This Langtang Valley Trek is a trek to the beautiful Langtang Valley discovering its hidden majestic beauty. This trek to Langtang is the closest hiking trail to the Himalayas from the Kathmandu city.
The valley is also considered ’Valley of Glaciers’ with some of the beautiful glaciers located inside the Langtang region. The major inhabitants of Langtang are Tamangs, Lamas and other ethnic minorities. It is located on the north of Kathmandu sharing its border with Tibet. The region is protected under Langtang National Park which has a wide range of floras and faunas.
The sacred lake of Gosainkunda for Hindu devotees is inside the Langtang region. The trekking tails of Langtang passes through traditional ethnic villages, dense forests, glaciers, Buddhist monasteries. Trekkers get to witness some great views of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Langsisa peak, Naya Kangri, Gang Chhenpo, Dorje Lakpa, Himchuli, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, Shisapangma.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to a pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in, you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation. O/N Hotel
We will organize a guided city tour in Kathmandu where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments.
The Kathmandu city tour also lets you understand the urban lifestyle of people of Nepal. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss our trek plan and preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1550m) 7-8 hours. O/N Lodge
We will catch a vehicle that will drive us to Syabru Besi (trek start point) today. It will take us approximately eight hours to reach Syabru Besi from Kathmandu. On our way we will enjoy the Himalayan views along with terraced fields, lush vegetation and rustic villages. We will stop at Trishuli bazaar for lunch and continue via Dhunche to reach Syabru Besi.
Day 04: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge
We will start our trekking expedition from Syabru Besi today. We will cross the suspension bridge and continue to walk through the dense forest and reach Doman. We then take a steep climb over a rocky ridge to reach Paira lodge. Further ascending, we reach Rimche and then to Lama Hotel. It will take approximately seven hours to reach Lama Hotel from Syabru Besi.
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m) 6-7 hours . O/N Lodge
We start our expedition passing through a dense forest filled with hemlock, oaks, and rhododendron. The trail offers magical views of Langtang Lirung and other peaks along the way. We first ascend to Ghora Tabela (2970m) and later descend to Thangshyap (3140m) before ascending to Langtang. We will witness water mills, prayer wheels, chortens and sacred carved rocks along our way. Upon reaching Langtang village, we will check-in to the pre-booked hotel and rest for the night.
Day 06: Explore Langtang Valley O/N Lodge
The sixth day of our expedition is reserved for acclimatization and exploration around the magical Langtang Valley. You may choose to walk or hire a horse for sightseeing in Langtang Valley. You can hike up the moraine north of Kyanjin Gompa (4300m) and enjoy the spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Kinshung and Yansa Tsenji along with other alluring mountains. The Gompa also offers a scenic view of the Lirung glacier and other natural wonders of Langtang. After a day full around Langtang valley, we get back to the guest house.
Day 07: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) 3-4 hours. O/N Lodge
We start our day passing through Yak pastures and ascend to Sindhum and Yamphu. We also pass through the largest mani wall in Nepal made of stone with prayers written on them. We climb a moraine to a viewpoint where we can see Kyanjin Gompa and dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. The trail then descends to Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas and offers superb views of glaciers, icefalls and Himalayas along with other natural attractions.
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama hotel. 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
We will trace back to Lama Hotel today. We wake up early in the morning and visit Tserko Ri (5000m) to enjoy the sunrise view over the mountains. The sunrise view from Tserko Ri is simply breathtaking. We will spend some time in Tserko Ri capturing the magical moments in our cameras. We will then trace back to Lama hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 09: Lama hotel to Syabru Besi 4-5 hours. O/N Lodge
The trail back to Syabru Besi is quite easy, mostly downhill through the lush forest. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Syabru Besi. We will end our trekking expedition upon reaching Syabru Besi.
Day 10: Syabru Besi to Kathmandu 7-8 hours. O/N Hotel
We will drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take us approximately 8 hours to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu you may choose to take rest at the hotel or hang around the city buying gifts for your near and dear ones. We will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant later in the evening.
Day 11: Transfer to airport
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of our representatives to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure in the Langtang region. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Have a safe flight back home!
While booking this activity please provide us with your flight information for pick up arrangement.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Langtang Valley Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Langtang Valley Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
During the Langtang Valley Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 days Langtang Valley Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days Langtang Valley Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Langtang Valley Trekking, there will be one Guide and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We can run the Langtang Valley Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Langtang Valley Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.