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Langtang Valley Trek

exploring beautiful Langtang valley and over high Ganja-la pass to cultural Helambu

Trip Summary

Trip Mode
Tea House & Lodge basis with camping for few days.
Trek Grade
Moderate-adventurous to challenging (on snow conditions).
Trek duration
10 nights & 11 days.
Highest altitude
5,122 m / 16,800 ft over Ganja-la.
Total Trip
13 nights and 14 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
April to June and September to November (March to May flowering months turning hills alive with all colors)

Trip Highlights

  • Around beautiful Langtang valley enclosed with high mountains,
  • Exploring old heritage and Buddhist culture of Tamang and Hylamo tribes,
  • Adventure from Langtang to Helambu crossing high picturesque Ganaja-la pass,
  • An adventure to fascinating destinations around Mid North West/East Himalaya.
  • giant mountain range of Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Kimshun, Dorji Lakpa and Naya Kanga / Ganjala peak.

Trip Overview

An adventurous and fascinating journey Langtang Valley Trek in a complete wilderness in the company and guidance of View Nepal Treks with its expert guides and staff. Trekking with amazing Langtang  Valley, Himalayan ranges, and local cultures are major attractions of this Langtang Region.

This fabulous adventure Langtang Valley trek leads you to observe awesome scenery in the midst of giant mountain range of Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Kimshun, Dorji Lakpa and Naya Kanga / Ganjala peak.

Besides views of snowcapped mountains this Langtang Valley trek leads you to impressive traditional Tamang villages with old Buddhist / Bon culture and into an enchanting forested area of rhododendron, magnolia, pines, and fir trees where rare and elusive Red Panda dwells.

After an enjoyable Langtang Valley Trek and Kyanjin village, our adventure leads on the least explored area towards Ganja-la pass the highest point of the adventure leading to a cultural village at Helambu area visiting its interesting villages and monasteries before concluding this overwhelming adventure with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with guided tours at places of interest and trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,430m – 06 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m – 06 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,749 m – 04 hrs.

Day 07: Rest day at Kyanjin for acclimatization and hikes.

Day 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi 4,300 m – 05 hrs.

Day 09: Cross Ganja La pass 5,122 m / 16,800 ft descend to Keldang 4,250 m – 06 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Dukpu 4,080 m – 05 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang 2,590 m – 05 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang 2,610 m – 04 hours.

Day 13: Trek to Malemchipul Bazaar, drive to Kathmandu – 05 hrs drive

Day 14: International departure homeward bound.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Full day Sightseeing tour in Kathamandu
  4. Full board trek basis includes (B-L-D) on Luxurious Lodge accommodation during trekking
  5. Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems)
  6. National Park permit
  7. Service of trekking guide daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  8. Service of trekking staff of porters their daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  9. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  10. Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  11. Normal bus transportation (Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu) and trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
Note: We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal trekking gear and climbing equipments.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Langtang Valley Trek Detail Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by View Nepal Treks staff with transfer to your hotels, where our guide / leader will brief on Langtang Valley & Ganja-la pass trek, hotels, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Reserved a day in Kathmandu for optional sightseeing tour and trek preparations, on this day an ideal few hour tours around interesting part of Kathmandu city, steeped with heritage sites of temples and monasteries including old palace and royal courtyard.

Starting this wonderful journey driving towards North West of Kathmandu passing interesting villages and towns with fabulous scenery of hills, farm terraces and snowcapped peaks after warm area reaching to cooler region at Langtang National Park entrance in Dhunche 1950 meters, the one and the only major town of Rasuwa district and Langtang area, inhabited mostly of Tamang ethnic tribes throughout the area of this trekking.

From here downhill for two hours with overnight at Syabrubesi, the door to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to the Tibet border from this village.

Our first day walk starts with a climb for few hours, and then walk gets pleasant on gradual trails encountering terraced farms and scattered villages, walk continues reaching a river side where the trail from Thulo Syabru meets (our route on the way back) at Bamboo with few lodges, after a short stop walk uphill into cool forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines and into a gorge following Trisuli River upstream to Lama Hotel for overnight stop.

Morning walk into a river gorge with thick forested area, passing few small farm settlements, to reach a nice place at Ghoretabla (horse stable), from onwards altitude gains slowly and air gets cooler. After lunch break at Ghoretablea and around trek continues to our overnight stop at Langtang village after a walk for few hours.

Langtang village was a moderate size village (partly destroyed by 25th April 2015 earthquake) of Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe people, native of Langtang region for hundreds of years.

After a wonderful stop in this last village, and into temporary settlement of yak herders and lodge to serve the trekkers, moving on the winding up trail and then the gorge opens to a wide beautiful valley with awesome views of snowcapped peaks that surrounds Langtang valley, After a nice and pleasant walk reaching our first destination at Kyanjin Gomba for two nights in a lovely valley, surrounded by giant peaks with Langtang Lirung glacier close to the lodges with a cheese processing factory established some 35 years ago with support of Swiss technical assistance.

A perfect spot for rest day to acclimatize at this high altitude before our next higher journey to Gosainkund and beyond, here many places for short hike and climb like to the hill top of Tsego and Kyanjin ri at over 4,000 meters top for better panorama of surrounding mountains.
From view point hill overlooking at Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m / 23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m / 22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak.

Beyond it continues to the Jugal Himal, ending with Dorje Lakpa (6,980m / 22,929ft), extending further east on the upper meadows of the Langtang range ends in a huge and massive mountain wall, forming the border with Tibet.

Morning walk with views of mountains, leaving Kyanjin Gompa to start our adventurous journey, crossing Langtang River and then climb into birch and rhododendron forest to reach an icy trail and to a flat ground at Ganja La Phedi meaning bottom for overnight camp, View Nepal with camping facilities of spate kitchen unit of cook-kitchen staff and guides, here our guide will scout the area for next day crossing over Ganja-la pass.

Starting early morning climb towards Ganja La pass on a high ridge, quite a challenging climb to cross, the pass might be covered in snow most of the season, sun-light hardly reaches around this hidden place close to Nayakanga peak.

This route is a challenge and adventurous, very few trekkers seldom use this trail, walk leads to a climb on icy path passing small ponds to reach top of Ganja la pass, after a hard climb descend down to reach overnight camp at a small place of Keldang Kharka.

From here onward around Helambu area, walking past summer pasture of cattle herders on downhill walk with few ups and downs reaching small settlement for overnight camp at Dukpu.

After being in complete wilderness, morning walk leads to charming villages of Helambu at Tarke Gyang, starting with gentle downhill and then up to a small pass at an altitude of 4,100 m /13,451 ft with views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal mountain range including Mt. Everest in the far east, from here downhill through forest of pines and rhododendron trees, reaching at Helambu main and first village at Tarke Gyang for overnight stop, with time in afternoon to visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery of this area.

Tarkegyang, famous for Buddhist culture, wood carving and delicious green apples also.

Afternoon free to explore this lovely village and the old monastery of Ama Yangri situated on top of the village.

Morning after leaving this nice village walk downhill through cool forested path passing many chortens (Buddhist prayer monuments), summer meadows to reach Gangyul a small village, then following the path with wonderful views of rolling hills to reach at Shermathang for overnight stop, another cute and lovely Hyalmo village here with time to visit another old interesting monastery.

After a wonderful time around Helambu and its pristine nature, continue walk for few hours walk on long downhill trail to Melamchi town and a bazaar for the drive back to Kathmandu,.

Few hours of pleasant drive reaches at Kathmandu after a wonderful time in the high hills of Himalaya.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful experience and fond memories of Helambu trekking, as per your flight time View Nepal Treks staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Trip Reviews

  • Amazing experience with View Nepal Treks View Nepal Treks Clients

    We had an amazing experience with View Nepal Treks & Expedition.We found this company through searching in internet and started to communicate with Mr. Bhupendra, He was so helpful and answer our questions without any hasitation and finally booked our Nepal trip and travel with them. He arranged a great guide with excellent English with full information and I enjoyed the flexibility in my trip. In our trip The guesthouses and hotels chosen were all comfortable and the food was always fresh and good. The communication was great, and we were well taken care of Pick up, flights etc, which was  always on time. Also I was lucky to have met so many other inspiring people on the track which was a extra bonus. The highlight was the guide and staff were always happy to help us with a smile as  a close friend. We enjoyed the travel in Nepal Himalayas a lot and feel easy when I am in the mountains. Thank you Mr.Bhupendra for making my trip so special which I Never forget, hope to see you again soon.
    Anna & Herma
    The Netherlands

    Review submitted -December 11, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

This journey starts with moderate walk of uphill and downhill, some gradual path involves high altitude above from 2,000 m to 5000 meters high, as altitude wise it is one of the safest adventure trek just one day is tough but without the problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
This trek leads from warm climate to cooler temperatures as the walk progress above 2,000 meters, with mild alpine climate with morning and night time cooler but the day is bright and sunny sometimes the afternoon can get windy with wind-chill factor. Can be cold as season wise, autumn and winter months can get cold above 3,000 m with strong UV. In spring and summer above ,3000 m with 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn / winter day time 15°-16° C and can get below -5° C during morn / night time.
One of the safest trekking despite high mountains, chance of altitude getting AMS is less starting with slow moderate walk. If some people get sick with other problem or diarrhea which is normal due to change of foods, air and environment, we do carry medical kit on every trek as our guide have enough medical experience, they will advise what is best and in case of serious illness and accidents, emergency evacuation is necessary by any means of transport including helicopter service to reach nearest hospital.
Normally Satellite and local Cell phone works, when deep gorge and valley like in Lama Hotel or Dukpu over the pass to Helambu and narrow river valley it won’t work properly sometimes, in case if your cell does not work there are Landlines (STD /ISTD) available along every lodge on route Langtang valley.
On leaving Kathmandu starting from Syabrubesi for overnight, the lodges are simple with rooms to accommodate 2 people in a room, however if one requires private / single room can be arranged at extra cost. The room in most of the places simple and basic but nice and cozy with warm dining rooms, hot / cold shower available in some lodges with clean toilet facilities. Foods vary according to seasonal vegetables, it is better to stick with vegetarian meals rather than fresh meat products for safe and hygiene wise this is way avoids medical problem on trek, however eggs items are ok. Breakfast of cereal, porridge, corn flakes with milk, eggs (variation as per your choice) and toast, Tibetan bread, pancakes. Lunch simple bread with mild vegetable curry and salad with seasonal fruits, dinner Nepali Dal-Bhat (boiled rice-lintel soup with vegetable) Chinese Fried veg / egg noodles, pasta, Indian Pilau rice, chappati (bread) for birthday and anniversary please let us know in advance so that we can order the lodge to bake cakes on special request.

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