Langtang Valley Trek

I’m planning on doing a tea house trek in the Langtang valley in early October 2017.
My plan is to travel relatively lightly and stay at teahouses. For safety/ companionship I would like to join up with a like minded person(s). While my plan is to travel without a guide/ porter I am open to paying proportionally for a guide.
I have some flexibility within the time period of 1 – 10 October but at the most can only extend it out to the 11th October. I am not hung up on getting to a location on a particular day.
I am a fit 56 year old who enjoys bushwalking (hiking) and cross country skiing. Years ago I trekked around Annapurna (self organized group with guide/ porters) and Everest (with a friend, no guide/ porters). I backpacked in India, Pakistan and China on the same trip.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Arrive Kathmandu (late)
Friday, September 29, 2017 Organise permits etc
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Book bus
Sunday, October 1, 2017 Travel to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu
Monday, October 2, 2017 Walk in – day 1 (Lama Hotel)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Walk in – day 2 (Langtang)
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Walk in – day 3 (Kyanjin Gompa)
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Kyanjin Gompa
Friday, October 6, 2017 Kyanjin Gompa
Saturday, October 7, 2017 Kyanjin Gompa
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Walk out – day 1
Monday, October 9, 2017 Walk out – day 2
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 travel from trek to Kathmandu

At Kyanjin Gompa I’m looking to do some of the following:
• Walk towards Langshisha Kharka
• Kyanjin Ri
• Tsergo Ri
• Lirung valley

The budget figure is just a very rough estimate based on US$20 per day



5 replies
  1. Hi David, I am also trekking around this time to Langtang. I am a 37 year old female, also fit, skier, and independent. I have not done any trekking at this elevation, however I did spend time in Cusco Peru and only had a day of feeling fatigued from altitude. I also have skied at high elevations in Colorado without issues. I am from the US. Your plan looks similar to mine, however I will be coming over from Dehli on 9/30. My flight out of Kathmandu is 10/14 so I have some time to be flexible. I wonder if one less day in KG would not make the trip out as pressured, but as I said I am flexible. I was not planning on a guide but if I was going to trek alone I was leaning towards getting one. If I was trekking with someone I would not. I had a friend who spent 4 months in Nepal and she did not think it was necessary. I would be interested in chatting, and if you have heard of anyone else trekking in the same location around the same time let me know! Thanks! Erin

    • Erin,
      I’ve checked through the timings and they seem very compatible.
      I also have a flight out of Kathmandu on the 14th October although its an internal flight for a longer organised trek I am doing to Kanchenjunga in the remote east of Nepal. I’m doing the Langtang Trek as a warm up/ altitude acclimitisation, as well as for its spectacular scenery.
      If I shifted my timings by 1 day (leave Kathmandu Monday October 2, travel from Syabrubesi back to Kathmandu on wednesday 11th Oct it should work. I will be meeting up with my friend who is joining me on the Kanchenjunga trek on the 12th October. Alternatively it may be safer to still leave for kathmandu on the 10th in case the buses are unreliable. In this case I would just cut a day out of KG.
      The reason why I have the return leg as only 2 days is that according to my guide book the 3rd day in (Langtang to KG) is only 2-3 hours walking. The reason for this is to split up the altitude gain which doesn’t apply decending.
      My guide book spreads the trip in over 3 days, stopping as follows:
      – Lama Hotel 2480m
      – Langtang 3430m
      – Kyanjin Gompa 3870m
      If we are affected by altitude then we may need to take longer.
      At this stage I am unaware of anyone else trekking in Langtang at the same time.
      If we met 1-2 others on the bus or in Syabrubesi it would potentially be good to join up with them.
      Is your flight from Delhi am or pm?
      In Kathmandu the following need to be sorted out at the Tourist Service Centre (hours may be restricted due to a major festival) :
      – TIMS card (Sun – Fri 7am to 7pm) – need 2 passport photos
      – National park ticket (Sun – Fri 9am to 2pm)
      Bus tickets also need to be booked elsewhere

  2. Hi David, I am 23 year old female German and i’d like to do this trek in a similar time. As I don’t want to do this trek alone I was searching for some trekking partners. If you are still searching for someone doing this trek with you, it would be nice to hear from you!

  3. Hi Nele,
    At this stage there are 2 of us doing the trek and we would be happy to have a third person join us. The 2nd person is Erin (37 year old female from the USA). To fit in with Erin’s schedule the dates have moved out one day, leaving Kathmandu on monday 2nd Oct & returning wednesday 11th October. If this works for you could you let us know about any previous hiking/ trekking/ travel experience.

    Erin & Nele,
    Are your comments visible top each other?


  4. Hi David,
    after checking my timings again I decided not to join you. I am really sorry,but for me 2nd october is too early because I will stay in Chitwan Nationalpark until 3rd or 4th october. I wish you a great Trek anyway!