Langtang region is one of the closest regions from Kathmandu where you can embark on a trek. This region is located to the northern part of Kathmandu. It lies quite close to the Tibetan border on the north. Langtang Region trekking offers glorious views of the snow-capped Himalayas in Nepal.
Langtang region is not as popular for amongst trekkers as the Everest Region or the Annapurna Region. So the tracks are quite fresh. Langtang region trek is also considered to be one of the best off-the-beaten-track trekking destinations in Nepal.
Langtang Region trekking is quite famous for the astonishing views of the Langtang Range. The mountains in this range that you can see while trekking in this region are Langtang Lirung (7234m), Langtang Ri (7246m), Langtang Himal (6581m), Kimsung (6745m), Ganesh Himal 1 (7406m), Ganesh II (7150m), Ganesh III (7130m), Langshisha (Ri 6310m), Morimoto peak (6750m), Manaslu (8163) etc.
A large part of the trekking trail of the Langtang Region trek lies in the border of Langtang National Park. This national park was established in 1976 and is the first Himalayan national park of Nepal.
The national park itself has a great variety of vegetation. Tropical forests, as well as perennial ice, can be found in the national park making it home to a great variety of plants as well as animals. The park is well-renowned for harboring red pandas as well as musk deer.
Langtang Region takes you through some of the most beautiful villages in Nepal. The villages are dominated by Tamang culture. The wonderful hospitality of the Tamang people and the cultural interactions here leaves every trekker to this region delighted.
One of the most popular destinations in the Langtang trek is the Gosaikunda Lake. This lake lies at an altitude of 4380 meters. Many Hindu devotees consider this lake as the residence of Lord Shiva and Gauri.
There are multiple trekking options for trekkers in the Langtang Region. The longest of these treks is the Langtang Gosaikunda trek, which takes 17 days to complete. This trek starts after a bus ride to Syabru Besi. From there, the trail goes along various picturesque villages like Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa, eventually yo Gosaikunda lake.
Langtang Helambu Trek is another trek in the Langtang region that is quite popular among tourists. This trek takes 16 days to complete. In this trek, you will go to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Langtang region for mountain viewing like Sermathang, Tharepati, Sing Gompa etc.
The most famous of all of these treks is perhaps the Langtang valley trek. Its popularity has been growing thanks largely to the wonderful views of the mountains along with the cultural beauty of this region. The most popular place along this trek is the Kyanjin Monastery that is perched deep in the Langtang Valley. This place is blessed by the wonderful views of the mountains. It also serves as the point from which climbs to Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Ri and Yala peaks begins.
There is also a short trekking option for everyone who is looking to get a glimpse of the unique culture of the Langtang Region. This trek is known as The Tamang Heritage Trail. This trail is believed to have been discovered by a trekker who lost his way & stumbled on this route, & discovered the Tamang settlements in this region.
It is believed at that time, the people in The Tamang Heritage Trail had hardly had a glimpse of tourists. The people here more or less live in a culture that is more or less untouched by western civilization.
Main Attractions of Langtang Region Trekking
- Langtang region trekking offers some of the best vantage points for viewing the Langtang Valley in all its beauty.
- You will get to the best spots in this region for viewing the Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal range and other lovely peaks.
- Gosaikunda Lake is one of the holiest lakes in Nepal and also one of the most scenics.
- Kyanjin Gompa and Shin Gompa offer you a glimpse of the practices of the Tibetan Buddhism that is prevalent in this place.
- You will get to go to the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal and enjoy the flora and fauna of this region.
- The trails along the Langtang Valley trek are quite fresh and all the people with a love of solitude while trekking will enjoy this trek immensely.