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Langtang Valley trek

Nepal Hiking Team - 8 days

  • Langtang Valley trek
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Nepal Hiking Team
FAQ
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Overview

> Visit the "valley of glaciers"
> Visit Kyanjin Gompa, a Buddhist monastery overlooking the village of Kyanjin
> Trek through rhododendron forests

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” said Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher. He must have meant a journey to a divine destination when he said this celebrated quote. But guess what! It doesn’t necessarily take you a thousand miles to reach the divine destination. The Langtang Valley is one of such destinations.

Embedded in the vast acreage of the Langtang National Park, Langtang valley is only 19 miles north of Kathmandu. The valley is a rugged terrain surmounted by imposing mountains at the backdrop. Surrounded by the arresting mountains is a rugged valley floor which is a tapestry of glaciers and intricate land formations. This Himalayan valley in the northern vicinity is an abode of natural grandeurs and the living auras clad by the riches of the bygones.

This Langtang Valley Trek is one quick escape into the mountains. The trail offers you the best of Nepal. Trek alongside rivers and streams, past suspension bridges and into the lofty altitudes where the mountain majesties await your arrival. The terraced farm lands might look tricky, but the Tamang settlements in their periphery are tame and welcoming. You walk to address the mountain calling, but you fall for the people you meet. You smile at the sight of shimmering mountains, but the memory of people smiling at you remians with you forever.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01- Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) Duration: 7 hrs
Langtang Valley Trek officially starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi. This is almost a half day bus ride. Taking the northern exit out of Kathmandu, the bus shall cruise the serpentine road alongside the Trishuli River.

After leaving the sight of the river, the bus will take you to Dhunche where you will witness a close glimpse of the Ganesh Himal beyond the tapering hills dominated by green vegetation. Somewhere you will see mankind’s carving of the hills to shape them into terraces for cultivation. Across Dhunche, the road gets bumpy and this will continue up to Syabru Bensi. Upon reaching Syabru Bensi you’ll already experience a rapid change in the terrain imposed by emerald hills and peaks peeping at the ridgeline. You’ll have enough time to gaze at the views in front of you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 02 - Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Syabru Bensi is the trail-head of Langtang Valley Trek. From here you will start your hike after morning breakfast.

The first part of the trail takes you across the Bhote Koshi River and the Langtang Khola; each crossed through suspension bridges. Across the Langtang Khola, the trail gradually climbs up to reach Bamboo (1960 meters) past the Landslide Area. From Bamboo, another gentle climb will take you to Ramche (2400 meters) at the bank of Langtang Khola. You’ll probably reach Ramche by lunch time. Deep fried river fish here are yummy!

Dhunche onwards, the trail gets forested and cascaded by waterfalls. You have greater chances of encountering Red Pandas and Rhesus Monkeys. The arresting forests clear out to mark your arrival in hillside settlement at Gumanechok. Lama Hotel sits on a steeped hill.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 03 - Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3307m/10845ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Leaving the Lama Hotel, the trail is mapped with steeped ascend above the Langtang Khola. As you walk along this steep, you’ll see a startling view of Langtang Lirung (7,227 meters). The trail gets steeper until reaching verdant meadows of Ghoda Tabela at 3000 meters elevation. ‘Ghoda’ translates to horse and ‘Tabela’ translates to stable. This place is a farm to horses and donkeys that are widely used to transport goods in the mountains.

As you continue to walk past the dotted lodges and a checkpoint, the trail will wide open into a lush pasture. Here, you will see a homely sight of grazing Yaks. This surface floor has scattered Tamang households and water-driven mills and Buddhist prayer wheels. Further from here, you’ll cross a stream to reach Langtang village at 3,500 meters. Langtang village is a small and cozy Himalayan settlement. You will clearly feel the thin air at this altitude. This will be your stop for the night. You’ll see an excellent view of the imposing mountains in this route of the trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 04- Langtang village to Kyanjing Ri (4773m/15655ft) and back to Kyanjing Gompa (3798m/12495ft) Duration: 7-8 hrs
After a fulfilling breakfast in Langtang Village, you’ll ascend towards Sindum and then towards Yamphu (3,640 meters). This part of the trek will have plenty bridge crossings. The most epic one is over the Laja Khola. This river is a meltdown of glacial bulk of ice.

After crossing the Laja Khola, you will climb up a moraine from where you will see the Kyanjin Gompa and a dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung. Upon reaching the village of Kyanjin Gompa, you will not long for the sight of the mountains as you will be surrounded by mountains on all sides. The village of Kyanjin is the last settlement in the Langtang region.

The same day, you’ll hike up to Kyanjin RI at 4,773 meters. Take your time to relish the magnificent views of the surrounding peaks before hiking down to the village where you will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 05 - Kyangjuma Gompa Exploration and climb Chorkari Ri (5050m/16564ft) Duration: 7 hrs
You are at the ultimate highlight of the Langtang Valley Trek today. This is a relaxing day of exploring the dated Kyanjin Gompa. You can wander around the monastery and visit a cheese factory nearby. The factory makes Yak cheese, a dairy delicacy. For the remaining day, you will walk up to Chorkari RI at 5,050 meters, the highest altitude in this trek. Chorkari RI is a leveled climb directly behind the village and offers an exceptional view of the Langtang peak. After witnessing the best of Langtang Valley Trek, you will descend to the village for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 06 - Kyanjin Gompa- Lama Hotel (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Today you will walk all the way down to Lama Hotel. You will be surprised by how easy the downhill trail gets. After all, the distance you ascended in 2 days will be descended in a single day! Don’t forget to stop by Langtang Village on the way. This place will already start to feel like home. Regardless of the easy trail, take slow steps as the downhill is much steeped.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 07 - Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
The trek down to Syabru Bensi from Lama Hotel will be easy. Take a sedated pace and don’t forget to stop and look back every now and then. The memories of ascend will keep you from moving quick anyways!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 08 - Drive from Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu by Bus
Leaving the hill-stationed settlement of Syabru Bensi, you will take a bus ride back to Kathmandu. This same bus ride few days back embarked your trek while this one shall mark the end.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included.

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Transport
Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Sabrubensi and Sabrubensi to Kathmandu by public bus is included.

√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. We will provide you with the best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don't have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
The package is inclusive of full board meals during the trek. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the freedom to choose from the menu that the teahouses offer. Typically, you will find dal bhat meal set as staple. Good for the vegetarians out there. There are other options as well.

For drinking water, the package doesn’t cover the cost. You can buy bottled mineral water at tea houses. You can also find fresh spring water at the tea houses for free. However, we highly encourage you to consume the spring water only after adding some water purifiers. It is a wise idea to take your own bottle.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permits
The total amount includes the costs of the Langtang National park permits. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System (Please bring 3 passport size photos for the permits).

√ Equipment
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company, if required. Nepal Hiking Team will also provide you with a duffel bag for the trek.

√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable in case it is needed. The kit also includes an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.

√ Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt
We will provide you with a Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt which you will be able to take back home as a souvenir.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Private transportation to and from Syabrubesi
Transportation by private vehicle from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Sabrubensi to Kathmandu is not included. You can book this for an extra USD 280,-/ EUR 248,- for the round trip.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, bottles of Cold drinks (Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.) and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the rest of the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 


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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient travel. A porter is available for two people who will carry up to 25 kg at maximum, therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!

Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.

GENERAL

- Duffel or Rucksack bag: (Nepal Hiking Team will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)

- Day pack: (Approximately 20-22 Liter)

- Down Jacket: (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary down which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

- 4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary sleeping bags which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

HEAD

- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

FEET

- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter

HANDS

- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

LOWER BODY

- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

UPPER BODY

- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

ACCESSORIES

- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

TOILETRIES

- Tooth brush/paste
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail cutter
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e., cards

Nepal Hiking Team

Nepal Hiking Team

Today, Nepal Hiking Team stands as one of the best tour operators in Nepal by providing quality services that any genuine customer would seek for. But this achievement is not a credential of single person but an output or joint efforts of its devoted and enthusiastic team members. Nepal Hiking Team as a whole is a collaboration of its hardworking and passionate staffs and field members who deliberately put their efforts in promoting tourism in Nepal. They work for making tourism service better and better. Each of the team members are good persons, not only professionally but personally too.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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