Langtang Valley Trek is often known as Nepal’s best kept secret. The valley is situated only 30 odd kilometers north from the Kathmandu Valley and shares borders with Tibet. Even though it lies in close proximity with the country’s most developed region – Kathmandu Valley – the Langtang Valley Trek still sees very few trekkers in comparison to the Everest and Annapurna regions. The Langtang Valley trek will unfold the ancient and beautiful Tibetan Buddhism culture of several ethnic groups in the laps of the silver peaks. The Langtang valley is surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks on either side. The perfect harmony between the variations in elevation, topography and geology has resulted in a very unique vegetation of the Langtang Valley.
The 13-day-long Langtang valley trek begins with a memorable bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi in Rasuwa district. The trekking trail consists of beautiful places like the viewpoint of Lama Hotel, the main Langtang village, and the historic KyanjinGompa at an elevation of 3,870m. On our return journey, we will trek back to Dhunche through another route for a more enriched trekking experience. We will trek down through ThuloSyabru to reach ShingGompa, another important monastery in the region. From the Gompa, we will trek down to Dhunche from where we will catch a ride to Kathmandu. We also have a Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour scheduled for the next day, where we will visit some of the famous cultural and religious monuments of the valley that have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Langtang area was hugely affected by the great earthquake of 2015, but with quick restoration and reconstruction efforts, the valley has bounced back at a commendable phase and has been reopened for trekking. The very rarely trekked trail of Langtang will lead us through diverse and rich vegetation that ranges from lush evergreen forests to cascading streams and sub-alpine grasslands. It is an extremely gratifying trek as we can have spellbinding views of central Nepalese mountains like the Langtang Lirung, the tallest in the region; the massive Ganesh Himal Massif; Gang Chhenpo, Lenpo Gang, and Dorje Lakpa among other equally alluring peaks. To the south of the valley, we can see Chimse Danda ridge, Ganja La Pass, and the regal Mt. Jugal culminating in the Mt. Dorje Lakpa. Since we will trek through the Langtang National Park, we might have rare sighting of exotic Himalayan faunas like the red panda, musk deer, snow leopard, and Himalayan Thar. It is also a great chance to explore the unique culture of the Tamang people, their interesting way of life, civilization, and culture that has resulted as a special blend of Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism.
Langtang valley trek is also known as the Valley of Glaciers, the region is home to over 70 glaciers sourcing from different mountains. During our trek, we will be able to view some of these colossal glaciers that promise an unforgettable experience. There are also several pristine high-altitude ice lakes such as Gosaikunda, BhairavKunda, and DudhKunda – which are of great religious significance to Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The trek can also be customized to add new places and regions like the popular Gosaikunda Lake as per the trekker’s choice. Since the trek is of moderate grade difficulty, it can be undertaken by anyone in good physical health. Places like SyabruBesi and Dhunche are dotted with all kind of amenities, while there are also all kinds of basic facilities available in Langtang and Gosaikunda route.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding the Langtang Valley Trekking.
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,420 m – 07 hours.
This fabulous journey stars with an interesting scenic drive leading past Kathmandu valley North West heading past nice place Kakani and reaching at a warm area of Trisuli Bazaar for refreshment and lunch. After a nice rest drive carries on heading high hills on narrow winding road but with impressive views of surrounding landscapes and of distant peak s of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after few hours of good drive reaching at Dunche town 1,965 meters high, the headquarter and main area of Rasuwa and Langtang region and the entrance of Langtang National Park.
After a brief stop here, drive descends on the winding downhill road for few hours and arriving at Syabrubesi for overnight stop. This is an interesting Tamang villages the door to many Langtang and Ganesh Himal trekking and as well towards Tibet Northern frontier.
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,430m – 06 hours.
Starting the first walk of this adventure with a slow walk towards a bridge over upper Trisuli or Bhot Kosi River, and then the trail climbs into a steep hill side after an hour of uphill haul and then on gentle trail for few hours passing many scattered farm houses wheat’s, barley, millet and corns terraces, then walking around the bend reaching at Riverside where the trail from Thulo or upper Syabru joins near Bamboo with few teahouses and lodges, after a stop here for a while walk continues with a gradual climb into serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines and entering a river gorge following upstream Trisuli River fed from the glacier of Langtang mountain range, and then after a good walk reaching at overnight stop at Lama Hotel a small place situated in the middle of pristine forest with 6-8 small lodges around..
Day 04: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m – 06 hours.
From Lama Hotel, starting the morning walk on the same trail for an hour and then after Riverside place our route diverts walking through a small settlement at Bamboo place with few teahouses and simple lodges surround in bamboo thickets, might be the right place to see Red Panda by chance, starts as the place is in cooler area hidden in a river gorge with dense woodland; walk passes few small settlements and farms, then reaching at Ghoretabla a small settlement with Nepal Army stations as Park wardens, this place located in the middle of beautiful forested area with few lodges around. Stopping here for lunch as the altitude gains slowly and the air gets more cooler.
After lunch walk continues on to overnight stop at Langtang village a nice moderate size village with Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe of people with similar custom and culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,850m – 04 hours.
Today a walk for few hours as the morning heads with a short climb and towards a wider country as the gorge opens into a nice valley with snow clad peaks on both side of the hills encountering few prayer walls and enjoying the views of mountains as the walk progress leading to Kyanjin Gompa area with more than 15 lodges and guest houses to stay with an old cheese factory, where’s the name Gompa is about to disappear which is a small wooden chapel rather than monastery located on top of Kynajin and Langtang Valley on a moraine rocks and boulders on route to Lantang Lirung glacier. A great place Kyanjin in the Langtang valley this first part of the highlight of this trip. Langtang valley and Kyangin Gompa surrounded with green hills and snow capped mountains of Dorji Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Tsego ri, Langshsisa and Naya Kanga or Ganja la peak.
Day 06: At Kyanjin Gompa rest and hike.
An ideal and good place for rest day, Kyanjin offers many side trips for few hours a day hike as options, a hike up at Tsergo Ri 5,033meters. The climb to Tsergo Ri is quite steep requires good physical fitness, but offers awesome views of highest mountains of central Himalaya. Afternoon at leisure to marvel the great panorama of Chimsedang Lekh, and the Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, Naya Kanga 5,844m. stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245m and across the northern boundary in Tibet rises the huge massive Shishapangma 8,046 m the last 14th world’s highest mountain.
Day 07: Trek to Lama Hotel – 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang valley, heading back to forested area and to Lama Hotel for overnight stop, walking and retracing the same route for about six hours but interesting and enjoyable walk on downhill path with few short ups in between.
Day 08: Trek to Sabrubesi1420m– 05 hours.
From lama hotel trek continue down towards the deep forest oaks ,rhododendron and pnie and walk alongside the river to bamboo with few tea house ,after bamboo journey continue gradual walking down to river ,just few minute beyond from there is trails junction , left trails leads to trek goisainkund lake and right trails leads to syabrubeshi flows the right lower path gentle descend passing through forest ,few scattered farm ,house ,barley ,cron and millet terraces and cross the river to syabrubeshi .
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs journey.
Morning after breakfast, an interesting drive back to Kathmandu the journey continues with great views and scenery of the Himalayan landscapes, rolling hills and valleys, then passing through numerous villages and towns on the downhill drive to Kathmandu. After an interesting journey of more than six hours reaching Kathmandu, after a great memorable time up in the mountains transfer to respective hotels.
Day 10: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking around Picturesque Langtang Valley with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.