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Langtang Valley Trek 5,033 m/16,512 ft

A Comprehensive Guide to Langtang Trek

If there’s a trek that rivals Nepal’s most popular treks, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, it undoubtedly is the Langtang Trek. The Langtang Trek, also known as the Langtang Valley Trek, encompasses a myriad of features, ranging from awe-inspiring mountain vistas to breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness, providing an all-encompassing experience for trekkers.

This trek, power-packed with immersive journeys and rewarding adventures, takes 7 days, or a maximum of 10 days. The Langtang Trek, easily accessible from Kathmandu, stands as a favorite among trekkers due to its proximity, offering a seamless transition from the bustling city to the pristine natural beauty of the Langtang region. If you still need to do the trek, now is the perfect time to plan. And here’s everything you need to know about the Langtang trek.

Overview of the Trek:

Location: North-central part of Nepal

Trekking Route: Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel-Langtang village-Kyanjin Gompa-Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri

Starting Point/Ending Point: Syabrubesi

Trek Duration: 7 to 10 days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Best Seasons: Spring and autumn

Permits: TIMS card and Park entrance permit

Highest Elevation: Tsergo Ri 5,033 m (16,512 ft) above sea level

Accommodation: teahouse

Add-on Trek: Gosaikunda Trek and Tamang Heritage Trek

Why Choose Langtang Trek?

Langtang, with its close proximity to Kathmandu, makes it an accessible trek for both seasoned trekkers and those with limited time. Picture-perfect landscapes unfold throughout the journey, revealing majestic mountains, lush meadows, and dense forests. What sets Langtang apart is its breathtaking scenery and the cultural immersion it provides. The trek winds through Tamang, Sherpa communities, and Yolmo ethnic groups, offering a rare opportunity to engage with local people, festivities, and the warm hospitality of the villagers. The trail is comparatively quieter than that of Annapurna and Khumbu region. Last but not least, the option to do the Gosaikunda trek and climb a smaller peak like Yala Peak makes this trek one of the must-do trek. Also, the trek is ideal for families with children; don’t be surprised to see children aged 5 and up along the route.

How long is the Langtang trek?

The Langtang trek covers approximately 80km (50 miles) through Langtang valley, starting from Syabrubesi village. The trek generally takes 7-10 days to complete, though the duration of the trek may vary based on many factors like itinerary, route, and side trips. The trail winds its way through lush forests, picturesque villages, and alpine meadows, ultimately reaching the spectacular landscapes of Kyanjin Gompa and beyond. If you want to climb Tsergo Ri Peak, it takes an extra day. Similarly, the trek will extend if you wish to combine the Gosaikunda trek.

Best time to do Langtang Trek

The best time to do the Langtang trek is during spring and autumn, when the skies are crystal clear, the weather is balmy, and the temperature is mild, perfect for daytime trekking. During these seasons, you will love walking on warm sunny days with excellent visibility of the Himalayan landscapes. If you are trekking in the spring seasons, the trails are adorned with vibrant colors of blooming rhododendron flowers. For the autumn season, the best part is stable weather conditions, minimal rainfall, and clear skies. Following the monsoon season, the air is crisp and clear. Whether it’s the lively and colorful ambiance of spring or the tranquil and clear landscapes of autumn, both seasons offer an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of Langtang.

Difficulty of Langtang trek

Generally, the Langtang trek is considered a moderate-grade trek. However, this trek can be quite challenging for the first-time trekker, someone who has never done high-altitude treks. That said, anyone with a good physical fitness level can do the trek. Considering the fact that you will be climbing Kyanjin Ri Peak and not Tsergo Ri Peak, the trek is manageable. The highest elevation is 4600m, if your final destination is Kyanjin Ri Peak. If you want to climb Tsergo Ri peak as well, you need to be more careful as the route surpasses 5000m. Overall, the trek entails long ascents and steep terrains. This means acclimatization is crucial for a successful trek.

Permits for Langtang Trek

You need Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card and the Park entrance permit for the Langtang trek. To obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card for trekking in Nepal, you’ll typically need passport-sized photos, your passport, personal details like name, insurance, and details of your guide and trekking route and itinerary. The cost is NPR 2000 (approximately 23 AUD). Please note that as per the revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023, a trekking guide is mandatory to trek. The park entrance permit costs NPR 3000 (approximately $35 AUD).

Fitness and Health Preparations

You must be physically fit with a good endurance level and strength to embark on an adventure to Langtang Valley. The trek encompasses rough terrain and high altitude, up to 5000m (if your itinerary entails Tsergo Ri). You can start with cardiovascular fitness through regular exercises like hiking, running, or cycling to enhance endurance. Strength training, particularly focused on the legs and core, will help you through steep inclines and descents. Your fitness training can also include flexibility exercises such as yoga to minimize the risk of muscle strains. The most effective fitness preparation involves hiking in your home country while carrying a loaded backpack. There’s no exact timeframe for trek preparation, but dedicate a minimum of a month to adequately get ready for the Langtang trek.

Accommodations along the trail: Teahouses and Lodges

Accommodations along the Langtang Trek primarily consist of teahouses and lodges. Teahouses are a popular choice, providing basic yet comfortable amenities. The teahouses on the Langtang trail typically offer twin-bed rooms with blankets, pillows and a table. The communal dining area and shared bathroom facilities are common. That said, some teahouses offer private bathrooms equipped with hot shower. The cost of accommodation is ridiculously affordable, with prices increasing as you ascend higher into the mountains.

Food along the trail: Teahouses and Lodges

The food menu of most teahouses generally includes a mix of local and international dishes, ranging from everyone’s favorite Nepali dal bhat (rice and lentils) to pasta, noodles, soups, and hearty breakfast options. Food items like dal bhat, noodles, vegetables and meat (chicken) are the staple and readily available. Some of the international dishes commonly available include pasta, noodles, pizza, sandwiches, apple pie and omelets. If you love momo, good news for you: many teahouses serve delectable momo. The food is often sourced locally, which means it’s nutritious and super healthy. Remember to try cheese and pay a visit to the cheese factory.

Wi-Fi and Network on the Langtang Trek

Although there are teahouses that offer Wi-Fi service, the network and service are usually limited and sporadic. Mobile network coverage follows a similar pattern. While there may be mobile network availability in certain parts of the trek, the signal strength can vary, and there might be areas with no coverage. Wi-Fi service comes at a charge per stay at a teahouse. You should be prepared for the day(s) without internet access and consider alternative means of communication, such as local SIM cards. Nepal Telecom SIM cards are the best option, although the phone signal and data connection are usually poor. Overall, Wi-Fi and phone network services may not be consistently available throughout the Langtang trek.

Do I need a guide for Langtang Trek?

Yes, you need a guide for this trek. A minimum group of two people is required and a guide is mandatory. You either need to hire a guide or join a group organized by a certified trekking agency to obtain a permit for the trek. The Government of Nepal put this regulation in place to enhance safety and support for trekkers. As of April 1, 2023, a trekker must hire a government-certified guide. However, the rule hasn’t been really implemented. This means you have a chance to do this trek on your own, but it is advisable to hire a guide for your own safety and satisfaction.

How much does the Langtang trek cost?

The cost of the Langtang Trek can vary depending on several factors, such as the trekking season, the services included in the package, the duration of the trek, and guide and porter charges. In general, the price can range anywhere between AUD 500 and AUD 1500 per person for a standard 7-day. The cost can be higher during peak seasons or if additional services are added. That said, some travel agencies can charge more. Our all-inclusive 10-day Langtang trek package is priced at an exceptional AUD 1790 per person. This cost all aspects of the Langtang trek package, excluding personal expenses and airfare.

Essential Gear and Packing Tips

When it comes to packing for any treks in Nepal, the packing list remains largely consistent. The packing list for the Langtang trek tends to be similar to that of Everest Base Camp trek. However, specific considerations may vary due to differences in altitude, climate, and trek duration. For the Langtang trek, you can consider this list. This packing list serves as a general guide. Adjust it based on your personal preferences for the specific season of your trek.


  • Moisture-wicking base layers (at least 2 pairs)
  • Fleece or down jacket
  • Dry t-shirts (at least 2) and long sleeve shirt
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking pants ( 2 pairs)
  • Convertible pant
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Moisture-wicking socks (at least 3 pairs)
  • Gaiters
  • Sandal
  • Sun hat or beanie
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Poncho or rain jacket

      Personal Items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medical kit (optional)
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towel
  • Power bank
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc
  • Deodorant
  • Camera and gear


  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag with liner
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle or hydration system


  • Passport and its photocopy
  • Passport-size photos for trekking permits
  • Travel Insurance document

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