Brimming with spectacular scenery, this 10-day trekking itinerary introduces you to Nepal's Langtang Valley—and helps support the local community after the 2015 earthquake. Starting from the small village of Syabrubesi, you'll climb through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Kyangjin Gompa. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up nearby Kyangjin Ri for 360-degree views of the Langtang Himal mountains before starting the descent back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Embark on a guided trek through Nepal's Langtang Valley
  • Experience breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Stay in comfortable local lodges & teahouses 
  • Spend two nights in the bustling capital of Kathmandu
  • Support the local rebuilding effort after 2015's devastating earthquake

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (4,790 feet / 1,460 m) Syabrubesi
Day 3 Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (8,103 feet / 2,470 m) Lama Hotel
Day 4 Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu (11,646 feet / 3,550 m) Mundu
Day 5 Trek from Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa (12,467 feet / 3,800 m) Kyangjin Gompa
Day 6 Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa (Optional Day Hike to Kyangjin Ri) Kyangjin Gompa
Day 7 Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (8,103 feet / 2,470 m) Lama Hotel
Day 8 Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (4,790 feet / 1,460 m) Syabrubesi
Day 9 Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 10 Depart Kathmandu  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Kathesimbhu Stupa in Kathmandu
Kathesimbhu Stupa in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Once you've settled in, head out and discover the city. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a great place to start your exploration, where you'll walk through narrow alleyways teeming with small shops, ancient temples, and local restaurants. If you want to stretch your legs, Swayambhunath, the white stupa (shrine) rising above the valley, is the perfect spot to catch the sunset over the valley.

In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.

Day 2: Transfer to Syabrubesi (4,790 feet / 1,460 m)

The Langtang river near Syabru Besi
The Langtang river near Syabrubesi

After an early breakfast in Kathmandu, you'll begin a seven-hour road trip to Syabrubesi. The drive climbs high over ridges as it leaves the Kathmandu Valley, and provides impressive snow-capped views of the Annapurna Himalaya to the west, as well as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the minor peaks of the Langtang mountain region ahead. Keep your camera close as you'll also encounter rivers, terraced hillsides, and rustic villages as you head into this mountainous region.

Pass through the bustling town of Trisuli before climbing towards Dunche and the Langtang National Park. After the town of Dunche, another hour downhill takes you to Syabrubesi and your lodge for the night.

Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (8,103 feet / 2,470 m)

Langur monkeys are a common sighting
Langur monkeys are a common sighting

After breakfast, set out on your first day of trekking. Today’s trail crosses the Bhote Kosi (Tibet River) which flows from nearby Tibet, then gradually climbs through sub-tropical forests to join the trail from Syabrubesi. As you ascend through uninhabited oak and rhododendron forests, look out for langur monkeys in the trees, as well as an abundance of wildlife such as yellow-throated martens, wild boars, and red pandas. The trail through the forest up to Lama Hotel becomes steep, but the reward is a comfortable bed in a cozy lodge for the evening.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours (7 miles / 11.3 km) 

Day 4: Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu (11,646 feet / 3,550 m)

A yak hangs out in Langtang Valley
A yak grazing in the Langtang Valley

After breakfast at the Lama Hotel, you'll continue climbing through the forest with occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. When you reach Ghora Tabela, the trail emerges from the forest and you'll see snow-capped mountains on either side of the valley. At one time, there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepal Army post with no permanent inhabitants.

The trail continues to climb gently as the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during summer. You'll probably get a glimpse of your first yak if you haven’t seen one already.

The next part of the trail is a somber reminder of the 2015 earthquake. Where the village of Langtang (and numerous lodges) once stood, there is now only a huge rock field. Send a prayer for the Nepalis and tourists who lost their lives here and remember that your trek will help support the survivors.

Mundu is located a bit further on the trail. Check out the area's old houses that are a reminder of what all the villages once looked like in this valley (now they are built in a more modern style). 

Trekking time: 6-7 hours (9 miles / 14.7 km)

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Day 5: Trek from Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa (12,467 feet / 3,800 m)

Views from the village of Kyangjin Gompa
Views from the village of Kyangjin Gompa

From Mundu, the trail climbs gradually through yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, which is a good place to stock up for lunch and afternoon snacks.

Since you'll likely arrive at your overnight destination of Kyangjin Gompa by lunchtime, you'll have plenty of free time to take it easy in the afternoon. Relax at the village bakery and cafe, or explore the area on foot. If you're feeling energetic, head up the valley towards Langshisha Kharka for breathtaking views.

Trekking time: 3-4 hours (3.5 miles / 5.7 km)

Day 6: Rest Day at Kyangjin Gompa (Optional Day Hike to Kyangjin Ri)

Hiking along the ridge line near Kyanjin Gompa
Hiking along the ridgeline near Kyanjin Gompa

Today is a rest day in Kyangjin Gompa, so take advantage of this opportunity to sleep in and relax. After breakfast at your teahouse, you can explore more of the area by visiting the monastery and cheese factory if you haven't already. If you are feeling more energetic, walk up the moraine to see spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of the Langtang Lirung

Better yet, overachievers can take a hike to Kyangjin Ri, directly behind the village, for 360-degree panoramic views of the Langtang peaks. This is the highest point most trekkers reach on the Langtang Trek. For the best views on this outing, it's best to get an early start as clouds usually build up in the afternoon.

Day 7: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (8,103 feet / 2,470 m)

The Langtang Khola River
The Langtang Khola River

After breakfast in Kyangjin Gompa, you'll hit the trail and retrace the route you took through the valley, following the Langtang Khola River to the village of Mundu and eventually Ghora Tabela. Though the trail is flat in certain places, the way down will certainly be faster than your ascent.

You'll stop for lunch en route and then continue heading downhill until you get to Lama Hotel. This ancient area is one of the oldest undisturbed valleys in Nepal. Check out unique flora and fauna, including lush green forests, as well as snow-capped views of the Langtang mountain peaks. Due to the earthquake, there are fewer tourists here so you can expect uncrowded trails. Enjoy the easy downhill terrain and take in the scenery.  

For those with limited time, an alternative option is to take a helicopter ride from Kyangjin to Kathmandu. 

Trekking time: 5-6 hours (9 miles / 14.5 km)

Day 8: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (4,790 feet / 1,460 m)

Colorful prayer flags in Syabru Besi
Colorful prayer flags in Syabrubesi

After breakfast, you'll continue retracing your steps to the village of Syabrubesi. This easy route lets you enjoy the area's peaceful forested hills. If you're feeling energetic, you can opt for a more challenging route from Rimche via Sherpa Gaon to Syabrubesi; it will take much longer to reach your overnight destination, but it’s a spectacular detour.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours (7 miles / 11.3 km)

Day 9: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

Plenty of restaurants to choose from in Kathmandu
Plenty of restaurants to choose from in Kathmandu

After an early breakfast in Syabrubesi, begin the seven-hour return trip to Kathmandu. Just like the way you came, you'll experience impressive snow-capped views as well as rivers, terraced hillsides, and rustic villages as you depart this mountainous region and get back to the bustling city. 

Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel and are free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Explore Kathmandu's streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.

Other ideas include rewarding your muscles after the trek with a massage service at Seeing Hands (services are offered from the visually impaired), or the more upmarket Kinjalla Spa. You can also take an early evening yoga class at Pranamaya Yoga, with two locations in Thamel and Patan.

In the evening, choose from a selection of Nepali, French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern restaurants in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

The all-seeing eyes of Buddha at Swayambhunath
The all-seeing eyes of Buddha at Swayambhunath

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, or some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. Safe travels!

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