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Langtang Circuit Trek

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  • Destination: Lantang Region
  • Group Size: 2-10 PAX
  • Maximum altitude: 4,773 m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle
  • Total Days: 14 Days
  • Walking Hour: 6 to 8 hours approx.

langtang circuit trek

Langtang Valley is the third most popular trekking destination in Nepal. This incredible trekking is just behind world-renowned trekking adventures like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. In comparison to other trekking regions in the Himalayas, Langtang is majorly known for its relatively easy-grade adventure, even in the moderate class category. Thus, this is one of the most sought-after destinations for trekkers who are looking for a less physically exhausting but unforgettable experience. Langtang Circuit Trek is the longer version of the trekking journey in the popular sacred and hidden valley of the Himalayas that explores all the major highlights of this mainstream trek destination.

The typical Langtang Valley trek is a short trekking prospect in the Himalayas that generally lasts about 7 to 8 days. As both the cultural experience and natural allurements of this third-renowned trekking region are unparalleled, the simple valley trek in itself is an incredible adventure opportunity. However, for those trekking enthusiasts who want to explore the major highlights of this beautiful valley in a single itinerary plan, then the Langtang Circuit Trek is the best bet. Your journey on this circumnavigating trail during the first part explores the mainstream Langtang Valley Trek route.

Then, proceeding further with the unforgettable exploration takes you to the sacred highlight of the region, Gosaikunda Lake (4,460 meters), which has great significance in both the Hindu and Buddhist religions. This part of the trail will also introduce you to the remote wilderness of the tranquil Himalayas that every trekker longs for. You will then continue trekking on the circuit route, moving along the charming trails of the Himalayan region that stretch to the Kathmandu Valley.

During this part, you will get to admire the natural beauty and rich bio-diversity of the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. You will then proceed toward one of the most popular hiking destinations in the capital valley, Chisopani. In overall, this circuit trekking adventure is one of the most exciting Himalayan endeavors in the country that is close to Kathmandu. In this circuit trekking route, you will be able to enjoy an extensive and immersive journey that guarantees an unforgettable experience and fond memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights of Langtang Circuit Trek

  • Exploration of the third mainstream trekking destination in Nepal
  • Incredible views of the north-central peaks in the Himalayas like Langtang Lirung, Naya Kanga, Dorje Lakpa, Kimsung, Yansa Tsenji, Gang Chhenpo, Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
  • Kyanjin Monastery, which is believed to be over 300 years old
  • Hike to the popular viewpoint in the Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Ri (4,773 meters)
  • Incredible bio-diversity of both Langtang National Park and Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park
  • The sacred lake of Gosaikunda (4,460 meters) is believed to be the adobe of Lord Shiva
  • Exploration of the beautiful high-altitude settlements close to the Tibetan border
  • Cultural experience across the traditional villages of Tamang, Bhotia, and Yolmo ethnic groups
  • Diverse landscapes: from flat lands, terraced farms, high hills, and lush forests to the tranquil alpine pastures, glacial moraines and high Himalayan pass

Best Time for Langtang Circuit Trek

Best Time for Langtang Circuit Trek

Langtang Valley is one of the major trekking destinations in Nepal which is quite close to the capital valley. Due to its low-scale difficulty and pleasant exploration prospects, trekking in this beautiful hidden valley of the Himalayas is suitable in any season. Still, the peak seasons, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), do offer the best experience.

These high trekking points do have the most suitable climatic conditions and trails are filled with abundant natural beauty. Even among these peak seasons, autumn is generally considered the most ideal period for outdoor adventures due to its ultimate weather factors. During autumn, the climate reaches its most stable point; the trekking trails are dry and comfortable, the temperatures are pleasant, and the Himalayan vistas are just epic.

As for the spring season, it is considered a natural paradise; the whole landscape is flourishes with life. The lower trekking trails will be decorated with dotted rhododendrons and other wildflowers. You will also have a high chance of witnessing the Himalayan flora and fauna of the Langtang National Park this season.

Temperature of Langtang in Spring: 12°C to 21°C

Temperature of Langtang in Autumn: 10°C to 18°C

Outline Itinerary 14 Days Langtang Circuit Trek

Day 01: Drive to Syabru Bensi

Day 02: Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel

Day 03: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang

Day 04: Langtang Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

Day 05: Exploration Day and Hike to Kyanjin Ri

Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa Trek to Lama Hotel

Day 07: Lama Hotel Trek to Thulo Syabru

Day 08: Thulo Syabru village to Singh Gompa

Day 09: Sing Gompa to Gosiankunda Lake

Day 10: Cross the Lauribinayak Pass and Trek Down to Phedi

Day 11: Phedi to Tharepati

Day 12: Tharepati to Kutumsang

Day 13: Kutumsang to Chisopani

Day 14: Trek to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary 14 Days Langtang Circuit Trek

Day 01: Drive to Syabru Bensi

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Syabru Bensi Elevation: 1,503 meters/ 4,931 feet

Elevation Gain: 103 meters/ 337 feet

Your exciting circuit trek adventure will start after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi. As you will spend most part of this day on the road, you will board a comfortable vehicle early in the morning after breakfast in Kathmandu. Heading toward the north from the valley, you will head toward the town of Dhunche across Trisuli Bazaar.

After a brief stop here, your drive continues across the terraced farms, scenic waterfalls and rivers, and traditional settlements to reach Syabru Bensi. This day drive will last about 7 to 8 hours for you to reach your destination.

Day 02: Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel lama hotel

Lama Hotel Elevation: 2,470 meters/ 8,103 feet

Elevation Gain: 967 meters/ 3,172 feet

The trekking part of your Himalayan exploration starts from this day onward. After breakfast at Syabru Bensi, you will move along the exhilarating trails of the Bhote Koshi River, gradually ascending across the scattered villages and terraced farms. Then, as you follow the gradually ascending trail, you will pass through the rhododendron, pine, and oak forests alongside the Langtang Khola.

Crossing the Bamboo, you will continue your walk toward Rimche, and walking further ahead will bring you to today’s rest destination. As this day’s trail will take you across the Langtang National park, you will get the chance to catch a glimpse of the incredible flora and fauns of this first Himalayan national park in the country. This day’s trek will take approximately 6 hours.

Day 03: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang

Langtang Elevation: 3,430 meters/ 11,253 feet

Elevation Gain: 960 meters/ 3,149 feet

Moving further ahead in the mainstream Langtang Valley Trek route, you will move along the cascading river and across the river gorge. Trekking past the lush forested trails and the charming high-altitude settlements, you will reach the Ghodatabela, which can be translated to ‘Horse Stable’ by mid-day. Then, moving along with your winding trail, you will trek past the Chyamki Village to reach the Langtang Village. Bhotia and Tamang ethnic groups are the majority of this high-altitude village.

After arriving at this village, you will be able to catch the most spectacular views of the Himalayan massifs and explore the cultural side of this beautiful village. This day’s trek will take approximately about 6 hours, and it will also be a spiritual experience as you walk across mani walls, beautiful chorten, praying wheels, and flags.

Day 04: Langtang Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

Kyanjin Gompa Elevation: 3,865 meters/ 12,680 feet

Elevation Gain: 435 meters/ 1,427 feet

It's a short day of trekking today, but the experience is simply outstanding. After breakfast at the Langtang Village, you will ascend over the tree line and you will start seeing alpine snow bushes. As you enter the wide glacial valley, the views of the grandeur of the Himalayan peaks also rises. Trekking past small Tamang settlements, mani walls, and sacred rocks, you will continue walking on the foothills of the Langtang Himal.

The wide-open path around the glacial valley then finally takes you to the Kyanjing Gompa. From here, you will able to relish the most spectacular views of the Himalayan massifs like Langtang Lirung, Tserko Ri, Langshsisa, Dorje Lakpa and other surrounding peaks. The total duration of this day’s trek will be about 3 hours.

Day 05: Exploration Day and Hike to Kyanjin Ri

Exploration Day and Hike to Kyanjin Ri

Kyanjin Ri Elevation: 4,773 meters/ 15,659 feet

Elevation Gain: 908 meters/ 2979 feet

You have climbed to significant altitudes by this day, so you will take an acclimatization day at Kyanjin Village. It is important to engage in some physical activities to acclimatize properly to the new altitudes, so you will do some short hikes around the village. Tserko Ri (5,033 meters) and Kyanjn Ri (4,773 meters) are two of the most popular hiking destinations on this acclimatization day.

The hike to this day’s exploration destination, Kyanjin Ri, will take approximately around 2 to 3 hours. From the top of this viewpoint, you will be able to catch stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, like Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gangchenpo, Ganjala Peak, Yala Peak, and other surrounding peaks.

After the hike, you will make your descent to the Kyanjin Village and use the rest of the day to explore around, admiring the mountain lifestyle and spiritual aspects.

Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa Trek to Lama Hotel

Lama Hotel Elevation: 2,470 meters/ 8,103 feet

Elevation Loss: 1,395 meters/ 4,576 feet

As your acclimatization day marks the end of the mainstream Langtang Valley Trek, your exciting Himalayan journey will proceed to the next part. You will make your descent on the same trekking route and pass across Langtang Village, Chyamki Village, and Ghodatabela to reach the Lama Hotel. You will enter the treeline on this day’s route, and the charming forested trails, scenic waterfalls, and rivers will accompany your adventure.

In this downhill trek route, you will walk about 6 hours to reach the Lama Hotel from Kyanjin Gompa. After reaching Lama Hotel, you will get your much-deserved rest and prepare for the next part of this thrilling circuit exploration.

Day 07: Lama Hotel Trek to Thulo Syabru

Lama Hotel Trek to Thulo Syabru

Thulo Syabru Elevation: 2,230 meters/ 7,316 feet

Elevation Loss: 240 meters/ 787 feet

It is another short day’s trekking adventure in this circuit trek. After breakfast at the Lama Hotel, you will make your ascend to the Rimche Village through the beautiful bamboo forests. You will then descend down to the Langtang River and cross the river to reach the Bamboo Village. Moving further ahead in your trail, you will walk alongside the ridge, which, from the top, rewards you with the most spectacular views of the Thulo Syabru Valley.

Then, your trekking trail countries across the beautiful terraced fields and farmhouse. You will then follow the winding trail that stretches all the way to the small settlement of Thulo Syabru. As this is a short day’s trek, which will last about 2 to 3 hours, you will have time to do some sightseeing around the village.

Day 08: Thulo Syabru village to Singh Gompa

Singh Gompa Elevation: 3,250 meters/ 10,662 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters/ 3,346 feet

Moving further ahead in your ascending journey, you will leave the Thulo Syabru Village on the trail diverting from the Langtang Valley. During the first part of this day’s journey, you will pass through the lush pine, hemlock, and rhododendron forest. This day’s ascending traill will unveil the most epic views of the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna and other adjacent peaks.

You will also be able to catch the panoramic views of Dhunche Town from this day’s trail. During the last part of the trek, you will reach the leveled part, and a pleasant walk will lead you to the Singh Gompa. You can explore the old monastery and old cheese factory after you arrive at the Singh Gompa; the overall trek duration on this day is about 3 to 4 hours.

Day 09: Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake 

Gosaikunda Lake Elevation: 4,460 meters/ 14,632 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,210 meters/ 3,969 feet

It's time to head toward another major highlight of this circuit trekking adventure. You will start this day’s trek following the winding trail across the thick pine and rhododendron forests. From the top of the hill, you will be able to catch the beautiful views of the small village of Lauri Binayak and the surrounding peaks. This small village is a popular destination for sighting the elusive wildlife Red Panda of the Langtang National Park.

You will then make your descent from the hill on the rugged trail to reach Gosaikunda Lake. This holy lake has significant value in the Hindu religion as it is believed to be the abode of the Lord Shiva. During the major festivals, pilgrims from all around the world visit this lake to take a bath; taking a bath here is believed to liberate a person and achieve salvation. This day’s trek will last about 5 to 6 hours in total.

Day 10: Cross the Lauribinayak Pass and Trek Down to Phedi

Lauribinayak Pass Elevation: 4,610 meters/ 15,124 feet

Phedi Elevation: 3,630 meters/ 11,909 feet

Elevation Gain: 150 meters/ 492 feet

After exploring the sacred lake, one of the major highlights of the Langtang Valley, it is time to move further in your journey. This day’s trek is the most demanding section of your entire circuit trekking adventure as you will climb over a Himalayan pass. Trekking from Gosaikunda Lake, you will follow the path across rocky moraine and rugged landscape. After reaching the base of the pass, you will begin your climb on the steep trail with loose rocks.

As the elevation gain is significant on this day, you should walk slowly, take short breathers, and stay hydrated. From the top of this Himalayan pass, you will be able to catch the panoramic views of the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Himal Chuli, and others. The trekking trail starts to get easier as you move along the descending route.

This day’s overall trekking adventure will last about 7 to 8 hours, and you will trek past the rhododendron forest en route to the Helambu Valley. During the last stretch, you will walk over the peaceful meadow and pass the Surya Kunda Village to reach the Phedi Village.

Day 11: Phedi to Tharepati

Tharepati Elevation: 3,690 meters/ 12,106 feet

Elevation Gain: 60 meters/ 196 feet

Continuing further in your circuit trek, during the first part of this day’s trek, you will walk on the mountain ridge and the rugged terrain. You will begin your trek following the forested trail downhill before following the winding trail, which takes you across the rocky slopes. After trekking for a while, your trial will then drop to the banks of the Tadi Khola and take you to the Ghopte Village.

After taking a short breather here, you will then move further ahead, exploring the absolute wilderness of the region. You will then follow the uphill route across the alpine forest and Mera Kharka to reach Tharepati Village. This day’s trek will last approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Day 12: Tharepati to Kutumsang

Tharepati to Kutumsang

Kutumsang Elevation: 2,470 meters/ 8,103 feet

Elevation Loss: 1,220 meters/ 4,002 feet

It's time to make your descent on this circuit trekking journey. After breakfast at the Tharepati Village, you will trek on the high ridge that rewards you with the most stunning views of the Jugal Himalayan range on the east side and Ganesh-Manaslu massifs on the west side. Moving further ahead in your trail, it will then drop down to Mangeghot. This beautiful settlement is surrounded by grassy fields and also has a Nepal Army Barrack.

You will then continue with your descending journey to reach the Sangugupte Village, where you will take a brief break. After crossing farm fields, forested sections, and the traditional villages, you will then finally arrive at the Kutumsang Village. The overall trekking duration on this day is about 5 to 6 hours.

Day 13: Kutumsang to Chisopani

Chisopani Elevation: 2,195 meters/ 7,201 feet

Elevation Loss: 275 meters/ 902 feet

It is another day of exciting trekking adventure today. Leaving Kutumsang Village behind, you will move along the pleasant walking trail across the beautiful farmlands and traditional villages. Then, trekking further ahead across Gul Bhanjyang, you will head toward the charming villages of Chipling and Lapche. This trekking point will reward you with the most spectacular views of the Annapurna massifs to the west side and Chobo Bamare on the east side.

During the final part, the trekking route drops down to the Thankune Bhanjyang and Pati Bhanjyang. The trail on the final part is a little rugged and your uphill walk will finally bring you to the Chisopani Village. You will trek for approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach Chisopani from Kutumsang. Chisopani Village is situated on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley and is one of the most popular short hiking destinations near the capital. From the viewpoint of this village, you will be able to catch the magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, and other surrounding peaks.

Day 14: Trek to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu

Sundarijal Elevation: 1,380 meters/ 4,527 feet

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Elevation Loss: 795 meters/ 2,608 feet

Your exhilarating circuit trekking adventure that started from Syabru Bensi finally brings you back to the Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast at the Chisopani Village, you will move along the pleasant route, exploring the farmlands, beautiful forest, and traditional settlements on the outskirts of the capital valley. This day’s trek will also take you across the Shivapuri National Park, where you will get the opportunity to witness the beautiful diversity of the Himalayan flora and fauna.

Moving further in your captivating trekking route, you will also come across two popular viewpoints of the region Burlang Bhanjyang and Chepu Bhanjyang. From the top fo these ridges, you can catch the stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountains. After about 3 hours of walking, the pleasant trail will finally bring you to Sundarijal. This is a favorite destination in the valley for hikes and picnics. You will take a short break here to admire the beauty of the freshwater resources this destination is known for.

After that you will board in a comfortable vehicle for the return back to Kathmandu. Our representative will drop you back at your hotel after reaching Kathmandu, which will take approximately an hour from Sundarijal. As this is a short day’s trek, after getting some rest you will have enough time to explore popular highlights around your hotel.

Trip Cost US$ 1050 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Your arrival and departure from Airport –hotel -airport by private car.
  • Your entire standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, A Cup of Tea/ Coffee During the Breakfast.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. to be returned after the trip.
  • All ground transportation by bus.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
  • A Guide with his food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. all covered.
  • Monastery fees.
  • An arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (Pay first and claim later with your insurance if policy cover.). If in case of worst case only.
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • A trekking route map
  • Trekking Permit. (National Park fee)
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • First aid box with normal medicine, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
Cost Excludes:
  • A Porter Carrier among two members, including all their expenses, with full insurance coverage. (280$ extra)
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others An Extra Tea , coffee , Soups.
  • Extra hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees. Click here for more details.

Difficulty Level of Langtang Circuit Trek

Difficulty Level of Langtang Circuit Trek

Even among the mainstream trekking adventures, the Langtang region is considered one of relatively easier exploration even in the moderate category. Even if you are a complete beginner who doesn’t have much experience in high-altitude trekking, you will still be able to take part in this journey with a good amount of preparation. There aren’t any major challenging sections in this circuit trek, nor are there parts where you will need to use technical tools.

So, in overall, it is a moderate-level journey that guarantees an unforgettable Himalayan exploration. Still, there are several factors that you have to consider while doing this trek. Regardless of its relatively easier nature, even in the moderately difficult category, this is still a two-week-long high-altitude endeavor. So, you need to be especially careful about the altitude gain; you will begin your trek from Syabru Bensi (1,503 meters) and reach the highest point at Kyanjin Ri (4,773 meters). The overall altitude gain in this Himalayan trek is approximately around 3,270 meters (10,728 feet).

Similarly, the total trekking distance of this third mainstream exploration is nearly about 180 km (111 miles). So, you will need to walk about 5 to 6 hours on average during each trekking day. Similarly, the remoteness of the Himalayas, rugged trekking route, unpredictable high-altitude weather, etc, are some other aspects that you should prepare for.

How Should You Prepare?

How Should You Prepare Langtang Circuit Trek

After discussing the difficulty level, you might be slightly worried about the factors that you might consider challenging. However, let me make you clear: you will be able to easily overcome these challenges with a good amount of preparation. To avoid the weather challenges and challenging routes, you should consider doing the trek during the high seasons.

As for the other parts, like overcoming the altitude gain and long hours of trekking, physical preparation is the only solution, and let me tell you this: ‘there are no shortcuts.’ We generally recommend trekkers to prepare for at least 2 to 3 weeks so their bodies can get used to the physical activities. If you train or workoun, then you can set the preparation period as per your preference.

During your preparation, you should focus on developing your strength and endurance level (i.e., push up, pull up, deadlift, bench press, dip, leg press, and overall full-body workout). Then, for the next part, you need to work on your stamina level and try to extend your reserve. Stamina training will not only make the long hours of walking more easy, but it will also help your body to quickly adapt to new altitudes.

Note: To overcome the remoteness and lack of proper infrastructural development on the mountain, you also could mentally prepare (i.e., being flexible, learning to leave your comfort zone, staying positive, etc).

What to Expect on Langtang Circuit Trek?

What to Expect on Langtang Circuit Trek?

Like any other Himalayan exploration in the country, your Langtang Circuit Trek also follows a standard trekking map. The total trekking distance of the day, short breaks, highlights exploration, breakfast, lunch, and dinner destinations are pre-determined. Each day of your trek, after you move along the trekking route, Syabru Bensi will provide you the opportunity to explore the unique aspects of each elevation point as you head toward the heart of the mountain.

On a typical day, you enjoy your hot breakfast from around 7 AM to 8 AM, after which you make your preparations to set out on the route. Moving along the pre-determined route, you will continue exploring the natural and cultural beauty of the Himalayan region. After trekking for about 4 hours, you then reach your lunch stop. You will continue following the remaining part of this day’s trek, which is generally about 2 to 3 hours (the trekking part after lunch is shorter).

If you have daylight, you can do sightseeing around after reaching your rest destination. Dinner will be served around 6 PM to 7 PM, and enjoy meals with your companions in the lively dining hall at the teahouses. After dinner, your guide will brief you about the upcoming journey tomorrow, and you will make the preparations accordingly.

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Permit and Fee

Langtang Circuit Trek explores a wide range of cultural and natural landmarks in the Himalayan region. Your journey will also take you across the protected areas in the Himalayas. So, getting the following permits is an absolute requirement for this trek.

Permits for Langtang Circuit Trek

  • Langtang National Park Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  • Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park

During the first part of this circuit trek, you will enter the Langtang National Park from Dhunche, and the permit to access this park costs around US$ 30 per person. Similarly, during the exit part of this circuit trek, you will enter the Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park enroute to Chisopani; this permit costs around US$ 10 per person.

Similarly, TIMS Card is another mandatory trekking permit for high-altitude treks in Nepal. This permit has been issued by the government to strengthen the safety factors during high-altitude treks. This permit records all the entry points of the trekkers, making the search and rescue operations more efficient. The cost of a TIMS Card is around US$ 17.

Note: if you are worried about where to collect these permits, don’t worry, we will apply and collect them on your behalf.

Guide and Porter

Guide and Porter for Langtang circuit trekking in Nepal

If you have previously done any kind of high-altitude or physically demanding adventure, then you understand the significance of guides and porters. These incredible, helpful professionals make your journey immersive, safe, and more enjoyable so you can freely roam around and relish the magnificence of the Himalayan atmosphere. Guides, without whom it is not possible to do high-altitude treks in Nepal, make sure that you are enjoying a comfortable, informative, and pleasant experience.

They take care of all the details of the enroute, from accommodation, food, water, time management, highlight exploration, and even your safety. So, with the help of a reliable guide, you will be able to completely immerse yourself in your Himalayan journey. The same goes for the helpful porters who take care of your luggage, making your journey feel light and free. Also, as they are mostly the narratives of the region, they can help you with the exploration of the hidden treasures in the region that you would have missed otherwise.

Cost of Guides in Langtang Region: US$ 30 to US$ 35 (cost may vary depending on the experience and area of expertise)

Cost of Porters in Langtang Region: US$ 20 to US$ 25

Packing List

If you are setting out on the trails of the Langtang Circuit Trek during the peak seasons like autumn and spring, you don’t need to carry heavy gears or layers as the temperatures are pleasant and trail conditions are stable. However, if you are doing this trek during the monsoon season (June to August), you will have to pack the waterproof layers and gear to comfortably move along the slippery train. Similarly, footwear with good traction is a mandatory requirement to explore the Himalayan terrains during this rainy season.

Similarly, as for the winter (December to February), the coldest month in the Himalayas, you will need to pack the appropriate warm clothes and appropriate gear to keep yourself warm. From my personal experience, I have created this standard packing checklist that you can use as a reference to make an efficient packing for the trek.

Packing List for Langtang Trek

  • Sun-block hat, neck scarf (don’t underestimate the high altitude heat)
  • Comfortable t-shirt (pack a moisture-wicking base layer as well)
  • Warm mid-layers (thermal, vest or sweater)
  • Breathable jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof layers
  • Flexible trousers and hiking pants
  • Insulated trousers for the alpine region
  • Down jacket
  • Sleeping bag (preferably four seasonal)
  • Hiking pole
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp or torch (bring extra batteries)
  • Power bank
  • Water bottle and thermos flask
  • Foot gaiter
  • Rainproof cover for luggage and yourself
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Snacks, energy bars, and electrolytes
  • First aid kit

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for any kind of trekking adventure in Nepal. Getting travel insurance is also beneficial in the long run as you don’t have to handle all the financial burden all by yourself in case of unfavorable circumstances. Trekking requires you to put in a lot of physical effort and you will have to traverse across the rugged and challenging landscapes of the Himalayas. Thus, it also puts you at risk of physical injuries and other health-related issues.

So, adhering to ‘better to be safe and prepared than sorry’ policy, getting travel insurance will allow you to do your trek more freely as you have good assurance for unforeseen circumstances. The travel insurance also doesn’t cost a lot; you wil be able to get the general packages with upto 3,000 meters coverage at around just US$ 30 to US$ 50.

In the case of the recommended travel insurance plans that have coverage upto 6,000 meters, you can get such packages at around US$ 100 to US$ 150. However, the packages with helicopter rescue coverage are more expensive than the regular packages, which can cost over US$ 1,000.

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