Langtang Valley is renowned for its Cheese Factory and the serene Kyanjin Gompa. The cheese, made from Yak’s milk, is simply delectable and divine.
Langtang Valley Trek 11 Days
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The beautiful valley of Langtang, known as “The Valley of Glaciers”, lies only 19 miles north of Kathmandu, spouting within itself wild and rocky terrains adorned with cerulean and cyan glaciers and majestic snow-clad mountains. Lying on the bosom of tall emerald hills with the backdrop of Mount Langtang, Langtang Valley Trek is a wonderful tour package that includes alluring destinations throughout the valley, consistent flowing of jovial rivers and ebullient streams from the mountains, massive rugged rocks and precipitous boulders, florescent meadows decorated like a Monet painting with white daisies, purple foxgloves, blooming yellow snapdragons and gorgeous efflorescent rhododendrons in pastels of bright pink, white and ruby red. Langtang Valley also has its topography complimented with verdant jade-like grasslands and chartreuse pastures for yaks and horses. Blessed with an absolutely impressive landscape, the valley is also a home to various rare species of birds and animals. Amongst all, the Red Panda is a unique animal found only in this region of the country.
Lying within the confines of Langtang National Park, the valley has its climatic zones ranging from subtropical to alpine. Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan national park of the country, encompasses the beautiful tranquil Gosainkunda Lake within its perimeter. The Holy Gosainkunda Lake is considered sacred to the Hindus. With rich foliages of trees like pine, oak and maple, the national park is a beautiful forested acreage, and nurtures within its woods various animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, the Himalayan Thar and Rhesus monkeys, some of which you might encounter on your trip as you walk through the forests in the park.
Langtang Valley is renowned for its Cheese Factory and the serene Kyanjin Gompa. The cheese, made from Yak’s milk, is simply delectable and divine. You can have an interlude on your trek and have a taste of the delicious cheese here at the factory, and if interested, maybe even take some blocks of cheese with you. Similarly, the visit to the Kyanjin Gompa, serves as the cultural aspect of the journey where you can get insight on the Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture prevalent in this region. Majority of the people in this region are Tamang, and you can get knowledge and information on the Tamang way of life in the valley during the trek as well. Learning about the cultures and traditions of the local people is prudently incorporated within the Langtang Valley Trek package.
The Langtang Valley Trek is an easy and most cherished trek for a wonderful vacation. It stars from a drive to Syabru Bensi from Kathmandu, excursing alongside the silver serpentine Trishuli River. Crossing various rivers like the Bhote Koshi and the Langtang Khola, you would be trekking through opulent bamboo forests to reach the village of Langtang. The trek is full of ravishing beauties of nature and exquisite espy of marvelous landscapes. Join Nepal Hiking Team and make your vacation more lively and absolutely worth the journey! Allow yourself the opportunity to experience wonderful views of magnificent mountains, learn about the cultures and customs of the local people, feel the pious ambiance of the temples and monasteries along the trek and enjoy the winsome aesthetics of natural grace with the Langtang Valley Trek.
Trekking along the path of the Tamang Heritage Trail, you would be presented with quite a jovial experience. The vibrant colorful clothes and traditional dresses worn by the people, the intricately ornamented houses with fascinating craftworks along with magnificent views of the mountains in the serenity of the verdantly lush environment present a beautiful picturesque paradise. If you are willing to explore the cultural aspects of Nepal and the pristine environment along with mountain views, then the Tamang Heritage Trail package is definitely the one for you. An encounter with the monasteries along the way reflects the Tibetan Buddhist culture prevalent in the area. As you excurse along the lavishly decorated monasteries and gumbas, you would also be blessed with sights of beautiful natural environments adorned with the florescent blooms of rhododendron flowers.
During this journey, you will also discover a gripping Tibetan history and the control of Tibetan culture in this region. You can also see the trading routes of Tibet-Nepal from where two countries import and export goods. People living in this region are mostly Buddhist and grow some hardy grains and vegetables. Their daily activities are agriculture including raising livestock and trade. In this region people wear attractive colorful costumes and their houses are decorated with fabulous woodcarvings. This trek offers dazzling views of snowcapped mountains to make this journey memorable and also trekkers get chances to observe Syabru, Mane and other thrilling local dances at Goljung, Brimdang and Gatlang villages which are located near the Tibetan border. Also you can experience the famous Tamang Hospitality at Birddim where home stay facilities are provided. After this we head towards the narrow valley of Kyanjing Gompa at 3,900m down the Langtang Khola relishing magnificent views. Our trekking then ends where it started at the same point of Dhunche in Syabru benshi.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide and entry fee.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
- Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T – shirt (yours to keep)
- Langtang national park permit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring three passport photos)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All kind of cold drinks during the trek
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- WIFI internet during the trek
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will be there to welcome you and will explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today, you would be doing a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. The tour includes the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa and the holy Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) Duration: 7 hrs
You will have a drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, which takes about seven hours by private jeep. You will head north out of Kathmandu, driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Bensi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of the Trishuli River, you can catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, farm-terraces verdant with rice and maize mustard plantations and hills enveloped with green. As you pass through Dhunche, you will feel as if you are heading towards a deep terrain. At the same time, you shall notice that the road is still under construction. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is gradually climbs to Bamboo, passing through the Landslide area. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Ramche (2400meters) through Bamboo (1960meters) which lies at the bank of the Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like. And, at the end of your trail are the levels to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see Red Pandas, monkeys and bears if you’re lucky. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3307m/10845ft) Duration: 5 hrs
The trek route follows Gumanechok, ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which literally means ‘the Horse Stable’. After this, the trail turns slightly gradual and beautiful in the valley, with the grazing Yaks on the pastures. Langtang village is one of the very local and old villages along this trekking route and the view from here are more spectacular. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Langtang village to Kyanjing Ri (4773m/15655ft) and back to Kyanjing Gompa (3798m/12495ft) Duration: 7-8 hrs
The trail climbs gradually to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). Crossing the Laja Khola, it climbs a moraine to a viewpoint where you can see the Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung. After Kyanjin Gompa, you would be hiking to Kyanjin RI (4773m) and trekking back to the Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Kyangjuma Gompa Exploration and climb Chorkari Ri (5050m/16564ft) Duration: 7 hrs
Today is a day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and ascend at Chorkari RI (5050 meters), which is highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peak. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Kyanjin Gompa- Lama Hotel (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Today, we will come back all the way downhill to the Lama Hotel. We will see fantastic views of towering mountains what you will have missed on the way up. Taking more time, you are suggested to walk very slowly to take in all of the natural beauties. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
An easy trek down will be done to Syabru Bensi today, passing through several villages behind. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu
A scenic drive back to Kathmandu by public bus/jeep will be undergone, which takes about 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, breakfast and lunch included.
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from North Nepal Team will take you to the airport, from where you shall depart, hopefully with wonderful memories of the trek.
Lying within the confines of Langtang National Park, the valley has its climatic zones ranging from subtropical to alpine.
The beautiful valley of Langtang, known as “The Valley of Glaciers”, lies only 19 miles north of Kathmandu
- Golijung Village and other Tibetan villages.
- Hot natural springs and Chilime Hydro Power Dam.
- View of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Shisapangma and Kerung(Tibet) peaks.
- Witness ethnic cultures and their living style.
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.