Langtang Region, third most popular trekking region in Nepal lies north of Kathmandu which offers the opportunity to explore high Himalayas, Himalayan glaciers and Tamang villages enrich with Buddhist culture.
The Langtang valley, Gosainkunda, helambu and Ganesh Himal that lies west of Langtang are the primary attraction of Langtang Region. Though few people visits this area, but the scenery here is spectacular, and the trek is much more adventurous. The trekking duration in Langtang region requires minimum of 7 days to maximum 21 days. Langtang Region was designated with Nepal's first Himalayan National Park in 1971 called Langtang National Park. Langtang Region is mostly inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa whose culture and religious practices has its own significance. The National Park is fully covered by forest with modrate temperate and sub-alpine vegetation which consists of varieties of wildlife like migratory birds, deer, monkey, Tahr, Pika and many others. Except Ganesh himal and Ganja la area almost all the trekking routes are well served with teahouses so that independent trekking can also be done.
The Langtang National Park is protecting all heritages of Langtang Region thus offers the wilderness environment rich in flora and fauna. Yala, Langtang Lirung, Dorje lakpa, Jugal, Naya Kanga are some of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Accessing Langtang Region is much easier than other trekking Region as the starting point lies very near to Kathmandu. The Langtang Region can be accessed through Sundarijal, Budhanikantha, Kanaki and Melamchi pul at about four hours of drive.
Langtang valley also known as the valley of glaciers offers an opportunity to explore the Tamang villages, climb small peaks and glaciers at a more comfortable altitude which is much easier to ascend than other trekking regions. Langtang Region consists of many trekking trails among which Langtang circuit trek passing through Ganja La is the most difficult one to trek.
The Langtang Valley; trekking through its forests and among the villages and farmlands of its people, many of who are of Tibetan origin. Once an important trading route with Tibet, this influence is reflected in the character of the villages and peoples.
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is located on the Langtang valley situated north of Kathmandu close to the Tibetan border which is easily approachable high sanctuary from the capital. Trekking in the Langtang Valley combines the remote and stupendous valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes at Gosainkund and the wonderful Helambu Valley.
Helambu village that lies towards the south of Tibetan border and north to Kathmandu provides colorful and unexpected contrast of temperate forests and alpine pastures, glaciers lakes and snowy peaks between higher altitude and lower area ranging from 846m to 4610m. Helambu trek consists of pleasant forests offering stunning view of mountain ranging from 6000-7000 m along with snow melted lakes like Gosai Kunda at an elevation of 4300m.
This is a wonderful introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole kingdom, with rich tamang culture. Many years ago Nepal, fought with Tibet for salt and some of the largest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region.
Ganja La Pass is one of the difficult Himalayan pass with a high of 5132 m. In this trek trekkers can enjoy Buddhist culture and tradition. Beautiful Himalayan sightseeing as well as beautiful Buddhist monastery can be seen on the way.