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Langtang trek cost/ Price for short Langtang trek permit, hotel, food, guide

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Langtang trek is a relatively short, easy, and unspoiled hike of Nepal in the proximity of Kathmandu. Nepal’s best trekking place is the most unique and rewarding route. With banana trees and monkeys in the lower region to the unbelievable beauty of mountains in the upper section, Langtang valley Trek is decorated with high peaks, swift rivers, pristine waterfalls, and century-old culture. Despite such exceptional beauty, Langtang Lirung has managed to keep its solitude and peace. It’s still a remote land with its beauty saved from foreign invasion and ranks as the cheapest trekking region of Nepal- Langtang trek cost is very affordable.

While traveling, most of you think of accommodation, food, and bus as your only expenses. If you are one of them, we are going to warn you that this article will be long and cover literally every detail of your Langtang trek cost. So follow us to the end and plan your trek accordingly. 

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Langtang trek Permit Cost

Along with your visa to Nepal, you shall require two other permits for trekking in Langtang. There Lantang permits are a major part of Langtang trek cost. Also it’s similar to Yala Peak Climbing Cost.

Nepal Visa Cost

The visa for tourists is available upon arrival at the airport or border of Nepal. Along with your passport (having six months validity), you need to fill an Arrival Card and Online’ Tourist Visa’ form. Nepal visa cost USD 30, USD 50, and USD 125 for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively. No visa is needed for the people of Indian, and it’s free for the citizen of SAARC country. (Note: Plz visit the website of the Department of Immigration to learn about the Visa to Nepal in detail).

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

After arrival, you need to apply for Langtang National Park permit. The cost for Langtang National Park permit is USD 30 for foreigners and USD 30 for the people of SAARC country. It’s free for children under 10. The pass can be issued at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or the National Park’s entry point in Dhunche. Along with keeping the record of tourists entering the National Park, this Langtang trek cost for permit goes to preserve wildlife inside Langtang National park. So it’s money well spent just as in Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return.

Langtang Local area permit/ TIMS card

After the decentralization of Nepal and transfer of power to the local government, it’s mandatory for tourists to issue a local area permit while trekking in Langtang Kyanjin Gompa. This means you won’t need a TIMS card anymore. The Langtang Local area permit cost $10. This can also be issued in Nepal Tourism Board or at Dhunche itself. And in case you are wondering why you need this permit, it goes for the management of tourism and trail for the region. It’s just a small amount that goes into building a better trekking route, managing the tourism committee, and ensuring your safety. 

Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fee

While this permit is not mandatory for everyone, it’s compulsory if you choose to enter Langtang Valley via the Helambu trail, passing through Shivapuri National Park. People traveling from Syabrubeshi do not need this permit. Shivapuri National park permit costs $5 excluding VAT, and the money goes for the management of the national park itself. 

 

Cost for guide and Porter to Langtang

Hiring a guide for the Langtang trek is actually a good idea. While many people believe it to be expensive, a guide in Nepal is reasonable. You will find a very experienced trekking guide with a license for $20 to $30 per day. And the Langtang trek cost for guide includes their food, accommodation, and insurance. You can definitely trek to Langtang without a guide, but getting those permits, booking the hotels, finding the route within the forest, and every other thing about the trek becomes hectic without one. In short, $25 is just a small price you pay for all the comfort a guide brings to your Langtang Valley trek. 

Next, you will also need a porter for Langtang Trek. Being a very remote region, you need to carry a lot of clothes, food, and basic amenities (personal care and electric items) for the trek. This means you cannot carry all that load by yourself. You can hire a porter for $15 to $20/ day, and they carry up to 15/20 kgs of the bag. We are often asked if the Langtang trek is possible only with a porter. Yes, it is. However, most porters do not communicate in English and do not walk at their pace. Also, they won’t be helping you with the route and bookings; thus, you will need a guide for all that. 

What to expect from a guide at Himalayan master?

  • Our licensed guides have travelled to the Langtang region unceasingly and certainly know their way in the rough terrain. Thus, they plan the Langtang Valley trek so that you remain at utmost comfort. 
  • They are obviously very fluent in English. You can also request a guide familiar with the language of your comfort, and we will try looking for such a personality. 
  • They will help you find accommodation and restaurants. Also, they come in handy to build your relationship with the tea house owner and locals around the place. 
  • The guides are also trained for first-aid and emergency cases. So, if you fall ill during the trek, they are the ones you can turn into. 
  • A guide is actaully can asset for comfort and also lowering your Langtang trek cost

Cost of transportation in Langtang trek

While we will be trekking for most of the journey, the only ride is from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back. As there is no airport in the Langtang region- you must travel via road. The views of terraced farms, stunning rivers, and quiet villages along the highway are actually rewarding. Different modes of road transportation options are available as per your budget. 

Local buses

Local transportation in Nepal is relatively cheap. This 8-hours long ride in public bus to Syarubesi will cost about USD 5. While this is the most affordable option, it might not be the most comfortable one. You can find the local bus to Syarubesi from Maccchapokharai, Gongobu. 

What is a local bus in Nepal like?

  • The seats are small and often dirty.
  • The buses are primarily crowded-carrying people beyond their capacity.
  • Local bus to Arughat usually leaves the bus park at 7 am, and 8 am. But there might be delays and cancellations without pre-information. That’s the risk you have to take
  • From Kathmandu and Dhading (about 90kms), the highway is blacktopped. However, beyond that, you will be riding off-road (very difficult on a local bus).
  • Well, it’s not all bad news. A public bus means melodious local music and a chance to witness the Nepalese lifestyle (maybe make a few new friends as well). 

Tourist buses

A handful of Tourist buses leaves for Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. Having a tourist bus is a more deluxe and comfortable option, but it’s hard to find one. In the peak season, the tourist bus is mostly overbooked. That’s where your guides come in. This tourist bus for the Langtang trek costs about USD 10- USD 15 and you shall have a relaxing journey. 

Taxi (cabs)

If you are looking for comfortable options, you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Hiring a private car costs you about USD 100- USD 120 and depends upon your negotiating skills. However, the latter part of the journey is off-road, making it hard to travel in cabs. That’s why most people prefer Jeeps. 

Private Jeeps

An excellent option for the off-road ride in Nepal is a private jeep. The seats are comfortable, and the journey is rather relaxing. It’s a savior if you have larger groups or if you can share the jeep with other people. The Langtang trek cost of a jeep is USD 15 per person. However, if you don’t have a large group, you might have to book a Jeep by yourself for USD 100 to USD 150. 

Why a private Jeep is a great option?

  • It’s a comfortable option that takes you quickly on an off-road
  • Flexible departure time and you can take a jeep whenever you want
  • It’s faster, spacious, and has a lot of room for bags. 
  • If you have a group of 5-10 people or your guide manages other people to share a Jeep with, we suggest you choose these options.

Cost for accommodation 

Surprisingly, the cost of hotels in Langtang is relatively low. Well, it’s not hotels, to be precise; the basic accommodation in the trekking routes of Nepal are called tea houses. Tea houses are tiny guest houses run by the locals and provide only rudimentary facilities for the trekkers. Since most of these tea houses have been rebuilt after the massive destruction of the 2015 earthquake, the latest ones are made with western technology. You can get the room on sharing basis ( 2 to 3 single beds), and the cost of the rooms is $5 to $8. Even this rate is slightly higher than other trekking routes ( Like Annapurna Base Camp); however, they are way more equipped and clean. 

What to expect from a tea house?

  • The rooms have a wooden bed with a mattress, bed sheet, pillow, and a small blanket. Only a few lucky ones get a mirror and table in the room. If you don’t have a sleeping have (which we highly recommend carrying), you can ask for an extra blanket ($1 to $2 added).
  • Rooms with private bathrooms are very rear; it’s on sharing basis. Most of the bathrooms are western-style and remain clean. However, some tea houses might have a washroom with an Indian seat in the Langtang village and beyond. 
  • You need to pay a few dollars ($2 to $4) for getting a hot water shower at such an altitude. 
  • Bargaining on the menu is not possible. However, some discounts on rooms are available during the off-season (Monsoon and winter). 

Cost for Food in Langtang

The options for food in Langtang are pretty impressive. All the tea houses have the same menu, and the trekking committee determines the cost. Since a porter or mule carries every food in Langtang (sometimes helicopter), the food price is relatively high compared to Kathmandu’s. As per the current menu, the cost of food is about $6 to $8 per meal. Breakfast is relatively cheaper than lunch. So, you can estimate about Langtang trek cost of $25 per day for food. Obviously, you need to add some extra dollars for coffee/ tea and water.

Cost of drinks in Langtang

You can buy bottled water throughout the trek somewhere between $2 (lower altitude) to $4 (higher altitude). And since you will be buying 3-4 bottles of water each day, it’s a lot of money. Plus, plastic bottles are harmful to the environment. Thus, the best option is to get a reusable water bottle and carry water purifying tablets. 

A good choice of tea and coffee is also available during the Langtang trek. A cup of tea costs $2 to $3, and so does a cup of milk coffee. The variety of coffee is limited, so if you are a coffee addict, carry your own instant coffee. There’s also an option for a cold drink/ soda that costs about $4. And in case you want some alcoholic drink, a bottle of beer costs about $7 (600ml). 

The cost of food is the most significant expense of your trekking journey. You can carry your reusable water bottle, instant coffee, energy drinks, and a few chocolate bars to minimize your travel cost for food. 

Note: You can get the menu and other details of food and accommodation in Langtang over our other article. 

Packing for Langtang trek

Now, the actual expense of a journey begins way before you head for the trek. Here we have listed what you should carry/ buy for the hike. However, the price is not included- it’s your choice how much you wanna spend on your shopping. 

What you must pack for the Langtang trek are:

  • Hiking boots (high ankle boots are expensive than regular shoes, but it makes your trek way easier)
  • Down Jacket
  • Thermal coat for the inside 
  • Waterproof hiking pants and warm pants 
  • Three pairs of inner clothing’s 
  • A pair of slipper and Woolen shocks 
  • Windproof gloves, head cover, sunglasses
  • Personal care items and toiletries 
  • Water bottles and purifying tablet
  • Sleeping bag and Hiking bag+ hang bag(if you don’t have one, you can rent in Thamel for USD 1 to USD 2 per day)
  • Two Trekking poles (Cost USD 5/each in Nepal)
  • First aid kids 
  • Crampon (only needed if the trail has ice; mostly your agency provide you with the crampon)
  • Phone, camera, charger, power bank, universal adopter, and any other electronic items you need (carrying a laptop for the trek is not recommended)

Note: You won’t need climbing ropes, ice ax, Goretex jacket, and sleeping mat 

It’s recommended that you buy genuine clothes from your home country. Although there are some excellent brands of the trekking gear in Nepal, they might not be authentic. You can also rent many of these essentials while you are in Kathmandu. So, once you book the Langtang trek package from Himalayan Master, ask your guide for a detailed packing list and prepare your bag accordingly. 

Other expenses 

Insurance cost: Trekking to the remote mountains of Nepal comes with significant challenges. Although Langtang trek difficulty is moderate, the risk of altitude sickness cannot be ignored. Also, there are chances of injury, theft, and unpredicted weather. Thus, you need to ensure that your travel insurance covers high altitude rescue above 5000m. The Langtang trek cost of the insurance obviously depends on your nationality. 

Wi-Fi in Langtang: All regions of Langtang are connected with wireless internet. Although the speed is not exactly impressive, you can still be in contact with your loved ones back home. Connecting Wi-Fi in your tea house costs USD 2 to USD 3. 

Telephone in Langtang: NTC and Ncell network are available below Langtang Village. You can ask your guide you get you a local SIM card that costs about a dollar. Then, you can purchase the data package as per your need. The 3G network is available in Syarubesi and Lama Hotel. About USD 50 of mobile data will be more than enough for the journey. 

Electricity/ Charging in Langtang: In the lower region, charging ports are available in the room, and it’s free of cost. However, as you move to a higher elevation, you need to charge your phone in the reception. Charging a camera, mobile phone, and power bank will cost a few dollars (USD 2 to USD 4). Since locals run their tea houses with the small local hydropower running at a high cost, this money helps them pay for electricity. We recommend carrying extra batteries for the camera, solar battery charger, or power bank.

Donations: As per your will, you can leave some donations during the visit to gompa/ stupa. The amount directly goes on the maintenance of the premises. 

Souvenirs: Nepalese are known for their exceptional skills in handicrafts. You can find great woodworks, paintings, and kitting (bags, purses). You can also find some great dried fruits and wines as souvenirs to take back home. You must separate a few dollars for this. 

Tips: It’s a trend that trekkers leave some tips for porter and guide. Although the amount depends on your will, you can leave USD 20 to USD 30 per person. Also, you might leave some tips for tea house staff. This is a big addition to your Langtang trek cost.

Langtang trek cost due to Duration

The ideal Langtang trek itinerary designed by the Himalayan master is nine days long. However, the unpredictable mountain climate, the trekker’s health, and other emergencies might extend the trip for a few days. Also, if you want to explore other places around the village and stay a few more days, your cost will be added. There are other smaller peaks such as Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri around. Most people prefer to add Gosainkunda and Helambu village trek to their Langtang Valley itinerary. These extensions will make a few additions to your Langtang trek cost. So, it would help if you were prepared accordingly. Each day added will raise your expenses to about $80 to $90 (including porter/guide) and $40 to $50 (excluding porter/ guide). 

Langtang Package Cost

Now, you have two options for trekking in the Langtang region. Firstly, you can travel on your own by finding a guide and porter. The other option is to get a travel package the covers your overall cost. Nine days Langtang trek cost about $1000 for independent travelers (trekking solo). And, if you are in a group, you will be sharing the cost of the guide, porter, and room. Thus the price lowers when you travel in a larger group. 

Thankfully, the Langtang trek package cost by the Himalayan master is $780. The package cost comes out to be cheaper when you are traveling solo. Even if you are traveling in a group, the agency offers unbelievable discounts. However, the cost here doesn’t include water, charging, a hot shower, or other personal expenses. Even then, getting a well-arranged trek package for Langtang is a wise choice. 

Langtang Trek cost for Nepali

Well, if you are a Nepalese, the Langtang trek cost is somewhat lower than the ones for the foreigners. Since many internal tourists are traveling to Langtang recently, the tourism committee has been trying to make everything cheaper and affordable for Nepalese.  

Firstly, you will not need any trekking permit. And if you are a Nepalese, you won’t probably need a guide. You can hire a porter and ask them for some help with the booking and route. You can use local transportation to lower the price (cost mentioned above) further. The cost of the room for Nepalese is about $5; however, the cost of food is the same as on the menu (some negotiation possible). The amount for a hot shower and Wi-Fi is a few dollars, but you might get to charge your phone for free. 

Basically, the Langtang trek price of Nepalese is about $400 to $500 for the nine days journey. You might be able to save a lot more by skipping a porter and carrying your instant food.  

Additional Tips for Langtang trek

  • There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu. However, once you head to the Langtang region, i.e. Syarubesi, there is no way you can withdraw cash. Further, the tea houses do not take cards. Thus, you need to withdraw the money you need in advance. 
  • Even after taking a travel package, you will need some cash (more than $100) for things not included in the Langtang trek package. 
  • Trekking in the off-season, i.e. December-February and July-August, lowers your Langtang trek cost, and the agency offers some great discounts. However, these months have their own risk of harsh weather conditions (snow and rainfall), making it very hard to trek. 
  • Make sure that you take proper measures to reduce high-altitude treks. If you fall sick, it will not only extend your budget but also risk your life. 
  • Ask your guide to help with packing, shopping, and any other difficulty.

Final words, 

So, that was all about Langtang’s trekking cost. You should know that Nepal’s an excellent destination for backpackers. The trek gonna be a lot more rewarding than simply going for a luxurious vacation. And the price of the Langtang trek is worth it. Away from the crowd and chaos, you will indeed have a wonderful time. 

Any more queries? You can either leave a comment below or send us an email. We will be more than happy to help. 

 

About Shobita Neupane

Shobita is a co-founder of Travel Diary Nepal. She is a passionate traveler and a content writer. Her favorite quote is Fly so high until your problem looks smaller and the dream seems closer.

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