Langtang Valley Trek: Guide, Highlights, etc

Langtang valley trek provides an opportunity to witness stunning views of the mountains while walking through forests and waterfalls. It is expected to attract plenty of tourists for Nepal Tourism Year 2020.

Sitting around 30.5km north from the capital city of Kathmandu, Langtang valley is mostly popular for its mesmerizing views and incredible culture. This valley was hugely affected by the 2015 earthquake, which has seen the number of people visiting here decrease significantly primarily due to a lack of necessary accommodation facilities. As the preparations for Nepal Tourism Year 2020 are underway, we take a look at Langtang valley and what it has to offer to any visitors planning for a trip.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi

Syabru Besi is a small village which sits at an altitude of 1550m. The journey starts from Kathmandu and it takes around 8 hours to reach Langtang valley. Some of the highlights during this trip includes the views of Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal. The route to Syabru Besi includes Dunche and Langtang National Park.

Day 2: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel

The trekking starts from the second day and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Lama Hotel, at an altitude of 2380m. Crossing through the Bhote Koshi and walking through oak and rhododendron forests are few of the highlights of this journey.

Day 3: Lama Hotel To Mundu

The journey from Lama Hotel to Mundu reaches the height of 3520m amid walking through several waterfalls. The peaks of Langtang range become evident after reaching Ghoda Tabela. This trip can be completed in 6 hours and crosses through a Buddhist monastery and the Langtang village.

Day 4: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa is a relatively short trip and can be completed within 3-4 hours. While reaching an altitude of 3870m, one can enjoy the extensive and stunning views of the mountains while walking through the yak pastures, prayer wheels, and watermills. A government-operated cheese factory is one of the key attractions of this destination.

Next Move:

Depending upon the available time, money and permitting health conditions, you can choose your journey from here. Many people descent back to Lama Hotel or Ghora Tabela, before heading back to Syabru Besi and eventually Kathmandu. However, if you wish to have an even better view of the peaks and Langtang valley, you can choose to climb Kyangjin Ri (4850m).

Highlights of the trip:

Some of the major attractions during this trek include the journey through uninhabited oak and rhododendron forests, Langtang village, waterfalls, and chortens. The ascent to Kyanjin Ri provides incredible panoramic views of the mountains and watching the sunrise during this trip can make for an unforgettable experience. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is one of the key parts of this area and one can enrich their knowledge and insight into such communities during this trip. Not many people make this trip so if you like to avoid the crowd during your hike, then this is definitely the place you should choose.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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