Langtang region lies in north side of the Kathmandu is a popular trans_himalayan trade route since ancient and medieval period. Langtang display expressive culture of Shamanistic Tamangs and Tibetan Buddhist Sherpas. It is secured as Langtang National Park and has a number of high peaks including Langtang Lirung (7246m). The easy access from Kathmandu and the angelic scenery makes Langtang trek famous among the trekkers. The trek passes through Langtang National Park, assuring natural countryside and flora and fauna, as well as yak meadow and even home-based cheese production! Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda, are inhabitant to this region. Langtang Village was totally devasted during the April 2015 earthquake. The resilient locals have, however, been busy rebuilding, and some teahouses and lodges have been rebuilt and are open. The best way for people to contribute is to continue to explore this area.
For those who want to trek off the beaten track and see something totally new from many of the more touristy areas in the country, this is a perfect trek. Similarly, for those who are discovering Nepal for the first time, this is the perfect addition.
The first day of the trek begins with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. After 6-7 hours of drive, we reach Syabru Besi at an elevation of 1550 meters which is also the official point from where treks to Langtang region begin. With the majestic views of Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal, we drive along the winding roads till we reach the small village of Syabru Besi where we spend the night.
We start our trek after breakfast in Syabru Besi. We go through oak and rhododendron forests with many ups and downs till we reach Langtang Khola. After crossing the river over a bridge, we climb a steep trail that leads us to Lama Hotel. We spend the night at an elevation of 2380 meters.
From Lama Hotel, our trail ascends as we enjoy the mountain views and the waterfalls. Langtang range slowly comes into views as we reach Ghoda Tabela which translates to horse stables. From here, we make a gradual climb as we see yaks grazing in the fields. Finally, we reach the traditional village of Langtang. The mountains look more imposing and majestic as we get closer. We spend the night here at an elevation of 3500 meters.
The day’s trek is short and easy and helps with the acclimatization as we cross the 3000 meters mark. We pass through Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and holy rocks with carvings on our way today. We reach the valley after only 4 hours of trekking which has a lot of unique features to explore.We can start our afternoon hike to the local cheese factories where we can buy and taste the mouthwatering local produce. We also explore the Buddhist shrine in the Kyangjin Gompa that has huge religious value. We explore other treasures of the beautiful valley at the lap of Langtang Lirung. We spend the night at an elevation of 3800 meters.
We take a rest day to explore the destination of our trek. We walk up the moraine to watch the glaciers of Langtang Lirung. If you are feeling adventurous, we can also climb the Kyangjin RI, the highest point of the trek at an elevation of 4350 meters. We are blessed with the panoramic views of Langtang peaks from the point.
The trek starts after breakfast and traces our way back to Lama Hotel. It comprises mostly of downhill walks as we enjoy the Himalayan vistas. Spend the night in Lama Hotel at 2748 meters.
The day’s trek is easy as we retrace our steps back to Syabru Besi that involves mostly descending. We enjoy the Himalayan views for the last time. We spend the night in Syabru Besi at 2000 meters.
We take a local bus or a private vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. It takes around 8 hours and we spend the night in Kathmandu.