The Langtang Region of Nepal is also immensely popular and easily accessible being close to the capital city – Kathmandu. The area is conserved as Langtang National Park (est. 1976) and covers an area of 1710 sq km located in Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchok districts to the north of Kathmandu.
Bordering Tibet to the north and east, the dominant peaks of this region are Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Dragmarpo Ri (6578 m) and Yala Peak (5520 m). In addition, there are several other peaks that are also as significant.
The altitude of the Langtang Region varies from 800 m to 7227 m and so does the temperature due to its drastic change in elevation. This region is wealthy in biodiversity with 18 ecosystem types, 14 vegetation types, more than 1000 species of flowering plants, 150 species of birds and wildlife like snow leopards, musk deer, ghoral, monkeys, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. Mysterious Yeti or the Big Foot sighting stories are also in circulation to the locals.
The primary residents of this region are Sherpas, Gurungs, with the majority of Tamangs & some minor castes of Tibetan origin. The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is to observed crystal clear.
A transit route to the migrating birds, this region also holds the honor of possessing the famous – Gosainkunda Lake. An alpine freshwater lake at an elevation of 4380 m, is one of the sacred lakes for both Hindus and Buddhists. Nonetheless, the vicinity is a huge pilgrimage site.
With more than 100 lakes in the region, several monasteries - one of which is Kyanjin Gompa - upper tropical forests below 1000 m, richness in cultural heritage, protected National park with diverse biodiversity, and a panoramic background of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Langtang Ri (7205 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m) plus several other peaks of the region – makes trekking herein very much desirable.
Himalayan Trekkers offers you various packages for the Langtang and Helambu region including local homestays.