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Langtang Valley Trek – 10 Days

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About Langtang Valley Trek

  • 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 5000m/14640ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transport: Land Transportation

For a long time, the Langtang Valley trek remained an underappreciated trek despite having all the attractions that other more popular treks in Nepal offer. The Langtang Region is rich not just in terms of natural attributes but also cultural ones. All kinds of treks are available here, from the mellow tones to the challenging ones. Langtang Valley Trek is one of those journeys that anyone can go for, whether you’re a professional trekker or someone who’s trekking for the first time in Nepal. As a trekking enthusiast, the Langtang Valley trek is a trip that you should surely try.

Langtang Valley Trek is also known simply as Langtang Trek, and as the name suggests, the journey allows you to explore Langtang Valley. It is one of those regions in Nepal where there are so many things to do and see. The major attraction of the Langtang region is Langtang Village, which is gifted both naturally and culturally. The village also offers excellent accommodation and food services to weary travelers and amazing views of mountains in the Langtang region.

You’d definitely want to overstay and explore the surroundings here. Langtang Valley Trek is a 10-day journey, and during this time, you get to explore places like Syabrubesi, Dhunche, Lama Hotel, and so on. The major attraction of the trek is Kyanjin Gompa, which is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site. Quite a few trekkers tend to stay here for a few additional days to get to know about the local culture, especially Buddhism. In close proximity to the gompa lies Kyanjin Ri.

It is a mini-mountain that offers great mountain views. It hardly requires any technical mountaineering skills to reach its peak. Trekkers prefer to hike to the top of the peak early in the morning to enjoy the amazing sunrise view. There is also this other mini-mountain called Tserko Ri. You could take a short side trek from Kyanjin Gompa to cover this attraction.

One of the best things about the Langtang Valley trek is that it is modifiable up to a great extent. You could avoid certain attractions if you feel that they are too tough or time-consuming for you. Or, if you have the required time and energy, you could extend your journey to include additional attractions such as the Gosaikunda Lakes. When you extend your Langtang Valley trekking to include features like Ganja La and Laurebina La, your Langtang trek in Nepal doesn’t just get more interesting but also more challenging.

The two passes are among the highest mountain passes in Nepal. Without a doubt, the additional days that you’d spend exploring Langtang, Nepal, would be worth it. You could explore Langtang Valley, Nepal, on a helicopter tour as well, but experts believe that trekking is the ultimate way to do so. Needless to say, it all depends on your comfort and preference. 

Best Season For Langtang Trek

Quite like other treks in Nepal, the best season for the Langtang Trek happens to be between the months of September and November. During this time of the year, Langtang trek weather is at its best, bright and clear, offering you probably the best views in the region. This time also happens to be the busiest time of the year, making the route and villages on it quite crowded. You could also visit the region between the months of March and May. Considering Langtang Trek Weather and other attributes, this is considered the second-best season for Langtang trek 

Langtang Trek Map

The Langtang Trek Map can prove to be one of the most useful tools and a great friend on the Langtang Valley Trek. A map gives you all the information that you need to have before going on a trip. It prepares you for all the challenges and attractions that come your way on the trek. A Langtang Trek Map also makes you more independent, as, with its help, you can go on any side trek on your own. There are so many interesting things to see in the region that don’t happen to be on the main route. By adding a few days to your itinerary, you could explore them.

Langtang Trek Difficulty

The Langtang Valley Trek has a moderate difficulty level. There are so many aspects that contribute to making a trek tough, such as the altitude covered, the length of the journey, the climatic conditions, and so many others. The facilities offered on the route also contribute to making the trek challenging or easy to a great extent. Considering all these aspects, the basic Langtang Valley Trek can be marked as medium when it comes to difficulty. You can, however, make the trek tougher and more exciting by adding side attractions like Gosaikunda, Sybru, Ganja La, and so on.

The Langtang Valley Trek is a journey whose popularity has risen to a great extent in the past few years. Despite the fact that the route and the villages connecting it got devastated in 2015 due to the earthquake, the region managed to keep the trekkers hooked. Currently, there are trekkers coming to Nepal to experience the Langtang Valley Trek exclusively. There are so many possibilities in the Langtang region. Langtang Valley Trek is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things that you can see and do here. You will absolutely love your time here.

Great Nepal Treks is one of the most amazing travel and tour operators in Nepal, specializing in trekking and expeditions. They also offer luxury tour options, featuring activities such as food and cultural tours, helicopter tours, adventure sports, jungle safaris, and so on. Their itineraries feature the most popular and off-beaten tourist attractions in countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. If you’re looking to visit these places and try out these activities, make sure to choose Great Nepal Treks as your travel partner. With them by your side, you will have an amazing time.

Langtang Valley Trek - 10 Days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350 meters. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m/4812ft) via Trishuli (Nuwakot) - 150 Km/8 hrs

After breakfast, you will be driving north out of the Kathmandu valley too Syabrubesi via Dhunche. This scenic drive through the mountain terrian gives you an Ample time to observe villages of Dhunche and Syabrubesi and enjoy himalayan view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangma, Dorje Lakpa and other various mountains.You will be passing one of the important Hydro Projects of Nepal, the Trishuli Hydro Project. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 3: Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m/8103ft, 6 hrs)

On the third day you commence your trek as you cross the Bhote Koshi River and follow along the Langtang River. This trail gradually ascends through the dense bamboo forest. You ascend close to 1000 meters on the third day as the popular Lama Hotel is located at an altitude of 2470 meters. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 4:Trek to Langtang Village (3400m/11154ft, 5 hrs)

Today you ascend almost 900 meters as you reach the Langtang valley. The trekking route follows the route of ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which in Nepali means the Horse Stable. Leaving the stable you move on and the trail becomes quite even as you pass beautiful scenery watching the Himalayan Yaks grazing on the field. Langtang village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and the view of breathtaking Himalayas from Langtang is quite famous. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 5:Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3850m/12631ft, 4 hrs)

Get up, perform some stretching exercises to warm up your body and get set for your trek. You start your trekking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa which despite being mere 500 meters is quite fascinating because you come across several Cheese factories that are quite popular for the quality of cheese they produce. Moreover, there are several Buddhist Monasteries in Kyanjin and the most popular one is the Kyanjin Gompa which is well known amongst tourists. You will pass through the largest Mani Wall in Nepal made from stone with prayers written on them. You will cross many wooden bridges and slowly get higher in altitude. The Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas. You can wander around and experience the chirping of birds, grazing Yaks, beautiful glaciers & icefalls. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 6:Acclimatization. Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7 hours

Explore Tserko Ri which is situated at an altitude of 5000 meters. A well known spot for sunrise views over the himalaya and glaciers. Visit yak pastures and Monasteries, meet locals and learn the culture. We have the rest of the day to explore the Gompa and the surrounding area. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 7: Trek to Lama Hotel (2610m/8562ft, 6 hrs)

It’s a 4-5 hour walk today back down to the Lama Hotel. It’s mostly downhill through the forest alongside the river. Again we pass through Tamang villages. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 8:Trek to Syabrubesi (1467m/4812ft, 5 hrs)

Retrace your trial back to Syabrubesi. While on the route you may also be privileged to see Red Pandas, monkeys and various rare species of birds. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu (150km/8 hrs)

Today we head back to Kathmandu by vehicle through picturesque hills and farmland. On arrival in Kathmandu you can relax in your hotel or do a little souvenir shopping. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Departure from TIA

Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers except Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Kathmandu by local bus/jeep. (SIC basis)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & One night with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Pokhara on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included.  Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

You will be staying in 3-star hotels (as mentioned in the itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services. It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas.

The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bedsheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

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FAQ

What is Acclimatization? Is it important to acclimitized?

To enable all trekking & expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our trekking & expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. Yes it is very important for all trekkers and climbers because this will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

What kind of personal first aid should i carry while trekking or Expedition in Nepal?

Although our guides from Great Nepal Treks carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

Does high altitude effect and benefits?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’s metabolism.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.

What are the Life threatening forms of AMS?

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

What are the Symptoms of HAPE?

Breathlessness
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

What are the Symptoms of HACE?

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to Prevent Altitude Sickness?

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Since our Guides from Great Nepal Treks are very professional and well trained about altitude sickness, they will guide you during your trekking and expedition activities in Nepal.

What are the basic treatment of Altitude sickness?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

How GNTE handle you during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition whether you are professional or beginners. Our professional guides do their best to make you well with first aid support. If the situation goes worse, you will be evacuated by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

How to get safe drinking water during trekking and Expedition in Nepal?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Are we safe with Great Nepal Treks during our trekking or expedition journey?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Feel safe since you are in the hands of ethical trekking company in Nepal.