The Langtang trek offers some of the most scenic views and landscapes in Nepal, and will also allow you an up-close and personal interaction with the locals you’ll meet in the villages along the trail. If you are planning to go on a Langtang trekking adventure any time soon, here’s an itinerary you can follow, along with some tips regarding what hiking gear and equipment you’ll be needing for the trip.
Itinerary for a Langtang Trek in Nepal
Having an itinerary will make your Langtang trek a lot easier and more manageable. Itineraries for Langtang trekking trips will vary depending on how long you plan to do the trek, but in general, most tour companies and independent hikers follow a 6-day itinerary like the one below.
As an aside, it is best to schedule your trip during October and November because the monsoon rains would have ended by this time. March, April, and May are also recommended since it’s practically springtime there and the wildflowers will be blooming by then.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Your first day will be spent going from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. It’s an 8-hour long drive over rough and bumpy roads, which may seem like a discouraging start for a backpacking adventure. However, despite the road condition, the ride is made more pleasant by the surrounding landscapes, mostly charming countryside with rustic villages and terraced hillsides, and majestic snow-capped mountain peaks.
Upon your arrival to Syabrubesi, you’ll need to check into one of the lodges where you’ll be spending the night.
Day 2: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
This is when the real trek begins as you’ll be walking through a 7-mile trail from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel. Most hikers can complete the trail in six hours, though that will depend on how slow or fast you walk.
This part of the trek is one of the most interesting as you’ll be passing through different types of several terrains and landscapes. You’ll be crossing rivers via a suspension bridge, and then from Pahiro to Bamboo. You’ll also be walking through a subtropical forest that is home to some of Nepal’s interesting wildlife like langurs, red pandas, and wild boars. You’ll also catch a glimpse of various birds inhabiting the forest flying overhead. You’ll continue the ascent through Rimche until you reach Lama Hotel where you’ll check-in for the night.
Day 3: Lama Hotel to Mundu
From Lama Hotel you’ll start climbing through a forest until you reach Ghora Tabela where you can rest and have some lunch. At this point, you’ll have emerged from the forest and will now have a clear view of the majestic snow-capped mountain peaks of Nepal. The trail opens up to a wide valley where you can see temporary shelters used by herders as they let their yaks graze.
Walk a little further and you’ll come across what used to be the village of Langtang, which is one of the hardest-hit areas of an earthquake a few years back. There is not much to see here now, but it still is worth passing through because of the memories that once thrived in the place. From here you’ll continue to hike until you reach Mundu where you’ll be spending the night.
Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa
For this day you’ll continue on a gentle uphill climb through green pastures where yaks will be grazing. The hike also takes you through several streams and icy moraines before settling Kyanjin. The small village has a Tibetan monastery as well as a cheese factory, perhaps the only structure worth noting in this area.
But what it lacks in man-made structures it more than makes up in scenic natural landscapes. You can head up to the Langshishka Kharka where you’re promised amazing views of Nepal and its natural wonders. After that, you can head back to the village and enjoy the rest of the day strolling around or sipping steaming cups of coffee at the café. This is also where you’ll be staying for the night.
Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa to Kyanjin Ri
Most hikers will often choose to spend this day roaming around Kyanjin Gompa, while others will continue on a short hike to Kyanjin Ri (which we recommend you do). It is located directly behind the village and is where you’ll get an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding Langtang Peaks. This is also the highest point of the trek. It is best to go there in the morning to ensure that you get a clear and unobstructed view (clouds usually build up in the afternoon as it normally does in high altitude places).
After this, head back to the village and spend the rest of the day as you wish. It is recommended that you take as much rest as you can since tomorrow’s walk will be rather long.
Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
This 9-mile trek will be familiar since you only passed it a few days back. Yes, at this point you’ll be heading back to Lama Hotel and retracing your steps through the valley you hike through on the way up. No need to worry though because the descent will certainly much faster and easier than the ascent. You’ll be spending your night at the hotel.
Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi
This is the point where you’ll be ending the trip by taking the final trek from Lama Hotel going back to your starting point: the village of Syabrubesi. You won’t see anything new on the trail, but the quiet walk through forested hills will certainly give you a nice rejuvenated feeling after spending all those days up in the trail. Sleep well and make sure that all your gear and equipment are packed up because after spending the night in Syabrubesi, you’ll be taking that 8-hour ride back to Kathmandu.
Langtang Trek Gear Guide
The Langtang trekking trails may not be as long and arduous as some other hiking trails you went to in the past, but you’ll still want to dress appropriately for the occasion. Remember, you’ll be heading to mountainous regions in this trek, and hiking in high altitude places will need extra precautions about your hiking outfit.
It is highly recommended that you use hiking pants for this trip instead of hiking shorts. Remember, you’ll be up the mountains and the temperature can get quite chilly up there, and hiking pants will offer better protection against the cold than a pair of hiking shorts.
Since you’ll be hiking through mountainous regions, you’re most likely going to be sweating a lot while you’re on the trail (despite the chilly weather). That said, you’ll want to avoid wearing cotton shirts since they don’t do a good job of wicking away sweat and keeping you dry. Hiking shirts are made with moisture-wicking materials and will certainly help a lot in keeping you comfortable even through the most demanding climbs.
Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes
Both hiking boots and hiking shoes are acceptable footwear for Langtang trekking, although most hikers would prefer to use the latter because they are lighter and more flexible than the former. In any case, make sure that you break in your hiking boots or hiking shoes before taking them for a multi-day hiking activity like this.
Although you’re starting your trip to Kathmandu where the weather is pretty warm and sunny, remember that you’ll be heading up into the mountainous regions of Nepal where the weather can turn cold and chilly especially at night. That said, you’ll want to have a nice, warm hardshell jacket to protect you from dropping temperatures. A windbreaker jacket is also recommended since chilly winds may start blowing in from the snow-capped mountains at any given point in your trek.
Although you may get away by using your ordinary everyday cotton socks, it is still recommended that you use a pair of good hiking socks. These socks are made from moisture-wicking materials that will draw sweat and moisture away from your skin, thus keeping them warm and dry. Hiking socks become even more important if you have sweaty feet.
Balaclava or Scarf
A good hiking jacket should be enough to keep you warm while trekking in this mountainous region of Nepal, but having a scarf or a balaclava may still be necessary to prevent the cold winds from entering through the jacket’s neck opening. They also do a good job of protecting your face and your ears from cold.
Keep your hands warm by wearing a good pair of hiking gloves. Some of these have moisture-wicking abilities to keep your hands dry, which is pretty important for people with sweaty palms. They’ll also help to protect your hands from cuts and bruises while you scramble over rocks along the trail, although you won’t be doing much of this in this particular trek.
A reliable pair of trekking poles may just be one of the most important pieces of hiking gear and equipment that you can have not just for your Langtang trekking adventure but for any of your other hiking expeditions. Remember, the terrains will vary throughout this hike with gentle and steep uphill climbs to flatlands and downhills. That said, be sure to know how to set up your trekking poles properly so you can use them more effectively and efficiently.
Backpacking Backpack and Daypack
Although you won’t be carrying a lot of luggage during the trek, you’ll still need a backpacking backpack that is big enough to carry spare clothes and some snacks for you to munch on along the trail. You should also bring a small hiking daypack where you can keep important things like cash and IDs while you explore some of the shorter trails in the area and leave your backpack in your accommodations.
The Langtang Trek is filled with some of Nepal’s beautiful landscapes, from beautiful jungle valleys below the mountains and barren alpine valleys up on top. Of course, there are plenty of other things to see along the way like quaint farms, wide-open grazing pastures, bubbling streams, charming teahouses, and of course majestic views of snow-capped mountains all around. So be sure to have your hiking camera (and spare batteries) ready because you’re going to be using it a lot on this trip.
Additional Langtang Trek Hiking Tips
By now you should have a fairly good idea of what to expect on this trip, but here are some additional considerations you’ll want to keep in mind before you go
- Bring enough cash. You’ll be paying in cash for your accommodations, food, and other items you may need along the trail. The prices will vary from one accommodation to the other and may be affected by the season as well, so be sure to ask your guide for price updates before you leave Kathmandu.
- Porter and Guides. The Langtang trek is pretty well-marked and easy to follow, so you don’t need to have a guide with you to help you find your way. Nonetheless, having a guide also comes with certain benefits like having someone to rely on when things go sour along the trail. And being natives of the place, they will have plenty of historical and cultural information that they can share with you.
- Permits and Fees. You will need to purchase a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card from the Tourist’s Center in Kathmandu. You can also pay your entrance fee for the Langtang National Park there.
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The Langtang trek is one of the most famous hiking adventures in Nepal, and rightfully so considering all the beautiful landscapes you’ll be passing through and amazing views you’ll be feasting your eyes on along the trail. Just remember that like any hiking expedition, you’ll want to be prepared for your Langtang trekking adventure. Having an itinerary will certainly be a big help, and knowing what gear and equipment to bring will further ensure a successful journey through this beautiful region of Nepal.
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