Langtang Region is among the most beautiful treks in Nepal. The alpine forest blooms with rhododendrons in the spring. Yaks and mules are seen grazing on green pastures. Buddhist prayers flags flutter around the shrines, and Langtang Lirung glisten in the background.There’s something special about this tranquil Langtang that people love to experience again and again.
Situated not so far from Kathmandu, there is nothing that reminds you of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city. This is how peaceful Langtang is. Untouched by the hectic lifestyle, you will meet friendly locals whom you will remember your entire life.
Langtang Trek starts from Syabrubesi – a town located in Rasuwa district. You can reach to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu by bus, jeep or a private vehicle. Around 7-8 hours drive through unpaved and adventurous Pasang Lhamu Highway takes you to Syabrubesi. During the travel, you will be graced with amazing views of Himalayas.
Syabrubesi: 1460 m
Syabrubesi is the trailhead of Langtang Trek that lies at an altitude of 1460 meter. There are many hotels for fooding and lodging. There are also ATMs of Prabhu Bank and Mega Bank. So, before starting your trek, make sure you have all the essentials with you.
A 20 mins walk from Syabrubesi takes you to Old Syabrubesi. The village lies on the bank of Trishuli River. It has a few tea houses with Internet facility. Unlike other tea houses on the way, you can find non-veg items on the menu.
Ascending further for an hour, you can reach New Bridge. There is a tea house in New Bridge. You have to cross the suspension bridge to reach Domen.
A further half an hour walk takes you to Domen. Domen is a small village at the bank of a river where you find a small tea house with a vegetable plot.
Hot Spring (Pairo): 1770m
You trek for about 45-50 minutes on a trail including steep uphill to reach Pairo. There are a couple of tea houses and a small pool where you can spend some of your time swimming, and looking down the Langtang River.
About an hour’s ascent from Pairo takes you to Bamboo. Bamboo is a village having about half a dozen tea houses and vegetable gardens. The village is comparatively larger than the ones you came across.
The trail from Bamboo to Rimche is steep uphill. There are a few small tea houses in Rimche.
The eastern part of Rimche connects high trail of Sherpagaun. The high trail starting from Syabrubesi passes through Khanjim(2235m) and Sherpagaun(2560m) to descend to Rimche.
20 minutes walk from Rimche takes you to Lama Hotel.
Lama Hotel: 2470m
Lama Hotel is a popular village among trekkers. Most of the trekkers stay overnight at Lama Hotel with around two dozens of houses. You can find around half a dozens of tea houses here.
You spend the night here.
The next morning after breakfast, you start your trek from Lama Hotel.
Riverside (Gumnachowk): 2770m
In the next morning, about an uphill walk from Lama Hotel takes you to Riverside. Also called as Gumnachowk, Riverside has a couple of tea houses distant from each other.
Ghoda Tabela: 3020m
As you continue your trek for about 20 minutes, you reach to a tea house located near to a bridge. About an hour trek from there takes you to Ghoda Tabela.
Ghoda Tabela, situated above 3000 meter offers travelers breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung. Here, you can find a couple of tea houses and farms.
After few minutes walk from Ghoda Tabela, you reach to an Army Checkpoint. Here, your TIMS card and Langtang National Park permit are checked and recorded.
You reach to Thangshyap after about 30-40 minutes walk from the checkpoint. You can have your morning meal here. Although far away, Langtang Village is seen from Thangshyap.
A further 45 minutes walk from Thangshyap through Tsarding takes you to a small village called Chyamki. Here, you can find a few tea houses.
Gumba Village: 3400 m
As you walk for about 45 minutes from Chyamki, you reach Gumba Village where you find a few tea houses scattered around the village.
Langtang Village: 3430m
As you pass by Gumba Village, you walk through the huge landslide that swept away entire Langtang Village in 2015 earthquake. New Langtang village is built a few meters away on the other bank of the landslide.
Langtang Village is the biggest village in this trekking region. There are many tea houses and shops. Locals produce wheat, buckwheat, and potato in the field.
You can wander around the valley visiting the cheese factory, yak farms, pastures, and the landslide area. You spend overnight in Langtang Village.
The next day from Langtang Village is comparatively shorter one. The total trek hours is around 3-4 hours on the third day of your trek.
Half an hour walk from Langtang Village takes you to Mundu. Mundu is a Sherpa hamlet with a few tea houses.
Singdum is another settlement 15-minute walk away from Mundu. Here are also a few tea houses where you can take short rests after sweating walks.
Kyanjin Gompa: 3870m
Kyanjin Gompa is a settlement with many tea houses, a few bakeries, and amazing surrounding. Kyanjin Gumba – a Buddhist monastery lies a bit further up from the settlement.
Take a rest in Kyanjin Gompa. As you are already above 3800 meters in altitude, let your body acclimatize to the changing environment.
During the day, you can dig into culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local people in Kyanjin Gompa. You can taste locally made cheese and yogurt. Or, if you want to trek more, you can hike to Tsergo Ri or Kyanjin Ri to get breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Gangchhenpo, Rasngbu Ri and more.
Since Kyanjin Gompa is the farthest point of your trek to Langtang Valley. You then return via the same route next day through Langtang Village to Lama Hotel.
Since most of your pathways will be heading downhill, you will descend fast.
After an overnight stay in Lama Hotel, you will retrace back to Syabrubesi through Bamboo, and Pairo to Syabrubesi. The next day, you can travel to Kathmandu by bus or a jeep.
Langtang has always been an attractive destination to trek in Nepal. The road to Langtang is a bit enduring, but the trek that follows can be a lifetime-experience. The amazing trail passing through Langtang River, Alpine forest, stream, villages, and pastures is sure to make your trek unforgettable.
The Langtang trek route passes through small villages constantly, so you will not have any trouble in finding accommodation and meals. Moreover, you will meet friendly locals throughout your journey. This will make your trek unforgettable.
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