One of the best hikes in the world
4000m+ valley north of Kathmandu, parallel to the Tibet border.
Plenty of challenging side trips up high.
AT A GLANCE
minimum 100km (60mi) return
- plus sidetrips
- 8-11 days
- Langtang National Park established 1970 in the Langtang Region, first National Park in Nepal
- majority of hikers in the Langtang region hire a guide, porter guide and/or porters but it’s easy to hike independently
- sleep and eat in basic lodges (tea houses)
- mid-October to mid-December best months
- beginning of March to mid-May next best. (Laurabina pass on the nearby Gosainkund trek MIGHT stay closed until early May. Many Langtang trekkers do Gosainkund after Langtang.)
- the reputation is “generally easy hiking” on good trails with a light pack. Some challenging, potentially dangerous sidetrips possible.
- it is easier than the other main trekking areas of Nepal in that maximum altitude is lower
- Langtang trails are not expensive, but many spend more than they anticipate on luxuries. We spent about $30/day in 2014. Cheapskates about $20/day.
- be clear — you might have to QUIT if by bad luck or rushed ascent you suffer altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS).
- some suffer respiratory problems. Headaches. Or fatigue.
Why We Like This Hike
- mighty peaks of Langtang (7234m) and Ganesh (7446m) as well as a sprawl of endless 6000m+ summits
- sacred lakes of Gosainkund in the nearby Helambu region
- wonderful photographic opportunities
- colourful Hindu, Buddhist and mountain cultures
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