Langtang Trek

The closest trekking route to the massive snow capped mountains from Kathmandu Valley is the spectacular Langtang Valley.

The Langtang Valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu, close to the border of Tibet. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,246m), the highest peak in the area. This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country.

Due to gradual ascent along the river valley, this Langtang trek is not considered strenuous, but yet, it remains challenging as it reaches an altitude of 3800m at Kyangjin. The Langtang trek can be done any time of the year except during monsoons around July & August.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
The panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks welcome you at first as you enter Nepal. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley is one of the richest cities of Nepal, both historically and culturally. It has always been a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Western Influence because Kathmandu used to be hippies favourite place in the world during hippie era. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swayambhunath.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1,400m)
From Kathmandu we drive to Syabru Besi. We reach a beautiful village on the banks of the river Trishuli. We can have panoramic view of the Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.

Day 4: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,748m)
We pass through the ridge on Syabru Besi’s main road and soon reach Ghopcha Khola. Terraced fields and dense forest with a variety of plant species like oaks, maple, alder and bamboo open up. We may get to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear en route. Further on, the trail crosses a stream and a bridge. We pass by several small bhattis (tea shops). As we continue ascending steeply along the trail, we come across a steel suspension bridge at 2,000m. The route further crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola with the spectacular views of beautiful waterfalls and opens into scrub oak forest. On reaching 2,748m, we arrive at Lama Hotel where we conclude the trek for the day.

Day 5: Trek to Langtang village (3,500m)
We then continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola from Lama Hotel. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. We have the most exotic sights of Mt. Langtang Lirung lying at 7,246m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further, we come across lush fields of Ghora Tabela at 3,000m. We will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. We arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3,500m. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc.

Day 6: Trek to Kyangjin (3,800m)
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory.

Day 7: Exploration in Kyangjin
We take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. We can climb Kyangjin Ri located at 4,350m from where amazing views of snow-capped mountains are spreading right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers.

Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,784m)
From Kyangjin, we take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

Day 9: Syabru Besi (1,400m)
From Lama Hotel, we head back to Syabru Besi. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community. We can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the majestic Himalayan Mountains.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
We conclude our trip driving back to Kathmandu.

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will take you to the airport for Final Departure.

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