Langtang region lies north to Kathmandu Valley. The region offers breathtaking scenery of high mountain ranges, hilly landscapes and an opportunity to dig into unique culture and traditions of locals.
Langtang Valley trek is for those who want to avoid crowds and delve into the beauty of nature. You traverse beautiful landscapes, witness the breathtaking Himalayas and explore the Tibetan-influenced culture of people in Langtang.
Langtang region is fairly close to Kathmandu. Tibet lies beyond the Himalayas bordering Langtang from the north. Gosainkunda and several mountain lakes lie further south high in the mountains.
In Langtang trek, you travel via a bus or a jeep to Syabrubesi – the trailhead of Langtang trek. Your trek begins from there. You ascend and descend hills, cross bridges and smile to locals you meet on your trail.
Table of Contents
- Transportation to Syabrubesi
- Syabrubesi to Langtang
- Returning Back
Transportation to Syabrubesi
You can reach to Syabrubesi in about 7-8 hours if you do not encounter slowdown or jam. There are local buses, express buses and public jeeps available in Kathmandu. Buses carry passengers and loads more than their capacity. So tourists usually find the bus drive quite overwhelming. This long and uncomfortable bus ride combines with views of magnificent Himalayas.
Kathmandu to Syabrubesi Route
Balaju- Nagarjun- Okharpauwa- Kakani- Ranipauwa- Belkot- Pipaltar- Bidur- Trishuli Bajar- Bhainse- Betrawati- Kalikasthan- Ramche (You enter Langtang National Park here ) – Thade- Dhunche- Thulo Barkhu- Syabrubesi
Traveling by a local bus
Buses to Dhunche and Syabrubesi start from Machhapokhari in Kathmandu. Packed in like sardines, passengers fill the bus completely. You may also see people sitting at the top of the bus. The leftover spaces are filled by loads of materials that people step onto and sit over.
Moreover, buses stop at every small town they pass by to pick and drop goods and passengers. The travel time can go to 9-10 hours or more.
Sometimes, if you happen to travel at the top of a bus, there may be goats and chickens to accompany you. In spite of all these discomforts, you will be graced with breathtaking views of landscapes and Himalayas.
Traveling by an express bus
You can reach Syabrubesi quicker on an express bus. Express buses do not stop at every village they pass by, so they take 1 or 2 hours less. Goods destined to Dhunche and Syabrubesi fill up their roof racks and aisle.
Traveling by a jeep
Besides bus, you can also travel to Syabrubesi by jeep called as Tata Sumo – a compact 4*4 SUV. Although jeep can be slightly faster than the bus, the traffic and status of road hugely affects the overall time of the travel. So, you will not have a huge time gap between bus and jeep travel time span.
Jeeps leave from Machhapokhari around 7:30 a.m. every day with 8-10 passengers.
Hiring a private jeep or car can be expensive. You may have to pay about $150 for one-way travel. So, if you decide to hire a private jeep, you can search for travelers to share the ride.
Expect several stoppings
Roads to Langtang have a lot of stops. Besides bathroom break and lunch break, you may encounter a minimum of three checkings. You should carry a couple of your password photocopies for a comfortable process. Nepali police, Nepal Army, and Armed- Police Force check your paperwork at their respective checkpoints. Also, Langtang National Park staffs check your TIMS card and Langtang National Park entering permit at the entrance.
Rainy Season- A Season to Avoid
It rains a lot in June and July in Nepal. During the rainy season, travelers suffer a lot on the unpaved and muddy road. Landslides occur at multiple places which can result in traffic jams. The route can be blocked for hours and sometimes days due to landslides.
Roads have deep mud and become too slippery. Drivers have to drive slowly and this can lead to traffic jams. If a vehicle gets stuck in the mud, this can affect the traffic for a long time.
So, avoid traveling on this road in the rainy season. Even if you have to travel, make sure the road is experiencing no blockage. If landslides or some other disturbances block the road, follow an alternative route to Syabrubesi.
Kathmandu- Tokha- Bidur- Betrawati- Dhunche – Syabrubesi
Kathmandu – Galchhi – Betrawati – Dhunche – Syabrubesi
Syabrubesi to Langtang
As the long and enduring bus journey brings you to Syabrubesi, you stay overnight there. The trek in Langtang region starts in the next morning.
Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
The first day of your trek begins after your morning breakfast. You cross Bhote Koshi River and follow Langtang River for hours. You pass through Pahare, Hot Spring, Bamboo and Rimche to finally reach Lama Hotel. The trail to Lama Hotel is 7 miles long and takes about 6 hours to complete.
Lama Hotel to Langtang Village
After your morning breakfast, you have to trek for one and a half an hour through forests to reach to Gumnachok. Two more hours walk from there takes you to Ghoda Tabela. You can see beautiful views of Langtang Lirung from Ghoda Tabela. You can take a rest there and have a lunch.
After the lunch, you continue your trek through pastures and forests to Thangshyap. Then you ascend for about one and a half an hour to reach Chyamki. One more hour trek from Chyamki takes you to Langtang VIllage.
Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa
The trek distance from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa is short. You walk on the trail passing through yak pastures and forests to reach Kyanjin Gompa. A slow walk takes you about three hours to get there.
Trekkers usually take rest or climb to Tsergo-Ri in the next day in Kyanjin Gompa. In the next morning, you start retracing your journey to Lama Hotel. After staying the night there, you return to Syabrubesi by passing through captivating forests along the Langtang river. The overnight stay in Syabrubesi brings the day you have to travel by a long and enduring bus drive back to Kathmandu.
Langtang has always been among the top trekking destinations in Nepal. Traveling to Syabrubesi and then trekking in Langtang region will be a memorable experience. The scary road to Langtang, well-trodden trails leading across forests, yak pastures, streams and villages all combine to make the trek an unforgettable.
Are you interested in visiting this ‘Valley of Glaciers’? Or, do you wish to explore the diverse culture of Langtang Valley?