When it comes to trekking in Nepal, the trekking cost is a major concern for every travelers and trekking enthusiast. The Langtang region is located 19 miles north of Kathmandu. Being so close to Kathmandu, the Langtang trek cost is significantly cheaper than other treks in Nepal.
Langtang Vally Trek takes you through beautiful cultural villages, fantastic jungle trails, and lush green valleys and finally to the lap of the Himalayas.
Before going for the trek, trekkers should first estimate the cost required for the trek. Having a proper budget allocation helps you to trek without any hassles.
An average Langtang Trek cost usually ranges from the US $500 to $1000 which depends on various factors. The total cost of the Langtang trek varies depending upon the services you choose.
Understanding the cost of the trek is a crucial part of the trekking plans. Besides that, you should also know about the best time for Langtang trek, what weather to expect and trekking permits required for the Langtang Trek.
Langtang Trek Cost Breakdown
Here is the detailed breakdown of the cost of each factor that will make up the total Langtang trek cost:
Permit Cost for Langtang Trek
You will require two trekking permits for the Langtang trek. Every trekker must have these trekking permits to trek in the Langtang region.
There are several checkpoints along the trail where you have to show your trekking permits. If you fail to show the permits, you will have to issue the permit at the checkpoint with a charged fine.
The two required Langtang Trek permits are:
TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System)
TIMS card is a compulsion for trekking in Nepal. It is a paper card that holds information about the trekkers and their trekking destination. The cost of the TIMS card depends upon whether you are trekking solo or in groups and the country you come from.
- Cost for TIMS per person:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 600; approximately US $6
- Other Countries: NPR 2000; approximately US $20
- Cost of TIMS for Group:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 300; approximately US $3
- Other Countries: NPR 1000; approximately US $10
Langtang National Park Entry Permit
As the Langtang trek trail lies in the Langtang National Park, you will require the entry permit to enter its premises.
- Cost of Langtang National Park Entry permits per person
- SAARC Countries: NPR 1500 + 13% VAT; totaling NRP 1695, approximately US $17
- Other Countries: NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT, totaling NPR 3,390, approximately US $34
You can get both these trekking permits from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. You can also get it from the trail-head but it will cost you more. To apply for the trekking permits, you will require a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photograph.
Langtang Trek Duration
The Langtang Trek cost highly depends on the total duration of the trek. On average, Langtang trek takes from 8 to 11 days. Depending upon your budget and time convenience, you can decide how long to trek. Long itinerary means the cost of the overall trek increases.
Each extra day will add up to the total Langtang Trekking cost: meals, accommodations, drinks, and so on.
Generally, the duration of the trek depends on what you choose to do and what you want to skip.
There are many side trek that you can add within your itinerary. Some of the famous side trips are majestic Gosaikunda and charming Helambu. Here are some itineraries including the side trips:
If you are short in time to do 11 days Langtang trek then, you can cut the trip down to 7 days. For more details, please check “Langtang Valley Trek 7 Days”
Kathmandu is the place where your journey to the Langtang region begins. If you choose to stay in Kathmandu then, you can find basic lodges to a 5-star hotel for the accommodation. The cost of accommodation has a wide range. It can cost you from the US $5 to $250 for a single night.
Once you get on the trekking trail, you will be staying in teahouses and local lodges for the entire trek. While accommodating in the lower region, you will find a wide variety of accommodation but in the higher regions, the accommodation is pretty basic with a basic room but comfortable and cozy.
Most of the teahouse offer accommodation free of cost if you have the food from the same teahouse. Generally, the cost of the accommodation for the Langtang trek ranges from the US $2 to $5 for a night.
However, the teahouse can charge you more if you don’t have the food there and sometimes may not give you accommodation.
During peak season, the accommodation cost can get up to the US $12 to $15. In addition to that, pre-booking is a must. Failing to do that, you may have to share the rooms with other trekkers.
Food and Drinks Cost
Most of the teahouse along the way serves food for the travelers. The food they serve are healthy, hygienic. You can also get wide varieties of drink in these teahouses.
The cost of the food depends on the altitude. Higher you trek, higher will be the price. It is mainly due to the lack of transportation.
You can get a wide variety of food in most of the teashouses including typical Nepali food, Asian and Continental foods. Both veg and non-veg choices are available in most of the tea houses.
But I recommend you to have Dal Bhat ( a meal of steamed rice, lentils, and stir-fried seasonal vegetables), which is a Nepali staple food. It is healthy, filling and you can ask for a refill as well.
As mentioned earlier, the cost of the food gets more expensive as you trek higher. In the lower regions, a healthy, hot meal will cost around US $2 to $3 per plate while in the higher regions, it can cost around US $4 to $5 for the same meal.
Thus, you can bring your own snacks such as chocolate or granola bars, energy drinks, to cut down your total Langtang trek cost.
Just like the meal, you can choose form wide range of drinks including milk tea, black tea, ginger tea, coffee, bottled water. Yet, the price increases with the altitude gain. For a bottled water, it will you cost you $0.25-$2 in lower regions and around US $3 to $5 in higher altitude.
So, having a purifying tablets or gel can be great way to reduce the cost. You can easily fill the water from the natural sources and purify them with the purifying tabs or gel. Also, keeping yourself hydrated is very important while trekking. So, drink enough water and always keep yourself hydrated.
Transportation Cost for Langtang Trek
Syabrubesi is the starting point of the Langtang trek. It is about 122Km from Kathmandu which usually takes 8 to 9 hours to reach. To get to Syabrubesi, you can choose to travel via differet transportation medium such as local bus, private jeeps or a tourist bus.
Traveling in a public bus is the cheapest way to travel in Nepal. But it can be quite uncomfortable. While if you want to travel comfortably then, private jeeps or tourist buses are the better option. However, the price of private jeeps and tourist buses are very expensive then the public bus. It is due to the facilities they provide.
Cost of Local Buses: US $3 (NPR 300) per person for one way.
Cost of Tourist Buses: US $10 to $15 (NPR 1000 to 1500)
Note: The cost of traveling in a tourist buse depends on the trekking season. Traveling during peak season is more expensive then traveling in a low season.
Cost of Private Jeeps: US $8 to $10 per person (NPR 800 to 1000)
Note: a private jeep can fit upto 7 to 8 person. So, you can share with other people or travel in a group.
Cost of Guide and Porter
Langtang trek can be done with or without a guide. However, if you are a first-time trekker then it is a better choice to hire a guide or a porter.
Finding a right trail in the mountain can be a tough task. Thus, with a guide, they will assist you to navigate through the trail. Along with that, you will get more insight about the the culture of the local people, flora and fauna and everything about the trek.
Also, the guide will help you to arrange for your accommodations and plan your meals. While a porter will carry your luggage on your trail.
- Cost of a guide: US $20-25 per day
- Cost of porter: US $15-18 per day
Furthermore, before hiring the trekking staff, please check their credentials first. Only hire them, if they are a government licensed trekking staffs.
As you may know that, Nepal is famous for handcrafts. The locals of Langtang region make beautiful, handmade products like bags, purses, dried fruits, clothes, sandals which can be a great souveniers for you loved ones.
They can also be great memorabilia of your trekking experience.
Tipping is quite common in the tourism sector. So, it is better to tip the hotels, restaurants, guides and porter for the job well done.
Ways to reduce the overall Trek Cost
Equipment, supplies, and gear
Langtang trek is a moderate difficulty level trek in Nepal. Thus, you don’t require to have fancy gear or mountaineering gear for this trek. You will just require basic trekking gear which are mentioned below.
- Trekking t-shirts, full sleeve shirts, trekking pants, windproof jacket, lightweight rain jacket, undergarments.
- A pair of hiking boots, comfortable sandals, a few pairs of socks.
- Hat, sunglass, gloves.
- Small towel, water bottle, lip care, sunscreen.
- Important documents, camera, cash.
Gears and Supplies
- Trekking pole, map, water purifier, antiseptic cream.
I recommend you not to buy any unwanted gears for this trek. As you may require to hire a porter to carry those gear. This will only add up to the Langtang trek cost.
Instead of buying the gears, you can easily rent them from Thamel, Kathmandu. It can cost you around $1 to $5 per day depending upon the gear.
For more detailed information, please read our article on “Langtang Valley Trek Packing List”
Local meals and drinks
When you are trekking in the mountain, always stick with the local staples. The typical nepali staple food is the Dal – Bhat –tarkari ( a meal of steamed rice, lentils, and stir-fried seasonal vegetables). It is the best food in mountains, it is healthy, filling and you can ask for refill as well.
Also, the local meals are cheap and high in calorie. In addition to that, it is available in every teahouse and it won’t take much time to make it.
Also, local bottled water, Nepali tea is cheaper than branded ones. The local meals and drinks are also great to indulge in the local cuisines.
Tips to Minimize your Langtang Trek Costs
- As the price of snacks and chocolate bar skyrockets in the higher altitude, it is better to bring your own snack to save money.
- Carry a solar power bank with you. Since the teahouse charges money to charge your electronic, it is better to have a powerbank.
- Pack right and carry light. Avoid unnecessary things in your backpack. Make sure it is easy to carry so that you don’t have to hire a porter.
- Carry your own tea bags and only pay for hot water.
- Instead of buying the trekking gear, rent it from Kathmandu. It is much cheaper then buying.
Langtang trek is one of the best trekking destionation in Nepal where you can experience diverse culture, walk through diverse terrains, be in the wilderness with rich biodiversity. Plus, the picturesque views of majestic mountain is like the icing on the cake. And the best thing about the Langtang trek is, it is very affordable as well as reasonable.