Langtang Trek

Trip Overview

The Langtang Trek is to the north of the valley of Kathmandu. It is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibet border and is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung (7,246m) dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo (6,388m) and Naya Khangri (5,846m) lie to the south; and Dorjee Lakpa (6,966m) protects the east end of the valley. This area was designated Nepal’s first Himalayan national park in 1971. This high and isolated region is inhabited by the Tamangs, whose religious practices, language and dress are more similar to those of Tibet then to the traditions of their cousins in the middle hills. According to a legend a lama following a runaway yak discovered the valley. Hence the name – ‘lang’ its Tibetan for yak, and ‘teng’ means to follow.

This is a trek suitable for those who want to see the mountains at close range at a shorter duration of period. Starts with an overland journey to Syabrubesi, a small string of shops and hotels. From here we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day for some exploration of the high mountains and glacial systems. Here, mountains raise soaring towards the sky. The landscapes we cross are extremely varied; rice-terraces, gigantic rhododendron, pine forest, and in the highest parts, a rock and shrub wilderness with the fascinating backdrop of snow capped peaks.

We return back via Lama Hotel and Syabrubesi to the capital city of Nepal; Kathmandu. 


Day 1

Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day. 

Day 2

Am: Sightseeing (optional) PM: Trek Briefing/Last minute essentials purchase
Overnight: Hotel
In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill.  In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials. 

Day 3

Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m):
Overnight at the Lodge.     Drive Duration: 6-7 Hours.
Today we drive heading north on the windy road running following the Trisuli river to Syabru Besi the starting point of your trek. The drive takes approximately 6 to 7 hours covering approximately 120 kilometres. Upon arrival at Syabru Besi, we check in to the lodge for the night. Rest of the day is free to explore.

Day 4

Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 Hours approx.
Today’s trail starts meandering through the cool deciduous forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. We cross through the village of Thulo Syabru and descend to the Langtang Kola. Slowly the trail climbs gently through the forest with the river (Langtang Khola) flowing beside us. We pass through the Sherpa Gaon /village from where we descend down a mountain path nearing the Langtang Khola and after passing the cattle pastures join the main trail from Syabru. Thereafter simply follow the Langtang Khola along a gentle climb to the settlement of Lama Hotel, a name given to this settlement after the first hotel “Lama Hotel” was established to cater to the individual trekking tourists.

Day 5

Trek to Langtang Village (3,430m)
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration: 5 ½ -6 Hours approx.
After breakfast we continue to follow the Langtang Khola climbing steeply through hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron forest to the national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2970m). At Ghoretabela (3010m) the trail leaves the forest and a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7246m) appears. Ghoretabela was once a Tibetan resettlement camp but is now an army post. There are few good lodges where we’ll stop for hot lunch.
From Ghoretabela, cut through the cultivated fields which dot the landscape and after a short while, we start ascending and as we reach the top the forested zone ends. Now we follow a gently sloping path amid low shrubs to emerge to grassy fields. The village of Langtang appears with the outline of Ganchempo (6387m) behind it. Climb the gently rising grassy area and pass below a monastery to enter Langtang, a large Sherpa village, where the houses are enclosed by stone walls.

Day 6

Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration: 3- 3 ½ Hours approx. (Kanji Ri climb additional 3 ½ – 4 Hrs both ways)
After breakfast set out through the village and after a short climb arrive at a Chorten. From this point there is an amazingly long Mani stone wall which is truly a memorable sight. Continue along a gently sloping path atop terraced hills and after passing two villages of Mudum and Sindum, the valley widens and becomes U – shaped. After crossing a wooden cantilever bridge over Langtang Khola, we reach a wider valley scattered with large boulders to a moraine. Here we gain the first views of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) to the north.
PM: You have the option to rest amidst the mountain scenery or climb the northern flank of Kyanji Ri. From the peak you can watch the views of the Langtang Lirung (7,245m) and the Ganesh Himal in the west and the Ganjala Himal in the south and a view of the pass crossing which leads to Helambu

Day 7

Acclimatization- Explore Tserko Ri (4984m) OR Langshisa Kharka (4080 m)
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ Hours approx. (for Tserko Ri) & 5 ½ – 6 Hours for Langshisha Kharka
We spend the whole day exploring Tserko Ri which will also help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We begin early in the morning. The trail passes through yak pastures before ascending to Tserko Ri. The sunrise view from the top of Tserko Ri is extraordinary. We get back to Kyangjin Gompa by late afternoon and explore the beautiful monastery while enjoying views of the Himalayas, glaciers, birds and yaks.
From Kyanjin Gompa enter a wide alluvial delta. Cut across the gently undulating surface and cross a stream to arrive at an airstrip. Pass the airstrip and climb the rocky terraced hills and arrive at the stone huts of Jathang. Beyond Jathang, descend to the river bed to see the terminal moraine of the Shalbachum Glacier pushing into the valley.
Cut across the grassy fields and climb the terminal moraines diagonally for a grand vista – Directly ahead in the wide mountain valley are Pemathang Karpo RI (6830m), Triangle and Pemathang ri. (6842m), to the right is Langshisa ri. Descend to Langshisa Kharka (4125m) for views of Kanshurum (6078m) and Urkinmang (6151m) at the far reaches of the Langshisa Glacier.

Day 8

Trek back to Lama Hotel
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 Hours approx.
Today we retrace our route along the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela (3020m). The trail is for the most part downhill, descending to Lama Hotel and our camp for the night.

Day 9

Trek back to Syabrubesi
Overnight at the Lodge.    Included meal: Breakfast (B+L+D)
After breakfast we get ready for the last day of the trek. We will be retracing our track back to Syabru Besi.
Upon arrival at Syabru Besi check in to the lodge. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village.

Day 10

Transfer to KTM
Overnight at the Hotel.
After leisurely breakfast board the waiting vehicle and drive towards Kathmandu (approx 7 – 8 hrs). Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May – Oct to Dec

Time Period: 10 Nights / 11 Days.

Trek Period: 07 Night / 09 Days

In Kathmandu: 03 Nights

Trek Type: Medium

Highest Altitude: 4984 meters

Warning: Altitude Sickness

Trek Start Point: Syabrubesi

Trek End Point: Syabrubesi


National Park: Langtang National Park (1710 sq. km)

Mountains: Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Langtang Ri (7205 m), Loenpo Gang (6979 m) etc.

Rivers: Langtang Khola, Bhote Kosi, Trishuli etc.

Villages: Syabrubesi, Syapra Gau, Langtang, Lama Hotel, Thare pati, Tarke Gyang, Kful, Thimbu etc. 

Tribes: Mostly Tamangs & Tibetans

Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine. 

Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

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