and some of the menus display prices that would see you are already in a remote mountain village.

I would recommend Hotel Lhasa for good Momo and friendly Tibetan owners. This is the last place you will have a reliable internet connection, a moderately warm shower, and a chance to buy any last-minute essentials.

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The journey from Syabrubesi to Kyanjin Gompa typically takes most trekkers three days. There are many different options for guesthouses along the way but most seem to follow a distinct route.

Lama Hotel (name of the town not the hotel) is the most common stop for the first night. The trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel is quite intense and involves about 15 kilometers in distance. However, it is the 1200m of vertical gain and sun exposure that will knock you about.

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The trail begins alongside the river and has a lot of exposed sunny sections. The elevation isn’t high yet at just over 2300m so it can be very hot. Undulating alongside the river, the trail delves into the forest and careens up endless flights of rocky stairs. You can expect a few glimpses of snow-covered peaks but today is mostly about the river, forests, and a few bridge crossings as the highlights.

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Upon reaching Lama Hotel, we were a little confused. There were six or seven hotels, all with Lama Hotel in their signage. Friendly Guest House Lama Hotel, Origin Lama Hotel, Sunrise Guest House Lama Hotel. It turns out this small village is just a collection of hotels and the location is known as Lama Hotel.

We ended up staying at the Friendly Guest House, run by a Tibetan family who was indeed friendly. Here we had a warm bucket shower, no signal, no electricity, great Tibetan food, a warm heater in the dining room, and comfortable beds with blankets. All you can ask for in the mountains really.

On our second day of trekking, we headed from Lama Hotel all the way to Langtang. You could stop earlier at smaller towns, but Langtang was recommended to us. The trail really opens up in the second half of the day as you break out of the forest and trek along the slopes of the valley towards Langtang.

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Snow-capped peaks begin to appear throughout the day. However, just after winter, the landscape is burnt orange. In the spring, you could expect lush green grass and wildflowers to create a much more vibrant setting. Personally, I prefer the trekking during the winter time when there are more snow-capped peaks.

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The journey from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village was about nine kilometers with almost 800 meters of incline. It was much softer than the first day but you are now reaching a higher elevation and may start to feel the oxygen thinning. In Langtang, I stayed at Chomo Valais and it had a hot shower and comfortable beds. It was similar to most tea-houses in the region and had a nice dining room with glass windows to enjoy the view.

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The final day of trekking from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa is short and sweet. With just 6.5 kilometers and a few hundred meters of incline, it is by far the shortest day of the trek. Many people actually find it so short, they had up to Kyanjin Ri viewpoint on the same day as reaching Kyanjin Gompa.

On the way to Kyanjin Gompa, spectacular views of Tserko Ri and 7000m snow-capped peaks come into view. Following the river, you will pass by the stupa and monastery on your way into the town. Kyanjin Gompa is quite unique as the town is hidden from both sides until you basically reach the entrance due to the ridges and its hiding spot in the small valley.

I kept wondering when it would appear as the map said the entire town was just 150 yards away. I still couldn’t see any buildings, and then finally, we climbed the final hill and Kyanjin Gompa was revealed.

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What are my favorite pieces of trekking gear?

There are six pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go trekking. These are five items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my trekking essentials.

  • Arcteryx BETA AR Rain Jacket : This is my go-to rain jacket. It’s super light, folds down into a tiny ball, and protects brilliantly in a storm. This one never leaves my backpack.
  • Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots : For the best ankle support, waterproofing, and durable exterior I’m a fan of tough but light hiking boots like these Salomons for my adventures.
  • Black Diamond Head Torch : I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve arrived back from a hike unexpectedly late. I always keep this lightweight but strong headtorch in my bag for the unexpected.
  • Darn Tough Socks : These are the most comfortable hiking socks I’ve ever worn and last for years. They also have a lifetime warranty and you just send them in with a hole and they replace it no questions asked.
  • Osprey Atmos AG 65L Backpack : I’ve never had a more comfortable 65L pack than this one. I got it in the Navy Blue and have trekked with it through many a mountain.
  • Bl ack Diamond Trekking Poles : They might feel weird at first, but on a long trek with incline and decline you’ll begin to love these.
  • Grayl GeoPress Water Filter Bottle : I’ve used this for three years. It filters your water with one press and you can drink directly from it. Never buy a plastic water bottle again!

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 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT KYANJIN GOMPA

Kyanjin Gompa is the end of the trek for most people. It’s a beautiful town with an incredible backdrop of snow peaks in all directions. The biggest mistake you can make on the Langtang Valley Trek is to stay one night and turn around and hike back down.

The absolute highlight of this trek is to base in Kyanjin Gompa for a few nights and spend one day hiking up Kyanjin Ri and one day hiking up Tserko Ri. We also spent another day climbing Yala Peak but that requires certain gear and experience.

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I ended up staying six nights in Kyanjin Gompa. My itinerary was the following:

  • Yala Peak Base Camp
  • Yala Peak/Sleep at Kyanjin Gompa

Understandably that is a lot of time but we were also trying to acclimatize for Yala Peak so we added in the rest days. The trek in to Kyanjin Gompa was good but not amazing. I really found that the time spent in Kyanjin Gompa was what made this trek is so great not the actual trek in itself. This is different from many other treks such as Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit where each day of trekking is the highlight rather than a specific destination or a specific town.

I stayed at Mountain View Hotel while in Kyanjin Gompa. It’s one of the smaller, older guest houses and I really enjoyed it here. Unlike many of the new multi-story hotels in the village, this hotel just had two floors and a cozy dining room.

Mipsang, the owner, is one of the kindest and most caring guys we’ve met in Nepal. Say hello to him for us if you end up staying there.

At Mountain View Hotel we had had water showers, internet connection from our sim card, great food, comfortable beds and blankets, and electrical outlets available in the room.

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HIKING TO KYANJIN RI FROM KYANJIN GOMPA

From Kyanjin Gompa there are two awesome day-hikes. The smaller and most popular hike is Kyanjin Ri. This viewpoint towers over Kyanjin Gompa and has more than 700m of vertical gain in just a few kilometers. While short in distance, don’t underestimate this hike as it is incredibly steep and reaches heights of 4,700 meters.

The trail begins directly out of the town up the nearest ridge. A series of switchbacks leads you up to Lower Kyanjin Ri, which is the first viewpoint on the route. Covered in prayer flags, this viewpoint you will have you peering down over the entire town with jaw-dropping views across the valley.

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Continuing on, the ridge-line track continues higher and higher. We trekked just after winter and there was still considerable snow coverage for this trekking peak. Reaching Kyanjin Ri, we were walking across the snow at 4700m on a ridge overlooking the Langtang Lirung Glacier and the Langtang Lirung Peak (7,227m). To the right of Langtang Lirung you can find Changbu (6251m) and Yubra (6264m).

You can also spot Yala Peak (5,500m), which is the peak we ended up climbing on our trip to Kyanjin Gompa. And finally, across to the nearest peak, you can see Tserko Ri (5,000m), which will be your final objective on this trek.

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I suggest starting this hike just after sunrise as you won’t be too cold but you will also reach the summit before the afternoon clouds roll in. Take a packed lunch of Tibetan bread and an omelet from your tea house to eat at the summit and you are all set.

If you are interested in this expedition, I’ve written an entire guide about our Kyanjin Ri Hike.

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HIKING TO TSERKO RI FROM KYANJIN GOMPA

Tserko Ri (5,700m) is the finale for the Langtang Valley Trek. At 5,000m of elevation, this is a true test for trekkers against the elements and the altitude. It’s an optional day-hike, but one I highly suggest. Tserko Ri isn’t as hard as it sounds and is similar in many ways to its smaller brother, Kyanjin Ri.

The trek is about 8 kilometers in total with almost 1500m of incline throughout the day. It will definitely be a tough test and took us about seven hours to complete at a slow pace with lots of photos.

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The trek takes you up a ridge all the way to the summit with very little danger to be found along the relatively wide and safe path. We visited just after winter and only encountered snow right at the last portion of the hike. Unfortunately, it was very soft and made it slow-going and difficult.

We managed to reach the summit and were the fourth and fifth people to touch the top for the season. Later in the season with less snow, this is a basic trekking peak and the only major consideration is the incline and the altitude.

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The summit of Tserko Ri is quite unique. A festival years ago at the summit involved carrying many large wooden poles to the top from which prayer flags were hung. There are so many poles and flags the summit has begun to look like a sailing ship. Nowhere in the Himalayas have I seen this many prayer flags at a summit, which made for a colorful, vibrant setting atop the peak.

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The views from Tserko Ri are simply phenomenal. With panoramic views, you can expect to see Yala Peak, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Khang and many more.

As with Kyanjin Ri, it is best to be up at the summit before midday to avoid the afternoon clouds rolling in. I advise starting this hike no later than 7 am for the best possible conditions and views at the summit.

If you are interested in this expedition, I’ve written an entire guide about our Tserko Ri Hike.

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CLIMBING YALA PEAK

Yala Peak is a non-technical peak near Tserko Ri, which could be a great trekking peak for those on the hunt for a challenge.

We climbed Yala Peak with a guide over a two-day period. The climb included a trek to Yala Kharka (4750), which is the base camp. The summit push followed the next morning to Yala Peak (5,500m) through some heavy snow. With views into Tibet and specifically of Shishapangma, it was an incredible experience.

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Yala Peak is not commonly part of the Langtang Valley Trek and involves prior preparation. We had to carry in our 6000m boots, extra warm gear, and climbing gear and arranged our climb in advance. While a guide can be arranged in Kyanjin Gompa, there is no gear rental shop so you may need to decide if Yala Peak is on your agenda before you begin the trek.

If you are interested in this expedition, I’ve written an entire guide about our Yala Peak Climb.

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TREKKING FROM KYANJIN GOMPA TO SYABRUBESI

The trek back to Syabrubesi from Kyanjin Gompa takes most trekkers just two days. With only descent on the cards, it is much quicker than the trek upwards. On our first day of trekking, we made it all the way down to Lama Hotel with a 19km hike. On the second day, we had a 12km hike back to Syabrubesi.

It’s only 31km in total and there were some trekkers doing it all in one day. However, with more than 3000m of decline, I suggest taking at least two days for the descent as it can be quite tiring on the knees and ankles to endure so many steps and uneven surfaces.

After ten days out in the Langtang region, we wrapped up our trip with a celebratory beer at the Lhasa Hotel alongside a platter of Momo. It was one of our favorite treks and the expeditions from Kyanjin Gompa were wildly adventurous and incredible memories.

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I hope you enjoyed this guide to the Langtang Valley Trek in Nepal and have a great experience yourself!

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Saturday 13th of May 2023

This blog has me already planning this in my head. I love hiking and being from Australia, I didn't get much of this sort of thing there, nor, here in Thailand, but I feel like I'd be mad not to get on board with this whilst I'm living in this part of the world.

Hey guy below "Jay" I was living in Brisbane, and there are plenty of good training spots for a hike like this in QLD. Maybe not the snow, but if you want to spend a night on one of the local peaks in the middle of Winter, it'll get you ready, both physically and mentally. If you want a challenge and want to test yourself locally first, try hiking through Mount Kosciuszko area, you can go through the back way on a multiday hike and it's both physically and mentally challenging, and it feels so remote, it takes very little time in those sorts of mountains to feel very alone and vulnerable. But totally worth it!!

Thanks for the article! Brilliant.

Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

Hello Jackson! What an incredible article with so many beautiful photos! I would have loved to have done the Langtang Valley trek with my mother when she was alive - she was the adventurous one, having climbed all of the Scottish Munros, summer and winter, including abseiling down the top of the InPin (I know, not a patch on Nepal!). Sadly, I lost her a couple of years ago, but even at 84 and dying of cancer, she still took us half way up Cairngorm! Maybe I'll manage it one day! Meantine, keep on trekking and stay safe!

Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Hi Jackson! Thank you for this very informative page. I'm hoping to hike this trek in November of this year. Absolute novice, barely done any hikes. I do keep fit with regular exercise though, and will train for this trek soon. I'm based in Queensland, Australia. I do have a fear of heights though, I was wondering what your thoughts were about the trek with this issue. Are there many suspension bridges and are they pretty high up? Would the trek otherwise be all right from that point of view? Thank you for your help. And I know it almost sounds ridiculous wanting to trek with a fear of heights but its something I've always wanted to do. Thank you for your time!

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Langtang Trek | What You Need to Know to Hike Langtang Valley

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Nepal’s Langtang Valley trek is one of our favourite forgotten jewels of the trekking world. With jaw-dropping mountain peaks, bright rhododendron, tiny villages, Buddhist monasteries, and welcoming locals, the Langtang is sure to solidify your love for Nepal. The earthquake that rocked the country in 2015 devastated the Langtang valley. But the area has now reopened to trekkers and choosing to trek here is an excellent way to help Langtang’s resilient earthquake survivors rebuild their livelihoods.

Hiker on the Langtang Trek in Nepal

When is the best time to hike the Langtang Valley Trek?

The best time to trek the Langtang is September to December or March to May .  Clear skies and perfect hiking temperatures create the ideal conditions for trekkers.

How much time does it take to hike Langtang Valley?

The hike is typically completed in 6-10 days , but there are plenty of ways to extend the route if you have more time.

Mountains on the Langtang Trek

How difficult is the Langtang Valley Trek?

The Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate trek by Nepalese trekking standards. It gains significant elevation, but the elevation is easily spaced out over multiple days on the trail.   Like all treks in Nepal, the Langtang Valley is high elevation and proper acclimatization should be factored in. That said, the highest village lies at 3850m, which is well below the high points reached on either the Annapurna Circuit (5416 m) or Everest Base Camp (5545m) treks. 

 Additionally, Nepal’s teahouse trekking drastically reduces your  packing list  making the elevation and mileage much more manageable than North American trips like the Rockwall trail or Rae Lakes. Not to mention, the potential of having a hot apple pie at the end of a long day! 🙂 

How long is the Langtang Valley Trek?

The one-way trip from Syabru Bensi to Kyanjin Gompa on the Langtang Valley Trek is  ~ 29 KM . Over this distance, the Langtang Valley Trek gains ~3000 meters of elevation and loses ~600 meters of elevation. 

A round-trip (out and back)    hike from  Syabru Bensi to Kyanjin Gompa  and back to Syabru Bensi is ~ 58 KM with about 3600 meters of elevation gain and 3600 meters of loss.  

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What permits are required for the Langtang Valley Trek?

To hike the Langtang you’ll require:

  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card for 2000 RPS (pick this up in Kathmandu); and
  • Entrance ticket to Langtang National Park  (approximately 3390 RPS).

Do you need a guide or porter?

You do not need to hire a guide or porter to trek the Langtang. The trail is easy to follow and navigation is not challenging. Make sure to download a high quality offline GPS app (we like GAIA) to assist with navigation and route finding. 

That said, some people do enjoy to hire a guide for their knowledge and expertise. If you’re looking for a guide seek out a personal recommendation  and never just hire someone you meet on the street.  

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Where do you stay and what do you eat on the Langtang Trek?

The incredible thing about trekking in Nepal is that the teahouses in the villages along the way offer basic accommodation and food (namely, a lot of dal bhat!),  This means you can minimize your pack weight as there is no need to carry a tent or food provisions along with you.

Why go on the Langtang Valley Trek vs. Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp?

Most travellers visiting Nepal gravitate towards the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp treks. Langtang has always offered a quieter option with fewer tourists and less infrastructure (there’s certainly no road like the Annapurna Circuit now has). Sadly, Langtang has made its way further off the map after the 2015 earthquake that destroyed lives, homes, and trails. In the three years since the quake, homes have been rebuilt and trails reforged, but the number of trekkers has hardly increased. Trekking here provides an invaluable opportunity to bring income back into a region that is struggling to rebuild. Besides being a quieter trek where your visit can make an important difference for the income of local communities, Langtang is easy to access from Kathmandu. It’s also a lower elevation trek (the highest village is at 3850m), which mitigates the risk of altitude sickness. There are a number of great, basic teahouse options, so you can easily trek this route without a tent.

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Itinerary for hiking the Langtang Trek

Day 1: travel from kathmandu to syabru bensi.

Catch the bus in Kathmandu in the morning (approximately 550 RPS) to travel the 122 km north to the kicking off point for Langtang – the town of Syabru Bensi. Be forewarned that this bus ride is really quite terrifying, but that’s part of the adventure! It can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to reach Syabru Bensi by bus. Do be prepared to show your TIMS card and permit along the way. Once you arrive in Syabru Bensi, find a teahouse for the night and tuck into bed early to prepare for your first day of trekking.

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Day 2: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel

10.5 km | 1400 m elevation gain 400 m loss.

The first day of the Langtang valley trek takes about 6 hours, depending on your pace. The trail crosses the Bhote Kosi River and weaves through oak and rhododendron forests (watch out for animals suddenly coming around the corners!). Beautiful Lama Hotel is a great place to stop for your first night with several good teahouse options.

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Day 3: Lama Hotel to (New) Langtang Village

11.5 km | 1200 m elevation gain 200 m loss.

Day 3 takes just over 6 hours and ends 100 metres past the tragic site of old Langtang Village. This is where the devastation of the earthquake was felt the most strongly in the valley. Only a single house survived the landslide caused by the quake in 2015. 175 villagers and 41 foreign trekkers were killed in the village during this tragedy. These names are commemorated on a memorial mani wall where the village once was. Just a short walk up the valley, Langtang Village is being rebuilt. Staying here is an important way to support the earthquake survivors as they rebuild their lives after losing so much.

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Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa

6.0 km | 400 m elevation gain.

Day 4 takes you to the highest village you can stay at: Kyanjin Gompa. As you reach the higher altitude here, the valley opens up into yak pastures surrounded by towering mountains. It’s only a 4 hour walk, so be sure to take your time and allow your body to acclimatize. The elevation here can be an issue for some people. Kyanjin Gompa is home to an incredible monastery, a yak cheese factory, and a small village. It’s a beautiful place to stay for a few nights and explore the surrounding peaks if you have the time.

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Day 5-6: Kyanjin Gompa (with a trip to Kyanjin Ri)

Breathe a sigh of relief as you get to leave your big pack behind at the teahouse you stay at.  Spend  a couple days  exploring this incredible area and use Kyanjin Gompa as your basecamp for these day hikes:

Kyanjin Ri – this popular and worthwhile half-day hike to a  height of 4604m offers incredible vistas of the surrounding area climbing 720m in 2.0 Kilometers (one-way).

Tsergo Ri –  This challenging full day hike to the top of Tsergo Ri  gains 1110 meters of elevation over 5.0 Kilometers (one-way).

Continue up the valley to Langshisha Kharka – Continue up the valley for more spectacular views on this long day hike which gains 450 meters of elevation over 12 KM (one-way). 

Glacier Viewpoint – For an easier option a 2.0 km hike gains 200 meters of elevation for a suberb view of the Langtang Lirung (one-way).

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Day 7: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

17.5 km | 200 m gain 1600 m elevation loss.

The way down to Lama Hotel should take about 5 hours. Your knees will feel the descent and you’ll be thanking yourself for bringing trekking poles to ease the load! Once you get to Lama Hotel treat yourself to some momos or more dal bhat.

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Day 8: Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi

10.5 km | 400 m gain 1400 m elevation loss.

The final day should take around 6 hours to descend, getting you back into Syabru Bensi for a needed early bedtime.

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Impact of the Earthquake on Langtang

The 2015 earthquake has had immeasurable repercussions for the communities in the Langtang valley. With a significant amount of infrastructure destroyed and a rapid drop in income with fewer tourists visiting, this area continues to suffer greatly. There are fewer kids in the communities you trek through than there were before the earthquake. This is a result of the local schools destroyed by the earthquake. Families who have the funds to do so, send their children to boarding schools in Kathmandu to get an education. With the only employment opportunities being subsistence agriculture or the now quiet tourism industry in their home villages, a number of these young people won’t return to the area. Those who don’t have the money to send their children to Kathmandu lose out on giving their children an education. With this in mind, trekking to Langtang has never been more important from a sustainable tourism perspective.  For more insight, this beautiful photo story showcases the personal stories of the survivors in Langtang.

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What to pack for the Langtang Valley Trek

Essential langtang packing list.

If all you’re planning on doing is hiking we love the  Gregory Focal  or  Women’s specific Facet  which at ~2.5lbs provide a great compromise between barebones ultralight packs and the heavier feature-laden packs! 

If you’e stopping in Nepal as part of a longer trip, the Khmer Explorer Travel Set will be perfect for you. It’s more functional for travel, but has a hip belt and suspension system which make it extremely practical for hiking trips like the Langtang! 

Sleeping Bag

Patagonia’s sleeping bags  are 5 star!!   It’s unbelievably lightweight and packs down small. The  30°F / -1°C  to be perfect for most outings – if it gets colder you can always layer up! Like all Patagonia products, it’s not cheap, but they stand behind their gear and the quality matches the price point. If you spend a lot of time in colder environments they also make a  20°F / -7°C version .  These bags are a worthwhile splurge!

Nalgene Water Bottle

 Use it for water, soup, as a hot water bottle to warm up your sleeping bag. Don’t leave home without your Nalgene .

Water Purification

For purifying water, I’m a huge fan of the  Steripen . It’s light, portable and only takes minutes to purify a liter of water in a Nalgene. Press the button, place the pen in your bottle, and stir for a couple minutes!  

First Aid Kit

The pre-built kits from   Adventure Medical Kits  have served me well on many adventurers. At the end of your trip write down any items you used and replace them so they’re ready for your next adventure. A dd a few ibuprofen, high-altitude medicine into the kit as well.

Warm Mittens or Gloves

Wind / rain shell.

An essential piece for the wind, rain, and snow you might experience on the Langtang trek. Check out the Patagonia Torrentshell   (or Men’s Version   version).

Mountain weather can change fast and rain pants are an absolute lifesaver.   Patagonia Torrentshell Pants in men’s  or  women’s are great and can be  taken on and off without removing your shoes/boots and allowing you to stay comfortable even if you get caught in a sudden downpour. 

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Puff / Down Jacket

The Patagonia Nano Puff® Hoody   is a perfect multi-functional item for trekking, everyday, and pretty much anything where you might need a bit of warmth. I’m still looking for an activity it doesn’t work for. They also make the Nano Puff in a men’s version .

Bring a sun hoodie for the Langtang. It helps you cut back on the amount of sunscreen you need, makes your virutally burn proof, and prevents having to reapply. It’s probably the best item I’ve added to my hiking wardrobe!  Check out the Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie available in mens  and  womens.

Hiking Shoes or Boots

Make sure they’re broken in first! Check out the La Sportiva Bushidos for a great lightweight shoe ( mens / womens ).

Invaluable if you get stuck walking in the dark or the electricity goes out. The Spot 350 is the way to go with 6 modes including the night vision saving red light! Red light mode takes a minute to get used to, but once you do it’s a total game changer.

Hiking Pants

A couple pairs of great and durable hiking pants are essentials for the Langtang trek.

Merino Base Layer

Stays warm when wet and effectively wicks moisture. Pack a couple of long sleeves and a few short sleeves. One pair of long underwear are great to layer up with!

A pair of Teva’s are great for hanging out at the teahouses and getting out of your hiking shoes.

Hiking Socks

Darn Tough Vermont makes the best hiking socks hands down. They’re guaranteed for life/replaced free of charge and they don’t stink. Really! I typically bring 3 pair. 1 pair for hiking, 1 pair to change into at camp, and a reserve to throw into the rotation as needed. 

Trekking Poles

Poles are great for reducing the strain of long grueling descents and providing extra stability on exposed sections. Both these features you’ll experience on the Howe Sound Crest Trail, so do yourself a favor and get a pair of poles. For a reliable entry level option try these  Black Diamond Poles  or consider upgrading to the  carbon fiber  to save extra weight.

Additional items to pack

  • Map / GPS app (we like GAIA )
  • Toilet paper
  • Small bills/ money
  • Journal/book/deck of cards (good for relaxing in the evenings)

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*Thanks to the wonderful Lisa Smith for giving us updates on the Langtang trek post-earthquake and allowing us to share her beautiful photos that you see featured in this article.

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Langtang Valley Trek

  • Destination Nepal
  • Region Langtang
  • Duration 10 Days
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  • Max Height 3870m.
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  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Accomodation Hotel/Lodge
  • Group Size Mini. 1 Pax
  • Best Season Sep-Dec & Mar-May
  • Meals B.L.D.
  • Start / End Point Syabrubesi to Syabrubesi

Trip Overview

Langtang Valley Trek is a congenial delightful and ideal journey in the Langtang region .  It is famous for providing exceptionally beautiful vistas of the mountains, native hidden culture, and Langtang Himalayas ranges. The Langtang Trekking Trail is an extremely beautiful and fascinating destination in Nepal. Which is not far from the capital city of Kathmandu and it’s just 137 Km away. Most of the way goes off the beaten trail in the Langtang Valley Trek.  This Short 7 Days Langtang Trek takes you to discover the unique culture and natural beauties of the Langtang Himalayas. Likewise, you will extremely soak into nature and culture without any hassle.

What makes the Langtang trek special in 2024/2025?

Langtang Valley Trek is a distinguished destination that leads to discovering astonishing peaks with an amusing walk around the beautiful Langtang valleys. It’s a great occasion to discover the Langtang glacier, various landscapes, wild animals, renovated villages, an old Buddhist monastery, a local cheese factory , marvelous mountains, and extraordinary scenarios too.  The peak of Langtang Lirung  and the distinct culture of the famous ethnic group  Tamang  make this trek more authentic. 6 Days Short Langtang Trek offers alluring views of grand mountains and a mirthful walk around the glorious valleys.

The 8 Days Langtang Circuit Trek  starts as well as ends at S yabrubeshi or Dhunche.   It could be approached from Kathmandu through the 6 hours of drive. Since there is no airport, the only roadway is the option to attend the Langtang trek. Syabrubeshi, Bambo, Lama Hotel, Ghoda Tabela, Khangsher, Langtang Village, Mundo Village, Kyanjin Gompa- Kathmandu is the summarized 6 days itinerary from our company Nepal High Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Kyanjin Gompa (3870m)

There are local old Buddhist monasteries and a small local cheese factory in the K yanjin village/Kyanjing gompa. It’s one of the best cheeses available around the Langtang area. There one can learn about the socio-economic life of the locals.   Interacting with the local community and taking photos of their children are the best part to make the trek more memorable. Kyanjin Gompa is the last tea house place in short Langtang Trek and the place would be excellent to explore the beauty of hidden nature.

Langtang National Park (Buffer Zone)

Besides, the  Langtang national park  conserves rare animals and plants that also can be explored through the  Langtang Valley Trek . The Langtang National Park was established in  1976, has an area of 1710 sq km , and consisting a buffer zone area of 420 sq km. You will witness a variety of flora and fauna. Walking in remote places like Langtang suppresses all the stress and releases happiness within you. This feeling is awesome.

Magnificent Panorama Scenarios

Throughout the journey, you would pass through lightly populated and remote areas. But the mesmerizing views of the  Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung (7324m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Gangchempo (Langtang Ri 7205m), Porong Ri (7292), and Yala Peak (5520m) would make your heart pounder. In addition, the beautiful vistas of the glacier moraine in the north provide a superb view of  Langtang Lirung  being popped out in the crystal clear sky.

Authentic Food and Accommodation

Despite the remoteness, the valley provides suitable accommodation with typical Nepalese food service. People are not as outgoing as in the urban area but they are humble and eager to chat with you. Local people have good hospitality and conduct. Regarding accommodation, in the Langtang region, the accommodation is ordinary and has twin-sharing beds. Each tea house has a warm dinning hall and cozy rooms as well. Along the trail somewhere you will get a bathroom inside the room but are not allowed shower inside. Throughout peak season you must the accommodation a week before.

A Engrossing Tamang culture and Festival

Around the Langtang Region, more than 80% of people are from Tamang. They have a brilliant tradition, and  unique culture including a distinct language, cultural dress, script, ethnic instrument , and social manners. They have over 120 sub-clans in the Tamang caste . Approximately more than 80% of the Tamang have been flowing the Buddhist. Their language, Tamang, comes from the Tamangic branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family and it is 75% similar to Gurung Language.

Damphu and Cello are the identities of the Tamang people . Tamang Cello songs represent humor, satire, joy, and sorrow. It has a brisk movement and rhythmic beat specific to the Tamangs. Sonam Lhochhar is the major festival of the Tamangs and is celebrated in the month of Magh (February–March) . It is celebrated to welcome the Tamang new year.

Sacred Gosainkunda Lakes (4,380 Metres)

Another reason that people Trek to the Langtang region is due to the holy Gosainkunda Lake . The lake on the top of the hill often gets frozen in winter. Many trekkers have fancy skating in the lake which is awesome. That’s the best attractive part of the Langtang region. There are altogether 108 (ponds) lakes around the area but Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, Naga Kunda , and Gosainkunda lakes are the most fascinating and popular too.

Moreover, the pristine  Lake Gosainkunda  is also worshiped by Hindu and Buddhist Devotees on special occasions. Besides,  Langtang Tamang Heritage Tre k is the best option to explore the religion, culture, and festivals of the Langtang Valley.

Low Altitude and Short Treks in Langtang Region

If you are not really high adventure seekers the Langtang trekking routes would be good for hike and fun with spectacular mountains. This region has many various treks that you can find out the trek according to your choice. Moreover, all treks are based on the low altitude that everyone easily completes and have fun with nature. This trek can be completed within a week and also it’s one of the guaranteed trips in Nepal.

The Following Treks Are The Most Popular in Langtang Region

  • Short Langtang Valley Trek 5 Days
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  • Gosainkunda Lake Trek 8 Days
  • Tamang Heritage Trek 10 Days
  • Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass Trek 14 Days
  • Gosainkunda Pass Trek 12 Days
  • Langtang Helambu Trek 6 Days
  • Langtang Valley Via Yala Peak Climbing

Alternative & Reliable Langtang Region Treks

Langtang Trekking Region is one of the most reliable and guaranteed treks in Nepal. It’s one of the closes and most popular destinations in Nepal. Moreover, the Langtang Trek Route would be the finest and everyone easily join to explore and discover the flora and fauna of Langtang Valley. The trek can start from many places like Syabru Bensi, Dhunche, and Sundarijal. The major transportation is only driving but if are interested you can get luxurious transportation too.

Perfect Family Trekking Route in Nepal

Take your kids to the lap of the Himalayas. Trekking with kids is tricky. You may need to consider lots of things. From altitude to walking hours as well as distance plays a crucial role while traveling with kids. However, it is not an issue while doing the Langtang Valley Trek. The trail is easy to walk and the distance between the two teahouses is short. Therefore, lots of family trekkers are choosing the trail as their ideal trekking destination.

Alternative Treks Around the Langtang Valley                             

Note : Langtang Trekking Route is one of the major assets of the Nepal tourism sector. Langtang Valley trekking trail is easily combined with popular treks like Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang Valley and Ganjala Pass Trek , Helambu Circuit Trek, Pangsang Pass with Ruby Valley Trek, Gosainkunda Pass Trek, and Gosainkunda Lake Trek also famous trekking route. This Trekking is best to explore the sacred holy lake. Find the diverse trekking packages of the Langtang Region in 2023/2024 and we can make customize the itinerary and budget according to your desire and preference plan.

When to Trek Langtang Region?

The best time to trek is the dry season from October to May . The worst time is the monsoon season period from June to September. This generalization does not allow for the peculiarities of individual treks.  Some people claim that the undeniable difficulties of trekking during the monsoon are outweighed by the virtual absence of western trekkers.

Autumn Season ( September, October, November & December)

The first three months of the dry season from mid-September to mid-December offer the best weather for trekking around the Himalayas in Nepal. The air freshly washed by the monsoon rains is crystal clear, the mountain scenery is superb and the weather is still comfortably warm. December, January, and February are still good months for trekking but are too cold and frozen on the trail.

Spring Season ( February to May)

From March to May , the weather has been dry for a long time and dust is starting to hang in the air, affecting visibility. The poorer quality of the Himalayan views is compensated for by the superb wildflowers such as the wonderful rhododendrons. Furthermore, would highly recommend the autumn and spring seasons for hiking, trekking , and climbing in Nepal.

100% Successful & Guaranteed Trip

We ensure you that Langtang Region Treks would be 100% successful and Guaranteed Trips for the whole year. It’s always a pleasing and acceptable trek for everyone. We have multi-trip departures in the autumn, winter, and spring seasons for 2022/2023. The itinerary can be altered according to your holiday length and preference plan.

 Conclusion of the short Langtang Trek Itinerary & Cost

6 Days Langtang Trek   is generally the moderate type which is completed within a week time frame. The climate in these regions is almost cold throughout the year and is windy in higher altitudes. As the maximum elevations are lower than 5000m it has no threats of Mountain Sickness. Spring and autumn are the best Langtang trekking seasons.

Thus,  Langtang Area Trek is one of the easy and cultural treks that makes you delighted. The trek experienced the graceful local culture of the Langtang Valley and the awe-inspiring view of beautiful mountains. It’s a significant and acceptable destination in Nepal that would highly recommend to all beginner mountain lovers. The Nepal High Trek & Expedition team is very eager to host your trip to Langtang Valley in 2023/2024.

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Details Itinerary

Day 01: arrival in kathmandu with transfer to the hotel..

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport get a transfer at the hotel. After then received by our guides and staff, at hotel check-in and join in for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information, with a welcome dinner.

Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi by sharing jeep 1,503 m -07 hours

An early morning departure from the hotel taking an overland drive to reach towards North around Langtang Himal, during six hours drive views of snow-capped peaks, then arriving at Syabrubesi village after driving past Dhunche headquarter town of Rasuwa district and Langtang Himal area.

Day 03: Trek from Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel 2,450 m – 06/07 hours

Walk commence from Syabrubesi village as the morning trail leads to a cross over a bridge of Langtang River, and then with an uphill climb into farm areas entering the green dense forest to reach our second overnight of the journey at Lama Hotel, a nice spot within a forest clearing.

Day 04: Trek From Lama Hotel to Langtang Village 3,430 m - 07 hours

From Lama Hotel morning walk follows the river upstream within deeply forested areas and in a gorge, a route leads to the much cooler area past Ghodetabla to reach Langtang village for an overnight stop surrounded by tree lines and views of Langtang Lirung peaks towards the north above high rocky cliff wall.

Day 05: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa 3,830 m – 04 hours

Today a short walk to reach Kyanjing Gompa our final and major destination of this lovely journey, morning trek starts with a short steep climb to reach a ridge on leaving the forested area, where the trail leads into a wide scenic Langtang valley enclosed with an array of peaks as our morning walk reaches a nice settlement at Kyangjing Gompa for few overnight stops.

Day 06: Optional Hike to Tserkuri Viewpoint (4984m) Explore the Langtang Himalayas with Tibetan Himalayas Ranges

A free day for you to enjoy a scenic walk with the hike on top of Tshergo-Ri viewpoint (4,984 m), the highest spot of the adventure overlooking the panorama of the whole Langtang Himalayas range of peaks with some mountains of Tibet across the border beyond Langtang mountains. We highly suggest you hike the stunning Tserku Ri viewpoint to discover the mesmerizing scenario of the Langtang Himalayas.

Day 07: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel 2,450 m – 07 hours

Having an enjoyable marvelous time around beautiful Langtang Valley at Kyanjing our adventure comes to an end following the downhill walk to Lama Hotel with an overnight stop. The mostly trail is coming down through the Mundu village, Langtang village, and Ghodatabela village. Approximately, 6 to 8 hours to get back to Lama Hotel.

Day 08: Trek from Lama hotel to Syabrubesi - 06 hours

From Lama Hotel our last day walk of the adventure, as the morning trek follows into the forest with a downhill to cross over a bridge then reaching our last overnight halt at Syabrubesi for the last overnight around Langtang Himal.

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu by local sharing jeep and transfer to hotel – 07 hours

After a most remarkable time and trekking on Langtang valley around Rasuwa district with scenic moments, then take a drive in the morning where the overland journey takes you back to Kathmandu, on completing wonderful adventure on Langtang Valley Trekking.

Day 10: Final departure to homeward bound or to respective destinations.

Last day in the land of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel for an airport for your international flight back to home countries or other respective destinations.

Cost Includes

  •  Airport Pick up drop by private car.
  •  Two-night Boutique Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast.
  •  During the trek three times meals (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  •  Langtang National Park Permit.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  •  Kathmandu to Syabru Besi, Syabru Besi to Kathmandu by sharing a jeep.
  •  Three cups of tea throughout the trek.
  •  During the trek fresh fruit.
  •  Government registers expert and knowledgeable guide (Including guide’s salary, meals,   accommodation & insurance)
  •  Nepal High Trek & Expedition’s down jacket, sleeping bag and duffle bag.  (If you needed)
  •  The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  •  Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Farewell Dinner.

Cost Excludes:

  •  Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  •  Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • US$ 150 for extra porter
  •  All the expenses in the mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay, or canceled flight)
  •  Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  •  All the Bar bills and personal expenses such as hot, phone calls, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, and shower.

Langtang Valley Trek Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is located langtang valley trek.

Langtang Valley Trek is located in mid-north Nepal and this Trek is into the Langtang Region of Nepal. The Langtang Trekking Region is the third most popular and most beautiful trekking route in Nepal.

How difficult is the trek to Langtang Valley?

Langtang Valley Trek is an easy hike and culture trek in the Langtang region. This trek leads you to 3830m a maximum height at Kyanjin Goma. The Langtang trek is not a difficult and high-altitude trek in the Langtang region.

What is the major transportation of Langtang Trekking Region?

What types of accommodation get along the trek.

Around the Langtang valley all accommodations like the same quality as a basis on tea houses. Whereas, in the mountains, you will be accommodated in the best available lodges and Guesthouses.

When is the best time to trek around the Langtang Valley?

March to May and September to December are the best months to trek in the Langtang region. Both seasons Spring (March to May) autumn (September to November) would be a more favorable time to hike or trek in Langtang. If you choose any of these reasons you are able to see an excellent view of mountains with hidden local cultures with majestic landscapes.

Do I need high-quality gears for Langtang Trek?

Usually, the trekking equipment is very crucial to complete the trek but Langtang treks are not high altitude treks that do not require very high-quality gears. You should have medium qualities gears and compulsory gears like boots, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, and related goods too.

How long does take to complete the Langtang Trek?

However, Langtang Region has many popular treks around the valley that references the trekking day depending on the trek. If you want to do the Langtang trek it could be completed within 6 to 8 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Normally, the Langtang region treks can be finished within 6 to 16 days from Kathmandu.

What is the level of Langtang Trek?

The Langtang valley trek is based on a moderate and easy level. We do commit to you that anybody easily completes the Langtang trek without difficulty and acute mountain sickness.

Which is the highest mountain in the Langtang Valley?

In the Langtang region, there are many mountains that are very popular and tallest but there are not any above the 8000m. However, the Langtang Lirung (7234m) is the tallest peak in the Langtang region and along the trail, we are able to see the Shishapangma (8027) peak which is located in Tibet. Don’t worry, when you trek to Langtang valley you can see many beautiful and popular mountains throughout the trek.

Do I need a permit for the Langtang Trek?

Yes, the permit is mandatory for foreigners to do a trek around the Langtang region. A permit cost is RS 3000 rupees. The permit can buy at Langtang National Park at Dhunche and Sundarijal National Park. Moreover, you need also Tims cards as (Trekkers Information Management System).

What is the major culture in the Langtang valley?

Around the Langtang valley are available many cultures and customs but in the current context, Tamang culture is remarkable. It’s one of the charming tribe’s cultures in Nepal. When you hike around the Langtang able to explore the Tamang cultures with flora and fauna too.

Can I do Langtang Trek without Guide?

Regarding the guide, we never prefer and recommend the Langtang Trek without a guide. Trekking is always an adventure and difficult journey that better to hire a guide for the Langtang trek. If you hired a guide the trip would be safe and more enjoyable

Is there any alternative route to complete the Langtang Valley Trek?

Yes, the Langtang region trekking routes combined the many popular treks around the Langtang valley. There is another alternative trekking route Helambu and Gosainkunda Pass trek amalgamate the Langtang valley. If you want to follow this trekking route it would be an excellent journey to explore the flora and fauna of Langtang valley.

Is this trek for beginners ?

Yes, this trek is acceptable for all age groups and it's suitable for beginner travelers. Probably Langtang Trek is a low altitude and easiest trek in Nepal. If you're not an adventure seeker highly prefer this trip. Furthermore, throughout the trek, you will reach a maximum height of 3830m at Kyanjin Gompa except for the Kyajin viewpoint (4380m) and Tserkuri viewpoint (5030m).

Is possible to do the Langtang Trek in Monsoon ?

The Langtang Trek is possible during the monsoon season, but it comes with certain considerations and potential challenges. The monsoon season in Nepal generally lasts from June to September, and during this time, the country experiences heavy rainfall, increased cloud cover, and occasional landslides. Besides, when you trek around the Langtang Valley you must walk carefully and be careful of landslides along the trail

Is tip compulsory for trekking crews ?

In fact, the trekking crews appreciate and expect tips when completing the trek. Although,  the Tipping is not fixed and you can give as you wish. It depends on the trekking difficulties and length.

What kinds of amenities get throughout the trek ?

The Langtang region trek is a unique delightful journey that offers the natural beauties and cultures too. However, throughout the trek, you will get good amenities along the local tea houses. The accommodations are based on the hotel and guest house. Each guest house has an attached bathroom inside the room and as well as you get a wife services each hotel. Besides, around the Langtang Valley available access to 4G coverage but due to bad weather 4G service would be weak.

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Responsive Service, Experienced Guide Team

We traveled as a group of three from Singapore in Dec 2023. While generally considered “off-season”, we booked our Langtang Valley trek on a whim with Nepal High Trek just a few weeks before the trek. The valley was indeed amazingly beautiful with clear skies, comfortable temperature in the day when we were hiking (it was cold at night though) and certainly no crowds.

We were able to make quick decisions to go with the trek all thanks to Anjan (boss of Nepal High Trek), who was superbly quick in responding on the tour package (which was at a very reasonable price) and to our multiple queries which helped with our planning. He was flexible in our itinerary planning so we could make the best out of the limited days we would be in Nepal. Anjan is also a generous boss who catered to our requests.

Overall a positive experience with the trekking staff, led by Pawan, who navigated us through the challenging terrains (at least to us beginner trekkers). Pawan took good notice of our preferences and needs (eg food) and ensured we had a good experience. Tareje was the our most admired porter who managed our combined 25kg duffel throughout the trek effortlessly.

Recommend to contact Anjan at Nepal High Trek when planning your next adventure up the Himalayas!

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Veen Baskaran

Langtang valley trek in december.

Amazing! I booked at the very last minute and Anjan, the tour operator was extremely helpful and accommodating. With his guidance, i sorted out everything i needed and arrived in Kathmandu 2 days later. What i liked the most was the transparent pricing, online payment options and the patience he had in answering my 1,001 questions.

From Kathmandu, i met my guide Suraj without whom i never would’ve made it past the first day of the trek!

Suraj was not only a super helpful guide, he kept an eye on me and advised me accordingly to take proper breaks and to not give up!

needless to say, trekking over 4 days across mountains, rivers, valleys and then the summit plus glaciers was just wow!

suraj pointed out wild animals, cool rock formations and was ever willing to help me take some amazing shots!

we came back a day earlier due to my flights and both Anjan and Suraj were kind enough to not let me waste my last few hours without seeing some sights around Kathmandu before dropping me off at the airport,

Huge thank you to Anjan and Suraj for making this the trip of a lifetime!

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Saranaya Sayar

Langtang valley trek with the best team.

My brother and I did an unforgettable Langtang Valley Trek in December 2023 with Nepal High Trek and we had an amazing time! Nepal High Trek was helpful to all our questions from the start and attended to all our queries. When we made changes to the Trek dates, Anjan was patient and accommodated to all the changes.

We did our Trek with Suraj and Surya, who made an exceptional and amazing team! They were so kind, patient, and friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable by checking on our needs consistently. Even when I fell sick during the 3rd day of the trek, Suraj helped me with my day pack on top of his bags. He explained a lot during the Trek about Nepal’s history and geography too. He made sure we had ample tea breaks and consistently checked on us. For Surya, I’m also very thankful as he was carrying our backpacks, yet timely, he guided me down the descent whenever I needed help. He even went the extra mile to pack our sleeping bags in the morning as we needed help. We can safely say that they made a huge difference to our Trek as we were in safe hands!

Overall, we enjoyed our Trek so much and returned home with so many beautiful memories and rate this trek 10 out of 10 stars. We’re planning to do another Trek and will definitely book Nepal High Trek again with no hesitations!

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Daniel Cole

United state, 8 days langtang valley trek.

My wife and I did an 8 day Langtang Valley Trek with Pawan as our guide. The company picked us up from the airport and booked us a great room at a hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. Our hotel was fantastic, with great breakfast, clean room and a rooftop restaurant. The guide and owner were both available for any questions we had and gave us great tips for things to see while in Kathmandu. They then got us a jeep and driver to take us to the start of the Langtang Valley Trek. We had a great lunch halfway though our drive and our guide helped us through all the police checkpoints along the way. The hike itself was absolutely incredible! Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, where to stay, the history of all the towns, the wildlife, and even the many plants we saw along the way. Unfortunately, I had come down with altitude sickness during our hike but I was very happy to have our guide with us from Nepal High Trek. It was nighttime when I got sick and was snowing heavy that night so I could not hike down. Our guide Pawan checked on me constantly, monitoring my oxygen saturation and blood pressure as well as bringing water/tea etc. He was able to coordinate with the owner Anjan back in Kathmandu and they got me on the next available helicopter, safe and sound. They took me to the hospital and kept in contact the whole time I was there to make sure everything was alright. If your are looking for a reliable company with friendly, knowledgeable guides that truly care and will help you out through anything, then this is it. We could not recommend Nepal High Trek enough and definitely plan on booking another trip with them in the future!!

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Andrew Clarke

100% Recommendation for Nepal High Trek & Expedition Team !!! My wife and I are booked for the 7 Days Langtang Valley Trek with this team. Begging of our trip we got everything is very customized and free of hassle. Anjan has made the trek itinerary according to our holiday length and preferences plan. He did respond to us very quickly with an affordable package. Communication was clear and professional from the outset, and we felt reassured before we left that we were in safe hands and wouldn’t have to decipher and possibly risk choosing from the multitude of trekking companies in Kathmandu. Our guide Pawan and porter Dorje were very helpful and friendly. Pawan has explained very well about the trail, accommodations, mountains, and local cultures.

Moreover, in December weather was perfect and we had an excellent time despite the cold. If you are planning to trek to Langtang valley don’t miss climbing the Tserkuri viewpoint and which was a brilliant viewpoint to see the numerous mountain views. We would like to thank the entire Nepal High Trek team and we will be back again with you.

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Natalie Silver

United stated.

Langtang valley is stunning. A quieter trail, less traffic, filled with raging rivers, waterfalls, and simply gorgeous scenery. We were fortunate to have our guide, Shyam, take us on this trek. He is calm, and caring, and works hard to accommodate all needs.

Anjan, the company owner goes ABOVE & BEYOND to make sure your trek is a lifetime, memorable, experience. Would recommend Nepal High Trek & Expedition if anyone is interested in treks throughout Nepal.

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Miriam Hans

Langtang valley with chitwan tour.

We had a wonderful trip to Langtang Valley Trek with the 3 days Chitwan tour. We fully enjoyed and had fun with the glorious mountains, beautiful walk, and a spectacular Chitwan jungle safari with native cultures. The trip was organized by Nepal High Trek & Expedition, it was a brilliant team and affordable package too. Langtang Trek is a superb and moderate journey that had spent a memorable time in the mountain.

We are very happy and content with Nepal High Trek & Expedition team for an awesome trip. I’d highly recommend this perfect team those who are planning to visit Nepal in near the future. Namaste & Thanks to the entire team.

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Cindy Campell

We did complete the 7 days Langtang Valley Trek in May. Instantly our trip was booked with Nepal High Trek & Expedition and genuinely there were perfect and very flexible in everything. The trekking itinerary, budget, services, guide and porter were brilliant. We had a great time around the beautiful mountain and it was a great trip. Our guide Pasang was professional, friendly and helpful. He had helped us to complete the whole trip and the trip was easy that we didn’t feel AMS. I would highly recommend this trek and use to this perfect local team if anyone planning to visit in Nepal.

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Langtang Valley with Gosainkunda Lake Trek

I traveled to Nepal with my parents and completed the Langtang Valley with Gosainkunda Pass Trek for over two weeks with Nepal High Trek & Expedition. We all played dice games together and had a load of fun but what impressed me most was Anjan’s knowledge and experience of the area, the culture, the mountains and around the valley of Langtang. Anjan’s calm confidence was always reassuring particularly when my mother got altitude sickness. A beautiful and memorable experience. I’ve recommended Anjan to friends and he would be my first choice if and when I will return soon to Nepal. We had a wonderful time with Nepal High Trek Team. A lot of thanks to everyone !!!

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Wonda Williams

Langtang valley with gosainkunda.

I traveled to Nepal two years ago with my parents and completed the Langtang Valley Trek and Gosainkuda Pass Trek with over two weeks with Nepal High Trek & Expedition Team. Our Guide was Anjan and he was professional and honest. We all played dice games together and had a load of fun but what impressed me most was Anjan’s knowledge of the area, the culture, and the trek. Anjan’s calm confidence was always reassuring particularly when my mother got altitude sickness. A beautiful and memorable experience. I’ve recommended Anjan to friends and he would be my first choice if and when I will return soon in Nepal. we had a wonderful time with Anjan.

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Torborg Sinow

I had an amazing time with Nepal High Trek! I planned my itinerary with Anjan by mail, who tailor-made it according to I my specific dates and requests. I was going to do the Langtang valley with Gosainkunda.

For the trek, I had the fortune of traveling with Indako, a very knowledgeable, friendly and funny guide. He was always ready to help, and fixed everything with food and accommodation. When I wanted to change the itinerary (see Tsergo Ri, and not go to Gosainkunda but return two days earlier) he planned a new itinerary on the fly. When I brought inadequate shoes he traded his for mine (they fit him better) which saved my summit attempt for Tsergo Ri. He also takes great pictures. Cannot recommend him enough

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Robyn Henderk

My husband and I did a trek up the Langtang Valley in May 2023 with Nepal High Trek. Pawan was our guide. We had the most amazing experience with this guide service. They were honest, knowledgeable, and affordable. They made sure we were taken care of from the moment they picked us up from the airport to when we were dropped off.

I could recommend Pawan as a guide if anyone planning to trek in Nepal. My husband ended up getting a moderate/severe case of altitude sickness and needed to be helicopter evacuated to a lower elevation. Pawan was very helpful in walking us through our options, getting him the medication he needed, and attempting first to have him hike down before a flight was needed.

When it was clear my husband could not hike down, he arranged a helicopter which came as quickly as it could given the weather. We did a lot of research looking into guiding companies for this once in a lifetime trek. Nepal High Trek was our first choice and they lived up to our high expectations. We are planning to back again for Mount Everest Base Camp in 2024. Cheers Anjan & Pawan

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John Karpuk

Short langtang valley trek.

Excellent experience from start to finish! I had a last minute change of plans and contacted Anjan with less than 24 hours to go. He put together a 5 day Langtang Valley trek for my wife and me without missing a beat. We had an excellent guide (Buddhi) who took incredible care of us.

Reasons I would book with Anjan: personalized itinerary, experienced planner (Anjan used to be a guide himself), great guides, flexible planning, great value. Our 5-day itinerary included two private shuttles, 3 meals a day, lodging, a porter, and a guide for about a grand. On the trek, I didn’t have to worry about anything. If I felt like I could walk further, our guide knew the best place to stay in each stop and had the valley memorized like the back of his hand. Also, on the drive there are multiple army/police checkpoints and I didn’t have to deal with any headaches.

This trek would’ve been stressful (or impossible) to plan myself and Anjan and Buddhi made my life easy and made my wife happy. Worth every penny. I would book with these guys again next time I’m in Nepal.

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Andrew Wadsley

Australia new south wale.

In 2022, my son, husband and I did the Langtang Valley Trek with Anjan as our amazing guide. His knowledge of the area was extensive, including walking expectations, weather and terrain conditions, and the best places to stop, rest, eat and sleep. So much so, that other Trekkers called on his advice despite having their own guides. He was a very acknowledges an expert mountain guide. On the trek, Anjan was nurturing, fun and extremely amicable with everyone. He had a very endearing personality, and over the two-week trek, he became a member of our family. I highly recommend Anjan to anybody considering undertaking any trek in Nepal.

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Langtang Trek: High Altitude Adventure in Kathmandu's Backyard

Close to the Tibetan border there’s a magical valley with towering mountains that exceed the 7000 meters mark. Welcome to the Langtang Valley, a hidden gem not far from Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. From the lush forests in the shadows of the Langtang Himal to the picture perfect viewpoint of Tsergo Ri at almost 5000 meters, the Langtang Valley trek has it all. The great news is, this trek is doable for almost every trekker as the distances and elevation gain are relatively small. Bookatrekking.com has taken numerous trekkers to this forgotten corner of the Himalayas. And we’re thrilled for you to join us too!

I am Jan, and at Bookatrekking.com, I ensure that you find your next epic trek in the Nepali Himalayas. As an experienced trekker who has visited Nepal multiple times, I’d like to share my knowledge and advice for the trek to the beautiful Langtang Valley . Unleash the explorer in you and get in touch!

The Langtang Valley Trek: The Most Accessible High Altitude Trek in Nepal

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Nepal is famous for its long-distance hiking trails like Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit , covering lots of mileage and vertical gain. This may not be for everybody. The Langtang Valley Trek is ideal for those who don’t want to commit to a strenuous trekking journey, but still want to experience the very essence of trekking in Nepal.

The Langtang region is located straight north of Kathmandu, geographically the closest Himalayan mountains from the capital. The enormous ridge of snow and ice called the Langtang Himal forms a formidable natural barrier of more than 7000 meters high with neighboring Tibet. The mountains and the valley below are part of the Langtang National Park, the first designated national park in the entire Himalayan Range. It’s a safe haven for elusive animals like the red panda, ghoral (mountain goat) and the snow leopard.

The trek starts in Syabrubesi, at the bottom of the Langtang Valley where you pay your Langtang National Park fee. A skinny trail winds along the banks of the at times raging torrents of the Langtang Khola. The route is mostly in the shade of the rhododendron and pine trees, keeping you a bit cooler in the hot, lower parts of the valley. The landscape opens up as you approach Langtang Village. To the north is the huge wall of Langtang Himal’s highest peak, Langtang Lirung (7234m). Six kilometers further up the valley there’s Kyanjin Gompa, with a 300 years old monastery. This friendly village is a huge contrast to its barren surroundings, and it’s the highest overnight stop on the Langtang trek. From here, there’s the option to climb up Tsergo Ri, more than a 1000 vertical meters up. It’s a long, tough, but non-technical climb to a large buddhist stupa. From the top at 4985m you have panoramic views of Langtang Lirung and the world’s 14th highest peak, Shishapangma (8027m high!). It is in many ways the highlight of trek.

The Langtang Valley Trek: The Most Accessible High Altitude Trek in Nepal

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley trek

Langtang Valley trek

In short, the trek is not that hard. The Langtang Valley elevation is fairly modest compared to for example the Everest treks . The trails up the valley are in good condition, and they ascend gradually along the river Langtang Khola. The distances are very manageable, leaving enough time to enjoy downtime in the villages after the day’s walk. The hardest day is the trek up the 4985 meter high Tsergo Ri from Kyanjin Gompa, which is a bit like ascending a mountain (higher than Mont Blanc!). However, this ascent is optional, as you will come back to stay in the same place at Kyanjin Gompa. You could also go for a slightly lower viewpoint at Kyanjin Ri at 4779 meters above sea level. For those who want to take it easy, you can stick around in Kyanjin Gompa and take in the spectacular mountain scenery while sipping endless cups of tea. All in all, this trek is doable for every reasonably fit hiker.

How Hard Is the Langtang Trek?

The Langtang Region, along with most of the other trekking areas in Nepal , has four distinct seasons. Spring, summer, autumn and winter. The months from March to May, pre-monsoon, and from October to early December, post-monsoon, are the most popular for hiking the Langtang Valley trek. Every season offers its own excitement and atmosphere and in principle, you can go trekking year-round. There are good reasons why spring and autumn are considered the trekking season. Below we’ll explain more what each of the seasons are like.

Spring (March-May) is the prime trekking season and trekkers from around the globe come to the Nepali Himalayas in large numbers. In springtime, the temperature is pleasant, the precipitation is low and the hiking conditions are great. On the trail there’s a lot of excitement to head up to the maximum Langtang Valley altitude of almost 5000 meters at the Tsergo Ri. While temperatures in daytime along the trek are balmy, the temperature higher up in Kyanjin Gompa and beyond can be very cold in the early morning. To prepare yourself for this, check our complete Langtang trek packing list further below in this blog post.

Summer season falls in the months of June, July and August. Summer is the period with higher temperatures and in that sense it is quite pleasant. However, this is also the monsoon season, and it rains a lot. The chance of seeing the mountains around you is smaller as it is cloudy most of the time. The trail will be wet and slippery and there is an increased risk of landslides. And leeches are very active during these months. On the flip side, it’s almost empty on the route and the traditional villages feel calm and serene.

Autumn in the Langtang Valley (September, October, November) is, like springtime, prime trekking season with similar trekking conditions. There is one difference. The air in spring is sometimes a little hazy due to the dust in the atmosphere. Post-monsoon the air is very clear, allowing for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Winter season runs from December to February. This period is the toughest time to trek the Langtang Valley. The sun is low and doesn't get above the mountain ridge lines for a period of time, especially in the lower parts of the valley. Night temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius. Add wind and snowfall and you’ve got yourself proper winter conditions. Why do we still run the Langtang Valley hike in winter? We work with some of the best trekking companies in Nepal. Besides trekking trips they also organize climbing expeditions to some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. Our partners can keep you safe and comfortable, even in these cold conditions. And you will probably have the entire trail to yourself!

When to Hike the Langtang Valley Trek

The earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 was a devastating event, and Langtang was one of the severely affected areas. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 and caused widespread destruction, triggering avalanches and landslides in the Himalayan region.

In Langtang specifically, the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche that swept through the valley, burying entire villages under tons of snow and debris. The aftermath was heartbreaking, with many lives lost, homes destroyed, and families shattered. The remote and mountainous terrain made rescue and relief efforts challenging. The avalanche also caused a glacial lake to burst, compounding the destruction downstream. The entire community of Langtang was essentially wiped out, and the survivors faced the daunting task of rebuilding their lives amidst the ruins. The earthquake highlighted the vulnerability of communities in seismic zones and the need for better preparedness and infrastructure to mitigate the impact of such disasters in the future.

The villages have mostly been rebuilt, albeit in different more safe locations. Also the walking trails have been restored and trekkers have returned to enjoy the Langtang Valley hike.

Langtang Valley and the 2015 Earthquake

Drive to Syabrubesi

Syabrubensi.

Syabrubensi

Syabrubesi trek to Lama Hotel

Lama Hotel

Trek to Langtang

Langtang

Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

Kyanjin gompa.

Kyanjin Gompa

Side trek Trek to Tsergo Ri (4985m)

Trek to rimche.

Rimche

Trek to Syabrubesi

Drive back to kathmandu.

For trekking in Langtang National Park, you need the following permits:

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):

This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. From the Annapurna Circuit to the trek to Poon Hill, all trekking routes require this permit. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.

Langtang National Park entrance fee

The Langtang trek leads through the Langtang National Park. This costs an additional 25 USD.

All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.

What Permits Do I Need For the Langtang Valley Trek? 

Experiencing a stay in the traditional villages along Nepal's trekking routes is, in my opinion, an integral and enriching aspect of trekking in Nepal. It represents a harmonious blend of rugged mountain wilderness and a distinctive mountain culture. Staying in these mountain villages provides a genuine glimpse into life in the Langtang Valley.

Each village offers accommodations in a tea house, the local term for a guesthouse. During my trekking adventures in Nepal, I always look forward to reaching the next destination early. Why? Because I cherish the tranquility and simplicity of life in these mountain villages. Enjoying a cup of tea, I immerse myself in the daily rhythm of life in the Himalayas. Some villages may feature monasteries, and fortunate trekkers might encounter one of the many Buddhist festivals. While the tea houses themselves are generally simple, in recent years, some have undergone improvements, now equipped with flush toilets, warm water, and even WiFi. Fortunately, the delectable dhal bat, a staple in Nepalese trekking cuisine, remains a highlight on every tea house menu. Immerse yourself in Nepal's mountain culture on the Langtang Trek!

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Trekking in Nepal requires good quality and appropriate equipment. Especially the essentials like a good pair of hiking boots and breathable hardshell rain jacket. We highly recommend that you read our suggested packing list to hike the Langtang Valley Trek.

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It's essential to understand that altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous high-altitude experience. These days there are several tools to monitor your health at altitude. A widely-used (analog) method is the Lake Louise score card. It ticks the altitude symptoms while keeping the severity in mind. It’s a common tool used by guides. Nowadays, most trekking and mountain guides bring a blood oxygen saturation meter, which also measures the heart rate. These are key indicators whether a person adapts to altitude well or not. AMS can occur when trekking the Langtang Valley Trek. Below you can find everything you need to know about altitude sickness.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a health condition that occurs when someone is exposed to low levels of oxygen at higher altitudes. AMS is a serious condition and as the name suggests acute. It needs to be dealt with immediately, as it is potentially life-threatening. Most people will experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s important to be aware of these symptoms and act before symptoms become more severe. Below we break down the different forms of AMS and how you can reduce the risk of getting it.

AMS symptoms

It is key to know how to identify altitude illness. You may experience the following symptoms due to the jump in altitude: headache, lack of appetite, breathing difficulties, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. The intensity and severity of these symptoms may increase with altitude and an overall feeling of fatigue will take all your joy away. This may further deteriorate to one of these life-threatening conditions.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) : HAPE is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, a persistent cough, chest tightness, and an increased heart rate. It can be a life-threatening condition and requires immediate descent to lower altitudes and, in severe cases, medical treatment.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) : HACE is a more serious condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain. Symptoms may include severe headaches, confusion, loss of coordination, and altered mental status. HACE is also a medical emergency and requires immediate descent and medical attention. Below 7 ways of minimizing the risk of AMS:

1. Gradual Ascent

One of the most effective ways to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually. When traveling to high altitudes, try to take several days to acclimatize before going higher. This allows your body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels. All our treks in Nepal keep sufficient acclimatization into account.

2. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can increase the risk of AMS, so drink plenty of fluids. Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

Consume a balanced diet with adequate carbohydrates and avoid heavy, fatty meals. Carbohydrates can help your body utilize oxygen more efficiently at high altitudes.

4. Medication

Some individuals may consider taking medication, such as acetazolamide (Diamox), to help prevent AMS. Consult with a healthcare professional before using any medication, and be aware of potential side effects.

Ensure you get enough sleep and rest during your ascent. Fatigue can increase the risk of AMS.

6. Avoid Overexertion

Pace yourself and avoid overexertion. Listen to your body, and if you experience symptoms of AMS, rest or descend to a lower altitude.

7. Descend if Symptoms Persist

If you experience symptoms of AMS, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, or difficulty breathing, it's crucial to descend to a lower altitude. Symptoms should not be ignored or dismissed.

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The Langtang trek in Nepal was one of the best experiences in my life! I highly recommend this trek, the level is moderate, prices are cheap and the views are BREATHTAKING!

In this article, you can expect to find gorgeous pictures of the trek, my own review about the Langtang trek, my full itinerary , how to get to one of the highest points of the Langtang trek, how to get to the trek from Kathmandu in Nepal , the costs (from the permit, to food, to accommodation), a full Langtang trek packing list , how difficult the trek was and much more.

LANGTANG TREK IN NEPAL GUIDE – MY REVIEW

The Langtang trek in Nepal was one of the best experiences in my life! The locals were all very friendly, the views were amazing, the difficulty was moderate… I decided to take my time because I really wanted to enjoy the landscapes, the villages, and just chill (also because I’m not that fit so I took many breaks).

The Langtang trek in Nepal is really worth it!

I mostly enjoyed meeting locals and seeing their mountain Nepali culture, while admiring gorgeous scenery… but along with that came the reality behind this whole trekking experience:

Life in the mountains is very hard. Some kids don’t go to school because they need to help out in the village, comfort is nonexistent, 87-year-old men still go and cut their own firewood in the country, donkeys and horses are widely used to carry dozens of kilos of merchandise up and down (…). They are sadly, very mistreated.

I realized I was indirectly participating to all of this cruelty towards animals, and towards the locals. A lot of men were carrying 50kg of cement bags to build the next great tea house for us tourists, huge wood pallets, food… and all of that on their backs! They deserve all our respect.

I was lucky enough to do the Langtang trek in Nepal without a guide because I started right before April 1st, 2023 (the guides weren’t mandatory before that date). I did it in 7 full days, from the Syabrubesi starting point , staying at random accommodations along the way. The Langtang Lirung mountain elevation is 7250m high (or 23,786ft).

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HOW TO GET TO THE LANGTANG TREK – LANGTANG TREK FROM KATHMANDU

From Kathmandu, the most popular way to get to the starting point of your Langtang trek, is booking a bus. You can also book a Jeep starting at $150USD.

If you don’t know where to book your bus ticket, you can head to Machha Pokhari in Kathmandu, Nepal, and ask around; several companies are there, prices are negotiable. They start at 1040RP/US$8.00 with A/C and 860RP/US$6.50 without A/C . We managed to pay 800RP/US$6.00 with A/C per person, one way for the Langtang trek.

12goAsia is also a great website to book your bus ticket from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi.

We left at 7:50AM from Machha Pokhari on a “tourist bus” and arrived around 4:00PM in Syabrubesi . It started raining in the afternoon, so it took us a bit longer than expected. On the way, we had a quick restroom stop in the morning, stopped for lunch in a village for 30/45min around 11:30 and had to get out and get our bags checked by the police around 2:30PM in Dhunche . The roads are very windy, the views are incredible and it is impossible to sleep because of all of the bumps. A lot of them aren’t paved, it’s very rocky.

I advise you to spend the night in Syabrubesi, Nepal , enjoy the pretty views and chill before starting your trek to Langtang on the next day. I stayed at the Hotel Garden Inn .

HOW LONG IS THE LANGTANG TREK?

The Langtang trek is 65km/40mi long and takes about 7 to 8 days to complete. I completed the Langtang trek in 7 full days of trekking, and I took my time. You must take into consideration the 8-hour long bus ride from Kathmandu, Nepal, to get to Syabrubesi (the starting point), and your way back to Kathmandu, which will take 2 full days in total. So, from Kathmandu and back, it took me 9 full days.

If you’re in a hurry (which I do not recommend being) and used to trekking, it’s very possible to do the Langtang trek in 5 days . I recommend doing it in 8/10 days if you like taking your time, enjoying the views and villages, and aren’t into walking more than 3/4 hours a day.

Scroll down to see my full itinerary!

Lama Hotel Langtang Trek

LANGTANG TREK ACCOMMODATION

The Langtang trek offers many accommodation options, that are called Tea Houses .

The quality of the rooms really depends on where you go, in every village that you wish to stop at, make sure you check out the other options before you pick one. Some have “hot” shower (which is only warm for the most part), some offer low speed wi-fi (at an extra charge or sometimes for free), and a lot of them have great food .

Reservation isn’t necessary on the Langtang trek in Nepal, except in the village called “Lama Hotel”. It is a pretty popular place to stay at and gets booked up quickly. If you’re with a guide, he will certainly book in advance for you. But, if you wish to have a more authentic experience and book everything yourself/spontaneously, just make it clear with your guide/porter in the beginning.

I highly recommend stopping in the Bamboo village on your Langtang trek, and staying at Bamboo Sherpa Hotel . It’s the first one on your left when you arrive in the Bamboo village , from Syabrubesi, the starting point.

Scroll down to read my full packing list for the Langtang Valley Trek!

Kyanjin Ri Langtang Trek

  LANGTANG TREK DIFFICULTY: IS THE LANGTANG TREK DIFFICULT?

The Langtang trek is moderately easy. It all depends on if you’re used to trekking or not. If this isn’t your first trek, I believe it will be easy for you. If this is your first time trekking, at some point it can become quite hard , especially from Bamboo Village to Lama Hotel. That day was for me, the hardest.

Some Langtang walkways are pretty steep. It was very do-able but then again, it all depends on your fitness level. For example, my 53-year old mother struggled more than we did (which makes sense).

The Langtang trek is not difficult. Prepare yourself with some water, some energy bars and you’ll be just fine.

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  LANGTANG TREK NEPAL – PACKING LIST

Packing for the Langtang trek can be tricky, you don’t want to overpack because you’re carrying all the weight on your back the whole time, but you don’t want to miss anything. Especially since the weather at the beginning of the trek is warm, and at the end the temperatures go down below freezing! I did the Langtang trek in the beginning of April and this is what the temperatures were like for me.

Water tablets are a must if you’ve got a weak western stomach like I do. Many spring water fountains are available in every village, and you’ll be following the river, so you won’t be missing water on the Langtang trek. Don’t forget to put in 2 tablets for dirty water!

What to bring in your backpack on the Langtang Trek:

  • A set of warm clothes
  • A set of light clothes
  • A sweatshirt
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Enough underwear
  • A knee-brace and/or ankle brace (if they’re weak)
  • A water bottle
  • Water tablets
  • Energy bars
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen (!!!) and sunglasses
  • Toilet paper and/or Kleenex
  • Fully charged power bank
  • The bare minimum cosmetic products (soap, chapstick, hand cream, shampoo, deodorant, makeup…)
  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bag (sheets are often dirty and the temperatures get down low the higher you go up)
  • Hiking shoes (+shoe chains if you’re planning on going all the way to the snowy top)
  • Peanut butter and chocolate
  • A swimsuit (if you’d like to take a dip in the hot springs)
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Bug bite relief cream
  • A deck of cards
  • A book (or kindle)

You will be walking for a very long time; I really advise you to pack the least possible . Every KG makes a difference. Also, we took several breaks to eat peanut butter sandwiches and that pumped our energy right back up!

You will be dirty , showers will be freezing so don’t expect to take a shower every day on your Langtang trek, hence the wipes .

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  LANGTANK TREK COST

In total, the Langtang trek cost me $170USD for the 9 full days (including bus rides from and to Kathmandu, the permit cost, food, accommodation, sleeping bag rental and walking sticks). The Langtang Trek is known to be one of the cheapest in the Himalayan range area.

Now let me break it all down for you:

The permit costs 3000RP/€20.00/$23.00US , and this price only (for foreigners)! Don’t get fooled by the agencies or guides that will tell you, you must also get the TIMS card in order to do the Langtang trek. It was the case during COVID but it isn’t mandatory anymore. We didn’t get one and the only time we were controlled at the checkpoint, they only asked for our Langtang national park permits.

Food costs on the Langtang trek are very affordable, they’re considered more expensive than in other cities in Nepal, but are still very fair. For reference, a Dal Baht costs between 600RP and 800RP ($4.50 to $6.00) , porridge around 400RP – 500RP ($3.00 to $4.00) and tea is very often for free.

Getting food up to the mountains is very hard and takes a long time for the locals in the villages, make sure you show your support by being generous in your food orders!

Rooms start at 500RP ($4.00) and can go up to 2000RP ($15.00) the closer you get to the top. We didn’t pay for one single room during our whole stay because we managed to have lunch, dinner, and breakfast at the same accommodation. If you’re on a budget, this hack will save you a bunch on accommodation costs but if your budget isn’t so limited, paying for the room is a good way to show your support to the Nepali locals.

Wi-Fi, hot shower, and electricity are a luxury on the Langtang trek. You will often have to pay more if you’d like to take advantage of these options (yes, even to charge your phone, checkout my packing list up above!)

My advice is to take advantage of this Langtang trek experience to disconnect from your phone. Get to know the locals, breathe in the fresh air, play card games with other travelers… you’ll have the best experience ever!

  LANGTANG TREK: WITH OR WITHOUT A GUIDE?

I personally did the Langtang trek without a guide and I think that this only made it more special . It left a lot of room for spontaneity, I connected with the locals a lot more, and didn’t have to worry about another person being with us. I’ve heard from some locals (and the opposite from the tourism board in Kathmandu) that it isn’t mandatory to have a guide, so I’m not sure about this.

The Mount Everest trek is boycotting this “mandatory guide” rule, and after talking with locals, this rule might be abolished very soon. Let’s hope!

You can book a guide for the Langtang trek in tourism/travel agencies directly in Kathmandu . If you’re in Thamel (the centre of Kathmandu) , many people will try and sell you very expensive bundles, so try and negotiate or just ask several different agencies.

I do not recommend booking a guide/bundle online , prices are expensive and I find it always better to speak face to face. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience and want to decide yourself where to eat and sleep, make it clear from the beginning with your guide/porter. I saw many guides taking care of everything for their trekkers, from accommodation decisions to where to eat (even taking their orders for them) and where to stop.

Getting lost in the Nepali culture was one of the highlights of my Langtang trek and with a guide, it just seems like it’d loose its spark…

Scroll down to check out my full itinerary on the Langtang Valley Trek!

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LANGTANG TREK TEMPERATURES AND WEATHER

The best time to do the Langtang Valley Trek is during the fall season (September – beginning of December) and the spring season (March – May).

At the beginning of your Langtang trek, temperatures will be fairly high throughout the day , especially considering the fact that you’ll be walking, so feeling hotter. The sun is very strong in the Langtang mountain range because of how high it is.

In April, up until the Lama village, temperatures were decent, but going further up, especially during the night, it became very cold.

In the highest village, Kyanjin Gompa, the temperatures were below freezing. Don’t forget your sleeping bag! Mine went down to -10°C and I still needed a thick blanket over it.

The weather is a bit temperamental in the Langtang region, for a couple/three days in a row, it rained nonstop starting 1:00-2:00PM, but the next days were just magnificent. Some people told me that they’d been stuck in the highest village ( Kyanjin Gompa ) for a few days because of a snowstorm.

Make sure you checkout the temperatures before heading out on your Langtang trek!

MY FULL 9-DAY ITINERARY – THE LANGTANG TREK

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7:50AM bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi ( 1450m ) – arrived at 4:00PM – stayed the night in Syabrubesi.

Hiking from Syabrubesi ( 1450m ) to Bamboo Village ( 1970m ) – around 5 hours total with many stops. Fairly easy.

Hiking from Bamboo Village ( 1970m ) to Lama Village ( 2420m ) – around 4 to 5 hours with many stops. Harder than day 2, a lot of elevation. For me, the hardest day.

Hiking from Lama Village ( 2420m ) to Thangsyap ( 3200m ) – around 3 to 4 hours with many stops. Fairly easy, steep path right before Thangsyap.

Hiking from Thangsyap ( 3200m ) to Kyanjin Gompa ( 3870m ) – around 7 hours of trekking with many stops (lunch, tea, snack…)

Hiking up Kianjin Ri (lower peak) in the morning ( 4400m ) – around 3.5 hours total, there, and back. Hard going up, especially for catching your breath, but so worth it! Hard going down because of how slippery it was.

Heading down to Mundum village in the afternoon because we loved this village – around 2 hours of walking.

Walking down from Mundum Village to Lama Village – around 5 hours of walking with a few stops.

Walking down from Lama Village to Syaprubesi – around 6 to 7 hours of walking with many stops, arrived earlier than expected in Syaprubesi – spent the night there.

7:30AM Bus ride from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours.

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Langtang Trek in October

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Langtang sits in the northern part of Nepal which is just a few kilometers drive from Kathmandu.  Langtang valley trek  is a trek that is rich in biodiversity along with Sherpa and  Tamang culture . The trek will take you to some of the fine villages inhabited by Sherpas and Tamangs. The trek is popular for Langtang ranges such as Langtang Lirung, Dorze Lakpa Jugal Himal, and various other mountain peaks that are above 6000 meters.

The region is influenced by Tibetan culture and you can see many monasteries throughout the trek. The trek starts at Suryabesi taking you to different villages of Langtang and the final destination is at Kyanjyang Gompa. Langtang National Park is one of the main highlights of the trek. Along with this, the trek will give you an opportunity to witness the rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains and overall natural beauty of the Langtang valley.

Langtang trek in October is preferred by most of the trekkers both inside and outside the country. Langtang valley trek in October will take you to the heart of magnificent mountains and the lush jungles inhabited by different flora and fauna. Overall, October offer you with a pleasant climate which is very suitable for trekking. Major festivals of Nepal such as Dashain and Tihar falls in October, so you can be a part of these festivals if you want to.

Langtang trek in October with  Adventure Bound Nepal  will be exciting than ever. Your itinerary can be managed according to your choice. We will provide you with proper guides and facilities before your trip. Join us for a lifetime of experience to Langtang in October.

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Trip Highlights of Langtang Valley Trek in October

  • Favorable weather and temperature of Langtang during October.
  • Clear scenic view of the region.
  • Magnificent mountain views of the Langtang range during October.
  • Get a chance to be a part of major festivals such as Dashain and Tihar during October.

Outline Itinerary of Langtang Valley Trek

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport.

Day 02:  Drive from Kathmandu to SyabruBesi (1600m).

Day 03:  Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m).

Day 04:  Trek to Langtang village (3430m).

Day 05:  Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), then climb KyanjinRi (4773m), and back to Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 06:  Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m).

Day 07:  Trek to SyabruBesi (1600m).

Day 08:  Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 09:  Final Departure.

Weather and temperature of Langtang during October

October is one of the peak times of the year for Langtang trekking because of the favorable weather and temperature it offers. October offers trekkers with a good trekking experience as the weather and temperature of the Langtang region becomes pleasant during this month.

The daytime temperature of Langtang region range between  10 to 18 degrees  in the month of October. Whereas, the nighttime temperature range between  -10 to -1-degree Celsius . The lower elevation of the Langtang region is comparatively hotter than the higher elevation. So, treks like  Helambu trek  and other lower altitude trek might have warmer weather condition. The temperature at Llaurebena Pass might be quite chilly as it stands at an altitude of 4610 meters. The temperature may range between  1- 5 degrees  during the daytime and falls to minus during the night.

During October, you may not have to face the problem of rainfall as it is the post-monsoon period. The skies are usually blue due to which you will have clear visibility of the Langtang Ranges. They look magnificent during this month.

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Langtang Valley Trek Difficulties during October

Langtang trek is a moderate level trekking destination in Nepal. You may not need any proper technical pieces of training or previous trekking experiences before you trek to the Langtang region. However, it would be easy for you if you have some trekking experience.

October provides you with the best weather and temperature of the Langtang region which plays a great role in making your trek easy and comfortable. The only difficulty you have to face when trekking during October is the availability for food and accommodation.

October is one of the peak times of the year for trekking to the Langtang region. During this time you can see numerous trekkers trekking to the Langtang from all around the year. So, most of the teahouses, hotels, and lodges get packed easily. Because of this reason, you may have to face the difficulty of accommodation. Along with this, you may have to wait in a lot queue for food facilities and even share your rooms as well. So, if you are trekking to the Langtang region in the month of October, early registration for food and accommodation is very important to avoid such difficulty.

Langtang Trek with or without a Guide in October?

Many trekkers have questions regarding whether to hire a guide or not when trekking to Langtang. The answer is, it depends upon the type of trekker you are. If you are someone who is very new to trekking, I would recommend you to hire a guide when trekking to the Langtang region. Solo trek to Langtang may be difficult especially for starters. You may not know the routes and the paths that you have to take.

However, the Langtang valley trek is also possible without a guide. If you are trekking in a group of people, trekking without a guide may not cause you any problems. The trek follows the Langtang river throughout the trails so you may not have a chance to take the wrong turn to Langtang.

So, it is up to you and your budget for the trek, that is enough to hire a guide. It is always better to hire a guide as you can get a lot of benefits from the guides.

Food and Accommodation during Langtang Trek in October

You do not have to worry about your food during Langtang trek as most of the teahouses are opened in October. You will come across several teahouses, lodges, hotels, and restaurants throughout the trails of your trek. Such teahouses and restaurants will provide you proper and delicious foods.

The most coom foods that these teahouses provide are local Nepali foo which is Dal Bhat and Tarkari. It comes with a set of rice, vegetable curry, meat, pickle, and even curd as a desert. Along with this, you will be served tea, coffee, boiled eggs, bread and pancakes as your breakfast. You can find some international cuisine as well such as pizza, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, noodles, etc. you can find varieties in your drinks as well, from soft drinks to alcoholic drinks.

Accommodation

On your trek to Langtang, you will stay in teahouse accommodation. That will provide you with facilities such as bedrooms, attached bathroom, hot showers, wifi, charging facilities, etc according to the type of teahouse you choose.

In the Lower region of Langtang, you will have a twin bed sharing and some of the teahouses may not have the facility of attached bathrooms. As you trek to Syabrubeshi, the accommodation is quite standard with proper facilities. The accommodation becomes basic as you trek higher to the Langtang region.

October falls during Autumn season in Nepal which is one of the peak seasons for Langtang treks. So, remember to book for your accommodation as early as possible to avoid sharing rooms.

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Tips for Langtang Trek in October

Proper physical exercises.

It is very important that you do some physical exercises before trekking to Langtang. Some of the physical exercises such as swimming, walking, cycling, etc will help you to prepare for the trek. You have to prepare yourself physically as well as mentally before your trek.

Carry Appropriate Trekking Gears

During October, the temperature of the region is quite warm. So, you may not have to carry thick and bulky clothes with you. Carry some light items and warm clothes with you when trekking to Langtang in October.

Walk Slowly

The key to successful trekking experience is walking slowly. When trekking to Langtang, make sure you walk slowly and steadily. It is not good to rush when trekking. Rushing your way to reach the destination can cause some minor accidents. So it is always better to walk slowly.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Hydrating is very important when trekking. It will keep you energized and motivated to walk further. When trekking, take small breaks between your trek and drink water. When trekking to a higher altitude, your body dehydrates. So, carry a water bottle during the trek and drink plenty of water.

Packing list for Langtang Trek in October

Packing is very important when it comes to trekking. Carrying trekking items according to the weather and temperature of October in Langtang will really save your time as well as energy. Some of the packing lists of Langtang Trek in October are as follows:

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Cotton T-shirts
  • Fleece jackets
  • Down jackets
  • Windcheaters
  • caps/ hards

First Aid Kit

Carrying First Aid Kit will help you cure some minor injuries that may occur throughout the trail. So, it is always better to carry a First Aid kit with you when you trek. Here are of the things that first aid box should contain.

  • Antiseptic creams
  • Antibiotic gel
  • Diamox tablets
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Toilet papers
  • Cotton towels
  • Moisturizers
  • Hand sanitizers
  • batteries/ chargers
  • Sanitary pads/ tampons
  • Water bottle

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Langtang is a region that is rich in biodiversity and culture. Langtang trek will give you a chance to walk through the alpine forest which is covered with rhododendrons. October provides suitable weather and climatic condition for Langtang treks so you do not have to worry about the unfavorable weather condition of Langtang in October.

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Langtang Trekking – 12 Days

Imagine standing at the base of the majestic Langtang Himalayas, surrounded by towering peaks, lush forests , and ancient monasteries . This is the beginning of an unforgettable journey – the Langtang Trekking adventure.

Over the course of 12 days, you will traverse through picturesque landscapes, breathtaking valleys , and quaint Himalayan villages. But it’s not just the stunning scenery that makes this trek so unique.

There is a sense of mystery and discovery that awaits, as you explore the rich cultural heritage of the region and interact with the warm and welcoming local communities.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey that combines the thrill of adventure with the beauty of nature and the charm of local culture, then join us as we unravel the wonders of Langtang Trekking.

About Our Review: Please note that this is our review of this tour and we do not run, sell, or book tours from this site. If you want to book this tour please click the large button at the base of this page to go to the official listing on Viator.

Good To Know

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Good To Know

  • Langtang region offers a variety of trekking routes of different difficulty levels.
  • The trekking routes in Langtang traverse picturesque landscapes, remote villages , and stunning mountain vistas.
  • Trekking in Langtang typically takes 12 days and includes interaction with local communities and exploration of cultural heritage.
  • The best time to visit Langtang for trekking is during October and November, when the weather is clear and the trails are less slippery.

It's also worth checking out some other tours and experiences nearby.

  • From Kathmandu: 3-Day Tour to Lumbini
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Trekking Itinerary

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Trekking Itinerary

Embark on an exhilarating Langtang trekking adventure that will take you through breathtaking landscapes, remote villages, and stunning mountain vistas. The Langtang region offers various trekking routes of different difficulty levels, catering to both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trekking difficulty in Langtang ranges from moderate to challenging, depending on the chosen route and altitude gain.

Along the way, trekkers can indulge in the delicious local cuisine of the region. The local cuisine in Langtang is a delightful blend of traditional Nepali dishes and Tibetan influences. Dal Bhat, a staple dish consisting of lentil soup, rice , and curry , is a must-try. Other popular dishes include momos, thukpa (noodle soup), and yak cheese.

Essential Packing List

Prepare for your Langtang trekking adventure by packing these essential items to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey through the stunning landscapes and remote villages.

Clothing: Pack lightweight, moisture-wicking shirts , thermal base layers , and waterproof jackets to stay dry and warm in changing weather conditions. Don’t forget to bring a hat, gloves , and a buff to protect yourself from the sun and cold.

Footwear: Invest in a good pair of hiking boots that provide ankle support and have a sturdy sole. Also, bring comfortable socks and camp shoes for relaxing in the evenings.

Gear: Carry a reliable backpack with a rain cover, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, and a camping mat for a good night’s sleep. Plus, include a headlamp , water bottles , and a water purification system to stay hydrated throughout the trek.

Miscellaneous: Don’t forget to pack essentials like a first aid kit, sunscreen , insect repellent , and toiletries. Also , bring a camera to capture the breathtaking moments and a trekking pole for added stability on the trails.

Best Time to Visit

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Langtang for a trekking adventure is during the months of October and November. These months offer the most favorable climate conditions , with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The monsoon season has ended, ensuring that the trails are less slippery and more manageable.

October and November are considered the peak seasons for trekking in Langtang, as the weather is stable and the views are breathtaking. The days are usually warm and sunny, while the nights can be quite chilly, so it’s important to pack appropriate clothing.

The vibrant autumn foliage adds a touch of beauty to the already stunning landscape, making it a truly unforgettable experience. So, lace up your boots and embark on an adventure in Langtang during these months for an incredible trekking experience .

Accommodation Options

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Accommodation Options

As you plan your trekking adventure in Langtang during the peak seasons of October and November, it’s essential to explore the various accommodation options available to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are the top accommodation options to consider:

Tea Houses : Along the trekking routes, you’ll find numerous tea houses that offer basic accommodation with shared facilities. These are a popular choice among trekkers, providing a cozy and community-like atmosphere.

Guesthouses : For a more comfortable stay, guesthouses are a great option. They offer private rooms with attached bathrooms and hot showers. Some guesthouses even provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Homestays : For a more immersive experience, consider staying in a homestay. This allows you to connect with the local community, experience their culture and traditions firsthand. Plus, you can indulge in delicious local cuisine prepared by your hosts.

Luxury Lodges : If you prefer a more luxurious stay, there are a few upscale lodges available in Langtang. These lodges offer modern amenities, spacious rooms , and gourmet dining options.

No matter which option you choose, Langtang offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget and preference, ensuring a memorable trekking experience.

Safety Tips for Trekking

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Safety Tips for Trekking

With the rugged and challenging terrain of Langtang, it’s crucial to prioritize safety while trekking in this breathtaking region. One of the most important aspects of ensuring safety is having the right trekking gear .

It’s essential to have sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, as well as waterproof and breathable clothing to protect against unpredictable weather conditions. Plus, a well-fitting backpack with proper support is necessary to carry essential items such as water, snacks , and a first aid kit.

Another safety concern while trekking in Langtang is altitude sickness . It’s important to acclimatize properly by taking regular breaks, staying hydrated , and ascending gradually. It’s also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the trek and carry necessary medications for altitude sickness.

Highlights of the Langtang Region

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Highlights of the Langtang Region

After ensuring your safety with the necessary gear and precautions, get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey through the Langtang Region, where breathtaking highlights await. Here are some of the top highlights you can expect to encounter along your trekking routes:

Scenic Beauty : The Langtang Region is known for its stunning landscapes, including snow-capped peaks , lush forests, and picturesque valleys. Every step of your trek will offer breathtaking views that will leave you in awe.

Cultural Immersion : The region is home to several ethnic communities, including the Tamang people, who’ve preserved their unique traditions and way of life. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, visit ancient monasteries , and learn about their rich cultural heritage.

Wildlife Encounters : The Langtang National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for rare species like the red panda, snow leopard , and Himalayan black bear. The park is also home to a wide variety of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Kyanjin Gompa : One of the highlights of the Langtang Region is the Kyanjin Gompa, a Buddhist monastery nestled in the lap of the mountains. This sacred site offers a serene atmosphere and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Get set for an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty, culture, and exciting wildlife encounters. The Langtang Region has it all.

Cultural Immersion Opportunities

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Cultural Immersion Opportunities

Enjoy the vibrant culture of the Langtang Region as you embark on an unforgettable journey filled with unique traditions, ancient monasteries, and the warm hospitality of the local communities.

The Langtang trekking experience offers numerous opportunities for culture. Along the trail, you’ll have the chance to engage in cultural activities such as visiting local villages and interacting with the friendly locals. You can witness traditional ceremonies and rituals, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

On top of that, you can explore ancient monasteries that hold great spiritual significance for the local communities. These sacred sites offer a serene and introspective experience, allowing you to connect with the spiritual essence of the region.

Another highlight of culture in Langtang is indulging in the local cuisine. You can savor traditional dishes prepared with fresh ingredients, giving you a taste of the authentic flavors of the region. From hearty dal bhat to momo dumplings, each bite is a culinary adventure that tells a story of the local culture and traditions.

Enjoy the cultural tapestry of Langtang and create lasting memories of your adventure. Whether it’s witnessing ancient rituals, exploring sacred monasteries , or indulging in delicious local food, every aspect of the Langtang experience will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the region.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Langtang Trekking - 12 Days - Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Langtang Trekking Suitable for Beginners or Only for Experienced Trekkers?

The Langtang Trekking is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It offers a unique adventure in the Langtang region. Beginners can follow a beginners’ guide to Langtang Trekking and get tips for their first time trekking experience.

Are There Any Age Restrictions for Participating in the Langtang Trekking?

There are no specific age restrictions for participating in the Langtang trekking. However, it is recommended that participants have a moderate level of physical fitness and some trekking experience to fully enjoy the adventure.

Can I Join a Group Trek or Do I Have to Book a Private Tour?

Yes, travelers can join a group trek or book a private tour for the Langtang Trekking. The best time to visit Langtang is during the spring and autumn seasons for optimal weather and stunning views.

Are There Any Medical Facilities or Emergency Services Available Along the Trekking Route?

Yes, there are medical facilities and emergency services available along the trekking route. Langtang Trekking is suitable for beginners and has age restrictions. It is a moderate level trek that requires a moderate physical fitness level.

What Is the Difficulty Level of the Langtang Trekking and What Kind of Physical Fitness Is Required?

The difficulty level of the Langtang trekking varies, but it generally requires a moderate physical fitness level. Trekkers should be prepared for challenging terrain and long hours of walking.

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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Langtang Trekking – 12 Days. This exhilarating journey through the stunning Langtang Valley in Nepal offers breathtaking views, culture opportunities, and a chance to connect with nature.

From the trekking itinerary to safety tips and accommodation options, this comprehensive guide has everything you need to make the most out of your Langtang Trekking adventure.

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