Langtang Trekking
Langtang National Park

The Langtang Trek can be done in as little as a week, but day hikes in the upper valley are sure to detain you for another two or three days. It takes about a day to get interesting, first following the continuation of the Dhunche road (a spectacularly destructive feat of engineering, built to reach a lead and zinc mine in the Ganesh Himal) up the unpromising valley of the Trisuli River before leaving the road and rounding a bend to Syabru in the Langtang Valley. The next two days are spent climbing briskly up the gorge like lower valley, where oaks and rhododendron give way to peaceful hemlock and larch forest; after ascending an old moraine, snowy peaks suddenly loom ahead and the gorge opens into a U-shaped glacial valley. Springtime is excellent for flowers here, and in autumn the berberis bushes turn a deep rust color..

Two Bhotiya villages occupy the upper valley: Langtang (3,300m), the bigger of the two, makes a good place to spend a night and acclimatize, while Kyangjin (3,750m) boasts a small gompa, a cheese "factory" (fabulous yogurt) and an attractive chalet-lodge. The Langtang Glacier is a full day's walk further up the valley. You'll want to spend at least a couple of nights in the upper valley to explore the glaciers and ascend the 5,033 metre Yala Peak ( Tsergo Ri), from which you can view an awesome white wilderness of peaks, including 8,013-metre Shisha Pangma.
 
Itinerary

 

Start Place Altitude Camping Place Altitude Remarks
Day 01 Kathmandu 1.400m Dunche 1.950m minibus or 4 wheele drive
Day 02 Dunche 1.950m Thulo Syabru 2.130m

Day 03 Thulo Syabru 2.130m Lama hotel 2.500m

Day 04 Lama hotel 2.500m Lantang 3.010m

Day 05 Lantang 3.010m Kyangjin 3.798m

Day 06

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Kyangjin 3.798m climbing Thergo Ri (5.000m)
Day 07 Kyangjin 3.798m Lama hotel 2.500m

Day 08 Lama hotel 2.500m Syabru Besi 2.130m

Day 09 Syabru Besi 2.130m Kathmandu 1.950m

 
Highlights
  • Bus trip to Dunche
  • The Tamang Villages on the trail
  • Langtang Lirung
  • Tsergo Ri (5.033m)
  • Buddhist monastery in Kyangjin