Located in the north of Kathmandu Valley, the Langtang Region Trekking is protected as Langtang National Park which spreads around the area of 1,710 sq. km. Despite having close proximity to the Kathmandu valley, the Langtang region has well maintained its bucolic beauty. Further, the region borders Tibet and once was an important trading route. One can see the influence of Tibetan culture and practice in Tamang people in this region. Tamang, Gurung, and Sherpa people living in this region follow Tibetan Buddhism. Langtang Valley blends Tibetan lifestyle with a stunning landscape that makes Langtang region trek popular among the travelers. However, Langtang receives few trekkers than the Everest region and the Annapurna region.
Less trodden Langtang region trekking trail is blessed with spectacular mountain views and captivating scenic landscapes with diverse flora and fauna. The forest in this region has temperate and subalpine vegetation and wildlife of this region includes red panda, Himalayan pheasant, deer, monkey, Thar, Pica, and migratory birds. Trekking along with the Park one can witness varieties of flora and fauna. The first Himalayan National park of Nepal, Langtang National Park preserves hundreds of endangered animals and 250 species of birds. Trekking amidst serene nature and traditional settlements, one can fully enjoy the adventure in this region. Langtang Valley Trekking is perfect for nature and adventure lovers.
Langtang region offers you the opportunity to explore the majestic peaks of Langtang Himal(6581m), Langtang Lirung(7235m), Langtang Ri(7246m), Ganesh Himal, Yala peak(5560m), Ganjala Chuli(5844m), Langshisa Ri(6310m), Morimoto peak (6750m), Pongen Dopku(5930m), Tembthang (5702m), Kyungka Ri(6979m), Manaslu and many more. In addition, during trekking in the Langtang region, you will pass through the cascading waterfalls, ethnic villages, oak, bamboo, pine and rhododendron forest, swift mountain streams which give you the wonderful and memorable trekking experience.
From holy lakes of Gosainkunda and Tamang villages to diverse plants and animals, all these make Langtang region an ideal destination for both nature and culture lovers. Most of the people in this region are involved in farming and tourism in order to earn their living. You will get to witness yak pastures and yak cheese factories while trekking in the Langtang region.
Langtang Trek combines with the holy lakes at Gosainkunda and spectacular Helamby Valley. Home to various high altitude lakes, reflecting the surrounding peaks in the crystal clear water, the Langtang region is a heavenly paradise for travelers. Some of the most popular trekking in the Langtang region are Langtang Valley trekking, Tamang Heritage Trekking, Langtang Gosainkunda Laurebina Pass Trek, Gosainkunda Lake trekking, Helambu Valley Trekking, Ganja la pass trekking and so on.
How to get to the Langtang region?
About 9 hrs of a drive from Kathmandu one can reach Syabrubesi from where one can start their trekking journey. Heading north of Katmandu passing through Trishuli Bazar and Dhunche one reaches Syabrubesi; a Sherpa village. From Syabrubesi one can continue Tamang Heritage trek and you can also have a great time at Lama Hotel situated at the altitude of 2480m. Further Trekking from Lama Hotel you will reach Langtang Valley which is also called a valley of glaciers. If you are interested in trekking higher then you can reach the Kyanjin Gompa monastery and a short hike from Kyanjin you can reach Tserko Ri(5000m). From Tserko Ri you can have splendid and mesmerizing views of sunrise, mountains, and glaciers.
Retracing the route you will reach Syabrubesi. If you want to return back to Kathmandu then you can take a local bus or private jeep from there. However, if you want to explore more then trekking through Syabrubesi and Sing Gompa you can reach Gosainkunda lake. Crossing the Laurebina pass (4610m) you can continue your trekking towards the south. Leaving behind the Langtang Valley you then further continue your travel through the Helambu valley to Gul Bhanjyang. Few day treks from Gul Bhanjyang you can return back to Kathmandu Valley.
Apart from these two options, if you want more adventure and challenge in your trek then you can do so by trekking through Ganja la Pass. Instead of backtracking from Kyanjin Gompa, you can continue your trek by crossing Ganja La Pass(5122m). Reaching the top of the pass you be rewarded with fascinating views of Langtang Lirung and Shishapangma (8013m). Crossing many Buddhist monasteries and monuments you then descend your trekking to Sermathang and then to Melamchi Pul Bazar. Within 2 hours of drive from Melamchi Pul Bazar, you can head back to the Kathmandu valley.
Overall the reminiscing trek to the Langtang region revitalize your mind and soul. If you want to explore the Tibetian culture and magnificent vistas within a short period of time then without any hesitation embark your journey towards the Langtang region.
Some of the major highlights of the Langtang region are
Tamang Heritage Trail
Ganja La Pass
Syabrubesi is the beautiful Sherpa village inside the Langtang National Park. Located at an altitude of 1503m, Syabrubesi is the gateway to popular Langtang Valley trek and other treks in the Langtang region such as Tamang Heritage trek, Gosainkunda Lake Trek and so on. Along with the natural beauty, local festivals, culture, and tradition make the village popular among the visitors. One of the popular festivals of Hindu followers,” Kailash Yatra” is celebrated in this region which attracts a number of pilgrims from all over the world. Situated 80km north to the Kathmandu one can reach Syabrubesi within 7 hours of drive in a private jeep. Standard accommodation is available in this lower Langtang region of Nepal.
Tamang Heritage Trail
Tamang Heritage Trail is a fascinating route that is located between two majestic peaks, Lantang(3500m) and Ganesh Himal(7429m). Situated in the Langtang region, the trail takes trekkers closer to the Tibetan border than any other trail in the region. The trail consists of a loop on the western edge of Langtang National Park and some astounding views towards Tibet. Tamang Heritage trek takes you to the Tamang Village where you can experience the authentic Tamang culture which is similar to Tibetan Buddhism. The heartwarming hospitality of the locals makes your trip amazing. Further outstanding views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and many more make your trek more exciting and memorable. The hot springs in this region of Nepal were the major attraction for tourists but unfortunately, many of the hot springs were destroyed by the earthquake in 2015.
Actually the Lama Hotel is not a hotel. Lama Hotel is a small village and consists of 8 to 12 nice sized hotels. Trekkers stop here for acclimatization. Basic accommodation is available in this location.
Situated at an altitude of 3400m, Langtang Village is the largest village in the Langtang region. The village is very located near the base of Mt. Langtang Lirung. The village used to be the thriving community of teahouses. The village offers a wonderful opportunity to observe picturesque landscapes, snow-capped mountains, and unique culture.
The devasting earthquake on April 15, 2015, destroyed this region badly. However, the sherpas and Tamangs living there are reconstructing the village again. There are teahouse opened in the new Langtang Village where trekkers can have a great time. These newly opened teahouses are larger and luxurious than before.
Trekking to this village you will not only get to enjoy the natural beauty only but also you will be helping the locals in rebuilding the region. The charming smile and great hospitality of the people allure visitors to visit this place. Langtang Valley trek is accessible for all visitors. Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular short and easy treks in Nepal.
Further climbing up from Langtang Village, Kyanjin Gompa is located at an altitude of 3900m. It is the last stop where you get basic accommodation facilities. Climbing further there you have to take some basics by yourself. Trekkers take a rest at this location. Here Trekkers can explore Kyanjin Gompa, its monasteries and Yak Cheese Factories. You can have magnificent views of peaks from Kyanjin Ri(4400m).
A short hike from Kyanjin Gompa, Tserko Ri is located at an elevation of 5000m. One would love to have an astonishing sunrise view from the Tserko Ri. Spectacular views of Yala Peak, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri and Naya Khang make your Trek to Tsreko Ri worth.
Ganja La Pass
Ganja La Pass is another attraction in the Langtang region. One of the high pass treks in the Langtang region, Lantang Ganja La Pass Trekking is for adventure lovers. From Kyanjin Gompa heading towards the Ganja La Pass camping is required. Situated at an altitude of 5122m Ganja La Pass trekking is a challenging trek. However, reaching the top of the pass you will be rewarded with the breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung and Sishapingma. After crossing Ganja La Pass you the trail descend to Keldand, Dupku and Tarke Gyang at beautiful Helambu Valley and then finally to Melamchi Pul Bazar. Ganja La Pass trekking is the best alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek for those dreaming of a trek in mountains in a short time and limited budget.
Gosainkunda is a beautiful turquoise colored water lake in Langtang National Park, located at an elevation of 4380m. Gosainkunda lake was designated as a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007. In the vicinity of Gosainkunda, there are 108 lakes. The lakes melt to form the Trishuli River. The water of Gosainkunda is considered holy and a number of pilgrims visit this holy lake especially during Janai Purnima and Gangadashahara. It is the major attraction on the Dhunche and Helambu Trekking route. According to the legend Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his Trishul in order to extract the water to cool down his thirst after swallowing poison. One can see the reflection of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and trees in the crystal clear water of the lake which is mindblowing.
Laurebina La Pass
The Laurebina La Pass at an elevation of 4610m is on the outskirts of Gosainkunda. Crossing the pass you will reach the Helambu Valley.
Helambu Trek in Langtang region
Helambu trek is one of the best short and easy treks among various treks in the Langtang region of Nepal. Within this short trek, trekkers can get the glimpses of vegetation, wildlife, the lifestyle of Tamang and Sherpa people, and of course spectacular views of mountains. This trek is perfect for those who cannot do high altitude treks but the dream to have spectacular mountain views, want to walk the verdant forest, and desire to have insight on the lifestyle of people living in mountains.
Normally Helambu Trek starts from Sundarijal after a short drive from Kathmandu. Within an hour's hike from Sundarijal, you will enter Shivapuri National Park. From there you will continue your trek towards Chisapani, Kutumsang, and Tharepati. You can return back to Kathmandu by the same route. However, if you want to discover more than you can head towards the Gosainkunda by crossing the Laurebina Pass. Moreover from Tharepati, you can also continue your trek towards Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang, Sermanthang, and then finally to Melamchi Pul Bazar from where you can return back to Kathmandu within a short drive.
The trek offers you the breathtaking views of Gauri Shankar, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and so on. Starting from the lush green forest and passing through vibrant rhododendron forest to the high views Helambu Trek provides you an amazing experience. The hospitality of Tamang and Sherpa people undoubtedly will make your trek more enthralling and memorable.
Best time to Trek Langtang Region
Trekking to the Langtang region is possible throughout the year. However, the best time to trek this region is Autumn and Spring. During this time you can enjoy the colorful rhododendron forest which makes your journey even more blissful.
What type of trekking permit is required while trekking to the Langtang Region of Nepal?
Before commencing the trek to the Langtang region you should be aware of two different trekking permits required for Langtang Trek. The two different trekking permits required are TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit. You can get a TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board in Pokhara and Kathmandu. You can get Langtang National Park Entry permit from Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu. You can also get them at the passage point in Dhunche.
Apart from this, if you trek through Shivapuri National park, Shivapuri National Park Trek Entry Permit is required.
If you book Langtang region trekking in Nepal with Local trekking companies in Nepal than they will help you to get all of those permits.