The Langtang Valley is an alpine valley situated 130 km north of Kathmandu. It is a National Park close to the border with Tibet, China. It is Nepal’s first national park, and lies between the Himalayan range to the north, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area, and smaller peaks to the south – Chimse Danda (ridge), Ganja La pass (5,122 m), Jugal Himal and Dorje Lakpa (6,989 m).Langtang is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu. The trek here is more adventurous as the area is visited by fewer tourists. Langtang Valley trek constitutes of spectacular sceneries and a visit to this area provides with an opportunity to explore the lifestyle and culture of the Tamangs. Tamangs are renowned for their uniqueness in craftsmanship, language, dress and houses. Langtang is also known for its many glaciers. It also constitutes of high altitude lakes that include Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda and Dudhkunda. The forests in the region have temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. The Langtang area is abundant in natural resources and includes various fauna and flora.
Langtang is considered to be one of the best short treks in Nepal; a trek that takes you to the foot of the Nepal Himalaya without too much exertion. Most people following the Langtang trek will either trek in and out the valley (around seven/eight days) or combine the valley with a trek through Helambu (12/14 days) then trek back almost to Kathmandu.
The trek begins at Syabrubeshi which is a 7-8 hour journey by road from Kathmandu. Trekking up the valley is not difficult and it takes you right to the base of the mountains. Your destination is Kayangin Ghompa where you make base as it is the last habitual point there are many lodges and basic hotels. From here, you can make some short climbs of the hills around or travel further up the valley to explore the glacier systems.
Day to day itinerary
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1503 m)
Day 02: Trek to Changdam Lama Hotel (2470 m)
Day 03: Trek to Langtang Village (3430 m)
Day 04: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3800 m)
Day 05: Explore Kyanging Gompa
Day 06: Trek to Ghoda Tabela (3030 m)
Day 07: Trek to Syabru Besi (1503 m) [Optional Trek to the Frozen Lake or Helambu]
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu by road