Langtang and Helambu Trekking Region is considered the third most popular after Annapurna and Everest trekking region in Nepal. It lies 130 km northeast of Kathmandu. Trekking to Langtang region offers lots of opportunities to explore the high Himalayas, Himalayan glaciers and Tamang villages enriched in Buddhist culture and people living in the traditional lifestyle. This region was the most affected in 2014's earthquake but now everything is getting normal.
The scenery in the region is spectacular, and the trekking journey is more adventurous as the area is visited only by fewer travelers. To the west of Langtang lies Ganesh Himal. Langtang valley, Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu are the popular places in Langtang region. Langtang region offers trekking from 7 days to 21 days in duration. Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park was set up in 1971 in the Langtang Region abundant in temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes deer, monkey, Tahr and Pika along with various species of migratory birds.
Tamang and Sherpa people are the main inhabitants of the region where one will find ancient religious practices, local people wear unique costumes very similar to those of Tibetans of Tibet than to the people in the middle hills in Nepal. 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. However, there are no such facilities in the Ganesh Himal or Ganja La trekking area. A journey to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore the Tamang villages, one can climb over small peaks and visit glaciers at a more comfortable elevation than other trekking regions. There are 3 popular lakes - Gosainkunda (4,380 m), Parvatikunda and Dudhkunda one can encounter during the trek in the Langtang region.
Langtang region trekking offers the wilderness environment rich in various flora and fauna. The Langtang National Park is protecting all the cultural and natural heritages of Langtang area. Yala, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal, Naya Kanga are some of Nepal's popular trekking peaks existing in the region. The valley of glaciers ” Langtang Valley” is the main attraction of this area and it is easy trekking to do as compared to others. Langtang Circuit trekking passing through Ganja La is the most difficult and challenging in Nepal. Access to Helambu is particularly easy and quick. Sundarijal, which is one of the most convenient trek starting points, is an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. Other possible routes to Helambu can be carried out either by Budhanilkantha or Kakani and ends at Melamchi Pul. For Langtang region trek one can make a choice either driving to Dhunche or Syabrubesi in Rasuwa district. Ganesh Himal region trek can be organized through Syabrubesi and ended in Gorkha.
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