Trip Duration : 10N / 11D
Trekking Code: STE/LR/01
Grade: Moderate Trek
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Starts anbd ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: FOT/TH /GAP
Accommodation: Camping/ Lodge (Teahouse)
Transportation: Private car or tourist bus
Maximum altitude: 4350m
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
The Langtang Valley Trek - (11 days)…A charming introduction to trekking for greenhorns in Nepal…this area has some of the most gorgeous ecosystems in the continent of Asia…surprisingly, this venture is just a hop, skip and jump away from the concrete jungles of ancient kathmandu valley… where nature unfolds in sweet abundance…so near to the ‘roof of the world’ Tibet…
The awesome Langtang Valley is one trek you don’t want to miss; the closest you could get to the towering snowcapped mountains from Kathmandu valley. The Langtang Valley is geographically placed just 19 miles north of Kathmandu, close to the border of Tibet. The valley seems to stand protected by the huge Langtang Lirung at [7246m], the tallest peak in the area. This is a magnificient introduction to trekking in Nepal amidst some of the most amazing scenery in the whole country. The ecosystems hereabouts are simply mind boggling.
The Langtang venture takes you through the lush forests of the Langtang valley to the alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin which reminds you so much of the green, green grass of home. After an ascent of Kyangjin Ri, which opens up a window to the 360 degree mountain views are truly ecstatic, where we revert back to our earlier route down the valley to Syabru Besi and then it’s a bonus scenic drive back to Kathmandu. This Langtang foray towards the mid-hills of Langtang Himal, north of Kathmandu valley, offers the briefest approach to snowy mountains from Kathmandu. Our journey commences from Syabru Besi after a 6 -7 hrs lovely drive from Kathmandu. We cling to a trail that goes upstream from the Bhote Kosi river through ethnic Tamang villages, lush green forests and the wide spread Kyanjing glens surrounded by silver grey peaks from all four sides, takes you up to Kyangjing at 3800 meter, where it’s a wonderful chance to ascend Kyangjin Ri at [4350m.], from where the 360 degree mountain views literally leaves your heart fluttering with astonishment. After ascending Kyanjing Ri, we retrace our route back down the valley to the buzzing little trading town of Syabru Besi and then board our vehicles for Kathmandu.
Due to the measured ascent along the river valley, the Langtang trek is not considered arduous, but yet, it remains a test to the limbs as it reaches an altitude of 3800 meters at Kyangjing and Kyangjing Ri at 4350m. The wonderful trek can be done any time of the year except during monsoons [July & August]…this trek displays nature at its natural best and it’s a venture you want to do, come what may!
Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
A cultural tour of the Kathmandu valley
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi [1400m]
Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel [2748m] 5-6 hrs
Trek to Langtang village [3500m] – 6 hrs reckoned
Trek to Kyangjing [3800m] – 3 hrs
A day for rest in Kyangjing
Trek to Lama Hotel [2784m] – 6 hrs reckoned
Trek to Syabru Besi [1400m] – 4-5 hrs reckoned, at your pace
Drive back to Kathmandu
Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
You will find our representative awaiting your arrival by displaying a plastic board with your name highlighted in large letters on the board. Our office vehicle will be parked at the airport to pick you up and drop you to your designated hotel. On reaching your hotel, enjoy your welcome drinks and refresh. Our senior trek leader will later meet you at the lobby of your hotel to brief you on the details of your trek. Get familiar with your surroundings, have supper and get rid of the jet lag with a good night sleep. Your first overnight in the valley of temples, probably the most in the world.
Day 2: A cultural tour of the Kathmandu valley
After breakfast, we proceed for a guided tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan. This tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Visiting ancient Patan is pure delight; this was once an independent kingdom to itself with a rich history in Nepal’s medieval period. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi [1400m]
From Kathmandu, we take a 9 - hour scenic drive to Syabru Besi, a little trading town for the Langtang area. After driving for 30 km, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enthralling panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight at your lodge
Day 4: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel [2748m] 5-6 hrs
The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradual ascent up to Bamboo passing through landslide zones. Afterwards, we trek down gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the banka of Langtang Khola. En-route we can see red pandas, playful monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight at our lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Langtang village [3500m] – 6 hrs reckoned
After breakfast, we continue climbing amidst occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking hereabouts, we get to observe playful white monkeys enjoying themselves and hear the sweet chirping of merry local birds. 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 we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay overnight at our lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Kyangjing [3800m] – 3 hrs
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting customary villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjing Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory hereabouts. We can sample some of the fresh cheese down here. Overnight at our lodge
Day 7: A day for rest in Kyangjing
We take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. Reckon this is good for the body and the limbs. We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. We can climb Kyangjin Ri located at 4350m from where great views of snow-capped mountains are spread out in wonderful display right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers. Overnight at our lodge
Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel [2784m] – 6 hrs reckoned
From Kyangjing, we take revert back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We haul up briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel to bunk out for the night
Day 9: Trek to Syabru Besi [1400m] – 4-5 hrs reckoned, at your pace
After a hearty breakfast, From Lama Hotel we head back to Syabru Besi. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get insights of the gripping culture and customs of the Tamang community, a footloose and fancy free ethnic tribe. We can also simply relax in the sunshine while relishing the beauty of the sublime Himalayan Mountains. Overnight at our lodge
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
It’s a seven hours drive through a scenic highway on our way back to Kathmandu. We check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free to chill out and reflect on a wonderful trip. Overnight at our hotel
Day 11: Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home
Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets. It’s been nice getting to know you. Adios Amigo!! And take care on your way home.
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions relating to environmental hazards that can be unpredictable. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or if your program needs to be re-routed to any other area, your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide’s decision will be final after consulting with the group. You will be happy anyways; we ensure that, because ‘Incentive Holidays’ always has contingency plans drawn up in the event of emergencies.
A ‘TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cosy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally ‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene.
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
Budget : $681
Standard : $791
Deluxe : $1044
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in BB plan at KTM
- 7N Normal/lodge/ home stay during trekking
- One English speaking guide
- Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
- 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) everyday during Trekking
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop
- All ground transfer as per itinerary
- KTM-Syabru Besi-KTM by normal coach or micro bus
- International Air Fare
- Domestic Air Fare
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) during Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expense
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personnel Insurance
- Emergency Evacuation
- All other personal expenses
- Nepal visa fees
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.