Trip Overview

Langtang Circle Trek is a moderate level trek of 16 days, in the beautiful Alpine valley near Kathmandu, Nepal. In this trek, you will be climbing through the dense forests of pine trees, rhododendron, bamboos, and exciting trails in the adventure land of Nepal. From the Alpine meadows of Kyanjin Gompa where you get the spectacular views of the amazing Langtang Lirung (7246m) in the north to Gang Chhenpo(6388m) and the peak of Naya Kangri (5846m) in the south. Dorje Lakpa (6966m) in the east is hardly a few meters away from the Tibetan border. This area is recognized as the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal since 1971.

Other than that, the outstanding views of the world’s highest mountain ranges are spectacular and peacefully arresting. When you are on your way to Laurebina Yak from Sing Gompa, the area which falls in the northern slope is a famous sanctuary for the “Red Pandas”- an endangered species which the Nepalese named the “cat-bear”.

In this circle trek, the route is as follows: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Kyanjin, Gompa Sing, Gompa to Gosaikund to Kutumsang to Kathmandu. You will begin the trek from Langtang first, coming towards the south to Thulo Syabru. From there we will begin our hike via the sacred lake of Gosaikund to Kathmandu. Langtang Circle Trek gives you enough time and advantage to get acclimatized to high altitudes and higher elevations at Gosaikund.

Fitness Requirements

If you have some experience in trekking in the past, then this trek will be not be as challenging for you, but if you are a beginner, then make sure you have maintained a basic fitness level because this moderate trek leads up to 16 days. Therefore, come both mentally and physically prepared to enjoy this transforming experience at the picturesque landscape of Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

After your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be gratefully received by the appointed representative who will escort you to the hotel. You will have the entire day for yourself to explore the vibrant city and then rest. A free welcome dinner will be served to you at the hotel as a sweet gesture.

Day 2 - Drive to Syabrubesi (1740m/4823ft)

After breakfast, the trekkers will be attending an orientation meeting which will clear all the doubts and questions you have, plus it will make you aware of the requirements and necessary details about the upcoming trek. You will be heading to Syabrubesi which is a 132km drive from Kathmandu.

Day 3 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2480m/8137ft) 6-7 hours

Cross the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, and enter Syabrubesi village. Along this way you get to see the waterfall of Doman, after going past a few settlements and forests with the variety of wildlife like wild boars, throated martens, red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and more. Then, cross Dangdung Khola, house-sized boulders, scrub oaks, pass another trail to reach Changtang or Lama Hotel.

Day 4 - Trek to Langtang (3430m/11254ft) 4-5 hours

Trek through the oak forest which is steep and filled with maples, pink and white rhododendrons above the Langtang Khola before reaching Gumanchok. Then, cross the stream and reach Ghora Tabela which has now become a part of the Nepal army and also the National Park Post. Cross the Yak pastures to reach Thangshyap. Then, comes the Langtang National Park, here, trekkers also get to spot the birds like hawks, cuckoos, barbets, laughing thrushes, owls, yellow and red-billed magpies, parakeet, etc.

Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3860m/12665ft) 2-3 hours

Gradually trek past the Mani wall alongside a stream to reach a small village of Mundu. Get to explore the yak wool shop, yak pastures of Yamphu, then climb a moraine to reach a viewpoint from where you can see the Kyanjin Gompa monastery, peaks of Langtang Lirung, and Kimshung.

Day 6 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4600m/15093ft) and return back

As we walk towards the northeast of Kyanjin Gompa, you will meet Kyanjin Ri. Get the spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Kimshung(6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m) peaks on the border of Tibet. The trail continues next to the river, Lirung Chu or the Laja, and after getting the close-up views of the Kinshung Glacier, you will return to Kyanjin Gompa for the night stay.

Day 7 - Trek to Lama Hotel

Descend back towards the starting point of the trekking route; spend the night at the Lama Hotel.

Day 8 - Trek to Syabrubesi

Reach Syabrubesi from the Lama Hotel, and retrace the footprints to get back to your destination. Further along, you will reach Thulo Syabru,

Day 9 - Trek to Chandanbari (3330m/10926ft) 5-6 hours

Follow the main Langtang trail from Syabrubesi and cross the bridge to the south of Langtang Khola. Trek through Dursagang (2735m), Phoprang Danda (3190m), to reach Chandanbari (Sing Gompa).

Day 10 - Trek to Gosaikunda (4400m/14436ft) 4-5 hours

The trail takes you to a steep ridge offering splendid view of the surroundings. The area towards the northern part of the slope is a Red Panda sanctuary. Enjoy the stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Chalang Pati (3550m), Laurebina Yak (3920m). Nourish your soul in the magnificent views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu (8156m), lake of Saraswati Kund, etc.

Day 11 - Acclimatization Day at Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda has a Shiva shrine and various stone shelters for pilgrims. In Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Shiva opened this lake to quench his thirst after he consumed poison. It is also said that the black rock is considered as the head of Lord Shiva. Get the enchanting views of the Chhyarkung Chuli peak over your right.

Day 12 - Trek to Laurebinayak Pass (4610m/15125ft), then Tharepati (3640m/11943ft) 8-9 hours

After trekking through the rocky trail, you will reach Laurebina Yak Pass where you can explore the Suryakund Lake to the southwest. Descend alongside the stream to reach Bhera Goth through extremely dangerous parts, the valley of Phedi, then comes Gopte (3440m), and finally Tharepati. Climb up to get the early morning vies of the Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, and more peaks on to Khumbu.

Day 13 - Trek to Gul Bhanjyang (2410m/7021ft) 5-6 hours

Trekking down from the Tharepati, you will enter a dense and appealing village of Magin Goth (3285m) to reach Mere Danda (3510m). After climbing Yurin Danda ridge, continue the journey to reach Kutumsang (2450m) and move down the hill to reach the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.

Day 14 - Trek to Chisopani (2140m/4021ft) 5-6 hours

While trekking towards Chisopani, you will cross Lapchu Danda village, Chipling village, a sherpa village called Thakuni Bhanjyang, and a Chhetri village of Pati Bhajyang (1770m).

Day 15 - Return to Sundarijal (1350m/4429ft)

March your way and cross Borlang Bhanjyang Pass at 2440m, after that trek down to Shivapuri ridge towards the Sundarijal road at Kathmandu. Your trek finishes with a feeling of sheer victory.  Here, you will be dropped to the booked hotel where you can relax for the day, engage in leisure activities, buy gifts for friends and family, etc. At night, you will be given a free farewell dinner by the hosts.

Day 16 - Final Departure

Trekkers will be dropped off to the airport by the concerned person. Your Langtang Circle trek comes to an end here.

Included

  • Airport and Hotel pick-up and drop-in.
  • 12 nights stay at Lodge guest house during the trek.
  • 3 nights at Hotel peak point at Kathmandu (breakfast included).
  • An experienced, English-speaking Guide and Porter during the trek.
  • Salary, Insurance, Food and Lodging cost for porter and guide.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and one-time tea during the trek.
  • Welcome and Farewell meals at Kathmandu.
  • TIMS and National Park Permit for Langtang.
  • T-shirt and ACH Kitbag.
  • Sleeping bag, and down jacket (to be returned at the office after the completion of the trek).
  • Government taxes and service charges.

Excluded

  • Nepal entry VISA Fee.
  • International Airfare and Departure tax.
  • Laundry, bar bills, shopping, other personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance with evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and local staff.
  • Mineral Water, Hot shower, Wi-Fi, Hot Water.
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu.

Good to Know

Red Panda is an endangered species with a population of less than 10,000 left in the wild. 50% of their habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas, according to the World Wildlife Report. The loss of bamboo and nesting trees is causing a decline in their population as their forest home is being infiltrated.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

After your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be gratefully received by the appointed representative who will escort you to the hotel. You will have the entire day for yourself to explore the vibrant city and then rest. A free welcome dinner will be served to you at the hotel as a sweet gesture.

Day 2 - Drive to Syabrubesi (1740m/4823ft)

After breakfast, the trekkers will be attending an orientation meeting which will clear all the doubts and questions you have, plus it will make you aware of the requirements and necessary details about the upcoming trek. You will be heading to Syabrubesi which is a 132km drive from Kathmandu.

Day 3 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2480m/8137ft) 6-7 hours

Cross the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, and enter Syabrubesi village. Along this way you get to see the waterfall of Doman, after going past a few settlements and forests with the variety of wildlife like wild boars, throated martens, red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and more. Then, cross Dangdung Khola, house-sized boulders, scrub oaks, pass another trail to reach Changtang or Lama Hotel.

Day 4 - Trek to Langtang (3430m/11254ft) 4-5 hours

Trek through the oak forest which is steep and filled with maples, pink and white rhododendrons above the Langtang Khola before reaching Gumanchok. Then, cross the stream and reach Ghora Tabela which has now become a part of the Nepal army and also the National Park Post. Cross the Yak pastures to reach Thangshyap. Then, comes the Langtang National Park, here, trekkers also get to spot the birds like hawks, cuckoos, barbets, laughing thrushes, owls, yellow and red-billed magpies, parakeet, etc.

Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3860m/12665ft) 2-3 hours

Gradually trek past the Mani wall alongside a stream to reach a small village of Mundu. Get to explore the yak wool shop, yak pastures of Yamphu, then climb a moraine to reach a viewpoint from where you can see the Kyanjin Gompa monastery, peaks of Langtang Lirung, and Kimshung.

Day 6 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4600m/15093ft) and return back

As we walk towards the northeast of Kyanjin Gompa, you will meet Kyanjin Ri. Get the spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Kimshung(6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m) peaks on the border of Tibet. The trail continues next to the river, Lirung Chu or the Laja, and after getting the close-up views of the Kinshung Glacier, you will return to Kyanjin Gompa for the night stay.

Day 7 - Trek to Lama Hotel

Descend back towards the starting point of the trekking route; spend the night at the Lama Hotel.

Day 8 - Trek to Syabrubesi

Reach Syabrubesi from the Lama Hotel, and retrace the footprints to get back to your destination. Further along, you will reach Thulo Syabru,

Day 9 - Trek to Chandanbari (3330m/10926ft) 5-6 hours

Follow the main Langtang trail from Syabrubesi and cross the bridge to the south of Langtang Khola. Trek through Dursagang (2735m), Phoprang Danda (3190m), to reach Chandanbari (Sing Gompa).

Day 10 - Trek to Gosaikunda (4400m/14436ft) 4-5 hours

The trail takes you to a steep ridge offering splendid view of the surroundings. The area towards the northern part of the slope is a Red Panda sanctuary. Enjoy the stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Chalang Pati (3550m), Laurebina Yak (3920m). Nourish your soul in the magnificent views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu (8156m), lake of Saraswati Kund, etc.

Day 11 - Acclimatization Day at Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda has a Shiva shrine and various stone shelters for pilgrims. In Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Shiva opened this lake to quench his thirst after he consumed poison. It is also said that the black rock is considered as the head of Lord Shiva. Get the enchanting views of the Chhyarkung Chuli peak over your right.

Day 12 - Trek to Laurebinayak Pass (4610m/15125ft), then Tharepati (3640m/11943ft) 8-9 hours

After trekking through the rocky trail, you will reach Laurebina Yak Pass where you can explore the Suryakund Lake to the southwest. Descend alongside the stream to reach Bhera Goth through extremely dangerous parts, the valley of Phedi, then comes Gopte (3440m), and finally Tharepati. Climb up to get the early morning vies of the Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, and more peaks on to Khumbu.

Day 13 - Trek to Gul Bhanjyang (2410m/7021ft) 5-6 hours

Trekking down from the Tharepati, you will enter a dense and appealing village of Magin Goth (3285m) to reach Mere Danda (3510m). After climbing Yurin Danda ridge, continue the journey to reach Kutumsang (2450m) and move down the hill to reach the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.

Day 14 - Trek to Chisopani (2140m/4021ft) 5-6 hours

While trekking towards Chisopani, you will cross Lapchu Danda village, Chipling village, a sherpa village called Thakuni Bhanjyang, and a Chhetri village of Pati Bhajyang (1770m).

Day 15 - Return to Sundarijal (1350m/4429ft)

March your way and cross Borlang Bhanjyang Pass at 2440m, after that trek down to Shivapuri ridge towards the Sundarijal road at Kathmandu. Your trek finishes with a feeling of sheer victory.  Here, you will be dropped to the booked hotel where you can relax for the day, engage in leisure activities, buy gifts for friends and family, etc. At night, you will be given a free farewell dinner by the hosts.

Day 16 - Final Departure

Trekkers will be dropped off to the airport by the concerned person. Your Langtang Circle trek comes to an end here.

Included

  • Airport and Hotel pick-up and drop-in.
  • 12 nights stay at Lodge guest house during the trek.
  • 3 nights at Hotel peak point at Kathmandu (breakfast included).
  • An experienced, English-speaking Guide and Porter during the trek.
  • Salary, Insurance, Food and Lodging cost for porter and guide.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and one-time tea during the trek.
  • Welcome and Farewell meals at Kathmandu.
  • TIMS and National Park Permit for Langtang.
  • T-shirt and ACH Kitbag.
  • Sleeping bag, and down jacket (to be returned at the office after the completion of the trek).
  • Government taxes and service charges.

Excluded

  • Nepal entry VISA Fee.
  • International Airfare and Departure tax.
  • Laundry, bar bills, shopping, other personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance with evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and local staff.
  • Mineral Water, Hot shower, Wi-Fi, Hot Water.
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu.

Good to Know

Red Panda is an endangered species with a population of less than 10,000 left in the wild. 50% of their habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas, according to the World Wildlife Report. The loss of bamboo and nesting trees is causing a decline in their population as their forest home is being infiltrated.