Fantastic scenery on the Langtang trek, Nepal
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Langtang trek – the complete guide & itinerary

The Langtang trek is one of the shorter hiking routes in Nepal. It offers fantastic scenery from the jungle with banana trees and monkeys at lower altitudes to glaciers and ice peaks at higher elevations. Short doesn’t mean easy the route is quite challenging from the beginning with many long and steep ascents which is a typical thing for trekking in Nepal.

The trek can be done as a single trek, in combination with the Tamang Heritage trek, or as an acclimatization trek before attempting one of the longer and more challenging routes like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit.

Langtang trek route overview

  • Distance – 77 km/48 mi
  • Days required – 5-7 days + 2 days to get to and back
  • Total ascent – 3925 m/12 877 ft
  • Total descent – 3925 m/12 877 ft (the same way up and down)
  • Highest point – 4600m/15 000 ft Kynajin Ri peak
  • Difficulty  – moderate/difficult 
  • Permits – TIMS card and Park entrance permit required
  • Cost per day – US$23 per person including permits and transportation
  • Guide – not compulsory, can be done independently, with a guide/a porter or in a group.
  • Accommodation – guest houses
A map of Nepal with Langtang on it
Langtang is 120km north from Kathmandu, on the border with China

Things to know about the trek

The route goes through the most affected by the earthquake area of Nepal. After a couple of years after the earthquake the

The trek is quite demanding due to elevation gain, in the first two days you go over 2000m up, there are many steep and long ascents on the route.

Overall guesthouses along the route have poorer facilities than on the more touristy trails like Annapurna Circuit trek or Poon Hill. It’s more authentic but a little bit less comfortable.

The trek can be combined with the Tamang Heritage trek, it’ll add 3 extra days to your itinerary. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to do it but from what we’ve heard the Tamang trek is a great cultural experience. 

Stingy Nomads’ video about hiking the Langtang trek in Nepal

Guided tour vs independent trek

We don’t usually do guided treks unless it’s compulsory and we’re not allowed to go on our own. We’ve done many high altitude treks in Nepal and in other countries all over the world and consider ourselves experienced hikers. If you’re inexperienced, you’ve never done a multi-day hike in the mountains and not sure how you’ll cope with elevation, climate and other challenges etc. it’s recommended to join a tour or to hire a guide for the trek. 

There are several advantages of trekking with a group in Nepal;

  • You don’t have to worry about permits, transportation, accommodation, route, carrying a backpack etc. everything is arranged for you.
  • You have better chances to communicate with locals not many of them can speak good English.
  • You can get more information about the region, local traditions, lifestyle etc. 
  • If you’re travelling alone it’s much more fun to join a group and meet people.

The main disadvantage of joining a tour is the cost. It’s more expensive to do it with a tour than on your own but it’s still quite affordable.

There are different tour options; 

All packages include transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back, accommodation on the trek, breakfasts (a full board option includes lunches and dinners on the trek), a guide and a porter.

If you don’t like trekking in a group as an alternative you can hire a guide or a porter (or both). Guides usually charge US$25 per day including their accommodation and food. Porters – US$20 including food and accommodation. You can share one guide between a couple of people. A porter usually carries 20-25kg. You can share one porter between two people if you don’t pack too heavy.

Langtang trek permits

For the Langtang trek, you’ll need a TIMS card and a national park permit. Total cost for both NPR 5000/US$43 per person.

TIMS cards can be obtained at the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu, address Pradarshani Marg Bhrikutimandap. Open Mon-Sun, 10am to 5pm.

To get the TIMS card you’ll need:

  • Passport
  • Filled form (you get it at the office)
  • Two passport size photos, colour or black&white (if you don’t have photos they can take a copy of your passport photo but I’d recommend bringing photos with).
  • NPR 2000/US$17 to pay the fee, it can be paid only cash in Nepalese Rupees. There is an ATM outside the office where you can draw money.

Depending on the number of people it can take from 15min. to 1 hour. 

If you don’t have time to get your TIMS card in Kathmandu it’s possible to get it at the first checkpoint on the way to Syabrubesi. The price is the same NPS 2000/US$17. We got ours in Kathmandu but we asked at the checkpoint and they confirmed it. It might be a bit inconvenient if you go by a local bus because the bus will have to wait for you. Make sure to bring two photos, there are no facilities for taking photos or making copies.

The National Park permit you can get on the way to Syabrubesi, at the second checkpoint about one hour before the town.

To get the permit you’ll need:

  • TIMS card 
  • Passport
  • NPR 3000/US$26 to pay the fee, it’s paid cash in local currency.

At the same checkpoint where you get your permit, they check your luggage. If you have a drone make sure you put it in your hand luggage they don’t check small backpacks. According to the Nepalese law, you are not allowed to use a drone without a special permit from the local authorities. 

They do check TIMS cards and permits; 3 times on the way to Syabrubesi, 3 times on the way back to Kathmandu and once on the trek itself. All buses and jeeps stop at every checkpoint, tourists have to get out and go to the office. It doesn’t take long, they write down your name and stamp your TIMS card. 

TIMS cards and permits for the Langtang trek
Our TIMS cards and permits for the Langtang trek

Travel insurance for the trek

The Langtang trek is a high altitude trek through remote and difficult to access areas of Nepal it’s recommended to have travel insurance that will cover you if something goes wrong. In fact, it’s required for getting the hiking permit, you fill in the details of your insurance when applying for the TIMS card. Nobody has ever asked us any proof though.

There are many travel insurance companies out there we’d recommend using one that has experience in covering outdoor activities and working in the region. World Nomads is a reputable insurance company. Nepal is one of their top hiking destinations with thousands of people buying World Nomads insurance policies for trekking. Their insurance is very flexible you can buy one that covers the whole trip or just the period of the trek. You can purchase insurance just a day before the planned activity, it takes just a couple of minutes, quick and easy.  Get a quote right now!

How to get to the Langtang trek

The trek starts and finishes in Syabrubesi, a small town 120km from Kathmandu. 

There is no airport in the area; the road is the only way of getting to Syabrubesi. The road is in bad conditions, partly tarred, partly gravel, with ongoing road works, buses drive very slow, stop a lot on the way, people get in and out – a typical bus ride in Nepal.

The bus costs NPR 750/US$7 per person one way. It takes between 7 and 9 hours. Buses leave daily between 6am and 8am from New Bus Station (at least locals call it this way, in Google Maps it was marked as Machha Pokhari microbus stop). The easiest way is to tell your taxi driver where you want to go and he’ll bring you to the right bus station).

Buses make at least two long toilet/food stops where you can buy water and snacks. Sometimes they play local music very loudly for hours; taking earphones or earplugs might be a good idea.

A taxi from Thamel (the main touristy district) to New Bus Station costs between NPR 400-600/US$4-5.

Another option is to take a jeep. It’ll be faster and more comfortable but it costs a lot more. At our hotel, the price was 100US$ per person vs 7US$ for a bus but maybe if you shop around in Thamel you can find a cheaper option. 

The main street of Syabrubesi decorated with Tibetan prayer flags
Syabrubesi a small town in Langtang – the beginning and the end of the trek

Best places to stay in Kathmandu

Thamel is the main tourist area in Kathmandu most of the hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops can be found here. Thamel is quite a big area it’s important to find a hotel with a good location.

We’ve stayed at several hotels in Kathmandu in different parts of Thamel and finally found the best (at least for us) location Keshar Mahal Marang Street. A small and quiet dead-end street in Thamel with only hotels, hostels, restaurants and coffee shops. The street is a 5-minutes walk from the main touristy area with hundreds of shops and agencies. There are a couple of great restaurants nearby including our favourite coffee shop Himalayan Java Coffee (amazing Espresso and other coffee-based drinks, good pizza, cakes, burgers and breakfasts). Another great food place is Fahrenheit Thakali Kitchen they serve Western and local food, including grilled meat and fish and fresh salads.

Gear shops like North Face, Mountain Hardwear are just around the corner, as well as laundry service and a Tara and Yeti flight reservation office and Garden of Dreams (a big beautiful garden with fountains and pavilions).

There are many hotels on the street we stayed at Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel for quite a while, every time we finished a trek we came back for a couple of days. It’s a very nice place, big rooms, comfortable beds, good breakfast (included), great hot shower, AC, wi-fi, TV, etc. The room price includes free airport pick-up (for international flights only). The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. We stored our extra luggage here every time we went hiking for free without any problem.

As I said the whole street is just hotels and hostels you can find the right place for your budget here are more options.

Best time for trekking

Like everywhere in Nepal, the peak season for hiking in Langtang is March-April and October-November, with April and October being the busiest months. The rainy season, June to August is the worst time for trekking. It rains a lot, trails and roads get very muddy, many guest houses close for the offseason, at lower elevations there are many leeches.

Winter months December – February are the coldest and the driest months, in January there might be a lot of snow higher up in the mountains. Many guesthouses close for the winter season because there are very few tourists and it’s just too cold to stay up there. Langtang trek is a good winter alternative to some other routes e.g. Annapurna Base Camp trek or Mardi Himal trek that might be inaccessible in winter months due to a lot of snow or high risk of avalanches.

We hiked the Langtang trek in mid-February. It was quite cold at night but during the day it was warm. We had one rainy day, the last day of the trek the rest of the days we had clear skies. There were very few tourists on the route. On the downside many guest houses, bakeries, and cafes were still closed for the off-season, we were told they were going to open in March. 

From our hiking experience in Nepal March is the best time for trekking, because;

  • it’s the end of the dry season not much rain and clear skies 
  • roads and trails are not muddy 
  • many guest houses open after the winter season
  • there are not too many people
  • comfortable temperatures for hiking, not too hot not too cold

Langtang trek cost

Permits

As I already mentioned above for the Langtang trek you’ll need the TIMS card and the Park entrance permit. The TIMS card – NPR 2000/US$17; The park entrance permit – NPR 3000/US$26. Total – NPR 5000/US$43 per person. 

Transport

Bus Kathmandu – Syabubesi – NPR750/US$6,5 one way per person, NPR 1500/US$13 return. If you take a jeep it’ll be more expensive. Taxi hotel – New Bus Station in Kathmandu – NPR 200-300/US$2 per person, about NPR 600/US$5 return. Total – NPR 2100/US$18 per person.

Accommodation

Accommodation on the trek is very cheap but you have to eat at your guesthouse if you don’t eat there they charge more for the room. In season for a double room, you pay NPR 400/US$3, usually, if you’re one person they charge half. Off-season you can stay for free (sometimes they say it’s free, sometimes you have to bargain) if you buy food there. We walked the Langtang trek just before the season and paid NPR 200/US$1,5 for two people.

Food

The main expense on the trek. The higher you go the more expensive it gets which is easy to explain there is no road everything is carried up by donkeys and porters. Prices vary depending on what you order, the average price for a meal is about NPR500-700/US$4-6. It might be pasta with cheese, Dal Bhat, eggs, fried rice, soup, oat porridge, momos, pizza, etc. Hot drinks (tea, coffee) are between NPR 90-200/US$0,7-1,5. Snacks (chocolate, chips, cool drinks, etc.) from NPR 250/US$2. 

Our detailed budget breakdown

We didn’t try to save and pretty much bought and ate whatever we wanted on the trek. We could stay for free but we decided to pay the price they asked us for accommodation which was NPR200/US$1,5 for two people.

The given cost of the trek is per person for 7 days (5 days of trekking and 2 days of commuting).

PermitsTransportAccom.FoodOther
NPR 5000NPR 2000NPR 800NPR 10 000NPR 500
US$46US$17US$7US$87US$4

Total: NPR 18 300/US$161 for 7 days per person or US$23 per person per day which is significantly less than the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp where our budget was about US$58 (including the return flight to Lukla).

Money-saving tips

Bring LifeStraw or any other water purification system. It saves you a lot of money on buying bottled water and it helps to reduce plastic pollution in the region. There are plenty of rivers and streams along the route, you can refill your water from a tap at any place for free. We’ve been using LifeStraw bottles for a couple of years and absolutely love it. It works very easy, you don’t have to wait, you can drink immediately. You can even take a star out and drink from any water source. 

Bring tea bags/coffee with you, it’s much cheaper to buy a pot of hot water and make your own tea than to pay for a cup of tea or coffee. 

Pack snacks (nuts, cookies, chocolate, dried fruit etc.) it’s obviously cheaper to buy these in Kathmandu than on the trek plus you can eat it instead of lunch on the way. We packed biltong (South African jerky) and for the first two days, we didn’t have to buy lunch, only breakfast and dinner, which saves quite a bit of money.

If you’re very hungry order Dal Bhat it’s usually bottomless once you finish your rice and dal (fried lentils) you can ask for more at no extra cost. It’s a good meal to have if you want to eat only twice a day.

Accommodation on the trek

Langtang is a tea house trek every night trekkers stay at guest houses. The facilities can vary from place to place. Most guesthouses have;

  • double rooms with two single beds each
  • a dining room with a stove and tables
  • an in-door toilet – some have rooms with an attached toilet some have shared facilities, it might be a Western sit-down toilet or an Asian hole toilet.
  • electricity – some places have power outlets in the rooms or in the dining area. We didn’t pay extra for charging. 
  • hot shower – usually it’s a solar shower if it’s cloudy it doesn’t get hot. Sometimes it’s a bucket shower, you buy a big bucket of hot water, NPR 200/US$1,5 (one bucket is enough for two people). 
  • blankets – every place has thick blankets but we used our sleeping bags as well.
  • wi-fi  – you have to pay extra for using it, some places charge a fixed rate for unlimited usage but most places sell cards, 200Mb to NPR500/US$4 and 1Gb for NPR 1000/US$8. 

Off-season you can negotiate with the owner and not pay for accommodation at all with a condition that you’re going to eat at the guest house at least two meals (usually dinner and breakfast). In season the price is NPR 400/US$3,5 for a double room, NPR 200/US$1,5 for a single room. 

Be prepared not to have electricity, hot water or wi-fi on the trek even if a place has all the facilities. Often something doesn’t work e.g. there is no power in the village, it was a cloudy day and a solar panel couldn’t warm water in the shower, they ran out of Internet cards, there is no running water because pipes are frozen, etc. I’d recommend asking if everything works fine before checking in. 

A typical room in a guesthouse on the Langtang trek
A simple room in a guesthouse on the Langtang trek. Some rooms are bigger and have an attached bathroom

Food on the trek

Menus in all guest houses are pretty similar and not very different from menus on the other treks in Nepal. Oat porridge, eggs, chapati, pancakes with jam or peanut butter for breakfast. Dal Bhat, curry, pasta, spaghetti, soups, fried rice, momos (local dumplings) for lunch and dinner. Hot drinks – different teas, hot chocolate, instant coffee. Every guest house has a small shop where you can buy snacks and sweets like chips, chocolate, cool drinks, etc. 

Must-try local dishes; Tibetan tea – black tea with yak butter (almost like bulletproof coffee); sukuti – dried yak meat (it might be beef, fish or buffalo) like American jerky served fried; Dal Bhat – rice, thick lentil soup, potatoes and sauce, the most popular meal in Nepal; Masala tea – black tea with Masala spice and milk; yak’s curd mild, yak cheese, sea buckthorn juice – a sweet juice from local berries. Portions of pasta and rice are usually quite big – it’s a good value for money as well as Dal Bhat that is usually bottomless.

The Langtang trek itinerary

Bus Kathmandu – Syabrubesi

  • Distance – 120km
  • Driving time – 8 hours

It was a very long and exhausting bus ride from Kathmandu. We left between 7am and 8am and arrived at 5pm. Some parts of the road, mostly in the beginning were tarred and pretty good but the second half was super bumpy, dusty and slow. It was probably one of the worst bus rides we’ve ever had in our lives.

Syabribesi is a small town with many hotels and restaurants – it’s not difficult to find a place here. An average price for a double room with attached bathroom, hot shower, wi-fi and electricity is NPR400-500/US$4.

Hotel White Palace

A nice place with a very friendly owner if you need some extra information on the trek or other trekking routes ask him, he knows the area well. The food at the restaurant downstairs wasn’t great and even more expensive than on the trek. Fine to stay for one night, wi-fi is pretty good but it works only at the restaurant. Price NPR 400/US$3 for two people.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, solar shower in the attached bathroom
  • Indoor toilet – yes, attached Asian toilet
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Power sockets – yes, in the room
  • Blankets – yes
Langtang trek route map, a 6-day itinerary
Langtang trek route map; Day 1 Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel, Day 2 Lama Hotel – Langtang Village, Day 3 Langtang Village – Kyanjin Gompa, Day 4 Kyanjin Gompa – Kyanjin Ri – Chyamki, Day 5 Chyamki – Bamboo, Day 6 Bamboo – Syabribesi

Day 1. Syabrubesi (1492m) – Lama Hotel (2447m)

  • Distance – 15,7 km
  • Time – 5 hours*
  • Ascent – 1247m
  • Descent – 278m
Elevation profile of the first day of the trek
Elevation profile day 1 of the Langtang trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

*We usually walk a bit faster than an average person. I’d recommend adding 1-2 hours to our walking times.

The trail starts at the end of the road that goes through Syabrubesi towards the river. There will be the first sign just before the suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge take left there will be another sign indicating the way to Langtang. After that the route was quite easy to follow, it’s just one trail that goes along the river up.

There was one place at about 5km where the suspension bridge looked quite broken and we didn’t know first where to cross the river but in the end, it was fine to walk across the bridge, it’s quite steady.

It was a very beautiful and quite tough walking day. The scenery was fantastic; all the way along the river, through the forest, over a couple of suspension bridges. There are several places to stop on the way for tea or lunch. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful scenery; the river, several waterfalls, huge boulders along the trail, small villages, beautiful forest.

Challenges

  • Several ascents and descents at the beginning of the day
  • A very steep and long ascent from Bamboo to Lama Hotel

Stops on the route

NameTiwasiPairoBambooRimcheLama Hotel
Distance3,4km6,6km10km14,5km15,7km
Elevation1555m1680m1970m2450m2447m
Guesthouse+ + + + +
Restaurant+ + + + +
Shop+ + + + +
Electricity+ + + +
Hot shower + + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Friendly Guest House

We were quite surprised when we arrived at Lama Hotel, we asked at several guest houses but many were fully booked (there were two big Nepalese groups coming that day). Friendly Guest House had rooms. We didn’t pay for the room but we had to eat dinner and breakfast here (like on any other trek in Nepal).

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – no, bucket shower, NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor toilet – yes, shared
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Power sockets – no
  • Blankets – yes
A beautiful scenery on the Langtang trek, Nepal
Half of the day the trail goes along the river offering spectacular scenery

Day 2. Lama Hotel (2447m) – Langtang Village (3500m)

  • Distance – 14 km
  • Time – 4 hours
  • Ascent – 1075m
  • Descent – 155m
Elevation profile of the second day of the Langtang trek
Elevation profile day 2, from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village

Another beautiful walking day with breathtaking scenery and many places along the route to stop for tea or lunch. The ascent is not as long as the previous day but it was quite tough due to the higher elevation.

The route is easy to follow though there are no route markers it’s just one single trail along the river. The first half of the day is through the forest, the second half is through a valley with great views of the mountain range.

A halfway for the day at Ghodatabela there is a permits checkpoint.

Highlights

  • Beautiful forest
  • Fantastic views of the mountain range and snow peaks

Challenges

  • A long ascent in the second half of the day
  • A steep though not long ascent just before Langtang Village

Stops on the route

NameRiverside lodgeGhodatabelaThyangsyapuChyamkiLangtang
Distance3km7km9km12,5km14km
Elevation2711m2976m3121m3310m3500m
Guesthouse+ + + + +
Restaurant+ + + + +
Shop+ + + + +
Electricity+ + + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Sunrise Guesthouse

We were recommended to stay at Samsara Guesthouse (it is probably the nicest guesthouse in the village with the best facilities) but one of the big groups stayed there we decided to Sunrise Guesthouse. We paid for our room NPR200/US$1,5. We didn’t have electricity or wi-fi at our guest house apparently there was some sort of problem at the hydro-electro station that provides power for the area and there was no electricity in the entire village.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – no, bucket shower
  • Indoor toilet – yes, Western toilet inside the room
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Power sockets – yes, in the room
  • Blankets – yes
Scenery on the trek on the way to Langtang village
Another day of walking along the river for most of the time. Fantastic scenery on the Langtang trek

Day 3. Langtang Village (3500m) – Kyanjin Gompa (3800m)

  • Distance – 6,7 km
  • Time – 2 hours
  • Ascent – 418m
  • Descent – 42m
Elevation graph of the third day of the trek
Elevation profile of day 3, from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa

A very short and relatively easy walking day with the best scenery on the trek so far; snow peaks, turquoise colour river, huge boulders, bizarrely shaped rocks, stupas, many yaks and great lookouts.

Highlights

  • Incredible scenery
  • Two beautiful stupas about 2km before the town
  • Great views of the valley from Kyanjin Gompa

Challenges

  • A couple of steep but short ascents
  • Increasing altitude makes you tired and out of breath very quick

Stops on the route

NameMunduSingdumYamphuKyanjin Gompa
Distance1km2km5km6,7km
Elevation3540m3555m3716m3800m
Guesthouse+ + +
Restaurant+ + + +
Shop+ + + +
Electricity+ + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Everest Guesthouse

The place was good, our room was big with one double and one single bed, an attached bathroom there was even a shower but apparently water in the pipes was frozen. We paid NPR 200/US$1,5 for our room. The place is run by an old lady. The food here wasn’t great and wi-fi didn’t work, they didn’t have cards with data.

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – no, bucket shower NPR 200/US$1,5
  • Indoor toilet – yes, Western toilet in the room
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 500/US$4 for 500MB, NPR 1000/US$8 for 1GB.
  • Power sockets – yes, in the room
  • Blankets – yes
Buddhist stupa on the Langtang trek
A stupa in the picturesque surrounding on the way to Kyanjin Gompa village

Day 4. Kyanjin Gompa (3800m) – Kyanjin Ri (4600m) – Kyanjin Gompa (3800m) – Chyamki (3380m)

  • Distance – 13,5 km
  • Time –  5h.30min.
  • Ascent – 804m
  • Descent – 1237m

Morning. Kyanjin Gompa (3800m) – Kyanjin Ri peak (4600m) – Kyanjin Gompa (3800m)

  • Distance – 5 km
  • Time – 3 hours
  • Ascent – 696m
  • Descent – 696m
Elevation profile of the ascent to Kyanjin Ri peak
Elevation profile of the climb from Kyanjin Gompa to Kyanjin Ri peak, the highest point of the Langtang trek

It was a tough climb to the top of the mountain. The trail is not well-marked, there is only one sign, right in the beginning. Somewhere after about 20min. of going up we missed the turn and took a longer route to the top. At the first split take right and follow a well-walked trail all the way to the top. You can use Maps.me free app for this part of the trail, just make sure it takes you to the top through Lower Kyanjin Ri (the lower peak) it’s the right trail.

The scenery from the top was truly spectacular we were very lucky with the weather the sky was clear we could see the valley, several snow peaks and mountain ranges. It’s better to walk up in the morning when it’s usually nice and sunny, After lunchtime, it often gets cloudy you won’t be able to see much. If you don’t feel strong enough to walk all the way to the peak, you can walk to Lower Kyanjin Ri it’s about halfway.

Breathtaking scenery from Kyanjin Ri peak, the highlight of the trek
Views from Kyanjin Ri were truly spectacular, definitely the best views on the Langtang trek

Afternoon. Kyanjin Gompa (3800m) – Chyamki (3380m)

  • Distance – 8,5 km
  • Time – 2h30min
  • Ascent – 108m
  • Descent – 541m
Elevation profile of the forth day of the trek
Elevation profile day 4, from Kyanjin Gompa to Chyamki

Our original plan was to stay two nights at Kyanjin Gompa we were thinking of going to both peaks Kyanjin Ri (4600m) and Tserko Ri (4800m). We were a bit worried about altitude. I didn’t sleep well and woke up with a headache. We decided to go up to the peak first and then walk down and sleep at a lower elevation.

The Langtang trek is a return route you walk to and back the same way to diversify it a bit we decided to stay at different villages on the way back. We walked past Langtang to the next place Chyamki and stayed there.  

Stops on the route

NameYamphuSingdumMunduLangtangChyamki
Distance1,7km4,7km5,7km6,5km8,5km
Elevation3716m3555m3540m3500m3310m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant+ + + + +
Shop+ + + + +
Electricity + + + +
Hot shower + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Hotel View-point

We were thinking of going all the way to Lama Hotel but by the time we arrived at Chyamki we were quite tired, the weather totally changed it got misty and cold so we decided to stop at Chyamki. A very nice and small place, with a warm dining room, good facilities, friendly owners. We paid NPR 200/US$1,5. 

  • Electricity – yes
  • Hot shower – yes, outside solar shower
  • Indoor toilet – no, outside Asian toilet
  • Wi-fi – yes, NPR 500/US$4 for 500MB, NPR 1000/US$8 for 1GB.
  • Power sockets – yes, in the dining room
  • Blankets – yes
Kyanjin Gompa village, Langtang trek
Kyanjin Gompa village on the way down from Kyanjin Ri peak

Day 5. Chyamki (3380m) – Bamboo (1970m)

  • Distance – 18 km
  • Time –  4h30min.
  • Ascent – 198m
  • Descent – 1574m
Elevation profile of the fifth day of the trek
Elevation profile day 5 of our 6-day Langtang itinerary, Chyamki to Bamboo

We walked the last two days in one day, we arrived at Bamboo around lunchtime and decided to go all the way to Syabrubesi and next morning to take a bus back to Kathmandu. It was a long walking day, took us 6 hours with a lot of downhill walking, in total 2254m down in one day. Don’t push your self if you feel tired or your knees start hurting rather stop at Bamboo and continue the walk the next day.

On the way down we saw many monkeys in the forest we didn’t see them on the way up. The walk, in general, was easy but after Bamboo, it started raining and it got a bit slippery we had to walk more carefully.

Stops on the route

Name Thyang.Ghodat.Lama HotelRimcheBamboo
Distance3,5km5,5km12,5km13,5km18km
Elevation3121m2976m2447m2450m1970m
Guesthouse + ++ + +
Restaurant + ++ + +
Shop + ++ + +
Electricity + ++ +
Hot shower + + + +
Wi-fi + + +

There are a couple of guesthouses and restaurants in Bamboo, it won’t be a problem to find a place.

Bare forest on the way to Bamboo
Enchanted forest on the way down to Bamboo

Day 6. Bamboo (1970m) – Syabrubesi (1492m)

  • Distance – 9,5 km
  • Time –  2h20min.
  • Ascent – 183m
  • Descent – 680m
Elevation profile of the last day of the Langtang trek
Elevation profile day 6, Bamboo to Syabrubesi, the last day of the trek

If you walk it as a separate day it’s a very short and easy walk with beautiful scenery.

Stops on the route

NamePairoTiwasiSyabrubesi
Distance3,5km6,5km9,5km
Elevation1680m1555m1492m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Shop + + +
Electricity + + +
Hot shower + + +
Wi-fi + + +

We stayed at the same place Hotel White Palace we arrived too tired to walk around trying to find a better place (if it exists). It was fine, the owner arranged for us a bus back to Kathmandu for the next morning.

Syabrubesi village, Langtang, Nepal
Syabrubesi from the suspension bridge, the end of the Langtang trek

Bus Syabrubesi – Kathmandu

The bus picked us up at our hotel at about 7am and we started the exhausting journey back to Kathmandu. It took between 8-9 hours to get back on the way we ran out of petrol, forgot somebody at one of the stops and got heavy traffic at the entrance to the city.

Langtang trek packing list

If you’re going to carry your backpack it’s very important not to pack too heavy take only the essential the rest leave in your hotel in Kathmandu (most of the hotels in Nepal do free luggage storage). We met a couple of guys that packed too much stuff and on the first day were thinking of leaving some of it in a guesthouse along the way. Here is our essential packing list of the trek.

Gear

Backpack – a 40L backpack will be enough but if you pack a really light.

LifeStraw or any other water filter or purifying pills – it’ll save you quite a lot of money. 

Headlamp – all tea houses we stayed had lights in the room except when the power went off then the headlamp was quite helpful. You always can use your phone as a torch.

Sleeping bag – all tea houses we stayed had blankets but I personally prefer sleeping in my sleeping bag under the blanket. I don’t think they often change beddings and sheets in guesthouses. We carried our small summer sleeping bags if you don’t have one you can always ask for an extra blanket.

Hiking poles – on the way up we didn’t feel like they were necessary but on the way down starting from Kyanjin Ri peak, I wished I had the poles.

Waterproof pouch for documents, money, phone, permits, etc.

Small combination lock – you can use it to lock your room in a guest house.

Clothes

Hiking shoes – just before coming to Nepal we both bought new hiking boots, Salomon X Ultra 3 GORETEX. We didn’t have time to wear them the Langtang trek was the first time we walked in our new shoes we even got a chance to test them in the rain. The shoes are awesome, very comfortable, waterproof, our feet weren’t sweating or getting cold. We’re super happy we bought these shoes. I really like the colour of my new Salomon shoes.

Hiking socks – we always wear merino wool socks for hiking, they work great; last long, don’t absorb odours, protect your feet from blister etc.

Down jacket – we used ours quite a lot on the trek for wearing inside and outside, they are great; warm, light and pack small. We hiked Langtang in February and it was quite cold from 2500 m up.

Trekking pants – Campbell always hikes in normal trekking pants I prefer wearing yoga pants if it’s warm and fleece trekking pants if it’s cold.

Hiking shirt – Colombia hiking shirts are Campbell’s favourite, I like hiking in long sleeve running shirts with sports bras.

Rain jacket – it might be not necessary to pack one if you pack a down jacket and a rain poncho. We used our a couple of times but would be fine without them.

Fleece – a very useful item to have on the trek for walking outside and inside, sleeping (if it’s very cold) and hiking.

Beanie – we wore them quite a lot in the morning for hiking and at night for wearing inside.

Buff – we wore it a lot for the sun protection instead of putting sunscreen all over our faces and necks.

Sleeping clothes e.g. long cotton pajama pants and a thermal shirt for sleeping and wearing in guesthouses after the shower – it’s comfortable and warm. Ladies options; pants and shirt.

Hiking towel – we had shower or bucket shower every day on the Langtang trek towels are not available in guesthouses.

Electronics

Smartphone – the route is marked quite well and there are many trekkers walking the circuit though if you’re planning to walk the complete circuit for some parts in the beginning and at the end of it having Maps.me navigation app on your phone is quite handy.

Kindle – Campbell always takes his Kindle Paperwhite with on hikes. If you’re an owner of Kindle by joining Kindle unlimited program by Amazon you’ll get access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks.

GoPro HERO8 we used it a lot for taking photos and videos.

Garmin Fenix 5X – we can’t imagine how we hiked without this watch (now we both have one), we use it a lot for outdoor activities and training. Thanks to this watch we could add elevation profiles, exact distances, stops on the route, etc. to our post.

Toiletries & miscellaneous

Final thoughts about the trek

What we liked about Langtang

An amazing scenery, in our opinion Langtang is one of the most beautiful shorter treks in Nepal out of the ones we’ve done so far (Mardi Himal, Poon Hill, and Panchase trek).

Local people are extremely friendly and welcome and try to make your stay comfortable.

It’s a great route to do as an acclimatization trek before attempting more challenging routes, e.g. we did it a couple of days before going to Everest Base Camp.

It’s a more off the beaten track route; there are tourists here but not as many as on the Poon Hill trek or the Annapurna Circuit. 

The only dislike about the trek is transportation. Getting to Langtang from Kathmandu is an exhausting journey. It’s just 120km but it takes 7-9 hours by bus to get there, the road is terrible and the bus makes hundreds of stops along the way. I believe it’s faster by jeep. We took buses both ways because it was much cheaper. 

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