The Langtang Region lies just south of the Tibetan border and is the oldest of Nepal’s national parks. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a lower range to the south. Major peaks include Langtang Lirung (7246m) in the north, Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and Naya Kanga(5846m) in the south and Dorje Lakpa (8966m) to the east.
Trekking in the Langtang region offers extensive old forests, numerous villages surrounded by farmlands with yaks living in the higher valleys. Visitors should consider adding a few extra days to ones trek to explore the byways and also the extensive glacier system. A visit to the holy lakes of Gosainkund (4300m) could be added to the Langtang Helambu trek. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes for the full moon festival each August. The site is are also sacred to Buddhists.
Langtang valley trekking region is inhabited by the Tamang community whose religious practices, language and dress are more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their Hindu neighbours in the Middle Hills. Treks here offer easy opportunities to explore villages, meet the people, climb small peaks and visit glaciers at comfortably low altitudes.
The Helambu region lies just 75 km north of Kathmandu and south of the Langtang region trekking. It can be reached from Kathmandu via Tharepati and the Shivapuri National Park, offering a geographically spectacular trek through Middle Hill forest and farming terrain. Here, a diversity of culture, friendly people and Bhutanese style monasteries will add to the richness of your experience.