How to Reach Langtang from Kathmandu?
There are two routes to reach Langtang from Kathmandu. The first route is from Syabrubesi and the other is from Sundarijal. Both these routes provide you with incredible trekking and sightseeing opportunities.
Starting from Syabrubesi (1450m)
Syabrubesi (1450m) is a popular starting point of the treks in the Langtang region including the Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, and others. It is just 80 km away from Kathmandu.
Moreover, the quaint village is the entry point or main gateway for further adventure in the region. The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi takes around 7 to 8 hours and also depends upon the mode of transportation.
Mode of Transportation
Since the starting point of our trek Syabrubesi is relatively closer to Kathmandu. You can use various modes of transportation to reach there. You can take a local bus, a tourist bus, a jeep, or a private cab as your means of transportation. The choice of transportation depends upon your desire, requirement, and the budget. They are as follows:
Local buses are the most common means of transportation in the country. It is relatively cheaper but crowded with people. However, it is a unique experience altogether. You can find the local route buses running from Machhapokhari in Kathmandu.
The buses leave for Syabrubesi early in the morning at around 7 AM to 9 AM. you have to arrive early to get the best seats or any seats at all. People also travel by standing or sitting on top of the buses.
Moreover, the ride will get bumpy as both the bus and the roads are not in excellent condition. If you love some adventure during the journey, you can take this trip with some precautions. You can also observe the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and the hilly green landscapes.
These express buses don’t make stops to get passengers in the middle of the journey. You will have a great time with comfortable seating experience on these buses. The trip gets shortened, and you will arrive at your destination 1 to 2 hours early in comparison. They have a fixed departure time and do not stop in the middle of the journey.
Jeeps are another mode of transportation to reach the destination. Tata Sumo is generally the jeep used in the journey. This mode of transportation is for a limited number of passengers and can only accommodate about 8 to 10 people.
Moreover, the jeep leaves early in the morning at around 7:30 AM from Machhapokhari. You should book your tickets early so that you don’t have any hassle. They are faster, do not stop in the middle, and are comfortable in comparison. You will arrive at Syabrubesi earlier and thus have more time to prepare for the trek.
You can also hire a private cab or a vehicle to Syabrubesi. They are quite expensive but give you a comfortable experience overall. You can also stop in the middle for a rest or a detour while travelling privately. This mode of transportation is convenient, safer, and ensures that you reach your destination in time.
Your actual trekking journey starts from Syabrubesi. You will trek from Syabrubesi to Langtang Valley after passing through the various village settlements. Read further to know more about the route details:
Syabrubesi - Lama Hotel
The trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel is around 11 km long and takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to complete. You will gently ascend the trail alongside the Bhote Koshi River. The forested trails pass through the Rhododendron and Oak trees till you arrive at the settlement of Bamboo.
You will then descend gradually and cross the Langtang Khola via a small wooden bridge. We ascend the trail to arrive at the Lama Hotel. You can observe the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains from the Lama Hotel (2480 m). You will stay overnight at Lama Hotel.
Lama Hotel - Langtang Valley
The trek from Lama Hotel and Langtang Valley takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete. The early trek first ascends towards the stunning Ghora Tabela. The 15 km passes through the forested trails of pines and birches trees.
You will stop to rest and have lunch at the Ghora Tabela. The trail then takes a steep climb towards a village and then arrives at the Langtang Valley (3540 m). It is a beautiful valley with incredible mountain landscapes. You will stay overnight in the village.
Langtang Valley - Kyanjin Gompa
The trek from Langtang Valley to Kyanjin Gompa takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete. This 7 km trek starts with a gentle climb before crossing a water stream through a makeshift wooden bridge. You will then pass through the forested trail and observe the rare flora and fauna of the region.
Moreover, a gentle uphill climb will take you to the spiritual hub of Kyanjin Gompa (3817m). The Tamang village settlement is a great place to explore the culture and heritage of the region. You can observe the entire region from the viewpoint.
Acclimatization is essential during the trek, and the Gompa is a popular place to acclimatize. A hike to Tsergo Ri and a visit to the famous Cheese factory is also on the cards. You will stay overnight at a lodge in the Kyanjin Gompa.
Kyanjin Gompa - Rimiche
The trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Rimiche takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete. The distance of the trek from Kyanjin Gompa and Rimiche is approximately 9 km. The up and downhill trek passes through the forested trail and Himalayan rivers till you arrive at Rimiche (2450 m). You will stay overnight at a lodge in Rimche.
The trek from Rimiche to Syabrubesi takes around 3 to 4 hours. You will then take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Starting from Sundarijal (1463m)
Sundarijal is another starting point to reach Langtang from Kathmandu. It is an alternative starting point located in the Gokarneshwor Municipality in Kathmandu. You can enter the Langtang region via the pristine Shivapuri National Park. The beautiful village is only 15 km away from Kathmandu. The drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1463m) takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Mode of Transportation
To travel till Sundarijal, you can use either a local bus or private vehicle. It is a short distance drive from Kathmandu.
Local buses run from the Old Bus Park (near Ratnapark) to Sundarijal. It takes around an hour to arrive at the destination after making various stops in the middle. They are quite cheaper in comparison to private cabs. You can also catch the bus from either Jorpati or Bouddha as the bus passes along the route.
A private cab takes around half-hour to arrive at Sundarijal. You need to hire or book the vehicle in advance. You can stop at the famous temples of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath Stupa along the way.
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The actual trekking journey begins from Sundarijal. You will trek via the famous Gosaikunda to arrive at Langtang. The trekking route is as follows:
Sundarijal - Chisapani
The trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes around 4 to 5 hours. The total distance of the trek is approximately 10.6 km. The trail is mostly uphill climbing along the stony staircases passing through the beautiful forested trails. You will arrive at the famous Shivapuri National Park after a trek of an hour.
Moreover, you will take a steep climb through deep forests to arrive at Chisopani (2134m). The incredible mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, and others are enchanting. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Chisopani.
Chisopani - Gul Bhanjayang
After observing the awe-inspiring sunrise, we head towards Gul Bhanjayang from Chisopani. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete the trek. You arrive at Pati Bhanjyang from where you climb uphill to Chipling.
After a few hours of trekking, we arrived at Thodang Betini. We then descend passing through the green forests to reach the Gul Bhanjayang (2285 m). You will stay overnight at a lodge in Gul Bhanjyang.
Gul Bhanjayang - Tharepati
The trek from Gul Bhanjayang to Tharepati takes around 5 to 6 hours. After a trek of a few hours, we arrive at Kutumsang from where we can observe the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains.
Moreover, the trail then takes us uphill on a forested trail observing the rare flora and fauna before arriving at Tharepati. Tharepati (3640m) is a beautiful village settlement. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Tharepati.
Tharepati - Gopte
The trek from Tharepati to Gopte takes around 5 to 6 hours. The harsh trails move uphill and downhill a lot before arriving at Gopte. Gradual walking with regular hydration will help you a lot during the trek. Gopte (3440m) is a scenic settlement with majestic views of the mountains. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in the village.
Gopte - Gosaikunda
The trek from Gopte to Gosaikunda is a prime attraction of the trek. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete the trek from Gopte to Gosaikunda. We walk through the forested trail covered in pines and oaks trees. You will arrive at the settlement of Phedi, before climbing uphill through rough moraines.
On the journey, you will pass through small water streams before arriving at the Gosaikunda (4460m). The sacred Gosaikunda lake welcomes hundreds of Hindu pilgrims all round the year. The beautiful mountain vista reflected on the pristine lake is breathtaking. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Gosaikunda.
Gosaikunda - Lauri Binayak
The trek from Gosaikunda to Lauri Binayak takes around 4 hours. The descending trails will take us to the beautiful temple of Shakyamuni. We will continue our journey to Lauribinayak passing through the pristine lakes of Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda. After a trek of a few hours, we arrive at Lauribinayak (3920m) where we stay overnight at a teahouse.
Lauribinayak - Shin Gompa
The trek from Lauribinayak to Shin Gompa takes around 5 hours. We pass through the beautiful forested trail spotting the rare wildlife of the region including Red Pandas. You can also observe the breathtaking Langtang Lirung from the viewpoint.
After a trek of a few hours, we arrive at Shin Gompa (3330m). You can also visit the local cheese factory during our visit and stay overnight at a teahouse in Shin Gompa.
Shin Gompa - Thulo Syabru
The trek from Shin Gompa to Thulo Syabru takes around 5 to 6 hours. The forested trails pass through the Rhododendron, and Oak trees. Besides that, the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and others will enchant you. You will arrive at Thulo Syabru (2000m) after a trek of a few hours and stay overnight at a local teahouse.
Thulo Syabru - Lama Hotel
The trek from Thulo Syabru to Lama Hotel takes you around 5 hours. The trails are mostly up and down along a rough terrain passing through the scenic Tamang villages.
Moreover, the breathtaking mountain views and the rare wildlife of the region will enchant you.
Furthermore, the forested trails provide you with a tranquil experience in the lap of mother nature. You will arrive at Lama Hotel (2480m) after a trek of a few hours and stay overnight.
Lama Hotel - Kyanjin Gompa
The trek from Lama Hotel to Kyanjin Gompa takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete. We climb a steep uphill trail passing through the forested trail with beautiful green forests. The trails are challenging as it passes through the rough terrains of the region.
Kyanjin Gompa (3817m) is a spiritual hub of the area. You can also hike up the spectacular trekking peak of Tsergo Ri. You will stay overnight at a teahouse.
Kyanjin Gompa - Langtang Valley
The trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Langtang Valley takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete. You can also explore the culture, heritage, and tradition of the Tamang Community. The Tibetian community beyond the border mostly inspires the lifestyle.
Langtang Valley (3540m) is an incredible valley with various scenic landscapes. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in the valley.
After arriving at our destination of Langtang, we retraced our steps back to Lama hotel. We will then trek to Syabrubesi the next day. Finally, you will arrive at the capital city of Kathmandu through a scenic drive along with the winding hilly landscapes.
The Final Say
Langtang is a beautiful region with incredibly natural and cultural heritage. The close proximity of the Langtang from Kathmandu valley makes it quite a popular destination for trekking. I hope after reading this article, you are clear on how to reach Langtang from Kathmandu.
In summary, the two routes to reach Langtang from Kathmandu include the one from Syabrubesi and the other from Sundarijal. You will get incredible trekking opportunities and sightseeing opportunities on both these treks. You can arrive at the starting point of the treks by various modes of transportation, including local buses to private vehicles.
Furthermore, you can observe the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains all along the trail. The forested trails and the rare wildlife of the region is a highlight of the trek. The glacial lakes and the scattered settlements, ancient monasteries are another attraction of the trek. Overall, the Langtang region is a short distance away from Kathmandu and provides you with an excellent trekking experience.
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