Langtang

Langtang Himalayan Trek

Enter into the spectacular living geology of the Langtang region that lies to the south of the Tibetan border, between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range to the south. Stunning glacial valleys and breathtaking snowy white peaks await trekkers along this adventure. The trail ascends through lush oak and rhododendron forests, which transform into peaceful hemlock and woodlands at a higher elevation. After crossing an ancient glacial moraine, the snow caped peaks of the Himalayas loom into view.

“…Stunning glacial valleys and breathtaking snowy white peaks await trekkers along this 7 day adventure”

Langtang is often considered to be the third major trekking area of Nepal (after Everest and Annapurna regions) and it shares many of the attractions of those famous areas – beautiful mountain views, a rich culture and good facilities for trekkers.

The traveler enters an awe inspiring U-shaped glacial valley before arrival into the villages of Langtang (3300m) and Kyangjin (3700m). Kyangjin boasts a cheese factory with delicious yoghurt. Ambitious travellers can undertake several side treks from these villages including the Langtang Glacier, Tsergo Ri (5033m) and Kyangjin Ri (4770m), which afford spectacular mountain views.

This is a hike for the moderately fit and travellers who enjoy unadulterated nature. Many trekkers combine this adventure with the Gosainkund Lake (4380m) and Helambu treks to have a full two-week adventure spanning sacred lakes, remote villages, ending up in Kathmandu. Contact Us to learn more about customising your trek.

Day 0 – Arrival in Nepal

It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.

An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.

Day 1 – Drive from Kathmandu to  Shyphru Besi      -  1467m

From Kathmandu we take a bus for 8 hours on paved roads past Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district, to the town of Shyphru Besi, the starting point of our trek. The bus trip offers up some exciting and breathtaking sights of the mountains on one side of the road and steep inclines on the other. The district of Rasuwa is thickly populated by the local community of Tamangs, an ethnic group whose origin can be traced back to Tibet. Shyphru Besi is the perfect starting point from which to head off on our trek into the surrounding Tamang and Tibetan villages.

Day  2 - Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel     –   2748m

After breakfast we will cross over to the bank of the Langtang Khola river and start out on the trail through a thick forest filled with oak, pine and bamboo trees. We may spot some wildlife such as the local monkeys, wild boar and if we are lucky the Himalayan black bear or the endangered red panda.

The route hugs the riverbank for 2 hours before starting a gentle ascend until we reach Lama hotel after about 5 hours. Lama hotel is located on the bank of the Khola river so we fall asleep to sound of rushing water.

Day 3 - Lama Hotel to Langtang Village     –   3500m

We leave Lama Hotel and continue to gain altitude while walking through wonderful mountain scenery with the flowing river nearby and surrounding waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghora Tabela the snowy white peaks of the Langtang range come into view.

After walking for about 3 hours we reach Langtang village, which is the headquarters of Langtang National Park. The village’s water-driven mills, flat-roofed Tibetan style houses and prayer wheels lend a quaint charm. Once settled at our guesthouse you can take some time to explore the village and the local yak cheese factory.

Day 4 -  Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa     –   3800m

Rising early we continue down Langtang valley through tiny ethnic Tibetan villages and past yaks and horses grazing in terraced fields until we reach Kyangjin Gompa after about 4 hours.

Situated on a small plain surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Langtang Range – Dorje Larpa (6990m), Langtang Ri (6370m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and Yala Peak (5520m), Kyangjin Gompa has a monastery, a government run cheese factory (built with Swiss assistance) and a few houses and lodges. Due to its high altitude Kyangjin Gompa is not occupied in winter, but during trekking season it provides a welcoming sight far into Langtang valley.

Day 5 -  Rest Day / explore the area around Kyangjin Gompa or climb Tserko Ri     –   5003m

Today you can either choose to rest and visit the nearby monastery and cheese factory or climb the nearby Tserko Ri.

Situated at 5033m, Tserko Ri is a steep climb from Kyangjin Gompa taking about 90 minutes each way. However, the spectacular mountain views available of the surrounding peaks and up and down the Langtang valley offer plentiful reward. This is the pinnacle of the Langtang trek and energy permitting the ascent of Tserko Ri should defiantly be undertaken so that you can take in Langtang’s snowcapped mountain range in all its glory.

Day 6 -  Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel     –   2748m

Today we retrace our steps back down the Langtang valley through the rhododendron filled fields and forests to Lama Hotel. The trail follows a general decent enabling us to gain a lot of ground quickly while at the same time allowing ample time for rest and lunch.

Following the Langtang Khola river we pass back through Langtang village to Ghora Tabela until finally descending to Lama Hotel.

Day 7 -  Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi      -   2130m

From Lama Hotel we follow the trail down to Shyphru Besi. As we descend gently we will encounter the local white Langur monkeys running, playing and feeding along the river bank and in the trees above.

After about 5 hours we will reach Shyphru Besi where we can visit the local community run bakery before overnighting at our guesthouse.

Day 8 - Shyphru Besi to Kathmandu

After breakfast we will leave Langtang and the Tamang people behind for now as we catch a return bus to Kathmandu, where you will transfer to your hotel or guesthouse.

Langtang National Park

Lantang National Park is located 5-8 hours north of the Kathmandu valley and encompasses some of the worlds highest mountains, including Lantang (7227m) and the majestic Gosainkunda lake (4380m). Trekking days are normally 6-7 hours long and range from a mid to high level of difficulty, depending on that day’s terrain and altitude.

Level of Difficulty

The highest point on this trek is 3780m (4770m if you climb Kyangjin Ri) and while it ultimately depends on the participant’s level of fitness and determination, the trekking can become strenuous at some points as we gain elevation. However, anybody with some reasonable level of physical and mental fitness can enjoy this trek.

Travel to and from Trek

The bus to Langtang takes about 8 hours and follows the road that winds its way up north of Kathmandu to the Tibetan border. You can choose to rent a private jeep for an additional cost instead, which can cut the travel time to 5 hours.

Food and accommodation

Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.

Best time to Trek?

March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.

June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

Safety on the trail and Acclimatisation

Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness,v that may come up.

Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.

For more information on the trip and on trekking in Nepal, please visit out FAQ section.

Trek Cost:        $900 / person

This is based on a twin sharing basis for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people.

INCLUDES

  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader/guide
  • Porter service and support staff for above 4 person
  • TIMS trekking permit and national park fees
  • Tourist bus transportation: Kathmandu – Langtang – Kathmandu
  • Staffs food, wages, accommodation and insurance coverage
  • 3 meals a day and accommodation in local lodges along the trail

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Airport transportation, visa, international or international flights, airport tax
  • Bottled and hard drinks
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Costs incurred due to any unforeseen events
  • Emergency evacuation and rerouting
  • Tipping
  • Langtang Valley Trek: A highlight of my trip was taking part in a Buddhist ceremony

    I spent ten days trekking in the beautiful Langtang region. It was a truly magnificent experience to walk along the well worn track with the powerful Bhote Koshi River gushing beside me. Walking at my own pace I stopped frequently to enjoy the panoramic views of the wooded valleys, to admire the red, pink, and white rhododendrons and watch the antics of white faced monkeys. Friendly locals in traditional dress welcomed us and offered rest and refreshments along the way. A highlight of my trip was taking part in a Buddhist ceremony held in an ancient temple in the village of Langtang. This was a really unique experience. But reaching the summit of Kyanjin Ri (4773m) with snow capped peaks towering around it and bathed in brilliant morning sunshine is a memory that I will treasure for a very long time. I would strongly recommend the Langtang area for an amazing trekking holiday. Aine Moran, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Langtang Valley Trek: Going trekking with Umbrella is a win-win for everybody involved

    Langtang Valley Trek: expectations were high but preparation was low...very low.
    Eadaoin, who works with The Umbrella Foundation, was telling me that it'd be easy, so I did a couple of walks to the local supermarket and back as preparation. She was being a bit economical with truth though. In my ignorance, I thought I was heading out on a 6 day, 3 hours a day trek along a gentle incline with regular breaks and a solid wind at my back thus making the trek that bit easier. It turned out to be a much more hardcore 12 day trip, doing up to 8 hours a day reaching heights of 4800m ascending in a near vertical fashion at times . Initially I was a big fan of the downhill bits but then it dawned on me that if I was going to do this and get up to 4800m, then downhill bits were my enemy - for every delightful drop, we were going to have to climb back up the same amount and more! If I didn't before, I certainly had legs of steel after it!

    To tell you that Langtang Valley trek is beautiful is not really telling you anything at all - it's obvious. For me, one of the best aspects of this trail was the variety of both landscape and weather. It's a region that lends itself incredibly well to recreating famous scenes from movies - just try and contain your delight as you bellow out "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" on a rickety bridge above a 100 m drop into a rocky valley, or better yet, try and get your guides to do it! The floral glades, lazy rivers, dark forests & perilous ridges of the Langtang Valley and the snow covered passes & frozen lakes of Gosaikunda all set against the epic backdrop of the mighty Nepali Himals make for an incredible trip! And then there's the weather - the day we set out it was hot and sunny but within 2 days, we'd gone from blistering heat and sudden epic downpours with thunder and lightening to full on snow flurries and subzero temperatures and back to sunshine again! We literally had to be prepared for anything!

    Langtang Valley trek does not have the same number of backpackers as either the Everest or Annapurna parks so the experience is quite different. We had such a brilliant time with all of our guides and porters. Bijay, our main guide was an absolute hero and his hypnotic walk was all that got me through some of the more challenging climbs when I thought my thighs would give up! Its unbelievable to see the Nepalese people run about with the agility of a mountain goat, hurtling along skinny tracks that have a ravine on one side and nothing to hold onto on the other.

    Going trekking with Umbrella is a win-win for everybody involved - not only do you have the comfort of knowing that you're being looked after by a highly respected organisation but also it gives some of the older Umbrella residents a chance to learn about the trekking/tour guide industry and also helps the Umbrella Foundation with funding. From start to finish, the trip was very well organised, we wanted for nothing and felt safe at all times - I really wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend Umbrella Trekking to anyone! No matter what your fitness level there's something to suit - but don't underestimate yourself, be ambitious!

    If you do go to Langtang just promise me this: IF you come across a Red Panda on your trip you better make sure get a picture and share it!

  • An amazing place – Langtang Valley

    Langtang valley is an under appreciated and beautiful place. I went trekking there in in November 2o11 and April 2012 and loved every minute. The local Tibetan culture, language and dress makes it a much more personal experience then either Annapurna or Everest and the mountain scenery is just as spectacular! The locals are warm and welcoming and the strong Buddhist influence lends the region a calming influence.

Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew 2013 on Kyangjin Ri
Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew 2013 on Kyangjin Ri
Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew 2013 on Kyangjin Ri
Trek far into the Langtang valley
Trek far into the Langtang valley
Trek far into the Langtang valley
Locally made wooden bridges provide delicate river crossings.
Locally made wooden bridges provide delicate river crossings.
Locally made wooden bridges provide delicate river crossings.
Aine trekking through the forrest in the Langtang valley.
Aine trekking through the forrest in the Langtang valley.
Aine trekking through the forrest in the Langtang valley.
The view from Kyangjin Gompa back down the Langtang valley.
The view from Kyangjin Gompa back down the Langtang valley.
The view from Kyangjin Gompa back down the Langtang valley.
Man and horse power are the more popular means of transporting goods in Langtang
Man and horse power are the more popular means of transporting goods in Langtang
Man and horse power are the more popular means of transporting goods in Langtang
Experience ancient Tibetan and Buddhist culture.
Experience ancient Tibetan and Buddhist culture.
Experience ancient Tibetan and Buddhist culture.
Ciara enjoying the view of Langtang Himalayan range
Ciara enjoying the view of Langtang Himalayan range
Ciara enjoying the view of Langtang Himalayan range
The trail up to Tserko Ri from Kyangjin Gompa.
The trail up to Tserko Ri from Kyangjin Gompa.
The trail up to Tserko Ri from Kyangjin Gompa.
The stunning view from Kyangjin Ri in Langtang.
The stunning view from Kyangjin Ri in Langtang.
The stunning view from Kyangjin Ri in Langtang.
The Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew March 2013
The Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew March 2013
The Umbrella Foundation Charity Trek crew March 2013
The town of Shyphru Bensi, the starting point for the Tamang Heritage Trail trek
The town of Shyphru Bensi, the starting point for the Tamang Heritage Trail trek
The town of Shyphru Bensi, the starting point for the Tamang Heritage Trail trek