Langtang valley trekking is also called the valley of glaciers trek and one of the most beautiful river valleys in Nepal. As such, the Langtang Valley Trek lets you enjoy the natural beauty and the Himalayan ambiance of the renowned Langtang National Park. The natural terrain of the valley is one of the trek’s major highlights. Langtang is the closest place to get the enormous snow-capped mountains and beautiful glaciers. The whole valley is dominated by Mount Langtang Lirung (7246 m/23766 ft) and offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rough rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy territory and meadows. Langtang is also famously known as “the valley of glaciers”.
The Langtang Valley Trek takes you about 20 or so miles north of the Kathmandu valley. Because of this, the trekking journey is also attractive for its easy convenience. The trekking journey is a quick and easy escape into the mountains. Rivers and streams, enormous pastures and snowy peaks beautify the skyline while trekking. The panoramic areas of the Langtang peaks boost up the trekking experience as well. Similarly, the Langtang valley Trekking is also a great way to enjoy the Rai and Limbu culture of the region.
The journey of Langtang Valley Trekking trail starts with the drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi. In the upper part of the Langtang valley, there are snows Ridges across angry river, high passes surround in haze tiny lakes of crystalline brightness and glaciated mountain giants. Mighty Langtang Lirung (7246m) dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and the trekking peak of Naya Kangri (5846m) lie in the south, and Dorje Lakpa (6966m) protects the east of the valley.
The area was selected as Nepal’s first Himalayan national park in 1971. The 1,710 sq km Langtang National Park hosts a diversity of natural magnificence from blossoming valleys alive with languor monkeys to the towering fir and rhododendron forests bursting with spring color. In this valley, as well natural wonders, you also visit the local Tibetan village and see their lifestyle. The animal found in the forest are red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and wild boar and for rare tree orchids and the colorful rhododendrons. Throughout the way, Spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak and Naya Kanga seems to be spectacular.
Langtang Valley Trek passes through an ever-changing climate and offers trekkers an outstanding diversity of scenery and culture. Langtang valley expedition area is populated by Tamang whose religious practices, language, and unique dress is worth enjoying. According to a legend, a lama following a runaway yak discovered the valley, hence the name -Lang (Tibetan name for YAK), Tang (more currently “Dhang” means to follow) was given. A variety of sights including Buddhist monasteries, a traditional cheese factory, and yaks make this trek an exciting one.
There are good opportunities for moderate climbing expedition here allowing some extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system in beautiful Langtang valley. On the way view of spectacular scenery with the breathtaking landscape which will make this trek something to remember for some time to come!!!!
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
In the next morning, you can tour around Kathmandu after having your breakfast. You can go on this tour with a tour guide or alone. Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and other UNESCO-listed world heritages are the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03: - Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (about 7-8 hours drive)
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will see nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.
Day 04: - Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (walking distance 6-7 hours, 1070m ascent - 10.9 km)
The first day pleasure trail crosses through the Bhote koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. After a visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail gradually ascend up to Bamboo passing by landslide. The trail goes through the sub tropical forest which is cover by oak and maple, massive spruce, fir and blue pine. We pass through the forests of oak and rhododendron. The variety wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears etc. are inhabitance of the forest. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m). And at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 05: - Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (walking distance 4-5 hours, 980m ascent - 14.8 km)
The day start with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpse of snow capped peaks start appearing along with fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat- roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village is worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.
Day 06: - Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (walking distance 2-3 hours, 460m ascent - 6.8 km)
The track winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large Chorten(Stupa). It then climbs gradually past an exciting Mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3543m/11,621ft). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the spectacular icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. We have chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with rich panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).
Day 07: - Acclimatization / Exploration day in Kyanjin
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking .We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and reducing glaciers of Langtang Lirung or climb Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.
Day 08: - Trekking back to Lama Hotel (walking distance 6 hours, 1430m descent - 21.6 km)
Have your breakfast with observing nearby genetic snowy covered mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue steep descend to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill you will see amazing views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.
Day 09: - Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi (walking distance 4-5 hours, 1070m descent- 10.9 km)
Today after breakfast we will trek back to Syabru Bensi. The trail is mostly downhill through the lush green vegetation with enjoying attractive view of Mountains and green hills. We can walk along the rising and falling path leading to the village which provides us the opportunity to get a closer look at customs and culture of Tamang ethnic group. Reach to Syabru for the overnight stay.
Day 10: - Drive back to Kathmandu (7-8 hours drive)
We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the Trishuli river side. It takes about 7 to 8 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. In evening, join a farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant with the memories of your trekking adventure. Have some time for a leisurely stroll over the streets.
Day 11: - Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
• Airport pickup and drop off by private vehicle
• 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek on a twin-shared basis
• Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
• Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
• Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
• One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
• All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
• Welcome and farewell dinners
•Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Messenger travel and Tours duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All necessary paper work(s) and permit(s)
• All applicable taxes and service charges
• Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
• Travel insurance
• International airfare
• Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
• All kind of cold drinks during the trek
• Hot showers during the trek
• Personal trekking equipment
• WIFI internet during the trek
• Tips for trekking staff and driver
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Kyanjin which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude thus resulting in a successful trip.
For Langtang Valley Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Langtang Valley Trek 11 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Langtang Valley trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Langtang Valley should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Langtang Valley Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)