Langtang valley is a thriving trekking region close to the Kathmandu valley, with much to see and do and a hub for eco-tourism. The area is renowned for its wilderness and similarity to Tibetan highlands. Trekkers who are in search of natural beauty will be delighted by the rhododendrons, the national flowers of Nepal, when they walk through dense bamboo forests, pass by high waterfalls and view the snow-capped Himalayas that seem close enough to touch.
Langtang valley trekking is also called the valley of glaciers trek. Langtang is the closest place where you could get the massive snow capped mountains and beautiful glaciers. This valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu. The whole valley is dominated by Mount Langtang Lirung (7246m) and offers pine forest,swift mountain streams,rugged rock and snow-capped peaks,grassy lawn and meadows.
The trail starts in Syabrubesi and follows the Langtang Khola (river) all the way to our final destination, Kyanjin Gumba. In total it takes 3 days to walk uphill and 2 days to return following the same path. Every few hours you will pass a settlement, populated by newly reconstructed homes and teahouses. The earthquake’s effects are evidenced by the various landslides that you will cross, which makes the trail quite rocky and uneven at times.
On the first day of the trek, the trail will take you up the forested canyon of the Langtang Khola, where langur monkeys are often spotted. By the second day you will leave the tree line and enter the broadening Langtang valley, where you will catch your first glimpses of yaks and zopkios (yak and cow hybrids). On the third day, you will pass an unimaginably massive landslide that marks the grave of Langtang Village, which used to be the largest settlement in the valley. The final stretch to Kyanjin Gumba is incredibly scenic and has many chortens and mani walls dotting the path. Kyanjin Gumba itself is a charming small town, and you will spend 2 glorious nights in this scenic settlement. The view of Langtang’s tallest peak, Mt Langtang Lirung (7246m), is extraordinary from Kyanjin Gumpa. To return, we follow the same path downhill over the next 2 days.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1365m)
Day 2- Half day city tour in Kathmandu
Day 3 -Drive to Syabrubesi (1503m), 7 to 8 hours
Day 4- Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2410m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 5- Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu (3543m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 6- Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gumba (3830m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 7- Early morning hike to Kyanjin Ri (4779m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 8- Trek from Kyanjin Gumba to Lama Hotel (2410m), 7 to 8 hours walking.
Day 9- Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1503m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 10- Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 11- Departure