This day hike from Kyangjin Gompa leads to the pristine Upper Langtang Valley toward the head of the valley and the Langtang glacier (about 6 hours’ round trip to the glacial view point). There are no teahouses past Kyangjin Gompa so you’ll have to take a packed lunch, but you’ll get to experience the wild beauty of the region.
The peak of the monsoon is in early August and marks the wettest time of year. Be prepared for lots of rain and wet trails At higher altitudes, the weather is cool and damp. But the clouds are usually the most frustrating part of monsoon trekking. High altitude passes get lots of snow during the monsoon making some passes increasingly difficult to cross.
On average there are 22 days with precipitation in August. The highest point on the trek is Upper Langtang Valley at 4000 m. During August, expect high temperatures of around 13.4°C (56°F) and lows down to 4.4°C (40°F) at Upper Langtang Valley.
Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.
|Tue Aug 18 (day 1)|
Kyangjin Gompa (3860 m)
About 3-4 hours from Langtang Valley
|Wed Aug 19 (day 2)|
Upper Langtang Valley (4000 m)
Out and back day hike to explore the upper Langtang Valley.
Kyangjin Gompa (3860 m)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.2°C (58°F) and lows of about 5.2°C (41°F) in August.
|Thu Aug 20 (day 3)|
Langtang Valley Upper Langtang Day Hike led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa
We are slower hikers/trekkers than the timings suggested on Sherpana, so our guide Mingma suggested that we spend only a few hours walking the flat areas of the upper valley in the morning, and then hike up Kyangjin Ri in the afternoon. This ended up a much better plan rather than to hike up the Ri in the morning before traveling from Kyangjin down to Lama Hotel for the evening. Sherpana's estimate was 1-2 hours up the Ri and 1 hour down -- we needed 2.5-3 hours up and 1.5 hours down. The upper Langtang Valley provided some opportunities for beautiful photos of the mountains and kharkas , but not as good of views from up on the high point of Kyangjin Ri. We got to watch sunset while descending from the 4770m summit, and this was the high point of our whole trip. The extra day is definitely worth it, and a second extra day would have been even better!
Langtang Valley Upper Langtang Day Hike led by Sanjaya Tamang
Langtang Valley Upper Langtang Day Hike led by Sanam Sherpa
Well worth the detour. Can see some amazing peaks. Very few people and a great sense of the scale of the place.