Langtang Circuit Trekking is an exciting journey to the glacial Langtang Valley across jungles, terraced hillsides. The hike catches every mystery the Langtang National Park needs to bring.
Along the way, we reach the daunting Laurebina La mountain pass (4610 meters). This adventurous trek offers a chance to explore dense jungles, picturesque towns, soaring peaks, holy lands, and many other highlights.
Langtang also is rich in ancient history and tradition. Discovering Buddhism is one of the best locations in the Himalayas. For several decades the Tibetan-Buddhism culture has influenced the local people around Langtang.
The trek crosses areas with both Buddhist and Hindu traditions and with fairly easy connectivity to Kathmandu, it is one of Nepal’s preferred trekking choices.
This Langtang Circuit Trekking takes you on a journey across valleys accompanied by lush greenery and impressive mountains. You will sleep like the locals, eat like the locals, live like the locals and thrive like the locals.
Langtang National Park is Nepal’s second-largest national park, in addition to mountains. This means dozens of various plants and animals live at Langtang. It’s not a rough and costly trek but it’s as breathtaking as the others.
The path to Gosaikunda Lake around Langtang Area offers the beautiful wildlife within Langtang National Park and trek along the normal route to the end of the valley to enjoy marvelous views of the mountains.
The Gosaikunda lake is located at a height of 4360m. This is considered the most sacred lake in Nepal, surrounded by hills on all sides.
The majestic surroundings of nine different lakes along with Gosaikunda, get lots of Hindu travelers to take a divine lake shower in the middle of Janai Purnima in August.
Highlights of Langtang Circuit Trekking
- Walk near rivers, dense forests and dense forests.
- Explore the heritage of the Tibetan-Buddhist
- Rare species including Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, and Red Panda.
- You can also visit Cheese factories at Sing Gompa and Kyangin Gompa.
- A hike to the Himalayan holy lakes, Lake Gosaikunda and many more.
- Majestic sights that include the entire range of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Tibetan Mountains followed by Langtang.
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Time: 8-9 hours
You leave Kathmandu during the first day of this journey and travel for about 8 to 9 hours to get to Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is a village in the northwest part of Nepal. It is known as the gateway to Langtang Valley.
Over frequent mountain roads, our journey will be on a winding path. You will feel the presence of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal on a beautiful day, terraces, rustic settlements and green fields as you pass the lane at the edge of the Trishuli River.
When you move across Dhunche you feel as if you are going towards the deep territory. Around the same time, the lane turns up and down. Upon entering Syabrubesi we arrange for your first night camp and overnight stay.
Time: 5-6 hours
You begin your trek to Lama Hotel after breakfast, chasing the Langtang Khola. You first descend to traverse your first suspension bridge. It might be a little intimidating for those who are afraid of heights. That will be thrilling for others.
You arrive at the forested Doman village (1680 m). Here you can hear the calming songs of different birds like Lophophorus and Cuckoo. Walking, you go up and down via the woods of Oak and Rhododendron.
Since you cross the Langtang Khola bridge, you climb on a rugged trail leading us to the Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Time: 5-6 hours
Today, once you begin the hike, you'll take a quick warm-up hike and see the sunrise from a hill. Starting your day as you make your way through the flowering Rhododendron forest into Gunachock has never been better.
The view is accessible today, and you can get a wonderful view of Langtang Lirung, Naya Kang, and numerous other sub-ranges. Following the trail, you will pass the Thomna, Ghortabela, and Thyangsyap settlements. This is where the history of Tamang is revealing itself and you can have brief stops here.
The Langtang Valley emerges into light in the late evening, and the settlement is scenic and beautiful from a distance. You will spend your night at a lodge in Langtang village.
Time: 4 hours
After breakfast, you push your legs with a steady climb, which gradually gets steeper as we pass through the villages of Sindum and Yamphu (3640 m).
Upon passing the LajaKhola, you reach a point of view from where KyanjinGompa and an icefall are distinctly and gorgeously seen.
You will make a final KyanjinGompa descent (3870 m), surrounded by tall mountains. Overnight stay at a guest house.
It's a nice day as you stroll across the valley and ascend to Tserko Ri for some fantastic vistas. The day hiking begins early in the morning that will help you to acclimatize to the high altitude as well.
The trail begins to ascend sharply over the wide-angle snow-capped mountains, which will take about 3 and a half hours to reach.
Panoramic views of Langtang Lirung, Gang Chembu, Nayakhang, Ganja-La range, Langshisha Ri, Yala hill, and other snowy peaks. If you'd like to learn more and spend a long time on top, you'd better take your healthy lunch at the cabin.
After having enjoyed it, you head back to the cabin which takes around 2 and a half hours. Hang up overnight in the Cabin.
You go back to Lama Hotel to say goodbye to this lovely little village to get ready for your next climb.
After almost 6 hours of trekking, you pass the low, tranquil Tamang villages and hit Lama Hotel.
Slowing down for a tea or meal at one of those charming Tamang villages is necessary. The warmth is inspiring.
You will be continuing and taking in any views you might have missed on the climb. A guest house overnight.
Time: 5 hours
You are taking a hike downhill from Lama Hotel to Bamboo and Pahiro Thapla, the next hour and a half is a steep, difficult, and stressful tilt to get to the peak.
A very little tea shop at this peak offers soft drinks, tea and a few snacks that can make people feel relaxed. The viewpoint provides a stunning view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and other nearby mountains.
For about an hour, this is mainly a gentle uphill, not a tough walk that leads to Thulo Syapru where we rest for the evening.
Time: 6 hours
The trail is straight uphill before reaching Phoprang Danda at 3190 meters above sea level. This place has the best view of the sunset over Ganesh Himal and you'll start to drive after only a lunch break.
It goes through satisfying uphill and blue lush forests through the state farming office. Gompa Singh is also known as Chandan Bari. You are going to visit a yak cheese factory there. Live overnight in Cabin.
Time: 6 hours
Today you will walk along the wooded area which passes across Rhododendron and scrub Oak. The highlights of this adventure are the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu range, Langtang Lirung, and Hiunchuli and Tibetan peaks. The habitat is a red panda reserve, an endangered animal known in Nepali as "Call cat bear."
Moving through your trail you will get a great view of the Himalayan peaks, rolling hills, horizon villages and cities, streams, waterfalls, and forests.
You will proceed further towards Gosainkunda Lake through stone cliffs and tiny trails; your main destination. Often the path is moderate uphill with sometimes a quick downhill stroll.
You will have a stronger burst of water flowing out of the lake as we head into the gorge; its indication that you are near. Strolling too much will give us views of lodges close to the lake; that is our place to stay overnight.
You will look at the lake and hills and then walk at. You can go walking around the village, take photos and appreciate this wonderful place. To get to a Gosainkunda, we move to the ridge route and climb a broader route across alpine land.
Time: 6 hours
Situated high in the Langtang region's rocky mountain area, Gosaikunda has a mystical impact on many of its visitors. Respire profoundly, and enjoy the water.
Today's route is a little difficult because you have to cross the Laurebina Yak Pass (4610m). At first, the trail circles the lake's shore before climbing up to the Laurebina Pass and then slowly descending on a narrow path to the southeast.
Many sections of the trail are very tricky, and you've got to be more careful when walking. The path ascends and reaches the Laurebina Yak Pass, passing through three more lakes.
Allow a very well-deserved rest on top to grab a few photos and post some smiles. A rugged path goes down at Bhera Goth (4240 m) via the National Park Office, and then down to Phedi (3740 m).
Time: 4-5 hours
The road descends to Phedi after the bypass and you start walking up and down via a rocky hill with tall trees and Rhododendron trees. Laurebinayak offers excellent reasons to do Trekking on the Lang tang road.
The sight over the Langtang valley side is amazing. Dusk over Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan region looks spectacular but you are not going to get the chance to see the sunset from this one as you have to travel further to Ghopte to enter.
An excursion through the rain forests takes us to Dupichaur (3630 m), which ultimately leads you to Ghopte (3530m).
You are going down the slope, whereas the trail takes several highs and lows through old river valley ravines and large rocks. You then make a final climb towards Tharepati (3640 m).
Time: 4-5 hours
The path branches off again and you take the one which goes to Kutumsang. Until reaching the forest again, the stunning mountain with thick jungles.
Split over and it's time for us to move on. The aim is Magen Goth, where we're stopping for lunch. The road is a mix from now on.
The slopes are convenient for sure, but the steep descents are difficult for the knees. Magen Goth is essentially a farm barn and lands used by the locals to raise their crops.
We slog on after lunch on a route that doesn't vary much from one we've walked. With forests on either side, the path guides us all by several people's watch to Kutumsang in around 3 hours.
Afterward, the gently angled path reaches a narrow pass at Mere Danda (3510 m), until falling through a woodland of Rhododendrons. The route proceeds lower down to Kutumsang (2450 m). Overnight stay at a guest house.
Time: 5-6 hours
Gulfu Bhanjyang is the spot where we have our lunch today. Following breakfast, you head in that direction. The path is full of ups and downs and takes us across a region that now has more species.
With such a natural layer added to our environment, we arrive back just in time for lunch in Gulfu Bhanjyang. For many people, Dal-Bhat is a filling choice.
Dal-Bhat doesn't only come with the Dal (a thick lentil soup) and Bhat (rice); it fits with at least some veggies and pickles and you can ask for some extra support at no extra cost.
With both the inclusion of the soothing breeze, the beauty of the scenery around simply doesn't let anyone move on. We take about a half-hour break.
The route from here on, to Party Bhanjyang, is harsh on the legs. Posing a fast upward for the climb, the trail takes us all in about 60 minutes to Chisapani.
A further village that comes with a stunning view of the enormous altitudes to the north is Chisapani.
Time: 3 hours
See Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Gaurishankar, DorjeLakpa, Langtang and Annapurna in the center of the frame and wake up early.
We ascend this last pass of the trek, Borlang Bhanjyang (2440 m), next to Shivapuri Hill, in the first portion of our hike. We drop from here past more Tamang settlements including Mulkharka (1800 m).
Wave goodbye to the peaks of the majestic area of Langtang, and push towards Sundarijal. Here, we're getting in a car and going back to Kathmandu. At night we have a celebratory meal.