This ten day trek is in the Langtang valley which is the closest National Park to Kathmandu and requires no internal flights. The valley is renowned for its beautiful cedar forests and flowers during the spring season and the views of soaring Himalayan peaks including Shishapangma which is one of the 8000 metre peaks. Langtang is often described as the most beautiful valley in the world and includes seeing the amazing Gosainkund Lake and returning via the Tamang Heritage Trail.
Langtang is situated north of Kathmandu and borders Tibet. The terrain is mountainous but not precipitous with forests, terraced hill slopes and valley paths leading to high pastures and eventually the moraine of the glaciers and the peaks. It does not reach the same heights as the treks in the Khumbu valleys and therefore has far less of the altitude related issues, plus there are fewer people. This is a more peaceful trek, less demanding but still with the history, culture and scenic beauty that Nepal is famous for. It has an air of remoteness and visitors frequently mention this mixture of adventure and mystery, culture and lots of wildlife to see.
History - The Langtang National Park is a protected area where the majority of residents are Tamang and the climatic zones range from subtropical to alpine. It remained unknown until Bill Tilman’s expedition in 1949, the same year that the Royal Geographic Society and the Alpine Club asked for permission to explore the south side of Everest; this was refused, but Tilman was allowed into Langtang, where he searched for a way into Tibet. He discovered a pass (still called Tilman’s Pass) beyond Gangchempo leading south through the wild Jugal Himal and back to Kathmandu.
Today, despite the road going up the Trisuli Valley all the way to Dhunche, the valley is still a rarely visited area. The Park has similar climatic pattern to Sagamartha National Park, but the subtropical area to the south ensures a wider variety of animals, including musk deer, Himalayan black bears and the Himalyan tahr (a large ungulate), langur monkeys, ghorals, and the rare snow leopard and red pandas. Trees include oak, blue pine, birch, maple and in the springtime the hillsides are heavy with rhododendron flowers. The valley also boasts several glacial lakes including Gosainkunda Lake which is sacred to Hindus, and a number of high peaks including Yala Peak and Baden Powell peak which are both open for climbing.
Trekking clothes and kit list - normal trekking clothes and some warm layers for the evenings and a rain jacket, this trek does not require anything special. Check out our Nepal Trekking Kit List page for information about what gear and clothing we recommend.
The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night. The main points to cover are as follows:-
- Bags - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Dry bags inside to store clothes.
- Rain protection - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain, also an umbrella
- Layers - Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hat and gloves.
- Walking - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Trekking poles
- Sleeping - 3 or 4 season is enough in the lodges where there are beds and mattresses and blankets
- Water - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. Water can be boiled or treated.
- Personal hygien - wash kit, towel, small first aid kit
- Sun protection - sunglasses, sunhat
- Miscellaneous - head torch, camera, books, music, power bank and leads
Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek.
Fitness and terrain - You do not need to be super-fit for the Langtang trek, however the climbs are moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of altitude may also further tax your body but not much because the pace is slow and the rate of ascent is gradual. The trek generally follows a well trodden path all the way though this can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. Walking poles are useful but not necessary, depending on whether you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. Higher up, the open slopes and moraine may give you added reassurance with a pole, but again the path is quite easy to follow.
Great Family Trek in Nepal - The Langtang trek is a great itinerary for people thinking about trekking in Nepal with their children. The days are not too demanding, the views and scenery is beautiful and the villages and people interesting and friendly. It's not too high, there are none of the precipitous bridges crossing torrents and gorges, it's not too busy as an area and it's close to Kathmandu.
- All our guides are personally trained, and they have lots of experience and speak good English
- Our trips support the local economy and in this case the local Tamang community which was badly affected by the earthquake in 2016
- We follow the IPPG five guidelines on porter safety
- All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what its like to go up for the first time, before you go.
- We have financial bonding so your money is safe.
Langtang trek itinerary
|1-3||1966m||8 hours drive to start of trek||Arrival in Kathmandu is day 1, airport pick up and two nights stay in hotel in the capital for sightseeing and overcoming jetlag. On day 3 we drive from Kathmandu north to Dhunche (1966m) by private vehicle, following scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas. Overnight in lodge.|
|4||2581m||5 hours||Trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru (2581m) which takes about five and a half hours and onto to Thulo Syabru (6950ft, 2120m). The walk is leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes, descending to a ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset can be spectacular; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridgeline above. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and the Tibetan Himal ranges. Overnight stay at lodge.|
|5||2470m||5 hours||Trek from Syabru, descending along the ridge and dropping to the Ghopche Khola and then ascending evenly to Rimche (2400m) through bamboo forest where it is possible to catch sight of the red panda, monkey and black bear, although these animals are naturally secretive and shy.|
|6||3500m||5 hours||Continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola which becomes steeper and leads to a log bridge and the lush meadows of Ghora Tabela beyond. Along the way there is a beautiful sight of Langtang Lirung (7246m), and the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. After crossing a stream we reach Langtang village at a height of 3500 metres, which is the headquarters for the park and has traditional flat rooved Tibetan style houses, small hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at lodge.|
|7||3870m||3 hours||The walk to Kyangjin climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and patches of moraine, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin where there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with surrounding snow covered peaks. Overnight stay at lodge.|
|8 - 12||Tamang Heritage trek back to start of the journey staying in teahouses and community lodges. This is a newly open trail and offers visitors a chance to experience the old way of living and experience the Tamang way of life, via villages of Briddim, Thuman, Tatopani and Gatlang. We end up back at Syabru Besi for the drive to Kathmandu.|
|13||8 hours||Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight in hotel.|
Langtang trek cost £1195.00
- English speaking trekking guide
- Accommodation and meals with hot drinks in lodges
- Private vehicle for transport to the Langtang region
- Air Fare to Kathmandu
- Accommodation in Kathmandu - we provide options during booking or you can book your own. Click here for details
- Travel Insurance - trekking only.
- Personal expenses - drinks, showers, charging for example - on trek (~£50)
- Single room supplements and upgrades
A deposit of £100.00 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 6 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.
This trek supports the Tamang Heritage Association because the route passes through their land and staying in their community lodges allows them to benefit from tourism revenue.
We encourage you to buy insurance prior to your trip well in advance to cover potential cancellation costs, and it is a requirement for any of our holidays that you are covered for all the usual contingencies on a trek. This includes possible helicopter evacuation.
You can book your Adventure Alternative holiday for as little as £100.00 and pay the balance in as many instalments as you like. Choose a scheduled date or contact us for private dates, a bespoke itinerary or more trip details.
- Duration 10 days
- Numbers 5 - 10
- Max Altitude 5000m
- Distance 120km
- Challenge Moderate
- Comfort Lodge