Langtang Valley Trek in October: Best Month for Langtang Trek
- Friday July 17, 2020
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek rewards the trekkers with diverse landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the unique Tibetan culture of the Langtang region. During the trek, you will see breathtaking mountains such as Langtang Lirung, Dorze Lakpa Jugal Himal, and other mountain peaks above 6000 meters.
Langtang Valley Trek in October is considered the best time for trekking and experiencing the lush green hills. The mesmerizing view of the Langtang range is just undescribable during October. Although Lantang Trek can be done at any time of the year, the trek during October offers the best experience. Due to its favorable weather and temperature conditions, most trekkers prefer to trek the Langtang Valley in October.
This article will learn about what it is like to trek in October, what difficulties you may face, and many more. So, let’s get started.
Significant Highlights of Langtang Valley Trek in October
- Favorable weather and temperature in the Langtang region during October.
- Crystal clear view of the region.
- Magnificent mountain views of the Langtang range during October.
- Get a chance to participate in major festivals such as Dashain and Tihar during October.
Outline Itinerary of Langtang Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 02: Bus Drive to Syabrubesi (1550 m/5100 ft), 7-8 hrs
Day 03: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2380 m/7830 ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 04: Lama Hotel to Mundu (3543 m/11621 ft) via Langtang village, 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m/ 12697 ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri (5000 m/ 16404 ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Trek down to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin Gompa, 6-7 Hrs
Day 08: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi, 4-5 hrs
Day 09: Bus Drive to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs
Day 10: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Farewell Dinner
Day 11: Transfer to the airport for your departure
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Weather and temperature of Langtang Valley Trek in October
The autumn season in Nepal starts in October, which is also a peak season for trekking. Furthermore, due to its favorable weather and temperature conditions, October is the best time for trekking in the Langtang region. Trekking in October means you will trek under clear skies with warm and stable weather conditions alongside the unobstructed views of the mountains.
There is very little chance of rainfall in the Langtang region in October. Because of that reason, the sky is usually straightforward and offers you the best visibility of the snowy peaks, beautiful hills, serene valleys, and lush green forests. The trails are dry, making it easier to walk past them.
Days are calm with moderate temperatures. The average daytime temperature in the Langtang region ranges from 10 °C to 15 ° C in October. The temperature during night and morning, however, drops significantly. At nighttime, the temperature ranges from –10 °C to -1 ° C. With warm clothing and gear, the cold is adjustable.
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Langtang Valley Trek Difficulties during October
Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate-level trek in Nepal. The trek is much easier than other classical treks, such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. You don’t require any technical skills, mountaineering skills, or previous trekking experiences for this trek. However, it would be easy for you to have some trekking experience.
Since the weather and temperature are stable during October, you may not face any seasonal difficulties during the trek. But that doesn’t mean you won’t face any difficulties. Here are some difficulties you may face during the trek in October.
Difficulty in finding Lodges and Tea-house
Since October is the peak season for the Langtang Valley Trek, thousands of trekkers flood the Langtang region in October. Due to the many trekkers, the teahouse and lodges are packed pretty soon. Thus, finding accommodation can be pretty tricky during the month. So, pre-booking is highly recommended if you are trekking in the Langtang region in October. Sometimes you also have to share your room with another group of trekkers of the same gender.
Altitude is a significant difficulty while trekking in high-altitude regions, regardless of the season. During the trek, you will be trekking from 1550 m at Syabrubesi to 5000 m at Tserko Ri. Due to the substantial altitude variations in ascending and descending trekking trails, you are highly prone to altitude sickness and difficulty walking. Thus, it would help if you were very careful.
Knowing altitude sickness and its symptoms is very important to help yourself and others prevent or overcome it. Here are the symptoms of altitude sickness:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Heart rate increment
- Difficulty in sleeping
To avoid altitude sickness, you must walk slowly and steadily. Don’t trek to rush on the trail. Always keep yourself hydrated. Avoid smoking or alcohol during the trek. That should keep you up and running.
Besides, if you see any symptoms while trekking, immediately informs your guide; if the symptoms get severe, descend to a lower altitude immediately.
The Langtang Valley Trek trail is full of uphills and downhill walks. You will be trekking through a narrow and steep trail during the trek. Along with that, the trekking trail is not well developed yet. So, you may face many difficulties due to the rugged trail on the trek. You may find rocky ways, stone paths, muddy and snowy lands, etc. So preparing well is the best idea for this problem.
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Langtang Valley Trek in October – with or without a Guide
This is the question most people ask while going on Langtang Valley Trek. Should I hire a trekking guide for the trek? Well, it all depends on you and your trekking experience. If you are a beginner and have never done any high-altitude trekking, I recommend hiring a guide, especially if you plan to trek solo in the Langtang Region.
However, this trek is also possible without a guide. If you are trekking in a group, trekking without a guide may not be a big problem. The trek follows the Langtang river throughout the trails, so you may not have a chance to take the wrong turn to Langtang.
So, it is up to you and your budget for the trek. If you’re a reasonable budget to hire a guide, get one. It is always better to have a guide if you want an easy and comfortable trek.
Food and Accommodation during Langtang Trek in October
Langtang Trek is one of the famous teahouse treks in Nepal. Many teahouses and lodges along the trail provide food and accommodation to the trekkers. The teahouses and lodges are pretty basic, with basic facilities such as bedrooms, attached bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, charging facilities, etc.
The rooms provided by the teahouses come on twin bed-sharing, and some of the teahouses may not have the facility of attached bathrooms. As you trek to Syabrubeshi, the accommodation is relatively standard with proper facilities. But the service becomes very minimal as you trek to the higher altitude.
As October is the peak season for trekking, remember to book your accommodation as early as possible to avoid sharing rooms and other related difficulties.
You don’t have to worry about the food as every teahouse and lodge provides food and is open in October. The food is very fresh, healthy, and delicious. The most common foods these teahouses provide are local Nepali food, Dal Bhat. It comes with rice, vegetable curry, meat, pickle, and even curd as a dessert.
You will be served tea, coffee, boiled eggs, bread, and pancakes for breakfast. You can find international cuisine such as pizza, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, noodles, etc. You can also find varieties in your drinks, from soft drinks to alcoholic drinks.
Tips for Langtang Trek in October
Proper Physical exercises
Before heading trekking, you must prepare your body by doing physical exercises. Some physical exercises, such as swimming, walking, cycling, etc., will help you prepare for the trek. You can also train your body by taking a day hike before the trek. This will give you an idea of how your body reacts to 5 to 6 hours of continuous walking. You have to prepare yourself physically as well as mentally before your trek.
Packing right is key to a successful trek. You should pack all the necessary items for the trek and avoid the unnecessary items in your backpack. Carrying unnecessary gear will add a burden, and walking with a heavy backpack is tough. So, pack right and pack light.
Since the temperature during October is relatively moderate, you don’t need to pack thick and bulky clothing for the trek. However, the nighttime temperature can go below the freezing point. So, carry light clothes for the day and warm clothes for the night. Be free to pack your clothes into three layers: The inner layer, the insulation layer, and the outermost layer. Also, carry sleeping bags and a liner, which is crucial for the trip.
You must be careful about your walking pace while trekking in high-altitude regions. When trekking to Langtang, you must walk slowly and steadily. Don’t try to rush as it may cause some minor accidents, and you will be at higher risk of altitude sickness. So it is always better to stroll.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated is a crucial part of trekking. While trekking in the high-altitude region, your body gets dehydrated very quickly. And dehydration is one of the significant reasons for altitude sickness. So, carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water during the trek.
Packaging List for Langtang Valley Trek in October
- Passport size photo
- Copy of Citizenship, Passport
- Trekking permit
- Copy of Travel Insurance
- Valid Passport
- Copy of Valid Visa Document
- Hat and Headscarf
- Trekking T-shirt
- Waterproof Jackets
- Down Jacket
- Wind Stopper Jacket
- Breathable Underwear
- Scarf or Muffler
- Hiking Trouser
- Woolen trouser
- Trekking Pants
- Inner Socks
- Thick Socks
- Trekking socks
- Hiking Boots
- Ankle Support
- Hiking Sandals
- Sport shoes
Extra Materials for Your Trekking
- Sleeping bag
- The liner of a sleeping bag
- Traveling bag
- Large bag for the safety of bag pack
- Trail maps or Guide books
- Pen and notes
- Travel Charger and power banks
- Camera, Memory card, and extra battery
- Mobile phone and earphones
- Energy bars
- Water bottles
- Toilet papers
- Trekking poles
- Headlamps with Batteries
Medical Materials for You
- First Aid kit
- Water purification tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, and anti-headache tablets for better health
- Some stripes of antiseptic tapes, first-aid tapes
- Some cold and cough medicine
- Hand washing
- Some tissue paper
- Wet wipes
- Hand Sanitizers
- A high-SPF sunscreen
- Lip balm
- Hand Moisturizer
For more information, please read our blog, “Packing list for Langtang Valley Trek.”
Langtang is a region that is rich in biodiversity and culture. During the trek in October, you will walk through the alpine forest covered with rhododendrons. October provides suitable weather and climatic condition for Langtang treks, so you do not have to worry about the unfavorable weather condition of Langtang October.
Furthermore, if you have more questions regarding this trek or any other treks in Nepal, please contact us.