Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Region

Trip Overview

The hike to Langtang Valley begins with an overland journey to Syabrubesi, a small town with a few shops and lodges. The Langtang Valley is a narrow valley located just south of the Tibetan border. It is bounded to the north by the Himalayan range and to the south by a much lower range of peaks.

In 1971, this area was declared Nepal’s first Himalayan national park. The Tamangs live in this high and secluded region, and their religious customs, language, and attire are more comparable to those of Tibet than to those of their counterparts in the central hills.

According to mythology, the valley was discovered by a lama on the trail of a runaway yak. As a result, the name is derived from the Tibetan word lang, which means yak, and Tang, which means to follow.

Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, the region attracts significantly fewer hikers than Everest and Annapurna. This journey can be paired easily with the Gosainkunda Trek.

Langtang Valley Trek Outlines

Day 01 –Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03 – Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,300m) via Trisuli Bazaar (540 m)

Day 04 – Syabrubesi (1,420 m) to Lama Hotel (2,470 m)

Day 05 – Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,430 m)

Day 06 – Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m)

Day 07 – Kyangjin Gompa (3,730 m)

Day 08 – Kyangjing Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,470 m)

Day 09 – Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

Day 10 – Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

Day 11 – Rest Day

Day 12 – Departure


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Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu

As per your flight schedule, we will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport. After that, we will drop you at the hotel and let you rest. We will, however, reconvene at the welcome dinner to go over the itinerary briefly.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing

On this day, you will go sightseeing in Kathmandu. We will suggest some places, so you can choose where you want to go. You will be doing sightseeing at heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.

Day 3Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,300 m) via Trisuli Bazaar (540m)

Drive to Dhunche and continue on to Syabrubesi via Trisuli Bazaar by private transport or local tourist coach (standard option). Overnight in Syabrubesi 4WD is necessary because of the rocky, unpaved road.

Day 4Syabrubesi (1,420 m) to Lama Hotel (2,470 m)

We leave our hotel and cross the Bhote Kosi river via a suspension bridge to "old" Syabrubesi, a cluster of houses and a school on the other side of the river. Another suspension bridge carries us over the south side of the Langtang Khola, which we will be following upwards for the next couple of days. We climb slowly to Doman (1,680 m) and continue over a rocky ridge to Landslide Lodge and Hot Spring restaurant, named after a small hot spring on the opposite river bank at 1,810 m. The trail now climbs gently up to Bamboo Lodge, where we will enjoy our lunch. Opposite the river, we will see vertical cliffs covered with cactuses. After Bamboo, we cross the Langtang Khola on a new suspension bridge to the north bank. We climb steeply on a good trail to Rimche (2,510 m). We have now finished most of today’s climbing and descend slowly to our selected teahouse, where we will spend the night (6 hrs).

Day 5Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,430 m)

The day starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through a forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples, and rhododendrons. Beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7,246 m) can be seen from the trail. After little more than an hour, we pass two lodges in the forest at Gumanchok (2,800 m), from where we climb to a Nepal army post and a national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2,970 m). The trail ascends gradually as the valley becomes wider. We will pass a few teashops at Thangshyap, at 3,140 meters, where we will have our lunch. The route is now established and passes many mani stones, water-driven prayer wheels, and a few scattered Tamang villages before arriving in Langtang. This is a small village consisting of guesthouses and yak farms. The surrounding fields containing buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley have typical stone fencing walls (5 hrs).

Day 6Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m)

Walking through the village of Langtang, we will pass many stone mani walls covered with Tibetan inscriptions to please the gods. It then climbs gradually past the small villages of Mumdu and Sigdum. The trail continues through yak pastures. After crossing the Langtang Khola to its south bank, we climb up through a landscape scattered with large boulders to a moraine, where we will have the first views of Kyanjin Gompa ahead of us and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6,781 m) north of us. Our route weaves through the large boulders to a gompa, and from here it’s a short descent to Kyanjin Gompa. One of the options is a hike to one of the good viewpoints. To the north of Kyanjin Gompa is the Kyanjin Ri (4,773 m), which is a two-hour climb. From here, we have a great view over the mountain range in the west, including Langshisha Ri (6,370 m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388 m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m) (3 hours to the viewpoint and back, which is about another 3 hours).

Day 7Kyangjin Gompa (3,730 m)

Today we stay in Kyajin Gompa to explore a bit more of the Langtang valley. Our trail descends a little to the old abandoned VTOL airstrip and then follows the river upstream to some herders’ huts at Jatang (3840m). We will continue to climb slowly up the valley until we are surrounded by the mountain amphitheater with Langshisha Ri, Langshisha Kharka, and Dorje Lakpa towering high above us. We will descend back to Kyajin Gompa after our lunch.

Day 8Kyangjing Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,470 m)

Today we follow our route back to Lama Hotel; with a few short exceptions, the trail goes most of the way downward, descending around 1400 meters back to Lama Hotel (5 hrs).

Day 9Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

For variation, we will follow the so-called ‘high’-route back to Syarubesi. This trail splits the route we took upwards shortly after leaving Lama Hotel. The route goes to the small village of Syarpagaon and continues onto Bhanjyanggaon and Khangjung before descending back to Syabrubesi. This was the primary route to Langtang before the new trail (which we followed on our way up) was built (6 hrs).

Day 10Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu by private 4WD or (on the standard option, a local tourist coach). Staying at a hotel for the night

Day 11Rest Day

Today you will have a rest day. You can choose to have a relaxed day or go shopping. You can also use this day to visit the remaining heritage sites in Kathmandu. Night stay in Kathmandu

Day 12Departure

We will be dropping you off at the international airport as per your flight schedule. Before that, we will have breakfast or lunch together as we conclude your trip to Nepal.