Overview

Of all the treks in Nepal, the Langtang Valley Trek is often ranked in the top five.  Located directly north of Kathmandu, Langtang Valley has long been considered a holy valley, as it holds many natural wondersThe Langtang Valley Trek is relatively short and can be completed in 7-8 days.  It provides stunning views of Langtang Himal, the mountain range that towers over the region.  

Langtang Valley, which is isolated and high in elevation, is home to the hospitable Tamang ethnic group.  Their rich culture and heritage is similar to their northern neighbours in Tibet, and is full of Buddhist symbols and monuments.  Biodiversity throughout the Langtang Valley Trek is abundant and well-preserved.  Forests that make up the landscape on the way up to the Langtang Valley are shelter to the Red Panda.  Other wildlife found in Langtang National Park includes the elusive Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, and legendary Yeti.  The combination of sky-high mountain peaks, plentiful wildlife, and the cultural curiosities of the Tamang people make this trek so unique and special. 

Due to the earthquake of 2015, much of the Langtang Valley was flattened. Entire forests were blown over, houses crumbled, and livelihoods were lost. Over the years, support from within and outside of Nepal have steadily helped rebuild the area. Guest houses have been rebuilt and visitors are more than welcome to come trek in the Langtang Valley. In fact, trekking in the area is the best way to sustain the locals’ livelihood.

The Langtang Valley Trek begins with an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trail passes through the picturesque scenery of small villages next to terraced hillsides, following the Langtang River along the way.  The sound of the moving water, complimented with lush pine, bamboo, and rhododendron forests fills us with energy. There is pure, fresh air all around us. 

It’s a continual uphill climb along the river, and quaint tea houses along the way offer meals for nourishment.  Finally, you arrive at the alpine pastures of Kyanjin Gompa, a spiritual center and settlement where we take see unforgettable mountain views.  Here we can stop in and watch one of the monastery’s daily ceremonies, or take a tour at one of Nepal’s oldest Yak-milk Swiss cheese factories.  Kyanjin Gompa is our ultimate destination of the trek, though there are several absolutely breathtaking day trips that we can take from here.  You can explore the high glacial valley of Langshisha Kharka, or witness astonishing views at Kyanjin Ri (4773m).  Another high point, Tserko Ri, (4985m) offers a view of over 21 Himalayan peaks.  Both Kyanjin Ri and Tserko Ri offer 360-degree panorama views of the Langtang region.  Taking our sweet time, we snap some photos and sit with smiles on our faces in appreciation of the mountains.  Retracing through the same trail, we descend to Syabrubesi and drive back to Kathmandu.  The sheer beauty of this trek is otherworldly.  The Langtang Valley Trek is more peaceful than most trail in the Annapurna and Everest region, but offers the same pristine landscape and rich cultural heritage.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Langtang Valley Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

Plenty to explore in Kyanjin Gompa, including the monastery and one of Nepal’s oldest Swiss cheese factories, (which you’ll be delighted to sample!)

Several optional day trips, including Langshisa Kharka,Kyanjin Ri(4773m), Tserko Ri(4985m), each offering some of the most superb views in the region

Lush pine, bamboo, and rhododendron forest

Rare wildlife including the red panda, Himalayan tahr, and the Himalayan black bear

Exceptional hospitalityand cultural beauty of the Tamang ethnic group

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420m) by bus, 7-8 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2340m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3480m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 06: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), 4 hours.
  • Day 07: Exploration/Day Hikes around Langtang Valley.
  • Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2340m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 09: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi via Sherpa Gaon, 5-6 hours.
  • Day 10: Drive back from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by bus.
  • Day 11: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. 

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental ,Italian , Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420m) by bus, 7-8 hours.
    In the morning, we take a scenic drive up north to Syabrubesi (about 117km), winding through twists and turns on the bumpy, hilly road. On the way, we pass typical hilly region settlements, enjoying the beautiful landscape along the way. Overnight at a lodge.
  • Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2340m), 5-6 hours.
    After breakfast, we begin our trek to Lama Hotel, following the Langtang Khola. We first descend to cross our first suspension bridge.For those afraid of heights, it may be a little frightening. For others, it’ll be exciting. We arrive to the wooded village of Doman (1680m). Here, the soothing songs of various birds including Lophophorus and Cookoo can be heard. Carrying, we ascend and descend through oak and rhododendron forests. After crossing a bridge over the Langtang Khola, we ascend on a steep trail that leads us to the Lama Hotel. Overnight in a guest house.
  • Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3480m), 5-6 hours.
    The trail leaves Lama Hotel and proceeds further up the hill through lively forests of maples and oaks until we reach a valley that opens to Langtang village. While ascending, we havea clear view of Lirung Mountain. Before arriving at our destination, we also pass through rhododendron and pine forests that lead to Gumanchok(2800m) and Ghora Tabela(2970m) villages, where we can have a rest. Overnight in a guest house.
  • Day 06: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), 4 hours.
    After breakfast, we get our legs moving with a gentle uphill, which slowly becomes steeper as we travel through Sindum and Yamphu (3640m) villages. A little bit after crossing the Laja Khola, we reach a viewpoint from where Kyanjin Gompa and an icefall are seen clearly and magnificently. We make a final descentto Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), which is surrounded by high peaks. Overnight in a guest house.
  • Day 07: Exploration/Day Hikes around Langtang Valley.
    It’s a fun day as we wander around the valley and climb Tserko Ri for some superb views. The day hike, which begins early in the morning, will also help acclimatize to the high altitude. Ourpathgoes through yak pastures and thenmakes a final ascent to Tserko Ri. If we make it to the top early enough, the sunrise view is unforgettable. Also, if you want to go to Langshisa Kharka, Kyanjin Ri, we can do that instead.We’ll arrive back at Kyanjin Gompa by late afternoon, just in time to explore the beautiful monastery andsit in peace with views of the Himalayas. Overnight in a guest house.
  • Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2340m), 6-7 hours.
    Saying goodbye to this beautiful little village, we retrace our steps back to Lama Hotel to get ready for our next ascent. Passing the small, picturesque Tamang villages, we reach Lama Hotel after about 6 hours of trekking. Stopping in one of these quaint Tamang villages for a tea or meal is a must. Their hospitality is inspiring. We carry on and take in any sights that we may have missed on the ascent. Overnight in a guest house.
  • Day 09: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi via Sherpa Gaon, 5-6 hours.
    We walk on the same path back to Syabrubesi. It is an easy, quick day as it mostly comprises of mild descending. We pass through Shera Gaon, stopping for a lunch/snack/tea/whatever you desire and carry on. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
  • Day 10: Drive back from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by bus.
    The scenic drive back to Kathmandu takes about 7-8 hours from Syabrubesi. Time passesquickly while we gaze outside the window at our gorgeous environment – rolling hills, high mountains, and local villages. We arrive in Kathmandu and have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
  • Day 11: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek.

Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.

Government-authorized experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)