This is a fantastic ten day trek in the superb Langtang valley and the closest National Parks to Kathmandu. The valley is renowned for its beautiful cedar forests and flowers during the spring season and the views of soaring Himalayan peaks close to the Tibetan border higher up, including Shishapangma, one of the 8000 metre peaks.
This trek gives ten days spent in the spectacular Langtang region of Nepal, situated to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet. We drive to the Park with 4x4 vehicles and trek through the Park using lodges and porters with a Sherpa guide. The terrain is mountainous but not precipitous, with forest, terraced hill slopes and valley paths leading to high pastures and eventually the moraine of the glaciers and the peaks.
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 and Peter Lloyd were allowed into Langtang, where they searched for a way into Tibet. Tilman 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 and retains an air of remoteness and adventure. 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 beautiful Langtang Valley contains several glacial lakes including Gosainkunda Lake which is sacred to Hindus, and a number of high peaks including Yala Peak and Baden Powell peak.
Langtang trek itinerary
2 days in Kathmandu at the start followed by one days driving to Langtang region, nine days trekking, and one days drive back to Kathmandu. The trekking is not too difficult or precipitous and would appeal to people who are particularly interested in flora and fauna, a historical trek which is not as frequented as the Khumbu or Annapurna regions, and in particular a visit to the Tamang communities.
|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 from £1,095.00
- In-country logistics & support
- English speaking trekking guide
- Porters and their accommodation & food
- Accommodation and meals and hot drinks on trek in lodges or community lodges
- Private vehicle for transport
- 3 nights bed and breakfast in a hotel in Kathmandu
- Air Fare to Kathmandu (~£500-600)
- Travel Insurance (~£30-50)
- Additional nights in Kathmandu (~£varies)
- Mineral water, soft drinks or boiled drinking water on trek (~£50)
- Single room supplements
NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY - LOCAL BENEFITS
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.
Langtang trek - fitness and terrain
You do not need to be super-fit for this trip, 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. You need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.
TYPE OF TERRAIN
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.
You will meet people along the way of course, and also yaks. There is only one rule of the road when meeting an oncoming yak, and that is to always ensure you step to one side, towards the inside of the trail.
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.
Langtang trek kit list
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.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but 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
- SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
- LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
- BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
- FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
- SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
- DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
- WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
- SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
- TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
- PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music
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.
Luggage Allowance on Internal Flights
Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 10kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can pay for extra luggage allowance at 120rupees(~0.75GBP)/kg. However, note that the amount that the plane can carry also has a limit! You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu.
- All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest
- You will get to travel with local guides who not only lead trekking groups but are experienced in high altitude expeditions and even Everest climbs.
- We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which support the local economy.
- We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
- 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 with ABTOT