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Trek for 8 days in the spectacular Langtang Valley, north of Kathmandu.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 8 days
Best season: October to December; February to April
Trek Grade: Moderate


The Langtang Valley is located only 90 km north of Kathmandu and is close to the border of Tibet. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7246m), the highest peak in the area. This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country and fascinating unspoiled Sherpa villages.

You will trek through the magnificent forests of the Langtang Valley to the alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin Gompa. After an (optional) ascent of Kyangjin Ri (peak), where the 360 degree views of the Himalayan mountains are truly spectacular, you can retrace your route back down the valley to Syabru besi and then drive back to Kathmandu.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu to Syabru besi [1460m]
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 03: Trek to Langtang village [3500m]
Day 04: Trek to Kyangjin [3800m]
Day 05: Rest day in Kyangjin
Day 06: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 07: Trek to Syabru besi [1460m]
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu to Syabru besi [1460m]
We have an early departure for the 7 hour drive to our starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley. The road takes a spectacular route, climbing high over the ridges to escape the Kathmandu Valley and providing us with a superb panorama of the Himalayan Range, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that we will soon become better acquainted with.

Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Our trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, which is literally only a few kilometres away. We then gradually climb up through the sub-tropical forests, teeming with bird-life, to join the trail from Syabru. We follow the river, climbing through uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and maybe catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. We continue climbing along a steep trail to our camp in the forest.

Day 03: Trek to Langtang village [3500m]
As we continue climbing today there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 04: Trek to Kyangjin [3800m]
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions.

Day 05: Rest day in Kyangjin
A day to rest and explore the area. We can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [or ‘peak’ - 4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Lama hotel [2470m]
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

Day 07: Trek to Syabru besi [1460m]
We continue retracing our steps to Syabru besi, enjoying the glorious forested hills of Nepal.

Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu
Today we conclude the trip with a bus journey back to Kathmandu.

 

 

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