5 Days Short Langtang Trek

Overview

Langtang Trek is one of the shortest and most picturesque trekking experiences in Nepal, which takes the trekkers through an exhilarating experience of the Himalayas from Langtang’s perspective. Although there are several variants for the unforgettable exploration of the Langtang region that last from 7 to 15 days normally. Our Langtang Trek 5 Days Itinerary trek focuses on a short expedition of the region without missing much on the major highlights for the enthusiasts looking for a soulful escape to the Himalayan exploration in a limited timeframe.

As one of the closest trekking alternatives from the capital (just 51 km away from Kathmandu), this is a very popular trekking route among adventurers from all over the world who want to explore a different perspective of the glorious Himalayas following a remote and isolated path. So, if you have a short time on your hand and want to include Himalayan exploration in your getaway, this Langtang Trek 5 Days Itinerary will be your golden trophy as a memoir of your great adventure.

Highlights

  • First Himalayan National Park, Langtang National Park
  • Exploration of the Langtang Valley, a significant trade route connecting Nepal and Tibet in the past
  • Kyanjin Gompa at an elevation of 3,830 meters, preserving Buddhist culture and traditions
  • The highest viewpoint of this Langtang expedition Kyanjin Ri (4,300 meters)
  • Unprecedented up-close views of magnificent mountain ranges of the Himalayas like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Naya Kangri, Yala Peak, Dorje Lapka, Gang Cheenpo and Mt. Ganesh Himal.
  • Traditional and culturally rich Himalayan civilizations
  • Yak cheese factory
  • Opportunity to witness the unique species of flora and fauna in the Langtang region
  • Scenic natural and religious trails with great historic significance
  • Short-scenic 5 days adventure exploring the remote and hidden gems in the Langtang Valley

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Syarubesi and trek to Rimche
Syarubesi Altitude: 2,380 meters

Rimche Altitude: 2,450 meters

Elevation Gain: 70 meters

On the first day of the Langtang Trek 5 days itinerary, you will set out on an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, which is a beautiful small civilization and the gateway for adventure in the Langtang region. The Kathmandu to Syarubesi drive will take approximately 7- 8 hours and you will cover a distance of about 122 km on the first day of the adventure.

You will enjoy the scenic cross-valley drive, passing across the green lush hill, soaring rivers, beautiful civilizations along the trail, and of course the alluring views of the mountain peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and several others. It's a long day adventure today, after arriving at Syarubesi close to mid-day, you will prepare to ascend to Rimche after lunch.

On the second part of the expedition today, you will trek across the Bhote Koshi River and Old Syabrubesi civilization as you follow the trail to Bamboo along the lower trail. In this approximate 4- 5 hours of trek in the second stretch, you will cover a distance of about 8.6 km as you trek alongside the river through dense pine and rhododendron forest finally and finally reaching Rimche. This will be your resting destination tonight after a long-weary adventure.
Day 2
Trekking from Rimche to Langtang Village
Rimche Altitude: 2,450 meters

Langtang Village Altitude: 3,430 meters

Elevation Gain: 980 meters

On the second day of your Langtang exploration, you will cross the Langtang Valley Khola today and trek uphill to the beautiful Langtang Village. In this about 6 - 7 hour of trekking expedition today, you will follow the trail alongside the Langtang Khola moving across the terraced field, colorful rhododendron and pine trees forests, and waterfalls.

Starting from an uphill ascend to the Lama Hotel during the first stretch, with several ascending and descending segments to the Rimche Danda, you will also be able to witness the high-Himalayas flora and fauna like red panda, musk deer, snow leopard, wild dog, goral, serow, and several others.

Also, glorious views of Himalayan massifs like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Naya Kangri, Yala Peak, Dorje Lapka, Gang Cheenpo, and several others will lighten up your path. Climbing a steep segment to the Ghora Tabela (2,950 meters) during the final stretch, you will ascend up across the old Langtang Village, Thangshep at an elevation of 3,190 meters, and finally arrive at the new Langtang Civilization, known for its unprecedented natural beautiful and popular trekking routes.
Day 3
Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa
Langtang Village Altitude: 3,430 meters

Kyanjin Gompa Altitude: 3,830 meters

Elevation Gain: 400 meters

The third day of your Langtang Trek 5 Days Itinerary, will be a short ad exciting excursion of the Langtang region. Heading towards the Kyanjiin Gompa, you will cover an approximate 3- 4 hours of trekking distance from Langtang Village. On your gradual ascent to the Kyanjin Gompa, you will pass across the mani walls, a path decorated with praying flags, and chortens heading towards Mundu.

From there, you will follow a scenic route, across the wooden bridge, and enter the trail of beautiful lush rhododendrons trees. The magnificent view of the mountain ranges like Lantang II, Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa Himal, Tserko Ri, and Loenpo Gang, make trekking on this day an exhilarating experience. After crossing a suspension bridge during the final stretch of the day’s trek, you will reach the Kyanjin Gompa, the high-Himalayan religious settlement known for the ancient Buddhist Monasteries and the Yak Cheese Factory.
Day 4
Early morning hike to Kyanjin Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa then trekking down to Rimche
Kyanjin Gompa Altitude: 3,830 meters

Kyanjin Ri Altitude: 4,300 meters

Rimche Altitude: 2,450 meters

Elevation Gain (Kyanjin Gompa to Kyanjin Ri): 470 meters

Elevation Loss (Kyanjin Ri to Rimche): 1,850 meters

Finally, it is the day to push to the highest elevation point of this immersive Langtang region exploration. On this early-morning expedition day, you will hike up to Kyanjin Ri, it will take about 2- 3 hours to reach the high-viewpoint of the Langtang region. From here you will be able to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain Langtang Lirung, Yubra, Changbu, Yala Peak, and Tserko Ri including Langtang II and Langtang Lirung. The view of the Langtang region from this high altitude elevation point including the Kyanjin Gompa and Lirung Tsang Glacier, the largest glacier of the Langtang are the rewards of this day’s adventure.

After making memories and capturing the wide views of the Langtang Valley, you will trek back to Kyanjin Gompa. Then after having a hearty meal you will along the path to Rimche concluding the adventure of the Langtang. The trek back to Rimche from Kyanjin Gompa will take around 8-9 hours, recollecting the memories of this glorious adventure you will rest your tired body at one of the finest teahouses in the Rimche.
Day 5
Rimche to Syabrubesi trek and drive back to Kathmandu
Rimche Altitude: 2,450 meters

Syarubesi Altitude: 2,380 meters

Altitude Loss (Rimche to Syarubesi): 70 meters

The time to bid farewell to the Langtang region has been bestowed upon us, on the final day of your trekking expedition, you will retrace your steps back to Syabrubesi. Unlike other days’ trekking, this day’s trek will be easy and vibrant as you enter the higher oxygen saturation level and lush green landscapes. After a short 4- 5 hours trek, arriving at Syabrubesi, you will take land transportation and drive back to Kathmandu.

You will certainly enjoy the cross-valley drive through the beautiful civilization, across the soaring rivers, waterfalls, and magnificent massifs of the Himalayas. We will drop you at Kathmandu, concluding this fine expedition. Thank you for traveling with us!!

Cost Includes

  • Healthy nutritious balanced meals, three times a day during the expedition
  • Freshly sourced fruit accompaniments every evening after dinner
  • Comfortable and standard accommodation services in teahouses along the trail
  • All the necessary permits for the exploration of Langtang region and Langtang National Park including the TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
  • Private Jeep Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu including hotel pick and drop.
  • Government-licensed, trained, and experienced trekking guide proficient in English communication
  • Cost of food, accommodation, salary, transportation, and insurance of the guide and staff of the expedition team
  • First aid kit, comprehensive group medical supplies, and respondents to ensure the safety
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed). Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt cap cap and duffel bag.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter Rescue, covered by your travel insurance.
  • Mentioned package costs include all the government expenses, tax, and vat including our official service charges
  • Medical equipment for the physical condition of all our beloved trekkers in the low oxygen-saturation level (twice a day)
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

Cost Excludes

  • International airport pick-up and drop-off facilities and airfare expenses
  • Nepal entry visa fees $30 USD 15 day and $50 USD for 30 days on arrival.
  • Accommodation and eatery facilities on arrival at Kathmandu
  • Soft drinks, bottle of water, any alcoholic drinks, extra tea/coffee.
  • Desserts and snacks between the meals.
  • Expenses for travel and mountain rescue insurance
  • Tips for the guides, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Porter to carry your gear during the trek $125 USD one porter can carry for two trekkers gear.

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How many days do you need for Langtang Trek?

You will need approximately 5-7 days for the exploration of the Langtang region.

What is the difficulty of Langtang Trek?

Langtang trek has been graded at a ‘moderately difficult’ level, which means that even beginners can do this trek with the right preparation.

Which months are best for Langtang Trek?

The months in the peak season like March, April, and May (spring) and September, October, and November (autumn) are the best time for the Langtang trek.

Can you trek Langtang without a guide?

No, it is not possible for you to go out on the Langtang exploration without a guide, it is mandatory for you to hire a professional service considering the safety and convenience factors.

Can you see Mt. Everest from the Langtang trek?

During the clear days you will be able to get a good view of the mountain ranges from Langtang to Chamlang, and also occasionally massifs like Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Everest.

Which is the highest peak of the Langtang trek?

Kyanjin Ri at an altitude of 4,300 meters from sea level is the highest point of the Langtang Trek 5 days itinerary.

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Langtang Trek 5 Days Itinerary Difficulty

The Langtang Trek has been graded at a ‘moderate difficulty’ level, which means that even the inexperienced trekking enthusiast can partake in this beautiful expedition to the Langtang region with the right amount of preparation. Although it doesn’t demand any mountaineering or technical skills, like any other high-Himalayan adventure in the county, you will need proper mental and physical preparation to complete this expedition.

There are several factors that should be considered while evaluating the difficulty level of the Langtang trekking expedition.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the major concerns for any high-altitude adventure across the world. But considering the frigid cold weather of the Himalayas, you could say that you need better prevention for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). That's why you have to always be on the lookout for any kinds of symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue, that are related to altitude sickness.

Starting your adventure from Rimche at an elevation of 2,450 meters from sea level the highest elevation jump point of Langtang Trek is Kyanjin Ri at an altitude of 4,300 meters. Although, unlike other high-altitude adventures that have several acclimatization days, due to comparatively less significant altitude, there isn’t an acclimatization in this Lantang Trek 5 days itinerary. So, you will need to follow proper precautionary methods to avoid any altitude sickness-related issues. It would be better not to underestimate the trekking in the Langtang region, even though you are less likely to suffer from severe altitude sickness at these elevation points, you should still take proper acclimatization measures.

Trekking Distance

Yes, you are right, the fewer the number of itinerary days, the more trekking distance you have to cover. Although it is relatively on easier and at lower altitudes, long days of trekking aren’t an easy feat, you will need to cover an average walking distance of 7-8 hours. And covering this much distance without any preparation isn’t certainly going to be an easy feat.

However, there aren’t any technical segments en route or a great number of steep segment slike like other high-altitude trekking expeditions in the country. So the slow-paced exploration won’t be much of a big deal if you have well-prepared for the adventure, but it will certainly test your stamina and endurance level. Still, what really makes this trekking expedition challenging is that this Langtang trekking covers an approximate distance of 77 km (88 miles) within 5 days without any resting days. Thus you need to be able to carry on with the adventure without missing out on resting part and taking good care of yourself.

Weather Factors

As the weather change, the climatic conditions on the trekking routes also changes accordingly. Thus, these kinds of climatic changes in the trekking route can significantly contribute to the difficulty level of a trekking experience. The best season for Langtang Trek like any high-altitude expedition in Nepal is during the peak seasons like spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November).

Trekking in the Langtang region is also possible during the off-seasons like winter (December, January, and February) and monsoon (June, July, and August), they come with their own challenges and difficulties. So, if you are looking for a comfortable immersive experience, the best time to set out on the exploration of the Langtang region would be the peak seasons.

Weather of Langtang in Autumn

Autumn is considered to be the best time for trekking in the Himalayas. The cool chilly mornings and nights, warm-tempered days with stable weather, and clear views offer some of the most exhilarating experiences exploring the true beauty of the Langtang region. The temperature of the Langtang region is around 10°C to 20°C during the daytime and can drop up to approximately 5°C during the nighttime.

Although the early month of autumn can be slightly bothersome if the monsoon lingers around the first part of September, the rest of the season is cool and breezy, a perfect period for outdoor adventure.

Weather of Langtang in Spring

Another peak season for trekking adventure in Nepal, spring, welcomes trekkers with warm stable weather and of course, the colorful blooming flowers that cover entire lower-region regions. In your trekking expedition to the Langtang region during the spring you will be able to explore the entire region brimming with life.

The temperature during the spring is also stable and ranges from 10°C to 20°C and the night-time temperature can fluctuate around 0°C to 5°C at higher altitudes. But, both of the peak seasons see a lot of adventurers, so you might have to occasionally deal with the queues in the teahouses and trails.

Weather of Langtang in Monsoon

The weather in monsoon is unstable for an outdoor adventure, and the non-stop rainfalls that result in muddy and slippery routes certainly aren't the best time for a trekking experience. The monsoon rain doesn’t only mess up the trekking routes but also significantly increases the chances of landslides that sometimes even block the routes.

Leeches and mosquitoes swarm the region and the bad weather conditions also sees lots of flight cancellations. So, if you don’t have the patience to wait for a few days for the weather to clear or halt your ascends for safety clearance, Langtang trekking, in this season might just dampen your exploring mood. The temperature of the Langtang region fluctuates from 10°C to 25°C, and the average temperature of the region lingers around 12.1°C making it one of the warmest months for the trekking expedition.

Weather of Langtang in Winter

The winter is the most challenging season for adventurers seeking to explore the magnificence of the Langtang region at its peak. The cold frigid environment doesn’t just make the climate cold and harsh but also makes it very difficult to navigate and explore the region.

Morning fogs due to extreme cold weather stretch past the mornings and often cover high-altitude vantage points. The temperature of the Langtang region hovers around 3°C to 6°C during the daytime and can drop to -3°C during early morning and night. Although it is still possible for the Langtang trekking during the winter, the difficulty level is certainly high and you will need a specific set of equipment, trekking gear, and clothes to successfully complete the trek in this season.

Preparation Langtang Trek 5 Days Itinerary

Although Langtang Trek 5 days itinerary is a slow-paced short adventure that explores the unprecedented beauty of the Langtang region. To cope with the no rest or acclimatization adventure you will need to properly prepare both mentally and physically.

Required Level of Physical Fitness

In this ‘moderate difficulty’ level adventure, you will at least need a basic level of fitness. As the trekking days are longer with approximately 7-8 hours of walking per day, you will require a great deal of stamina and endurance. It is recommended that you should start preparing for the expedition at least 8-12 weeks before it starts, emphasizing your strength and endurance build-up.

With the right amount of physical preparation, you could easily complete this immersive trekking experience in the remote part of the Langtang region. Practicing hikes on the natural terrains will come in a lot helpful as you will be trekking on the steep regions with frequent ascents and descent. Just make sure to add some weight to your backpack while you are hiking, also, wear your trekking boots during the expedition this will help break in the boots and check the comfort level.

If you work out on a regular basis then this scenic short adventure will be just a piece of cake for you. In case you don’t, stamina, cardiovascular training like jogging, cycling, and swimming will be very effective. As for the strength part, planks, bench presses, deadlifts, push-ups, shoulder presses, and full-body workouts will significantly improve your core strength.

Mental Preparation

Don’t make the mistake that almost every novice trekking enthusiasts make, just focus on the physical preparation factor and leave out the mental preparation part. Undoubtedly physical preparation is a big part of any successful high-altitude adventure, but so is mental preparation.

By mental preparation we don’t mean that you don’t have to keep yelling at yourself ‘You can do This’ all the time, just the right set of mind and mentally preparing for the remote high-altitude expedition will take you far. As you have understood this is a short exploration of the Langtang region without any resting and acclimatization days, after trekking for long hours, you will have to prepare yourself and rest well for the adventure the next day.

Just be prepared for slight discomforts, stressful situations, and almost non-existent luxuries of an urban lifestyle on the trekking route. And at the same time sharpening your determination and will to see it through, if you have decided to do this then see it all the way to the end.

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  • Langtang Region
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  • 2-20 PAX
  • Spring and Autumn
  • Kyanjin Ri 4,300 meters
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  • 5 Days
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