Langtang Valley Trek Guide
Langtang Valley Trek Guide

Langtang Valley Trek Guide

In your view, what should an ideal vacation look like?

Let’s imagine a place that has a great mountain range in the back, a lush evergreen forest in the front, a cascading river, and a stunning waterfall in the way. Also, imagine a place with traditional people living in colorful villages and a cultural heritage appearing out of nowhere. This place sounds like the best trek in the world, doesn’t it?

Here, we are praising the beauty of about the beautiful Langtang Valley Trek. Close to Kathmandu (only 61.8 km in the north), the traditional village of Langtang makes the most beautiful view. Blessed with the magnificent Langtang village Himalayan range, this is among Nepal’s most underrated treks with the century-old natural and cultural heritage in a perfectly intact form. It’s your chance to explore the Buddhist monastery, colorful orange and red player flags, rotating wheels, and mani walls all make it magical.

So, the trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From here, we begin the walk towards the Lama Hotel and Langtang Village. Beyond the village, the rich biodiversity includes lush forests of Rhododendron, Pine, and Oak. The forest homes animals such as Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Snow leopard, and more. Here, we get to interact with the locals and learn their rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Then, we get to Kyangjin Gompa and hike to the hilltop of Tserko Ri. Lastly, we trace our journey backward, getting back to Kathmandu. It’s a short and easily achievable trek for newbies and experienced trekkers.

How long is the Langtang Trek?

Ideally, the Langtang Lirung trek is 8 to 12 days long. Although the Langtang Trek duration mostly depends on your own capacity to walk, MyEverestTrip makes it a 10 days long journey. That doesn’t mean that experts cannot trek to Langtang in lesser time. It can even be completed in 6 days from Kathmandu, but that involves walking for a longer hour and comes with higher risks of altitude sickness. Further, the trip can be longer if you stay in Langtang village or Kyangjin Gompa to have a total cultural insight. The choice is yours.

Also, the length of the Langtang trek depends on what side trips you wanna add.

  • The most popular side trip in Langtang is the Gosaikunda trek. Our Langtang Gosaikunda Trip is 16 day and 15-night Itinerary
  • The other famous trip is the Langtang Helambu trek which is also about 14 days of walk to Kyangjin Gompa and then to Helambu
  • If you wish to explore all of Langtang Gosainkunda and Helambu, your Langtang trip will be 19 days.
  • There’s another popular route called Tamang Heritage tour (cultural tour) which passes by Syarubesi and is a 14 days long trip.

The duration here includes one day for arrival in Nepal, one sightseeing day, and one day for departure. You can also book the MyEverestTrip Langtang Trek package from Kathmandu and that will be 7 days long.

Our tip: Don’t rush. You are probably going to trek in Langtang only once in your lifetime. So, when you start the trek, if you feel the urge to stop for a day and enjoy the trip, just do. Your Itinerary is always flexible (even when you book the Langtang Trek package). So, whenever you feel like stopping, just do it and don’t force yourself to walk.

How difficultly is Langtang Trek

The 10 days Tamang cultural tour is somewhat physically demanding. Wandering in the remote villages of Nepal for more than two weeks, waking up 5-6 hours each day is not a joke. However, the experts have graded the Langtang Trek difficulty as “easy”. It’s achievable by anyone with sound physical and mental health, even a newbie with no prior trekking experience. And since it doesn’t involve any technical climb, the journey becomes easier.

Walking difficulty 

Our ideal Langtang Valley Trek package is 10 days long. Among them, we will be trekking for about seven days. The Langtang Trek distance is about 80kms, and we are covering about 10-12 km daily. Although the distance seems less, the trek becomes demanding as we walk in the steep terrain and rocky land before the mountains- the walking hours range between 4 to 6 hours. It gets harder to hike with a backpack.

If you wish to easily achieve this Langtang village cultural trek distance, some preparation prior to the trek is essential. Exercises such as Running, Jumping, swimming, and cycling before the tour is recommended. This training should be started a few months prior to the trek. Walking with a backpack is also helpful.

Langtang Trek altitude sickness 

The maximum altitude we gain during this tour will be 4,773 meters. At this height, the oxygen level in the air decreases, leading to a drop in O2 pressure in the body. This results in symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and insomnia. These symptoms usually appear on the 4th day of the trek when you reach Langtang village. If the symptoms of altitude sickness in Nepal worsen, the result might be death. However, it’s easily manageable by taking some easy precautions such as:

  • Don’t climb over 500m vertical distance in a day.
  • Do not rush; walk steadily on the trail and take enough rest
  • Add acclimatization day to the Itinerary (5th day of the trek)
  • Drink a lot of warm water and keep yourself hydrated
  • Avoid all kinds of alcoholic drinks while you are on the trek
  • Inform your guide as soon as the symptoms of illness are seen
  • Take medication and climb to a lower altitude if the symptoms are prominent
  • Always have travel insurance that covers high-altitude helicopter rescue

Here’s the short Langtang Valley trek Itinerary along with the altitude chart and distance to cover each day.

  •  1. Arrival,1400 meters
  • 2. Drive to Sybrubensi,1450 meters,7 hours
  • 3. Trek to Lama Hotel,2480 meters,6 hours
  • 4. Trek to Langtang village, 3541 meters 7 hours
  • 5. Trek to Kyanjin Gompa  3900 meters 4 hours
  • 6.Day trip to Tserko Ri  5,150 meters. 6 hours
  • 7. Trek down to Lama Hotel 2480 meters 7 hours
  • 8.  Trek down to Sybrubensi  1450 meters 4 hours
  • 9.  Drive to Kathmandu. 1400 meters. 7 hours
  • 10. Departure

Remoteness

Langtang village is built in rough mountain terrain. The entire trail has only a handful of villages where you will see less than 100 people. So, it’s definitely a remote land with the bare minimum facility. So, don’t expect much from the trek. There will not be any big markets once you leave Kathmandu and you will rarely find any shops. So, make sure that you carry everything you need for the entire trek in your bag.

Next, set your expectations with hotels in Langtang Lirung right. Don’t look for luxury but seek a comfortable and warm night. The room will be small with twin beds and bedsheets. The bathroom will be On sharing basis and a hot shower might not always be available. And sometimes, the food might not taste as it should. But once you get to such a difficult landscape, even finding such minimum comfort is a blessing.

Difficulty due to weather and temperature

The summer trek in the rain-fed region is not considered ideal. The path is slippery, and it’s risky to walk on such a trail. However, the Langtang trek in summer is possible by avoiding the evening rain and wearing comfortable clothes for the walk. A good trekking boot prevents you from leeches and earthworms. Monsoon is the time for plantation, and farmers are very busy. The pre-winter, i.e. November, and December trek gets quite tricky. However, the snow is yet to arrive, and the temperature is still above the freezing point. Thus, it’s absolutely possible to trek to Langtang until January but the preparation should be done properly.

If you want an easy trek, the best time for the Langtang trek is Autumn. Despite the stable weather, the clear view of the sky is the major attraction of this month. The mountains are visible to their best throughout the winter. The farmers are busy in their fields, working to harvest the monsoon crop. Also, in the spring, the trail is gorgeous with the colorful hues of the Rhododendron. The flower blooms cover the entire path in the lower region. The alpine vegetation at the higher altitude also looks fantastic. The peaks of Langtang II and Langtang Lirung looks amazing. In the lower area, it’s time for festivals like Holi, Shivaratri, and Chitra Dashain. No such festivals are seen in the upper region.

Trekking in the right season lowers your Langtang Trek difficulty.

Weight of your back

Since you need to carry clothes, a sleeping bag, and all personal items for the Langtang trek, the backpack for Langtang gets quite heavy. It weighs between 10 to 15 kgs depending on how much you pack. Now, waking up 6-7 hours with such heavy bags isn’t very pleasant. Carrying your bag is also among the major difficulty of Langtang Trek.

When you book, the MyEverestTrip Langtang package, it comes with a porter who would carry all your bag so that you can walk freely. However, if you plan Independent trekking without a porter, pack minimum and wise. Also, buy a very comfortable trekking bag with stripes in the front to hold the weight.

How do you do a Langtang Trek?

Well, Langtang Valley is only approachable from one trekking route. From Kathmandu, you need to take a tourist bus or public vehicle that takes you to Syabrubesi. From here, you shall first get to the Lama hotel and reach Langtang Village on the 3rd day. Kyanjin Gompa one day of walk from Langtang village. We stop here for a day to explore Tserko Ri and quickly walk down to Lama Hotel. The next day shall be in Syabrubesi and from there, the drive to Kathmandu is about 8 hours.

For a side trip to Gosaikunda, you should get back to Lama Hotel and then to Thulo Syabru before heading towards Sing Gompa. Gosainkunda is just one day of walking from Sing Gompa. For the Helambu trek, one need to trek to Ghopte and Melanche Ghyang. From there, you get to Tarkeghyang, Kakani, and Melamche Bazar.

Trekking is the only way you can get to Langtang village i.e. no road network can take you there. If you want a luxurious trip here, you can charter a helicopter with Kyanjin Gompa and Gosaikunda Landing.

Do you need a guide for Langtang Trek?

No, it’s not compulsory to have a guide for the Langtang Trek. The governments of Nepal have marked some trekking regions of Nepal like Manang, TSUM valley, Dolpo, etc as a restricted regions. And since Langtang is not one of those restricted regions, it’s not legally compulsory to have a guide for Langtang Trek. Independent and solo trekking is welcomed in Langtang.

However, trekking in the remote Himalayan land always comes with unknown challenges. The trail might not be marked in some places and you might not know how to book the hotels. And since most of the hotels are not available on the internet, you might find it difficult to book accommodation. Especially in the peak season when the Langtang village is over-occupied the difficulty increases.

Also, we cannot ignore the chances of altitude sickness at such high elevations. And since our guides are experts at dealing with emergency conditions, they will come in handy. A guide will also be helpful to interact with the locals and learn about their culture. They will update you about the history and importance of each place in Langtang that you will be visiting. So although it’s not legally compulsory, we highly recommend you hire a guide for your Langtang Valley trek. Guides in Nepal can be hired at a very reasonable rate and trust us, they are worth the value. Along with a guide, you shall also need a porter.

MyEveryTrip Langtang trek package already comes with a license guided with many years of experience in this region. So there is nothing to worry about.

What is the special feature of the Langtang region trekking?

Views from Langtang

The views of mountain vistas keep you excited throughout the Langtang Valley trek. You can witness the following peaks in the trip:

  • Langtang Lirung (7227m),
  • Changbu (6251m),
  • Yubra (6262m),
  • Naya Kanga (5844m)
  • Yala peak (5500m),
  • Tserko peak (5749m)
  • Visit Kyanjin Gompa

Kyanjin Gompa, a Buddhist religious heritage is the best highlight of our Langtang Valley trek. This Gompa was made on a rock that looks like camel ribs about 300 years ago. In the Tibetan language, Kyan translates to “camel” and jin is called “ribs.” The people here came from Tibet a very long time about and started to build their lives based on Tibetain myths and folklore.

Kyanjin Gompa Trek started almost half a century back and the very first tea house was made in Kyanjin in 1981. Since then, the villagers have made many great hotels and lodges with every construction material carried on a camel’s back.

Tsergo Ri (4948m)

The base of Tserko peak (5749m) and is the highest point of our trip. On a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa, we climb to Tsergo Ri for the interesting views of the Himalayas peaks mentioned above.

Langtang National Park 

Langtang national park, established in 1976, is full of natural sceneries. This 1500 sq. meters protected area shelters large flora and fauna, all rare in the ecosystem. One can see endangered animals such as the red panda, Himalayan Black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, wild sheep, yaks, and more. It’s also a great destination for bird watching with almost 250 species of birds such as Himalayan Monal, Satyr tragopan, Ibisbil, red-headed vultures, etc. They are all protected by the forest of Pine, Rhododendron, Oaks, and Bamboo. In Spring, these Rhododendron blooms to make beautiful hues of red and pink in the surrounding.

Culture of Langtang

The rich Buddhist culture of the mountain people is the major highlight of this Langtang region trekking. While you are on tour, you might practice their traditional song-dance Bhote-selo, which means ‘Tibetan tune.’ The classic Tamang songs are the ideal blend of humor and wit, satire, and playing along with a melody of Damphu. Although you wouldn’t understand the words, just the tune is exciting. On the other hand, the Helambu region of Langtang is home to the Hyolmo people, who have completely different traditions than the Tamang people. Although our Tamang Heritage Trail Itinerary doesn’t include this section, the tour can be extended to Helambu and Gosainkunda.

Festivals of Langtang

Talking about festivals in Langtang, we must mention Loshar. Sonam Losar is celebrated in Magh (February–March) with great joy. This festival marks the Tamang New Year as per the Tibetan calendar. Another unique festival of the region includes Janai Purnima in Gosaikund Lake during August. Tarna in Upper Langtang Valley is also equally significant among the people. The villagers also celebrated Buddha Jayanti in Baishak with great joy. Social gathering, visiting monasteries, dancing, singing, and a great feast is people’s way to celebrate festivals. However, these festivals and traditions of Tamangs in Langtang have been hidden from the world for many years. That’s why the government has opened the Langtang Tamang Heritage trail to let the world know about this mysterious land.

Must-try local dishes

The local foods of Langtang are very special, and a must-try Whenever you get to order food, ask the owner to bring something local, and you wouldn’t regret it. Tibetan tea cooked with yak butter; Yak cheese and curd milk are great food on the menu. You can also try Sukuti – dried yak meat, Dhindo, and local meat soup.

 Final words, 

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