Langtang Kyangjin Gompa Trek

Langtang Kyangjin Gompa Trek is a truly classic trek in Langtang region that offers awe-inspiring mountain peaks, beautiful glacial lakes and the friendly Tamang and Sherpa villages. This trek is popular among adventure trekkers and Kyangjin Gompa is the high alpine village with cheese factory and vantage point to try climbing some trekker’s peaks. Langtang valley situated at the south of the Tibetan border is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snow capped peaks to the south. The valley provides the majestic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m) Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Naya Kanga Ri (5846m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m).

Langtang Kyangjin Gompa Trek

Langtang Kyangjin Gompa trek starts from Kathmandu with a scenic and zigzag drive along Trisuli River to Dhunche and finally reach at Syabrubensi, a Tibetan Sherpa village and terrace farming lands of the people. Once this route was an important trading route with Tibet, therefore, most of the villagers and peoples here still are involved in trade. On our route, we can have a trek through Langtang National Park as it is located at the very edge of the Park. We also have chance to see some wild animals and birds. Among them are the monkeys, musk deer, Pika and the national bird of Nepal, the colorful Danphe.

While continuing our trek to Kyangjin Gompa, we cross many rivers along a gorge and walk through oak and rhododendron forests and glacial moraines. We can have two nights in Gompa and try climbing some trekker’s peaks. We also visit yak cheese factory and have a view of the glaciers, which is also a gateway to Tibet. We trek back to Syabrubesi and drive on the same Zigzag road to Kathmandu.

Attraction of the Langtang Region

Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.

In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.

Seasonal Attractions
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures

Flora & Fauna
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.

The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.

In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

Langtang Kyangjin Gompa trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m), 8 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 08: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion around.
Day 09: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 8 to 9 hours drive.
Day 12: Kathmandu free day.
Day 13: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Langtang Kyangjin Gompa trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greets you and transfer to hotel. Free time on your own for rest and refreshment, in the evening, join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m), 8 hours drive.
We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the path is sometime blocked due to landslides. Our drive from Kathmandu to the destination is to be made by either local bus or land cruiser. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
 Trek to Syabru Gaon (2120m). The trekking today is very leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes. As we enter Syabru, we descend to the ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. We will continue through the village to our campsite about fifteen minutes beyond on the slopes below the village. The sunset is magnificent; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridgeline above. From here we can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m) and Tibetan Himalayan ranges. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru's main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m) and again descends to the Landslide (1810m). Afterwards, we trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end our trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route we could see red pandas, wild monkeys and bear if we are lucky. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, we can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
 The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We will arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, we can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.) and Langtang Lirung (7245m.). Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion around.
Today is rest day. We can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
 The upper part of the trail is more beautiful for the panoramic view of mountains and green hill views. This path is broader and remains sunny through the different Shepra and Tamang villages. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steeply descent to the Syabru Besi (1600m.). There was run a project called Chilime Power Plant. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu, 8 to 9 hours drive.
It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu with splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. We drive along the unpaved road till Betrawati and we begin to follow narrow well paved road. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 12: Kathmandu free day.
Breakfast at hotel, today is a free for buying souvenirs for your friends, family and relatives. In evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show and celebrate your great trek with a local meal and drinks. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you off to international airport for your onward flight. We wish you have a safe and sound flight, good bye see you again in the future.

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Langtang Kyangjin Gompa trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Kyangin Gompa.

Trip Duration: 13 days

Max. Altitude:  4000 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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