The Langtang Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal along with Everest and Annapurna. Located just 60km north of Kathmandu in Rasuwa district, Langtang is comparatively less crowded and more pristine in terms of nature and biodiversity. Vehicles can travel up to Dhunche- the district headquarters of Rasuwa District as well as Syabru, the terminus of the motor road.
As most of the trekking in Langtang entirely takes place below 4000m, the trekking trail is suitable for trekkers of all ages and under any physical condition. There are comfortable lodges, guesthouses and home stays available along the route. Langtang region is inhabited by Tamang people, whose unique Buddhist culture and tradition- that closely resembles that of Tibetans across the border- will be a plus point for travelers who love culture.
The Langtang Village (3500m) suffered maximum damage due to 2015 Earthquake. Trekking activity has since resumed in Langtang as local communities have rehabilitated their houses and trekking trails.
The locals are promoting tourism to support their rehabilitation and recovery efforts. The best way to help Langtang community and contribute to building back local economy is by trekking in Langtang region.
There are plenty of trekking options in Langtang. You can start Langtang Trek from Dhunche or Syabru which is a more direct route and passes through Langtang Village and Kyanjin Gompa (3800m). Other option would be start the trek from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul, which is a long and circuitous trail that takes up up to Kyanjin Gompa.
The Gosainkunda trek is the one more adventurous among them all. The trek visits sacred Gosaikunda Lake (4301m) by crossing over Lauri Binayak pass located at an altitude of 4610m. During the month of August, Gosankunda is visited by thousands of pilgrims to pay homage to Guru Rimponche and Lord Shiva.
You can also make a complete loop trek of Langtang by begining at Dhunche, follow Langtang Village and take a right turn to cross Ganjala pass (5106m), one of the highest Himalayan passes.
Besides trekking, trekkers also indulge in mountaineering activities in Langtang. Trekking peaks such as Yala Peak (5500m), Naya Kanga peak (5846m) and Kyanjin Ri (4783m) are popular for climbing.
All the trekking trails in Langtang offers superb views of Langtang Himalayan ranges with up-close views of Langtang Lirung (7245m, Langtang Ri (7205) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m). You can also visit beautiful monasteries and gompas that are part and parcel of local’s lives.
Since the Langtang trail falls under the perimeter of Langtang National park, trekkers will also have a rare opportunity to enjoy wildlife activities. During autumn and spring different varieties of rhododendron flowers come to bloom in its thousands. The forests made of pine, oak and rhododendron trees provides a safe habitat for such wild creatures as snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, rhesus monkeys, and even Yetis! Langtang is the only place in Nepal where most sightings of Red Panda- an endangered species and a cousin of Giant Panda- have been recorded.