Langtang Valley Trek
- Worst affected tourist destination from Nepal Earthquake
- Home to some of most amazing high altitude tea houses
- Home to uncountable water falls
- Diverse vegetation and wildlife including Red Panda
- Hospitality of the Tamangs
- Peek into Tibet from Kyanjin Ri
What’s special about Langtang Valley Trek?
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular langtang trek packages. It takes you to Langtang situated north of Kathmandu valley near Tibet. It offers spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks with the extreme diverse landscapes of the Langtang Himalayan Range. This 10-day trek short trek is specially for those who want to hike and see the snow-capped Himalayas, experience the Tibetan-Buddhism infused Tamang culture and explore the flora and faunas in Langtang Valley.
Langtang Valley: Before and After April 2015 Avalanche
Langtang village is one of the oldest settlement in the Langtang region. This and other settlements in the valley were completely destroyed by earthquake and avalanches in April 2015. No body ever thought at the time that this towns would come to life again. However, coming now – the locals with the help of funds, inspirations and encouragement from people all over the world – have reclaimed the glory of Langtang Valley that was swept by the avalanches. It’s newly built hotels and lodges now serve their guests even better.
Highlights of Langtang Valley Trek:
Langtang Valley is just around 6 hours drive from Kathmandu – thus making it very much accessible. Trekking in Nepal’s various Himalayan Range is an adventure that entails climbing steep mountains, passing through thick Rhododendron, Pine and Bamboo forests, walking up the barren mountains in the Tundra region – Langtang Valley Trek includes this all.
What sets Langtang Valley Trek, from other Himalayan treks is the unique Tibetan influenced culture of the Tamangs and their hospitality. It is a region gifted by nature and its treasures include wildlife like the Himalayan Thar, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bear, spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the Langtang Range including the Lantang Lirung (7234m/23,734 ft), Langtang Ri (7205m / 23,638 ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m / 22,854 ft), among others, the famous Kyanjin Gompa and the glacial lake- Gosainkunda.
Brief Itinerary for Langtang Trekking
- Day 1: Getting in the Neighborhood
- Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu Valley
- Day 3: Heading for Syabrubesi
- Day 4: Hitting the Trail with trek to Lama Hotel
- Day 5: Reaching the Heart of Langtang Region: Langtang Village
- Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gumba
- Day 7: Peeking into Tibet from Kyanjin Ri
- Day 8: Tracing steps back to Syabrubensi
- Day 9: Syabrubensi to Kathmandu
- Day 10: Good Byes
- All Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle and experience tour guide.
- Accommodations in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing Basic.
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Round trip drive on private vehicle Kathmandu – Shyaphru bensi – Kathmandu (for more then 2 people)
- Full board meals: B, L, D and accommodation during the trek.
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and National park permits and TIMS
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- All bar bills along the trek.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc
- Tips for guides and porters.
Day 1: Getting in the Neighborhood (1320m/ 4329ft)
Rasuwa – home to Lantang Himalayan Range – is Kathmandu’s neighbor. Traditionally Kathmandu valley is home to the Newars and has been capital of the ancient and modern kingdoms from ancient times. These long lines of kings and the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism has left behind a rich heritage of arts, sculptures and monuments across the three cities of Kathmandu. And this will be the town that will host you before we head out for the main rendezvous in neighboring Rasuwa.
Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu Valley
On the second day of the tour, we will explore the winding alleys, ancient temples, monasteries and palaces of Kathmandu. Some of the major sites that are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritages are: Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, among others. Kathmandu is melting pot of cultures and despite the dominance of Newari culture, art and life-styles, its diversity has always been exciting to encounter.
Day 3: Heading for Syabrubesi (1550m/5100ft) 145km, 6 hrs.
Today we will drive through the mountain trail to Syabrubesi- a timming town in Rasuwa district, north of Kathmandu. The six-hours drive provides a window into diverse Nepali lifestyles and the abundance of its natural beauty. On our way we will pass through the Langtang National Park– one of the first Himalayan national parks of the country that is home to Musk deer, Wolf, Red panda, Cheer pheasant, Danphe among others.
Day 4: Hitting the Trail with trek to Lama Hotel (2410m/7832ft) 5- 6 hrs.
Lama Hotel is a scenic spot that has several tea houses. The place provides splendid scenic views of the Langtang valley. The trail passes through Bhote Koshi the riffs of the Bhote Koshi River and the Langtang Khola. Passing through the dense forests and after crossing several suspension bridges, the trail opens into gradual climb to Bamboo. Just like the Lama Hotel, Bamboo is also scenic spot that have some of the best tea houses in the Langtang region. Post lunch we will trek from here to our final destination for the day- Lama Hotel, a steep ascent of around 450 meters through dense forest.
Day 5: Reaching the Heart of Langtang Region: Langtang Village (3430m/11250ft) 6 hours.
Today we will head out for Langtang Village – a village which until it perished under the earthquake in April 15, 2015 earthquake was one of the oldest settlement in the Langtang region. The village has now resurrected through relentless efforts of its residents and assistance from all over the world. To reach here from Lama Hotel is around 6-hours trek through dense alpine forests of the Lantang region. After ascending for over six hundred meters ascend we will reach to Ghoda Tabela- a place that opens up more to the Langtang Himalayan Range including the Mt. Langtang Lirung and green valley with many water falls. On the way traditional water flour mills, Buddhist prayer wheels, chortens, sacred mounds of rocks with Buddist sacred inscriptions carved are common sight. Overnight in Langtang Village.
Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gumba (2845m/12611ft) 3 hours.
Kyanjin Gompa, situated at the 2845 m, acts like a base for several short one day treks to surrounding peaks. Situated at relatively lesser altitude, it provides splendid view of the Langtang valley. Our ascend will be slow today – mostly to avoid being stuck by altitude sickness. On the way we will pass through vast stretches of Yak pastures, Mani Walls, made from stone with prayers written on them leading into the Kyanjin valley – that in spring season is full of flowers and grasses. And there is a surprise here – The Dorje Bakery Cafe & Coffee Center which produces Yak cheese and some great infused Himalayan bakery delicacies. Overnight in a Kyanjin teahouse, (B, L, D).
Day 7: Peeking into Tibet from Kyanjin Ri (4773m/15655ft)
Kyanjin Ri (4773) is the highest point for trekkers along the Langtang trail. It offers great view unto Tibet and the splendid Lantang Range. For ensuring that you get a cloudless view, we will head for the point early in the morning. Heading on early is important to avoid slippery slopes on the way. We will be aiming to make most of ours journey before the snow and frost on the way starts to melt. On our return, we will start our return journey and head for today’s rest: Ghoda Tabela. (B, L, D).
Day 8: Tracing steps back to Syabrubensi
After snacks at Ghoda Tabela we will head for the final leg of our trek in the Langtang region. We will pass through the trail and figure out that we had missed so much of it on our ascent. As the climate is more warm and humid, endorphins kick in and you will find that we are perfectly in tune with the charming natural beauty around us. Overnight at Syabrubesi.
Day 9: Syabrubensi to Kathmandu
After a walk through the Syabrubensi town we fold our tour and head out for Kathmandu finding our way through the dusty off-road. In Kathmandu – we join for a farewell dinner enjoying some authentic Nepali cuisines. After five days long trek in Langtang valley, today we drive back to Kathmandu. This takes six hour by private jeep. We end our Adventure with a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu, include (B, D)
Day 10: Good Byes
Besides the good byes there are hell lot of things that you could catch up doing in Kathmandu before you fly out. But these depends on your flight schedules and personal calendar. We will discuss your schedules for the day and on its basis will recommend things you could give a shot. After all, adventurers never miss the chance to have some extra fun!
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