Langtang Trek Helicopter Return is a luxurious adventure in the wilderness of the Langtang region located to the north of Kathmandu. The trek is gaining popularity these days as it is an easier, luxurious and quicker version of the Langtang trek. The 8 days short trek takes you to the lush green landscape of the Langtang national park, strolling around traditional and recently built houses.
The best part of the trek is passing through the ethnic Tamang communities in Langtang village before heading to Kyangjin Gompa monastery, Tserko Ri ridge, and the beautiful Tsona lakes. Finally, the second-best part of this easy-going tour is returning to Kathmandu via Helicopter ride with panoramic views of the mountains and the green hills underneath.
|Day 1||Arrival In Kathmandu and Trek Preparation|
|Day 2||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft) 7-8 hours drive|
|Day 3||Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8,136ft) 7-8 hours trek|
|Day 4||Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu (3,543m/11,621ft) 6-7 hours trek|
|Day 5||Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) 2-3 hours trek|
|Day 6||Acclimatization Day in Kyanjin Gompa, then Hike to Tserko Ri (4,984m/16,352ft) - 7-8 hours trek|
|Day 7||Hike to Tsona Lakes and Helicopter Lift to Kathmandu 2-3 hours trek, 20 minutes flight|
|Day 8||Final Departure from Kathmandu|
As you arrive at the terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representatives will welcome you and drive you to the hotel in Thamel, located 5 km away. After relaxing and refreshing, we will get all the documents ready and then stroll around Thamel. You can shop or rent any trekking essentials or gear that might be required. In the evening, you can devour a warm dinner with authentic Nepali food.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
After having breakfast, you will leave to the north of Kathmandu to reach Syabrubesi. You will take a drive past the city then into a more dusty road. On the way, the views of traditional farms, terraced rice fields, mustard fields, and mountains will be prominent.
The traditional houses are made of bricks and thatched roofs. You might come across locals grazing their cows and goats along with the riverside settlement of Trishuli. After reaching Dhunche, the drive takes you further up to Syabrubesi, where you will rest at a tea house for the night.
Overnight in Syabrubesi
You will begin the trek on this day towards Lama Hotel. The trailhead takes you to the Langtang National Park area. The park's wilderness can be witnessed as the dense forest is silent with clear whispers of birds and animals. The route passes the Bhote Koshi river flowing from Tibet. Passing by thick rhododendrons and oak trees with sights of Langurs swinging from trees, you will eventually reach Lama Hotel.
Overnight in Lama Hotel.
The trail on this day will take you through a dense forest with Langtang Lirung peeking in the backdrop. The elevation gain is significant on this day as you cross Ghode Tabela (Horse Stable), leaving behind the forest into open fields. You can witness the closeup views of the Langtang range of mountains as the Tamang villages across the hills. Depending upon the season, you will witness the yak herders with their yaks in the lush grazing fields.
After trekking for a while, you will reach Langtang village, which has been renewed with hundreds of tin-covered houses wiped out during the 2015 earthquake. The new teahouses and lodges are fairly better. Interact with the Tamang ethnic community living there. You will come across a series of Mani wall memorials dedicated to all those people who lost their lives in the massive earthquake. A little further ahead from the Langtang village is Mudu, with similar traditional houses, the stay for the night.
Overnight at Mundu.
The trek to Kyanjin Gompa will begin on this day as you pass the different houses and move across yak pastures. In the winter season, the rivers are mostly frozen. As you cross the bridges, you will reach Kyangjin Gompa. The place is named after the Buddhist monastery with the same name. Visit the monastery in the afternoon.
If you have reached on time, visit the local cheese factory and devour some fresh yak cheese. You can even hike up to Kyanjin Ri (4,984m) to enjoy the sunset. The views of snow-capped Langshisha (6,427m), Gang Chenpo (6,388m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m) are amazing.
Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
You will stay at Kyanjin for acclimatization and rest on this day. As there is a drastic increase in altitude, your body needs to acclimate. After breakfast, head up the trail to Tserko Ri, a ridge in Kyanjin. From here, the views of Langtang Lirung, Naya Kang, Yubra Himal, and Yala Peak are clearly visible. The frozen Langtang Lirung glacier and the icefall between Changbu and Yubra are majestic sights. From Tserko Ri, hike back to Kyangjin Gompa for the night.
Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
This is one of the most exciting days as you will pack your bags and gear up for a hike to Tsona Lake. There are about five chains of small lakes with mountains surrounding each side. The view is mesmerizing and worth the hike.
To add to the adventure of this tour, the helicopter will be waiting to fly you to Kathmandu. The bird's eye view of the lakes and the closeup views of Langtang mountain range are a once-in-a-lifetime sight. In about 20 minutes, the helicopter will take you to the domestic airport of Kathmandu.
After reaching the airport, you will be driven to your hotel, after which you can spend the evening by heading to pubs and clubs in Thamel or souvenir shopping.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
On the final day in Nepal, bid farewell to our team, who will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the homeward return. Remember the time spent in the Langtang villages, views of the Langtang range, and the wilderness.
If you want to lengthen the tour or visit other trekking regions like Annapurna, Everest, or more, please reach out to us for a similar successful tour.
The best time to go on a Helicopter trek to Langtang is in Spring from March to May and autumn from mid-September to November. During this time, the sky is clear, so the views of the mountains are sharp. Moreover, in the Langtang national park, the wildflowers and rhododendrons bloom in these seasons, making the trail even more beautiful.
The days are fairly warmer, and the nights are slightly chilly. The trail is dry, so it is easy to hike in the rugged routes. From September to October, there are many important Nepali festivals where tourists can witness and celebrate with the locals, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity making Spring and autumn the best seasons for this trek.
The Langtang Helicopter Trek can be done by all age groups of physically fit individuals as it is an easy to moderate level trek. You don't need past trekking experience to go on this trek if you correctly follow the itinerary and take all necessary precautions. The trek's highest point is Tserko Ri (4,984m), which won't be such an issue for altitude sickness if the above itinerary is followed. Also, it involves returning back from the helicopter, which means that trekking is one way, thus less tiring.
It is also opted mainly by tourists who want to experience the beauty of the Langtang region by foot, up close but have limited time. Luxuriously, the helicopter flight takes only 20 minutes to return to Kathmandu from the thick hills of Langtang.