Trekking in Langtang Region

Trekking in Langtang Region

The region north of Kathmandu offers a multitude of trekking destinations, all accessible without flights. The three major areas are Langtang, Gosainkund and Helambu, which can be combined in many different ways to make treks from seven to 16 days long. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung (7246 metres) dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo (6388 metres) and Naya Kangri (5846 metres) lie to the south; and Dorje Lakpa (6966 metres) protects the east end of the valley. The area was designated Nepal's first Himalayan national park in 1971.

This high and isolated region is inhabited by Tamangs whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the Middle Hills. A visit to the Langtang Valley offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. According to legend, a lama following a runaway yak discovered the valley. Hence the name - lang is Tibetan for "yak" and teng (more correctly dhang) means "to follow". Yaks still live in the valley, but they now share it with trekkers who make a seven to 11-day round trip from Kathmandu. Because there are good opportunities for moderate climbing excursions here, you should allow a few extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system.

You can vary the trek to Langtang by returning to Kathmandu via the holy lakes of Gosainkund at 4300 metres, or you can make a short trek from Dhunche to Gosainkund. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during a full moon festival in August. The lake is also sacred to Buddhists.

Helambu, about 75 km north of Kathmandu, is an area inhabited by Sherpas. You can include Helambu in a Langtang trek, either via Gosainkund or across the 5106-metre Ganja La. In winter, both of the high routes from Langtang are usually snow- covered and dangerous, difficult or impossible. The Helambu trek is popular because it is short, stays below 3500 metres and is feasible all winter. It is an easy trek to organise because transport from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek, is readily available and inexpensive.

The language, culture and dress of the Helambu Sherpas are very different from the Solu Khumbu Sherpas. The accessibility of Helambu has created an influx of tourists who have encouraged begging, the sale of "genuine antiques" aged over the family fireplace, and several incidents of thievery. It takes eight days to trek from Kathmandu to Helambu and back, or 12 to 14 days to include both Langtang and Helambu in a single trek without any backtracking.

Popular Treks in Langtang Helambu Region

Ganja-La Pass Trek

Ganja-La Pass Trek

13 Days Package with 11 Days Trek

Ganja-La Pass Trek in Langtang region is recommended only for the experienced, well equipped trekker with camping gear, for the 5120 m pass is treacherous at the best of times. more details


Helambu Gosaikunda Trek

Helambu Gosaikunda Trek

10 Days Package with 8 Days Trek

Our Helambu Gosaikunda trek continues southeastward beyond the lakes, ascending the usually snowy Laurebinayak pass 4610 m to cross into Helambu more details


Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

10 Days Package with 8 Days Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a very scenic trek in Langtang. The Gosaikunda Lakes, apart from their natural beauty, are of considerable religious significance to the locals. more details


Langtang Helambu Trek

Langtang Helambu Trek

9 Days Package with 6 Days Trek

Our Helambu Trek starts from Sundarijal, a two-hour drive from Kathmandu. During the trekking we will see many of beautiful villages. This trek ends at Melamchi Pul. more details

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

14 Days Package with 11 Days Trek

Langtang Valley Trek starts with a day's bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. We begin the walk from Syabrubesi. It is one of the most popular treks in Langtang Region. more details


Panch Pokhari Trek

Panch Pokhari Trek

18 Days Package with 15 Days Trek

This trek to Panch Pokhari at the base of Jungal Himal offers pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure. It is one of the new trekking routes in lanftang region. more details


Tamang Heritage Trek

Tamang Heritage Trek

10 Days Package with 8 Days Trek

Tamang Heritage Trek is a new trekking trail in Langtang Region which takes you through unspoiled Tamang Village northwest of Syabrubesi. more details


Tilman Pass Langtang Trek

Tilman Pass Langtang Trek

24 Days Package with 19 Days Trek

Tilman Pass trekking is a challenging and remote area trek in Nepal. This trekking combines Langtang, Panch Pokhari and Jugal Himal. more details

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