Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
The Langtang Valley sits within the first national park designated in Nepal – the Langtang National Park. The valley offers some of the most spectacular mountain trekking and scenery near to Kathmandu. Just a half-day drive north from Kathmandu brings you to the trekking village of Shabrubeshi and the entrance to the valley and National Park.While trekking locations such as Mount Everest and Annapurna tend to capture the attention of international visitors, and certainly the bulk of trekker numbers, districts such as Langtang offer a fantastic Himalayan trekking and mountain scenery experience without the impact of high volume trekking groups. This makes the Langtang Valley one of those “best kept secret” locations that only some get to experience .The Langtang Valley is just a short drive north of Kathmandu and so provides an opportunity for very short duration treks to still reach high into the heart of the Himalaya Mountain peaks that run along the border between Nepal and Tibet. The valley itself is a classic “glaciated valley” from the era of the last ice-age. This makes trekking along the valley floor very easy. The north eastern, or upper end, of the main valley tapers to small active glaciers grinding their way down the high mountain slopes and tributary valleys. This makes the Langtang Valley such a compact, diverse and interesting place to trek. In just a few days traverse the lower Himalayan foothills and reach active glaciers in the high Himalaya. There are so many opportunities for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass traverses and peak climbing all within the beautiful Langtang Valley. This trek pursues one of these opportunities and reaches the spectacular high point of Tsergo Ri (5,150m).
A Lantang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you to ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport, extra passport photographs, travel insurance and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek in the Langtang National Park.
The drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which takes about eight hours. You head out of Kathmandu on the highway to Pokhara however you will soon exit the highway and head north along a main valley road. The road then heads up into the Himalaya foothills and winds its way through many valleys to reach the busy little town of Dhunche. Here your guide will meet the National Park entrance checkpoint and have your permits checked and stamped to proceed further north into the Langtang National Park. As you head further north some of the high ridges you cross will provided your first glimpses of snow-clad Himalayan peaks. After another descent down the valley side you will arrive at Syabrubesi a busy trading and trekking town. There are many trekking lodges here serving trekkers heading to many parts of the Langtang region. There are also a range of small shops where you may purchase some last-minute items for your trek.
The first part of today’s rather long walk is the hardest – so take your time on the ascent and the day will get easier. You start by crossing the small bridge just north of Syabrubeshi and the trail immediately starts ascending. While there is a 4WD road up to Khangjim your guide will probably take you up the traditional walking trail. The trail is much steeper than the road but this is the traditional trekking route used by local people and traders for centuries. It will probably take about two or three hours to reach Khangjim and then it is time for a short break and perhaps a cup of local tea. You are now high above the river valley and you have your first views to snow-capped peaks. The trail then winds high along the valley wall as you head east into the Langtang Valley and head for Sherapagaon. The walking is much easier now as the ascent grade is much more gentle. After some late lunch in Sherapagaon you continue your gentle ascent to Rimche. As you proceed you will find you are no longer high on the valley side but now down in the valley floor. By the time you reach Rimche late in the afternoon you will have gained about 1,100m in altitude. Time for a rest!
From Rimche you will follow the original valley-floor trekking trail up the Langtang Valley. Damage to bridges and the trekking trail have all been pretty much repaired and so the walking on this and subsequent days will be much easier than yesterday. The trail takes you through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghoda Tabela where you will stop for lunch. The trail then continues on and reaches the site of Langtang Village, however this may be a very sombre and perhaps distressing sight as the village was entirely destroyed by a massive landslide caused by the 2015 earthquake. Your guide will say a prayer for all those that perished and you may also wish to add your prayers and thoughts. The trek will then continue on the short distance to the little village of Mundu. You are now in the middle of the glorious Langtang Valley and likely feel humbled by the size and power of the mountains towering above you on both sides of the valley. This is a spectacular location.
Today is easy walking again as you head towards the top of the valley. There is plenty of time to take it easy and a slow pace will also help you acclimatise and reduce the risk of altitude sickness symptoms. Take some time to enjoy views of Mount Ganchempo and Mount Langtang Lirung high above you. You may also like to pay a visit to the Yak Cheese Factory and learn that the milk for the cheese comes from the Nak and not the Yak – your guide will have fun explaining to you. By early afternoon you will reach the extensive complex of the Kyanjin Gompa Monastery. Find a place to sit outside in the sun and just soak up the stunning scenery.
Today you may rest or explore the valley and riverbeds around Kyanjin Gompa. If you feel strong and have no symptoms of altitude sickness you might like to take a trek to climb to the top of Tsergo Ri at 5,150m or 19,600 feet altitude. You should take this ascent very slowly as the air is thin and the gradient gets steep. The more gentle you are on your legs, lungs and heart the better. You will return back to Kyanjin Gompa with some of the most stunning Himalaya Mountain photos. The view from Tsergo Ri will just capture you and you will not want to leave. Such is the captivating power of the Himalaya Mountains all along the Langtang Valley.
Today, we retract our trek to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up. Take more time and suggested you to walk very slow.
Today is easy trek again from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi. The trek will be easier as it will mostly involve descending.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. We spend the rest of the day packing and maybe catching up on some last-minute souvenir shopping. Langtang Ri trekking will celebrate our successful trip in the Langtang Valley by hosting a farewell dinner this night.
We will collect you from your hotel lobby in plenty of time to take you to the airport to check-in for your flight. We wish you well for your journey home and hope you will return to Nepal soon to explore another region of our amazing little country.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacke
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare batteries, chargers, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, memory cards, chargers and personal medical kit
Quick response on mails, helpful and always open to talk through all questions. I asked for a female guide and they gave me a great one, I had such a good time with Dikki, she showed and told me things I would never have achieved on my own.
April 2014, did Langtang Valley, professional agency, listens to customers, is flexible to adjust schedule; Phurkel our guide was experienced and knowledgeable.
We had the most awesome trek as a family. My husband and I trekked with our 12 year old for 12 days. We were unsure about trekking in Langtang after the earthquake and it turned out to be such a humbl...View More