Langtang Valley Trek Without A Guide: Solo Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek is the closest trekking destination from Kathmandu. Located just 62 KM north of Kathmandu, Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek offers the beauty of nature, a pinch of Tibetan culture and a glimpse of the local lifestyle. The Langtang region is enriched with scenic mountain view, diverse flora and fauna, rich wildlife and unique cultural diversity.
Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate level trek and it is suitable for all kinds of a trekker from beginner to experienced treks of all ages. You can either do the trek solo or hire a local trekking guide for the trek. However, Trekking to Langtang Valley without a guide can be a bit challenging but it is doable without a guide.
Although hiring a trekking guide makes the trek much easier and comfortable, trekking independently without a guide will give you the experience of a lifetime. Trekking solo means you will not have to walk according to other’s instruction. You can enjoy the beauty of the Langtang region to the fullest according to your own time and schedule. Along with that, Langtang Valley Solo Trek will also save you some money as you won’t have to hire any guides or porter for the trek. So, if you are a budget-traveller, then Langtang Trek without a guide is a good option.
But, you need to be fully prepared before you start your trek. Trekking solo in the mountainous region is not an easy task. You may face many difficulties on the trek when you are trekking solo. So, prepare yourself physically as well as mentally to avoid the Langtang Trek difficulties.
Besides that, Trekking solo means you need to do all the paperwork regarding the permits, plan the itinerary, manage the food and accommodation for yourself and so on. So, start packing your bags today and join us at Peregrine Treks. Our counsellors will provide you with enough knowledge for Langtang Valley Trek without a guide.
How to get the trekking permits for Langtang Valley Trek without a guide?
For the Langtang Valley Trek, you will need two trekking permits to trek in the Langtang region. Since you will be trekking alone, you need to get the trekking permits by yourself.
So, you must know what permits do you require, where to get the permits, what is its cost and document you require to obtain the Langtang Trekking permits.
Langtang Trek permits and their cost
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card
- Green TIMS Card: for individual trekkers, costs NPR 2000; approximately US $20
- Blue TIMS Card: for group trekkers, costs NPR 1000; approximately US $10
- Pink TIMS Card: for SAARC country citizens, NPR 600; approximately US $6 (if you are Free Individual Traveler (FIT)) and NPR 300; approximately US $3 ( If you are travelling in a group)
Cost of Langtang National Park Entry permit 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
Where to get the Langtang Valley Trekking permits?
If you are in Kathmandu then you can get the permits from Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu. You can also purchase the national park entry permits at the entry point in Dhunche.
Required Documents to apply for the permits
- Copy of your Passport
- 4x Passport size Photographs
- Entry and exit point in this trek
- Emergency Contact info in Nepal
- Emergency Contact info from your Home Country
- Trekking Itinerary that shows the start and end dates
- Travel Insurance
- Fees for the form
Best Time for Langtang Valley Trek without a guide
While trekking solo in the Langtang region, you must be a very careful while when to go for the trek. Choosing the best time for the trek is crucial as weather and temperature of the region determine the difficulty of the trek. So, you must choose the perfect time for the trek to make the trek less challenging.
The best time for Langtang Valley Trek without a guide would be during the Autumn (September to November) and Spring season (March to May). During these seasons, the weather and temperature condition in the region is just perfect for the trekking. Plus these seasons is the best time to witness the natural and scenic beauty of Nepal.
Autumn and Spring season offers bright and clear days along with warm temperatures giving you the best views of the mountain. Plus, there is a very little chance of rainfall during autumn and spring. Thus, the trails are dry. These conditions not only reduce the difficulty of the trek and keep you safe but allows you to have the best trekking experience without a guide.
Except for these months, the cold or the rain may cause many difficulties while trekking solo in Langtang Valley. Hence if you are trekking the Langtang Valley without a guide, make sure you check the weather properly.
How long will be Langtang Valley Trek without a guide?
If follow our Langtang Valley Trek itinerary, it takes around 11 Days. But since you are trekking solo without a guide, the trek duration can range from 7 to 15 Days. You will be walking around 5 to 7 hours per day. The walking duration can alter depending upon your trekking itinerary.
Hence, you need to plan the itinerary every carefully. Also, don’t forget to have a few acclimatization and rest days in between during the trek.
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How to Get To and From the Start and End Points of The Langtang Valley Trek Without a Guide?
The starting and endpoint of the Langtang Valley Trek is Syabrubesi which is an 8 to 10 hours drive from Kathmandu.
Since you are trekking without a guide, you need to collect as much information about the places and transportation. The most common ways to travel are as follows:
Jeep: Travelling in a jeep is the most convenient way to travel to the trailhead. It is much comfortable than other road transportation. A jeep has a seat of 6 to 8 people. You can find them in Thamel or at New Bus Park in Kalanki.
Local Buses: This is the cheapest way to travel in Nepal but it is less comfortable than travelling in the jeep. You can easily find the local bus to Syabrubesi from New Bus Park in Kalanki.
How hard is it to find accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Without a Guide?
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the famous teahouse treks in Nepal, meaning there are several teahouses and lodge for the accommodation and food. However, during the peak season, since there are lots of trekkers in the trail, you will have to rush to find the rooms.
The teahouses are quite basic with a basic room with attached bathroom. The rooms in the teahouses are on a twin sharing basis. Thus, you will have to pay a little more to get a room for yourself.
Once you find a room, you don’t have to worry about the food as all the teahouse provides foods.
Difficulties During the Annapurna Circuit Trek Without A Guide
One of the major problem while trekking solo is the lack of knowledge regarding acclimatization. Without proper acclimatization, you are highly prone to Altitude Sickness. Thus, you must know when and where to acclimatize during the trek. Hence, you need to prepare a proper itinerary with proper acclimatization days.
Food and Accommodation
Another difficulty that you may face while trekking solo is regarding the management of food and accommodation especially during the peak season. Having a guide would help you manage the food and accommodation beforehand. However, trekking solo without a guide means you will have to rush to manage your accommodations and food on your own.
Knowing The Routes
While trekking, maps comes handy every time. But when you are travelling alone, having a map is a must. Finding the right route through the twist and turn is challenging even when you have a map. Thus, it can be very hard to find the best trail.
Carrying Your Luggage
Finding the food and accommodation can be a challenging task but along with that, you will also have to carry your luggage. Hence, you must carry light.
Besides all these difficulties, one of the major questions that arise while trekking along is “What to do in case of emergency?”. Anything can happen while trekking alone. Thus, you must take all the preventive measure.
As mobile phones and other communication devices may not be accessible in a higher altitude, it might be a problem in emergency cases. Thus, you may be helpless in case of any natural hazards or health hazards. Hence, you must be mentally prepared to do the Langtang Valley Trek without a guide.
Packing Essentials For Solo Travel
Trekking to Langtang Valley without a guide mean you will be carrying your luggage. Thus, you must pack lightly and avoid unnecessary items in your luggage.
Depending upon the time of year, the packing of the clothes varies. Since Langtang Valley Trek without a guide is not suitable as well as not recommended during the winter and monsoon season, here are list of trekking gears you will need to pack while trekking in autumn and spring:
- Quick-dry T-shirts (Short and long sleeves)
- Trekking trousers
- Breathable underwears
- Cap, hat
- Rainproof Windbreaker
- Down Jacket
- Hiking boots
- Additional pairs of socks
- Basic First Aid (Band-aids, Alcohol Swipes, Charcoal pills)
- Altitude sickness medicines
- Dettol Wipes
- Baby Powder
- Trekking poles
- Map (Most Important while trekking solo)
- GoPro and Camera
- Universal Adapters
- Extra Memory Card
- Power Banks and extra battery
- Water Bottle
- Toilet Roll
For more detail info about the packing list, please read our blog on “Langtang Valley Trek Packing List”
Advantages of Hiring a Guide to Langtang Valley Trek
I know that trekking solo has its own adventure. However, hiring a licensed trekking guide for the Langtang Valley Trek makes the trek much easier and comfortable, especially if you are a beginner or novice trekker.
Most of the trekkers prefer to hire a guide for the Langtang Valley Trek. A guide is some who will help you throughout your journey. A guide will motivate you throughout the trek and assures about your safety and security.
When trekking independently, finding the right route can be a bit of a challenge. But, with a guide, you will not have to face this problem. They will help you navigate through the route as well as take you from the easy and correct trail.
Since the guide knows the local language, he/she will act as a communicator between you and local villagers. You will get a chance to interact with the local people and know about their culture and tradition.
Finding a decent teahouse for accommodation might be the major problem when trekking to Langtang Valley alone. The guide will always help you to find the best teahouse or a lodge for your comfortable overnight stay.
So, considering the benefits of a guide, it is always better to hire one when trekking to Langtang Valley Trek.
Preparation Required For Trekking Without A Guide
Mental preparation is very crucial while trekking solo. You should be mentally prepared to handle any situation on your own without panicking. Therefore, be prepared mentally before leaving for the trip.
Along with mental preparation, you need to be physically fit to complete the trek. You need to walk for 5 to 6 hours per day on average. In addition to that, you will be carrying your luggage if you are trekking the circuit without a guide or a porter.
As mentioned earlier, you will be walking for 5 to 6 hours a day with your backpack which is not a joke. Thus, you must have good stamina for this. So, before you hit the trail, prepare yourself on increasing the stamina by working out. You can do cardio training such as jumping, swimming, skipping, etc. which will greatly help you increase your stamina and prepare yourself for the trek.
Lastly, since you will be trekking to Langtang Valley without a trekking guide, you will be caring all the trekking gears and equipment with you. Hence, you must have all the necessary trekking gears and avoid the unwanted things behind.
Langtang Trek is popular and among the popular trekking site in Nepal. And solo Langtang Valley Trek is possible with proper preparation and planning. But, we always suggest you do this with a trekking guide to enjoy the better fruit of the trek.
For further information, you can contact us. It would be our pleasure to guide and assist you to the best of our ability.