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LANGTANG VALLEY TREK-THE ULTIMATE GUIDELINE

‘An adventure of moderate grade to picturesque Langtang Valley’

Langtang Valley Trek is located around Central Himalayas within the Langtang Himal range, between massif Ganesh and Jugal Himal. As well close to some high mountains across the border of Tibet, the closest mountainous region to the capital Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley Trekking is one of the beautiful and picturesque regions surrounded by an array of towering snow-capped peaks.    

The Langtang Valley is Nepal’s third most popular adventure destination among trekkers and adventurers. The Langtang region offers a wide range of exciting areas for all types of adventures. From leisure country and cultural walks to adventurous and adrenaline thrills with ever-present breathtaking views of the giant mountain range.

Langtang Valley Trekking is a wonderful way to enjoy a week-long holiday or for more days. Where one can spend overnights in the comfort of a nice lodge in the harmony of warm traditional hospitality. 

The trek takes you to high hills and a deep river gorge covered in the dense woodland of tall tree lines. A lovely walk amidst enchanting rhododendron, pines, oaks, and fir trees with some bamboo. The forest makes an excellent home for wildlife like the elusive Red Panda, often seen on treks to Langtang valley.

Besides the wonderful scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes, the local culture is equally fascinating and impressive interwoven with Buddhism heritage.

The walk begins on leaving the Syabrubesi village, after an interesting drive from Kathmandu reaching Dhunche town. The headquarters of Rasuwa district, and the entrance of Langtang National Park, the first mountainous park of Nepal.

Established in 1976 enriched with exotic flora and fauna, covers an area of 

1,710 sq.km. The park extends as far as the border of Nepal and Tibet / China in the north. 

Langtang Valley Trekking leads to Lama Hotel and Langtang village then reaches beautiful Langtang valley where lovely Kyanjin is located. 

Kyanjin is a nice settlement at 3,749 m / 12,371 feet high. Situated in the heart of Langtang valley with many good lodges provides a comprehensive delightful food menu.  

A great scenic spot Kyanjin is within beautiful Langtang Valley, enclosed by a series of high ridges and snow-capped peaks.                                            

Kyanjin with various exciting high places to explore around Langtang Valley, most trekkers enjoy the hike up to Tsego-Ri or Kyanjin-Ri. Which is above 4,700 m high, and offers a grand vista of Ghengu Liru or Langtang-II at 6,571 m / 21,560 feet.

Enjoy the closest views of Langtang Lirung 7,425 m / 23,765 feet, Kim Shun 6,745 m / 22,137 feet. Includes Shalbachum 6,918 m / 22, 699 feet in the south direction. Views of Chimsedang ridge with Naya-Kanga peaks 5,846 m or Ganjala Himal with Gangchenpo and Tillman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. 

The view continues towards Jugal Himal in the east with the towering peaks of Dorje Lakpa at 6,966 m. A great wonderful trek to scenic Langtang Valley, where all types of people and age groups can enjoy.

Langtang Valley Trekking Difficulty:

Langtang Valley Trekking difficulty, to enjoy the walk where trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health. The trek to Langtang Valley is not as difficult as it looks, it also depends upon the itinerary days. Choosing a flexible program for Langtang Valley will be an enjoyable adventure holiday for all types of visitors.

Most itinerary with 7 nights and 8 days from Syabrubesi to Syabrubesi starting and ending point of Langtang valley treks. The trek leads to moderate walks with a slight touch of high altitude, but the elevation gains at a gradual pace.

The safe and enjoyable walks, although it involves a few steep climbs up, but taking slow with enough rest. Will overcome the difficulty, as well as having frequent stops to take pictures and enjoy the surrounding views. 

Maximum 6 hours and a minimum of 3-4 hours walks, the longest treks on a return journey from Kyanjin to Lama Hotel. Which is a normal distance of walks around the Himalayas. 

Langtang Valley Trek 10 days:

Langtang Valley Trek Ten Days itinerary will be the best way to enjoy having a few flexible days. It will be much more enjoyable trekking to Langtang Valley, as well to spend more time at Kyanjin around scenic Langtang Valley.

Allows more days to enjoy the wonderful scenery as well as to explore and observe the local culture of immense interest. Langtang valley trek ten days can cover areas of Langtang Himal region, instead of ending at Syabrubesi. 

Trekkers can have an excellent time without walking on the same route on the return trek, from Lama Hotel. One can reach Thulo Syabru and Sing Gompa and then downhill to Dhunche town for the last overnight halt. From Dhunche drive back to Kathmandu after spending 9 nights and 10 days treks on Langtang Valley and beyond. 

Langtang trekking routes:

Various trekking routes depending upon itinerary days, are the most common and straightforward way. Taking a drive from Kathmandu towards Syabrubesi village, the start and end point of Langtang Valley of a week duration. The trek leads to an uphill climb through a lovely forested path entering a river gorge to Lama Hotel. Spending overnight at Lama Hotel, the route leads to a slow climb towards Langtang village for an overnight stop.

From Langtang village a short steep climb and then on a gradual path reaching a wide exposed Langtang valley. Having an overnight halt at Kyanjin a moderate size settlement with many nice lodges. Normally trekkers spend an extra day and overnight exploring its hidden beautiful areas. To get excellent views of the massive Langtang Himal and adjoining mountain range. After a great enjoyable walk downhill back to Syabrubesi village for the last overnight stop, before driving to Kathmandu. 

People with more time can enjoy walking on an alternative route, up to lovely Thulo Syabru and Sing Gompa villages. Allows trekkers to experience more of the Langtang Himal region and the local culture, along with spectacular views of snow peaks.

The trek leads you down to Dhunche town, for the last overnight halt before heading back to Kathmandu. For adventurous trekkers having more time can enjoy the walk to the high Gosainkund holy pond. From Gosainkund crossing a high east Laurabinaya-La or Gosainkunda pass at 4,609 m high. Where walk leads to the Helambu area and then towards the northeastern valley rim of Kathmandu. 

Langtang trek distance:

Langtang Valley trekking distance maximum of 6-7 hours walks and a minimum of 3-4 hours. The longest will be on the return walk from Kyanjin to Lama Hotel. 

However, the total distance is 65 km or 40 miles both ways from Syabrubesi to Syabrubesi. A straightforward walk can complete in six days to and from Syabrubesi and Kyanjin around Langtang Valley. 

The driving distance from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi town-village is 140 k.m. on Pasang Lhamu Highway. Takes about 5-6 hours depending upon the types of vehicles from local buses, private cars, and coaches to four-wheels.

Langtang Valley trek cost:

The cost for Langtang valley entirely depends on the trip packages as well as the minimum and maximum number of trekkers. 

When booked for a single person with a local trekking agency in Kathmandu can cost from US$ 650 to US$ 700. For 7 / 8 days trekking. 

Accompanied by a licensed guide with a porter, includes all necessary permits and national park fees. As well wages and food for guide and porter with accommodation allowance. 

In a group of a minimum of 3-6 people, the cost will be slightly lower from US$ 560 to US$ 675 per person. As the vehicle and guide, the porter’s wages will be shared among the group price.   

For trekkers willing to trek on their own without joining the company and not using a guide or porter. The cost comes down to about US$ 20 -30 per day for meals and accommodation. The extra cost will be obtaining TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) and Langtang National Park entrance fees.

Which comes to about US$ 30 to 40 per person, excluding transportation to and from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi. 

Langtang Valley trek best season:

Nepal has four main seasons namely spring, summer/monsoon autumn/fall, and winter. The best season for Langtang Valley and around all Himalayas is from spring and autumn/fall. 

Spring begins from March to May, a lively time for walks around the hills and valley of Langtang Himal. The day is bright and sunny most of the days, however, can get overcast in the late afternoon. Chances of light showers and snowfall around higher areas from 3,000 m above. Cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time, warm during day time with clear views of mountains.

Springtime is when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron flowers of various species from trees to bushes. The next best season for the Langtang Valley trek is autumn/fall, most days are crystal clear for views and walks.

But cold with freezing temperatures in the morning, late afternoon, and night time as altitude-wise. Can expect snowfall sometimes above 2,500 m above, the autumn season is best but with shorter days due to sunlight hours.

Spring and autumn are the best time for Langtang valley trek, for people who are interested in trek during winter time? Like in December to February during Christmas and New Year holidays can trek to Langtang Valley. The weather will be fine most of the days, however, the days are short as the sunrise is late. 

The sunset is earlier than 5:30 p.m. It will be much colder with freezing temperatures early morning, late afternoon, and nighttime. Can get snowed in sometimes, but still, the day is crystal clear most of the time.

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