Langtang Valley Trek In May
Langtang region is beautiful and charming all 12 months. Each month carries its own brilliance that beautifies the Langtang region, and May is no exception. Langtang Valley Trek in May is the full package where every day of the trek gets progressively better and better as the day passes.
The distant views of the mystical mountains will come closer as you reach Syabrubesi. The dramatic landscapes will already be unfolding their beauty after the arrival of spring. Moreover, you will embark on an early morning trek to Kyanjin Ri, which will give you an expansive view of the mountains. The much more inclusive view from the highest vantage point in your whole Lantang Valley trek will make your trek in May more worthwhile.
Furthermore, when nature awakens after the winter hibernation during May, the view of the Langtang region is a delight in itself. The green canopy of the lush forests, along with the chirping of birds and howling of animals, make the atmosphere of the trek more livelier. So, not only Langtang Valley trek is popular in May, but all the treks of the Langtang region are equally preferable by trekkers and adventurers alike during this month
Gosainkunda Lake trek in May shows the different and unique sights of the religious pilgrimage when the lake melts after the freezing cold of winter to add more force to the fast-flowing Trishuli River. Likewise, the off-the-beaten track of the Tamang heritage trail with the Langtang Valley trek in May is an ideal option to enjoy the cultural practice and unique lifestyle of the Tamang community. Moreover, the festival environment in May will allow you to enrich your horizon with Buddhist norms and values.
At the same time, the Langtang Ganja La Pass trek during May allows you to explore the distinctive beauty of the Langtang region along with offering you the opportunity to conquer the under trekker trail of Ganja La Pass at 5122m. Crossing the Ganja La pass has its own difficulty level, along with the necessity of basic mountaineering knowledge. So, the weather and environment in May cut off some difficulty levels and will boost your confidence.
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- Unobstructed views of the majestic mountains like Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Gang Chenpo (6,388m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Kimsung (6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m)
- Intermingling with the cultural practice of the people inhabiting the Langtang region
- Experience the calm environment of centuries-old Kyanjin Gompa
- Try the local cheese produced at Nepal’s oldest cheese factory, which is situated in Kyanjin in the tranquil atmosphere of May
- Wonderful opportunity to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the Langtang National Park, including endangered species like red panda
- The panoramic view of mystical mountains surrounding you and the Langtang valley below you from the high vantage point, Kyanjin Ri
What Is The Weather And Temperature Like While Trekking To Langtang Valley In May?
Falling right at the end of the spring season, May gives an indication of the scorching hotness of summer in Nepal. The weather in the Langtang region is usually pleasant and comfortable during May.
The daytime temperature ranges between 16 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius in the lower altitude of the Langtang region. However, the temperature will gradually drop as you ascend to a higher altitude.
As per the previous years’ data, the sun rises at around 5:15 am and sets around 6:30 pm, which means the Langtang region receives an average of sunlight for about 12 hours. Even if the sun shines brightly during the day, springtime’s blend of brisk winds generally results in gentler and calmer weather, allowing you to enjoy your exploration in a pleasant atmosphere.
Since May is the transitional month to the monsoon season, it can sometimes receive early monsoon rain. But in a normal month of May, there is almost a 29% chance of precipitation and a very low probability of flurries.
Why Langtang Valley Trek In May?
Pleasant Climatic Condition
As May transitions from the calm atmosphere of spring to the scorching hotness of summer in the Langtang region, the weather is warmer but not too hot like that of summer. The lower chance of precipitation and snowfall makes the trails dry and stable, which gives you comfortable trails to trek on.
Additionally, the 12 hours of sunlight during May make the days longer so that you can explore the Langtang region for an extended amount of time. What could be better than going on the side hikes and exploring additional highlights of the Langtang Valley Trek for a prolonged time, isn’t it?
The spring is in full swing during May. The Langtang Valley is covered with a stunning rainbow of hues as nature emerges from its winter lethargy and spreads its color magic over the area. The dense forest of oaks and rhododendrons unfurls the green leaves, creating a green canopy over the hills. Moreover, the red, pink, and purple shades of rhododendrons will provide a visual delight atmosphere on the trails of the Langtang Valley.
When the gentle breeze blows away the petals of the wildflowers, it will create a splendor of carpet on the trails. This will give you a more welcoming feeling as you progress deep into the Langtang Valley.
Clear Mountain Views
One of the main benefits of the Lantang Valley trek in May is clear skies with low or almost no clouds, along with relatively dry air. You can have unobstructed views of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Loenpo Gang, Changbu, Gangchenpo, Morimoto, Yala Peak, Ganjala Peak, and other many more mountains.
The expansive vistas with a clearer line of sight against the blue skies will give you a picturesque backdrop, which will allow you to appreciate the grandeur of snow-capped mountains significantly more.
Wildlife Exploration And Birdwatching
Langtang National Park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. This spring month, May, not only brings out the best of nature but also incorporates the rhythm of animal sounds and melodies of birds singing in nature. So, while trekking to Langtang Valley, you may come across an array of wildlife such as musk deer, Himalayan tahr, red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow, and many more.
In addition, you can see the breathtaking spectacle of yaks grazing on the verdant meadows at the base of the lofty peaks that encircle the valley.
Be Part Of Great Hospitality
The Buddhism-followed Tamang community inhabits the Langtang region. So, during this Langtang Valley trek in May, you will be able to immerse yourself in the warm hospitality provided by these people. You will encounter a unique culture and tradition they have preserved for years.
On top of that, you can enjoy the processions and traditional dances during the festivals like Buddha Jayanti. You will get an in-depth understanding of Buddhism and a greater appreciation for these rituals after witnessing the grand celebration of Buddhism during these specific occasions. As a result, each and every one of these encounters will surely provide a memory that you will treasure forever.
Any Difficulties In Lantang Valley Trek In May?
Since May is the transitional phase to the monsoon season, the last weeks of May can have drastic changes in weather patterns and conditions due to pre-monsoon rain. Despite the fact that the Langtang region may receive the pre-monsoonal rainfall at the end days of May, it will still create inconvenience for you while trekking. The light rainfalls can make the trails wet, and trekking on those rugged, wet terrains can be quite taxing for you.
Usually, the monsoon starts in Nepal in June but sometimes the monsoon itself can arrive early than expected with its heavy rainfall. So, trekking to Langtang Valley during monsoon can make the trails muddy and slippery, increasing the difficulty level of the trek.
It is a known fact that May falls under the peak season for all the treks of the Langtang region. So sometimes there can be unavailability in terms of rooms in the lodges and teahouses alongside the trails of the trek. Therefore, it is preferable to let the owners of teahouses and lodges know in advance of your arrival so that they may make the necessary arrangements in accordance with your expectations.
The fear of altitude sickness arises when you are walking above 3000 m above sea level. The Langtang Valley trek in May inclines you to a significant height of 4773 m at Kyanjin Ri. Moreover, you will be hiking all day above 3000m, so there are chances for you to fall prey to altitude sickness. So, it is very necessary to acclimatize properly along with staying hydrated. In case you suffer from symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, and insomnia, you will have to inform your guides immediately so that they can give you immediate treatment.
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Foods And Accommodations
Teahouses and lodges are the common modes of accommodation in any trek of the Langtang region. The teahouses will offer twin-sharing rooms with two or three adjacent beds. The teahouses in lower altitudes may offer you attached bathrooms with a Western squat style. However, as you incline to the higher altitude, you may find only traditional-style bathrooms that will need to be used in the same vicinity.
In order to accommodate trekkers worldwide, the teahouses and lodges have an expansive set of menus from regional and traditional Nepali food to Indian, Tibetan, and even foreign specialties.
For breakfast, you may expect oatmeal, pancakes, toast with jams, congee, soups, museli, cornflakes, fruit salads, sel roti, paratha, puri tarkari, and many more.
Likewise, for lunch and dinner, you may have the choice of traditional daal bhaat tarkari, local Tamang khana set, thakali khana set, momo, dumplings, chowmein, spaghetti, pasta, tenduk, gundruk dhindo and many more.
You can also find different variety of beverages from hot and cold drinks to hard drinks. In case you are craving freshly squeezed fruit juice then they can make you available different combinations of fruit juice too. You can even expect hard drinks like regional Thongba, Chyang, Tin Pane to branded wines and whisky. However it is recommended to skip hard drinks during the trek as it will hinder your acclimatization process.
Preparations For Trekking To Langtang Valley In May
The preparations for Langtang Valley Trek in May are no different than any other month because you will have to be prepared for any unpredictable conditions and circumstances. Moreover, you have to add some rain gear to your packing because of the probability of rainfall. Usually, it is said that you should pack light while going trekking, but you should not miss out on essentials. In case you miss out, there is the option of either buying or renting the clothing and equipment in Kathmandu.
- Convertible Hiking shorts or pants
- Long-sleeved shirt and T-shirt
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Extra pair of underwear and socks
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight winter gloves
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat or beanie
- Hiking boots
- Lightweight sandals to wear in teahouses
- Trekking poles
- Backpack or daypack
- Sleeping bag
- Headlamp with extra pair of batteries
- Universal charging cord
- Power bank, solar charger
- Reusable water bottles
- Thermos flask
- Card and board games
- Magazine, journal, pens
- Other Rain Gears
Toiletries And Personal Hygiene
- Toothpaste, toothbrush,
- Facewash, Hand sanitizer
- Sunscreen with high SPF
- Body lotion, and lip balm
- Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
- Quick dry towels, toilet paper, Wet wipes, and face towel
- Foot powder
- Vaginal wash
- Personal medication (if any)
- Water purification solution or tablets
- Small first aid kit with all basic medications
Precautions And Safety Measures To Take While Trekking To Langtang Valley In May.
You will need to acquire two permits to complete your Langtang Valley Trek. Since the Langtang Valley falls under the area of Langtang National Park, you will need to acquire a Langtang National Park Permit.
Cost of a permit
For foreign nationals other than SAARC countries= NRS 3000 per person per entry( around US $30)
For SAARC nationals= NRS 1500 per person per entry ( around US $15)
For Nepalese citizens = NRS 100 per person per entry
Another is Trekking Information Management System or TIMS Card. This card is basically the documentation that consists of all the information about the trekker to ensure their security and safety.
Cost of TIMS card
For any foreign nationals other than SAARC countries(group trekkers)= NRS 1000 per person, around $10
For SAARC nationals( Group Trekkers)= NRS 300 per person, around $3
One of the easy ways to avoid altitude sickness is being hydrated. Hiking for long hours in somewhat hot temperatures can make you easily reduce the water percentage in your body in the form of sweat. So, it is essential to intake about 3 to 4 liters of water daily during the trek.
Staying hydrated helps you to acclimatize better in higher altitudes by aiding in the delivery of oxygen to your body’s tissues. This can help alleviate symptoms associated with altitude sickness, such as headache, fatigue, and dizziness.
There are no ATMs on the route to Langtang Valley. So it is better if you encash the Nepalese currency in Kathmandu when you have plenty of options to choose from. Moreover, some teahouses and lodges accept visa and master cards but there will be additional charges in every transaction. It is better if you carry easily convertible currency like pounds, dollars, etc.
It is essential to be insured with a good travel insurance policy if you are going to Langtang Valley Trek in May or any other month. Travel insurance will help you to cover all your medical expenses, hospital bills, air ambulance, and evacuation costs in case of any accidents and mishaps. So, you must be insured with a travel policy from a quality service provider to decrease your financial burden and mitigate the risk. Likewise, it is recommended to take cancellation insurance to enhance the flexibility of your plans.
Preparing Physically And Mentally
The Langtang Valley Trek requires 6 to 8 hours of hiking daily, so you will need to have a basic level of physical fitness and stamina to embark on this trek. If you are a novice trekker, then you can try some physical exercises like walking, swimming, planks, and other cardiovascular exercises to increase your stamina. Additionally, you have to be prepared mentally for long durations of walking. The mental resilience will help you to keep you moving in the rugged terrains that will come across you during the trek.
Here Are Tips for Langtang Valley Trek
- Do not ignore any signs of altitude sickness
- Inform your guides about any inconvenience
- Carry some basic medicines
- Do not forget the trek map
- Always stay alert and cautious
- Be respectful of the local culture and traditions.
- Move early in the morning
- Learning how to navigate properly can be beneficial
- Prioritize group trekking than solo trekking
Day 01: Arrive At Kathmandu [and Transfer To Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing And Necessary Preparations For The Trek
Day 03: Drive From Kathmandu To Syabru Besi
Day 04: Trek To Lama Hotel
Day 05: Trek To Langtang Village
Day 06: Trek To Kyanjin Gompa
Day 07: Hike To Kyanjin Ri And Return Back To Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08: Trek To Lama Hotel
Day 09: Trek To Thulo Syabru
Day 10: Trek To Chandan Bari
Day 11: Trek To Dhunche
Day 12: Drive From Dhunche To Kathmandu
Day 13: International Departure As Per Flight Schedule