Langtang Region is the third most popular trekking region in Nepal. It lies to the north of Kathmandu. Trekking in this region offers the opportunity to explore high Himalayas, glaciers and Tamang villages rich in Buddhist culture. Langtang valley is explored trekking destinations with perfect reflection of the natural beauty and unique culture of Tamang communities.
In the trail, we find Buddhist monasteries; Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa where Buddhist prayers flags are beautifully decorated. The scenery here is spectacular, and the trek more adventurous. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal. The Langtang valley, Gosainkunda (4380 meters) and Helambu(3771 meters) are the popular places in Langtang region. Langtang region offers treks from 7 days to 21 days. The area was designated Nepal’s first Himalayan region National Park (6,450 meters) in 1971.
It is inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa people whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the middle hills. The forests in the region have temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkey, Tahr and Pika. The best time for trekking the Langtang area is spring and autumn.
Most of the trekking routes in Helambu and Langtang are well served with teahouses making independent trekking quite possible. But there are no such facilities in the Ganesh Himal area or Ganja La area. A journey to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore the Tamang villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a more comfortable altitude than other trekking regions.
Langtang region trekking offers the wilderness environment rich in flora and fauna. The Langtang National Park is protecting all the heritages of Langtang area. Yala (5,560 meters), Langtang Lirung(97,234 meters), Dorje lakpa (6,989 meters), Jugal, Naya Kanga are some of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The valley of glacier (Lantang Valley) is the main attraction of this area and it is easy trekking in compare to others. Langtang circuit trekking passing through Ganja La is one of the very difficult trekking in Nepal.
Access to Helambu (3771 meters) is particularly easy and quick. Sundarijal, which is one of the most convenient starting point,is an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. Other possible road heads are at Budhanilkantha, Kakani and 4 hour drive away at Melamchi Pul. For Langtang (6,475 meters) and Ganesh Himal (7,406 meters) the choice is limited drive to Dhunche in Rasuwa district. The road then continues to Syabrubesi from where Ganesh Himal and Langtang treks can start. The maximum altitude reached in this trek is about 7,000 meters.
The best time to trek around Langtang region is Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November). The climate during these periods is mild, dry and temperature is moderate. Spring offers beautiful rhododendron blooms and autumn offers spectacular views of mountains.