This is the least physically demanding of the six treks, but still delivers a major Himalaya experience. The trail takes you along the Langtang Valley and through the Langtang National Park – the very first national park designated in Nepal. The ultimate goal for most treks is a visit to the Buddhist monastery, the Kyanjing Gompa, at the head of the valley.
The Langtang Valley and surrounding peaks are just north of Kathmandu. A trip up the Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu will provide wonderful views of these peaks. However, it takes a full day’s drive over challenging roads to deliver you to the trek starting point at Syabrubesi. From here the trek takes you eastwards along valley wall trails into the high Langtang Valley.
Initially, the Langtang Valley is very narrow with no room for safe trekking paths along the river edge. As a result, the trail winds high along the valley side but descends by the third day to the valley floor as the valley widens into a beautiful green grassland the local people utilise for their livestock. Make sure you try the local cheese.
This trek is reasonably easy walking with no extreme altitudes or challenging high passes to cross. But one sombre moment is passing the site of what was Langtang Village, destroyed by the 2015 earthquake that shook Nepal. Please rest in peace many souls.
The feature of this trek is the stunning scenery. The serene valley curves gently into the distance, flanked high on each side be countless beautiful peaks dusted with snow. In the valley, cattle and yaks graze and local people tend their herds, and make a little cheese too. It is hard to take an uninteresting photo in the Langtang Valley, every view is another potential postcard. This is a wonderful location to capture photos of sunrise and sunset on mountain peaks. With peaks all around there is always some spot capturing the perfect light. A night-time walk under a full-moon is also a fantastic way to experience the valley, but do dress warmly.
When you reach the far end of the valley pay a visit to the historic Kyanjing Gompa and accept a blessing from the Buddhist monks. They make great cheese too. Don’t forget the cheese.
The return walk to Syabrubesi is just as easy and scenic as the walk in. But this time you get to see the mountain scenery from the reverse angle. The return drive to Kathmandu remains bumpy.
There are some side-trek and additional experience options in the Langtang Valley. You might try a day’s mountain climbing to the summit of 5,500m Yala Peak, considered one of the easiest climbs for the less experienced. You could also extend the trek to reach the Gosainkunda Lakes at 4,380m altitude, considered sacred to the Hindu faith.
We suggest you choose to trek the Langtang Valley if trekking in comfort with not too much physical challenge is more your style. Even with modest effort the scenery rewards are huge. This trek also delivers lots of serenity, if that is what you seek. Click through to more itinerary details.