Classic Langtang Valley Trekking Trip Overview
The high and isolated Langtang Valley is inhabited by welcoming and culturally rich Tamang people. Their religious practices, language and dress are very similar to those of Tibet than to traditions of their cousins in the middle hills. The area is famous for its pleasant local, unique tradition flavor, Buddhist monasteries and monuments along the way and spectacular mountain view. This charming Langtang valley trek follows the river upstream through forest of pine, bamboo and rhododendron, uphill through pastures to arrive at the alpine meadows of Kyanjin Gompa where you will get exceptional mountain view just a stone’s throw from the Tibetan Boarder.
The Langtang Region is easily access from Dhunche (district head quarter of Rasuwa) town and National Park office, which is a day´s drive from Kathmandu. The upper reaches of Langtang can be reached in four days of easy hiking; however, it is worthwhile to spend a few days around the forest at Ghoda Tabela to watch for the red panda. Once above Langtang village and the monastery at Kyangjin, Langtang are inhabited by people of Tibetan descent whereas the villagers of Dhunche, Bharkhu and Syabru further down are home to the Tamangs of Nepal´s middle hills. Trekkers can explore the high valley of Langshisa Kharka, Kyamjin Ri or hike to Tserko Ri which is (4985m, 16351ft.) from the sea level and more than 21 snowy peaks are seen from there.
The forest around Ghode Tabela in the below Langtang Valley and lower the Gosainkund Lakes are inhabited by the very shy red panda, a rare and endangered symbol of a healthy Himalayan ecosystem. Other animals, common to these forests are yellow throated martens, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, Ghorel (Mountain Goat), grey langur monkey and leopard. The region is also home of Himalayan honey guide, mountain pheasant, musk deer and snow leopard. The upper Langtang Valley is one of the few known breeding grounds of the ibis bills besides the Tibetan snow cock and snow partridge. Like other Himalayan nature parks, Langtang has to be explored on foot. There are several possible trails and itinerary to choose from depending on your favorite and time available.
After an early breakfast we drive north from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. Parts of the road are unsealed and the condition of the road often depends upon the monsoon season. We will travel via Trisuli Bazaar where the dam and hydroelectric project was completed by the Indian Technical Mission. Finally we drive on to Syabrubesi and trek to Khanjim. We spend a night there. Stay overnight in lodge.
Start our trek after breakfast, the trail continues passing the village and you cross on a suspension bridge. Then the trail ascends upstream of Langtang Khola through the forests until reaching Pairo which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch, your trek continues through the deep forests till Bamboo and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then the trail ascends through deep forests and you cross by suspension bridge, then again the steep ascent brings you in Lama Hotel which takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
The tail continues through the forests until reaching Gumnachok and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then you continue your hike to Godatabela which takes about 2 hours. Now you have a glimpse of Langtang Lirung. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail continues passing the yak pasture land and through the forests until reaching Thangshyap which takes about 2 hours. Then your trail keeps rising until Chyamki and it takes about 1 and half hour. You cross on a suspension bridge and continue till Langtang village which takes about 1 hour. . You have a good view of Langtang Lirung and other peaks as well as beautiful waterfall. You can visit old monastery with your guide in the evening time. Stay overnight in lodge.
Today is only short day walking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail continues passing the Yak pasture land until reaching Kyanjin Gompa which takes about 3 hours slowly. You have lunch. After lunch, you can visit Kyanjin Gompa and Cheese Factory with your guide and taste yak cheese. Now you have a superb view of Langtang Lirung, Gangchempu, Nayakhang and other peaks. Stay overnight in lodge.
Today, we do excursion and hike to Tsergo-Ri, 4985m. We start in the morning after breakfast. First you walk level trail about 30 minutes and you cross small stream. Then the trail continues steep ascending with viewing the panoramic snow capped mountains which takes about 3 and half hours. You have a superb view of Langtang Lirung, Nayakhang, Gangchembu, Ganja-La range, Yala peak, Langshisha Ri and other snowy peaks. If you want to explore more and spend long time on the top, you better to take packed lunch from your Lodge. After enjoying, you climb down till to lodge which takes about 2 and half hour. Stay overnight in lodge.
The trail descends down passing the yak pasture land until reaching Langtang which takes about 2 hours then continue walk and cross the suspension bridge and climb down till Thangshyap. It takes about 1 hour. Again you continue the trail following through the forests until reaching Godatabela which takes about 1 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail keeps descending till Lama Hotel. Stay overnight in lodge.
In this day, you keep walking through the forests trail until reaching Pairo which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch you skip the trail to Syabrubesi. You keep walking the trail following Langtang Khola until reaching Syabrubesi. Spend a overnight there.
In the morning after breakfast, drive from Dunche to Kathmandu by private vehicle. It takes about 5 hours. 3 hours drive in the rough road you arrive in Trisuli and have lunch there. After lunch, the road is smooth till Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
- Government licensed experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
- An assistant guide as per the group size
- Porters to carry your main pack
- All meals: 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners during the trek.
- Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
- All local ground transportations to and from trekking.
- Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
- Sharing trekking lodge accommodation during the trek.
- All necessary trekking permits for Langtang trekking.
- Transfers, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
- Guided sightseeing and monuments fees in Kathmandu.
- Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
- Hot shower and hot water, laundry and toiletries.
- Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls
- Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
- Gratitude and tips for your guide and porter.
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I did Langtang Valley Trek with my husband which was life-long desire to travel to Nepal was the trip of a lifetime thanks to the professional support of Wilderness Excursion. Pre-trip planning was very easy with every query fully answered by Pradip. Our guide Jay Ram was first-class, carrying out every aspect professionally. I believe the pacing of each day as planned by Wilderness Excursion permitted us to successfully acclimate to the altitude. This agency will be the only agency I think for future trekking adventures in Nepal.