Langtang Valley Trek: Combination of Culture, Trekking, Climbing and Adventures
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the feasible treks in Nepal. Surprisingly, the Langtang Valley trek distance is just 61.8 km north of the capital city Kathmandu. Carrying vast cultural significance, immeasurable biodiversity, and a serene atmosphere, Langtang Trek provides you with a series of adventures. With our 11 days of Langtang Valley Trek package, you can experience the divine beauty of Langtang Valley.
Why Langtang Valley Trek?
Local Inhabitant and Cultural history of Langtang Valley
During the 11 days of the Langtang Valley trek, you will encounter the hospitality and friendliness of the local inhabitants of Langtang valley. The majority of Tamang ethnicity resides in this valley resembling Tibetan origin.
While trekking in Langtang Village, you will be amazed by the craftsmanship of the predominant inhabitants. Local houses, tea houses, and lodges are specially built by stones which are abundant in Langtang Valley. Apart from traditional stone houses, you might also notice hand-carved beautiful wooden verandas in the trek. All these local cultures manifest the rich heritage of Langtang, Nepal.
Langtang National Park
With the utmost need of conserving the enormous biodiversity of the Langtang Region, Langtang National Park was established in 1976 A.D. In particular, the park extends from the sub-tropical climatic zone to the arctic deserts of the mountain. Langtang’s alpine meadows below the arctic desert provide summer habitat for endangered fauna Himalayan Musk deer and near-threatened Himalayan Tahr. Furthermore, the park is home to numerous populations of magnificent species like Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Beer, and Assam Macaque. There are also more than 250 species of birds seen in the Langtang region.
Langtang Mountain Range
Langtang Valley trek has a spectacular collection of mountain views. On the north, Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,234 m) borders Langtang Valley which is the 99th highest peak in the World. Climbing up to Kyanjing Ri (4,773 m), one can hardly forget the magnificent 360 panoramic views of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Langsisha (5,050m), Mt. Naya Kanga (4,100m), and numerous snow-capped Himalayas of Langtang Mountain Range.
Besides, Yala Peak (5,520m) is also one of the best short altitude peaks in the Langtang Region for trekking. Summiting the peak, trekkers can have the best view of Mt. Sishapangma which lies in Tibet. Treasuring the pure joy and experience, we move forward on our Langtang Trek.
Lakes and rivers
Langtang Valley sits on the lap of several mountains forming the Langtang Mountain Range. The mountains truly bless Langtang region with over 70 glaciers of varying sizes. Alongside, high-altitude lakes are carrying aesthetic and religious value. One of them is Gosaikunda Lake located at 4350m elevation. It is believed that Lord Shiva thrust his Trishul to cut open the Mountain for water. He then drank the pure mountain spring water to cool down his burning throat after he swallowed poison for people’s sake.
Tourism and Employment in Langtang Valley
Long before tourism started, locals sustained their livelihood by herding Yaks and other high-altitude live stocks. Dating back to the 1950s, the Government of Nepal with the assistance of Swiss Technical first established a cheese production center in the Kyangjin region of Langtang valley. The high pastures of Langtang Valley are much suited for the grazing of Yak. Before tourism, employment from cheese factories and yak herding sustained the livelihood of locals.
After the 1990s, people from all over the World started hiking up to Langtang Valley to explore its mesmerizing features. Tourism flourished bringing employment to the locals. Mainly people come to trek the following routes; Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Trek, Yala Peak Trek, Tamang Cultural Trek.
Earthquake and re-construction of Langtang Valley
The massive earthquake in Nepal in 2015 caused an avalanche in the Langtang Region leading to a colossal destruction of the valley. Reminiscing the effect of that disaster, Langtang Region has born again with better construction and infrastructures to welcome back its travelers. While trekking to the Langtang Region, you will be contributing to the renaissance of the Langtang Region. In addition, you will be helping local inhabitants as tourism is a vital aspect of income generation.
Best time for Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek, although carries enormous nature and cultural elegance, to experience it one has to prepare their expedition cautiously with the appropriate season. Trekking season is high during March-April (Spring season) and October-November (Autumn season). Langtang valley trek route is clear, views are spectacular, and the panoramic mountain sightings are far better in these respective seasons.
However, if you are a low-crowd person and keen on hitting the trails during the winter breeze then Mid-February is the best time for you. The nights are moderately cold whereas daytime is perfectly fine on the route.
For detailed information, please read our Langtang Trek Blog on “Best Time for Langtang Valley Trek“
Langtang Valley Trekking Trail
Langtang Valley trek trail is considered a moderate grade trail. From beginner-level trekkers to professional trekkers, all can complete this trail easily. Trekking in the Langtang region is short, and adventurous. Moreover it’s an experience gaining trail. It can further be categorized as acclimatization trek as trekkers can hit up Langtang trails to prepare for their longer treks like Everest region trek, etc.
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Towards Langtang Valley Trek
We have prepared 11 days Langtang Valley Trek Package in which trekkers can complete the round trip starting from Kathmandu. The actual footslog starts from Syabrubesi climbing all the way up to our eventual point Kyagjin Gompa of Langtang Valley.
Brief Itinerary of 11 Days Langtang Valley Trek
|1||Kathmandu Arrival||1400 m|
|2||Exploring UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu||1400 m|
|3||Depart to Syabrubesi||1492 m|
|4||Trek to Lama Hotel||2447 m|
|5||Trek to Mundu||3550 m|
|6||Trek to Kyanjin Gompa||3817 m|
|7||Customized activity day||4773 m(max)|
|8||Descend to Lama Hotel||2447 m|
|9||Reach Syabrubesi||1492 m|
|10||Return to Kathmandu||1400 m|
Detailed Itinerary of Langtang Valley Trek
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Welcome to the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu valley. As you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative of Peregrine awaits you displaying your name card. He then will escort you to your designated hotel. As you settle in, you will receive an invitation for a traditional Nepalese dinner where you will meet your Langtang Valley Trekking guide and the team. Along with the dinner, your guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek.
Day 2: Exploring UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Valley is famous as the city of deities. There are numerous temples and shrines representing two main religions of Nepal viz: Hinduism and Buddhism. In the morning we will prepare a ride to the holy temple Pashupatinath. Walking briefly through the paved streets of the sacred Pashupatinath temple, you usually get to feel the change in the atmosphere compared to the chaotic city area of Kathmandu.
The latter destination for the day to explore will be Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visiting these sites, you might want to end your day with Nepalese delicacies in and around the Thamel area.
Day 3: Depart to Syabrubesi
Along with the air of Kathmandu valley, we hop in our personal vehicle and depart towards the initial point of the Langtang Valley trek. Depending upon the traffic on the Trishuli highway, we might reach Syabrubesi after seven to eight hours of drive. The driveway gains elevation providing brief sightings of surrounding mountains viz: Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Langtang itself.
Reaching Syabrubesi we will check-in at our hotel and lodge for the night.
Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel
On this day, we venture on our first trekking trail from Syabrubesi crossing the Bhote Koshi River. The river is originated from Tibet hence the river gets the name Bhote Koshi meaning Tibetan River. The trail gradually increases from standard to steep terrain giving us considerable climb through the sub-tropical forest. Along the route, you will see your first Rhododendron forest on this trail. We will end today’s trek lodging in a local tea house in the village.
Day 5: Trek to Mundu
Gaining the strength from last night’s sleep, we will start an amazing day with almost equal ascent but quite challenging elevation. On the first half of the day, the Langtang trek route will lead us to forested trails and get us to Ghore Tabela. There you can take a short break and whilst the guide will finish essential chores at the permit checkpoint.
Resuming the walk from Ghore Tabela towards Mountain blooming trail we complete the other half of the day.
Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Today we will climb further uphill trails which opens out to high meadows and pasture land for yaks. Through the Langtang Valley trails, you will bump into various small monasteries, colorful prayer flags flapping with the wind. Next, compared to Mundu trails you will be walking lesser hours and then reach Kyanjin Gompa afterwards. Reaching there, we will take an advantage of extra time to visit the well-renowned oldest monastery of the region ‘Kyanjin Gompa’.
Day 7: Customized activity day
By the way, we do provide a leisure day in our itinerary. You can call for a rest during the 7th day of the trek. You can as well decide on what activity you want to carry out. Out of various activities, the most feasible ones are listed below:
- Visit the first Cheese factory and learn about the history of cheese of Nepal/ Langtang Valley.
- Hike to the base of Langtang Lirung Glacier to see a fantastic view of the bowl-shaped valley, snow-capped peaks, and spiritual atmosphere.
- Climb to the Kyanjin Ri viewpoint to get better and amazing scenery of glaciers, valleys, Mt. Langtang, and other mountain ranges.
Day 8: Descend to Lama Hotel
Reminiscing the memories of spectacular Langtang Valley and its magnificent features, we take a backtrack to Lama Hotel.
Day 9: Trek to Syabrubesi
Retracing the same forested trails and crossing few suspension bridges above Bhote Koshi River, we make our way to Syabrubesi.
Day 10: Return to Kathmandu
Finishing our last breakfast at Langtang Valley Trekking point, we depart to Kathmandu on our private vehicle.
Day 11: Departure to your country
Lastly, leaving behind Nepal while carrying heartfelt of beautiful Langtang valley Trek experience, you will return to your country.
If you don’t have enough time to do this trek then, you can also complete this trek in 7 days. Please check “Langtang Valley Trek 7 Days“
Above mentioned itinerary is a simple form of directions that we are providing. If you have more days in hand and want to explore more of Langtang Region Trek, we can make a custom itinerary for you. Also, there are multiple activities you can conduct on the way to the Langtang Valley Trek route. Some of the suggested activities are listed below:
- Rafting in Bhote Koshi River
- Bungee Jumping in Last Resort
- Mountain climbing in Yala Peak or Mt. Langtang Lirung.
- Tamang Heritage Trek
- Gosaikunda Trek
- Helambu Trek
Providing the best service to our guests is the vital function of Peregrine Trek and travel. Feel free to enquire about Langtang Valley Trekking package. Above all, make sure to join the venture with a trusted companion to one of the shorter yet adventurous treks. Langtang Valley is indeed beyond beautiful to be described in words. Knowing any words are never enough to describe its magnificent beauty, we ought to summon our words here.