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Lantang Valley

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 7 -8 Days
Difficulty: Medium
Hotels: Very Good
Seasons: September to May
Maximum Elevation: 3870m

Lantang Valley is nestled at the south of the Tibetan border, between the main Himalayan range in north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Lantang valley trek offers an opportunity to explore villages, bag small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. The Lantang Valley trek begins from Syabrubesi, which is 132km from Kathmandu.  Syabrubes is also 15km away from Dhunche, which is another gateway to Lantang & Helambu region trek. During the trek you will have the opportunity to visit the famous monastery of Kyanjin Gompa. Spend the 4th and 5th day of this trek taking a side trip from Langtang to explore Langshisha Kharka. Tibetan Buddhism is deep rooted in this region, and its influence is reflected on many of the chortens, prayer flags and Mani stones found in this region. Along the trail, you will traverse across several moraines and rickety bridges. Take a detour to Syarpagaon trail (literally meaning village of the Sherpa), from Syarpagaon you can get picturesque scene of the some of the highest peaks in the world.

Attractions 

Kyanjin Gompa, Village Gompa, Lirong Valley, Kyanjin Ri, Tsergo Ri, Tsona Lakes, Morimoto Base Camp.

Peaks at sight

Yala Peak (5500m), Tsergo Peak (5749m), Tenbathanf Peak, Dorje Himal, Langshisha Kharka, Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Phentang Karpo Ri (6830m), Urkeinmang (6151m), and Tilman’s Co.

Photos of Lantang Valley

Tour Itinerary

Day Sections and Altitude Hours
1

Kathmandu Arrival

Transfer to Syabrubesi

1.30
0.35
1.00
1.15
0.15
0.20
2 Syabrubesi to Doman (1672m)
Doman to Pairo (1800m),
Pairo to Bamboo (1930m),
Bamboo to Lower Renche (2400m),
Lower Renche (2400m) to Upper Renche (2470m),
Upper Renche (2470m) 0.15– Lama Hotel (2480m).
1070m ascent
1.30
0.35
1.00
1.15
0.15
0.20
 3 Lama Hotel – Riverside Hotel,
Riverside Hotel to Hotel Woodland (Ghunama),
Hotel Woodland (Ghompaunama) – Ghora Taleba (2970m),
Ghora Taleba to Thangshyap (3200m)
Thangshyap to Chamki
Chamki to Langtang (3430m).
980m ascent

 0.10

0.45
0.45
0.25
1.00

 4 Langtang to Mundu (3442m),
Mundu (3442m) 0.3– Sindum,
Sindum to Kyanjin Gompa (3860m).
460m ascent
0.30
0.20
1.40
 5&6 Lantang Valley  Side Trip: Langshisha Kharka
Alternative Route: Helambu Circuit
6–7.30
5.00
 7

Transfer to Kathmandu

Departure from Kathmandu

 

Side Trips

Day 4 & 5: Langshisha Kharka (6 ½ - 7 ½ hours, ascent 500m, descent 500m)

Kyanjin Gompa to Jatang (3930m), 90 minutes
Jatang to Nubathang (3990m), 2 ¼ hours
Nubathang to Langshisha Kharka (4100m)
Ascent 500m, descent 500m

Langshisha Kharka offers spectacular mountain views. The trail to Langshisha descends from Kyanjin Gompa across a side stream, and passes above the faint remains of the Lantang airstrip to follow the river upstream as the valley narrows. Some of the snowy peaks that be sighted along the trail are Tenbathang and Dorje Himal towards the South. The trail leads through shrubs, crosses a stream on a rickety seasonal bridge and follows cairns over a glacial outwash, skirting the Shalbachum moraine to a spectacular view point at 4100m which overlooks Langshisha Kharka and the peaks of Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and Penthang Karpo Ri (6830m).

 

Alternative Routes

Syarpagaon (5 hours, ascent 180m, descent 1180m)

The high route via Syarpagaon branches off the main trail at the Hotel Ganesh View in upper Renche. Spend the overnight at Renche before heading to Syarpagaon (2600m) the next morning. From  Syarpagaon descend to Khangjum (2290m), on to Wangal (1690m). From Wangal follow the trail leading to Syabrubesi, which can be reached within two hours from  Khangjum. Catch a bus/jeep to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi.

 

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