The Langtang trek is a good option if you are looking for a relatively short trek with easy access from Kathmandu. The trek has a number of good quality tea houses that are spaced every few hours along the trek making it easy to find a comfortable place to sleep and a good meal. Here are some quick facts about Langtang Tea Houses and a village by village run down.
Quick Facts: Langtang Tea Houses
- Menus – Tea houses along the Langtang Trek serve only vegetarian food.
- Sleeping – Tea houses will provide blankets and pillows free of cost so it’s not required to bring a sleeping bag.
- Internet – There is no internet access on the Langtang Trek and Syabrubesi is the only town from where you will find reliable internet.
- Phone Calls – Tea houses usually have landlines from which you can make phone call for a fixed rate. If you have a Nepali Sim Ncell only works up to Lama Hotel and Sky Network works above Lama Hotel.
- Costs – Most tea houses charge from 200 to 400Rs per/night and then expect you to order your food from the menu. The cost for two people trekking per day might average between 2000 and 3000 Rps depending on what you order to eat and drink.
Here is a brief review of the different villages in the region in the same order as you will encounter them on the trail.
Old Syabrubesi – Old Syabrubesi lies on the eastern bank of the Trishuli Ganga Nadi and is just a 20min walk from Syabrubesi. If you are just arriving or returning from the trek it’s a good place to stay. It has quite a few tea houses some of which offer internet and a variety of items on the menu including chicken.
New Bridge – New Bridge is about an hour up the trail and consists of just one tea house. They have a good homemade pickle that you might want to try.
Domen – Domen is another half an hour from New and has only one tea house with a nice vegetable garden.
Hotspring (Pairo) – Hotspring is a bit of a climb up from Domen and about a 45 minute walk. It has at least two tea houses which offer good views down the canyon. The Hotsprings are about a 5min walk although most will find them a bit disappointing as the water is only on the warm side but they still make a good mineral soak.
Bamboo – Bamboo is about another hours walk up canyon from Pairo. It is situated pleasantly in the canyon. Bamboo features several guest houses and gardens growing fresh vegetables and makes a nice place to stay next to the river.
Rimche – Rimche is about an hour and a half walk from Bamboo and is a bit of a steep climb as it sits several hundred meters up on the north side of the canyon. It is divided into two separate villages that are about a 10mins walk apart. Rimche (east) is where the trail from Sherpagaon connects. Most of the tea houses here are small and I personally prefer the tea houses in the canyon next to the river at either Bamboo or Lama Hotel.
Lama Hotel – It is just a short walk back down into the canyon from Rimche to Lama Hotel which has several pleasant tea houses.
Riverside – Riverside is about an hour up canyon from Lama Hotel. It has two tea houses that are about a 10 minute walk apart. As a note of caution – Many maps of the area have the location of Riverside improperly marked and show that it comes before Lama Hotel.
Ghodatabela – You will find a couple of nice tea houses here. The canyon opens up into a broad glacially carved valley offering excellent views of Langtang Lirung (7227m).
Thyangsyap – It’s about a 45 minute climb up from Ghodatabela to Thyangsyap.
Chamki – The Hill Top is the big tea house here. Chymki is another 45 minute walk from Thyangsyap.
Gumba – The village of Gumba is about 30 minutes before you reach Langtang. You will find several tea houses spaced over the course of about 15 minutes of walking.
Langtang – This is the largest settlement in the region with numerous tea houses, some small shops, a cheese factory and a center documenting recent glacial fluctuations.
Mundu – This is a small settlement that’s about 30 minutes from Langtang. The Tip Top offers some of the local specialties for lunch.
Sindum – Not much here but one café for lunch that might also have a few rooms.
Kyanjin Gumba – Second in size only to Langtang this is the last place in the valley to find any tea houses. Make sure to visit the monastery and take a look at the local cheese factory before you climb Kyanjin Ri.
Tea House Names by Village
|Old Syabrubesi||Yak Hotel, Ok Hotel|
|New Bridge||New Bridge Guest House|
|Domen||Domen River View Hotel|
|Hotspring (Pairo)||Namaste Guest House|
|Bamboo||Tibet Guest House|
|Rimche||Hotel Langtang View, Hotel Ganesh View Lodge|
|Lama Hotel||Friendly Guest House, Sherpa Hotel and Lodge|
|Riverside||Hotel Langtang View, Hotel Ganesh View Lodge|
|Ghodatabela||Lovely Lodge, Hotel Tibetan|
|Thyangsyap||Buddha Guest House, Tashi Dhelak Hotel, Summit Guest House, Hotel Potala|
|Chamki||Hotel Langtang View, Hill Top Guest House|
|Gumba Village||Hotel View Point, Tibetan Family, Langtang View, Panorama Guest House, Lirung View|
|Langtang||Peaceful Guest House, Hotel Red Panda, Himalayan Guest House, Sunrise Guest House, Eco Guest House, Tashi Delek Guest House, Tibetan Guest House, Lucky Guest House, Shangrila Hotel, Everest Guest House, Hotel Moonlight, Buddha Guest House, Village View Hotel|
|Mundu||Tip Top, Himalayan Guest House|
|Kyanjin Gumba||Nurling Kyangjin, Yeti Guest House, Hotel Sherpa, Yak Hotel|
This is not an all inclusive list and some of the tea houses are certainly missing from Old Syrabrubesi and Kyanjin Gumba which both have quite a few options. I would be happy to update this blog post with new names and also possible phone numbers if anyone would like to contact me with updated details.