Langtang Valley Trek is one of the closest trekking destinations to Himalaya from Kathmandu. 6 to 7 hours of public bus drive brings us to Syabrubesi (1470m) from where we start our classic Langtang Valley Trek. There are local shared jeeps also available and that is bit faster than bus but has less leg room.. Although being very close to Kathmandu, the Langtang valley is remained as isolated as any other Tibetan highlands with inspiring remote landscape. The people from the highlands of the Langtang valley are definitely Nepalese but being direct descendant of the Tibetan origin, so they look like the Tibetans and thier dresses, language are similar to Tibetan as well. Hereafter, Langtang region offers some of the best treks. Short Langtang valley trek is one of them that can be combined with Gosaikunda Lake Trek, Tamang Haritage, and Helambu then it requires around two weeks. Langtang region is positioned on number three for about trekking popularity in Nepal.
This famous traditional Langtang valley trek within Langtang National Park is located in the area is so fascinating and attracts 21000 visitor a year. Some 4,500 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood as cooking fuel. The majority of the residents are Tamang. Langtang National Park established 1976 covers a diversity of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. Roughly 25 percent of the park is covered by forest. Trees include the deciduous oak and maple, pine, blue pine and various types of rhododendron. Animal life includes Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, rhesus monkeys and red pandas. There are also tales of Yeti sightings. Beside that this short trek contains beautiful Langtang valley and spiritual site is the Buddhist monastery and a Yak Cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa.
The main features of Langtang Valley are local culture, unbelievable mountain scenery; varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and snow-capped peaks make the trek one of the most diverse treks nearby Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion’s 8 Days Langtang Valley Trek starts with a day jeep ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi followed by 3 hours walk to Khanjim on the same day. We head to northwest to Khanjim leaving Langtang Khola and traditional trail to the right. We offer a different itinerary than usual one going through Khanjim, Wangel and Sherpa Gaun. It is always interesting to do a circuit trek when possible. At Lama Hotel we catch main trail after this two days off the beaten track.
Langtang village has been totally swiped away by a massive avalanche followed by the earthquake in April 2015. The village suffered an estimated 310 deaths, including 176 Langtang residents, 80 foreigners, and 10 army personnel. More than 100 bodies were never found. Now since last 2 years people of Langtang have restored most of the houses and rebuilt the lodges and tourism activities in Langtang is back to normal.
Then we head upward Goda Tabela, Langtang and Mundu until we arrive at the famous Kanyanjin Gompa as our last destination. We have one extra day at Kyanjin kept as additional day that allow you to do Tesrgo Ri (4985m) hike or day trip to Langshisha Kharka, both of this two side trips needs 6-7 hours each. You need to choose either one for the hike. If you don’t skip the extra day at Kyanjin then you Langtang Valley trek will be one week (7 days). After exploring Langtang Valley; we trek down following the Langtang Khola till Syabrubesi from where we drive back to Kathmandu again. You can add Gosaikunda Lake and Surya Peak Trek, Tamang Heritage Trek, Gosaikunda Helambu if your time allows you with Langtang Valley Trek.