Langtang Valley Trek Details:
- Valley of Glaciers
- Rich Tibetan lifestyle
- Mt. Langtang-ri, Ganjala peak
- Red panda, Snow leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr
Difficulty Level: Easy | Days: 11 | Max. Altitude: 3750m (Kyanjin Gompa)
The Langtang valley trekking route is also known as ‘The valley of glacier’. It is the third most popular trekking route in Nepal after the Annapurna and Everest region. Located North from Kathmandu, the trek takes you incredibly close to the glacier in a relatively short period of time. The route is often preferred by trekkers opting for a shorter and easier trek. Trekkers who want to extend their trek can visit Gosaikunda or the Tamang Heritage Trail which is located adjacent to the Langtang valley trek.
Despite being very close to Kathmandu, the trek is as wild as the Tibetan highlands, but with a tranquil rural landscape. The people living along the route are Nepalese but are the descendant of Tibetan origin, so for those wishing to experience rich Tibetan lifestyle and culture, this trekking route is the ideal place. Additionally, trekkers can witness a panoramic view of Mt. Langtang-ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal and Ganjala peak along the trail.
Most of the trail is covered by Langtang National Park which was established in 1976 to conserve the native species of flora and fauna. The park is famous for hosting endangered species like the red panda and snow leopard. The trees include the deciduous oak and maple, and evergreens like pine, and various types of rhododendron. Animal life includes Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, rhesus monkeys and red pandas.
People and Culture:
On top of experiencing rich Tibetan culture, trekkers can visit Kyanjin Gompa (an ancient monastery) located at 3800m during the trek. Kyanjin Gompa is the last destination of the trek. This trek can be once in a lifetime spiritual trip for those fascinated by the Buddhist religion.
On 25th April 2015 a massive 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. The Langtang village located 1 hour from Kyanjin Gompa was wiped out by the ice and rock avalanche triggered by the earthquake. More than 180 local people died along with trekkers.
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- Landslides in few places
- One of the most severely hit sites during the 2015 earthquake
- Being rebuilt after the earthquake
Langtang National Park Trek Itinerary
|1.||Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel||1300|
|2.||Trek Orientation / Kathmandu sightseeing *||1300|
|3.||Drive Kathmandu-Syabru Besi||1460||8-9 hrs|
|4.||Lama Hotel (7800 ft.)||2300||5-6 hrs|
|5.||Langtang Village (11,500 ft.)||3450||6-7 hrs|
|6.||Kyanjin Gompa 12,500 ft.)||3750||2 hrs|
|7.||Acclimatization day – Kyanjin Gompa.
Hike up Kyanjin Ri.
Descend to River side or Lama Hotel
|9||Trek ends at Syabru Besi||1460|
|10.||Drive back to Kathmandu||1300||8-9 hrs|
|11.||Free day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner||1300|
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Pick Up and Drop
Three Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Three meals during the trek
All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle
Guided City Tour
Entrance fee for the routes
An experienced, licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
Porters (2 trekker: 1 porter)
All paper works and trekking permits
All government and local taxes
What’s not included
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge
Private transportation apart from those in itinerary
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early/late arrival/departure, or early return from the trek
Travel and Rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)