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 01: Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day.
Day 02: Am: Sightseeing (optional) PM: Trek Briefing/Last minute essentials purchase
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 01: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m):
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.
Drive Duration: 6-7 Hours
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
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.
Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 Hours approx.
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m)
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.
Trek Duration: 5 ½ -6 Hours approx.
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
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
Trek Duration: 3- 3 ½ Hours approx. (Kanji Ri climb additional 3 ½ – 4 Hrs both ways)
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 05: Acclimatization- Explore Tserko Ri (4984m) OR Langshisa Kharka (4080 m)
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.
Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ Hours approx. (for Tserko Ri) & 5 ½ – 6 Hours for Langshisha Kharka
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 06: Trek back to Lama Hotel
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.
Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 Hours approx.
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 07: Trek back to Syabrubesi
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.
Trek Duration: 5 Hours approx.
Overnight at the Lodge. Included meal: Breakfast (B+L+D)
Day 08: Transfer to KTM
After leisurely breakfast board the waiting vehicle and drive towards Kathmandu (approx 7 – 8 hrs).
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
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
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek
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
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.
NEPAL TREK INFORMATION
What is Tea House / Lodge trek?
A simple way to under Tea house / Lodge is probably ‘a small hotel’. However this can sometimes be misleading, as they do not have high-end facilities like modern hotels in urban areas. The concept though is same as hotels in providing accommodations (rooms) and meals for guest staying in it.
So if one does a trek going from point A to B to C etc., and spending nights in these kind of lodges or teahouse is called a ‘Lodge Trek’ or ‘Tea House Trek’
Which areas in Nepal have Tea House treks?
The most popular regions for treks in Nepal are Annapurna, Everest Langtnag and Upper Mustang. All these places have good quality lodges, well managed, variety of food to choose from the menus available and boast of Wi-Fi, bakeries etc.
Around the areas that have lesser trekkers like, Makalu Barun, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga etc. the tea house/ lodge are very basic in comparison.
Basically good lodges have developed where foot traffic is the most and Annapurna, Everest and Langtang receive the most trekkers in Nepal.
Rooms in the Lodges?
The rooms are very basic in most places. In some very popular areas like Annapurna and Everest high-end rooms with attach bath and flush toilet and ruining hot/ cold water have come out in the recent years. However these kinds of lodges are very few and not available in all places on the trek route.
Basic room’s sizes are on an average of 8 feet by 8 to 10 feet. They have twin cots with mattress and pillows. Most lodges provide blankets, however for hygienic regions it’s advisable to carry a good sleeping bag of your own. The walls are pretty thin and noises carry. Earplugs are recommended to be carried.
In more remote areas one may only get dormitories for accommodations and dinning and sleeping arrangements may be in the same common area.
Toilets in the Lodges
Most lodges have several common toilets inside the lodge. The number depends on how big the lodge is. On an average a lodge having 15 /18 rooms may have 3 /4 common toilets. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. Please bring you own Toilet paper. Drums with water and a mug are the ways to flush!
In Annapurna and Everest region we try and provide rooms with attach bath
where available. However, do note that there are only a handful of places where this kind of facility is available.
Food in lodges
Menu in most places especially the more popular trekking routes have extensive looking menus ranging from local, Tibetan to western delicacies. Items like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetables and lentils), pizzas, pastas, momos (dumplings), noodles, soup, fried rice etc., are amongst the common ones in all menus.
Our recommendation is to avoid meat, as in most places porter carry the meat to lodges without any hygienic way to keep the meat fresh on the way. It takes at least few days to reach the lodges. Even the canned meat items are not recommended, as one has no way to check the expiry date etc.
Recommended food items are the local ones like Dal Bhat, Momos (Dumplings), noodles etc, as they are freshly made in comparison to other food items. Please remember the cooks in the lodges are ‘not chefs’, very few are trained professionally as most have learned through looking at other cooks cooking in the same lodges or similar ones in the area. Basically sticking to local food is best as they are hygienic and fresh.
For breakfast pancakes, porridge, toast (not available everywhere), eggs etc. are available in all lodges.
There is a common dining area with fireplaces in all lodges. This is not only a place to eat but also a good place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, read a book, play board games or cards and relax.
Everyday our guide will help you and provide information on what choices to make in which places / lodges for food.
Drinking water on treks
One can get boiled water or bottled mineral water or filtered water in the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region. On an average a liter of water will cost US $ 1.50 to US $ 4.00 per liter. As one gains altitude on trek or goes further from the urban areas the higher the cost of drinking water.
Showers during treks
Hot or Cold showers are available everywhere in the Lodges. In some lodges, especially as we go higher in altitude instead of showers a bucket of hot water may be the option.
A hot shower cost on an average of US $ 3.00 to US $ 5.50 per shower. The higher we go the more expensive the bath.
We recommend not to take too may baths on treks specially if one is going to high altitude treks. The reason being the temperature drops rapidly as the sunsets and getting the body temperature back to normal after shower at high altitude becomes difficult. This increases the chances of catching cold and walking with cold at high altitude with thin cold air is not a pleasant experience. So please try and avoid taking showers as much as possible.
Electricity on treks
Electricity hasn’t reached all places in Nepal. So electricity is limited to certain areas of the trek. On an average one has electricity till about 3500 meters in altitude. As we gain altitude solar system has been set up in all lodges.
Rooms have lights only till places where electricity has reached. So where electricity has not reached there are no room lights. Dining hall, toilets and all common areas have electricity through the night even if it is being supplied through solar system.
Charging camera batteries, mobile phones can be done at the dining hall upon informing the management. They charge on an average of US $ 2.00 to US $ 6.5 for getting the batteries fully charged. The higher we go the more expensive to charge.
We recommended that you put your batteries in your sleeping bags at night to keep it warm as in cold the batteries drains energy very fast.
Wi-Fi and mobile phone on treks
Annapurna and Everest regions have lodges that provide Wi-Fi. A cost of US $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 depending on what data package they have is charged on per hour or per day basis.
Other trek areas have not developed this facility.
Annapurna and Everest region has good mobile connectivity. Other areas don’t have much coverage but the mobile network connection is growing. Please enquire via mail about the mobile phone coverages on trek routes for details.
One can get a mobile phone sim card on arrival at the airport. Passport photocopies with passport size photo (one) is required.