Enter into the spectacular living geology of the Langtang region that lies to the south of the Tibetan border, between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range to the south. Stunning glacial valleys and breathtaking snowy white peaks await trekkers along this adventure in the Rasuwa district of Nepal.

 

The trail ascends through lush oak and rhododendron forests, which transform into peaceful hemlock and woodlands at a higher elevation. After crossing an ancient glacial moraine, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas loom into view as you reach Kyanjin Gompa.

 

Langtang is often considered to be the third major trekking area of Nepal (after Everest and Annapurna regions) and it shares many of the attractions of those famous areas – beautiful mountain views, a rich culture and good facilities for trekkers.

 

The traveller enters an awe-inspiring U-shaped glacial valley before arrival into the villages of Langtang (3300m) and Kyangjin (3700m). Kyangjin boasts a cheese factory with delicious yoghurt. Ambitious travellers can undertake several side treks from these villages including the Langtang Glacier, Tsergo Ri (5033m) and Kyanjin Ri (4770m), which afford spectacular mountain views.

 

This is a hike for the moderately fit and travellers who enjoy unadulterated nature. Many trekkers combine this adventure with the Gosainkund Lake (4380m) and Helambu treks to have a full two-week adventure spanning sacred lakes, remote villages, ending up in Kathmandu.

 

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8 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.

March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.

 

June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

 

September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

 

The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness,v that may come up.

 

Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.

It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.

 

An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.

Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.

The highest point on this trek is 3780m (4770m if you climb Kyangjin Ri) and while it ultimately depends on the participant’s level of fitness and determination, the trekking can become strenuous at some points as we gain elevation. However, anybody with some reasonable level of physical and mental fitness can enjoy this trek.

The bus to Langtang takes about 8 hours and follows the road that winds its way up north of Kathmandu to the Tibetan border. You can choose to rent a private jeep for an additional cost instead, which can cut the travel time to 5 hours.

Lantang National Park is located 5-8 hours north of the Kathmandu valley and encompasses some of the worlds highest mountains, including Lantang (7227m) and the majestic Gosainkunda lake (4380m). Trekking days are normally 6-7 hours long and range from a mid to high level of difficulty, depending on that day’s terrain and altitude.

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Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Shyphru Besi - 1467m

From Kathmandu we take a bus for 8 hours on paved roads past Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district, to the town of Shyphru Besi, the starting point of our trek. The bus trip offers up some exciting and breathtaking sights of the mountains on one side of the road and steep inclines on the other.

 

The district of Rasuwa is thickly populated by the local community of Tamangs, an ethnic group whose origin can be traced back to Tibet. Shyphru Besi is the perfect starting point from which to head off on our trek into the surrounding Tamang and Tibetan villages.
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Day 2: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel – 2748m

After breakfast we will cross over to the bank of the Langtang Khola river and start out on the trail through a thick forest filled with oak, pine and bamboo trees. We may spot some wildlife such as the local monkeys, wild boar and if we are lucky the Himalayan black bear or the endangered red panda.

 

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Day 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village – 3500m

We leave Lama Hotel and continue to gain altitude while walking through wonderful mountain scenery with the flowing river nearby and surrounding waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghora Tabela the snowy white peaks of the Langtang range come into view.

 

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Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa – 3800m

Rising early we continue down Langtang valley through tiny ethnic Tibetan villages and past yaks and horses grazing in terraced fields until we reach Kyangjin Gompa after about 4 hours.

 

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Day 5: Rest Day / explore the area around Kyangjin Gompa or climb Tserko Ri – 5003m

Today you can either choose to rest and visit the nearby monastery and cheese factory or climb the nearby Tserko Ri.

 

Situated at 5033m, Tserko Ri is a steep climb from Kyangjin Gompa taking about 90 minutes each way. However, the spectacular mountain views available of the surrounding peaks and up and down the Langtang valley offer plentiful reward. This is the pinnacle of the Langtang trek and energy permitting the ascent of Tserko Ri should defiantly be undertaken so that you can take in Langtang’s snowcapped mountain range in all its glory.
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Day 6: Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel – 2748m

Today we retrace our steps back down the Langtang valley through the rhododendron filled fields and forests to Lama Hotel. The trail follows a general decent enabling us to gain a lot of ground quickly while at the same time allowing ample time for rest and lunch.

 

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Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi - 2130m

From Lama Hotel we follow the trail down to Shyphru Besi. As we descend gently we will encounter the local white Langur monkeys running, playing and feeding along the river bank and in the trees above.

 

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Day 8: Shyphru Besi to Kathmandu

After breakfast we will leave Langtang and the Tamang people behind for now as we catch a return bus to Kathmandu, where you will transfer to your hotel or guesthouse.

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Umbrella Trekking Nepal

Umbrella Trekking Nepal is a social enterprise initiative by Nature Treks Himalaya, established to support The Umbrella Foundation, a registered children’s charity in Nepal.

 

We offer a wide range of stunning treks and adventure activities throughout the country where you can have the time of your life while knowing that you are helping give underprivileged children of Nepal a brighter future.

 

The treks, operated by Nature Treks Himalaya, provide internship opportunities to disadvantaged youths so that they can learn more about the industry as assistant guides, and all profits go towards the work of The Umbrella Foundation charity.

 

Their Social Focus

The treks provide internship opportunities to disadvantaged youths so that they can learn more about the industry as assistant guides, and all profits go towards the work of The Umbrella Foundation charity.

 

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