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All You Need To Know About The Langtang Trek | Langtang Valley Trek

Located just of Kathmandu and just on the edge of the Tibetan border, the Langtang valley trek explores the extravagant Langtang valley, situated in the mid-western region of the Himalayas. Once described as “One of the world’s most beautiful valleys” by the famed British mountaineer, Bill Tillman (1898-1977), the region rightfully earns this title due to its extravagant natural beauty.

Basked in the breathtaking scenery of green hills, forests, and plain villages, the magnificent waterfalls, and colorful rhododendron forests, the region allows us to explore many more natural attractions as we travel the path towards Langtang valley. The Langtang valley is situated within the Langtang National Park, home to a vast variety of exotic wildlife, including the Red Panda and the Himalayan Thar.

However, the chief highlight of this region is Langtang Himal range, and its highest peak, Langtang Lirung (7227M), which dominates the valley. It is truly a sight to behold. The region mainly consists of the Tibetan population, and it is rich in Buddhist culture and history.

Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary

Details Map of Langtang valley trek with day to day camp
Langtang Valley Trek Map


The Langtang valley trek is a relatively short and easy one lasting only about 11 days but is nonetheless well suited to fulfill your thirst for adventure. The trek starts from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal with a journey to Syabrubesi, and goes through Lama Hotel before reaching Langtang valley and back. The overall Langtang valley trek distance is around 19 miles or 30 km. During your trek, you will get to cover so many interesting places. A few of these include Syabrubesi, Dhunche, Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, and so on.

One of the major attractions of the trek is Kyanjin Gompa. It is a significant Buddhist heritage site for the people living in the region. If you’re looking to make your Langtang Valley trek a bit more adventurous, you can go ahead and cover Tserko Ri. It is a mini peak with a height of 5033 M. It takes a couple of hours to reach the peak, and the trekkers generally do that with great amounts of excitement. Reaching the top will offer you exciting views of peaks in the region, and of the entire About Langtang Valley Trek.

The best thing about trekking in the Langtang region is that you have the freedom to explore other treks and attractions. So, by extending your Langtang Valley trek by only a couple of days, you get to explore other major attractions and trekking routes of Langtang. The attractions include numerous natural spectacles, villages, and even religious sites.

Ganja La Pass is a popular attraction in the region. It is a high altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 5122 M. It is one of the toughest passes to cross among all the passes in the country. Attractions as these contribute to making your journey further exciting. In the same way, another major attribute that you get to explore by extending your Langtang Valley trek by a couple of days is Gosaikunda.

Group is standing top of Ganja La Pass 5130M
Ganja La Pass 5130M

Gosaikunda is actually a complex of high altitude mountain lakes situated at an elevation of 4380 m. To reach the complex, the trekkers need to cross Laurebina La, which is another high altitude mountain pass located at an elevation of 4610 M. The most unbelievable thing about the lake is that it remains frozen for a period of 6 months, and in its natural state for a duration of 6 months. It is also considered religiously significant by the followers of Hinduism.

Gosainkunda Lake in Langtang  region.
Gosainkunda Lake 4380M.

Pilgrims, in large numbers, from across the country come to visit the lake premises in the month of August. There is a temple in the area that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The complex is mythologically associated with the deity.

All these attractions that you will get to explore during the Langtang Valley trek is a part of Langtang National Park. It is one of the richest protected areas of Nepal when it comes to the large population of rare and endangered animals, plants, and other creatures that call the park home. During the journey, you’re bound to come across one or the other species of birds and animals, among the hundreds who live here. This feature makes the trek quite worthwhile. The national park is linked with Qomolangma National Nature Preserve towards the north. The nature preserve happens to be in Tibet.

Important Notes Regarding the Langtang Valley Trek

Before embarking on any journey, gaining a basic understanding of the situation ahead is always important, and the Langtang valley trek is no exception to this rule. Food and accommodations are some of the more general concerns expressed by most who have embarked on this trek.

Food

Best food in the Langtang. valley trekking

When it comes to food, a wide variety of cuisines are available at tea houses throughout the trek. These include Nepali, Tibetian, Indian, and Continental. Regarding your hotel stay at Kathmandu, breakfast is provided but lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. Arrangements for vegetarian, vegan, or lactose-free diets can be made if you inform us in advance.

Accommodations

Lodge in Langtang Valley Trek
Lodge in Langtang Valley Trek

Accommodations include a 2 or 3-star hotel during your stay in Kathmandu, and the best lodges picked by our guides while you’re on the route. All accommodations will be on a twin shared basis, and as you reach the mountains, even the showers and lavatories are on a shared basis.

Difficulty and Fitness Requirements.

As with most treks, About Langtang Valley trek involves walking in the high altitude. Thus, acclimatization days are included in the trip to prevent altitude sickness. A typical trek lasts from 5 to 6 hours per day. Although feasible for people with an average level of fitness, the trek is still quite strenuous and will require a bit of determination.

Beatiful picture in Langtang valley trek
Langtang Trek Picture

The trek itself can easily be simplified as a long hike in a high altitude, which requires little technical or mountaineering skills with days for acclimatization built in the itinerary. However, a moderate amount of fitness is still required particularly, stamina and leg strength. It is recommended that you start preparations 6 to 8 weeks in advance, with a focus on developing leg strength, and core stamina. Similarly having a high degree of determination is also important for completing the task.

Health concerns are important subjects for people who travel the Langtang valley solo. A higher level of physical fitness is required especially for them.

Important Equipment

There is the various necessary equipment that is a must for your trip. These include an all-season sleeping bag and backpacking sleeping pad, a warm and waterproof jacket, mid to light trekking boots and trekking poles, a duffel and daypack, trekking trousers and shirts including a base layer and a second layer fleece, warm gloves including inner and outer and warm thermal socks. A total budget of $500 to $1000 is recommended for the equipment cost. But for trekking, we will provide you down jacket and sleeping bag and other things are not that much expensive.

Travel Insurance

It is also highly recommended that you carry travel insurance as trekking always comes with risks. The basic insurance needs to cover events such as flight cancellation, tour cancellation, and medical costs. Insurance policies may not cover trips that take you over 4000 m, so it is important for you to acquire details confirming that you are covered for both high altitude and medical air support. The insurance cost varies greatly but on average, it is around $150.

Trek Guide and Porters

Guides and Porters in trekking
Guide and Porters

A licensed guide will be available throughout the trek and ready to address any concerns you may have. Our guides are well experienced when it comes to traveling the trails, and dedicated to making your journey a memorable one.

Safety is always the first and foremost priority. For a group exceeding six people, there will be two guides leading the journey. Porters are a must for carrying luggage. For teahouse treks, there will be a porter for every two trekkers. A camping trek will require more porters as food and necessities will need to be carried.

Visa

Nepal Visa

Similarly, visa, insurance, flight costs, and general costs of travel are also factors to be considered. The visa to Nepal costs $30 for 15 days, $50 for a 30-day stay, and $125 USD for 90 days. In conclusion, Nepal is in no way an expensive country, so you should find your Annapurna base camp trek budget to be quite reasonable.

Travel Permits

When it comes to traveling or especially trekking through the wilderness is Nepal, you will have to take special travel permits. These permits are available in the city of Kathmandu, or at the gates of different protected areas that you will cover during the journey.

By granting these permits, the government seeks to not just earn money from the travelers, but also this is a way for them to keep track of the individuals who’ve entered these areas. The information comes in handy especially when the traveler or the trekker is in trouble and in need of some kind of support or rescue.

TIMS card

TIMS

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card is required which costs from $10 to $20 USD, depending on whether or not you are with a local trekking agency. However, the cost for Nepali nationals and SAARC nationals, in general, is only around $6.

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

For traveling in any trekking route in the Langtang region, a Langtang National Park Permit is required as all the major trekking trails fall under the Langtang National Park. The cost of the permit is $30 including a 13% VAT. However, the cost for a Nepali national as well as any SAARC national is around $15 including VAT. No charges imply for children under the age of 10. You can acquire permits from the Nepal Tourism Board.

Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fee

Shivpuri National Park Entrance Ticket

If you choose to embark on the Helambu trail starting from Shivapuri out national Park, then you are required to pay an entrance fee of $10 including VAT.

About Langtang Valley Trek After The 2015 Earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 was nothing short of devastating for the country as a whole with the Langtang region is no exception. Numerous settlements including shops and teahouses crucial to the trek were damaged. Just a few days after the quake, a subsequent landslide hit the damaged village.

Due to the devastating damage the region incurred (particularly because of Langtang Valley being ground zero for the earthquake), it was thought that the region would be permanently closed off with rumors questioning the safety of the tourists in the region floating around.

However, the reconstruction project began fairly quickly. The aftershocks stopped and the possibility of landslides/ avalanches increased, so the boulders blocking the trekking routes were removed. New trails and tea houses were built to replace the old ones.

Today the new Langtang valley lies 100 m above the ruins of the old one. The one house that managed to survive the earthquake has become a bit of a landmark. The route is now open with new trekkers visiting the region every year.

Best Time for the Langtang Valley Trek

The optimum seasons for embarking on the Langtang valley trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) as the clear skies and vibrant scenery during this time make for a truly delightful experience. However, being high in demand means that there will be a bit of overcrowding compared to the off-seasons.

A winter trek (December- February) is also possible, but the cold at such high altitude will cause you so many inconveniences. It’s tough to walk in extreme cold. Also, you’re highly prone to sickness of all sorts. During a monsoon trek (June to August), chances are that the region will experience rainfall, increasing the chances for the mountains to be covered with clouds.

Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a registered trekking company with professional guides and helpers. We have been working for 18 years in the tourism industry of Nepal, organizing trekking, peak climbing, expedition, hiking tours, air ticketing, hotel reservations, and adventure activities. We give you all a heartfelt welcome from Himalaya Guide Nepal for your secure and unforgettable holiday in Nepal.

Exploring the beauty of the Himalayas | Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Sanctuary trek, as it is popularly known, is a moderate level trek in the Annapurna region. Exploring Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads to the center of the Annapurna Mountains which is home to the breathtaking high altitude peaks and icy glaciers. All these elements make up this magnificent piece of eerie and an extravagant natural art form.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

After exploring the capital of Kathmandu, and most importantly the UNESCO World Heritage sites, you have the option of taking either a 25-minute flight or a 6 to 8 hours/ 200 km long drive to the city of lakes – Pokhara. The morning atmosphere of Phewa Lake is truly mesmerizing. The following morning you will drive for 45 km approximately to start the trek to Annapurna Base Camp through Poon hill. You will get there by following Burundi River. Along the way is the magnificent rhododendron forest.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins at Dhampus Phedi or Nayapul. Both of these places are around 1.5 hours long drive away from Pokhara. A few hours into the trek, you will reach Birethanti, which is the entry point to Annapurna Conservation Area. It is a natural heritage of Nepal, and one of the richest protected areas in the country. It is managed by Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Before entering the protected area, you will have to cross the Annapurna Permit and TIMS checking points.

Annapurna Base Camp view with trekekrs
Annapurna Base Camp

Upon embarking on the Exploring Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will witness the natural paradise of forests with Rhododendron and a vast diversity of flora. You will get to enjoy the extravagant view of Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna Massif, and Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167m) from numerous points on the trek. And especially from the top of Poon Hill, which has an altitude of 3210m. Annapurna Base Camp Trek route develops through terrace fields, various local villages home to Gurung, Magars, and a variety of other ethnic groups, each with their own unique cultures and traditions. After crossing the last village on the trek route, Sinuwa.

March and April Ghorepani view of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
March and April Ghorepani view of the ABC Trek

You will move through a nice ravine until Annapurna Base Camp. It is situated at an elevation of 4130 M. From here, you can see the main attraction of this trek, Mt.Annapurna (8081m), as well as various other peaks such as Himalchuli, Tent Peak, Manaslu, and Machapuchhre (6947m).

During the journey, after exploring Poon Hill, which offers the views of 14 snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli , Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri, the trip proceeds towards Annapurna Base Camp. You will have to cross a suspension bridge before reaching Chhomrong. On the way back from Annapurna Base Camp, you can also enjoy a natural hot spring at Jhinu.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trekkers are standing on poon hill 3210M and during their Annapurna base camp trip.
Poon Hill 3210M

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, or simply the Poon Hill Trek, is a classic short trek within the Annapurna region. Throughout your journey, you pass through ethnic villages, magnificent rhododendron forests, and come face to face with some of the major mountains of Nepal, which include Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Annapurna Main. You will get to view most of them from the top of Poon Hill.

Khopra Trek

Dhaulagiri ranges view from Khopra Trek
View from Khopra Trek

On the Khopra Trek, you follow the same path that you do while walking on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. The path then descends into the Khopra valley, before ascending back again onto the Khopra Danda ridge, just north of Poon hill. The trip takes a day unless you wish to stay at a teahouse in Swanta village.

The view from here is truly mesmerizing. During both sunset and sunrise, the valley is filled with clouds. Below us is the sight of the towering Mt.Dhaulagiri. During the evening, local yak herds are brought for overnight grazing on the slopes just below us.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

It goes without saying that physical fitness is required for this journey. The Annapurna Base camp Trek involves, from the beginning of the adventure, quite a bit of walking particularly as you make your way through the numerous villages and wilderness between them. Stamina and leg strength, as well as a good balance and coordination, is a must. Similarly, upper body strength and a strong core are also important as a lot of these activities involve carrying supplies across difficult terrain.

As with most treks, any of the Exploring Annapurna Base Camp Trek routes cover high altitude places. Thus, acclimatization days are accounted for in the itinerary to prevent altitude sickness. A typical trek lasts 5 to 6 hours. Although feasible for people with an average level of fitness, the trek is still quite strenuous and will require a bit of determination.

The trek itself can easily be simplified as a long hike in a high altitude, and so it doesn’t quite require technical or mountaineering skills as a lot of people assume about the journey. However, a moderate amount of fitness is still required, particularly, stamina and leg strength. It is recommended that you start preparations 6 to 8 weeks in advance. You could go for activities that focus on improving your stamina, for instance, cardio. Similarly having a high level of determination is also important for completing the task.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

There are several factors at play that can determine the cost of your trip. The season you choose for travel is an important factor. Spring and Autumn seasons are best for trekking and hence more expensive. Off-season packages include summer and winter packages offered at a lower price. The online agent, guides, local guides, and so on are also significant factors. Similarly, visa, insurance, flight costs, and general costs of travel are also factors to be considered. For an average 12 to 13 days trek, prices range from $820 to $ 916 approximately but price determine as services and volume of a group.

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee itself costs approximately 3000 NPR ($30) for non-SAARC nationals and NPR 1000 ($10) for SAARC nationals. Children under 10 are not charged. In conclusion, Nepal is in no way an expensive country, so you should find your Annapurna base camp trek budget to be quite reasonable

Annapurna Circuit Trek Description

Opened in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek route has arguably become the most popular hiking route in Nepal, and a must for anyone keen on experiencing the most breathtaking and vibrant adventure holidays in the Himalayas. The Annapurna Circuit Trek provides a diversity of trekking experiences owing mainly to its broad terrains, which range from green pastures to dry desert climate. There are numerous viewpoints throughout the route that offer stunning views of the Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Group capture in Ghorepani Poon Hill 3210M.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Group

The Annapurna circuit trek begins at Besisahar, which is 8 hours long drive away from Kathmandu. The trek lasts from 10 to 17 days depending on your choice of the detour to the Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Area. The trek covers 150 to 250 km of distance, depending on when you stop the tour. You can cover major places on the route in a vehicle. One of the natural attractions covered in the trek is Kali Gandaki Gorge.

During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will follow the route in a counter-clockwise manner circumventing the Annapurna Massif, and through significant places of western Nepal like Annapurna, Manang and Mustang regions. The highest altitude covered during the trek is 5416 m, which is that of Thorong La Pass 5416M. From here, the path descends to Muktinath.
Another thing to note is that the classic route to Jomsom from Muktinath is affected by adverse road conditions. The New Annapurna Trekking Trail was offered to counter this. The NATT routes are marked in red, white, or blue in the trekking map and offer a more relaxed experience.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is somewhat strenuous. The journey requires you to walk for around 7 hours on average, every day, on a variety of terrains, some of which involve steep surfaces. The most rigorous journey is, however, through Thorung La pass, a mountain pass situated at an altitude of 5416 m. Aside from that, the weather is also quite aggressive, and in comparison to hills or the plains, it significantly changes in the mountains.

For an easier journey, a trek during the autumn and spring season is the most suitable, as the temperature is warmer around 20° C. Similarly, high levels of physical fitness, stamina, and leg strength is an absolute must for the long journeys. Altitude sickness is a concern as the atmosphere is thinner at higher altitudes. Acclimatization and rest, as well as hydration, is an absolute must. No more than 20 kg in baggage weight is recommended for the trekker to carry by himself during the trek. A potter can also be hired to assist you with carrying additional weight if necessary.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Map

The Annapurna Circuit trek is an exciting activity to try partly due to the variety of attractions found in the region. So, a general understanding of the area of the visit is important. Unfortunately, time is limited and not all parts can be explored. Thus, selecting the most interesting sites to explore in such a vast area would require an Annapurna circuit trek map. With its help, you will have the freedom to select your sites of interest, the routes, and side routes and overall discretion regarding how you wish to conduct your journey.

Making plans, dictating your journey through the area, anticipating the challenges ahead, and deciding whether to face them or take a detour becomes very convenient with the help of an Annapurna Circuit trek map. A similar principle also applies to any of your general visits to Nepal.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek in Annapurna Region of Nepal
Muktinath Temple

The Lower Mustang trek or the Jomsom Muktinath trek as it is popularly known as is a part of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The trek route lies towards the north of Pokhara, and it starts from Nayapul, which is only an hour-long drive away from the city. We go through numerous settlements and Mustang villages including Gurung villages of Landruk and Ghandruk, Marpha, Tatopani, and so on. Within days, we reach the edge of the Himalayas. Going through the trail of the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki valley of Mustang valley, we arrive at Muktinath, whose elevation is 3800m. The floor elevation of the gorge is 2520 m. We also cover Poon Hill during the journey, which has a height of 3210 m. The Lower Mustang trek ends at Jomsom Nepal, the district center of Mustang.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley in Annapurna Region Nepal
Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar Phu Valley Trek, on the other hand, diverges from the traditional route of the Annapurna Circuit and into the remote valleys of Nar and Phu, home to the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetian people. The Nar Phu Valley Trek is suited for those who wish to experience life in the depth of the mountains of Nepal.

Accommodations

Hotel in Manang 3560M

Accommodations include a 2-3 star hotel during your stay in Kathmandu, and the best lodges picked by our guides on the route. All accommodations will be on a twin shared basis with the showers and lavatories being on a shared basis as you reach the mountains.

Vaccinations

Health and safety are paramount concerns. Although the risk of contracting diseases is extremely rare, it is highly recommended that you’re inoculated for tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A, polio, and typhoid. It is also recommended that you remain careful regarding drinking water. The average cost of vaccinations is around $200.

Visa

Similarly, visa, insurance, flight costs, and general costs of travel are also factors to be considered. The visa to Nepal costs $30 for 15 days, $50 for a 30-day stay, and $125 for 90 days. In conclusion, Nepal is in no way an expensive country, even from the perspective of travel and stay visa.

Travel Insurance

It is also highly recommended that you carry travel insurance as trekking always comes with risks. The basic insurance needs to cover events such as flight cancellation, tour cancellation, and medical costs. Insurance policies may not cover trips over 4000 m, so it is important that you acquire details confirming that you are covered for both high altitude travel and medical air support. The insurance cost varies greatly but on average around $150.

Trek Guide and Porters

Guide and Porters on Thorong La Pass 5416M
Guide and Porters on Thorong La Pass 5416M

A licensed guide is available throughout the trek and ready to address any concerns you may have. Our guides are well experienced, when it comes to traveling the trails, and dedicated to making your journey a memorable one.

Safety is always the first and foremost priority. For a group exceeding six people, there will be two guides leading the journey. Porters are a must for carrying luggage. For teahouse treks, there will be a porter for every two trekkers. A camping trek will require more potters as food and necessities will need to be carried.

Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a registered trekking company with professional guides and porters. We have been working for 18 years in the tourism industry of Nepal, organizing trekking, peak climbing, expedition, hiking, tours, air ticketing, hotel reservations, and adventure activities. From the side of Himalaya Guide Nepal, we give you all heartfelt welcome, and we wish for your secure and unforgettable holiday in Nepal.