Everything You Need To Know About Langtang Valley

Posted in Destination by Upscale Adventures
Published on Jan 19, 2020

The ​Langtang Region Being a part of Great Himalayan Trail is a great alternative to regular Annapurna & Everest Treks. Langtang is the most popular destination in Nepal, known for its wildlife including musk deer, red panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, & varieties of birds.

And back in April 2015, the entire village was wrecked in seismic tremor. Nearly 500 Locals & trekkers lost their lives, a large number of bodies were covered under the rubble.

Kyanjin Gompa

Since then, the numbers of visitors have been decreased. This leads us to question, ​Are trekking trails and beauty of Langtang ravaged? that is not an effective reason for the decrease. Major problems have been caused by the accommodation and transportation. This region is easily reachable from the capital- Kathmandu. Currently, the mermaid from Langtang is calling many visitors and trekker soon.

Trekkers on the way to Kyanjin Gompa

Langtang Valley & Topography

The ideal perspective of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa & rich ecosystem of the region is enough to keep you mesmerized. For observing natural beauty, ecosystem & the topography Langtang is the place to be. The topography is diverse from subtropical to alpine forests. The scenic view of the forests, green hills, and the snow-capped mountains makes the exploration even more entrancing and fascinating. The beautiful forest comprises of rhododendron, oak, bamboo, maple, pines and other trees are the major aesthetic of this area. The wildlife sustained by this diversified forest is the major attraction of the Nepal government. The government has declared this area as a protected area.

Major Highlights Of Langtang Valley

  • Forests high alpine meadows, Rhododendron, soft moss & yak ploddings
  • Panoramic views of Langtang valley
  • Gosainkunda lake, Tamang Culture
  • Stunning mountain views of Langtang Himalayas, Langtang Lirung(7246m)
  • 360 panorama of Himalayas
  • Kyanjin Gompa & cheese Factory
  • Laurebina Pass, a deserted pass to Helambu valley
  • Old Buddhist Peoples
  • Antique Craftsmanship, Traditional Stone Houses & Carved Wooden Porches
  • Part Of Great Himalayan Trail
  • Flora & Fauna in Spring
  • Less Crowded Trekking Region

Langtang Valley: Home Of 13 Mountain Peaks

  1. Langtang Lirung    7,234 m (23,734 ft)
  2. Langtang Ri 7,205 m (23,638 ft)
  3. Dorje Lakpa 6,966 m (22,854 ft)
  4. Loenpo Gang 6,979 m (22,897 ft)
  5. Changbu 6,781 m (22,247 ft)
  6. Yansa Tsenji 6,690 m (21,950 ft)
  7. Kyunga Ri 6,601 m (21,657 ft)
  8. Dogpache 6,562 m (21,529 ft)
  9. Langshisha Ri 6,427 m (21,086 ft)
  10. Gangchenpo 6,387 m (20,955 ft)
  11. Morimoto 6,150 m (20,180 ft)
  12. Tsogaka 5,846 m (19,180 ft)
  13. Yala Peak 5,520 m (18,110 ft)

Variations of Langtang Valley Trek

  • Langtang Helambu Trekking
  • Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
  • Langtang Valley Trek
  • Tamang Heritage Trail With Langtang Valley
  • Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass
  • Gosainkunda Lake Trek
  • Langtang Traverse Via Timlan Pass

Is it Expensive?

Not at all, since it is not very far away for Kathmandu cost is relatively less. However, you can invest more for major offerings which include Langtang national park & Bird Watch Tour.

Am I fit for this trek?

Of course, you are, you don't need to be a serious hardcore trekker. if you are in good shape and healthy then it's for you.

Beginners can easily do this trek no prior experience required.

What about the trekking permit? is a permit required?

Yes, For National Parks and Conservation areas you need Permits and most of the times you need TIMS card as well.

TIMS(Trekker’s Information Management System).

What to pack?

Every trek requires packing list. You must include a down jacket, thermals, trekking pants, shorts, gloves, hiking boots, Water Bottle, sleeping bag and camera for this trek. Make sure your backpack contains all necessary things with max 15kg, Avoid Overpacking.

Some Recommendations: Packing List

Head: ​Sun hat or scarf-Light balaclava or warm fleece hat, UV Protection Sunglasses
Lower Body:​Hiking shorts, Lightweight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants
Feet: ​Thin, lightweight inner socks, Hiking boots-Gore Tex, Salomon, Merrell
Upper Body: ​T-shirts, Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands:​Lightweight gloves, Gaiters
Personal Hygiene: ​Wet wipes, Tissue /toilet roll, Hand sanitizer

Accessories: ​Sleeping bag, Trekking Bags/Duffel bag, first aid kit, Diamox tabs, Trekking Poles, Water bottle, Ear Plug

Toiletries:​medium-sized quick-drying towel, Toothbrush, Paste, shave kit, Multipurpose soap, Face and body moisturizer
Extras: ​Binoculars, Camera, Extra batteries, Lens, Map, Highlighter
Water purification tablets: ​It’s always a good idea to keep purification tablets sometime you might get caught on the situation where there’s only untreated tap water or bottled water may not be available sometimes.

Are there extra charges for solo travellers?

No solo travellers are not charged. Solo Traveler has to manage their stays and accommodation on their own. However, if you happen to travel with a group and you wish to travel alone leaving the crowds you will get charged for a porter.

What about female travellers in Nepal are they safe?

Well, female solo travellers are safe in Nepal that’s for sure. Nepal welcomes all solo female, male or interracial travellers and they are treated the same. Besides, nobody really bothers female travellers in Nepal. So it’s all Safe.

What Happens in case of sickness in the Himalayas?

If you are a solo traveller, the first thing is don’t panic. Stay close to the settlements and in case of emergency you have your travel insurance reach out to them and they will surely manage the rescue Or you can just call out for help, it's predictable that you will meet locals. Group Travelers can easily reach out to guides or travel agency.

How are Tea Houses in Langtang?

Well, Unlike Everest and Annapurna region Langtang trek serve only organic food, only vegetarian available. You will have blankets and pillows free of cost in tea houses so you can avoid sleeping bag however its good to keep one with you if you like to shove along and make room for yourself, just to have privacy. Sadly, there is no internet access on Langtang. you can find the internet until Syabrubesi. However, Phone calls are available in this region. You can either take landline or have local SIM with you.

Dangers & Annoyances

After the earthquake, Nepal is recovering slowly and by now the government has been more stable so it's all safe to travel to Nepal. But be aware you might find some affected areas during your trial. Some Roads are still damaged you might have to struggle if you encounter any during your way. Honestly, the fatal thing you will do in Nepal is taking public transport in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a crowded city you will end up in traffic jams on busy streets of Kathmandu. Highways often get traffic during days but you better take private bus or transport provided by trekking companies.

What sorts of precautions and vaccinations should I adopt before travelling to Nepal?

With plenty of opportunities, someone will be travelling to Nepal. According to the interest of travellers, we have various places from high altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas to the jungle safari on the southern flatlands, from trekking in some of the most famed trails to encountering rich cultural heritage. You should have some typical procedures before venturing into this beautiful country. You need to have proper information about some of the health and vaccination recommendations for Nepal. Prevention is better than cure. We should apply this significant proverb.

For more information about various communicable diseases, you can check here: https://www.cdc.gov/

The several problems caused by Hepatitis A and Typhoid in Nepal You might be caught by hepatitis A or typhoid from contaminated food or water during the course of your stay in Nepal. Typhoid has flu-like symptoms and sometimes hard to diagnose immediately, while hepatitis A affects the liver. The single vaccine can avoid such conditions, which will protect you against both for several years. We highly recommend you get immunization during your visit to Nepal. Likewise, you should follow some procedures while you are in Nepal. You need to have handwashing and safe hygiene practice while eating is very important. Water is very important for health, so be careful while drinking water.

The viral disease Hepatitis B in Nepal

Your liver might be highly affected by Hepatitis B and will be transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood or blood products. Without immunizing properly if you are planning to get a tattoo or piercing, or may enter a new sexual relationship

during your time in Nepal, you will be fully affected by the disease. Generally, hepatitis B is part is the childhood immunization part. It can be prevented by the vaccine as well. Many adults might have missed this immunization opportunity and for them, it may be a good time for vaccination.

Staying longer in Nepal, the proper requirement of safety.

If you are extending your time and planning to stay longer in Nepal, you have to arrange the additional vaccination according to the place and purpose of your stay. Your visit to Nepal during the monsoon months and travelling to the southern plains of the country (rice-growing region), you may also need the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, particularly if you will stay there for several weeks. Malaria is also a fatal disease, which lost the life of common during that time of the year. Due to mosquito-borne, they will occur so the insect avoidance measures should also be followed promptly.

Along with Malaria, rabies is the next devastating disease but rare among travellers in Nepal, the risk escalates with prolonged stay and consequently with more likelihood of animal contact. The adventurous seeker who is seeking a multitude of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, biking, and other sporting deeds for an extended period, it is recommended that you get the pre-exposure rabies vaccination. Eventually, street dogs should save you, as they are the majority in Nepal.

You are highly requested not to tease the monkey or any dogs during the sightseeing and trekking in Nepal and to minimize animal contact during your stay in the country.

Please arrange all the parts of health immunization against the aforesaid diseases, and can travel to Nepal with a peace of mind. We need your health and smart life. Please if you have not taken any vaccination, this is the perfect time to grab all the immunization for your body and stay in the perfect world.

Who will Pick me up During my arrival?

Upon Your arrival, you will be escorted by representative form trekking company.

Should the visitors join in Langtang Trek?

There is some rumour about this region after the earthquake that trekking is not possible there, which is not true at all. That looking for an easily accessible route and a moderate level trekking, the trek in Langtang is very productive and effective. To explore the real natural world and diversified topography, this is the one for you! Which is very close to the capital and affordable for all as well? The breathtaking landscapes with a rich ecosystem and unique culture of the People are accumulated by the Trek. so to have the lifelong memory in the lap of Himalayas this is one of the excellent opportunities of life.

Which may be a suitable time to Trek?

Autumn(Sept-Nov) and spring season(March-May) will be a viable time for trekking.

However, all the months of the year can be the best time.

Eventually, Langtang trek is a very enjoyable and pleasant experience for every trek lover. The locals in the region, which is mostly inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa community, have good hospitality and friendly behaviour. Being closely bordered to Tibet, the unique cultures, customs, and lifestyles resemble that of the Tibetans. It has the amazing holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.  ​Gosaikunda Lake and Kyangjin Gompa are one of the major pilgrimage sites, which is a reflection of the religious world.

The local people are raising the funds for the reconstruction of the damages from the earthquake, join and be a part of the infrastructural rebuilding and their economical enhancement.

Go Langtang and observe the amenity of nature.