LANGTANG VALLEY TREK (7 - 15 DAYS)
A shorter trek through the beautiful Langtang National Park.
Maximum elevation 3870m / 4986m
Accommodation -: Hotel / Tea house
Transportation: Private jeep / car
Start /End point :- Kathmandu / Syabrubesi - Dhunche
Best season: March to May and September to December
Culture: Tamang, Sherpa
This trek passes through the beautiful Langtang National Park. Langtang village was destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake. However the resilient local people have been busy rebuilding, and hotels and tea houses in the village are now open - trekking here provides them much needed support. This is a perfect trek for those who have 10 days to spend and are may’be discovering Nepal for the first time. The people are Buddhist Tamang, a Tibetan style culture, and we will have the opportunity to visit a traditional monastery and other aspects of local life. Spectacular views on this trek include the mountains of Langtang Ri (6370m), Langtang Lirung (7227m), Kim Sung (6780m), Langshisha Ri (6370m) ,Yala Peak (5500m), Baden Powell Peak (5600m), Ganchenpo (6300m), Dorje Lakpa, Sisa Pang La, Gangala Rang, Ganesh Himal Rang and other Tibetan mountains. We travel along the Langtang river crossed with suspension bridges and visit the glacier, high alpine pastures and rhododendron and bamboo forests. It is possible to see Himalayan bears, red panda and monkeys. You will also see traditional mani walls and chorten as well as meeting local people, many who are subsistence farmers.
Note, there is a small micro hydro power station in the valley so a number of the tea houses have electricity but the Lama hotel and Sing Gompa are solar power only.
Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi at 1460m (6-7 hrs)
Day 02 Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel at 2390m (5-6 hrs)
Day 03 Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village at 3400m (6-7hrs)
Day 04 Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa at 3870m (3-4 hrs). After lunch, hiking to visit cheese factory and monastery, overnight.
Day 05 Acclimatisation day hiking to Kyanjin Ri at 4630m or Tsergo-Ri at 4986m and back to Kyanjin Gompa overnight.
Day 06 Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama hotel at 2390m (6-7 hrs)
Day 07 Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru at 2100 metres (6-7 hrs). Or overnight in Syabrubesi and return drive next day to Kathmandu for shorter trek.
Day 08 Trek from Thulo Syabru to Dunche at 2030m (6-7 hrs)
Day 09 Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs)
This is just an example itinerary - there are many options to vary the itinerary and visit other villages of the Langtang valley, including the Gosaikunda Lakes, taking from 7 to 15 days according to the time available.
Day 1 - Kathmandu to Syabrubesi at 1460 m
We leave our hotel early for the drive to the trailhead at Syabrubesi. It is possible to take a bus (the cheaper but slower/less comfortable option) or we can arrange a private or shared jeep transfer (our recommended option), which takes about 5-6 hours . The road is quite good until reaching Trisuli where we take lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, the road is rough, winding and dusty (due to road buildling work in progress), but we are rewarded by great views of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. We enter the Langtang national park near Dhunche and after a few miles further we reach our destination for the night, the village of Syabrbesi on the banks of the Trisuli river. Overnight in lodge.