Bordering with Tibet in the north, Langtang boasts an unbeaten path for trekking in Nepal. Dominated by serene Himalaya on the northern front and lush green hills, Langtang is at closer distance to Kathmandu, making it easier for interested tourists to commute to and from the region.
Langtang (Sanskrit: लान्तंग) lies to the north of Kathmandu, bordering Tibet. The region comes directly under Langtang National Park (est. 1976), a protected area which boasts the multitudes of flora and fauna and magnificent Himalaya peaks.
Langtang Lirung 7,246 m (23,773 ft), Yala Peak 5,520 m (18,110 ft), Dorje lakpa 6,966 m (22,854 ft), Morimoto 6,570 m (21,555 ft) and Dragmarpo Ri 6,578 m (21,581 ft) are few of the mountains located in the region.
25% of the protected area is forest and the climate ranges from sub-tropical to alpine. Oak, rhododendron, pine and maple boasts the forest. Some of the exquisite faunas found in here are; Himalayan Thar, Red pandas, Himalayan Black bear etc.
Gosainkunda, an oligotrophic lake, is located in Langtang region. It is considered a holy site by Hindus and Buddhists alike. The lake which remains frozen for almost 6 months is accessible through Gosainkunda trek.
Kyanjin Gompa Trek
Starting from Syabrubesi (100 km northwest of Kathmandu), the Langtang trek advances through the thick bamboo forest to Lama Hotel. One can make a stop at Kyanjin Gompa after crossing the Tillman Pass. It has many tea houses to accommodate enough visitors. Cherku Ri 5150 m (16,896 ft) is the highest elevation one can reach during the trek.
Trekking in the hills and northern region of Nepal can mostly be done during 2 different seasons; Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November). The weather is generally clear with rare chances of rain or snowfall during pre-monsoon and during post-monsoon the days remain warmer and the nights colder.
One must obtain a permit before entering Langtang National Park.
- SAARC National – Rs. 1,000 (Approx. US $10)
- Non-SAARC National – Rs. 3,000 (Approx. US $30)