Langtang Valley Trek

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  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Max Elevation: 4965m
  • Group Size: MIn 1 pax

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular trekking in the Langtang region of Nepal. "Langtang” in particular is derived from the Tibetan words ‘Lang’ and ‘Tang’, which means ‘following yak’, citing to an incident where it is believed that once a Lama lost his yak and followed the trail till the valley and the valley is believed to have been discovered. Langtang valley is one of the most fascinating trekking regions for those wishing a short trek into the Himalayas with a desire to explore the natural beauty, ancient Tibetan culture, and panoramic mountain views.

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and heads forward through the banks of Langtang River. The trail to Langtang valley passes through marvelous alpine meadows, majestic waterfalls, and magnificent rhododendron forests. Langtang National Park preserves this region, the first Himalayan national park of Nepal, established in 1976.

Passing through this national park makes this trek more astonishing as it provides a great opportunity to witness various floras and faunas, including Danphe, red panda, musk deer, and Himalayan black bear. The Buddhist flags fluttering on the way during the trek.

After spending an overnight at the Lama Hotel, you can get to the Langtang Valley, located just below the Langtang Glacier. The ethnic generosity is surprising as the customary villages populated by the Tamang people have preserved their traditional folk culture and customs, which is much similar to the Tibetan culture.

The trekking extends to the Kyanjin Gompa, which is the central spiritual attraction in the Langtang region. Exploring the adjacent panoramas and the yak grazing pastures is an exciting day. The Himalayan views of Langtang Lirung, Mt. Gangchenpo, Ganesh Himal, and Yala Peak are simply awe-inspiring. 

Langtang valley, also known as the “valley of glaciers,” is described by the famous British mountaineer and explorer Bill Tilman as the most beautiful valley in the world. Join us and explore this beautiful valley to discover one of the most rewarding treks in the nation of the Himalayas. 

You might be interested in our Langtang Trek 7 Days package.

The difficulty level of the Lantang valley trek

The difficulty level of treks in Nepal varies mostly based on the altitude of the trekking destination and the number of days taken. Four major trekking difficulty grades run from the easiest grade to the hardest.

Grade one (easiest) - Treks below the altitude of 3500 meters

Grade two (moderate) - Treks between the altitude of 3500 and 4500 meters

Grade three (moderately difficult)- Treks between altitudes of 4500 and 5600 meters

Grade four (difficult with technical climbing)- Treks between altitudes above 5600 meters

The Lantang valley trek varies in altitude, but the highest altitude it brings is 3900 meters. Such altitude treks are the moderate grade two level trek. So the difficulty level of the Lantang valley trek is moderate.

Is the trek beginner friendly?

The trek falls among the Mid level difficulty of Nepali trail treks. The trek is definitely beginner friendly and poses very few dangers for a hike. If you wish to do a short trek with your friends and family, this could be the one. It allows any age group for a hike and is very simple.

Best time for Langtang valley trek

The best time for the Lantang valley trek is like any other trekking season in Nepal. Autumn and spring are the peak trekking season in Nepal. The same goes for the best time for the Lantang valley trek.

Spring in Nepal falls in March, April, and May, whereas autumn falls in October, November, and December. The spring and autumn seasons bring very clear and temperate weather. You do not have to face the hassle caused by a sweltering hot climate or freezing weather. The trails are very clear and dry as there is minimum to no chance of rainfall or snowfall.

The autumn seasons, specifically the months of October and November, are festival seasons in Nepal. The festive environment of the country aids in the season and is very suitable.

On the other hand, people also trek the Lantang region off-season during monsoon and winter. But it will need a lot of preparation and hassle. You ought to be prepared for rainy or snowy weather.  Preparation of extra trekking gear for rain, raincoat, boots, etc., is necessary for the monsoon. The winter season requires heavy luggage for thick thermal wear to fight the cold.

Although the off-season treks could be challenging, they could still be positive. The trails in off-season treks are very quiet and peaceful. Hiking on such trails will be a great experience. Snowfall during winter in Nepal’s Himalayas is quite a beauty.

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Highlights

  • Sightseeing of cultural heritages in Kathmandu
  • Exploring Langtang National Park
  • Culturally rich and hospitable Tamang villages
  • Walking through blooming rhododendron forest
  • Visiting Kyanjin Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery
  • Spectacular mountain views of Langtang range

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive to Syabrubesi (1450m)

    Drive hours - 7 hours to 8 hours

    Distance - 80 km

    Syabrubesi’s altitude - 1450 meters

    Overnight stay at Syabrubesi

    The first step of our Langtang valley trek will go towards a small mountain town called Syabrubesi. The mountain village lies inside the Lantang national park. We will take a route on the northern highway to drive towards this small village. The road passes through mountain regions and along the Trishuli river.

    We get views of mesmerizing landscapes, hamlets along the hills, vistas of the mountains, etc., as we reach our destination. The first day ends with an overnight stay at Sybrubesi’s lodge. 

    • Day 2 Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2480m)

      Trekking hours - 7 to 8 hours

      Lama Hotel’s altitude - 2480 meters

      Overnight stay at Lama Hotel

      The second day of the trek is the start of the hiking part of the trip. we will enter the Lantang National Park on this day. The route takes us alongside trails of the Bhote Koshi river. The trails are usually full of rhododendron and oak trees.

      Hiking uphill through the forests, we will reach the village called Bamboo(1850m) for lunch. Then we pass through stable trails among the dense forests where we can see many birds. A short ascent through the bamboo forest will take us to the Lama hotel. This will be our last destination for the day. A good night's sleep at this hotel will mark the end of day two. 

      • Day 3 Lama Hotel to Langtang (3540m)

        Trekking hours - 6 hours to 7 hours

        Lantang altitude - 3540 meters

        Overnight stay at Langtang

        On this day, we will continue our journey by trekking through trails covered by rhododendron and pine forests. A three-hour-long trek will take us to a place called Ghora Tabela for lunch. The place is covered with wildlife and many herbal shrubs nearby.

        After we finish lunching at Ghora Tabela, we will walk for further 3 hours towards Lantang. The trek will take us through picturesque trails. The day will end with arrival at Lantang village and resting off the exhaustion here.  

        • Day 4 Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3900m)

          Trekking hours - 3 to 4 hours

          Kyangjin Gompa’s altitude - 3900 meters

          Overnight stay at Kyanjin Gompa

          Day fourth of the Lantang valley trek will be towards Kyangjin Gompa. The destination is an ancient Buddhist monastery. The place housing this monastery is a quaint hamlet that lies at the foothills of many mountain peaks. The place also houses a cheese factory that the Nepal government runs. The cheese factory and the monastery will be our exploration points in this place.

          Clear weather will show us stunning views of mountains like Ganchempo and Lantang Lirung. A small hill nearby shows us views of other small mountains like Langshisa, Dorje Lakpa, etc.

          After a day full of exploration of this region, we will stay the night here. 

          • Day 5 Day hike up to Tsergo Ri (4985m) and back to Kyanjin Gompa

            Trekking hours - 7 to 8 hours

            Kyangjin Gompa’s altitude - 3900 meters

            Overnight stay at Kyanjin Gompa

            On this day, we will wake up early in the morning and hike to a place called Tsergo Ri. The place has splendid panorama mountain views of Lantang Lirung, Yubra Himal, Naya Kanga, Yala peak, etc. we can see the mountain ranges stretched all over the horizon.

            Moreover, we will also reach the Lantang glacier and Langshihs Kharka, which is a yak pasture. After exploring our destinations for the day, we will return back to Kyanjin Gompa to spend the night. 

            • Day 6 Trek down to Rimche

              Trekking hours - 6 to 7 hours

              Rimche’s altitude - 2399 meters

              Overnight stay at Rimche

              The sixth day of the trek will include a descent to a lower altitude, Rimche. We will pass through beautiful landscapes as we trace our steps back to Rimche. The downhill walk will be much easier than most treks done on the prior days. The day’s trek will end as we reach Rimche and settle for the night's stay here. 

              • Day 7 Trek Down to Syabrubesi

                Trekking hours - 5 to 6 hours

                Syabrubesi’s altitude - 1450 meters

                Overnight stay at Syabrubesi

                The seventh day’s trek will be a very fast downhill hike. we will go back to our initial routes of the trek to Syabrubesi. We will again pass through the trails housing bamboo trees and rhododendron forests. The walking hassle will end once we reach Syabrubesi. We will sleep overnight here and get ready to leave for the next day. 

                • Day 8 Drive back to Kathmandu

                  Drive hours - 7 hours to 8 hours

                  Drive distance - 80 km

                  Kathmandu’s altitude - 1400 meters

                  Overnight stay at Syabrubesi

                  This Langtang valley trek started at Kathamdnu and will end with a journey back to Kathmandu. We will drive through a scenic route carrying a lifetime's worth of memories from the trek. We will reach Kathmandu by passing the same route as we did earlier in the journey. Then, after a hotel transfer upon arrival at Kathmandu, the eight-day journey of the Lantang valley trek will end.   

                  What to Expect

                  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
                  • Government license holder guide 
                  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                  • Salary,food,accommodation and insurance for guide and porters 
                  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
                  • All land transportation.
                  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card
                  • Langtang National Park entry permit
                  • Comprehensive first aid kit
                  • Government taxes and official expenses
                  • International Airfare and taxes
                  • Nepal entry visa fee
                  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
                  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
                  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
                  • All the expenses of personal nature
                  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
                  • Tips for guide and porter (Tipping is expected)
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                  Useful Information

                  Why should you do the Lantang valley trek?

                  The varied climactic zone

                  The Langtang valley lies within the area of Langtang National Park. This park is a protected area popular for having a varied climate zone. You can find subtropical climates to alpine climates here. This varied climatic zone allows diverse wildlife to exist. One-fourth of the park lies within a thick forest. The trekking through trails housing such land areas will be pretty adventurous. You will find oak, maple, pine, rhododendron trees, etc. Animals of various species also live in the area. Rare species like red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr have shelter here. The place also is home to over 250 bird species.

                  The culture of the region

                  In the remote region of Lantang valley resides the natives of the region referred to as “Langtangpa”. The natives follow Tibetan Buddhism and culture. They have their own language closely related to the Tibetan language spoken in the Kyriong of Tibet. The natives worship the Lantang Lirgrung mountain as their god.

                  Although the Lantangpa people are also referred to as Tamangs, their culture is very unique to Tamangs. Natives believe Lantang to be a hidden valley blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. You will also find a huge population of Sherpas and Tamangs here. The cultural lifestyle and its influence is very strong in the Lantang region. Getting to experience this in remote trails of Nepal is a great experience.

                  Vistas of the region

                  The Lantang trek gives you immensely beautiful views of the roadways and mountains of Nepal. The beautiful landscape’s viewing will start as early as you leave Kathamdnu through the Trishuli route. The trekking trail takes you to mesmerizing trails of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees.

                  The Lantang National national park, a significant part of the trek, also aids in its beautiful vistas. The various destinations throughout the trek also show beautiful natural and cultural landscapes. Yak pastures and local village houses will be a mesmerizing environment4 to experience. Mountain views of peaks like Lantang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, etc, will leave you enchanted.

                  Unspoiled trekking trails

                  The road to Lantang valley trek consists of a journey towards the rarely trekked region of the northern Tibet border. Lantang valley also has the name “beyul” which translates to a hidden valley. Such valleys were restricted to foreigners in the past, so they rarely get many visitors. The Lantang national park is also an unspoiled visit destination. Trekking to such places is always a unique experience.

                  Miscellaneous information about the trek

                  Accommodations in the Lantang valley trek

                  The accommodations in this trek vary based on the altitude you are staying in and your budget. Most rooms in the higher part of the Lantang trails need to be shared with trekkers. These shared rooms may or may not have an attached bathroom. However, a shared common toilet will definitely be available. You will get a proper mattress, bedsheet, blankets, and pillow.

                  Lower trails do give you services with a single room, but it is rare at higher altitude places. Perhaps paying extra might help you get single rooms even in higher places.

                  Lower destinations like Syabrubesi give you very flexible and luxurious single-room services. You will likely get attached toilets and bathrooms as well.

                  Toilets and Bathrooms

                  Most remote regions of the trek will likely have a squatting toilet, whereas regular commotes are available in more facilitated regions. You could get joined toilet to your rooms or shared ones. This also depends on where you are staying for the day.

                  The hot water facilities for baths also vary; some places have automatic hot water from taps and showers. Some remote places require you to set separate hot water in a bucket and use it. You might also have to pay extra money for hot water in some places.

                  Communal dining room

                  Every tea house and lodge in the trek will have a common dining room area. Most of these dining areas have a fireplace. Enjoying a good meal in front of a fireplace after a long day's worth of trek will be very satisfying.

                  Extra facilities needed for the Langtang valley trek

                  During your trek, you need miscellaneous facilities like electricity, Wi-Fi, etc. You will have adequate electricity and wifi in the lower part of the trek. But such facilities become slim as you trek higher. Local tea houses might use solar energy for power generation. If you wish to charge your electronics, you should bring your own power bank. But if you choose not to, you could get your gadgets charged by paying a small amount of money.

                  You can also get a SIM card back in Kathmandu if you want reliable internet services. Ncell and NTC SIM cards are the cheapest and most used in Nepal.

                  Frequently Asked Questions about Lantang valley trek

                  How challenging is the Lantang valley trek?

                  The Lantang valley trek is not very challenging but rather very easy. It does not need extensive physical strength and does not take you to very high altitudes. The trek is suitable for even novices.

                  What are the best and worst times for the Lantang valley trek?

                  The best times for the Lantang valley trek would be the seasons with less rainfall and snow. They usually occur during the months of March to May or September to November. In other words, the spring and autumn seasons are the best time for the Lantang valley trek. But the rainy and freezing monsoon and winter seasons are the worst times for the Lantang valley trek.

                  What are the permits necessary for the Lantang valley trek?

                  Langtang valley trek requires Trekkers Information Management Systems(TIMS) and Lantang National park entry permits as the prime permits. Sometimes if you choose a different route for the trek, you might also need the Shivapuri National Park entrance fee.

                  Do I need to get insurance for the Lantang valley trek?

                  Yes, Travel insurance is a must for any treks you go in a foreign country. Insurances help you in cases of emergencies, accidents, disasters, or additional costs. You must ensure you have covered your travel insurance for the Lantang valley trek.

                  How are the accommodations during the Lantang Valley trek?

                  The accommodations of the Lantang valley trek varies based on daily destinations. Every destination has certain lodges or hotels available. But the accommodations vary based on how much you pay. You will get good hotels if you want a very comfortable and lavish night’s sleep. But if you want to stay on budget, you could just stay in cheap guest houses or tea houses. Bringing extra sleeping bags could help if you choose the latter option.

                  How are foods during the Lantang valley trek?

                  The basic meals available in Nepal trail treks are rice with lentil and curry. Nepali snacks like mo:mo dumplings or chowmein noodles are available. But hotels and guest houses accommodate to meet many tourists’ needs. You can get a variety of non-Nepali food options too. Any food you get served are always hygienic and fresh.

                  What are the facilities for drinking water on the trek?

                  On this trek, you can easily access drinking water, either boiled or filtered.

                  Do I need to carry extra cash?

                  Most of the Lantang valley trek requirements get covered within the packaged payment. But bringing extra cash for donations, souvenirs, or miscellaneous spending is always a good idea.

                  Testimonials

                  • Mathilde Zg
                    Mathilde Zg, France

                    Really nice

                    Thank you for this nice trip in the Langtang! Everything was very well. I have seen beautiful landscape thanks to a passionate guide. I recommend Marvel adventure if you want a quality trek.

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