The Short Langtang trek takes you to the lush green terrain and villages of the Langtang region located in the north Himalayan landscape of Nepal. It is one of the quickest Himalayan trekking adventures with the trail closest to Kathmandu, which makes it so popular. It takes only a day's trek to return from the same route, which is one of the shortest alternatives compared to other Langtang treks.
Although short, it is packed with mesmerizing views of the Langtang range of mountains, pristine Bhote Koshi river, and unique wildlife. Some of the best experiences of this trek are visiting the Langtang village inhabited by the Tamang community, visiting the ancient Kyanjin gompa, hiking to the highest point, and witnessing the lush forests.
The 9 days Short Langtang trek is suitable for all age groups, whether young or old, families or individuals. Even novice trekkers can take up this trek as it is graded an easy to moderate level.
This trek requires minimum physical fitness and no past trekking experiences. There isn't a drastic altitude change as it starts from a minimum of 1,500m/4,921ft at Syabrubesi and reaches the maximum of 4,984m/16,352ft at Tserko Ri. The altitude change is also slow because of the proper acclimatization day.
On an average you will have to walk for about 5 to 6 hours each day during the trek. On the last day of the trek, you would have to walk the longest for about 8 to 9 hours which would exert pressure on the knees as it covers the area from Kyangjin to Syabrubesi. For those people who have issues with walking downhill, it might get challenging on the final day for which you need to be prepared.
It is also suited to those people who wish to experience the rural village life, lush flora, and fauna nearest to Kathmandu in a limited time.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft), Trek preparation|
|Day 2||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft) – 6 to 7 hours|
|Day 3||Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8,136ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 4||Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu (3,543m/11,621ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 5||Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) - 2 to 3 hours trek|
|Day 6||Acclimatization Day in Kyanjin Gompa: Hike to Tserko Ri (4,984m/16,352ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek|
|Day 7||Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Syabrubesi - 8 to 9 hours trek|
|Day 8||Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) – 6 to 7 hours|
|Day 9||Final departure from Nepal|
You will arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. Witnessing the refreshing views of verdant hills and distant mountains, you will be driven to a hotel in Thamel which is located 5 km away from the airport. After refreshment, prepare for the trek by getting your documents and trekking gear, and equipment ready. You will also be introduced to your guide, who will clarify the trek.
Enjoy the warm welcome dinner at night with authentic Nepali cuisine.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
On this day, we will head from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, where you will begin the trek the next day. To reach Syabrubesi, situated to the north, you will pass by traditional houses, farms, and terraced fields. In some areas, the road is bumpy and dirty. However, it will be covered by the awe-inspiring views of the hills and mountains surrounding the valley. After reaching Dhunche, you will be driven further ahead to Syabrubesi. You can visit the nearby chortens and explore the locality.
Overnight stay at Syabrubesi.
This is the first day of the trek, so begin your day with full enthusiasm walking towards the Langtang National Park area. It is one of the richest national parks with unique flora and fauna, which can be witnessed during your trek. The Bhote Koshi river coming from Tibet flows in the area which flourishes the forests. After you reach an elevation above 2000m, you will witness rhododendron flowers blooming. You might even come across Langur monkeys swaying from the oak trees, huge ferns, and thick forest, making the journey very exciting.
You will reach Lama Hotel in a while, where you can interact with fellow tourists and welcome hosts.
Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Carrying your belongings, you will progress onto the dense forest of Langtang towards Mundu. Today, you will witness the up-close views of Langtang Lirung mountain peeking in between the dense trees. As you step onto Ghode Tabela (Horse Stable), the forests open up to wide pastures where you might witness domestic yaks and cows grazing. After taking some rest there, head on to the Langtang village, which is one of the biggest highlights of the trek.
Langtang village has been the region's heart and has seen many unfortunate events in the past. One of the biggest was the 2015 earthquake which swept away the entirety of the village. Now, there are tin-roofed houses inhabited by the ethnic Tamang community. It is a good place to witness the religion and heritage of the community as you come across Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and so on.
Walking a little further ahead of Langtang village, you will reach Mundu, which has similar traditional tea houses where you can stay for the night.
Overnight at Mundu.
It is a short day's trek which is rather easy than the others. The trailhead will take you through yak pastures and traditional houses passing Mundu. You will be crossing a bridge across the river, frozen during the winter season. You will reach Kyangjiin Gompa, which got its name from the Buddhist monastery located there.
After reaching Kyanjin, take a rest at your tea house, after which you can leave your belongings there and hike to the gompa, which is beautiful with wall paintings and scriptures. If the time persists, you can also visit a local yak cheese factory which is a government established and a popular tourist destination as well after enjoying the cheese hike up to a nearby ridge and witness the views of the surrounding Langtang range of mountains and surrounding mountains like Gang Chenpo (6,388m), Langshisha (6,427m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m).
Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
As there is a sudden rise in altitude and a need for rest, you will be separating this day for acclimatization. After having breakfast, keep your belongings in the tea house and hike up to Tserko Ri in the morning. It is a ridge in Kyanjin with the most amazing views of the mountains and the highest elevation of this entire trek. The hike can get slightly more complex than the rest of the days due to the altitude gain; however, it is all worth it.
You will be the witness to views of majestic mountains like Naya Kang, Yubra Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Yala Peak. More importantly, you can also view the frozen Langtang Lirung glacier and the icefall between Changbu and Yubra, awe-inspiring sights. Hike back to your tea house after clicking pictures and enjoying the view.
Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
It is finally time to bid farewell to the Kyanjin Gompa and Langtang valley as you head back from the same way to Syabrubesi. You will be walking the same route, which will be easier as you descend. It is a long day's trek that involves a lot of brisk walks downhill, so you will get a sound night's sleep at your tea house. You can even enjoy folk songs and dance with the locals.
Overnight at Syabrubesi.
Early in the morning, you will take a drive back to Kathmandu city from Syabrubesi, following the same route. On the way, you can enjoy the views of the distant mountains, green hills, traditional houses, and waterfalls.
After rest, you can head out in the evening for some souvenir shopping, try local cuisine, or party in a pub or club.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
This is your last day in Nepal, where you will bid farewell to our team. We will drive you down to the international airport in hopes that you will return soon for a similar adventure. We are always looking forward to planning and organizing your tours in Nepal to be safe, memorable, and successful.