"Langtang Valley Trek presents authentic Nepal- laid-back communities, lush green rolling hills, terraced fields, remote mountain villages, snow-capped Himalayan mountains, stunning glaciers, glacial lakes, and rich cultural heritage."
Langtang Valley Trek is known as a short and easy trek in the Himalayas. As it is true that the Langtang Valley Trekking trail is relatively easier than other famous trekking routes like EBC Trek or ABC Trek, but it does not mean there are no challenges. The trail got long and steep ascents from the beginning of the venture, common when trekking in the Himalayas.
We at Escape Nepal do recommend Langtang Valley Trekking to beginner trekkers and those who have limited time to explore the Himalayas. Depending upon your fitness, you can turn trekking in the Langtang region moderate or difficult. Located north of Kathmandu valley, accessing the starting point of the trek is more convenient than other trekking trails.
Langtang Valley Trek combines Tamang heritage, picturesque villages, dense forests, old bridges, monasteries, and mani walls. The trail goes through the Langtang National Park, home to numerous species of flora and fauna. The number of trekkers entering this region is lower than in other trekking areas, which makes the trail less crowded.
The fluttering prayer flags, majestic mountains, and the tranquility of the region make the Langtang Valley Trek a journey of a lifetime. The rustic surrounding colors of the villages overpowered by white snow-capped mountains and blue sky is as magical as a storybook. Get in touch with us to know more about Langtang Valley Trek.
Major Attraction of Langtang Valley Trek
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Kathmandu involves visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the sacred Pashupatinath Temple followed by the largest stupa of Nepal, Boudhnath Stupa. Likewise, you will visit the Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, and one of the three durbar squares, Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are many other monuments that you can visit in your free time. The tour will be guided by an experienced tour guide who will introduce you to Nepali history and art.
A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Syabrubesi is the starting point of the trek. To reach there, you have to take around a 6 to 7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. The drive goes along the Trishuli River and offers sensational views of small settlement areas surrounded by terraced farms and lush green hills. Likewise, attractive waterfalls and snow-capped mountain views make the drive more pleasant.
Trek through Langtang National Park
This trekking route is also a paradise for bird lovers and biologists. The trail offers sub-tropical to alpine vegetations. You will be trekking through the Langtang National Park home to 1000 species of flora and 150 species of birds. Likewise, if you are lucky enough, you might get to see wildlife like Himalayan tahr, red panda, mus deer, snow-leopard, yak, blue sheep, etc.
The Langtang Valley Trekking route goes through dense forests of pine, rhododendron, bamboo, oak, fir, and various other vegetation. There are many ascends and descends throughout the trek that also involves landslide-prone areas, steep slopes, and rugged paths. The trail crosses many old bridges over streams and passes by cascading waterfalls.
Get to see the unique lifestyle of Tamangs
Langtang Valley Trek is also famous for the rich culture and tradition of the Tamang people. The villages along the trekking trail are resided mostly by people from this community. Their practices, values, norms, language, dress, and assortments are highly influenced by the Tibetans as they are said to be the descendants of Tibetans. The locals follow Tibetan Buddhism.
Visit Kyanjin Gompa and hike to Tserko Ri
Kyanjin Gompa is located at 3,870 meters on the foothills of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Langshisha Ri. Believed to be built more than 600 years ago, Kyanjin Gompa is an ancient monastery closely tied with Tibet. The thangka paintings in the gompas were bought from Tibet centuries ago. The gompa is surrounded by high mountains. There are many statues, prayer flags, butter lamps, and antiques in the gompa.
Situated at 4,984 meters, Tserko Ri is a very famous viewpoint above Kyanjin Gompa. You can see glorious sunrise and snow-capped mountains from this place. The views from this place are unbelievable. The route that leads to Tserko Ri is steep and rugged.
Beautiful sceneries and panoramic views of the Himalayas
Langtang Valley is known as the Valley of Glaciers, and you can see that on the trail. The region has got numerous glaciers, peaks, and mountains. Along the trek, you will be watching breath-taking landscapes, unlike any other place. Likewise, the views of Himalayan mountains like Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Gangchempo (6,387 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Shishapangma (8,013 m), Yala Peak (5,520 m), Ganja La Peak (5,844 m), etc enhance the journey.