Trekking in the Himalayas is the experience of a lifetime - the beauty of nature, friendly local people, high altitude mountain environments - and at the end you will have a wonderful experience with memories that last forever.
Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier.
The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb, the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.
Are you looking for a short trekking adventure to the mountains? Are you yearning to be near the mountains, but can’t find the time to do so? If so, then Langtang Trek is just for you. One of the most popular valley treks in Nepal is the mountainous region of Langtang. It is a mixture of walking on steep ridges along the valley to walking on glaciers. The pathway leading to the village is filled with great views of the mountains in the region too. The location lies just 30 kilometers from the city of Kathmandu. But the difference in the landscape between the two places is really vast.
Langtang Trek: Intro
Daily schedule for Langtang Trek
Best time to take Langtang trek
Langtang Trek: Intro
If you are looking for a quick getaway from your busy schedule and indulge yourself in the Himalayan region. Then try Langtang Trek. It is one of the shortest treks to the Himalayas filled with remote and beautiful scenery. The trek to the valley is one of the most accessible protected areas near the city of Kathmandu. The trekking trail is not as crowded as the other trekking trails in Nepal which makes it a peaceful walk. You need to attain permits before your entry in the Langtang National Park, which is where we are headed. It is available for purchase at the Village of Dhunche. And your trip, however, begins from the village of Syabrubesi, along the Syabrubesi river.
The itinerary for Langtang Trek is relatively a short one. But you can extend the trek by visiting Gosaikunda Lake and the Helambu Region from Langtang. The trekking takes you right up to Kyanjin Gumba where you can get great views of Langtang Range. You may need to travel through fallen glaciers and avalanches or even landslides in this trek. This is an unforeseen natural calamity, which can only be worked around. But along with Langtang Peak, you will also witness the sight of other peaks in the nearby region. The Langtang region is also a great location for bird watching and butterfly watching if you are interested.
Langtang Trek is a short trip to the Himalayas filled with numerous viewpoints of the surrounding mountain ranges and the hills. The trekking trail starts at Syabrubesi from where the trail takes an uphill turn as you proceed further. Then the trail takes you through some of the most remote parts of the Langtang region. Words cannot express correctly the views through you pass through. But we will try our best to explain the landscape details in this region and the environment around you.
The trail is basically with great views of the mountains nearby behind the customary hills. And there are many hills we will have to go through to reach Langtang. You can expect to go through forests laden with rhododendron trees and some parts with low growing shrubs too. As we reach higher up, the terrain changes to a barren almost desert-like region. And there are many glaciers and waterfalls to be seen along the way. Langtang Valley which is hidden behind the hills is indeed something worth witnessing first hand.
Daily schedule for Langtang Trek
Your journey starts once you reach Kathmandu and our staff reaches you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You have the rest of the day to yourself. You can take a stroll around the marketplace if you are looking to get some last minute supplies. You will find everything necessary for mountaineering as a whole, in the shops here in Kathmandu. In the evening, we’ll give a short briefing on the Importance of Acclimatization and how we will achieve it. The next day, our guide will take you around some of the places in the city of Kathmandu. Depending on the time, we can visit PashupatiNath Temple, the Swayambhu Nath and the Boudha Stupa. In the evening, we will give the details about how we will conduct the trek for the trekking party. Rest at the hotel.
The following day, we hit the road and 3hours from Kathmandu and we reach Trisuli Bazaar. We can take a pit stop before heading towards our first trekking destination, Syabrubesi. Before that, we will take another stop at Dhunche where we obtain our Langtang National Park Permit. We’ll be trekking in protected areas and the permit is required to be verified at certain checkposts in the region. Once we get our permits, we head towards the checkpoint of Syabrubesi, which stands along the Syabrubesi River. And this is where your trekking begins.
Even as you start your journey, the peaks become visible from Syabrubesi. As you leave the Syabrubesi, the terrain takes a rapid turn towards remoteness. Settlements start to disappear as we make our way up through stone pathways made by the locals. The trail takes us along the stream through the muddy trail. We cross a few suspension bridges, which gives us a wonderful view of the hills. There are places where you need to walk on fallen landslides in this region and we need to be careful. The area is prone to occasionally falling of rocks and rolling stones. The trail otherwise is really peaceful here and the walkthrough trees can invigorate the mind and soul of anyone.
A few hours of trekking, we reach a small checkpoint and we can rest and have our lunch. Another 3 hours walk lies ahead towards Bamboo, our next destination. The trail takes a slight elevation as you make your way further uphill. This area also has a fear of falling stones and you definitely need to watch and be alert. After a series of rough trekkable pathway, we reach the village of Bamboo. We halt for the night here.
The next day we leave the village and make our way past landslides and rocks can fall tumbling anytime here. So we need to be very careful not to slip up and remain cautious crossing these parts. A little further and we reach the stop of Riverside where we can take a short break and feel the environment around us. Then we head uphill through rhododendron forests amidst beautiful view of the mountains and surrounding hills.
The view of the valley start becoming more vivid and the temperature decreases as we make our way up the hill. The transition of the terrain is also remarkable as you go further up the trail. The view however, remains as stunning as ever. The remoteness of the area is going to leave you out of words to express. Before Langtang village, we reach the checkpoint of Thangshyap with stunning view of the hills converging together at the base. We have our lunch at a restaurant in Thangshyap amidst this stunning view. The final climb is along the walls of a hill with the river flowing beneath us. On perfect days you can see so many mountain ranges along the road you just took.
Finally we reach the Langtang, tucked between several hills surrounding the village. The view becomes even more stunning even from the few tea houses scattered around Langtang. Rest is crucial at the end of the day, so our accommodation is provided in one of the tea houses. We will have an acclimatization session here at Langtang the next day. The view of the village from a nearby hill is immaculate. We will explore the outskirts of Langtang during our acclimatization session and mingle with the people living here. The village is mainly populated by Tamangs of the Himalayas.
The next day, we head towards the Kyanjin Gumba with stunning surrounding views of the mountains. The walk is a peaceful walk at high elevation and we reach the stop of Mundu and then Sindhum. The trail has a slight elevation and follows the mountainous rocky road to finally reach Kyanjin Gumba. The surrounding hills and nearby mountains become even more prominent as you reach the top. The terrain has a barren look to it and is basically a river bank to the stream flowing nearby. But you are surrounded by hills at this point.
The location of Kyanjin Gumba however has a great view of the Langtang Range, clearly visible from the village. We will rest in one of the tea houses available here. The next day, we make our way through a picturesque view of the mountain, which looks like its just nearby. A 40mins free walk and we reach the summit of Kyanjin Ri. The pathway is along the rocky hill amidst breath-taking views of the surrounding hills and Langtang Peak. Kyanjin Ri is a great vantage point to have a close look at the surrounding peaks. The spot is a great location to meditate or find peace by submerging yourself with the fantastic view around you.
We make our way back to Kyanjin Gumba and gather our luggage. And with memories full of the magnificent views, we make our way back down the same path we came before. The downhill trek can be even more strenuous after a nice uphill walk. So it is better to take it slow and have plenty of rest. Finally after we reach our starting point of Syabrubesi, we take a vehicle to take us to Kathmandu. A day will be kept aside for rest and if you are looking to buy something to take home. The journey finally ends with your departure as per your schedule.
Best time to take Langtang trek
Weather and temperature at the Himalayas are unpredictable and it is subject to change anytime. But the best seasons to place your bets on visiting Langtang is in spring and autumn season. Spring is ideal for a fresh start of the year, and the views are unhinged and immaculate. The trekking trail is also dry and manageable. Possibility of landslides and avalanches in the area is also very less during the Spring season. Lots of birds and butterflies can be seen during this time of the year.
Autumn is another season best for being near Langtang village. The landscape is fresh after the recent rain which has washed the trail too. The greenery in most parts of the trek gives the scenery a lively picture along with rhododendron flowers. The view is not obstructed by fog or mist and the sky is clear for a nice trek in the mountains. The trekking trail is dry and walking on it cannot be very difficult. Winters and Monsoons are not good seasons for a trek. The fog hides most of the views. The pathway is either too wet with rain to walk or frozen with snow to even stand on. The slippery roads can lead to many accidents while walking the mountain region of Langtang. The cold during winter is also not bearable and most of the tea houses remain closed during this time.