Langtang Trek Nepal: Trekking in Langtang National Park

By Sierd van der Bij

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The Langtang Trek offers the opportunity to experience an authentic trekking adventure in Nepal, not far from Kathmandu. In about 8 days you can experience the best of what the Himalaya has to offer. Some say that the Langtang National Park feels even more remote than the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Langtang Trek is for those who want to see something pure without having to travel extra kilometers. Are you ready for the Langtang Valley Trek? In this blog post, we'll walk you through the most important questions about the weather, the best Langtang trekking itinerary, packing lists and more.

Where can you find the Langtang Trek?

The Langtang Trek takes place in a region in the northern central Himalayas of Bagmati province in Nepal. The region lies 51 kilometers north of the Kathmandu Valley and is known as Langtang National Park, which eventually forms the border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. About 4,500 people live in the park (with Tamang as the majority). The Langtang National Park covers a variety of climate zones, from subtropical to alpine. About 25% of the park is forested. Trees include deciduous oak and maple, evergreen pine and several species of rhododendron. Wildlife includes the Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, the Assam macaque and the red pandas. There are also stories about yeti sightings.

Langtang National Park is home to the Gosainkunda Lakes, which are sacred to the Hindus. Pilgrimages are made in August. Another spiritual place is the Buddhist monastery Kyanjin Gompa. Popular activities for tourists in the park include long trekking tours, climbing and white water rafting. The village of Langtang was completely destroyed by a massive avalanche, following the earthquake in April 2015, which killed an estimated 310 people, including 176 Langtang residents, 80 foreigners and 10 soldiers. More than 100 bodies were never recovered. Not much of all this can be noticed today during the Langtang valley trek. 

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Weather in Langtang Nepal - What is the best season?

The fall season (September - mid-December) and the spring season (March-May) are the best seasons for the Langtang Valley Trek. Then the climate is very pleasant and moderate, with beautiful views, although it can still be cold at night. However, the whole evergreen forest covered with the blossom of colorful rhododendron blossoms makes the Langtang Valley Trek more pleasant in spring. Nevertheless, it is still possible to hike in Langtang National Park in summer and winter. You can expect muddy trails during the monsoon, but you can prepare yourself very well. In winter it is colder, but then, Langtang offers the most romantic winter views.

Why the Langtang Trek in Nepal? 

For decades, Langtang trekking was at the top of many hikers' wish lists: The beautiful Langtang valley was the third most popular of the large trekking areas in Nepal - only Solu Khumbu and the Annapurna region saw more visitors. In recent years, however, Langtang has become known for something else - the destruction of the most important village during the earthquake of 2015. Where many villages in Nepal suffered considerable damage, something terrible happened high above the village of Langtang. Part of the great peak of Langtang Lirung broke off, and a huge, devastating avalanche of ice and rocks was the result.

When you go Lang Tang Trekking, you avoid the busy trails and teahouses of the Annapurna and Khumbu. In Langtang people like the fact that the hikers have found the trails again. Thus, during a Langtang Valley Trek, a warm welcome awaits you. 

Which is the best Langtang Trekking Itinerary?

The Langtang Trek can be done in 7, 8 or 9 days. If you want to have enough time for acclimatization and make the most of it, it is advisable to do it in at least 8 days. The following itinerary is based on the 8-day Langtang Valley Trek from Nepal Eco Adventure.


Drive to Syabrubensi

Namaste! We start early in the morning after breakfast and drive up to Syabrubesi. This will take us about 8 hours. We drive along the scenic banks of Trishuli River with beautiful views of valleys, meadows, rivers and mountains. After reaching our destination at an altitude of 1450m, we will check-in to the hotel and spend the night there.



Syabrubensi trek to Lama Hotel

Duration: 05:00 h
Distance: 11.4 km
Ascent: 1080 m
Descent: 40 m
We won’t sit around: the trek for the day starts right after breakfast. At first the trail ascends for about 2 hours and then a climb of about an hour takes us to Bamboo village where we will enjoy our lunch. After that we walk through levelled trails witnessing a number of bird species in the area as well as beehives hanging on the cliffs. We will then get ready for another steep climb before we finally reach the Lama Hotel. Here we will stay for the night.

Lama Hotel


Trek to Langtang

Duration: 05:00 h
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 1000 m
Descent: 30 m
A three hour hike through rhododendron and pine forests for 3 hours takes us to Ghoda Tabela. After enjoying lunch here, we can trek into the dense forests and herbs in the area. Another 3-4 hours hike over a scenic trail finally takes us to the Langtang valley where we will spend the night.



Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

Duration: 02:30 h
Distance: 6.32 km
Ascent: 400 m
Descent: 10 m
Today is for leisure as we will take a 2 to 3 hour hike to visit the Kyangjin Gompa at an altitude of 3817m. The final destination of the trek, the Gompa is a serene and beautiful place that allows us to have the scenic views of Mt. Ganchhenpo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. The cheese factory, the monasteries and the traditional local houses are the main attractions of this short excursion.

Kyanjin Gompa


Side trek Trek to Tsergo Ri (4985m)

Duration: 07:30 h
Distance: 12.3 km
Ascent: 1090 m
Descent: 1090 m
This day is dedicated to soak up the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. We can enjoy the splendid mountain views as well as relish in the peaceful environment. We can also take a climb up to the Tsergo Ri at 5150m and also reach the Langtang glacier and the beautiful yak pasture called Langshisha Kharka. This is quite a tough day. We will follow the same trail back to Kyanjin Gompa and spend the night in the same hotel as where we spend the night before.

Kyanjin Gompa


Trek to Rimche

Duration: 06:40 h
Distance: 19 km
Ascent: 50 m
Descent: 1450 m
Today we will enjoy backtracking our steps from Rimche to Kyanjin Gompa. As it is the second last day of the Langtang trek, we will be descending rather than ascending. This makes things a lot easier and more enjoyable.



Trek to Syabrubensi

Duration: 03:40 h
Distance: 9.8 km
Ascent: 20 m
Descent: 1030 m
We keep backtracking our steps as we again go through the bamboo and rhododendron forests before we finally reach Syabrubeshi. Our hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours. Enjoy the night at one of the local lodges in Sybrubesi. Enjoy the last dinner together with guide and porter. As you next day have bus ride back to Kathmandu.



Drive back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we get back into the bus to Kathmandu. We can enjoy the evening traveling around the tourism spots in the capital city or go shopping for souvenirs in Thamel.
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Packing List for the Langtang Valley Trek

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90 L backpack and quality trekking socks. We highly recommend that you read our suggestted packing list to hike in Nepal.

  • Documents

  • Sleep

  • Footwear

  • Clothing

  • Accessories

How do I get fit for the Langtang Trekking?

If you live anywhere else other than the Himalayas, it will be hard to get your legs ready for higher altitudes. After all, it doesn’t get much higher than Nepal. This is why we have to be clear upfront: Unless you have hiked at a higher altitude before, it will be difficult to get a 100% ready for your adventure. If that sounds bad to you, then comfort yourself with the fact that there is absolutely no need to be 100% ready.

You are not climbing K2 or Mount Everest and not running a mountain race. This is trekking. In fact, you are actually supposed to take it easy. Taking it easy is a rule of thumb when you want to prevent altitude sickness while out in Nepal. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, once you are out there on the trails, you have to stick to your own pace. But of course, the fitter you are, the more you can enjoy your days. Get fit! 

Should I Hike More? 

One solid approach to get the hang of what you do is to rehearse. The best practice for climbing is climbing. Seeing that you are keen on a multi-day trekking experience, we accept that you enjoy walking. Awesome, do it more. If you are fortunate to be encompassed by some hills or even mountains, the time has come to see them all the more frequently. When? In the event that you are new to this, we recommend beginning a half year before the start of your trek, essentially going for 60 minutes climb (or two), seven days a week. When you get the hang of it, after around three weeks, you will have an ideal opportunity to reinforce your power. Convey a pack of 10 to 15kg and include a more drawn out climb of three hours to your week. On the off chance that this way of life is different to you, you will before long receive the rewards of this moderate exercise. 

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What Permits Do I Need For the Langtang Valley Trek? 

For trekking in Langtang National Park, you need the following permits:

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):

This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR. Alternatively, your trekking company arranges you a location permit in Lukla which costs around 20 USD.

Shivapuri National Park Entrance fee

At the beginning of your Langtang trekking, the tour leads through the Shivapuri National Park. This costs an additional 5 USD.

All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.

How to identify and prevent AMS on the Langtang Valley Trek?

Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the health effect that kicks in when exposed to low amounts of oxygen at high altitudes. It is a thing and it must be taken seriously when visiting high altitude destinations. Its dangers should not be taken lightly, they can ruin your trip or, in the most extreme scenario, even kill you. Although many people will experience some symptoms of altitude sickness, it doesn’t have to escalate when you are aware of them and you can have them under control. AMS can occur when trekking the Langtang Valley Trek so here below you can find some relevant information related to it:

  • AMS symptoms

    It is key to know how to identify altitude illness so here is a series of symptoms that you may experience due to the lack of oxygen in your body: headaches, lack of appetite, breathing difficulties, dizziness, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. The intensity and severity of these symptoms may increase with altitude but an overall feeling of fatigue will take all your joy away. At intermediate altitudes (1,500 to 2,500 masl / 5,000 to 8,200 fasl) it is unlikely but possible. However, ascending to heights greater than 2,500 m / 8,200 fasl can trigger them and you may lose your sense of coordination. If things progress to HAPE (High-altitude pulmonary edema: it produces excess fluid in the lungs, causing weakness and breathlessness, making you feel like you're suffocating, even when resting) or HACE (High-altitude cerebral edema: involving excess fluid on the brain, causing brain swelling), you might get confused and be unable to walk at all.

    Once aware of the symptoms, you can do a lot to make sure you stay healthy. That is why for trekking in high-altitude destinations, you should always inform yourself about how to prevent the risks of AMS. Our experts, based on their previous experiences, wrote down a few rules of thumb that apply while trekking at altitude:

    • Listen to your body

      When your body needs rest, your body will tell you, listen carefully. Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and let your friends, your guide or your porters know how you feel. There are several scoring systems for determining AMS and guides are well-trained and are experienced in immediate treatment. Don't let that get worse and take a break. FYI, it normally takes from 6 to 24 hours before you start feeling altitude sickness symptoms. However, acute AMS can arise after having spent at least 4 hours at an altitude above 2,000 m / 6,500 ft.

    • Eat as much as you can

      Don’t skip your meals, even if you don’t like what you have on your plate. But, believe us, you will enjoy the local food. Your body works hard and needs a lot of carbohydrates to make more distance and to be able to bridge more altitude. Trekking is hard work and can easily burn more than 4,000 calories a day. Eat, and your body will thank you.

    • Avoid alcohol intake

      Let's be clear, alcohol stimulates mountain sickness and that’s not just because alcohol dehydrates you. However, if you drink alcohol, you may also be able to do so during your hike. In some destinations, some trekking companies make it a ritual once you reach a particular stage of the route. Be careful though, it won’t help your acclimatization and you will have to increase your water intake. This is even more common when it’s hot and you’re sweating. At high altitudes you need to be disciplined so drink 3 to 5 liters of water per day and some tea as well. You’re hiking, not partying, so leave (most of) the alcohol for after the trip.

    • Check what comes out

      One way to measure your fluid intake is to check your urine. Do you have to take a wee break more often than usual? Great. Keep up the hydration game. Not really? Then drink more.

    • Choose a longer itinerary

      Our trekking experts are well aware of the hazards of Altitude Sickness and they know that you shouldn’t rush your way up. You can do a trek in fewer days but it will not only make you enjoy your hike less, but it will also be detrimental to your acclimatization. AMS is mainly caused by a rapid increase in altitude, so the faster you ascend, the greater the risk. Try to choose a longer route to make the most of your tour. Longer is always better.

    • Climb high, sleep low

      An unwritten law for trekkers and climbers: at high altitudes, mountaineers may take longer to get to the peak because they go up and down a few times before reaching the top. If you see a descent in the middle of your itinerary it is to ensure that you acclimatize carefully after having tackled elevation. Therefore, if you climb to a certain altitude in one day and you stay there, your body may have difficulties adapting. But if you descend as well, the chances of getting altitude sickness are significantly lower. The many ascending and descending causes the body to acclimatize. That means that the following day will be relatively easier to stay at a higher altitude.

What Are The Teahouses in Langtang Like? 

Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.

Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. The teahouses in Langtang National Park are of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house.

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How Safe Is the Langtang Valley in Nepal? 

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 hikes and trekkings low. Trekking companies and their 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 guided treks and hikes.

If you are worried about safety in terms of criminality, then don't worry. Crime is basically non-existent in the Langtang Valley. 

How To Book my Langtang Valley Trip? 

There are several websites where you can book your Langtang Valley Trek. Important to consider is that the cheap providers are probably not very good for their staff. The income is relatively low in Nepal and some organizations like to exploit this.  

At we try to make a selection of providers who have everything in order, take good care of the staff and nature. However, they are obliged to indicate their lowest price on the internet.

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