Weather, Altitude sickness, acclimatization, and emergencies in Langtang Trek

The weather at the Langtang Valley trek is stable in the peak trekking season, the autumn and spring season. During these seasons, the weather condition is stable with bearable temperature. Under the warm sunny days, the trek becomes easy and pleasant. The nights and mornings though cold, are quite bearable.

In the summer and winter seasons, it is unstable. Rain during summer, snowfall, and cold temperatures in winter might make the trail slippery. But during the summer, rain-washed surrounding makes it quite enjoyable. There is greenery everywhere, and the clearest views are obtained. During winter, snowfalls, harsh winds can make the trip uncomfortable. But it is the time to enjoy peace and enjoy nature in solitude.

The risk of altitude sickness is present during this trek though it is minimal. Always be honest about your condition. Descend straight away if you get it. Though altitude sickness is unpredictable, certain conditions can cause altitude sickness. Dehydration, heavy drinking, improper eating, among others, can induce altitude sickness. So, it is best to be mindful of these. In case of emergencies, rescue operations are available. 

Is Langtang safe?

Langtang is safe if you acclimatize properly. With proper caution, kids from age five can also do it.

What is the best time for Langtang Valley Trek?

The best time for Langtang Valley Trek is between September and Mid December.

Medical and health facilities

There is a health post in Briddim Rural Municipality on the trekking route. The health post provides minimal facilities. Apart from this, there is the Rasuwa District Hospital in Dhunche. It is a governmental hospital and is listed as an 'A-class hospital by the Government of Nepal. In medical emergencies, rescue operations can be conducted and covered by your travel insurance. There is a helipad in Kyanjin Gompa and Gosainkunda for fast evacuation. The large network of tea houses in the area also means you can easily get help from the locals.

Travel insurance

In the past, travel insurance was not mandatory. But due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Nepal has decided to make it mandatory. You can be insured with both global suppliers and insurance companies in Nepal. The insurance must cover medical expenses, helicopter evacuation, and cancellation outside control, such as weather conditions. It also must cover your return to your country in case of COVID-19.

Is travel insurance needed for Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is needed for Nepal. It must cover emergency assistance and return to your home country in case of COVID-19.

Do I need travel insurance for my visa?

Travel insurance is not necessary for obtaining Visa in Nepal. But with COVID-19, it has become compulsory for now. The insurance has to cover emergency search and rescue, treatment, and other expenses during a trip to Nepal.