If time is short, fitness a concern, and you feel the need perhaps to test the waters before committing to a more arduous trek through the Himalayas, Nepal Trekking Experts may have the ideal solution for you in the shape of the classic Langtang Valley Trek. Not only does the trek offer a journey of reasonably moderate effort through a scenically dramatic alpine region well worth visiting in its own right, but it also has the added benefit of being very accessible from Kathmandu, minimizing travel and days wasted for those who want to focus their limited time on trekking, rather than onerous bus or jeep rides.
The Langtang Valley was long a favored area for hiking and ranked only behind Everest and Annapurna in terms of popularity. The tragic 2015 earthquake had a devastating economic effect on the community, with many forced to leave, yet in the intervening years many have come back, the tea houses have been rebuilt anew, and life has slowly returned to something resembling the past, though tourism to the area has yet to approach earlier figures. Visitors choosing to make the journey will thus not only be able to avail themselves of one of Nepal’s most beautiful treks in the same manner as before, but can help support the wonderfully welcome and hospitable Tamang people of Langtang Valley as they attempt to rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of the earthquake.
The trailhead starts at Syabru Besi and courses through glorious forests perched by the banks of the Langtang Khola. From there the trail wanders up between the broad shoulders of the looming peaks to the narrow vale of the rebuilt village of Langtang, then on and up to the valley’s alpine pastures, yak herds, and the entrancing monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and its unique Yak cheese facility. Optional climbs to Kyanjin Ri (4773m) or Cherko Ri (4984m) offer stunning panoramic views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The return journey on the opposite side of the river gives the trip an entirely different perspective, and the additional option exists to add the challenging route to the sacred lake of Gosaikunda and the high pass of Gosaikunda La (4610m).
So if you’re on a short visit and looking for a mild pace through superb scenery we would suggest you consider the Langtang Valley Trek. Not only is it an exceptionally rewarding experience, but you’ll be helping to support a gentle and famously hospitable people to recover from one of the most devastating events to hit Nepal in decades. Contact our staff and we can organize your trek to the valley in no time.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1503m,145 km, 7 hrs)
Day 04: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2380m 6 hrs)
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m, 6 hrs)
Day 06: Langtang to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m, 3 hrs.)
Day 07: Day hike to Tsergo Ri (Cherko Ri 4984m, 7-8 hrs)
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,470m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek to Syabru Bensi (1503m, 6hrs) via Sherpa Gaun (upper route will offer amazing views and no need to walk same way twice).
Day 10: Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu by drive.
Day 11: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.
Welcome at Tribhuvan International Airport, and then transfer to your hote.
Free day for final trekking preparation and enjoy in cultural diversity Kathmandu valley.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by public bus. The town is the main confluence for numerous treks in the Langtang region and has a scenic setting by the banks of the Bhote Kosi.
The trek gets off to a serene start, crossing a rustic wooden bridge traversing the icy waters of the Bhote Kosi, a stream with lofty origins by the border with Tibet. The path leads away through dense woodland perched by the river, with abundant wildlife on show as we gradually hike to Lama Hotel for our first night on the trail.
The valley's dominant peak, the majestic Langtang Lirung, keeps us company as we steadily hike through the steep-sided valley, with heavily forested sections of rhododendron, pines and oaks giving way to the telling signs of the region's strong connection to Tibet via the numerous Mani walls, water-driven prayer wheels, and prayer flags marking our passage. Our time at Langtang Village is a somber one, as the signs are still all too evident of the tragic landslide from the devastating 2015 earthquake that completely destroyed the original village and took many lives. The new community has been more prudently placed, but a memorial at the site of the landslide reminds us of the painful event as we move on towards Mundu, our rest stop for the night.
A short hike awaits us today as we work our way steadily higher through a changing landscape that leaves behind the verdant woodlands and opens out into a high altitude region of yak pasturelands and rushing streams, with the towering mountains pressing in from both sides of the valley. Our early arrival at Kyangjin provides ample opportunity to explore the monastery and to sample the intriguing yak products of the local cheese factory there that was established with the help of the Swiss.
At an altitude of over 5000 meters Tserko Ri provides the perfect outlook for the valley and presents a decent challenge to climb, the effort well worth the attempt as the view from the peak towards Langtang Lirung and other peaks in the area is breathtaking in its scope and beauty. We return in plenty of time to relax from the climb - and perhaps sample more of the cheese!
Today we return to Lama Hotel, though the hike back is an easy downhill walk that offers us a different perspective from the way in.
One of the benefits to trekking the Langtang Valley is that it offers an alternative route back to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaun that is less used and quite peaceful, with serene views, a more secluded culture, and a pleasant mix of both flora and fauna.
Return drive to Kathmandu by public bus or jeep.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
I took my 71-year-old father to Nepal on an impromptu visit in the winter and he trekked for the first time in his life! On the first day, he walked 8 hours and 21500 steps and the following day 7 hours 19000 steps! He has already given up in the beginning and was shocked to see such high mountains, but as I continued to give him mental and physical support, with the unceasing support of my guide, Resham, he pushed through to 3840m, and his perspective changes along the journey. He ascended the mountains a tired, grumpy old man but descended a confident, happy lad — feeling 10 years younger with greater endurance, stronger legs and overall health!
Being a 23 year old woman, I was nervous about which company to book my trek with when I was in Nepal. I ended up doing two treks with Raj because he was so great. The first one was in the month of October with one other girl friend. We did 8 days in the Annapurna Circuit. It was absolutely beautiful and Raj did his best to keep us out of the hikers traffic flow during the busy month. In the month of April I recommended my group of 7 to hire Raj and Rabin to take us on a 6 day trek to Langtang. Raj's experience helped lead us to the to the summit of Cherko Ri, 4984m, when other guides were turning their clients back. This was my favorite of the two treks and I would highly recommend it! Raj and Rabin are genuinely interested in their clients lives and cultures and eager to share their culture. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to become friends with such humble and kind spirited individuals. Raj will not just treat you as a client but as a friend. There is no challenge Raj is not willing to take on, and safety of his clients is very important. My final suggestion is to hire sherpas to carry your backpacks. I carried all my own things on both treks, and it was a great experience but extra exhausting. The extra cost will be worth it!
Trekking with Rabin along Langtang and Helambu was a wonderful experience. We have known him and his brother Rajesh for 15 years. At that time Rajesh was our guide to the Everest Base Camp. It was a unique experience to trek to his family’s farmhouse in the mountains and stay with them for a couple of days. They were so friendly, honest and hospitable. All our expectations in the trek 2016 became true. Everything was well organized. All the paper work and the organization previous to the trek were done fast and without much ado. We even let the company book our hotel in Kathmandu and realized that we got excellent accommodation for modest price. Transport to the start of the trek was well organized and good. Rabin knew so much about the landscape, the mountains, the various tribes along the trek and their cultures. He was always reliable, well humored and trustworthy. Rabin paid attention to what we wanted, to where we wanted to stay and any wishes along our trek. He well looked after our porter, too, which is important for the entire team. When I got sick in a lodge once he looked after me very well. We were never afraid to be cheated by him or his brother. We strongly recommend this company. In November 2017 we are planning our next trek with them. Hans, Hamburg, Germany