Trek Highlights

  • Langtang region is a less trodden area that helps to discover the hidden treasures of Langtang region in tranquility and more off-the-beaten-path experiences.
  • Remarkable sublimity of nature’s offerings, that comprises wonderful mountain vistas, high alpine meadows, cultural encounters and experience of diverse flora and fauna scattered in the region.
  • Staying in the locally owned teahouse, enjoying locally-cooked cuisine with a homely feel and opportunity to interact with indigenous people
  • Visit Kyangjing Gompa, the religious and cultural center of the region. It is regarded as the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the area, and so, devotees from the whole Langtang region, and beyond, visit the temple, particularly during festivals and other special events.
  •  Visit Gosainkunda also known as the Frozen lake (4,380m). It is one of the most precious pilgrimage sites bounded by outlandish mountains, the sight of this tranquil lake is totally astounding.
  • Taste the freshly made yak cheese in the cheese factory of Langtang.
  • Witness nine colored bird- Danfe (impyan), is the national bird of Nepal some others birds pheasant, babblers, crows that offer the fun of lively standing national park.
  • Observe the diverse religion and ethnicity of the Langtang region, Bhotes, Tamang, are primitively habitat which is totally Buddhist religious people and they have own dialect
  • The valley offers with the varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock, and snow-capped peaks, grassy down and meadows strewed with daisies and wild animals making the trek one of the most diverse treks.
  • Throughout the way, spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Mount, Gaurishanker, Mount Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Guangcheng, Yala peak and Naya Kanga seems to be marvelous.
  • Langtang is the home to spot red panda, musk deer, ghoral and birds like Warbler, red bulbul, Drongo, blue sky bird, Mikhail, woodpecker, pheasant, drove and many more
  • The amazing trail passing through Langtang River, alpine forest, stream, villages, and pastures are sure to make your trek unforgettable.
  • Explore the vibrant Kathmandu city filled with colorful market, alleys, temples, and monasteries.
  • The alpine forest blooms with rhododendrons in the spring. Yaks and mules are seen grazing on green meadows.
  • Buddhist prayers flags flutter around the shrines, and Langtang Lirung glisten in the background
  • Exciting suspension bridge swinging high over the rivers

Trek Overview

Far from the bustling cities, away from the crowd and pollution, there are many valleys and villages in Nepal where one can find real pleasure and adventure. Langtang valley is such one valley which comes in the list. Langtang lies in the Himalayas of Nepal and is also easily accessible from Kathmandu; the capital city of Nepal. The Southern border of the region is only 32 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Thus, the Langtang region provides a trekker with a wonderful chance to conquer the handful of beautiful destinations in the region without going very far from the capital city.

The Langtang valley is known as the “treasure house” of Alpine plants. Beautiful flowers in the summer beautify the Langtang valley in a very beautiful manner. The alpine vegetation and the forests of rhododendrons and oaks are the home to numerous animals which includes Red Panda and Snow Leopard.

If you are in quest of spectacular landscapes and authentic culture along with pleasing hospitality in enjoyable homestay guest houses then Langtang valley trek is perfect trekking.

Trekking to Langtang is a classic trek that drives the trekkers through the ethnic, beautiful villages and holy Gosaikunda Lake. The beautiful trek to the Himalayas provides the chance to explore the unique Tibetan culture. The wilderness of flora and fauna and enchanting views of the mountains add an extra flavor. In the spring, relish the trek with some eccentric mountainous backdrop along with rhododendron forests and alpine wildflowers.

Walking along the Langtang River traversing numerous woodlands and hills, ascending the trail experiencing the variations in vegetation and hearing the melodious sounds  of diverse birds, hoping to encounter the different wildlife, observing the local lifestyle and their hospitality and the glimpse of the Himalayas in the trail revitalize you as such that you will reach in the destination without feeling exhausted. After reaching the Gosainkunda (The Frozen Lake), view of the gigantic peaks along with tranquil lake and glacier take away all your hardness.

The Langtang valley, Kyanjin Gompa, alpine Meadows, impressive glaciated valley drive any trekker crazy about the trekking in the region. Starting the trek from Syabru Besi (1420 m) and reaching to Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m) is the major achievement of the Langtang Trek.

The route is not so steep and the elevation is relatively low that anyone who is physically fit can embark this trek easily. If you’re pondering in undertaking the Langtang trek, with family, individual or with school groups then  Nepal sanctuary Treks customize the trek according to the requirements. Our company furnishes with an experienced licensed guide, design the well-crafted itinerary in such a way that allows flexibility during the trek to move at your own pace.  

If school is planning to involve students with an international excursion to a remote location where you will support communities, learn about the culture and explore nature at the same time then Langtang Trek is an ideal option. Langtang Trek provides an opportunity to transform the students’ CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) experience into something they’ll evoke for the rest of their lives.

Likewise, this lesser-trodden trek is also ideal for families with elder children and the solo trekkers as the trekking grade is moderate. The trek offers your children to be familiar with the delights of trekking, admiring the beauty of nature and the opportunity to learn about authentic local culture and lifestyle.

The best time of the year to trek around the Langtang valley is autumn (Sep – mid-Dec), and spring (March-May). This is because the climates during these periods of the year are mild and generally dry, making your trek easier to accomplish. The autumn offers the trekkers with the spectacular views of the mountains while the spring will please you with the wilderness and beautiful rhododendron blooms.  Make sure you visit in rhododendron bloom season to capture the vistas of hills blanketed with Rhododendron flowers. Entire hills decorated with numerous colors from flowers is a sight to behold in the trip to Langtang Gosaikunda trek.

Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Map

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
  2. Day 02: Optional ancient marketplace tour and explore world's UNESCO Heritage sites

    After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.

    We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.

    Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.

    The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.

    Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.

    Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.

    Swayambhunath:

    You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Boudhanath:

    Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

    Pashupatinath:

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

  3. Day 03: Drive to Syabru Besi (1,420m/4,658ft) approx 6 – 7hrs drive

    After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. With a beautiful drive, the roads twist and turn along the high hills as we pass through many remote villages and get to see the villagers working in their fields.  You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers, and village.

    The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. After having lunch we continuing further to Dhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay once we reach our destination we will check-in to the lodge and prepare ourselves for the trek with some briefings given by the guide.

    Highlights:

    • While passing along the road at the bank of Trisuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces, villages and lush hills.
    • You can see Pangsang range while you are on a drive
    • Syabrubesi is a mixed settlement of Tamang, Tibetan, etc.
    • You will make your way through lush green hills, Torrent Rivers, and waterfalls, few of which even intersect the road at locations. With enthusiasm, you’ll also have that feeling of appreciation, and love for the places.
  4. Day 04: Syabru Besi to Rimche (2,455m/8,054ft) approx 6 ½ hrs hike

    From an early start, we begin our trek by crossing over Bhote Khola (river) and soon we will be crossing another river (Langtang Khola). On the way, you will come across the dense bamboo forest and probably see a troop of Langur monkeys (Leaf Monkeys). Rimche is a better spot due to its location on high ground that offers a good view down the valley.

    Highlights:

    • Walk through the tranquil dense bamboo forest
    • You might encounter with Langur monkeys and it’s home to the endangered animal like red panda
    • Birds-eye views of the valley from Rimche
  5. Day 05: Trek to Langtang (3,330m/10,925ft) approx 5 – 6 hrs hike

    After an early breakfast, we will start a gentle climb through forest directs you to Gore Tabela, which is located in a wide valley.  Here, lies the Royal Nepali Army base camp, where they guard the National Park animals. We will get the first glimpse of the snowy Himalayan peaks namely Langtang Lirung to the north.  A lunch stop can be made before heading towards the alpine meadows and ascending up to Langtang. Continuing our trek we will reach Langtang within no time, being a traditional and historical village you will get to see the old culture of people strongly believe in Buddhism and practices Tibetan culture

    . Highlights:

    • Views of Langtang Lirung, Lakpa Dorje, Langtang I, II and other several peaks
    • Walk through an alpine meadow
    • Explore traditional and historical village called Langtang where people practice Buddhism and follow Tibetan rules.
    • You are likely to see langur monkeys, red bulbul, Drongo
  6. Day 06: Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,730m/12,237ft) approx 4 hours hike

    After breakfast, we walk through the village of Langtang passing numerous stone mani walls, enclosed with Tibetan inscriptions to gratify the gods. It then climbs up gradually past the small villages of Mumdu and Sindum. The trail continues through yak meadowlands. After traversing the Langtang Khola to its south bank we ascent through a landscape scattered with huge boulders to a moraine where we will have the first glimpse of Kyanjin Gompa ahead of us, and the dramatic icefall flowing from the [peak of Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) north of us. The surroundings are spectacular and we get the opportunity to visit Cheese factory run by Government. You can taste the cheese and yogurt made up of yak milk. After lunch, you have time to explore the area with plentiful panoramic vistas.

    .Highlights:

    • Kyajin Gompa is famous for cheese and curd
    • You can see many traditional local houses.
    • Beautiful views of Kimshun, Tsenji Himal, Naya Kanga, Lakpa Dorji, and Urkinmang
    • Passing through mani stones and chorten
    • Likely to see Yak and mountain goat along the way
    • Fluttering prayer flags and an eccentric Buddhist aura greets you to the village which is home to the illustrious Kyanjin Gompa.
    • You will get to learn about their lifestyle and culture which is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
  7. Day 07: Day hike to Chergo RI (5,000m/16,404ft.)

    Today we stay in Kyajin Gompa to explore a bit more of the Langtang valley. This day is dedicated to pampering in the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. You can either take rest or a hike around the village. It is well worth the visit to walk up Kyanging Ri (4,350m)for the splendid mountain views of Langtang, Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier and savor in the serene atmosphere. We will follow the same trail back to Kyanjin Gompa and stay overnight in the lodge of Kyanjin Gompa. You have opted to explore Langsisa Kharka which offers amazing glacier and yak pastureland

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent Mountain views of Langtang, Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier
    • During the day, you can immerse into culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local people in Kyanjin Gompa.
    • You can taste locally made cheese and yogurt
  8. Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,400m/7,874ft) 5-6hrs trek

    Today’s trek begins with a downhill walk from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail come across Langtang Khola. Enroute we’ll cross Mundu, Langtang village, Ghode tabela, and Gumna chowk and finally reach Lama Hotel in Langtang.

    . Highlights;

    • You might encounter with troops of langur monkeys on the way
    • Enjoy the mesmerizing views the Himalayas soaring around the forests and rocky terrain.
    • Ghoda Tabela offers breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung
  9. Day 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,100 m/6,889 ft) 6hrs trek

    Walking down the same path from we climbed up from and heading back to Langtang valley. The beginning of the trail is a gentle descent to the landslide and then ascent through pine and juniper forest with the view of Langtang Himal and several other peaks. We then cross the river and climb up to Thulo Syabru. On the way, you might see red pandas, monkeys, and various bird species.

    Highlights:

    • You might come across with Langur monkeys and varied range of birds like Warbler, red bulbul, Dorngor, blue sky bird, Mikhail, woodpecker, pheasant, drove and many more
    • Beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and several backdrops along the trail
    • Serene walk through juniper and pine forest.

     

     

  10. Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,580 m/11,745 ft) approx 5 hrs hike

    With an early start, we begin the trek for the day. The trail includes more uphill with views of Ganesh Himal and a range of peaks located in Tibet. Our trail from Thulo Syabru goes to Foprang Danda (3,200m/10,498ft) passing through Dursagang (2,660m/8,727ft). After a while, we reach Sing Gompa, a small village where we would find a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery.

    Highlights:

    • Visit local cheese factory and Buddhist monastery
    • The trek will be accompanied with magnificent views of Ganesh Himal and the range of peaks lies in Tibet
    • On the way of your trek, you will see fantastic views of Langtang Himal and Langtang valley.
    • You can see monkey flower, Lhokta plant from whose branches Nepali paper is made and several trees including rhododendron flowering along the trails
    • You might encounter with Musk deer along the way
    • You are likely to see monkeys and pheasant along the trail

     

  11. Day 11: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4,381 m/14,373 ft) approx 5 – 6 hrs hike

    Today after breakfast we will start our trek ascending uphill. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of Himal Chuli Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up gently behind. To the north, we would see Langtang Lirung.

    We will reach the stupa shortly after passing through the Laurebina Yak (3920m/12,860 ft). From Laurebina Yak, you can see panoramic mountain views of Nepal and Tibet Himalayan range. We will soon reach the spot from where we will see the sacred lake of Gosaikunda before us.

     At Gosaikunda, we would see a dozen lakes. Among them, the major three are Saraswati Kund, Bhairab Kunda, and Gosainkunda. According to a legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed poison. We will spend our day exploring around the lake we will rest at a lodge there and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s downhill trek.

    Highlights:

    • Impressive views of Himal Chuli Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung.
    • If the weather is clear you can see Annapurna range along the trail
    • Visit sacred lake Gosainkunda and you can see a dozen of lakes
    • Panoramic mountain views of Nepal and Tibet Himalayan range from Lauirbina Yak
    • You are likely to see Tibetan snowcock along the way and you might see migrant yellow golden duck at Gosainkunda lake
  12. Day 12: Trek Back to Dhunche (1,950 m/6,397 ft)

    It would be a long but interesting walk to Dhunche as you will see many pilgrimages traveling from different part of Nepal to the lake to pay homage and take an ablution.  

    Highlights:

    • Meet the pilgrimage along the way
  13. Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu. 7-9 hours drive

    After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you back to Kathmandu Hotel. You will have leisure time where you can either take rest or go shopping.

     

  14. Day 14: Fly back Home

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

     

     

Fast Facts

  1. Max altitude : Gosaikunda Lake (4,381m/14,373ft)
  2. Trek destination: Gosaikunda Lake
  3. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  4. Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  5. 360 view of the Himalayas (Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Himal Chuli, etc) and trek to the beautiful Gosaikunda Lake
  6. Experience unique Tamang, Helambu, Sherpa and Newar culture
  7. Trek through Langtang National Park, to Kyanjin Gompa, Sing Gompa, Cheese factory, Ghopte cave
  8. Fauna you can come across – wild dog, red panda, pika, black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, ghoral, common langur

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Private transfer to/from a trek
  • 3 nights accommodation ***Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 11 nights Tea house lodge on the trek with breakfast
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter/s
  • Duffel bag
  • Map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • International airfare
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), public liability
  • Tips
  • Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour 

Most Common FAQs

  1. 1 . Why choose Langtang trek?

    Langtang trek takes you through Langtang National Park, Langtang valley and to the beautiful Gosaikunda Lake. It is a sacred as well as a challenging trek; you will get an opportunity to experience Tamang culture as well as be rewarded with beautiful views of Mt. Langtang and Ganesh HImal.

  2. 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?

    You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 6hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.

  3. 3 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?

    The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.

  4. 4 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?

    We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.

  5. 5 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?

    Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.

  6. 6 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?

    To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:

  7. 7 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?

    Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.

  8. 8 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?

    You can bring as much as clothes you want but extra luggage is not required for the trek, you can leave your extra luggage in Kathmandu. For the trek you can carry enough clothes you require in your backpack or carry only the camera, water bottle few clothes etc in your backpack. The potter can carry your extra duffle bag clothes which can weigh up to 15 to 30kg and a camping porter carries up to 30kg.

  9. 9 . What medical facilities are there on Langtang trek?

    In case of emergency you need to get evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu, you need to take proper care of your health. Anyways, you will find small clinics along the trek. There are major hospitals in Kathmandu. However, you need to bring your medicine (if any) and a first aid box will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks, also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.

    For further enquiries you can contact Nepal Sanctuary Treks at:

Reviews

Nepal Sanctuary Treks organized a guide and porters (and permits, transportation etc) for an 11-day trek into the Langtang Valley for our family (two parents, two teenagers). We had previously used Tulsi and his company on two other trips to Nepal. Fantastic as per past experiences. They care for their staff, have a genuine commitment to the places and people that you visit and walk the talk in terms of a responsible future of tourism in Nepal. Can’t rate highly enough.

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Matt Francey and Maggie Scott, Australia