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The Langtang Valley Trek takes you through the Langtang National Park, directly north of Kathmandu. The central Himalayas include amazing mountain vistas, medieval monasteries and wonderful glaciers. Walking along the banks of the Langtang river, walking through thewonderful Rhododendron forests to various glacial lakes will be an adventure that will be etched into your memory forever. The highest spot on the trek is at Tserko Ri at a massive altitude of 4984m. The amazing views of the Lantang mountain ranges and valley and the possibility of being able to see the elusive red Panda make this trip exceptional. The meadows seen in this region we see horses and donkeys grazing along with Yaks and other fauna. Nomadic camps can be seen in the region as well.
We also get to visit one of the Yak Cheese factories in the region selling authentic Yak cheese and an old Buddhist monastery in Kyanjing Gompa, which also offers wonderful views of Ganchenpo Ri, Langsisha Ri and others. This will be our home for two nights as we make a day hike to Chortari Ri and Tserko Ri the next day with amazing views of the Himalayan lakes, glaciers and peaks. The beauty of this region is truly seen from Tserko Ri. After our day hike, we return to Kyanjin Gompa. The green hilly views here are amazing to take in.
With wonderful views of the central Himalaya along with the exploration of the culture of the Tamang and Sherpa people as well as the ancient Buddhist monasteries and glacial lakes, this trip is a must for any trekking enthusiast!
There are four distinct seasons in the Langtang valley: spring, autumn, summer, and winter. Nature, temperature, and climatic conditions all fluctuate with the seasons. The finest months for this walk are spring and fall because of the tolerable temperatures, the climatic conditions, and the side vistas they give. The excursion, nevertheless, can provide some challenges during the off-season. However, if you are mentally and physically prepared and have the right equipment, you can do this walk at any time of year.
The ideal season for a trek in Langtang is autumn. The weather is mild and consistent from September until mid-December. Trekking during this time of year allows you to experience clear mountain views, fresh air, and gorgeous blue skies.
The Langtang region's second-best trekking season is from March to May. The season's long, warm days will be to your liking. In the Langtang region, the daytime highs range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). You may trek to the Langtang valley with ease in the temperate weather.
Why Accessible Adventure?
Accessible Adventures is a reputable travel company that has been offering treks and excursions in the Himalayan region for more than ten years. We are easy to work with, accommodating, and will fulfill all of your needs. Additionally, we can customize rooms in our Kathmandu hotel, which is owned by Accessible Adventures, to meet your unique needs.
Throughout a variety of training programs, our guides have practiced and prepared for the trip while it is off-season for tourists, taking note of the terrain and routes in the region. In order to give our visitors the best experience possible at the busiest time of year, we are doing this.
We are aware of the difficulties that could arise for both you, the traveler, and the guides and porters that we engage along your journey because we have more than 30 years of personal travel experience, which includes peak-climbing and seeing the most well-known tourist locations in Nepal. Due to our personal experiences in several locations, such as EBC, ABC, and many more, we have been able to tailor trips and make the adventure feel more cozy and private. We treat each and every one of our customers like family while offering the greatest professional services.
Langtang Valley trek is a short trek classified as moderately strenuous. Since there are no flights required like those in the Everest region, you do not need to worry about flight cancellations. The hike can be completed by anyone in a reasonable fit condition who is determined enough. The elevation gain is not too bad as well compared to other treks in the region so beginner to expert trekkers is welcome to join this amazing trek in the Langtang National Park and the central Himalayas.
A representative from our company will meet and greet you at the airport as soon as you land in Kathmandu. We will see to it that your travel requirements are met once you are in our care. Given that there are no planned activities for the day, we will assist you in checking into the hotel that we have reserved for you. You have the option of taking a stroll around the neighborhood or relaxing in each of your rooms. You can go for some needed shopping for trekking materials if you haven’t done so yet. You will be briefed about your trek with our guide.
Waking up early and grabbing breakfast we drive northwards from Kathmandu to Syaprebesi via road. We take the Trishuli Highway which snakes the Trishuli river. Many villages and towns are crossed en route. We grab lunch at Trishuli Bazaar, a famous town in the region nearby the river. Fish from the Trishuli river is very famous. After crossing the bazaar, we reach several checkposts. The road becomes narrow as we ascend the offroad track. Then we reach the Army checkpost at Dunche where we get the entry permit for the Langtang National Park. The army will check your bags thoroughly as this is a checkpoint for the road that comes through tibet also. The tibet border is only around 20 kilometers away from the checkpoint. From here we travel down to Syaprebesi. The road here is not in the best condition which is why the short distance takes very long to travel. We explore around the town of Syaprebesi. A small river view point along with water taps where hot water flows can be found here. We stay over in one of the hotels for the night.
After we wake up in Syaprebesi, we grab breakfast and officially begin our trek. Crossing a bridge, we can take either the trekking trail or the main road. The short trekking trail is quite risky as stone falls and landslides are quite common here thus we take the main road as its much safer. Walking along the road we see numerous waterfalls decking the road. We see hydropower construction going on in the region and take the trekking trail from where the main road stops. After crossing through a scenic waterfall we reach Dovan via Pairo. Here the routes to Thulo Syapru, which leads to Gosain Kunda and Lantang separate. We take the route to Lantang. Walking for some time we reach Bamboo a riverside village, where we take lunch for the day. Along the route we can see cliffsides with large honey bee hives. Walking through forest trails we ascend to a suspension bridge and going up and down we reach Rimche. Around Rimche are lots of Langur monkeys around. Walking further along a similar trail we reach Lama Hotel. The accommodations in Lama hotel are very basic as it lies within the core Lantang Conservation area.
From Lama hotel, we grab an early breakfast and ascend forest trails and walk beside the Langtang river. The trail initially today is also similar to the trail we took yesterday Along the route is the River View Tea Shop, which lies next to the river between two ridges. Grabbing tea and refreshments we move ahead. Ascending further, the closed tree line opens up to a shrubby area where most vegetation is low. Further we reach Ghoda Tabela where we see amazing views of Langtang I and Langtang II along with Ganchenpo ahead. We grab lunch here at the village and reach Thyangsyap where the view of the Langtang valley is very picturesque. If we weren’t hungry at Ghoda Tabela we can grab lunch at Thangsyap instead. We also see the Changbu Peak. After walking further we cross a small village called Sherpa Danda and reach Langtang Village. A memorial commemorating the lives lost during the avalanche caused by the 2015 Nepal Earthquake are found here. If we choose to stay overnight at Mundu instead, we need to walk further for around half an hour and climb another 150m altitude. Yak cans be seen grazing in the village of Mundu. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Mundu or Langtang Village. We stay overnight here.
Getting up early, we are greeted by the mountains in the central Himalaya. We begin after breakfast, walking through the valley and follow the Lantang river. A teahouse is seen en route. Nearby is also a large boulder upon which Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Rumous of his footprint are seen here also. We cross the village, and see numerous Yak and goats. We cross a suspension bridge and walk to reach Kyanjin Gumpa. An amazing view of the Lantang Lirung glacier is seen from the route right after crossing the suspension bridge. This glacier is where many rookie peak climbers train for their mountain adventures. At Kyanjin gumba we grab lunch, visit a small bakery and a factory selling real Yak Cheese freshly made. Tibetan influence and ancestry is apparent in this region. We stay overnight at Kyanjin Gumba.
Today we have two options for our trek, either to Kyangjin Ri or to Cherko Ri. Kyangjin Ri is slightly shorter however views from Cherko Ri are much better. We grab a very early breakfast and begin our ascend.
Option 1: Kyangjin Ri
As we ascend to Kyangjin Ri, we get views of Ganjala Peak, Ganjala Pass, Lantang Peaks and Yala Pass. We also see the Cherko Ri. Towards our back lie the amazing Himalaya when walking. At the top of Kyangjin Ri, we see amazing 360 degree views of the Himalayas that surround us. After taking our fill of the amazing scenery, we return back to our lodge for lunch and explore the monastery and the village.
There are two Kyanjin Ri peaks, the lower Kyanjin Ri lies only at 4200m while the upper goes upto 4600m. The Kyanjin Ri peaks make for amazing short burst hikes that do not take all day.
Option 2: Cherko Ri
Moving towards Cherko Ri, we take packed lunch and go to see the spot the footprint of Guru Rinpoche can be found. We cross a river, climb steeply along the trail as we see amazing backgrounds of Lantang Peak, Ganjala Peak, Ganchenpo Peak, Nayakhang Peak and Lantang Valley. When we reach the top, we see the best 360 view of the Himalaya including Sisapangba, which lies in Tibet and Langsisa, Dorje Lakpa which lie in Nepal. We take our packed lunch amid the wonderful views and can even feed birds that are perch on top of the hill. Descending is quite difficult as the trail becomes slippery in winter. Climbing Cherko Ri is almost impossible during the winter. Most describe the final ascent and initial descent of Cherko Ri as being the most difficult due to the ice and altitude.
We return back to Kyangjin Gumba for the night.
Waking up early and grabbing greakfast, we begin our descent to Lama Hotel. We take the same route to descend. Sometimes Yaks can be seen butting heads on the route which makes for an exciting experience. The downward trail will be relatively easier as we see valleys ahead. As we get back to Lama Hotel we explore the nearby areas and spend our night here. The trek today is very long and you might feel very tired today after descending more than 1200m with almost 23 km of walking. Be careful along slippery rockfall areas and be sure to give way to yaks and mules traversing the trekking route. Even though today is long, it is completely doable and we can have an amazing rest at Lama Hotel as the next day we reach the bustling town of Syaprubesi.
After grabbing breakfast we begin descending to Syaprebesi. The trail is the same as the first day however when descending our muscles may tire. We have to take care to step properly and not apply a large amount of pressure to our knees. We cross the arduous trail at Bamboo where we can grab lunch if we are hungry. As we reach Pairo and cross over to Dovan, we are greeted by the familiar road route which now makes the route easy.
We take a drive from Syaprebesi back to Kathmandu. Following the scenic trail. Again we have to stop at numerous army checkpoints and police checkpoints to register that we have completed the trek and are safe. We can stop by for lunch nearby Trishuli also or in teh bustling town of Bidur. Depending on the road traffic and condition, there are numerous ways to reach Kathmandu. On a clear day the route is vibrant and we can even see the many central himalayan mountains from the vehicle. We reach Kathmandu in the evening and you will be free to enjoy the amazing completion of the Lantang Valley Trek in Kathmandu.
Today's schedule includes visits to Swayambhunath, also known as the monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, one of Nepal's largest temples, and Bouddhanath, a large and ancient stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: One of the oldest Hindu temples, Pashupatinath Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as the "Lord of All Beings." Lord Shiva is the embodiment of the universe's destructive aspect. The Pashupatinath complex is traversed by the revered Bagmati river. For those who pass away on the banks of the river, cremation rites are performed by the majority of Hindus in the Kathmandu Valley.
Swayambhunath Stupa: One of the most revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal is the Swayambhunath stupa. It is believed to have come into existence when the Bodhisattva Manjushri used his flaming sword to dig a canyon at Chhobhar in order to drain the waters of the enormous lake that was Kathmandu in antiquity.
Bouddhanath Stupa: The 2500-year-old Buddhist stupa in the Valley, Bouddhanath, was built in the fifth century, and on top are Lord Buddha's four pairs of eyes, which are placed in the four cardinal directions. This stupa continuously observes people and their behavior. As they round the stupa, Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims may be seen spinning prayer wheels.
After finishing the journey through the Langtang Valley, it's time to bid Nepal farewell. Three hours before to your scheduled international flight to your next destination, you will be taken to the international airport. We sincerely hope that our travels in the Everest Himalaya have left you with lifelong memories. You can extend your stay in Nepal if you'd want to visit all of the fascinating places the country has to offer. We sincerely hope you will appreciate the time we had together and recommend us to your friends and family for their trip to Nepal to go trekking.
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Duffle Bag, Sleeping bag, and Down jacket for Use during the trek
Two-night twin sharing accommodation in a deluxe 3-star category hotel (Kathmandu Suite Home or similar) in Kathmandu
In mid-June, our family of five traveled to Nepal to climb the Langtang Valley Trek. We chose Accessible Adventure since we have three little children under the age of ten. Himal, the owner, was well organized and arranged various family trekking choices for us. Ram, our trekking guide, was well informed about the region, culture, food, and geology. He was highly adaptable and accommodating to our children's needs. Shyam, our guide, was exceedingly patient and calm while carrying our 3-year-old. We were grateful to Accessible Adventure for providing two people, Namaraj and Sandeep, to carry our baggage. Our kids had a terrific time trekking the Langtang Valley Trek with them. This 10-day walk was just the right amount of difficulty for our kids. We had serious chats while trekking, singing songs, and playing cards in the tea houses at night.
If you are considering a vacation to Nepal, we recommend the Accessible Adventure and Ram. If you want to learn more about our successful family hike, check out our Nepal vlogs on YouTube.