Aptly called ‘The Valley of Glaciers’, Langtang region is the third most popular trekking area after Annapurna and Everest. The high mountains rise on both side of the valley, there are snow bridges with legs on each side of angry torrents in the upper part, and from the end of the valley, ice flutes of Gyangchempo can be seen.
The trek is not so long, just about a week, ideal for those wishing for a short trek. Despite the duration, it takes you breathtakingly close to high Himalayan peaks and glaciers, and through villages and settlements that have retained a charm not, often, found anymore in tea house trek routes elsewhere. And if you want to lengthen the walk, the possible add-ons include Tamang heritage trail or a visit to Gosaikunda Lake.
Pretty luxurious, huh! I’m sure that it has inspired you (up to an extent) to pack up your gear and head straight to Langtang region. But hold on for now, as you first need to have an insight of the trek, before you reserve your spot. So why wait! Let me take you through it!
Here is the essential information about the trail and trip:
- Trek Duration: 12 days
- Height of Langtang Lirung: 7,246m
- Maximum Elevation: Kyanjin Gompa (3900m)
- Difficulty Level: Easy/ Moderate
- Starting spot: Dhunche
- Finishing spot: Syabru Bensi
- Mode of Trek: Tea house/ Tent
- Group Size: 2- 12 (size at times depends on trekkers’ say)
- Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
- Mountain views: Langtang Lirung (7246m), Nayan Khang (5847m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Yala peak (5523m) and Gangchhenpo (6388m)
- Best Season: March to May and September to November
Though the clothes and gears depend on the season and altitude, certain equipments are essential while packing for Langtang Valley trekking:
- Backpack to carry gears/ trekking equipment, clothes etc.
- Daypack to carry your important personal stuff/ equipments for the day
- A good pair of trekking shoes/ lightweight boots.
- Socks (3-4 pairs).
- Water and wind proof outer shell jacket and pants.
- Sleeping bag
- Basic first aid kit and personal medication.
- Sunscreen and sun hat.
- Water purifiers like iodine tablets, filters etc.
- Headlamps with spare batteries.
- Hand sanitizers.
- A travel guide book and map.
Difficulty Level and Fitness
Langtang valley trekking is a moderate altitude trek suitable for every passionate freak who’s comfortable with walking.
- No technical climbing
- No vertical climbing
- No difficult high passes
- A gentle gradient but dramatic ridges
- Less chances of suffering from high altitude sickness
- 5-6 hours of walking
- Average physical fitness, positive attitude and strong determination needed
The trip cost varies according to group size and services.
• Package cost (estimated): US $1078
• Guide: US$22.00 per day or Euro 17.00 per day
• Guide/Porter: US$ 20.00 per day or Euro 16.00 per day
• Porter: US$ 15.00 per day or Euro 12.00 per day
• Average teahouse cost: US$3 to US$5 (depending on off season and peak season)
• Cost of Dal Bhat (Rice, pulse soup and curry): US$2- US$ 6
• Cost of one liter of bottled water: Us$1- US$2
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: US$ 10
- Langtang National park permit: US$ 10 per person
- Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (2030m)
- Day 2: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2200m)
- Day 3: Trek to Lama Hotel (2480m)
- Day 4: Trek to Langtang (3541m)
- Day 5: Trek to Kyanjing Gompa (3900m)
- Day 6: Trek to Tserkori (5184m) and back to Kyanjing Gompa (3900m)
- Day 7: Trek to Lama Hotel (2480m)
- Day 8: Trek to Syabru Bensi and then drive back to Kathmandu
- Plenty of lodges/ tea houses along the route
- Different cuisines- Nepali, ethnic and international available en route
- ATMs are available in some of the places but not in all trekking routes
- Travel and health insurance is indispensable.
Hope that you got all the details of Langtang valley trekking. Now you may hurry!
Have a great trip
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