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Introduction

Langtang Circuit Trek is a magical combination of adventure, biodiversity, spectacular Himalayan snow-capped peaks, and Tibetan-influenced cultural and ethnic encounters. This trek offers several reasons to join; rhododendron forests, culturally rich villages, white Himalayan peaks, majestic waterfalls, high altitude lakes, glaciers, several endangered wild animals, natural hot springs, etc. This trek is the combination of Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda Lake, and Helambu village. The start starts from Syabrubensi, completes the Langtang region first, the Gosainkunda region in the middle, and Helambu valley at the end.

Langtang Circuit Trek is a wonderful trekking route. This trek is suitable for everyone, whether a beginner or an experienced hiker. Although most part of the trail is easy to a moderate level, there involves some steep ascending and descending as well. The trail is a spectacular adventure that a trekker can give a try; away from hustles and bustles. We will be exploring Tamang and Shera communities and their cultures/traditions most of the time.

Unlike busy and commercialized Annapurna and Everest region treks, trekking in this region is a lot different and most enjoyable. As the region serves fewer tourists every year, Langtang Circuit Trekking is also an ideal route for travelers looking for a quiet trail in the Himalayas. Taking about two and a half weeks, this trek is an ideal route for people wanting to trek in a peaceful environment.

Tour Highlights

  • A beautiful, circular route and easy to moderate level trekking route in Langtang region that connects Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu
  • Great alternative route to stay out from crowded routes of Annapurna and Everest region, best alternative for Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • 14 night 15 days fully guided trek through the Himalayas
  • Valleys, high altitude lakes, pilgrimage sites, villages in the cliffs, rich culture, thundering rivers and towering Himalayas
  • Amazing views of Himalayas, Tserko Ri view point, thrilling drive to trek starting point
  • Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions of Tamang people, taste of Tibet
  • Crossing of Gosainkunda Pass / Lauribinayak Pass close to 5000 meters / 16,404 feets

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 1313 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 962 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 905 / per person
10 Person Above USD 864 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Syabrubensi

Our first day starts with a long and tiring drive to Syabrubensi. The road takes us via the North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route. The road, especially after Kalikasthan, looks thrilling as landslides are continuously found during monsoon season. The road passes through beautiful forests of high Hilly regions with some occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers and beautiful crystal waterfalls falling from the top of the hills. Once we cross the multiple landslide area, we will reach Dhunche and the road starts gradually descending towards Syabrubensi; a small town with few lodges made for travelers visiting this region.

Day 03Trek to Lama Hotel

We will cross the river and start ascending towards the Lama Hotel via small-small settlements of local people. We will pass via different villages such as Pahiro and Bamboo. Throughout the trail, we will be accompanied by the thundering Langtang river. There is steep climbing between Bamboo and Rimche. It’s a beautiful day inside the forest most of the time and occasional sights of monkeys and red pandas on a lucky day. Lama hotel is situated on the bank of Langtang river and there are 4-5 lodges for trekkers service.

Day 04Trek to Langtang Village

We will enter inside dense green forests giving us fresh air. The thundering Langtang river will be on our right and the enchanting birds on the left side. We will reach Gumma Chok AKA Riverside before we reach Ghora Tabela (2,950M) for lunch. A good view of the Himalayas is seen from Ghora Tabela. Proceeding further, we will let our national park entry permits be checked by Army officials then continuing the trek further takes us to Thangsyap and Chamki village before we reach Langtang Village.

Day 05Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

Today’s trail is mostly flat like gentle ascending surrounded by several Himalayan peaks in a 360-degree panorama. We will be passing by typical villages like Mondoo and Singdum on our way to Kyanjin Gompa. The yaks grazing on the grassland will company us today. There are many religious stone mani walls with Buddhist prayers written on them. We are supposed to walk clockwise while passing along the religious spots. Once the cross the glacier area, we will see Kyanjin village surrounded by the Himalayan peaks. There is a famous cheese factory to try some locally made cheese. We can also make a visit to Glacier if interested.

Day 06Hike to Tserko RI (5000M / 16,404FT), return back to Kyanjin Gompa

The most beautiful day of our hike is here. We will take breakfast in the hotel and start our hike to Tserko Ri with packed lunch. It’s a long day ascending but make it worth it once we reach the top of the viewpoint. The summit offers close Himalayan views of several Himalayan peaks in a 360-degree panorama. We will then return back to Kyanjin Gompa in the afternoon and take some rest before we start descending on the following day.

Day 07Trek back to Lama Hotel

We will be returning via the same route used to ascend a couple of days ago. It’s going to be an easy day. We will be surrounded by the Himalayan peaks most of the time. Lama Hotel is situated alongside the Langtang River, the night becomes louder as we hear the thundering sound of Langtang river.

Day 08Trek to Thulo Syabru village

We will trek to Bamboo village and slightly further the trail to Thulo Syabru village separates. We will follow the uphill trail through the dense forests of oaks and rhododendrons. Thulo Syabru village is one of the biggest villages of this region, close to district headquarters; Dhunche. Some comparatively nice lodges are built, the internet and telephone are available, etc. There are some nice views of Ganesh Himal and Tibetan peaks from here.

Day 09Trek to Sing Gompa

We will start ascending uphill inside the forests. The trail is uphill almost throughout the day. We will be passing via different villages of the region; i.e. Gardagaon and Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari and Sing Gompa. Chandanbari hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories in Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks on the horizon.

Day 10Trek to Lauribinayak

We have a short day and we aim to make it to Lauribinayak before lunchtime. The trail starts with gentle ascending then we will enter inside the dense pine forests. The day gives unusual sights of the endangered Himalayan red panda but not so easy. Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati and a steep ascending before we make it to Lauribinayak. Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons to do Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. The views on the Langtang valley are impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan range looks amazing.

Day 11Trek to Gosainkunda Lakes

We will start the day with a steep climbing to the top of Lauribinayak and continue through gentle ascending before making another steep ascend below Gosainkunda Lake. The panoramic view from the top of the Lauribinayak is dramatic. The Gosainkunda lake area is so peaceful and so spectacular. We will take our lunch in the lodge and stroll around in the afternoon.

Day 12Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M / 15,124FT); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Ghopte

We will start the walk on the bank of the holy Gosainkunda Lake. Once we pass the lake, we will do steep climbing towards the top of the Gosainkunda Pass. The pass is the highest point we will be visiting on this trek. The top of the pass is covered with lots of praying flags left by the travelers and local people. We will take some rest and start steep descending towards Ghopte for the overnight.

Note: On 31 July 1992, a Thai airline flight was crashed near Phedi causing 113 casualties.

Day 13Trek to Melamchigaon

We enjoy breakfast in the lodge and start climbing a gentle uphill before we reach another small pass called Tharepati (3,650M / 11.975FT). Tharepati is also popular as a viewpoint for peaks of the Langtang region. Once we pass Tharepati, we make steep descending to Melamchi Gaon. The trail is mostly inside the dense green forests of oaks, rhododendrons, and pines. Melamchi Gaon is the only village after leaving Tharepati.

Day 14Trek to Tarkeghyang

Tarkeghyang is situated on the other side of the river, at about the same altitude. It’s a difficult day as we have to descend about 2 – 3 hours and make ascend of 3 – 4 hours so there is no altitude gain on this day. Initially, we will descend to Melamchi River and then make the ascent. We will stop in Nakotegaon for a quick lunch and continue a few hours to reach Tarkeghyang for an overnight stay.

Melamchi River is the starting point of the much-awaited Melamchi Water Project, which aims to provide sufficient drinking water to people living in Kathmandu.

Day 15Trek to Sermathang

We start the walk following a flat trail. We comparatively will have an easy day passing through soft green forests. We will be walking via beautiful forests, waterfalls, paddies, and chanting streams then we will reach Ghyangyul and probably make a stop for our lunch. Ghyangyul is a small Sherpa village with few lunch places for trekkers. Continuing further will take us to Sermathang overnight. We will have some time to explore around the village including an old and beautiful Buddhist monastery before it gets dark.

Day 16Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (860M / 2,821FT), Drive to Kathmandu

We will start our day after having breakfast in the lodge. First, we will reach Kakani village (1500M), situated on the top of the hill before starting out descend to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. We will be walking near the Indrawati river before making a cross to reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar; inhabited by various ethnic groups. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is a small town that has frequent buses to Kathmandu. This town is also popular for delicious local fish from the river. We will take our lunch here before catching a bus to Kathmandu.

Note: A disastrous flooding wiped the Melamchi Pul Bazaar in 2021. More details are available here: https://www.icimod.org/article/the-melamchi-flood-disaster/

Day 17Drive to airport, end our our services

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 airport transfers for international arrival and international departure)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Dhunche - Melamchi Pul Bazaar - Kathmandu transfers on a public vehicle(A private transportation is highly recommended and can be arranged at additional costs if requested)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(16 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, 15 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 02 to Day 15)
  • Langtang National Park (LNP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances))
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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Meals and Accommodation: Langtang Circuit Trekking is complete tea house based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. However, in Kathmandu we provide 3 star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on Gosainkunda Pass and Tserko RI might be inaccessible, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be tried in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Langtang Circuit Trekking are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and early December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. Hike to Tserko RI might be closed in mid winter due to snowfall.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March – early June, and September – December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter, even though the Tserko RI hike and Gosainkunda Pass might get closed at that time (depending on snowfall/snow level). June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers making it uncomfortable to trek. Sometimes, the roads between Kathmandu to Syabrubensi even get closed due to landslides and heavy rainfalls.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 16 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The route can be tried by novice travelers even though a couple of days are quite hard comparing to many days.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 10 years old. The trek is not suitable for the kids below 10. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 2/3 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
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Great company. Excellent communication. Easy and simple with a great value. I would definitely use them again!

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