Langtang Valley Trek offers a majestic view of mountains with panoramic landscapes. It is top 3 most visited trekking destinations in Nepal alongside Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Basically, this trek is exciting with picturesque views of the beautiful village that lies within the Langtang National Park. Langtang is the best vacation spot for regular and novice trekkers, and I am sure it will be your unforgettable lifetime experience.
Langtang Valley is a hidden gem with a wild rural landscape, and most of the people follow the Tibetan Culture. Moreover, in a peak season, you can get spectacular views of pine forest, rhododendron, snow-capped mountains, magnificent glaciers, etc.
Furthermore, this will be a very long and ultimate guide about Langtang Valley Trek, so if you want to know about specific things about Langtang trekking, then you can follow the quick navigation.
Langtang Valley Trek Highlights
- Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi viewing the beautiful landscapes.
- Unspoiled National Park of Nepal: Langtang National Park lies between the Nepal-China (Tibet) border.
- Learn more about Tibetan Buddhist culture.
- Experience Extended diversity of flora and fauna.
- The best place to view: Dorje Lakpa (6,990 m), Langtang -II (7,227 m), and Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), Ganesh Himal(7,429 m), etc
- Enjoy the typical Tamang Village & Community.
- Chance to climb Chorko-Ri.
- Walking through unimaginable Rhododendron forest.
Langtang Trekking Overview
Langtang Valley Trekking is the nearest region from Kathmandu for trekking located on the north side in Nepal. It is a classic and pleasing trek that lies in between Nepal and China (Tibet) border. Langtang valley is also named as the “Valley of glaciers.”
|Max Elevation||4,984 meters (Tserko Ri)|
|Best Season||March - May & September - November|
|Transportation||Local Bus/Private Jeep|
|Cost||Starts from $600|
|Group Size||Minimum 2 Person|
The popular international news website The New York Times has listed Langtang Valley as the top 52 places to visit in the year 2017. I have snapped some Langtang valley trek reviews from New York Times Travel Facebook Page.
The trek begins from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. The distance between the capital city and Syabrubesi is roughly 122 km. It takes around 9-10 hours by Public bus and 8-9 hours by Jeep.
It is almost impossible to trek from Kathmandu on foot. But the hiking starts from Syabrubesi, Dhunche on foot.
By Private Jeep
Hiring a Private Jeep is expensive than a public vehicle. But, if you are traveling Nepal through Travel Agency, then you don’t have to worry about it.
For faster service, you can instead hire private transport than going through a public bus. It will be more comfortable, and you will reach Dhunche a bit quicker. 6-7 seated Private Jeep Service costs around $150 for a one-way drive.
By Public Bus
Public Bus is much cheaper than hiring a jeep, and it will cost you around $7 – $8 per person. The bus service is available at Macha Pokhari, Kathmandu. The road condition of Pasang Lhamo Highway is okay, but you can feel scary in some areas.
Permits are generally needed mainly for entry and exit as permission for trekking routes. Be sure to get one from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) at Kathmandu. Don’t forget to carry your Passport and Photos
Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) is a card that you get as a permit. These permits must be shown at checkpoints in different places. The TIMS Card for Langtang Trek is a record that helps trekkers in case of an earthquake, extreme weather, and for finding lost trekkers.
For independent trekkers, it cost around Rs. 2000 ($20) and for group trekkers with a guide, it cost around Rs. 1000 ($10). But if you are traveling through Travel Agency, then they will manage TIMS Card for you.
Langtang National Park Fee
The entrance to Langtang National Park will cost you around Rs 3000(~$30). You need to ask this permit at Tourism Board Kathmandu, or you can get from the Dhunche (Starting point of Langtang Valley Trekking)
Langtang Valley Trekking Itinerary
If you are searching for a good itinerary about Langtang, then this is new itinerary routes after the earthquake in 2015. This is just an outline itinerary of Langtang. Find the days, hours, heights, and different places in Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary.
|1||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (6-7 hrs)||1,460 m|
|2||Trek from Syabrubesi to Sherpa Gaon (5-6 hrs)||2,563 m|
|3||Trek from Sherpa Gaon to Langtang Village (5-6 hrs)||3,430 m|
|4||Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3-4 hrs)||3,830 m|
|5||Acclimatization Day: Hike to Tserko-Ri (7-8 hrs)||4,984 m|
|6||Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (6-7 hrs)||2,470 m|
|7||Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi (5-6 hrs)||1,460 m|
|8||Drive from Shyafru Besi to Kathmandu (5-6 hrs)||1,345 m|
The level of the trek starts from easy, and furthermore, you get more challenge, and the journey will reach a moderate difficulty as the height rises. Normally, Pro trekkers want to finish the trek quickly, but for the novice trekkers, they need to acclimatize with the surrounding. So, it may take more than a week to complete the full trek.
Langtang Valley Trek Weather
Weather is one of the critical factors to look after before traveling anywhere. When you land at Kathmandu (1400 meters), you may find a different climate, and it varies as the elevation changes.
Best time to Trek Langtang
The best season for trekking in Nepal is during Spring and Autumn Season. The sky is clear, and the weather is pleasant for walking, and you will absolutely love nature. But due to global warming, there may be a slight difference in climatic seasons.
Nepal has its own six climatic seasons. We called Season as Ritu, and namely, they are Basanta, Grishma, Barsha, Sharad, Hemanta, and, Shishir Ritu.
January – February
Generally, Winter Season starts from Mid January so the weather will be cold and the mountain areas will have heavy snowfall which leads to extreme freezing temperature. This is not the best time of the year for trekking.
March – April
If you want to enjoy the Langtang valley trek, then this is the perfect time to pack your bag for trekking. The weather is almost pleasant, and you can see the picturesque views of Langtang II and Langtang Lirung.
May – June
The two months of the year, May and June are also good months for trekking. Generally, you can enjoy the Langtang Trek before it started to rain. So, we recommend you to plan your holiday at this month.
July – August
These two months are the months of rainfall. It is also not the best time to visit Langtang, and it is much risky to go for trekking since the trekking route is dangerous to walk in and you may waste your time.
September – October
As the Autumn season also known as Sharad Ritu lies between Mid-September to Mid-November so this is the perfect season for Langtang Valley Trek. In this season you can find travelers everywhere.
As this is a peak season and, generally at peak season, hotels, teahouses will be full, and it may be difficult to find accommodation. This season is also a season of Nepalese Biggest Festival “Dashain and Tihar.”
November – December
The pre-winter season starts in Mid-November, and we called it as Hemanta Ritu in Nepali. It is complicated to trek to the Langtang region. Usually, the weather at a higher elevation is harsh, and due to global warming, the weather is unpredictable.
Related: Best Season to Visit Nepal
Food at Langtang
For meals, you can get different delicious items. As always you are far away from your home, therefore, don’t expect the food to be of your choice instead adjust with the items in the guesthouse.
At Langtang Route, you can get tea, juice, toast, pancake, egg, potatoes, mo: mo, etc. for breakfast. The cost of breakfast at this route starts with $2-$3. Higher the elevation the price may increase up to $4-$5.
Lunch and Dinner
For lunch and dinner, the best food to eat is “Dal Bhat” that provides you with lots of calories and proteins. There is saying about it, “Dal Bhat Power 24 Hours“. You can also find several items beside it like salad, pickle, etc. The price for lunch and dinner is around $4-$5 and may go up at the top.
Water is yet another most essentials things to consider while trekking around the Himalayan region. Most of the trekkers neglect this thing, but it is good to carry an extra bottle with you to avoid spending an additional amount. You can always refill a bottle of water at hotels for free or for a lesser amount.
If you want to buy a bottle of water, then it may cost you from $1.5 at a lower elevation to $3.5 at a higher elevation. And also, don’t forget to drink hot water at the stop to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Langtang Valley is a much-loved destination, and you can find plenty of tea houses and hotels for accommodation. Don’t expect the guesthouse to be luxurious, but there will be enough clothes to keep you warm.
You can find a clean room, decent beds, and toilets, which will be kind enough to stay at teahouses. In a peak season, you may have to adjust with the beds and clothes. It is best to contact your travel agency to book excellent accommodation out there.
Langtang Circuit Trekking Route Map
You can find the Langtang Circuit Trekking Route Map that covers the whole valley and basically, the journey starts from Kathmandu. The highest point you will see is Langtang II and Langtang Lirung.
Langtang Trek Altitude Graph Map
There are many itineraries, and according to that, there may be different Langtang Valley Trekking Altitude Graph Map, but here we are going to list the graph according to our above itinerary.
You can find several videos on YouTube about Langtang Valley Trekking. Here is the video about “Trek to Beautiful Langtang Kyanjin Gompa Valley.” Enjoy this fantastic video about Lang Tang.
Langtang Trekking Map
If you are searching for a hardcopy trekking map of Langtang, then you can easily find it at Kathmandu.
There are numerous shops where you can browse different trekking routes map. Maps are essential things you need to carry while trekking. Also, you can find the Langtang Geographic map at Amazon.
Famous Langtang Trekking Route
There are other famous Langtang trekking routes you can explore while you are here in Nepal. This includes Helambu, Gosaikunda, Tamang Heritage Trail. You can trek this individual place or you can go for joint Helambu, Gosaikunda, and Tamang Heritage Trekking
1. Helambu Valley Trekking
Helambu region is a great and nearby place to visit from Kathmandu for a short trek. This place remains unspoiled despite being close to the Capital City. Helambu Trek is a glorious opportunity to explore the culture and tradition of the Sherpa community.
At peak season, you will get to see Rhododendron Forest, Snow-Capped Mountains, Waterfalls, Bamboo Forest, etc. The trek to Helambu starts from Sundarijal located at the eastern end of Kathmandu.
|Helambu Short Trek Facts|
|Trip Duration:||6 Days|
|Best Season:||March-May & September-December|
Helambu Trek Highlights
- Explore Buddhist Monastery.
- A glimpse of Snow-capped Mountains.
- Sunrise and Sunset over Mountains.
- Pass through dense rhododendron forest.
- Find unique Sherpa Culture and Lifestyle.
2. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Langtang Gosaikunda is an easy trek which is best for a picturesque view of mountains and famous for Gosaikunda Lake. Starting from Dhunche to Syabru Besi, Gosaikunda can be reached within 3-4 days.
This sacred lake is one of the holiest lakes famous among Hindus and Buddhists. Thousands of domestic and international travelers visit Gosaikunda lake every year.
|Gosaikunda Short Trek Facts|
|Trip Duration:||5 Days|
|Best Season:||March-April & September-November|
Gosaikunda Trek Highlights
- Beautiful Mountains Ranges.
- Gosaikunda Lake: one of the holiest lakes.
- Astonishing evergreen forest and landscapes.
- Flora and Fauna.
- Explore Lake like Nagkunda, Suryakunda, Saraswatikunda, and, Bhairabkunda.
3. Tamang Heritage Trail
Tamang Heritage Trail is an easily accessible trek from Kathmandu Valley. You will find beautiful Tamang village and tourism to this area has helped to uplift the lifestyle of the people.
Tamang Heritage is a moderate difficulty trek, and after the earthquake, the route was closed. But now, the route is re-opened and also hire a local guide to explore more about this heritage trail.
|Tamang Heritage Trail Facts|
|Trip Duration:||7 Days|
|Best Season:||March-May & September-December|
Tamang Heritage Trail Highlights
- Explore traditional houses.
- Culture and Lifestyle of Tamang and Sherpas Community.
- View the highest point Nagthali Pass (3,165 meters).
- View snow-capped mountains Ganesh Himal (7,429 meters), Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters).
This is the most crucial section of this guide. Gears are vital aspects if you are going for short or long trekking. Sometimes backpacking is difficult if you are unfamiliar with the weather condition of the particular place.
Actually, You don’t have to carry all the trekking gear from your home town. You can find hundreds of trekking shops at Kathmandu. The shop generally sells or rents the gear items at a low price. But bring the basic stuff like a hiking boot, Trekking Bag, etc. from your country. Trekking Shop at Kathmandu commonly rent gloves, jacket, Sleeping Bags, etc.
Hiring a Guide and a Porter
Most of the people love to go hiking or trekking with a guide and a porter. A porter helps to carry your goods so that it will be easier for longer hiking at a higher altitude. Generally, Guide helps to make you more comfortable in a newer place.
Make sure that your travel agency is registered in the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). Besides that, you also need to make sure that your agency has a certified guide.
Langtang Trekking for Female Travelers
Nepal is safe for both male and female travelers. For female trekkers, you need to be extra careful while exploring the different places. Sometimes, it will be different situations as every country has its own culture, languages, and lifestyle. So always respect it and be sure you follow them.
Always be careful about the dress code while in Nepal. Also, don’t forget to hire a guide and never go outside alone in evening time. Additionally, if you feel uncomfortable with a male guide, then you can hire a female guide too in Nepal.
Related: A Guide for Female Travelers
Langtang Valley Trek Without Guide
It is always true that you need to hire a guide and porter to be safe while trekking the Langtang region. Moreover, if you don’t have any prior experience before about solo trekking, then this trek might be much challenging.
Actually, Solo traveling means gaining more experience and knowing the place better. Although, It is best to hire a guide with a porter so that they can carry your luggage and make your trekking much fun.
But, if you are thinking of trekking Langtang without a guide, then be sure about everything, including routes, weather, hotels, and other things. Then, it is good to explore the Langtang Trek independently starting from the capital city, Kathmandu.
Moreover, most of the travelers don’t know the Nepali language, but if you have a little bit of experience with it, then it will be much easier. Though, most of the people here at hotels can understand the standard English Language.
Also Read: Why You Should Travel Alone?
Langtang after Earthquake
As in the year 2015, Nepal was hit by the devasting 7.8 Magnitude earthquake. Among various affected areas, Langtang was one of them and here home, and the lives of people were deeply affected.
The earthquake hit some parts of this trekking route and moreover, teahouse and guesthouses were destroyed. The avalanche buried the entire village. Therefore, the trekking route was closed for a long time.
But, now the Nepal Government has reopened this route for trekking. Presently, Lives of People at Langtang has recovered from the earthquake. The route is good, and you don’t have to worry about it. Also, you can contribute economically to revive the life of the local people.
Nepal Trekking Insurance
While traveling any parts of the world, insurance is must because no one knows the future. It is essential to have insurance while trekking and traveling to Nepal. Mostly insurance is necessary when you are going for hiking, trekking, climbing, or an expedition.
Is it necessary to have travel insurance while visiting Nepal?
Travel insurance is one of the crucial things while traveling. Nepal is best for hiking and trekking as you can find various routes with easy to hard difficulty levels. So, if you are unfamiliar with hiking and trekking, then we advise going for insurance.
There are different types of insurance policies, and you can take benefits from it. So if you are a solo traveler, then you can go for personal insurance. Also, if you are a group of travelers, then you can also go for bulk too.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many attractive places in Nepal for trekking. Some of the popular trekking destinations are Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp. Besides, these Langtang Valley Trek is another popular trekking destination in Nepal. It is the magical and unspoiled treks of Nepal.
Normally, if you have less time, then you can go for a 7 days trekking, but if you are searching for an extended version, then you can go for 20-22 days trekking.
Basically yes, you can go Langtang trekking without a guide. As said by a local guide, the level of this route starts from Easy to Moderate. So, it is possible without any guide. But we recommend you to hire a guide for safekeeping.
After the devasting earthquake in 2015, the route was closed by Nepal Government, but now the route has been completely changed and re-opened for trekking moreover, it is much safer for trekking.
It depends upon the trekking days and the travel agency itself. Actually, there are lots of factors behind the cost. The estimated cost for the Langtang Valley Trek is between $600-$900.
Trekking Levels are generally graded in 4 parts: Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous. The Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate difficulty trek. Most of the trekkers can finish the Langtang route easily.
The average walk time is around 5-6 hours a day. So, be prepared mentally and make yourself stronger physically to finish the Lang tang Trek.
Yes, you need Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card which must be issued from the Tourism Board. TIMS card must be presented at the entry point at Langtang Gateway.
Actually, the range of this trek is moderate. So, there is a low chance of getting altitude sickness, but be sure to take precautions while advancing to a higher altitude.
For electricity, solar panel powers the village, you get an opportunity to charge your camera battery or cellphone, but you have to pay extra charge around $1-$3 per hour.
But be sure to carry a portable power bank during the trek to charge up small devices like phones. Also, you can use portable led USB light using a power bank that comes to handy during the journey.
There are WiFi services available in different guesthouses. He also said that there is around 90% area where you can use WiFi.
Usually, in Langtang Areas, it is difficult to find an ATM lounge. You can use ATM and Credit Card at Capital City, Kathmandu. It is the best idea to take cash with you if you are exploring rural areas.
Basically, the Travel Agency will arrange a local guide and porter for the whole trek to make your trekking fun and colorful.
We almost have mentioned all the details like the best time to visit, routes, itinerary, Price, Altitude Graph, Trekking Map, etc. So I hope you liked our ultimate guide to Langtang Valley Trek.
If you have a long holiday to spend in Nepal, then you can go for an extended Langtang tour but if you have short vacations then keeping the itineraries tight you can go for 7 days trekking.
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