Langtang Circuit Trek - 13 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season All year round
  • Trip Area Langtang Region
  • Maximum Altitude 4773m.|15655ft. or 4984m.|16347ft.

Highlights

  • An adventurous trek in the Langtang region that also explore the Tamang Heritage trail and extends to the Helambu region
  • The trail goes through the forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, pine, etc
  • Overnight stay at beautiful villages resided by Sherpas & Tamangs
  • Get to see the daily lifestyle and culture of the locals
  • Come across lovely waterfalls, meadows and diverse flora & fauna while trekking
  • Visit ancient Kyanjin Gompa and cross Lauribinayak pass
  • Trek to holy Gosaikunda Lake and meet the indigenous group called Hyolmos
  • Enjoy breathtaking sceneries, stunning glaciers, and snowy mountains views throughout the trek

Langtang Circuit trek leads you close to the Tibetan border and a remote glacier valley called Langtang. It is one of the closest and less traveled trekking routes from Kathmandu that you can reach without taking any domestic flights. The trail winds through the Langtang National Park, a protected area and home to hundreds of flora & fauna. You trek by picturesque villages, lush rhododendron forests, cascading waterfalls, rivers, and meadows. 

Enjoy the best of the Langtang region on our 13 days Langtang Circuit trek. Experience an authentic mountain lifestyle and witness heavenly mountain landscapes along the trail. Spend nights in beautiful villages, visit Kyanjin Gompa, unwind at the shore of Gosaikunda Lake, and have intimate encounters with the indigenous community of the Helambu region.

If you are aware of the Annapurna Circuit trek and Manaslu Circuit trek, then you must know how famous these two treks are. The Langtang Circuit trek is a great alternative to these well-known treks also a budget-friendly trek. You get to enjoy a less crowded trail, excellent mountain views, an adventurous route, and the warm hospitality of the locals. Our Langtang Circuit trek of 13 days explores the beautiful Langtang valley, some parts of the Tamang Heritage Trail, and extends to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake & Helambu region. 

Learn about the culture & traditions of Tamangs & Sherpas on this trek. During your night stay in villages like Sherpa Gaun (2,563 m/8,406 ft) and Thyangsyapu (3,140 m/10,299 ft), you'll get to see their unique daily lifestyle. The trail then takes you to ancient Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m/12,696 ft) and ascends to Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m/14,366 ft). It is a holy lake and a pilgrimage site. This trek is also known as Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek because the next part of the trek crosses the Lauribinayak pass (4,610 m/15,120 ft) and joins the stunning Helambu region. 

Mountain Views & Close Encounters with the Locals

Langtang Circuit Trek is heaven for landscape lovers. This part of the Himalayas boasts storybook-like scenery and tranquility. You will be amazed by the hospitality of the locals and the mountain views. Some of the mountains you can see during the Langtang Circuit trek are Langtang Lirung (7,234 m/23,734 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m/22,854 ft), Shishapangma (8,027 m/26,335 ft), Kang Guru (6,981 m/22,904 ft), Annapurna Ranges, Manaslu, Mt. Everest (8848.86m), etc. 

As most of the time, you'll be walking through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, etc, you may get to see wildlife like monkeys, deer, red panda, etc. Langtang Circuit trek lets you make lifelong memories with your loved ones. You'll get a chance to bond and understand each other better. Every step of the trek does bring challenges but also lets you test your endurance & breathtaking views motivate you to move further.  

Why trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

At Nepal Nirvana Trails, you get more than two decades of expertise in the travel industry. The team has multiple generations working together, so you'll have a very different trekking experience. You can see our itineraries are very different and designed to serve all kinds of travelers. 

The Langtang Trek with Gosaikunda & Helambu is one of our best adventurous treks. We assure you of a safe and satisfying venture in the Himalayas. Our team members are very professional and friendly. We make sure all the journeys with us are special. 

If you are looking to do a short trek in the Langtang region, then check out our Langtang Valley Trek and Gosaikunda Trek. These two are short and moderate treks. Similarly, here are some other less visited adventurous trekking packages for you- Makalu Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek, and Everest Three High Passes Trek

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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We will start the trip by traveling to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. We will go on the local bus through the Pasang Lhamu Highway and the Trishuli Dhunche Highway, viewing the Trishuli river basin, huts, terraced fields, and brick homes along the road. We will travel upward to Dhunche before reaching Syabrubesi.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1460m.|4790ft.

Today is the beginning of the Langtang trip. We will follow the pathway close to the Bhote Koshi River. The path also ascends through a lush forest. The national bird of Nepal, the Himalayan Monal, can be encountered during our trek. Rhododendron trees with different colored flowers widely dispersed can be seen. We will reach Sherpa Gaun by strolling up these lovely paths.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2563m.|8406ft.

After breakfast, we will head to Langtang Valley, the hidden gem of the Langtang region. While strolling within the limits of Langtang National Park, we will get a glimpse of the incredible local fauna. As we reach the breathtaking majesty of Langtang, we experience nature's beauty in its purest form. The woodland stroll will take us through Ghodatabela. After gradually rising through the little settlements, you will eventually arrive at Thyangsyapu.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3140m.|10299ft.

After breakfast, we will move toward Kyanjin Gompa, taking in the beautiful surroundings and the thick forest beyond. On our route to Mundu, we will stop at the traditional Buddhist Monastery, which was affected by an earthquake in April 2015. The place we are going is one of the highlights of the Langtang Trek as we travel the Kyanjin Gompa. We will appreciate everything about this monastery. The area around the monastery is peaceful. Outside the monastery, there is a fantastic ambiance and a breathtaking view of mountain ranges.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3870m.|12696ft.

Today is a good day to unwind, explore, or become acclimated. We get the whole day to discover the landscape around Kyanjin Gompa. We may visit the monastery or the cheese factory. Then, we will hike to one of the famous spots in the area for 360-degree panoramic mountain views, Tserko Ri (4984m. | 16347ft.). Admire the vistas of Himalayan peaks and the sunshine shining over them. Once we reach the highest point of the viewpoint, we will have climbed to an altitude of 4984m.|16347ft. Then Return to the Kyanjin Gompa. We can also hike to the Kyanjin Ri (4773m.|15655ft.), which also offers the vistas of the Himalayan Ranges.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4984m.|16347ft.

After visiting Kyanjin Gompa, which gives a stunning view of the valley encircled by high peaks, we will hike to Rimche. After traveling through lush green woods, Langtang villages, Ghodatabela, and Gumnachok, we will ultimately arrive at Rimche. We will spend the time strolling alongside the captivating Langtang River and mountain views.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2455m.|8053ft.

From Rimche, our journey will start with a short climb through bamboo forests to the towns. After traversing the Langtang River, we will reach the bamboo village. We will keep going until we get to the top of a ridge, where we can gaze out over the Thulo Syabru valley in awe. After passing a bridge, we begin a slow drop. We will enjoy the stunning view of the Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna peaks. By making our way down the route, we will reach Foprang Danda.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3030m.|9939ft.

We will begin our trek after enjoying a delicious breakfast at Foprang Danda. We will be mesmerized by Dhunche Town's breathtaking scenery. A beautiful route in Sing Gompa leads through a couple of cheese factories. We get to taste some of the finest yak cheese in Nepal. While walking through the trails among the pleasant pine and rhododendron woods, we will climb to Lauribna. Along the walk, there is a variety of plants and fauna. The majority of the red panda, also referred to by the Nepalese as cat bears - can be found here.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3910m.|12828ft.

Our walk will begin with a tough ascent from Lauribina as we proceed to the most pristine holy lake, Gosaikunda. From the top of the Lauribina, we can admire the breathtaking Himalayan landscape. We will traverse a little slope and get the first glimpse of Gosaikunda Lake. The Gosaikunda area contains several lakes, but the three largest lakes are Bhiaravkunda, Saraswatikunda, and Gosaikunda. As we get closer to Gosaikunda, we see the entire lake. Thousands of worshippers travel to Gosaikunda every year around the August full moon during the Janai Purnima festival. Most hikers use this path mostly because it passes by Gosaikunda, one of the highest lakes in Nepal.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4380m.|14366ft.

After breakfast, we move forward on our trek. The route leaves Gosaikunda and ascends via rough terrain, passing small lakes to the highest point of this journey, the Laurebina pass (4610m). As we hike, we will glance at breathtaking views of Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal, and even the Langtang Lirung. The route becomes more difficult as we reach the pass. Passing the Lauribina La, we will descend toward Ghopte, taking in the spectacular scenery from the edge of the pass. The route traverses a bridge and passes by Phedi.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3430m.|11250ft.

We begin our journey, moving to the Helambu trail. It takes us an enjoyable hour and a half to go through the alpine forest to Thadepati, where we eat lunch and take in vistas of the snow-capped mountains of the Jugal Himalayan peaks in the east and Ganesh-Manaslu in the west. The path has several difficulties. We pass by remote areas while walking through Juniperus, pine trees, and rhododendron orchards. Following the route to Thadepati, we will descend to a ridge's western slope. We will go to Magin Goth and Kuala Bhanjyang. After there, a downhill track will lead us to Kutumsang, where we will spend the night.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2470m.|8101ft.

After breakfast, we will continue to rise through the track until it reaches a pass, then descends steeply, reaching Gul Bhanjyang, where it continues for another 3–4 hours to Pati Bhanjyang. Once we reach Thorong Danda, the route ascends and takes us to the chipping village. A short ascent leads from here to the overnight stay at Chisopani danda.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2165m.|7101ft.

We will begin our final day trek of this lovely adventure, witnessing some of the gorgeous mountains on the backdrop of the hills. The hike descends to Sundarijal across a pleasant forest with monkeys and fresh water flowing in between, which is a popular picnic spot for many locals who want to escape busy, populated metropolitan existence of this ancient city, Kathmandu. We travel to Kathmandu after continuing to descend from Sundarijal for another hour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

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Route Map

Langtang Circuit Trek - 13 Days map

What's Included

  • Complimentary airport transfer services during arrival and departure
  • 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and tea, or coffee while on the treks
  • Seasonal fresh fruit each day
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • First aid trained, English-speaking government licensed trekking guide, and his salary, meals, and equipment included
  • All required national park, TIMS permits
  •  Public bus services Kathmandu - Syabrubesi
  •  Sundarijal to Kathmandu Private jeep/ car Transport
  • Complimentary Company Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop
  • Farewell Dinner in a restaurant in Thamel
  • Government tax, vat.

What's Excluded

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa
  • Travels and health Insurance which include emergency rescues and evacuations
  • Personal expenses, all beverages, WI-FI
  • Optional 1 Private Jeep $230 
  • Optional 1 porter, it costs an extra $ 290
  • Kathmandu hotel
  • Tips for treks guide, porter (expected)

Useful Info

Langtang Circuit Trek Difficulty

Langtang Circuit trek 13 days is one of the moderate treks in the Langtang region. The trail encompasses the Langtang National Park and ascends to a high alpine lake before crossing a pass and joining the trodden Helambu region. The trail explores the isolated area with dense forests and small villages in between. 

The constant ascents & descents, high elevation, and rugged paths make the journey challenging. For beginner trekkers, this trek is also suitable as their first attempt. You'll be spending a long time in the mountains away from the comforts of the modern city. Taking all these factors into consideration, the Langtang Circuit trek is much more demanding than you may have imagined. 

Altitude Sickness

The risk of altitude sickness during the Langtang Circuit trek is common, and by taking proper measures you can easily avoid it or cure it. We do take all the precautions, still, you may see symptoms. Our trained guide will make sure you get proper attention during the trek if any medical help is needed. The moment your body begins to dehydrate and experience a lack of sleep, you'll be inviting altitude sickness. So, drink a lot of water, eat nutritious meals, and get plenty of rest. 

Langtang Circuit Trek Permits

Below is the list of permits you need for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking. All the mentioned permits are included in the package cost, and the team gets them on your behalf.

  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit
  • Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fees
  • TIMS Card

Best Time to go on Langtang Circuit Trek

The best time to do the Langtang Circuit trek is Mid-February to May and another time is from August to Mid-December. The mild climate and stable weather make the journey fantastic. The trail thrives with seasonal flowers and vegetation. The mountain views are fantastic and the night sky is full of stars. This trek can also be doable all around the year. 

Last Minute Booking 

Before booking the Langtang Circuit trek at the last minute, you should know all the challenges this trek has and the limited time you have to prepare for it. The booking also requires full payment for the trip confirmation, and canceling the last-minute booking may cost you 10% of the package cost as a cancellation charge. 

Besides that, to place a last-minute Langtang Circuit trekking booking, go to our package page and click on the booking button. Fill in the necessary information and pay the package cost. Or, you can contact us for any further questions or booking assistance. 

Accommodation & Meals

Langtang Circuit trek via Gosaikunda Lake involves teahouse accommodation. It's a simple accommodation with a shared washroom (most of the time) and basic services. The tea houses are operated by the locals and similar to their own living style. The rooms are twin shared (unless you request a single room). The bedding is clean and comfortable.

We have all the meals in the tea houses along the Langtang Circuit trails. The meals are given as per the menu of the teahouses. The most common meal is dal bhat. It's an authentic staple Nepali meal with lots of flavors and side dishes. Other options are momo, different kinds of Tibetan bread, Chapati, Potato items, noodles, chowmein, pasta, thenduk, soup, porridge, etc. For beverages, there are tea, coffee, milk, soft drinks, etc. 

Note: The ingredients in a food item can be removed if you are allergic to any foods. Vegan food is also available. 

Travel Insurance

Given the high altitude and remoteness of the Langtang Circuit trails, we need travel insurance that covers medical bills and emergency evacuation. Travel insurance is used if there is a need for immediate medical assistance that is beyond the control of first aid. There is no good healthcare infrastructure in the Langtang region, so we need to air evacuate the patient to a nearby hospital in Kathmandu (if needed). 

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

  • The charging facility is good in the Langtang region. You may have to pay a few bucks to charge your devices because most of the teahouse owners rely hugely on solar energy too. 
  • Langtang Circuit trail has no ATM, and the locals do not accept foreign currency or Credit/Visa cards. So, it's better to withdraw cash in Kathmandu.
  • The internet facility is not good as you might have guessed. Some teahouses do offer paid WiFi services, but the connection is questionable. The best choice is using cellular data, which is more economical too. 
  • The duffel bag weight limit is 10 kg per trekker. And you can carry up to 5 kg of the backpack on you. 
  • The tip is not covered in the Langtang Circuit trek package cost. You are free to tip as per your wish. We highly recommend you to feel free to tip our crew members for their hard work. 
  • Have an additional budget for personal expenses like charging, wifi, shopping, tips, etc. 
  • Most of the trekking clothes and gear are easily available to buy/rent in Thamel. So, you do not have to carry everything from your home.

FAQs

  • The Langtang Circuit trek varies from 13 days to 20 days. Our Langtang Circuit trek package is 13 days long.

  • Langtang Circuit trek is a difficult trek. The trek includes 6 hours of minimum walk each day. You live in basic accommodation and modern facilities like internet, TV, etc are less to none. You walk on steep slopes and rocky paths. The trek overall has a lot of hurdles.

  • As per government rules and regulations for the Langtang Circuit trek, you do not need a guide. You can do Langtang Circuit trekking solo. However, given the difficulty, altitude, isolation, and unseen risks along the trail, we do not recommend the Langtang Circuit trek without a guide. The trail crosses high pastures and passes. Professional guidance will make the journey hassle-free, fun, and smooth for you.

  • You do not need any advanced trekking gear for the Langtang Circuit trek, but you have to be well packed in terms of trekking clothes & basic gear such as a trekking pole, trekking boots, sleeping bag, pocket torch, reusable water bottle, et. While booking, our team will provide you with a packing checklist that you can follow to pack for this trek.

  • The Langtang Circuit trek explores the Langtang region & the Langtang National Park, which is located northeast of Kathmandu. It's only a 68 km drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek. The Langtang Circuit trekking also takes you close to the Tibetan border.

  • Yes, you can customize the Langtang Circuit trek itinerary with us. You can change the departure date, cost, duration, and services as per your requirements & budget.

  • The bus to the Langtang region is available in Machhapokhari. The buses are open early in the morning. You have the option to drive to Syabrubesi or Dhunche. Both are the trailhead of Langtang Valley.

  • The fare of a local bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi may be difficult according to the comfortability of the bus. The bus owner may charge foreigners a bit high.

  • The maximum altitude reached during the Langtang Circuit trek is Tserko Ri (4984m.|16347ft.) or Kyanjin Ri (4773m.|15655ft.). There are two other high points touched during the trek. They are Gosaikunda Lake (4380m.|14366ft.) and Lauribinayak pass (4610m.|15120ft.).

Client Reviews

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    RachUnited KingdomAugust 20, 2022

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    Would definitely recommend this to anyone doing their first trek. I met KP through Pawan at the 3 monkeys hostel (best place to stay in Kathmandu by the way). I went on the Langtang trek with a girl I met in my hostel. KP sorted us out with an amazing guide (Bim), the trek was hard (mostly because I’m very unfit) but he kept us motivated and made it a really enjoyable experience, he also went the extra mile to make sure me and my partner were looked after. He taught us a few tips and tricks and I felt confident to do a trek alone afterwards. The package was reasonably priced and the customer service was outstanding

    Dear Rach, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing a review of your experience of the Langtang trek with us and the recommendations. We are glad that you are satisfied with our service and guide Bhim. Wish to see you again for more adventures.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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