The Langtang Valley is a great short trek that can be turned into a longer experience for the more adventurous by the various options available from the final inhabited village, Kyangjin Gompa. From here we could take a day’s trek up to Morimoto base camp and, perhaps, beyond onto the Langtang Glacier.
Alternatively a climb could be done of Yala Peak (5,500m), a relatively simple, non-technical ascent, easy by mountaineering standards, or an exit via Ganja La if it’s open (it should be in October and November and maybe in April) and a return trek to Kathmandu across a different side of the Helambu Valley. These extra day activities are not included in our quoted cost, though we’d recommend doing, at the very least, the Morimoto trek.
Unless you undertake any of the above mentioned extras the whole trek is a ‘tea-house’ trek (with food and accommdation provided). If you’d like to extend your stay we can add on six days for the Tamang Heritage trek.
This route is best done any time between October, November or early December, when the views are best, or can be done in March, April or early May, when the wildlife is best.
|Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,460m) Your trekking guide arrives and, after breakfast, we take the breathtaking drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, catching some good views of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. You may notice that the road is still under construction. (8 hour drive).
|Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,500m) Today the first part of the trek crosses the Bhote Koshi (river) and we hike alongside the Langtang Khola (river). The trek gradually climbs to Bamboo (1,960m) before a gentle hike up to Rimche (2,400m) and on to Lama Hotel. En route you might see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you’re lucky – well monkeys anyway. (5 hour trek).
|Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,310m) The trek continues through forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples, white and pink rhododendrons before opening up to give us glimpses of the peaks ahead. Langtang Village is the old local village and the views from here are spectacular. NB It’s necessary to stop here for acclimatization rather than trekking directly to Kyanjin Gompa. (5 hour trek).
|Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,860m) This is our final destination reached after a 2 hour trek. Hike up Kyanji Ri (4,600m), the hill directly to the northeast of where you’re staying, take a short trek up toward the base of Langtang Himal and admire the views to your right up the valley behind Kyanji Ri, visit the monastery, hike slightly downhill and cross the river to explore the other side. And you’ve still got tomorrow.
|Kyanjin Gompa exploration day Today is a day to rest and EXPLORE the area so use it and utilise your guide. If you’ve already done Kyanji Ri try hiking up Tsergo Ri (4,980m and 5 hours), which is best done in the morning.
|Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel We must trek back to Lama Hotel. (5 hour trek).
|Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi Leaving the mountains behind us we make an alternative descent hiking a higher path from Rimche down to Syabrubesi (and a high powered hot shower). (5 hour trek).
|Syabrubesi to Kathmandu After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. We hope you’ve had a great trek, had some adventures, tightened your belt a few notches and look forward to trekking with you again on your return to Nepal.
|Ballpark price; US$ 600 plus accommodation in Kathmandu.
|Price includes airport pick-up and drop-off, all inclusive trek costs; accommodation in twin shared rooms, breakfast, lunch, dinner, trekking and park permit fees, guide and necessary porters and all their costs such as transportation, accommodation, food, equipment, insurance etc.
|Price excludes food and accommodation in Kathmandu, alcoholic beverages, tips, your insurance and personal expenses.