Langtang Valley Trek

8 Days

Langtang Valley is a beautiful valley to the north of Kathmandu. The area is sparsely populated and the trails are less trodden. This makes this trek a solitary and peaceful experience amidst beautiful nature and traditional settlements. The route itself is relatively easy and doable for most trekkers. Beautiful rice terraces and a number of ancient monasteries are scattered all along the trail.

The valley is believed to have been discovered when a person was looking for his lost yak. It was accurately named Langtang, as in Tibetan language Lang means “yak” and tang means “follow”. With its picturesque landscapes, moderate climate, easy trails and traditional lifestyles, Langtang Valley is really one of the gems of Nepal. Langtang became a national park in 1976, the first Himalayan national park.

This 8-day Langtang Valley trek offers mind-blowing views of mountains above 7,000m like Langtang Lirung (7,200m), Ganesh Himal (7,600m), Shishapangma (8,027m) and more. The trail ascends all the way to the village of Kyanjin Gompa, from where you could attempt the climb to Tsergo Ri (4985m) and Kyanjin Ri (4,779m).


Namaste! We start early in the morning after breakfast and drive up to Syabrubesi. This will take us about 8 hours. We drive along the scenic banks of Trishuli River with beautiful views of valleys, meadows, rivers and mountains. After reaching our destination at an altitude of 1450m, we will check-in to the hotel and spend the night there.

We won’t sit around: the trek for the day starts right after breakfast. At first the trail ascends for a couple hours and takes us to Bamboo village where we will enjoy our lunch. After that we walk on more flat trails with the possibility to see a number of bird species in the area as well as natural beehives hanging on the cliffs. We will then get ready for another steep climb before we finally reach the Lama Hotel. Here we will stay for the night.

A pleasant hike through rhododendron and pine forests takes us to Ghoda Tabela. After our lunch here, we trek into the dense forests and herbs in the area. Another 3 hours hike over a scenic trail finally takes us to Langtang Village where we will spend the night.

Today is an easy 2 to 3 hour hike to visit the Kyangjin Gompa at an altitude of 3817m. The final destination of the trek, the Gompa is a serene and beautiful place that allows us to have the stunning views of Mt. Ganchhenpo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. The yak cheese factory, the monasteries and the traditional local houses are the main attractions of this short excursion.

This day is dedicated to soak up the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. We can enjoy the splendid mountain views as well as relish in the peaceful environment. Another option is to climb up to Tsergo Ri at 4985m and reach the Langtang glacier and the beautiful yak pasture called Langshisha Kharka. This is quite a tough day. We will follow the same trail back to Kyanjin Gompa and spend the night in the same hotel as where we spend the night before.

Today we will enjoy backtracking our steps from Kyanjin Gompa to Rimche. As it is the second last day of the Langtang trek, we will be mostly descending. This makes things a lot easier and more enjoyable.

We keep backtracking our steps through the bamboo and rhododendron forests before we finally reach Syabrubesi. Our hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours. We'll stay in Syabrubesi tonight and enjoy the last dinner together with the guide and the porters. Next day you hop on the bus ride back to Kathmandu.

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we get back into the bus to Kathmandu. We can enjoy the evening traveling around the tourism spots in the capital city or go shopping for souvenirs in Thamel.


Cost Inclusion

  • All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, flights, etc.) as described in the programme are included.
  • During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
  • English speaking guide and a porter
  • One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.
  • The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.
  • Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.
  • The total amount includes costs for the permits needed for the Langtang Valley Trek. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.
  • In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.
  • We also have a cap, t-shirt, and a roadmap for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.
  • If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.
  • The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).
  • From Kathmandu we travel to Syabrubensi by tourist bus. You might not be the only trekker on this bus. After the trek we also use this bus to get back to Kathmandu.

Cost Exclusions

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.
  • The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
  • Personal expenses
  • All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
  • Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.
  • Tipping
  • Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. 10% of the total amount is an excellent target price, but the final amount is up to you.
  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
  • Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.
When to Hike the Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Region, along with most of the other trekking areas in Nepal, has four distinct seasons. Spring, summer, autumn and winter. The months from March to May, pre-monsoon, and from October to early December, post-monsoon, are the most popular for hiking the Langtang Valley trek. Every season offers its own excitement and atmosphere and in principle, you can go trekking year-round. There are good reasons why spring and autumn are considered the trekking season. Below we’ll explain more what each of the seasons are like.


Spring (March-May) is the prime trekking season and trekkers from around the globe come to the Nepali Himalayas in large numbers. In springtime, the temperature is pleasant, the precipitation is low and the hiking conditions are great. On the trail there’s a lot of excitement to head up to the maximum Langtang Valley altitude of almost 5000 meters at the Tsergo Ri. While temperatures in daytime along the trek are balmy, the temperature higher up in Kyanjin Gompa and beyond can be very cold in the early morning. To prepare yourself for this, check our complete Langtang trek packing list further below in this blog post.


Summer season falls in the months of June, July and August. Summer is the period with higher temperatures and in that sense it is quite pleasant. However, this is also the monsoon season, and it rains a lot. The chance of seeing the mountains around you is smaller as it is cloudy most of the time. The trail will be wet and slippery and there is an increased risk of landslides. And leeches are very active during these months. On the flip side, it’s almost empty on the route and the traditional villages feel calm and serene.


Autumn in the Langtang Valley (September, October, November) is, like springtime, prime trekking season with similar trekking conditions. There is one difference. The air in spring is sometimes a little hazy due to the dust in the atmosphere. Post-monsoon the air is very clear, allowing for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.


Winter season runs from December to February. This period is the toughest time to trek the Langtang Valley. The sun is low and doesn’t get above the mountain ridge lines for a period of time, especially in the lower parts of the valley. Night temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius. Add wind and snowfall and you’ve got yourself proper winter conditions. Why do we still run the Langtang Valley hike in winter? We work with some of the best trekking companies in Nepal. Besides trekking trips they also organize climbing expeditions to some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. Our partners can keep you safe and comfortable, even in these cold conditions. And you will probably have the entire trail to yourself!

How Hard Is the Langtang Trek?

In short, the trek is not that hard. The Langtang Valley elevation is fairly modest compared to for example the Everest treks. The trails up the valley are in good condition, and they ascend gradually along the river Langtang Khola. The distances are very manageable, leaving enough time to enjoy downtime in the villages after the day’s walk. The hardest day is the trek up the 4985 meter high Tsergo Ri from Kyanjin Gompa, which is a bit like ascending a mountain (higher than Mont Blanc!). However, this ascent is optional, as you will come back to stay in the same place at Kyanjin Gompa. You could also go for a slightly lower viewpoint at Kyanjin Ri at 4779 meters above sea level. For those who want to take it easy, you can stick around in Kyanjin Gompa and take in the spectacular mountain scenery while sipping endless cups of tea. All in all, this trek is doable for every reasonably fit hiker.

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Langtang Valley Trek