Langtang Trek ( Ultimate): The Langtang Valley sits in the Northern region of Nepal near the Tibetan border. The region is known for being home to some of the most remarkable landscapes in the country. The first of Nepal’s national parks, the valley combines the unparalleled natural beauty of the Himalayan range, governed by Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), with the chance to trek among snow-capped Himalayan peaks, magnificent waterfalls and through breathtaking rhododendron forests. Equal opportunity is given on this trek to explore the region’s rich and diverse culture, revealed in the traditional villages and settlements found along the trail. Nevertheless, due to its proximity to the border, although the valley and its native residents are Nepalese by name, they are ethnic Tamang and therefore decisively Tibetan in culture. Therefore, despite its unmatched beauty, the trek is also well suited for those wishing to experience the Tibetan way of life.
Upon leaving Syabrubesi, the journey to Langtang is not for the faint of heart. The trek begins with a moderate climb through a bamboo forest, where it is quite common to catch a glimpse of a Red Panda or Langur monkey beneath the branches. This particular trek is synonymous with pilgrimages, and many of the travellers encountered along the way will be seeking the sacred lake of Gosaikunda, home to the Hindu God Lord Shiva and the Goddess Gauri. During Ganga Dashahara and the sacred thread festival Janai Purnima, thousands of pilgrims from India and Nepal pass though the valley in order to complete the holy-act of bathing in the hallowed waters of the lake. This cultural importance, combined with the stunning panoramas and glaciers of the Annapurna mountain range truly make this a once-in-a-lifetime trek.
A typical day on the Langtang Trek ( Ultimate):
Start your day with hot tea served in your room to refresh before washing and packing your belongings. No need to worry about loading your items as this will be done by the porters while you enjoy breakfast before setting off for the day’s trek. Remember to order your breakfast the evening before so that the teahouse owner has time to prepare – they often have to cook for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, we navigate through the local area, exploring forests and villages and admiring the stunning vistas. The morning trek usually lasts around three hours before we stop for a well-earned hour lunch break. Don’t forget to take pictures and videos as you enjoy your time exploring this beautiful region! After lunch, we will continue for another three hours before stopping for the night at a teahouse. The porters will already have delivered the heavy packs to our destination.
At the teahouse, we will order dinner and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village. At dinner the guides will go through the expectations for the next day’s segment as well as provide practical information such what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. The rest of the evening you are free to relax, read and chat with locals and with your fellow trekkers. Exchange games from your home country for a lesson in Nepali cards from the group leaders, or take part in a singing or dancing competition arranged by the porters and Sherpas. Take a moment to soak in the beautiful landscape before heading off to bed to be rested for the next day’s journey.
Langtang Trek ( Ultimate): Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (8 hrs)*
Day 04: Syabrubesi to the Lama Hotel (6 hrs)
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (6 hrs)
Day 06: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (4 hrs)
Day 07: A day to Explore Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to the Lama Hotel (7 hrs)
Day 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (6 hrs)
Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Dhunche (5 hrs)
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu
*Note: All times are approximations as itineraries are subject to weather, route conditions, and physical conditions of trekkers.
Langtang Trek: Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival by plane to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel, you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of day to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After spending the night at your hotel, you will have the day to tour the world heritage sites in and around Kathmandu. Visit the UNESCO cultural heritage site Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple situated 3km northwest of Kathmandu in the village of Deopatan. Meet Saddhus (holy men/ Baba) who spend most of their hours cremating bodies on the riverbank of the holy Bagmati. Monkeys fill the surrounding area as you explore the bustling markets selling a range of Hindu gifts, incense, and rainbow tika powders that make unique souvenirs. Wander over to the Bouddhanath stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Marvel at the astonishing 14th century building before having lunch at Bouddha, which offers panoramic views of the stupa. Head to Swoyambhunath stupa after lunch. As well as offering 360 degree views of Kathmandu Valley, this stupa is home to many monkeys. A trip to Kathmandu is not complete without a visit to Durbar Square. Once the home of the city’s royalty, it is now a must see destination on any traveller’s itinerary. Meander through the beautiful temples and market stalls and head to Freak Street, the home of the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. After diving into the beautiful, bustling atmosphere of Kathmandu, it is time to meet the group you will be spending the next 14 days with. You will receive an invitation to a traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will be briefed on important information about the trek will have a chance to ask the staff any questions regarding Langtang trek you may have, while enjoying the traditional flavours of Nepal.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
The journey begins. In the morning we prepare bags, ready to leave Kathmandu on the long drive northwards. Although the road is far from smooth, the bumps and bounces are well worth it for the breathtaking landscapes and the opportunity to see some of the most rural villages in Nepal. On the way, we will encounter stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the snowy peaks of Kerung. The road twists and turns through gorges and glaciers until we reach the Trishul Valley, where we will stay a comfortable night in a local teahouse.
Day 4: Syabrubesi to the Lama Hotel
After breakfast, the trek begins. The trail climbs for the first two hours through a beautiful bamboo forest and we’ll stop for a much needed lunch break once we reach the village of Bamboo (1,850 m). Although the trail is fairly easy walking, we’ll cross some exciting and shaky bridges and follow a wild river through the valley. The forests in this area are green and full of life, and we should keep our eyes open for interesting birds and beehives hanging from the rocky slopes. In the late afternoon, we reach the Bamboo Hotel, where we’ll stay for the night.
Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang village
The day’s trek follows the trail through charming rhododendron and pine forests. Before we reach Ghora Tabela for lunch, the landscape has become mountainous. The valley then opens up as we continue climbing, and through the snowy peaks and waterfalls there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7,227 m) between the trees. The region is teeming with white monkeys and other wildlife and is also known for its abundance of herbs and foliage. The trail continues to climb until we reach Langtang village, with buildings reminiscent of the Tibetan style, where we will sleep the night.
Day 6: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa
After breakfast we leave the village of Langtang and have a satisfying four hour trek to the village of Kyanjin Gompa. The trail climbs gradually and we’ll pass yak pastures and smaller villages before the valley opens up and the views become more extensive. From here, you should expect a spectacular view of Mount Ganchenpo (6,387 m) and Langtang Lirung (7,227 m) both nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. The setting is quite dramatic, with snow-covered peaks encompassing us from all sides. Once we reach Kyanjin Gompa, we can relax for the rest of the day.
Day 7: A day to Explore Kyanjin Gompa
Today we have a rest day in Kyanjin Gompa. The day is open to explore the surrounding area, including the government-operated cheese factory, the monastery and the breathtaking panoramic views. Depending of your physical (and mental) state, at this point you are welcome to the opportunity to take on Cherku-ri (5,150 m), to take a glacier walk or to visit Langshisha Kharka, the site of a yearly festival marked by prayer flags and poles.
Day 8: Kyanjin Gompa to the Lama Hotel
This morning we re-trace our steps back through the beautiful rhododendron forest to the Lama Hotel. After a pleasant descent, we rest for the evening and spend the night at the hotel before the trek to village of Thulo Syabru.
Day 9: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village
Descent is on the trekking menu this morning, as the trail winds through more spectacular bamboo, fir and rhododendron forests. Keep an eye out for wild boar and birds on the road to Thulo Syabru. Despite the deep valleys and gorges, the horizon is dominated by Ganesh Himal. After a couple of hours of manageable uphill walking, we reach Thulo Syabru, where we will spend the night.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Dhunche
Upon leaving Thulo Syabru we trek through the Langtang valley and catch some stunning views of the snowy peaks of Tibet. We will pass through the villages of Brabel and Braccaka, where we will be greeted by the phenomenal sight of The Yangra (7,422m). From here, we cross another rickety suspension bridge towards the Trishuli River, whose waters run from straight the famous Gosaikunda Lake. The final part of the day leads trekkers through a picturesque forest of blue pine to Dhunche, our destination for the day.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
Once the Langtang trek is completed and we are back to Dhunche. We’ll be back on the long and bumpy road to return to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in the city, we will check-in to our hotel for the night.
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu.
The day is left open for you to explore Kathmandu and pick up any last-minute souvenirs before your transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home. We hope you depart with Himalayan memories to last a lifetime.
Our team is comprised of a group of highly skilled, licensed and experienced guides who are responsible for all aspects of the trek. Their confidence and enthusiasm are an integral part of what makes the journey with Fundraising Treks so special. The guides should act as a first port of call for any questions or physical problems you may experience on the journey.
A normal group size consists of a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 10 people, with a guide and a porter for approximately every two group members. It is important to keep the group size relatively small, not only for safety reasons but also to ensure that the highest quality of service and personal care is delivered.
Physical and Mental Condition
Trekking through the Himalayas involves long days, over uneven terrain and at high altitudes. While one does not need an Olympian standard of fitness to complete the trek, physical and mental preparation to a good level of health is highly recommended. Physically, walking for sustained periods of time at high altitude, sometimes in snow, can be unexpectedly exhausting and therefore, in order to get the most out of the trek, a good level of fitness is suggested. Equally, one must be mentally prepared for the life on the trail, and the unforeseen changes and problems you may encounter trekking through rural Nepal. Consequently, in manner of safety, a medical fitness certificate is mandatory prior to booking.
Each member of the group is allowed a gear bag weighing no more than 15kgs/33lbs to avoid overburdening the porters. Equally, soft ‘duffel bags’ are recommended as a ‘hard case’ luggage is difficult and awkward to carry. We closely work with the IPPG (International Porters Progress Group) to support porter rights and to protect them from exploitation at work.
When climbing above 3,600m, you enter a zone whereby your body needs to be physically prepared for the lack of available oxygen. This lack of oxygen can have harmful effects on the body, and can develop into differing forms of altitude sickness such as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), HAPE (High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema) or HACE (High-altitude cerebral Edema). The severity of these illnesses can range from a headache to death, and as such the process of acclimatization should be taken seriously by any trekker. Climbing slowly and giving your body the chance to adjust over a period of time is an essential component to the prevention of altitude sickness. Nevertheless, even the best preparation does not guarantee 100% safety, so in addition to climbing steadily; a basic of knowledge of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness is recommended. All our guides are professionally trained to spot the symptoms of these illnesses, and our treks are specifically designed to reduce the possibility of AMS, HAPE and HACE.
Dr Howard Donner’s channel on Youtube.com is a recommended resource in the education and prevention of the differing types of altitude sickness:
Diamox is a drug which prevents and reduces the symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, tiredness, nausea and shortness of breath. The recommended dosage is 125mg, twice a day. Due to slight delay in the medication physically taking effect, it is desirable to start a course 24 hours before the start of your climb. We strongly advise seeking medical advice at home before leaving for the trek.
Climate and weather
The dry season occurs from October to May while the wet (monsoon) season is from June to September. Mid-September till end of November and March to May are considered the best times of the year to visit Nepal. During autumn, the vegetation is thicker because of the monsoon rains and the air feels cleaner and fresher. It is dustier in spring but the weather is warm and pleasant. December to February have good visibility but it is cold in Kathmandu as well as in the high altitude regions. The monsoon season, however, brings with it cloudy skies so visibility is bad.
Nevertheless, weather on the trail is very difficult to predict. At night, it is usually cooler and the days warmer. Winter (January and February) will be cold, but the days are normally very clear and can be warm if the sun is out. There may be a bit of snow during the months of December to February. It is important that you can keep warm and dry in any condition. Expect the unexpected! Below are the average temperatures in Nepal in degree Celsius.
Passport and Visa Requirements
Before your travel, please check your passport validity date, which should be good for at least 6 months after the end of your adventure trip. We will require a copy of your passport details (scanned copy is recommended).
Travelling to Nepal requires a visa, which can be obtained from the closest Nepalese Embassy in your country. There is also visa-on-arrival at the Kathmandu airport (bring 2 passport photos). Visa fees are as follows:
- Multiple entry for 15 days cost US$25 or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple entry for 30 days cost US$40 or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple entry for 90 days cost US$100 or equivalent convertible currency
Tourist visas can be extended up to a maximum of 150 days in a single visa year at an additional charge. For more information, please click here for the immigration link.
*Note – Nepal Immigration accepts US Dollars only for visas on arrival, so please bring the exact amount of USD required, as well as two passport photographs.
Permits and Fees
Specific areas such as the UN-designated World Heritage sites, the National Park and restricted areas along the trek require permits and entrance fees. The Langtang trek/trip packages include the cost of the relevant permits and entrance fees. If additional permit fees are required, we will provide you with the relevant information before you make your booking.
Correct clothing and equipment are necessary for a safe and enjoyable adventure trip. Experienced trekkers will usually take specific items that worked in the past. Below is the list of suggested equipment and clothing for you to bring/use for this trek.
- Running Shoes: 1 pair of casual, comfortable support shoes for lighter walking days
- Light Hiking Boots: 1 pair of sturdy, water resistant hiking books to worn with a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy wool or synthetic sock. Soles should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet.
- Hiking Gaiters (optional): 1 pair to keep rocks out of shoes and keep boots dry in case of rain. Trekking pants can be optionally worn.
- Wool Socks: 3 pairs of heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner/light socks. When layering socks, check that these fit over feet and inside boots. One pair of fresh, dry socks should be kept available at all times. Socks with padded shins make walking more comfortable.
- Liner Socks: 3 pairs of smooth, thin wool, nylon or capilene socks worn next to the skin to reduce blisters and hotspots from forming. These also help outer socks to last longer before changing. These should fit well under the heavy socks.
- Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pairs of tops & bottoms made of wool, capilene or other synthetic material but not cotton. Lightweight is recommended for versatility (worn as a single layer in warmer weather and double layer when colder). Zipped up neck tops allow ventilation. One pair should be white-colored for bright sunny days and the other dark-colored for quicker drying.
- Light Trekking Pants: Lightweight nylon pants designed for trekking should be used. These are air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Pants with zipped-up lower leg sections can be conveniently taken off and converted to shorts.
- T-Shirts: Lightweight crew style t-shorts designed to wick away moisture are recommended. Shirts can be made of synthetic material.
- Bandana: Bandanas can be used as facemasks and for other tasks.
- Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket: A full-zip version is easier to wear and take off as well as provides better ventilation versus a pullover.
- Insulated Down Jacket: Medium to heavy weight jacket with hood
- Hard-Shell Jacket with Hood: A waterproof, breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips and no insulation is recommended. This layer protects against wind and rain.
- Hard-Shell Pants: Should be waterproof and breathable. Side zippers are fine as long as pants can be worn over boots.
- Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair. Heavier fleece material will keep hands warmer when wet compared to lighter polypropylene or capilene.
- Shell Gloves with Insulation: 1 pair. Insulation need not be removable. A good quality ski glove is enough.
- Headlamp & Spare Batteries: Good quality climber’s headlamp for use at night. Please bring extra batteries.
- Sun Hat: The sun shines more intensely at high altitudes. Bring a hat with a good visor that protects the nose and eyes. Baseball hats are ok.
- Neck Gaiter or Buff: A Buff headwear will reduce the amount of dust inhaled and the chance of infection.
- acier Glasses: 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, with side covers, leash and a nose guard. Glasses should allow no more than 8% light. We recommend that you pack a spare pair of glasses if you wear contact lenses – if glasses are “photo-gray” or made of light adjusting material, the better as they can serve as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses, we suggest you wear prescription glacier glasses that are gray or amber-colored. Best to speak with your eye care professional for available prescription glacier glasses. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection against the sun.
- Sleeping Bag: High quality with hood good for at least -10 degrees. Down is lighter, less bulky although more expensive than synthetic materials (we can provide you with a sleeping bag for the trek).
- Backpack: A daypack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. Capacity should be a maximum of 3,000 cubic inches only.
- Adjustable 3 section Trekking Poles: Optional
- Water Treatment Tablets: 2 wide-mouthed bottles with a minimum of 1 litre capacity each. No water bag or bladder systems please as they free and are hard to fill.
- Pee Bottle: Optional but useful
- Pee Funnel for Women: Optional. Lightweight urine director for minimal undressing and discreet use
- Sunscreen: 2 small tubes of SPF 30 or higher. The sunscreen should be 6 months or less as more than that the SPF rating is halved.
- Hand/Foot Warmers: Optional but recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet. 1-3 pairs.
- Lip Screen: At least 2 sticks of SPF 30 or higher. Not older than 6 months.
- MP3 Player: Optional. Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitudes (above 13,000ft). Chargers are available for use at several lodges along the trek.
- Large Duffle Bag with Travel Locks: 1 for transporting and storing gear including clothing.
- Plastic Bags (5): For lining stuff sacks and packs to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags are suggested.
- Travel Clothes: Street/Casual clothes for air travel days and for Kathmandu.
- Toiletry Bag: Toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, wet wipes (1-2 per day), hand sanitizer and hand moisturizer
- Personal First Aid Kit (Small and Simple): Aspirin, moleskin, adhesive tape, band-aids.
- Drugs/Medications/Prescriptions: Bring Mupirocin (Bactobran) cream which is an excellent topical antibiotic for cuts and scrapes. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125mg or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg for high altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity and if allergic to ibuprofen.
This list is a guide for you. You are required to bring everything listed here although you can choose to use other options/brands.
What essential documents do I need to bring with me on this trek?
- Valid Passport – You must ensure that your passport is still valid for at least 6 months from your return from the tour. Keep a separate photocopy of your passport details and Nepal visa.
- Travel Insurance – A photocopy to be carried in person.
- Return flight tickets
- Insurance coverage policy
- Cash/Traveler’s Cheques – Make sure to keep a copy of numbers and proof of purchase.
- Emergency contact numbers for T/Cs, banks, insurance and family members etc.
- A diary (optional)
How fit must I be?
This trek is suitable for people with a good level of health. The walking each day is quite manageable due to the good quality of the paths/trails and the relatively low altitude in the Langtang Valley. Nevertheless, like any Himalayan trek, some physical preparation is key to enhancing your experience and making sure you get the most from the trip.
Can I use credit cards during the Langtang trek?
Although credit cards will work in Kathmandu and other major cities, on the trail and in the teahouses only Nepalese Rupees are accepted so make sure you have enough cash exchanged before you begin.
Where can I get my money exchanged for the local currency?
Although money can be exchanged at the hotel, we recommend better rates elsewhere so make sure to consult with your dealing manager before exchanging large amounts.
What facilities are available at the teahouses?
Most teahouses provide private rooms, normally with shared bathrooms and running water (although washing clothes is difficult) and electricity to you to recharge your devices.
What kind of food is served at the teahouses?
A variety of local food will be served, including items such as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal-bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried or curried vegetables), potatoes prepared in multiple ways, pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely served although there may be canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfast typically consists of eggs (cooked in different ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
Can I drink the water in Nepal?
The simple answer is, no. Bottled water should be consumed in Kathmandu and the major cities to avoid illness. On the trail, although available for sale, purchasing bottled water is discouraged due to the lack of recycling options for the locals (most of the plastic bottles are either burnt for left on the trail somewhere causing ecological damage).
Nevertheless, all teahouses offer boiled water and recently, through the Annapurna Conservation Project, you can now buy treated water (for around 30p a litre) at safe water drinking stations along the trail. In addition, a highly recommended investment would be in a personal water purifier such as the Lifesaver Bottle or the Steripen. These make any water you’re likely to come across safe to drink. It is vital to keep hydrated on the trail, and a combination of all these methods is the safest way.
If I need to purchase extra gear or supplies, where should I get them?
The Thamel area in Kathmandu is well known for providing trekkers with the gear and supplies they might need, stocking both local and international brands.
How do I find you at the airport?
Our airport representative will be waiting for you at the arrival gate of the airport, holding a placard with your name on it.
Do I need to get Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) before I arrive in Nepal?
Yes it is recommended that you bring Diamox, as well as other personal medication with you, before your arrival.
Can I add extra days to the trek?
Along the trekking trip, days may be added upon request if you inform us in advance and if there is enough time to prepare for the extension. An additional fee will be charged for the extra days to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price for Langtang trek includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- All trekking Permit fees for Langtang Trek (Langtang Ultimate Trek)
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters