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Short Langtang Circuit Trek

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Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Max Altitude: 4610m at Laurabina Pass
Duration: 09 days
Cost: $585
Season: Spring/Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse
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Highlights

  • One of the best trending short Himalayan journeys in Nepal
  • Alternative to famous Everest and Annapurna region treks
  • Combination of natural as well as cultural beauty
  • Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri are rare viewpoints with 360-degree mountain vistas
  • Incredible panoramic views of the mountains and the valleys
  • Hiking to the holy Gosaikunda Lake, where thousands of pilgrims travel every year to get the sacred bath in the lake

Short Langtang Circuit Trek is one of the best treks in the central Himalayan region and is the magical combination of natural beauty and cultural diversities. The short Langtang circuit trek is highly trending since everyone has seen most of the Everest and Annapurna circuits so far. Short Langtang circuit journey can be completed within 10 days only, leaving travelers extra days to spend in Kathmandu and beyond. People love this moderate trekking trail; what about you? 

This trekking is done around Nepal’s 2nd largest Langtang National Park(1710 sq km), established in early 1976, the first National Park around the Himalayas. This fabulous Langtang region trekking leads us through the high hills of Tamangs’ and Bhotias’ traditional villages enriched with the Buddhist religion, culture and tradition of Tibetan origin. On this trek, you will be utterly engrossed in amazing vistas of Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Manaslu at 8163m, Ganesh Himal 7422m, Langtang Lirung 7227m, Ghengu Liru 6571m and other small peaks to the south. To the east, there are the upper meadows of the Langtang end in a massive mountain wall, forming the frontier with Tibet.  

The short Langtang circuit trek starts with a drive to Syabrubesi village, and then one hike to beautiful Langtang valley. Once reaching Kyanjin Gompa, we get to enjoy the charming views of the surrounding mountains, and we leave the valley heading towards the holy Gosaikunda lake, where thousands of pilgrims from Hinduism and Buddhism visit for a sacred bathe once a year in August at Full Moon day. The final step will be going over the east's highest pass and the highest spot of this adventure, Lauribina pass, before heading back toward Kathmandu. The best point of Langtang valley with Gosaikunda lake trekking is that almost anyone can join this trip and complete it, no matter if you are a beginner or a professional trekker. Spring and autumn are again the best time to do a short Langtang circuit trekking journey.

If you are interested in exploring most of the Langtang region, Langtang Circuit Trekking & Langtang Valley Trek might also be right for you.

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Short Langtang Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Syabrubesi 1460m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 02: Trek to Ghoda Tabela 3022m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 03: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3870m 4hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 04: Early morning hike to Kyanjin Ri and trek down to Lama Hotel 8hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Cholang Pati 3650 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Gosaikunda lake 4380m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Thadepati 3650m over Laurabina pass 4610m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Gulbhanjyang 2125m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Day 09: Trek to Sundarijal 1380m 5hrs and drive to Kathmandu, BL.

Kathmandu sightseeing: $90 per person (gets cheaper with bigger PAX)

Porter service: $30/day per porter

**BLD denotes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**
Short Langtang Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Syabrubesi 1460m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Drive through the North Western side of the Kathmandu valley to get to the other side of the country, Syabrubesi, which is the starting point of our trek. You will experience the difficult mountainous roads, the winding turns, and see the scattered villages on the cliffs, while also feeling the change in the weather on the route as it starts getting chilly henceforth. A long day drive will take you through different villages, checkposts and rivers, offering you a great view of the lowlands to the high hilly region. Most importantly, you will enter Langtang National Park. First, you will arrive in Dhunche, the administrative town of the Rasuwa district, which is also the starting point of the Gosaikunda trek. Then a further half an hour's drive will take you to Syabrubesi. 

Day 02: Trek to Ghoda Tabela 3022m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Enjoy your exciting day walk through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. You will cross the river a couple of times today. Follow the Langtang river upstream most of the way to get to Lama hotel first, then continue further into the dense forest to arrive at Ghode Tabela for the night. The day starts with easiness and goes a bit steeper by the end of the day. Pass through unique villages like Domen, Pairo, Bamboo, Rimche and Lama Hotel. Don't forget to look out for langur monkeys in the trees. 

Day 03: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3870m 4hrs, BLD, Teahouse

From this point on, the trail has emerged from the forest, and you will be walking beneath the mountains looming on both sides of the valley. Langtang Lirung, Tsergo Ri, Ganchenpo peak & other peaks will play hide and seek with you all the time while you keep going. Pass through the biggest village, Langtang village, in the early morning. Then follows another spectacular villages; Mundum and Sindum. On this beautiful day, you will pass through many tiny stone-built houses and the mani Chortens along the gentle path. Finally, arrive in the stunning village surrounded by magnificent peaks; the Kyanjin village. There are two viewpoints here in Kyanjin; Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri. As time permits, you can sunset hike to Tsergo Ri and visit a monastery or an old cheese factory in the village. 

Day 04: Early morning hike to Kyanjin Ri and trek down to Lama Hotel 8hrs, BLD, Teahouse

In fact, on this day, you can hike to either of the most amazing hilltops; Tsergo Ri or Kyanjin Ri and the latter is about 300 meters higher than the former. Hike to one of the best viewpoints, Kyanjin Ri 4800m, in the early morning, then descend to the hotel. It's better to wake up at 4-5 am if you want to observe and capture the stunning sunrise over the panoramic mountains. Afterward, taking snaps of the spectacular mountain views on the way, descend the same way back down to the Lama hotel, the one we took earlier. Overnight in the Lama hotel.

Day 05: Trek to Cholang Pati 3650 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

As we continue our journey, we descend to the Langtang river, cross it, and ascend towards Thulo Syabru. Climb through the pine and juniper forests to arrive in the beautiful village, Thulo Syabru, which is very close to the district headquarter and has some excellent modern lodges. Continue further to Cholang Pati with a shortcut on the straight way avoiding Sing Gompa, which follows the curved trail.

Day 06: Trek to Gosaikunda lake 4380m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Start this day's journey with the gentle uphill walk to enter the dense pine forests. We will be passing the sanctuary, which is famous for the occasional sights of the Himalayan red panda while climbing towards the Gosaikunda lake. En route, the view of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal ranges is just mindblowing. Arrive in the spiritually holiest lake in Nepal, Gosaikunda lake, which is one of our main highlights.

Day 07: Trek to Thadepati 3650m over Laurabina pass 4610m 7hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Here comes the challenging day to cross the high-altitude pass, Laurabina pass, to get to the other side. The trail is rough and crosses moraines. After crossing the pass and getting to the bottom of the hill, continue the journey through the rocky hills until you arrive in Ghopte. Continue further on the descending trail towards Thadepati for the night stop.

Day 08: Trek to Gulbhanjyang 2125m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

Part of the Helambu trekking trail, this part of the hike is wonderful as you will see another side of the hilly areas. Our journey today takes us to a lovely village Gulbhanjyang. Either continue to Chisapani or stay behind to enjoy the incredible surrounding views. We would rather stay behind to enjoy more mountain time. 

Day 09: Trek to Sundarijal 1380m 5hrs and drive to Kathmandu, BL.

After breakfast, head towards Chisapani to walk for about 3 hours. After taking some rest in Chisapani, continue to Sundarijal through the lovely rhododendron forests to get back to Kathmandu. Heartily congratulation to all for completing the challenging journey, and we hope you had a wonderful experience back in the Himalayas and nature with the Nature Lovers.

Cost for 1 PAX: $765 /-

Cost for 2 or more PAX: $585 per person

Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

Short Langtang Circuit Trek Cost Breakdown

Cost Include

  • All ground transport on public vehicles (added cost for private vehicles)
  • Teahouse accommodations in mountain
  • Full board meals like breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea / coffee in cups
  • An experienced English speaking guide, his salary and insurance
  • All entrance fees and permits for whole trek
  • Complimentary company T-shirt / route map
  • Certificate of appreciation
  • First Aid Medical Kit Bag with pulse oximeter
  • All government Vat / Tax including local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Porter service
  • Personal expenses of any sorts
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and emergency rescue insurance
  • Gratuities to field staffs (highly expected)
  • Optional supply if necessary; walking stick, sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, etc. (can be hired in Kathmandu at minimal cost)

Short Langtang Circuit Trek Useful Information

Customized Trips and Trip departure

Short Langtang Circuit Trek departs from Kathmandu as per our fixed departure dates. You can join any available fixed departure groups if you are a solo or small group travelers if you wish to, when the trips cannot be customized.

But if you are in a private group, fixed departure dates are not suitable for you and so you need to choose your own dates and packages, when you can customize the trek as per your travel needs. For further information, please kindly contact your own friendly neighbor, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours.

Accommodations during trek

You will be staying in the teahouse lodges or guesthouses during the trek.

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best accommodation arrangement for you from the beginning to the end. We believe after the tough walking day, everyone deserves the proper rest and the right ambience to relax and chill. Therefore, our choice of accommodation is the best when it comes to the trekking days. The rooms will be clean and comfy. Our entire accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis as you can see, so you have to let us know if others; let’s say if you want triple or quadruple sharing or if you want a double bed, etc. There will be extra charge for the single supplement.

Route Map and Company T-shirt

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers you a complimentary trekking map and the company t-shirts.

Safe Drinking Water during Short Langtang Circuit Trek

Hydrating yourself is the most important thing to do during the trek. You should drink at least 3 liters of water every day or more. The main reason is to avoid the altitude sickness and to avoid other health issues. Nature Lovers Treks and Tours provides you water purification tablets or liquids to purify the water in the mountains. You can even buy mineral water or boiled water on extra cost.

Your trekking guides and porters

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best guides and porters in the whole tourism industry. We can guarantee you on that. Ask yourselves a question. What do you look for in a guide and a porter? Are they fully insured and are they paid well? Well, they are the staffs of Nature Lovers Treks and Tours so they are hundred percent happy with their treatment by the company. They are experienced, licensed and knowledgeable in the field. They are well paid and fully insured for their journey as well as for the medicals.

Now, let’s talk about our backbones. The leader or a guide should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours can proudly say that our guides (climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.

Our guide knows the local areas, the cultures, the traditions and the lifestyles much more than anyone do. Some of the things he tells you, might even be hard to find in the travel guide books. Depending upon the situations and weather conditions, the daily plans might change slightly which when happens, he will inform you beforehand. You should always be flexibly ready to accommodate to your guides’ instructions. Let him know if you have any health problems as well since he will act accordingly to the situation. Depending upon the group size, we will also provide you assistant guides and extra Sherpas if needed.

Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 25/30 kg to be carried by one porter. They are the strongest in our group with less communication skills. We also closely work with IPPG {International Porter Protection Group} and follow their ethics and guidelines.

Solo traveling in the Himalayas

We have had many solo travelers in the past. Nepal is totally safe to travel even in the Himalayas, even though you are solo. No matter if you're a solo female or a male traveler, you can hike in the Himalayas doubtlessly, with our experienced guide. 

Extra personal expenses during and after trek

The clients are responsible for their own personal expenses during or after the treks like, for buying beverages and snacks, WiFi, doing laundry, buying souvenirs & personal equipment, tips for the field staffs, etc. Therefore, we recommend you to bring some extra cash (in dollars or euro, etc.) of about $200-300, and change it into Nepali Rupees since only NPR are accepted in majority of the Nepali market. 

Shower during the trek

It's an important matter to discuss about. After a day's end, you might feel like showering and get fresh. It's a good idea on the lower altitudes but if you're on the higher altitudes (more than 3500m), we recommend to shower on intervals. People seem to catch a cold easily after showering which can lead to altitude sickness. Teahouses in the lower elevation offers you hot shower, but in the upper elevation, a bucket of hot water is provided. They charge a little extra for the hot water bath ($3-5). 

Laundry on the trail

There are some teahouses which offer laundry services and you can use their service during the acclimatizing days. However, most of the lodges don't have laundry service and you might have to either wash your clothes yourself or postpone until you arrive in Kathmandu. Please plan in advance about it. 

Your safety

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. We provide you our own comprehensive first aid medical kit bag along with the professional team of guides and porters. We are always in communication with our field team members to keep track of your safety and concerns. Your entire journey will be monitored by us and we make sure you enjoy your journey in full scale. We are available 24/7 for your health and safety checks during Short Langtang Circuit Trek.

Short Langtang Circuit Trek Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Short Langtang Circuit Trek cost?

The cost of the Short Langtang Circuit Trek varies depending upon the number of days you choose to trek. The longer the trek, more expensive it will become. Similarly, the price will differ with the accommodation choices and group sizes also. Normally, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers a comprehensive package which is inclusive of all the cost and expenses for the entire journey. However, you could also choose to buy only service-based package from us when we will be providing you only the supporting field staffs plus trekking permits and you have to arrange the rest by yourselves.

How is the Accommodation during the Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

In Short Langtang Circuit Trek, we will provide you the teahouse accommodations. A teahouse is typically a mountain lodge which is a combination of a lodge or a guest house and a restaurant or a café with basic furniture and interiors suitable for the social hangout. Many teahouses even have attached bathrooms and the central heating furnace. Most of the teahouses provide the European toilets these days while Asian style of toilets are available in every teahouses. Hot showers are available but on extra cost. The same goes with the hot drinking water since they use the gas or solar to boil the water. Sleeping blankets are usually provided but we recommend you to carry your own sleeping bags for the hygienic purpose {can be arranged on request}. At the same time, it’s better to carry your own toiletries including the towels.

What are the permits that I need for Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

For Short Langtang Circuit Trek, you will need to make 3 permits: Langtang National Park entrance fee, Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park fee and TIMS Card (Trekkers' Information Management System).

How does this tipping system in Nepal work and do I have to tip?

Tipping is not compulsory for Short Langtang Circuit Trek however tipping is all about showing your gratitude and appreciation. We care about our staffs in the fields so we expect you to look after them in return for them looking after you throughout your journey. They are your closest friend in the remotest parts and also your protector whenever anything seems to happen to you. So tipping is highly expected and we’ve made it mandatory too. The amount of gratuities can be determined by yourselves. Normally, a guide and also a porter expects around $10 or more per day.

Can I charge my phones, batteries or other electronic devices in Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

You can easily charge your electronic devices during Short Langtang Circuit Trek but by paying small amount or fees for charging. Don’t forget to buy a plug adapter or socket fittings before you leave Kathmandu.

Is there WiFi and mobile signal on the Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

Short Langtang Circuit Trek route has good mobile network coverage these days {with few exception days}, thanks to the Nepalese telecommunication companies called Ncell and NTC. You can buy one of these Sim cards from any local phone shops in Kathmandu. It is wiser to buy a sim card with around 4 GB data in Kathmandu and use the mobile data in the trek to avoid paying extra by buying WiFi on the trek.

WiFi is available on most of the teahouses in Short Langtang Circuit Trek route and cost some charges. However, the signal varies from place to place and please don’t expect to receive the fast data coverage in the trek.

When is the best time to trek to Langtang Circuit?

Short Langtang Circuit Trek can be done throughout the year. However in average, Spring {March, April and May} and Autumn {September, October and November} are the best times or seasons to trek to Langtang Circuit. Spring and Autumn are known as the Peak season or Busy season in Nepal. It’s because the temperature is moderate during these seasons and the best panoramic mountain views are guaranteed while during other Summer {June, July and August} and Winter {December, January and February} season, the clear weather is not guaranteed. But if you are an explorer, a photographer and a peace lover, less busy season can also be the right time to do Short Langtang Circuit Trek. The problem is the weather is harsh cold in winter and there’s snow everywhere while the summer has rainfalls and clouds obscuring the mountains and the views are not so great most of the time.

Do I have to worry about the altitude sickness in Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

The itinerary of our Short Langtang Circuit Trek is perfectly designed by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours and has separated enough time in the places to let the body acclimatize well in high altitudes. As long as you follow the guide, you should be fine. Altitude sickness in fact can affect anyone regardless of the age or the fitness level, so it is very important to walk slowly and gradually as you go higher. Learn more in details about Altitude Sickness to prepare yourselves for the upcoming Short Langtang Circuit Trek.

Do I need to be healthy and physically fit for Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

When it comes to trekking in the mountains, health and fitness of a person plays a vital role. If you are a healthy person without any serious medical problems, Short Langtang Circuit Trek is for you but if you have any sorts of medical issues, please consult to your doctor before coming to Nepal for the trek. We will be gaining the high altitude of 4610 m above the sea level which is not a joke. People normally start to have breathing problems above 3000 meters from the sea level, if they have pre-existing health conditions.

Now when it comes to the fitness level required, Short Langtang Circuit Trek demands high physical fitness. The trekking includes daily walks of about 4-8 hours and involves many ascents and descents including crossing of the high pass which means you need lots of practices before you start the trekking journey. You will be traversing through the forests, high passes and high hills. If you do not have the previous trekking experience, that’s fine but obviously if you have previous experiences, it will be lot easier. For those not having previous trekking experiences, please exercise regularly for at least 2 months prior to your trekking departure. Go for the morning walks, do some jogging as you get time, participate in some cycling activities, etc. This way, you will be good to go for trekking to Langtang Circuit.

What kind of food items or meals can I eat on Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

Full board meals or full meals are included during the trek. Tea and coffee will also be provided during the entire trip. During the trek, you will have your breakfast and dinner in the same teahouse where you spend the night while the lunch will be served en route towards the next destination of the day. There are a varieties of choices to choose from; Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, etc.

The most common and the highly recommended food during the Short Langtang Circuit Trek is typical Nepali Dal Bhat {rice and lentil}; even better without meat, means Nepali Vegetarian Dal Bhat. You can also eat other food items such as seasonal vegetables, noodles and spaghetti, pastas, pizzas and French fries, soups, etc. depending upon the availability. For the beverage, you can either choose warm, hot or cold beverages; soft drinks, beer and hard drinks. For the breakfast, you can order cereals, breads, noodle soups, egg dishes, etc.

Do I need a travel insurance for Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

Travel insurance is a must when you trek to Langtang Circuit. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses, if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen. We strongly advise you to take out an insurance which covers any medical risks up to 4600 meter as well as the medical evacuation from the mountains.

Can I use my debit or credit cards during the trek?

In general, most of the places in Nepal don't accept the card payments as they are remote and of limited use to them. So, we recommend you to withdraw some cash before departing for the journey. ATMs will charge you minimal service fee for withdrawing money and you will also get good exchange rate from the banks. 

How much weight of luggage can I take during the trek?

Our porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg so, since 2 clients will share one porter, both of your combined weights shouldn't be more than 20kg. We care about our porters and he also has his personal belongings to carry as well. 

For the important things and your personal items, you might have to carry your own backpack. But please, only carry the essentials and you will have to leave the rest of the unimportant items, either in the hotel's locker room or in our office store for free. 

Is there any age limit for Langtang circuit trek?

Not, at all. No matter if you're 5 years old or 85, you can trek as long as you can. In fact, the children seem to adapt to the high altitudes faster than an adult. So, as long as you're willing to hike the Himalayas, you can hike no matter what your age is. 

How do you take the remaining balance on arrival in Kathmandu? Do I need to pay you by cash or I can use my card?

On arrival in Kathmandu, you can pay the remaining balance either on cash or by card. We prefer to be paid in cash (doesn't matter which currency) rather than by card but however, you can also swipe your card which will incur you extra 3.5% charge from the bank.

How big should my backpack be?

It all depends on what you wish to carry on your day pack. We recommend a backpack between 20-40 liter or roughly the size of a school bag. 

If I have to use a restroom during the hike or trek, where can I use the restroom?

You can easily access the restrooms of any teahouses on the trail. If in case it's urgent and you cannot find any teahouses around, you can always go off the trail to ease yourself. 

Can I leave my luggage in Kathmandu?

Definitely, you can leave your excess stuffs in Kathmandu. Either you can leave them on the hotel's locker room or in our office store for free. 

What about extra days and nights in Kathmandu?

For any extra days and nights in Kathmandu which is outside of your schedule, you can let us know beforehand and we can book the hotels for you and also other add-ons or activities as you may like. If under unforeseen circumstances you get extra days in Kathmandu after the trek, we shall work out the right solution for you.

What if I get sick or injured during the trek?

Like we said earlier, we, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. Our professional team is always with you and monitoring you to ensure your wellness and safety. Our experienced and well-trained guide will use his emergency skills in case of emergency; either if you get injured or if you get sick. If it's regarding a symptom of altitude sickness or AMS, you will have to go down to the lower altitudes as fast as possible in order to gain your energy back. You can always continue in the later days or retreat as per your choice. In case of necessity, he will arrange the rescue helicopter for you as well to get the quick medical attention in Kathmandu. 

How cold is it during the Langtang circuit trekking?

The places in the mountainous region are always cold no matter which season or what time. But the temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude. 

What gears and equipment do I need to pack for Short Langtang Circuit Trek?

Choosing the right gear and equipment is important as well for the successful trek to Langtang Circuit. Pack the right gears and equipment but remember, packing as light as possible is the best way to go when trekking to Langtang Circuit. You should read this What to take for travel to get all the details on what you need to pack or carry.

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