• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Hiking & Trekking
  • Transport: Local Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Guest House
  • Group Size: 12
  • Max Elevation: 5033 M

Highlights:

  • A short yet delightful Himalayan trek route that's close to Kathmandu
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back
  • Hike through the incredible landscape of the Langtang region
  • Explore picturesque Langtang village and ancient Kyanjin Gompa
  • Visit Kyanjin Gompa's local cheese factory
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Langtang's mountains
  • Learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture from the locals

About Langtang Trek 8 Days

The Langtang Trek 8 Days Package is a complete trekking adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas that is short and easy but also renowned for its wide-ranging mountain views, glaciers, wildlife, natural beauty, culture, and yak cheese. This well-designed hiking itinerary takes you to the glorious valley of Langtang, passing by lush green forests, beautiful villages, roaring waterfalls, and incredible mountain landscapes in just 8 days. This Langtang trekking package is full of valuable resources that answer most of your questions regarding the trek. Follow through for more information that will eventually help you plan the excursion.

Situated 145 km away from Kathmandu, Syaprubesi is the entry point of the Langtang 8 Days Trek that takes you to the wilderness that the Langtang region is known for. This less-traveled hiking route is gradually gaining popularity and is believed to be the 3rd most popular trekking destination after Everest and Annapurna. Adding more to its already beautiful natural beauty is the cultural heritage that the Tamang people of Langtang have preserved to date.

During these 8 days of trekking in the Langtang region, you will traverse through the Langtang National Park, which inhabits numerous species of plants and animals unique to the region. You'd thoroughly enjoy the rest day at Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m), which is encircled by the great Himalayas. The excursion to the monastery and local cheese factory is another highlight that sets the Langtang trek apart from other trekking routes in Nepal.

Outfitter Nepal has vast experience conducting treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. You can count on us for a safe and enjoyable journey to the foothills of the majestic mountains. Join us on our 8-day trek to the Langtang valley in 2023, or get in touch with us to customize the trek to meet your needs.

But before that, let's learn more about the Langtang Trek 8 Days excursion.

Hiking through the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal

The Langtang Valley and most of the Langtang trekking route fall under the Langtang National Park, established in 1976 as Nepal's first Himalayan National Park. A total of 14 vegetation and 18 ecosystem types appear in the park, including tropical forests, alpine scrub, and perennial ice.

You will witness a variety of landscapes inside the park, as well as several mountain peaks like Yala Peak, Langtang Lirung, Gangchhempo, and others. In addition to offering breathtaking views, the park is home to some endangered species of wildlife, including the black bear, Himalayan Tahr, red panda, dzo, and rare kinds of deer & monkeys.

The exceptional landscape of Langtang Himalayas

The 8 days Langtang Trek offers breathtaking landscapes the entire way. The trail passes through several deep forests, beautiful valleys, pristine lakes, thundering waterfalls, and charming settlements.

The Himalayas' sparkling vista further enhances Langtang's charm. You can enjoy the sight of several mountain peaks, including Langtang Himal, Yala Peak, Ghangchhempo, Morimoto Peak, Dorje Lakpa, Pogen Dhokpu, etc. If the weather is in your favor, you might as well see Mt. Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.

Langtang, the valley of glaciers

The Langtang valley has gained its name of "the Valley of Glaciers", because of several glaciers in the region. The longest glacier in the area, the Langtang Glacier, originates from Langtang Lirung's Himalayan peak. The glacier, located at elevations between 4,500 and 7000 meters, is primarily covered in debris. It creates a lovely atmosphere in the valley and makes trekking in the Langtang region far more enjoyable.

Experience the rich Tamang Heritage in Langtang

You will pass through a number of villages and human settlements on the journey, including Syabrubeshi, Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, Kyanjin Gompa, and others. Indigenous Gurung, Sherpa, and Tamang tribes reside in these regions. They are warm and welcoming people who would welcome the travelers in their neighborhoods with great honor.

Among all, Tamang communities predominantly reside in the Langtang region. You will learn about the rich Tamang culture, traditions, and way of life as you pass by several Tamang villages on the way. Tamangs living in the region are believed to be Tibetan descendants, so you'll notice similarities between the two.

You'll forever remember the hospitable locals and their unique culture.

Kyanjin Gompa and its famous cheese factory

Located at an altitude of 3870 meters in the foothill of 3 massive mountains, Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), and Langshisha Ri (6,427 m), Kyanjin Gompa is the highest point of Langtang 8 Days Trek. The place gets its name from an ancient Buddhist monastery, "Kyanjin Gompa," which has significant religious value in Buddhism. On the rest day at Kyanjin Gompa, you'd visit the monastery and learn about Buddhism and Buddhist culture.

Another major attraction of the Langtang Trek is the cheese factory. Yak cheese production was established in Kyanjin Gompa by Swiss dairy specialist Werner Schulthess in the 1950s. The production and distribution of hard cheese from yak milk is continued to this day and have become a brilliant way to commercialize the milk produced in the region. During the 8 Days Langtang Trek, you will visit the cheese factory, where you can buy some for yourself and for your friends and family back home.

Easily accessible trekking destination from Kathmandu

Situated north of Kathmandu Valley, The Langtang region is the closest high-altitude trekking destination to Kathmandu. Only a 7-8 hour drive from the valley takes you to the gateway of Langtang, Syabrubesi. Hence, you don't have to worry about domestic flights being delayed or canceled.

Starting in Syabrubeshi, the hike takes you through a straightforward, less-traveled route to the highest human settlement of the region, Kyanjin Gompa. This simple and easy trek makes the best substitute for Everest and Annapurna regions' hike without compromising on the wilderness's adventure and wonders.

Trip Customization and Upgrades

The above-mentioned itinerary depicts a standard 8 days trek to Langtang Valley. We can modify the itinerary to accommodate your preferences.

  • If you are flexible enough, we can organize your trek to Langtang Valley in 9 days or more. The price may change depending on the modifications made.
  • We can arrange your accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3 star hotel with airport pick-up and drop.
  • If you're in a group and want to avoid the hassle of a bus, we are happy to help your rent a private jeep from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi and back.

Please contact us to customize your trip.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi

The first day of the trekking journey begins with a scenic but adventurous road trip. After having an early breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Kathmandu on a bus that takes us to Syabru Besi. The first half of the road trip (up to Trisuli Bazaar) is fairly smooth on a black-topped road, but the actual fun begins after you enter the gravel road.

Driving in rural areas on muddy roads in Nepal is an adventure in itself. However, the picturesque hills and river flowing by the side make it up for a dangerous ride. The roads are occasionally blocked during monsoons due to landslides, so traveling on this route is not recommended when it's rainy season.

You will stay at a lodge in Syabru Besi on Day 1 and prepare yourself for the hike the next day.

    Today is the first trekking day, and it's an easy hike. After a delicious breakfast at the lodge in Syabru Besi (1500 m), we begin our trek by crossing the Bhote Koshi River. The trail gradually ascends to Bamboo (2200 m) and then to Rimche (2485 m). By the end of the day, we reach Lama Hotel (2480 m), where we have dinner and stay the night.

    You will enjoy walking on the trail as it passes through oak and rhododendron forests. In spring, the red Rhododendron blooms cover the entire forest creating beautiful scenery. You may also catch a glimpse of some wild animals and birds if you're fortunate enough.

      On the third day, we set out on our hike from Lama Hotel after breakfast. As we pass through Rhododendron and pine forests, you will catch a glimpse of Langtang Lirung and the Langtang Himal Range. The trail breaks through the woods at Ghoda Tabela (3030 m), where we stop for lunch.

      The trail gradually ascends further as the valley opens into alpine meadows, where you'll find yaks grazing. Before you reach the Langtang Village, you'll come across several temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze during the summer months.

      The Langtang Range appears more prominent as you arrive in the village of Langtang (3430 m), which was severely devastated by the 2015 earthquake. The village's infrastructure has been restored, and the traditional houses have been rebuilt in a modern style. Langtang Village is where you stay the night in a lodge with modern facilities.

        It's a short 4-5 hours hike from Langtang Village (3430 m) to Kyanjin Gompa (3830 m) today. We begin the hike on a steep trail through yak pastures. We again pass by temporary huts made by shepherds as permanent settlements is rare above 3500 meters. The valley further opens, offering an even more extensive view of the Langtang Range.

        As you reach Kyanjin Gompa, you'll come across chortens, prayer flags, and Mani walls of sacred stones engraved with religious scriptures. We arrive at this beautiful Buddhist settlement of Kyanjin Gompa for lunch, so the rest of the day is yours to spend. You can explore the surroundings (monastery and cheese factory) or rest at the teahouse.

          You deserve a rest day after continuously trekking for 3 days. An acclimatization day is also necessary for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude and decreasing oxygen level once you go higher than 3000 meters.

          However, a rest day doesn't mean you'll stay at the lodge the entire day. You can explore the village or hike nearby hilltops. Kyanjin Gompa got its name from the monastery "Kyanjin Gompa," which has great religious significance. There's also a famous cheese factory that produces yak cheese. These two places are a must-visit when you're in Kyanjin Gompa.

          If you choose to hike for better mountain views, you can go up to Kyanjin Ri (4400 m) or Tesergo Ri (4984 m). Both are great viewpoints for a panoramic view of the Langtang Range, including the highest Langtang Lirung (7245 m), scenic valleys, frozen lakes, and pristine glaciers.

            After our last breakfast at Kyanjin Gompa, we start to trek back. A long walk back on the same trail takes us to Langtang Village and Ghoda Tabela, where you'll have lunch. After a brief lunch break, we continue on a steep descent to reach Lama Hotel, where we'll spend the night again. Though it's a long hiking day, the walk is easier as most of the trails descend.

              On the last hiking day of this Langtang 8-Days Trek, we hike back from Lama Hotel to Rimche, Bamboo, and finally to Syabru Besi. After enjoying the Himalayan view one last time, we enjoy a delicious Nepali meal and spend the night at a lodge in Syabru Besi.

                We leave the lodge quite early after a quick bite to catch a bus to Kathmandu. We drive back the same scenic route enjoying the landscape through the bus window.

                Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll drop you at your hotel, and the rest of the evening is for you to enjoy. You can roam around the streets of Thamel, collecting souvenirs for your friends and family. We'll treat you with a token of love and a farewell dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.

                Congratulations! You've successfully completed the Langtang Trek in 8 days. Remember Outfitter Nepal for your future adventures in Nepal, and don't forget to leave a review. Have a safe trip back home.

                  What's Included

                  • Meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
                  • Accommodations in lodges/teahouses on the trek on the twin share.
                  • A guide & porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers, and each porter carries about 20-24 KG)
                  • Paper works, National Park entry permits, & TIMS permit
                  • Transportation to and from Kathmandu by local bus
                  • Emergency helicopter service arrangement (paid by your travel insurance company)
                  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if needed (return after the trek)
                  • Government Tax, Vat, service charge.
                  • A farewell dinner at the last night.
                  • Nepal entry visa cost (easily issuable upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu)
                  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
                  • Airport transfers
                  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu
                  • Personal expenses (bottled water, drinks, snacks, etc.)
                  • Hot shower, laundry, telephone, & internet charge
                  • Tips for the guide and porters
                  • Anything not mentioned in the "includes" section

                  Price & Dates

                  Departure Note:
                  • We have set definite departure dates for the 8-Days Langtang Trek. Please, choose a date and book your seat.
                  • Get in touch with us if your preferred date is not listed. Given that the journey is available every day of the year, we can assist you through the process of reserving your own desired date.
                  • The price is only specified for up to 12 individuals. If your group has more than 12 people, please reach out to us for the special group rate and the rest of the booking procedure.
                  • Please contact us to reserve a private trip (available on any date of the year).
                  • Solo hikers are welcome to join our group. While it is possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, there are fewer remote mountain lodges, so you will have to share a room with other trekkers during the trek.
                  • Guaranteed departure dates are set to depart since we have reservations for them. If you prefer those dates, you may join the team.
                  • Available dates are available to reserve and become guaranteed once you book the trip for that date.
                  • Closed dates are unavailable and cannot be reserved. But if that's the only day you're free, reach out to us to discuss your options.
                  • It would be best if you arrived in Kathmandu a day before our departure date.

                  Useful Information

                  Maximum Altitude

                  The Langtang region lies north of Kathmandu and shares its border with Tibet up north. During the Langtang Trek, we traverse through the Langtang National Park, which has an altitude range of 1000 meters to 7245 meters at Langtang Lirung (the high mountain peak of the Langtang region).

                  However, the maximum elevation we ascend during our 8 days trek to Langtang Valley is 3830 meters at Kyanjin Gompa. If you choose to hike beyond Kyanjin Gompa, you can climb up to Kyanjin Ri at 4400 meters or go even higher to Tsergo Ri at 4984 meters.

                  Difficulty Level

                  The Langtang Trek 8 days is moderately difficult. Considering the steepness, the trail has a few steep sections and is comparatively simpler than many other Nepali trekking trails. However, the difficulty level of any trek is highly based on the physical condition of the hiker. During the trek, you must walk for 5 to 7 hours daily, which calls for a fit body.

                  Before setting out on your journey, make sure you engage in some physical activities or cardio workouts, such as running, jogging, or dancing, to strengthen your core.

                  As there are many other determining factors for the difficulty level, such as weather, temperature, altitude, etc., it is crucial to have nature on your side to complete the trek with ease.

                  Transportation

                  The Langtang trekking journey's beginning and ending point, i.e., Syabru Besi, is reachable by road from the capital city (Kathmandu). Hence, you save time and hassle by not having to take unreliable domestic flights.

                  As part of our package, you'll be traveling from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi by local bus. It can be a little out of your comfort zone because it is a 7-8 hour bumpy trip on partially black-topped and off-roads. If you want to hire a private jeep for some additional cost, we're happy to make such arrangements for you.

                  Accommodation

                  Similar to other trekking routes in Nepal, the 8-Days Langtang Trek offers lodges and teahouses along the trail. Although the room won't be large or lavish, you'll still get a cozy, clean room with the bare necessities like a bed with warm mattresses, pillows, and blankets. You can also get free WIFI at some lodges and hot showers at extra cost. Upon unavailability, you might have to share a room with other trekkers if you're traveling solo, as the rooms come with 2 or 3 or more beds.

                  The Langtang village offers modern amenities as the houses in the villages are reconstructed in a modern design after the 2015 Earthquake almost completely destroyed the village.

                  Washroom and Toiletries

                  While you might find washrooms with western toilets and warm showers at some lodges along the trail, you should be okay with using Asian squat-style toilets. These are the most common ones in high-altitude trekking, like the Langtang Trek.

                  You might be charged an extra cost for hot showers at higher elevations, such as Langtang village and Kyanjin Gompa. However, showering at such high altitudes is not recommended during a short trek due to the cold weather. We also suggest our guests to use as little water as possible because water is scarce at such heights.

                  Most teahouses offer shared restrooms, so it's wise to bring your own toiletries for hygiene reasons.

                  Meals

                  The most common meal on the teahouses' menu is Daal Bhat, a typical Nepalese meal with rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, and pickles. While rice contains enough carbs to energize your body, lentil soup serves the protein requirement, and vegetables provide additional nutrition. As a whole, Daal Bhat keeps you going for an entire day of hiking.

                  You may also sample additional menu items, including momo (dumplings), locally produced barley, millet, buckwheat, corn roti (bread), noodles, sandwiches, tea, coffee, bakery items, and more. Hot tea with ginger keeps your body warm. Give it a try. You'll love it.

                  Since local cuisine and specialties are far more hygienic than frozen goods, which take days to reach the trails, we strongly advise hikers to eat locally prepared food.

                  Drinking Water

                  As a supporter of ecotourism, we strongly suggest our guests to carry their own water bottle and fill it with warm water in teahouses rather than buying bottled water. You can't rely on bottled water as those are not available that high in the Himalayas.

                  If the safety of the water you get in the teahouses concerns you, you may carry a water bottle with inbuilt filtration to filter the water before drinking. Water-purifying tablets are also safe to use while on a trek.

                  Connectivity

                  Connecting with the outer world can be challenging when you're in a remote location like Langtang. However, the majority of teahouses offer Wi-Fi connections (usually with patchy or limited coverage), which may help you communicate with your friends and family.

                  Getting an NCell or NTC 4G SIM card is a safer option if you plan to use internet services anywhere in Nepal. For your convenience, the NTC network performs better in Langtang.

                  Electricity and Battery Recharge

                  The teahouses and lodges of the Langtang region use electricity produced by solar energy. The energy is enough to charge camera batteries, mobile phones, and torch lights. While the teahouse you stay in provides free charging, the ones on the way charge you some amount if you need to charge your equipment during the day while hiking.

                  As the region's weather is unpredictable, sometimes, there may not be enough sunlight to produce electricity. It is always safe to be prepared for such cases by carrying power banks or spare batteries.

                  Guide and Potter

                  Though hiring a guide is not compulsory to trek in the Langtang region, it's always wise to hire one, especially if you're trekking in Nepal for the first time. With a trekking guide, it would be easier to communicate with the locals and navigate the trail in the unknown remote Nepalese Himalayas. Not just that, the well-experienced English-speaking trekking guides of Outfitter Nepal are trained to respond to uncertain weather circumstances that you may encounter in the wilderness.

                  Hiring a potter is entirely your choice. If you're an experienced hiker and have the stamina to carry your backpack for the entire 8 days of Langtang Trek, you're fine on your own. If not, we have fit potters to carry your baggage for you. One potter carries a total of 20-24 kg from two hikers. So, make sure your individual baggage is at most 12 kg.

                  Langtang Trekking Permits Cost

                  International trekkers must acquire a TIMS card, and Langtang National Park Entry permit to trek in the Langtang region. We, at Outfitter Nepal, will arrange these permits for you. Make sure to arrive a day before the trip so we can easily get the permits on your behalf.

                  Langtang National Park Entry Permit – NRs. 3000 (equivalent to US$ 30)

                  TIMS Card – Available in 3 colors

                  Green TIMS Card – US$ 20 (for individual trekkers)

                  Blue TIMS Card – US$ 10 (for organized group trekkers)

                  Pink TIMS Card – US$ 6 (for SAARC nationals)

                  FAQs

                  • Q1. What is the best time for Langtang Trek?

                    Spring and autumn are great times to go for Langtang Trek. The trekking conditions are excellent in both seasons, with warm sunny days and cool nights. The skies are at their bluest shade, providing a stunning backdrop for pristine snow-capped mountains. The wildflower blooms decorate the trekking trail with a rainbow of colors. The Rhododendron flower gives an illusion of a red forest with its crimson red color, especially in spring.

                    Try to avoid winter and monsoons as much as possible because the weather can go wild in the mountains.

                  • The Langtang Trek is graded as an "easy to moderate" hike in terms of difficulty. It doesn't require a lot of physical stamina to complete this trek. However, it is recommended to be at a good fitness level before going on any trekking journey. You can enjoy the trip without stressing your body if you're in decent physical form.

                    Prepare your body for the hike by incorporating some physical activities into your daily routine a few weeks before the trek. Research some hiking tips, walk around your city, go swimming, or maintain a regular schedule of cardio workouts.

                  • Not just for Langtang Trek, travel insurance is mandatory for any trip with Outfitter Nepal. Getting insurance is for your own safety as the risks of unforeseen circumstances are higher while trekking in high-altitude. Research well before signing up for an insurance company and make sure it covers theft, losses, medical costs, emergency helicopter evacuation, and natural disasters.

                  • The human body doesn't operate very well at altitudes of 3000 meters or more. The lack of oxygen and high air pressure at high altitudes can cause altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As Langtang Village and Kyanjin Gompa are located above 3000 meters, there are some chances of getting AMS. Headaches, lack of appetite, trouble sleeping, fuzzy vision, nausea, breathing difficulties, a rapid heartbeat, and exhaustion are a few of the symptoms.

                    Ascending slowly, eating well, hydrating your body and acclimatizing can help prevent AMS. If the condition worsens, you should hike back to the lower altitude as soon as possible.

                  • No matter how short the trekking duration is, you're likely to get altitude sickness if you're hiking above 3000 meters. So, it's crucial to take your time acclimatizing if you want to have a safe and enjoyable trek. Your body requires time to adjust to the shifting altitude in between ascents and descents. The most efficient strategy to prepare your body for abrupt altitude changes is to acclimate for a day. So, we have included a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa in our Langtang Trek 8 Days itinerary.

                  • Langtang trek route lies in a remote area that is secluded from most modern facilities. The last place you'll find ATMs on the route is Syabru Besi, which only has one ATM. So, it's best to be prepared with enough cash from Kathmandu itself, as online payment is also not accepted on the trail.

                  • It is possible to go on a solo trek in the Langtang region, given you have the necessary permits. Nepal comes under one of the safest countries to travel alone. However, having company with you is always recommended as you'll be walking on the rough terrain in the ruthless mountains. Anything might happen in such remote Himalayan terrain with unpredictable weather conditions. Hire a guide, or a potter, or at least hike in a group.

                  • The Langtang Trek is not necessarily a young people hike. If you have the mental and physical strength to spend 8 days walking on the rugged mountainous trail, you're welcome to join us, regardless of age. We have had clients of wide age groups, including the elderly and children, who have efficiently completed the trek.

                  • You can absolutely take an alternative route while returning back. We have another package that includes Gosainkunda lake, where the trail diverts after Lama Hotel to Syabru Gaon instead of Syabru Besi. If you have more time, you can even do Langtang Circuit Trek, where you return back by hiking down to Helambu and finally to Sundarijal, entering Shivapuri National Park.

                  • When trekking at high altitudes, it's good to carry as less as possible. However, some items are necessary to successfully complete the trek. Listed below are the items you should carry with you for your own convenience.

                    • Backpack and/or day pack
                    • Trekking Shoes
                    • Trekking stick
                    • Sandals/Crocs
                    • Few pairs of undergarments
                    • Good quality down jacket
                    • Thermal wears
                    • Fleece jacket
                    • T-shirts and trousers
                    • A pair of gloves
                    • Woolen hat
                    • Sun hat or scarf
                    • Sunglasses
                    • Sun cream
                    • Water bottle
                    • Small/medium-sized towel
                    • Toiletries
                  • We, at Outfitters Nepal, take pride in giving you the best trekking excursions and holidays you will ever have. We provide fully inclusive excursions at the most reasonable prices possible. We promise to look out for your well-being, enjoyment, and treasured adventure experiences. We're happy to be an ecologically responsible trekking company and make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.

                    We hope that answers your question.