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Langtang Valley Trek

Highlights

  • Stunning Langtang Valley
  • Nepali and Tibetan culture
  • Towering peaks and glaciers
  • Top out at over 16,000 feet!
  • Cozy teahouse accommodations
  • Solitude on a lesser-known trek
  • Fantastic local cuisine


Description

Our Langtang Valley Trek is an ideal itinerary for folks who want to experience the amazing Himalayan range and do it in a shorter amount of time relative to other Himalayan treks like Everest Basecamp. This trek one of the most popular in Nepal and offers amazing views with less crowds than the Annapurna or Everest regions. The Langtang Valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu, which makes the valley more accessible and the logistics simpler and more dependable. The Langtang Valley historically was a very important trading route between Nepal and Tibet, which is evidenced by amazing Tibetan architecture throughout the Valley.

Our trek begins in the lower elevations as we hike through a series of small villages, farmlands and pine forests to the Kyanjin Gompa, a famous monastery. One of the highlights of the trip is a hike to the summit of a peak called Tserko Ri, which is the high point of our trek at over 16,000 feet (see a video). But, for days on end we are trekking through higher mountains, where the scenery is truly stunning, with Himalayan views exploding around us and dominated by Mount Langtang Lirung (23,772 feet). The beauty of this area will blow your mind, and the trek itself is sure to quench your thirst for adventure!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Nepal hiking tour, a Wildland representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our hotel in Thamel (tourist section of Kathmandu). Please schedule your flight to arrive before 3PM. We will have some free time to rest and freshen up before gathering for our orientation meeting. We will get acquainted with each other, go over the itinerary and answer any last minute questions before going out to our favorite Kathmandu restaurant for dinner. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.
Day 2

This morning we will enjoy our first Nepali breakfast at our hotel in Thamel. We will then visit the famous “Monkey Temple” of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath. Our local guide will give us an in-depth tour of Swayambhunath and the role it plays in Nepal. Once we are ready to leave, we will travel to the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath. At Boudhanath, we will have a hearty lunch and then board our transportation back to our hotel in Kathmandu. When we get back we will have free time to wander the streets of Thamel, purchase last minute trekking supplies or rest in our rooms. We will set a time to meet for dinner and prepare for the following day.
Day 3

This morning, we will have breakfast, then board our private van and shuttle to the village of Syabrubesi. Our drive and journey will be on a winding road through the mountains and on a clear day, we can enjoy amazing views of Mount Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. We will reach the village of Trishuli Bazaar and have lunch before continuing through the village of Dhunche and then down to Syabrubesi. Upon arrival in Syabrubesi, we will check into our guest house, have dinner and your guides will provide the plan for the next day before heading off to sleep.
Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.2 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,818 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 8,151 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
This morning we wake up, pack our day packs and duffle bags and have a delicious, hearty Nepali breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our trek along the Langtang Khola river while ascending through a beautiful rhododendron forest. We will stop to have lunch at a teahouse along the way, then continue up a steep trail which will lead us to a charming village and the Lama Hotel. We will have free time until we meet in the dining room to order our dinner. After dinner, your guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 9.1 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 8,151 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 11,352 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
Today we continue up the Langtang Valley through dense Rhododendron forests until we leave tree line behind and gain our first views of Langtang Lirung, the towering 23,772 feet high Himalayan peak. Lantang Lirung is a stunning, snow-draped mountain and the signature peak of the Langtang Valley - it is absolutely amazing, and hiking below its sheer, glaciated walls is something you'll never forget. Eventually we'll reach Langtang Village. Upon arrival in the village, we will check into our guest house and have free time until meeting for a much deserved and appreciated Nepali dinner. Your guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.1 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 11,352 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 12,342 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
This morning after breakfast we continue our journey to the amazing Kyangjin Gompa, a principle monastery of the region. We will trek through villages and areas that host prayer wheels, spinning prayer, water mills and sacred piles of rocks inscribed with the Mahayana Buddhist prayer, Om Mani Padme Hum. We will see this prayer often throughout the trek and throughout Nepal. We will also pass by the largest ‘Mani’ wall in Nepal with the famous prayer inscribed across it. After today’s short trek we will continue to explore the monastery at Kyanjin Gompa and the surroundings. We will meet for dinner and our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.3 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 12,342 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 16,447 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
This morning after a hearty breakfast, we will head out early to explore and summit the mountain, Tserko Ri (16,447 feet). This is one of the most popular highlights of the entire trek, and a day you'll never forget! We will wake up around 4 am with the goal of reaching the summit for a sunrise view. After getting to the top of Tserko Ri, we head back to Kyangjin Gompa. The afternoon is yours for either exploration, walking up valley or simply relaxing with a book in the teahouse. We'll cap off the day with a fantastic dinner and the plan for the next day.
Day 8
  • Hiking Mileage: 13.2 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 8,151 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 12,342 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
This morning after a filling and nutritious breakfast we begin our hike back to the Lama Hotel. The majority of the trekking today will be downhill which provides vastly different views of the Himalayas than what we had on our ascent hike. Upon arrival at Lama Hotel, we will check into our rooms and have free time until meeting for dinner. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Day 9
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.2 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,818 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 8,151 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
This morning we begin our descent back to Syabrubesi. We will stop for lunch on the way and continue until we reach the village. Upon arrival, we check into our rooms and have free time until meeting for dinner. Being our last night, this is usually the best night of the trek as our porters will join the group for a traditional Nepali dance party. Our guides will provide the plan for the next morning.
Day 10

After breakfast, we will board our private van and drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival back in Kathmandu, we will check into our hotel and have the rest of the afternoon to shop for souvenirs or rest in the hotel restaurant. We will meet for our celebratory Wildland Trekking dinner to celebrate our success of our Langtang Valley trek.
Day 11

Today is the final day of our Wildland Trekking, Langtang Valley Trek! Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight and deliver you back to Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are remaining in Nepal, please let us know. We can arrange extra activities such as White water rafting of peak climbing. Thanks for choosing Wildland!



Add-on Rooms: If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 30% service fee.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Hotel lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • Tea house lodging during the trek
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Professional, certified Wildland Himalayan hiking guides
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the trip
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in Nepal)
  • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is recommended.)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Nepal hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Kathmandu as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff, and meals in our nightly tea houses.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive in Kathmandu before 3PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 15 guests and 3 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation and repatriation insurance is required on all Nepal trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Nepali vendors. We also recommend medical insurance.

If you need to purchase field evacuation or repatriation insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Nepali requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions (of particular note for Nepal is to check field evacuation elevation limits).

Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather in Nepal

Nepal is home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 4600 feet (1400 meters), but the high points on our Nepal Treks are very high (13,000 to 18,000 feet). Because of these wild elevation changes, the temperatures and weather can also vary wildly.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Himalayan region are:

Kathmandu Himalayas (11K ft)
Month Hi Low Precip Hi Low Precip
March 75° F 46° F 10 mm 49° F 27° F 31 mm
April 82° F 54° F 29 mm 55° F 31° F 36 mm
May 84° F 59° F 70 mm 57° F 38° F 55 mm
June 84° F 63° F 129 mm 59° F 42° F 171 mm
July 81° F 64° F 325 mm 60° F 45° F 283 mm
August 81° F 64° F 239 mm 60° F 45° F 261 mm
September 81° F 63° F 175 mm 58° F 42° F 161 mm
October 77° F 57° F 67 mm 54° F 34° F 63 mm