Langtang is open for trekkers now. Langtang National Park is the nearest trekking region from Kathmandu for the spectacular and awesome views. The trek starts at Dhunche, reached after a 9-hour adventurous drive through the high hills on a narrow road and ends at Sundarijal near Kathmandu. Langtang Gosainkunda trek with an extension through the Shivapuri National Park is an ideal introduction to trekking in Nepal. The Langtang trail follows through the ethnic Tamang villages, lush green forests and the wide spread Kyanjing Valley (3,800m/12,467ft) surrounded by snowy peaks. The valley also has an ancient Gompa and that’s is how the valley got its name which offers the 360 degree view of panoramic mountains. An ascend to Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,513ft) could be a great excursion from Kyanjing Gompa.
As we retrace the route back down to Thulo Syabru or Syaphru, we climb towards the Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m/14,370ft). The Lake also refers to as Frozen Lake. After crossing the adventurous Gosainkunda pass (4,609m/15,122ft), we trek down to Tharepati. Gosainkunda pass remains closed in February and March because of snow. Trekking in Langtang region is not considered as strenuous due to the gradual ascent along the river valley but it demands some challenges too. Finally, the trek completes at Sundarijal, the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu’s drinking water supply. The Langtang trek can also be customized with Tamang Heritage trail.
Update: The devastating earthquake of 2015 caused massive tragedy in Langtang. A big avalanche came due to the earthquake that took the entire Langtang village. This trail is now back in operation though. Local villagers are waiting to welcome trekkers with the same smile. The people of Langtang need your support and they expect nothing more than your visit.
- Free from complications of a flight
- Visit of Tibetan village in Langtang
- Trekking to the foot of the glaciers – Kyanjin Gompa
- Ascent of Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,513ft)
- Spectacular views of Langtang Ri and Ganesh Himal
- Visit of the pilgrimage site – Gosainkunda Lake
- The adventurous Lauri Binayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft)
- Mixed culture of Sherpa, Tamang and Lama societies
- The great countrysides, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes
- Impressive vegetation and flowers en-route
Today we drive for 118km (6-7 hours by Jeep and 8-9 hours by only local bus) from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We cross the ring road and along the Rani ban (forest), climb to Kakani from where we have good views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang before we reach Rani Pauwa where most of the local buses stop for a tea break. We then travel down to Trisuli via a flat piece of land which is where we stop for lunch (local food e.g. daal-bhat) at Battar Bazaar (540m/1,771ft). After lunch we continue our journey climbing up to Dhunche via Kalikasthan. We also pass through the National Park check post before Dhunche.
We walk along the road to Thulo Bharkhu (1,860m/6,102ft) then a steep climb up to Brabal (2,190m/7,185ft) where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue our trek through the beautiful countryside of oaks and pine trees to our overnight stop at Thulo Syabru village. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
After breakfast we descend down along the village and cross the bridge then climb the other side. We then descend down to the landslide and have a slow climb along the Langtang River all the way to the Lama Hotel where we have our overnight stay. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Today our trek takes us through oaks, hemlock and bamboo where if we are lucky we will see a variety of birds. We ascend along the Langtang Khola (River) passing Ghoratabela (2,992m/9,816ft) where we can see views of the Langtang Himal just above us. Langtang is a large village where people live all year round cultivating potatoes, buckwheat, barley and vegetables. There is a village monastery which can be visited at anytime as the headman has a key to the monastery. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
This is a short beautiful alpine trek along the meadows which have grazing yaks, sheep and mountain goats. The village has the Yala Cheese Factory and an ancient monastery which can be visited at any time. Trekking time 2-3 hours.
Today we have an excursion to see the glacier and climb Tserko Ri, this is comparatively a small, rocky peak while not being a mountain of any real prominence, it is conveniently easy to climb and from its summit magnificent views can be had. This is also an excellent lookout which can be reached by climbing the slopes immediately behind Kyanjin where we will see the majestic Langtang Lirung (7,246m/23,774ft) rising above the glaciers. A visit to the Yala Cheese Factory completes the day.
After breakfast, we descend down the same trail as we climbed on day 4 and 5 and stay at Lama Hotel. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Trek back through the same route we travelled on day 3.
Today's trek is mostly uphill and has panoramic Himalayan views. There is an old Cheese Factory at Sing Gompa. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Today we have a steep climb and comparatively harder than the previous days as we need to climb for more than 1000 meters (3,281ft) to reach Gosainkunda Lake. The Gosainkunda Lake is sacred to the Hindu people and visited hugely in August-September during the special festival called 'Janaipoornima'. They have a strong belief that taking a dip into the lake will wash all sin from their body. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Today we cross over the Gosainkunda or Lauribinayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft) and continue through Ghopte (3,430m/11,253ft) where we stop for lunch. We find the trek more zigzags with ups and downs to reach Tharepati/Thadepati. At Tharepati, the air is felt relatively thicker. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
We descend downhill through the forest with only one small ridge to cross en-route. Kutumsang is a beautiful ethnic village. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Today we trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani/Chisopani literally means cold water where the Himalayan view is breathtaking. Chisapani is another beautiful village located on the ridge. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
The trail descends through oak and rhododendron forests with some pine at lower altitude and a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. This is one of Kathmandu's drinking water supplies. We trek for 3-4 hours today. From Sundarijal, we take a taxi to Kathmandu (12km) and relax for the rest of the day.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
- Arrival/departure transfers from/to International Airport and Hotel
- Accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights
- Langtang and Shivapuri National Park permits and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
- Three times meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge
- Accommodations at local teahouse/lodge in the mountains
- An English speaking Trekking Guide
- A porter shared between two trekkers
- Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
- Kathmandu-Dhunche and Sundarijal-Kathmandu overland transfers by public bus
- First aid kit box
- A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program
- Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
- Nature of personal expenses
- Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
- Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
- Tips to the staff
- International Airfare and Taxes
- Kathmandu City Tour
- Mt. Everest Flight
- Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
- Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
- White Water Rafting in Nepal
- Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
- Shopping Tours