|Package name||Langtang Valley Trek|
|Max. elevation||4984M m|
|Transportation||<p> All ground transportation </p>|
Star hotel in Kathmandu and best available lodge during the trek
|Cost||USD 690 per person|
When it comes to trekking in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is familiar among international travelers. However, this Himalayan country offers a plethora of destinations unique in its own way, incorporating diverse geographical and cultural features that entice travelers and tourists from around the globe.
Langtang valley trekking explores the spectacular Himalayan region in the northern side of Kathmandu city of central Nepal, where jaw-dropping mountain vistas surround all around the trip. After a drive 8-9 hours of drive to the northern side of Kathmandu, the trip starts from Syafru Besi, a hilly town near Dhunche of Rasuwa district. This hiking trail excurses into the unspoiled territory of Langtang National Park, passing through local hamlets inhabited by a majority of Tamang ethnic people.
The trail goes along the shaded forest of rhododendron, pine, junipers, and other types of vegetation including alpine meadows making walks more ecstatic. Some species of wild animals can be encountered such as wild boar, deer, and monkeys. Furthermore, the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal houses rare and endangered species like Red Panda and Snow Leopard but is difficult to have a glimpse of them for their shy nature.
The Langtang valley trek is culturally enriched as Himalayan Buddhism is prevalent in the region, where one can explore Tamang culture. The entirety of the trail is decorated with vivid prayer flags, stupas, gompas, Mani walls, Chhortens, and other Buddhist cultural heritages. The famous Tamang Heritage Trail is located in the region and is ideal for travelers seeking to explore the rural ethnic lifestyle.
This off-beat trekking trip to Kyanjin Gompa extends to Kyanjin RI (4773m) and Tserko Ri (4984m), where trekkers can spectate intriguing views of snowclad mountain peaks including Langtang Lirung(7234 m), Yala Peak(5700m), and other snowclad mountain peaks in the territory.
Langtang National Park:
Established in 1976, this Himalayan national park is the first of its kind in Nepal, covering an area of 1710 square kilometers in Rasuwa, Nuwakot, and Sindhupalchowk districts. With the highest elevation of 7245m at the peak of Langtang Lirung, the Park houses diverse ecosystems ranging from green tropical forests, alpine grasslands to icy glacial regions.
Major species of vegetation include Fir, Rhododendron, Birch, Chirpine, and Nepalese Alder whereas Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Black bear, wild dogs, Ghoral along with 250 species of birds inhabit this park. Moreover, rare and endangered species of Red Panda and Snow Leopard are native in this protected area however catching a glimpse of these nocturnal species is uncommon.
Gosaikunda Lake elevated at an altitude of 4300 m is a major tourist and pilgrimage destination, visited by thousands of visitors every year. Besides, Paanch Pokhari (Five lakes) also serves as a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Trishuli and Bhote Koshi Rivers act as boundaries, with several smaller river systems flowing through the region.
Popular trekking trails like Langtang valley, Tamang Heritage Trail, and Gosaikunda Helambu trail lie in the national park. Besides, high mountain passes like Ganja La (5120m) and Lauribina La (4600m) are famous among trekkers seeking remote destinations. However, these passes require proper camping equipment along with food, guides, and porters as the facilities of food and accommodation are unavailable in the higher remote regions.
Langtang Valley Trek Route:This pristine adventure trip starts from Syafru Besi after a bumpy drive from Kathmandu, along with the Langtang River into the green lush forests enriched with diverse vegetation. After some pleasant hike, the trail ascends gradually to Lama Hotel on the stone steps for overnight rest amidst the densely forested area.
The next day, the route ascends gradually to Ghoda Tabela, and the tree lines start to fade. Then it passes through the alpine yak pastures, traversing through serene topography via Langtang village and the ruins of the 2015 avalanche to reach Mundu.
From Mundu, the trail starts to get easier with the excellent views of mountain vistas in the valley. During the hike, Mani walls, Chhortens, prayer wheels, and flags signifying the Himalayan Tibetan Buddhism are all along. On reaching Kyanjin Gumba, one can visit the local monastery and then hike to Kyanjin Ri for the view of sunset in the Himalayas.
The next day early in the morning, the hardest and tiring section of the trek to Tserko Ri (4984m) offers a great challenge with high rewards. The journey requires you to prepare food for lunch, snacks, and water as the region is truly remote and no food and accommodation facilities are available beyond Kyanjin Gumba. However, after a long and tiresome hike to the peak, the best view of the Langtang Himalayan range awaits.
After experiencing a memorable holiday trip in the region, the journey retraces back to Kyanjin Gumba overnight followed by a downhill hike on the same trail back to Syafru Besi. On the last evening of the trekking trip, one can enjoy a warm bath at the nearby hot spring which will help to relax the strained muscles.
You can check the equipment necessary for a trekking trip in Nepal Himalayas recommended by Vertex holiday here. You are obliged to pack your luggage considering the weight limit which may include warm clothes, sun gears, rain gears, and other essential gears including crampons. A porter is assigned to carry the luggage of two clients which should not exceed 14 kilograms each. For your day pack a water bottle, snacks, personal essentials including toiletries and medications.
The spring season (Mid-March to Early June) offers a mesmerizing hiking experience, as the wildflowers are in full bloom. The temperature varies from 10 to 27 degrees centigrade approximately depending on the altitude range. Some scattered clouds and rainfall can be expected during the nights.
Whereas during the autumn season (Late August to early November), the days are shorter with clear and sunny days. During this time period, some wildflowers are in bloom as if it were the second spring season. The temperature variations are 5 to 22 degrees centigrade, with colder nights. Some scattered clouds are possible during the evenings and in early mornings dew as a result of low precipitation is imminent.
During the monsoon season (June – August) the rainfall is imminent, with average rainfall ranging from 25 to 35 mm. The temperature ranges from 17 to 30 degrees centigrade with high humidity. Trekking during this season is open for travelers if they love to hike in the rain.
In the winter season (Late November to February) the Langtang valley trek is ideal for travelers who love to hike during the snow. The temperature varies from 3 to 14 degrees centigrade on average, whereas the nights are colder with temperatures dropping -5 degrees centigrade.
Moreover, the region is open for travelers and tourists throughout the year, targeting people with different preferences. However, one must be adaptive for anything that may arise during the trekking trip.
However, if you are thinking about hiking on your own then a TIMS card can be obtained from Trekking Agencies Association Nepal (TAAN) office located in Kathmandu. Whereas, a National Park Entry permit can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board Office. The fees collected for permits are utilized in the preservation, maintenance of the trekking trails and the environment along with the salaries for the employees of the particular organizations.
Langtang valley Trek Food & Accommodation:
Food facilities are mostly Nepali Dal Bhat, including some Indian and continental menus. Besides, local ethnic dishes are also available which are of Tibetan origin: such as bread, noodles, and dumplings. In the Kyanjin Gumba, you can taste the local Yak cheese produced in the local dairy.
Langtang valley trek Challenges:
This off-beat trekking trail is underrated and with lesser traffic of tourists despite its alpine beauty. The probability of Acute Mountain Sickness is minimal as the altitude gain is optimized considering these types of hazards. However, the weather and climatic conditions in the mountains are always unpredictable thus precautionary measures should be taken care of.
The chances of sudden rainfalls, landslides, avalanches cannot be denied. Thus, all-inclusive travel and medical insurance is mandatory which will be beneficial for any sort of emergency evacuation to a safe place, which might require the fastest means of transportation; Helicopter services. For more information regarding Insurance, please visit here.
As the most beautiful parts of this region are rough and receive a significant amount of snowfall, the probability of avalanche is imminent in some parts of the trail. Such a disaster struck in 2015 after the devastating earthquake, leading to the loss of life and property. It is however recovering from the tragedy, rebuilding the accommodation and other infrastructures.
Thus, one can visit the Langtang valley in order to support the local economy. Besides, during the high tourist season, the accommodation must be confirmed before the trip departure date so that you need not worry about not finding a place to sleep.
Langtang valley Trekking cost:
The costs for trekking in the Valley depend on various situations, including the kind of itinerary and the services one seeks. If you are seeking a luxury itinerary for a trekking trip, then the costs are certainly going to be higher than the ordinary one.
Besides, the costs can vary depending on the food, transportation, and the number of people in the group. If you are a solo traveler then the costs per person are higher compared to a group. The costs for permits and entry fees will not vary and will be declared by the Government of Nepal.
If you have further queries regarding this trekking trip and other popular vacation destinations in Nepal, feel free to contact us via the inquiry section. Vertex Holiday's Langtang Valley trek itinerary can be customized as per the clients' requirements for a wonderful trekking holiday in Nepal.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel. After getting refreshed, a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with dinner with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, we drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubesi. It takes about 6-7 hours. Most of the drive is on graveled off-road. Following the Trishuli river, the winding road goes through various villages and rice fields. The view of the near-distant hills and mountains makes this journey memorable. Syaprubesi is the starting point of Langtang Valley Trekking Overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast the trek begins following the Langtang river, crossing the suspension bridge, and hiking through the lush forest of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. Even though the National Park houses rare and endangered species of Red Panda, due to their nocturnal nature, it is difficult to encounter them. We might see some animals like deer, rhesus monkeys, and others. The trekking trail ascends slightly then we reach Lama Hotel. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we follow this scenic trail, passing some of the tiny ethnic communities. Houses are mostly made of stones. From Ghoda Tabela, we get surprising sceneries of the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the houses.
Various Chhortens and Mani walls are placed in the memories of people who have passed away. The Himalayan view of Langtang, Nayakang, and others make today's journey exciting. Overnight at lodge.
Our trek follows on a slightly inclined trail, which is most pleasant. The mountains on either side of the trail add serenity to the prayer flags, Mani walls, and Chhortens. The view of the Langtang range of the Himalayas will not let you feel tired.
Once we reach Kyanjin Gompa, we can explore the Buddhist monastery and around the village. If you are looking for more adventure for the day we can hike to Kyanjing Ri (4773m), a wonderful viewpoint to witness the beautiful Langtang mountain ranges. Overnight at Lodge.
Today's trek is the hardest of all, however, the best view of the trek awaits. We start early in the morning with pack lunch, water, and other essential items. We hike through yak grazing pastures before ascending to Tserko Ri.
The ascend is tough as we will have to walk through a rocky trail at the beginning and then walk on snow. Once we reach the top then you will be able to forget all the hard parts of the hike. After spending some time, we follow the trail back to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, our trek retraces back to the Lama Hotel. Enjoying the Himalayan views and lush forest, we descend gradually and arrive at Lama Hotel. Enjoy the hospitality once again in this place. Overnight at lodge.
We continue after breakfast to Syaprubesi following the bank of the Langtang Khola River. The gentle trail leads us gradually to this ending point. Arriving early, you have plenty of time to explore the town. You might even want to take a warm bath at the hot spring nearby. Overnight at lodge.
Having breakfast, we drive from Syaprubesi to Kathmandu. Passing half of the road drive through the off-road, we have another half of the road pitched. Arriving at Kathmandu, you will be assisted to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday, our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
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