Langtang Valley is green, full of beautiful flora and small communities scattered along the valley walls. In local terms, Lang means Yak and tang means trail. This means following the Yak trail. This easy and interesting trail takes the visitor to an ancient time where the resident’s main occupation is animal husbandry and traditional industry is butter production and to transport it to Tibet.

 Langtang is an easy trail and moderate walk journey suitable for any age group is full of beautiful views in each step, the flowing and refreshing sound of the Langtang river adds charm to the journey. Inhabited by the Sherpa and Tamang ethnic groups in the northern Himal region Langtang offers travelers a glimpse of the unique cultural heritage, Tran’s human lifestyle, and traditional butter production as the heart of the local economy. The Langtang valley is known for its pristine forests, beautiful flora and fauna with hamlets of communities scattered along the valley walls, Red Panda in lush green bamboo forest, refreshing Rhododendron forest, blue sheep strolling high-elevation alpine, combination of BonPo religion and Tibetan culture and lovely mountain range just in front of us. 

 

Itinerary 

Langtang National Park: Easy and Refreshing

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 3: Drive: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang

Day 6: Langtang to Kanchen Gumba 

Day 7: Kanchen Gumba (Day hike to Tserko Ri)

Day 8: Kanchan Gumba to Lama Hotel

Day 9: Lama Hotel  to Syabrubesi via Sherpa gau

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 11: half-day sightseeing.Freetime

Day 12: Toward your next destination


 

Langtang is one of the unspoiled national parks of Nepal which covers an area of 1,710 km2 with altitude variation starting at 1500m and ascending to the top of Mt. Langtang Liruing at 7246m.  As a result, the park has immense ecological diversity with small communities scattered along the valley walls. Established in 1976 as the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal, Langtang covers three districts; Rasuwa, Nuwakot, and Sindhupalchowk with 26 VDCs, and in 1998 the Langtang National Park Buffer Zone was established. Langtang has over 70 glaciers of varying sizes, the Langtang and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges, and high-altitude lakes including Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Dudhkunda. 

Langtang valley offers travelers a glimpse of the unique cultural heritage blended with ecological diversity. Along with tourism, butter and cheese production are major local economic activities.  Beside Langtang village Ancient Buddhist monastery town, Kyanjin Gompa (3584m) is a spiritual site where dedicated Buddhist monks learn and perform their rituals, also a vibrant tourist destination to enjoy the warmth of the sun and natural beauty with different places to explore like walk near to glacier or hiking RI (top) of Kyanjin RI and Charku RI offers 360 views of mountains, walk near airport and weather station and riverside or day trip to Langsila. Kyanjin will refresh your memory and inspire you to enjoy life and be near mountains often to enjoy this beautiful gift of God to humankind.

 

Langtang “Yak Trail”  “Cheese Trail

In Tibetan Lang means Yak and tang means ‘follow’/‘trail’ meaning the name is associated with the ancient practice of Tran’s humans taking animals to different pasture land for grazing at different seasons.  Inhabited by the Sherpa and Tamang communities, different villages are named with different actions taken by Yak. The traditional butter production and its transport to Tibet remain at the heart of the local economy.

 

Mountains and Rivers ‘Naturally Majestic’ ‘Adventure and Thrill’   

Langtang Lirung 7425M is the highest peak , Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571M), Dorje Lakpa 6980M, Gangchempo 6387m,  Naya-Kanga 5846m, Jugal Himal 6080 M are major mountains in Langtang National park.

River Trishuli, one of the major tributaries of the Narayani River originates from the western part of the park. River Sunkoshi, one of the major Tributaries of the Koshi River system originates in the eastern part of Langtang.  

At Kyanjin RI and Charku RI (RI means View top), we reach right next to Langtang Lirung (highest peak in Langtang region) with 360 views of Mountains and Glaciers.

Culture ‘Bon-Po’ ‘Tamang Heritage’ 

 

Langtang is known as one of 7 sacred valleys created by Guru Padmasambhava as a safe place from war, famine, natural disaster, and a place for mediation and knowledge. Langtang is an open museum to understand the culture of nature, BonPo religion, and Tamang culture. Inhabitants of the Langtang valley are thought to be descendants of Tibetans from kerung who mingled with Tamang from the Helambu region. 

 

Bon-Po is Pre-Buddhism ancient meditative Tibetan practice, a shamanistic religion; it is characterized by mystical rituals, spells, sacrifices for gods and spirits, and spirit manipulation.  The current traditions of Buddhism such as prayer wheels, sky burials, prayer flags, spirit traps, festival dances, and rubbing holy stones all come from the Bon religion.

 Tamang is one of the largest ethnic groups in Nepal. Tamang culture and customs are widely seen in the Langtang region, It is believed that "TAMANG" is said to be a Tibetan word meaning horse traders 'TA' means "Horse”, ‘MANG' means "Trader". Tamang is traditionally Buddhist with close relation with Hindu culture and customs from lower land.  Singing and dancing Tamang Selo (melody) in Damphu (traditional musical instruments) keeps everyone tapping and dancing. 

 

The trail “Easy and Fun” 

The best part of the Langtang trail is a very easy and moderate walk with a beautiful view each step, the flowing and refreshing sound of the Langtang river adds charm to the journey. From Syabrubesi we walk through Dovan then to Bamboo to cross over to Lama Hotel. From there our journey moves towards Langtang valley, a river corridor valley with a front view of  Mt. Langtang Lirung. As we move forward, the highest point of the trek is Kyanjin Gompa, a  holy, spiritual, and ancient Buddhist valley at 3800m. It is one of the 7 sacred valleys that is believed to be medicated by Guru Padmasambhava. Visiting Kyanjin Gompa to see monks performing their rituals is truly a surreal experience. Besides spiritual Buddhism paradise, Kyanjin Gompa is the hidden beauty of nature, every corner is full of an interesting adventure, visiting Glacier, walking towards Langsila (Holy place), exploring the river, hiking to Kyanjin Ri (top) 4750M and Charku Ri 5000M for a 360-degree view of surrounding mountains, river valley, hills, and glaciers is one of the best ways to explore and see beautiful Langtang. Kyanjin Gompa is also the starting point of the 2 most technically difficult high altitude passes in the world- Tillman Pass and Ganja La.

Langtang National Park: Easy and Refreshing

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 3: Drive: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang

Day 6: Langtang to Kanchen Gumba 

Day 7: Kanchen Gumba (Day hike to Tserko Ri)

Day 8: Kanchan Gumba to Lama Hotel

Day 9: Lama Hotel  to Syabrubesi via Sherpa gau

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 11: half-day sightseeing.Freetime

Day 12: Toward your next destination

 

Travel plan

Langtang National Park: Easy and Refreshing

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

On the day of your arrival, we will be there to pick you up from the airport and check you in to your hotel. After that, you can take a rest as you will probably be tired because of a long flight. If you arrive early, after taking some rest you can walk around the places near your hotel and freshen up or do some last-minute shopping for things that you will need or buy souvenirs. 

 

Day 2: preparation for Trek and Kathmandu sightseeing

On the second day, we will rise early and have breakfast as well as the tour guide will brief you on your travel plans. Then we will begin our journey, we will first go to Swayambhu MahaChaitya. We will arrange all the required travel permits before we head to explore Patan Darwar square.

 

Day 3: Drive: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Today after breakfast, we leave Kathmandu Valley to Syabrubesi to start our trek. Syabrubesi is around 120 KM away from Kathmandu. In approx, 6-7 hours we will reach  Syabrubesi. The way to Syabrubesi is filled with greenery and hills, uphill and downhill, waterfalls, beautiful valleys, and mountain views. The local shops, locals in daily chores, terrace farms, and roaming animals, and the sound of rivers adds charms to our journey. On our way, we will stop for lunch and refreshments.  

At Syabrubesi after the hotel check-in, we will explore Syabrubesi to know more about the indigenous Tamang community and their ways of life. 

We will talk about experience, learn more about Langtang valley, its culture, and its natural beauty with our host.

 

Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

Today is an exciting day, today we will be walking with our backpacks to Langtang valley. 

After crossing the Bhote koshi river we enter the Langtang valley trail by the side of Langtang Khola, we walk together through the forest with the sound of birds, the rustling of leaves and bushes, and the river Langtang. 

At Dowan( Confluence of two rivers)we will have a cup of tea to rest and enjoy a small waterfall.

Then after we began to climb gently to reach the top of the hill to have a beautiful view of the surrounding. One the way we might come across locals traveling to villages and back to Syabrubesi. 

After a short climb, the trail becomes easy, giving time to reflect and think about beautiful nature, our mission of knowledge, and life away from a busy schedule. 

At bamboo, we will stop for lunch. While our lunch gets cooked we will enjoy moments in the riverside and also explore local handicrafts and life. Bamboos area is the prime habitat of exclusive red panda and mountain bears.  

After lunch, we will cross the suspension bridge to climb high up the hill to reach Rimche.

From Rimche, the downhill walk will reach Lama Hotel. 

At Lama Hotel, after some rest, we walk around nature, visit the riverside,  and the lifestyle of the people living there. 

 

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang

Another day, another adventure, After breakfast, we will cross over to the other side of the hill to reach the riverside. The forest trail is easy which gives us time to understand the changing geography, tree patterns, birds, and surroundings. The landscape slowly changes to a mountain … In this trail at one point, we will suddenly see Langtang Lirung framed in a tree branch.

At Riverside, the narrow valley starts opening up to more mountain landscapes. This area is famous for wild animals. From the riverside, the trail once again climbs up to reach Godha Tabela ( Horse castle). From Godha Tabela, we will have a wide view of Langtang valley, the mountains, the waterfalls, and the fir forest.

Godha Tabela is also the starting point of the mountain landscape. Here you can see the different trails we walked a couple of hours ago. 

We will pass through a few small villages along the way such as Thyangsep and finally, we will reach Langtang Valley. An important note to know is that Langtang Valley that we go to now is the new Langtang Valley that was shifted after the 2015 earthquake destroyed the old valley which caused a great loss of human lives as well as the whole settlement. So on the way to the new Langtang Valley, you have to walk through the trail where the old valley used to be and see the one remaining house that remains standing to this day. Once you arrive at the Langtang Valley you can use your free time to take a rest or go exploring as you experience local Tamang culture.

 

Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjin Gumba 

Today we will begin our journey to Kyanjin Gumba. The walk to Kyanjin is the easiest out of all the previous days. By the time you reach Mundu, we get surrounded by tall peaks of Mountains all around you. We will reach Kyanjin Gumba just in time for lunch. We will explore the historic Kyanjin area. 

On the way, we will come across many Chortens, Stupas’ dedicated loved ones. The mantras carved in stones combine well with the panoramic surrounding. Those mantras are for the safe from natural calamities and sound and healthy life.

The weather is cold and windy as evening time comes, which will be a great time to stay inside and enjoy the view from your hotel with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Day 7: kyanjin Gumba (Day hike to Kyanjin Ri)

In the morning, we will climb Kyanjin Ri. At 4750 M above sea level, we will stand tall next to Langtang Lirung, witness the longest Glacier. 

In the afternoon we will visit Kyanjin Gumba. We will meet Lama and interact about the culture and history of the Kyanjin area and Tibetan Buddhism. We will explore why they put the dead in the cave.

We will visit the cheese factory, know the culture of transhumanism 

Day 8: kyanjin Gumba to Lama Hotel

On this day we will leave Kyanjin Gumba and walk back to Lama Hotel. This time we have a different view with folding hills on the horizon. More time to explore culture and nature. 

 

Day 9: Lama Hotel  to Syabrubesi via Sherpa gau

This is the final day of our trek and we will use a different route to come to Syabrubesi. From Rimche, instead of going downhill towards Bamboo, we will take the upper route via  Sherpa Gau.

From the top, we could see the other side of Langtang National park, the flowing Langtang river and trail we walked, and places we had stopped for rest and lunch.  This is going to be a unique experience and then we will trek back to Syabrubesi. You will be able to rest at the hotel as our trekking journey is coming to an end.

 

Day 10: Syabrubesi

We will rest till late. Then we Explore education and local life more. Visit the Chilime hydropower, waste management practices, and challenges in management. 

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu

Early Morning we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Kathmandu

After taking some much-needed rest, the next day we will go around Kathmandu

Day 13 kathmandu

Day 14 Toward your next destination

 

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