Fact File: Langtang
LLangtang trek is the most accessible adventure in Nepal to reach the lap of the Himalayas. This trek heads towards the north of Kathmandu and can be undertaken without any flights or long bus rides. Treks around Annapurna are chosen by many visitors instead of Langtang due to the fact that this region does not contain any mountain above 8000m. However, this teahouse trek is more rewarding as it is less crowded and people in this region are very hospitable with unique culture and tradition. We list below some facts that you should know before trekking in this region.
- The Langtang National Park covers 1,710 square km and which falls under the upper catchment areas for Trisuli and Koshi, Nepal’s two big rivers. The area is popular for langur monkeys and fir and rhododendron trees that bloom in spring.
- Langtang is home to the Tamang, Helambu Sherpa and Newar people who have been separated from their main cultural groups for a long time. This leads them to bear unique cultural traits. The friendly Sherpa people who live along in the region are called Hyalmo, which is derived from the name of their sacred valley, Helambu.
- Gosainkunda is the most sacred of the lakes and renowned among Hindus in Nepal. Hindu legend mentions that Shiva struck this mountainside with his Trishul to create the lake and cool down his burning throat after drinking poison to save the world. Thousands of pilgrims visit the lake during the August full moon to bathe in the water as a holy undertaking.
- The Laurabina La (4610m) pass lies two hours southeast of Gosainkunda, and offers superb views, though, in winter days, it remains impassable due to snow and ice.
- Langtang Lirung (7246m) , Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and Dorje Lhakpa (6975m) are the towering peaks of the Langtang Valley. Trekking to the Langtang region is the easiest way to get to the foot of the mountains, although all the peaks near the Langtang valley are below 8000m.
- Helambu is renowned to be a place where Tibetan Buddhism is studied. Also, the rich cultural heritage that the Tamang and Sherpa people maintain through their art forms is depicted in wood carvings of windows, dance festivals and unique and age-old weaving traditions.
- Langtang Helambu Gosainkunda trek captures Langtang’s spectacular valleys with the high lakes of Gosainkunda. The overall trek takes a longer time and is more challenging, often not possible to be undertaken in winter. Singularly, the three destinations can be broken apart, and each trek would take only about a week for completion, however, requires taking the same route back to Kathmandu.