If you want to experience true Himalayan trekking close to Kathmandu, and only have 7-8 days available, then the Langtang trek is your best option. Although it is close to Kathmandu it is considered more remote than the Annapurna Circuit trek or the Everest Base Camp trek. The trail is not too crowded and you get to see pristine nature and unspoiled forests all through your trek.
The name Langtang stems from the legend of a Buddhist lama following a runaway yak into the valley. ‘Lang’ is Tibetan for Yak and ‘teng’ means to follow. Today the valley is still inhabited by yaks. Langtang lies within Langtang National Park, which is considered to be the first Himalayan national park. Mighty Langtang Lirung (7246 m) dominates the valley but there are other peaks visible during the trek. The area is inhabited by the Tamang ethnic group in the hilly areas and the Sherpas in the upper elevations.
The final resting point for the Langtang trek is Kyanjing Gompa (3870 m), an idyllic mountain village rich in Sherpa culture and traditions. A moderately difficult hike up the Kyanjing Ri (4980 m) or Tserko Ri (5033 m) reveals awesome mountain views including Ganesh Himal (7,600 m), Mt. Langtang II (7,227 m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Mt. Gang Chhenpo (6,388 m) and of course the tallest of them all - Langtang Lirung.
|Langtang - Trek Facts|
|Trek Difficulty:||Level 2 - Moderate|
|Trek Duration:||Normally 7-8 days|
|Max Altitude:||4980 meters at Kyanjing Ri peak or 5033 meters at Tserko Ri|
|Accommodation:||Basic teahouses and moderately priced guesthouses and lodges|
|Best Season:||Mar-May, Oct-Nov|
|Transport To/From trek:||Bus to Syabrubesi, approx. 8 hrs from Kathmandu|
The below is a standard itinerary for the Langtang trek, although some itineraries are also 10-11 days. The itinerary may vary depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:
- Day 01: Bus drive - Kathmandu - Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
- Day 02: Syabrubesi - Lama Hotel (2,380 m)
- Day 03: Lama hotel - Langtang village (3,430 m)
- Day 04: Langtang village - Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m)
- Day 05: Climb Kyanjing Ri (4,980 m) or Tserko Ri (5,033 m) back to Kyanjin Gompa
- Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa - Lama Hotel (2,380 m)
- Day 07: Lama hotel - Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
- Day 08: Syabrubesi - Kathmandu by bus
Langtang Trailhead – how to get there
The trek starts from the small town of Syabrubesi (1550 m) which can be reached by road from Kathmandu in 8-9 hours. The bus ride itself is half the fun of this trekking trip as the road winds up and down through the beautiful high-hills region of Nepal. Occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers is not uncommon and you can see dozens of beautiful waterfalls falling from the top of the hills. The mountainous road takes you through local villages where you can see real rural Nepali life. The bus-ride is somewhat bumpy but it makes up for it with an extremely scenic drive through the countryside of Nepal.
Langtang - Safety considerations
Safety is always a primary concern here at BookMundi and we take the well-being of our trekkers very seriously, which is why we put emphasis on the following:
- All trekking agencies available at Bookmundi.com are carefully chosen and are assessed on their safety standards after every trek, via trekkers’ feedback.
- The trekking agencies will go through safety procedures with you during your pre-trek meeting about the Langtang trek.
- Please make sure you dress appropriately for the Langtang trek based on the time of the year.