Narrow valley, small population, and north-central range bordering Tibet with 20,000-foot peaks; site of devastating landslide following 2015 earthquake.Wildland Trekking guide looking at the Himalayas on the Langtang Valley TrekNepalese couple with donkey in Langtang ValleyHiker in the Himalayas in the Langtang ValleyRiver in the Langtang Valley, NepalHiker in Nepal on the Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Service Trek

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Highlights

  • Service project in Nepal
  • Join Forces with BACKPACKER
  • Himalayas' Massive Mountains
  • Local Cuisine & Culture
  • Build Community & Make a Difference
  • Langtang National Park
  • Giant Rivers & Glacial Valleys


Join Backpacker Magazine and Wildland Trekking on a life-list trek in Nepal and help with this unique service opportunity. Since 2019, Backpacker and Wildland Trekking have partnered to send multiple teams to Nepal. We hope you will join us!

Participants will:

  • Join a Backpacker Ambassador and Backpacker readers on a special trip combining volunteer work and world-class trekking.
  • Support communities in need. After a 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal, thousands of schools, health clinics and villages were damaged or destroyed. This is a unique opportunity to serve and aid the people and infrastructure of Nepal — no skills required; training will be provided.
  • Wildland donates $500 on behalf of each guest that joins this trip
  • After the service project, trek through the world’s highest mountains on a 10-day journey on the Langtang trek, where we’ll visit remote villages and ancient monasteries. As you hike near the Tibetan border, you’ll be immersed in a truly incredible part of the world.

*If you or someone you know would like to join the volunteer portion of this trip, but do not wish to participate in the trek, we have you covered. We would love to have the extra hands out at the service project! Please contact our Adventure Consultant Team for a special trip rate that includes the first 10 days of this trip’s scheduled itinerary.

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$2850 Per Person


On this trip the single supplement includes single rooms in the hotels we stay at before and after the trek. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms. Please be prepared to share rooms, huts, tea house accommodations, etc. with other guests and hikers once we’re on the trek. Different sexes will never be asked to share a room unless they are traveling together, or we are in communal lodging with several people in one room. During the service project, bunk beds or tents will be provided in a communal setting.

Trip Type: Portered Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Participants
Trip Length: 21 Days
Distance: 56.8 MI / 91.4 KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

Two considerations earn this trip a Level 4 difficulty. The first is high elevation – a maximum of 15,655 feet, which makes hiking quite strenuous. Second is the significant elevation gains that we tackle, with the highest gain being at 4,100 ft. Also of note is the significant elevation loss, with one day dropping 4,625 ft.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 11.2 mi

Backpack Weight:

15-25 lbs


Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 4,100 ft

Heights Exposure:

Some Exposure

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 15-25 lb backpack for 8-10 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking at elevations of 15,655+ feet
  • Hiking for 9 days
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Nepal hike a solitude 1. You can expect to have as much as a half hour of solitude at a time while hiking.


We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 65-60 days before the departure date.

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Day 1

On this Nepal hiking and service trip, we will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our hotel in Thamel (tourist section of Kathmandu). We will have some down time to rest, have showers, and eat. This evening, we will meet for team introductions and orientation followed by a dinner at our favorite, local Nepali restaurant. Be sure to drink plenty of water enroute, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.

Day 2

This morning, we enjoy our first Nepali breakfast at our hotel in Thamel. We then visit the famous “Monkey Temple” Swayambhunath on a hilltop in Kathmandu.  Once we are ready to leave Swayambhunath, we travel to the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath.  After our temple tours, we travel back to Thamel for lunch and then will have free time to wander the streets of Thamel, purchase last minute trekking and service project supplies and rest at the Hotel.

Days 3-8

Time to get to work! On Day 3, we will make the 1.5 hour drive from Kathmandu to the town of Kakani, where our service project is based.

We will then spend Days 3-8 working on the building project for 8-10 hours each day. Training and tools will be provided. All meals are included during this time. All protective gear will be provided, but please bring work gloves and work clothes for these days.

Day 9

Today is a well-earned rest day in preparation for tomorrow’s trek. Explore the village of Kakani and bask in all the beauty that Nepal has to offer before setting off on the next chapter of your trek. The village of Kakani boasts the Lauke and Fung Fung waterfalls with their crystalline cascades as well a local industry of strawberry and radish farming. As this is our last day in this wonderful community, we may have the opportunity for a cooking lesson!

Day 10

  • Drive Time: 8-9 hours

Today marks the beginning of the second phase of our trip as we make the drive from Kakani to Gatlang. As we head northwest downwards to the Trisuli bazaar with views of the Manaslu Massif (the eighth tallest mountain in the world) with its snow-covered peaks, Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal Himal.  Make sure you’re strapped in as from Trisuli onward we’ll encounter 4×4 terrain! The road continues onward to our eventual stopping point for the evening: a Nepali teahouse in Gatland village.

On our trek over the next week, we may have the opportunity to see red pandas, Ghoral or mountain goats, and grey Langur monkeys.

Day 11

  • Hiking Distance: 6.2 mi (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain:  2845 ft (867 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1600 ft (487 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

This morning has us squaring up to what is considered the the toughest day of our trek. The trail starts by descending gradually along a ridge to the Bamdang Khola, then onto the Chilime Khola which takes us to the town of Chilime. A suspension bridge and a sustained climb bring us to the village of Gongang where we’ll take our lunch for the day. After lunch we’ll have a more gradual ascent to Tatopanni or “Hot Water,” where one can cleanse in the natural hot springs. The locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that soothes your aches and pains. We’ll stay the night in a lodge here in Tatopanni.

Day 12

  • Hiking Distance: 5 mi (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1980 ft (603 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2845 ft (867m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

Our trek to Thuman is our longest of the trip starting with a climb up Nagthali Hill. This hill was once a popular meditation location for the local monks and priests. From this pass, the highest in the surrounding area, we’ll be afforded stunning views of the snowy Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal, and Sanjen Ranges. From this high, open grassland we’ll descend into Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village. If luck is on our side we might catch sight of a troop of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. We’ll stay in Thuman in a lodge and explore the ancient monasteries and houses furnished with ornate wood engravings, a truly unforgettable experience!

Day 13

  • Hiking Distance: 3.5 mi (5.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2195 ft (669 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2525 ft (770 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

The village of Bhotekoshi has a pronounced Tibetan influence that is so palpable, it’s in the air! This village boasts ancient monasteries, houses adorned with woodcarvings, and evidence of Shamanistic beliefs. We’ll trod through rhododendron forests and meadows to reach the Tamang village of Briddim, which is nestled in the heart of the Langtang Himal. The village of Briddim marks the end of Tamang Heritage Trail and is a veritable thoroughfare for many travelers. Tonight’s teahouse is owned by a local family and presents us with a chance to gain a richer, deeper understanding of the local culture through conversations and stories from our host.

Day 14

  • Hiking Distance: 8.7 mi (14 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1800 ft (550 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1200 ft (365 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today we’ll continue on into the hilly region of Khangjim and Sherpagoan, learning about the abundant culture of the Tamang and Sherpa communities along the way. Tonight finds us at the Lama hotel which is a collection of guesthouses that signal the start of the Langtang Valley.

Day 15

  • Hiking Distance: 7.5 mi (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 4105 ft (1080 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 0 ft (0 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours

We’ll hike up through Langtang National Park via Gumnachowk and Ghotatabela which will eventually lead us into the village of Langtang. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region. Thanks to the temperate conditions in the park, Rhododendron, Nepalese alder, and Oak forests thrive here. This national park is home to red pandas, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, and more than 250 species of birds! We’ll catch glimpses of grazing yaks as we meander through this beautiful valley. Eventually the trail crosses a stream and several water-driven prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang. This is one of the oldest villages on our trekking route and the views only get better as we get closer to the mountain! We’ll have time to explore the village before settling down in our overnight lodge.

Day 16

  • Hiking Distance: 4.1 mi (6.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1080 ft (330 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 0 ft (0 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

This morning’s hike brings us to the rebuilt village of Kyanjin. Either side of the path gives us stunning views of distant, snow-covered mountains. Today we’ll see Tamang and Sherpa inhabitants along the trail as they go about their daily tasks. We’ll do a short acclimatizing hike this evening and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding valley.

Day 17

  • Hiking Distance: 3.8 mi (6 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3585 ft (943 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3585 ft (943 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

Here’s to a rest day in the wonderful Kyanjin! We’ll have an optional walk with a 4:30am wake up to tackle Kyanjin-Ri at 15,655 feet! We’ll catch sunrise and a stunning panorama of the Langtang Himalayan Range. Another option is to sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast before exploring the village. Here you’ll be able to learn more about the lifestyles of the Tamang and Sherpa, the local monastery, and yak cheese factory. There are also various walks around the village and a short hike up to the glacier.

Day 18

  • Hiking Distance: 11.2 mi (18 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 ft (0 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 4625 ft (1410 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today is a day we will most appreciate our trekking poles as we tackle the long descent of over 4600 ft! The trail takes us to Langtang and Ghoretabela to the Lama Hotel. Once at the hotel we can celebrate our hike with a cold beverage of your choice.

Day 19

  • Hiking Distance: 6.8 mi (11 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft (90 m)
  • Elevation Loss:  3150 ft (960 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

Our hike to Syabrubesi is our last day of hiking, which takes us through a forest trail until reaching Pairo. Here we’ll have a lunch break before continuing on to Syabrubesi.

Day 20

  • Drive Time: 9-10 hours

After our penultimate Nepali breakfast we’ll drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle. We’ll take the rough and tumble road to Trisuli and take a lunch stop there. After lunch we’ll continue our drive to Kathmandu where we’ll be dropped off at our hotel.

Day 21

This is the departure day for which to schedule your outbound flights. As a group we will make our way to the airport and say our fond farewells. Thank you for choosing Wildland!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • $500 direct donation to the service project
  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the trip
  • Use of day pack, trekking poles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and micro spikes
  • Lodging for the duration of the trip including hotel in Kathmandu, camping during the service trek, and a mix of lodges and tea houses during the trek
  • The majority of meals from Dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 21 (Day 2 lunch & dinner are not included)
  • TIMS Card and fees (please bring 1 passport photo, 1 copy of passport, and 1 copy of your travel insurance policy)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and emergency communication device

What's Not included

  • Transportation to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, Wi-Fi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Day 2 lunch & dinner
  • Hiking clothes, work clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Trip insurance that includes at least $200,000 in evacuation, repatriation coverage  (required in Nepal). Additional travel medical coverage is strongly recommended.
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 10-15% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is preferred.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This Nepal hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail snacks* (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, & cookies) to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

*Common trail snack brands and items found easily in the US are not readily available in this destination. (i.e. protein bars, trail bars, beef jerky, etc…) We recommend guests that prefer these types of trail snacks to bring a few of their own choice items from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions that Wildland Trekking guests have about visiting and trekking in Nepal. Learn the answers to these commonly asked questions about traveling in Nepal by using the link below!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Pre-trip Communication

Backpacker and the Wildland Trekking team will communicate directly with the group approximately 45 days before the trip to allow any last-minute questions from guests and establish a direct line of communication until the start of your trip.

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night’s hotel, where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight should arrive in Kathmandu before 3PM).

Travel to Nepal


For our Nepal treks you will need to arrive in Kathmandu on the day the trip begins before 3 P.M. Your guide will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour. Flights to and from Kathmandu are the guest’s responsibility.

Your flight on the final day can depart anytime.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in Kathmandu, Nepal as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly to our team to check availability.

Entry Requirements

For checking entry requirements for this trip, we recommend using this travel tool, Sherpa Travel. Here, you can view what is required to enter the country, including necessary travel documents and visas. If a visa is required, you can apply directly through this service. You may also check for entry requirements for your nationality on consular websites or your country’s foreign travel advisories. Ensuring you have completed all necessary steps to enter the country is your responsibility.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join this trip
  • Anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation and repatriation insurance (at least $200,000) is required on all Nepal trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Nepali vendors. Additional travel medical coverage is strongly recommended.

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation and medical coverage insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Nepali requirements. Their Travel LX policy fully covers all Nepali requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions (of particular note for Nepal is to check field evacuation elevation limits).

Weather in Nepal

Nepal is home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 4600 feet, but the high points on our Nepal Treks are very high between 13,000 to 18,000 feet. Because of these significant elevation changes and the general unpredictability of mountain weather systems, the temperatures and weather can vary wildly and change rapidly during trips. Higher elevation will mean cooler temperatures.

The chart below shows the temperature and precipitation averages for Kathmandu & the village of Langtang. This allows a comparison of both the low elevation and high elevation temperature and precipitation averages that one may experience on their trip depending on the highest elevation reached on a specific itinerary and the month(s) visiting Nepal.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Himalayan region are:

Kathmandu (4.6K ft)
Langtang (11.2K ft)
Month Hi Low Precip Hi Low Precip
March 78° F 49° F 35 mm 59° F 46° F 96 mm
April 82° F 55° F 60 mm 71° F 57° F 150 mm
May 84° F 61° F 125 mm 79° F 66° F 165 mm
June 85° F 67° F 235 mm 85° F 73° F 196 mm
September 83° F 66° F 200 mm 80° F 67° F 71 mm
October 80° F 57° F 50 mm 71° F 58° F 74 mm
November 75° F 47° F 8 mm 61° F 48° F 61 mm
December 67° F 40° F 13 mm 51° F 38° F 28 mm





We love this hotel and it is one of the original, well-known and best 3-star boutique hotels in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is perfectly situated close to the Tribhuwan International Airport and is located in the exciting district of Thamel; making it very enjoyable and convenient to our guests. We know you will love the view from the rooftop!





Tea houses are inns/guest houses with sleeping rooms and home cooked meals. They vary depending on their remoteness. Lower ones have more amenities, such as flush toilets, showers and nicer dining rooms. As we ascend, they get more rustic with simpler “squat” toilets and more basic amenities. Rooms are communal with 2 or 3 beds.

Young people wearing construction hats building


Young people wearing construction hats building

Nights spent during the service project portion of this trip will be in provided glamping style tents in a commercial campground within short walking distance to our project’s location. Full bathroom and shower amenities are available. Limited Wi-Fi will be available. Please plan ahead with sim card and data plan purchases if dependable Wi-Fi is needed.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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