Langtang Region offers trekkers with various trekking destinations. Sandwiched between the Himalayas, Langtang region is not too far from Kathmandu. You can reach to Langtang trek trail head – Syabrubesi by a 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Langtang blends unique culture of locals with breathtaking natural scenery, and snow-covered mountains.
You can complete your Langtang Trek in 7 days. You can also spend some more days exploring corners of Langtang region as the region has abundant areas to discover.
Langtang Valley treks are flexible as they can be customized as per your need. You can pick hotels, tea houses, number of days, your destinations, a medium of transport, number of porters, guides, group size, departure time, and so forth. The cost may vary if you want to customize your trek.
Table of Contents
- Langtang Trekking Cost
- Cost Included in Langtang Trek Package
- Cost excluded in the package
- Langtang Valley Trek Route and Itinerary
- How To Reduce Cost on Langtang Trek?
- Why Langtang Trek is Ideal for Tourists with Limited Budget
Langtang Trekking Cost
11 days Langtang Trek usually cost anywhere between $650 – $850. Costs can vary slightly among different trekking agencies. If you are traveling on your own, the cost may decrease.
Cost Included in Langtang Trek Package
If you are traveling to Nepal for the first time, you will be frantic with worry as soon as you land at the airport. So, to make your travel comfortable, you can book your trip through a travel company. Their representatives will be waiting to pick you up at the airport. They will then take you to a hotel and you can rest there. They will take care of your entire transportation cost.
Your trekking agency takes your accommodation responsibility. They will set your accommodation before you arrive so that you do not have to deal with any unwanted issues.
If you are traveling on your own, accommodation cost in Kathmandu is around $15 – $ 30 per day.
Guided tour in Kathmandu
Kathmandu carries its own unique cultural and traditional values. Heritages in Kathmandu are listed under UNESCO. Your trekking agency guide will guide you to Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Durbar Squares.
The traveler is liable to pay his/her entry fee in UNESCO-listed heritage. The entrance fees to UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Nepal range between NPR 200 – NPR 1500.
The package includes TIMS trekking permits and Langtang National Park entering permit cost. Langtang National Park entry permit costs NPR 3390 including VAT. Likewise, trekking agencies pay NPR 1000 per foreigner for TIMS card. Alternatively, if you are traveling on your own without the help of any trekking agency, you have to pay NPR 2000 for TIMS card.
An Experienced Guide
A well-experienced guide with fluency in English is a huge benefit. He will accompany you throughout your journey, describe to you the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of locals. Your trek will be comfortable with an experienced and courteous guide.
Guides usually cost about $20-$30 per day. The tour package of trekking agencies covers the cost of the guide as well.
Accommodations during the trek
You can’t begin your trek comfortably with uncertainty overnight stay and meals. If you are a solo traveler, be well-prepared to encounter possible complications. During peak seasons, you may find it hard to get a proper accommodation facility as there are limited numbers of tea houses after an earthquake.
If you are traveling through a trekking agency, they ensure you will have a comfortable accommodation throughout your trek.
Accommodations in tea houses are inexpensive, but meals are comparatively costly. Accommodation with meals cost can be about $12 – $ 15 per day.
Cost for legal processes
Your trekking agency deals with all the legal process charges and taxes that incur while getting your trekking permits.
Cost excluded in the package
If you want any other service than listed in the package, you have to pay additionally for it. Those exclude are listed here.
Trekkers travel insurance
Travel agencies do not cover trekker’s travel insurance. There are a number of insurance plans you can buy from insurance companies for trekking. But make sure, the plan covers trekking above 4,000 meters as well.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Although travel companies pay for accommodation in hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast, they don’t pay for lunch and dinner. You are to pay for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. Although the price depends on the type of meal you order, expect to spend around $12 – $ 20 per day for meals.
You have to pay for all kinds of drinks including tea, and coffee.
The traveler has to pay for any personal expenses other than the above-mentioned ones.
Langtang trek is a moderate trek that does not require any advanced trekking gears. And the equipment that you require in the trek should be brought on your own.
You can buy or rent trekking gears in Kathmandu. But, most of them are of low-quality and inexpensive.
Tipping to guides and porters
You spend more than one and a half weeks with your guides and porters. You share so many memories in meanwhile in the trek. So, if you want to tip them for their companionship, you can.
Langtang Valley Trek Route and Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1400 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi ( 1550 m)
Day 04: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel ( 2470 m)
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m)
Day 06: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa ( 3870 m)
Day 07: Acclimatization (optional hike to Tsergo RI)
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel ( 2470 m)
Day 09: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi ( 1550 m)
Day 10: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu ( 1400 m)
Day 11: Final Departure
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How To Reduce Cost on Langtang Trek?
Langtang Trek is among the moderately difficult and inexpensive treks. Yet some people make mistakes and make the trek costly. Below are the ways you can reduce your overall cost on Langtang Trek.
Bring only necessary gears
Some people buy excessive and fancy gear. This is a huge mistake. Langtang Region is not a hard trek and you do not need too much trekking gears. You need a pair of hiking boots, comfortable sandals, a few pairs of socks, t-shirts, full sleeve shirts, trekking pants, windproof jacket, lightweight rain jacket, undergarments, hat, sunglass, gloves, small towel, water bottle, lip care, sunscreen, personal necessary items, and cash. Some other optional items include trekking pole, map, water purifier, antiseptic cream, etc.
Buying unwanted or fancy items skyrockets your trekking cost. Also, you need extra porters to carry your trekking gear.
You can buy necessary gears at cheap price rates in Kathmandu.
Leave unwanted luggage in your hotel
You can leave your luggage for unwanted items in your hotel. The heavier load means you need an extra porter to carry all your belongings.
Eat local meals
Dal – Bhat -tarkari is the local meal. Local meals are cheap, high in calories, and are ready all the time. So, eat local meals instead of asking for western foods.
Western foods there are of low quality, pricey, and takes time to be prepared. Besides money, you also waste time waiting for your food.
Also, if you prefer chocolates and instant energy foods, buy them in Kathmandu. They become pricier as you go higher.
Why Langtang Trek is Ideal for Tourists with Limited Budget
Trekking in Langtang has several benefits. This trek happens to be quite a cheap one as there are various factors playing the role.
No air travel
Flying in Nepal is expensive for foreigners. The ticket price is usually twice or thrice the rate that locals pay. Since the Langtang region lies just 19 miles north of Kathmandu, a few hours’ drive will take you to the beautiful Langtang region. Ground transportation is quite cheap in Nepal. So you don’t have to spend much on transportation.
Unlike the Upper Mustang and some other restricted areas, permits to enter Langtang Region is inexpensive. Foreigners ( except SAARC nationals) have to pay about $ 34 including VAT as trekking permit fee to Langtang National Park.
Besides, TIMS costs around $20 for solo-travelers and $10 if you come through a travel agency.
Langtang trek is easy to moderately difficult. You do not need any proper training or experience to trek to Langtang Region. Furthermore, no advanced and expensive gears are needed. This will help you save your budget.
Langtang Trek is an inexpensive trek that is not to be missed. You have amazing times there as you get to know the unique culture blending with nature. Beautiful trails, spectacular Langtang Valley, snow-covered Langtang Lirung, friendly and lovable people- this will be the trip to remember for a lifetime.
You can contact us for Langtang Region trekking. We are a local foundation with first-hand knowledge of Langtang. You can customize your trek as per your need with us.