Langtang region lies directly north of the Kathmandu valley just south of Tibetan border. This is the closest Himalayan trekking destination from Kathmandu. This is third popular trekking destination in Nepal. All the trekking routes in this region are better managed by Langtang national Park office. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region. The area extends 1710 sq. km.
The langtang valley is surrounded by high peaks of great appeal. Langtang trek became famous trekking destination since the British mountaineer Bill Tilman described it as the most beautiful valley in the world. The highest peak in this area is Shisapangma or Gosaithan 8013m in Tibet. The trekking course from the Langtang valley to Gosaikund and Helambu is full of diversity and attract many trekkers. The langtang valley is also known as the treasure house of Alpine plants. The whole valley is cover with flowers during the summer. The region is inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa people with their unique tradition and culture in this modern time.
The best time for Langtang trek is September through May but autumn is the best time to trek in Langtang and Helambu region. Between Langtang and Helambu, we come across the Hindus holy lake Gosain kunda also known as frozen lake. The Gosain kunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims in month of September. The Langtang national park is also well known for its populations of red panda, one of the rare animals on the planet. Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, musk deer, Himalayan thar and more than 250 species of birds can be found in this region.
Trekking in Langtang offers a choice of moderate to more difficult trekking routes with duration ranging from 7 days to 3 weeks. The most famous trekking routes includes Langtang Valley trek, Langtan Gosain kunda trek, Gosainkunda Helambu trek, helambu trek and a more demanding one called Ganja la pass trek. All routes have the facilities of locally operated lodge, and camping grounds for groups. Ganjala Pass (5120m) trek requires camping equipments. The local lodges operate the services year round except during the peak winter if the trails are blocked.
The Langtang valley is not only popular for trekkers. The Langtang valley is popular for mountaineers too. Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Langsisa Ri and Yala peak are the popular mountain climbing destination. The gateway city for trekking and climbing in Langtang region is either Dhunche or Syabru.
|Langtang Lirung||7246m||Dorje Lakpa||6966m|
|Yala Peak||5520m||Surya Peak||5144m|
|Tsergo Ri||4982m||Chyarkung Chuli||4858m|