Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is one of the fascinating and comfortable treks in Langtang region. This trek is premeditated for those adventure trekkers who wish to explore beauty of nature, ancient culture and the panorama view of high Himalayan peaks within short time. Langtang valley trek is closer to Kathmandu than other trekking regions. The Langtang valley is aptly called “the valley of glaciers”, here the views of towering peaks are amazing. The valley presents pine forest, swift mountain stream, rugged landscapes, snowy peaks and wild animals. In the upper part of the valley there are snow ridges spanning angry torrents, high passes enveloped in mist tiny lakes of crystalline brightness and glaciated mountain giants. Once we enter the valley we fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, brightly painted.
Langtang valley trek is easy access from Kathmandu. The best season for Langtang valley trek is spring and autumn. During these seasons, this trek gives superb views of the splendid peak of Langtang Lirung(7250m)which dominates the upper valley and straddles the Tibetan boarder. Langtang valley is also an ideal place to watch different spices of birds, wild animals and beautiful flowers of Nepal. Langtang valley trek provides an opportunity for moderate climbing excursions, here, we should allow some extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system.
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.
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 Valley trek short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing or rest on your own.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, 8 to 9 hours on the Zigzag road.
Day 04: Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Bensi, 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 10: Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu, 8 to 9 hours drive.
Day 11: Kathmandu free day.
Day 12: 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.