Trekking in Langtang - Less Trodden Trails
Langtang region is another popular trekking destination in Nepal, considered by many trekkers to be one of Nepal's best-kept secrets. Trekking in Langtang valley unfolds the colorful culture, religion, and traditions of Tibetan origin ethnic groups on the back dropped of stunning mountain sceneries. Changes in elevation combined with the complex topography and geology have produced a unique patchwork of vegetation in this region. The legendary Himalayan explorer and mountaineer Mr. Bill Tillman said of Langtang that it was 'One of the world's most beautiful valleys'.
Dubbed as the illustrious 'Valley of Glaciers,' Langtang Valley is a serene trekking destination situated due north of Kathmandu. The entire valley and other regions around it house phenomenal biodiversity and rich cultural heritage. Roughly, the Langtang as a whole region can be classified into four sub-divisions based on major trekking locations.
Best Kept Secret Hiking Routes
The Langtang Valley Treks explore the depths of Langtang National Park to the south of Langtang Lirung (7227m). The Tamang Heritage Trail section is the westernmost section, whereas the Helambu Valley is the southernmost. Gosainkunda Lake and the quaint valley around the lake system is the final section of Langtang region trekking. While Tamang and Tibetan communities are prevalent in the northern parts of the Langtang region, the southern regions show a dominance of Sherpa communities. Additionally, Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Langtang Ri (6596 m), Phurbi Chyachu (6637 m), Jugal (6535 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), and Naya Khang (5863m) are few mountains scattered across the region.
Langtang Trek in the Langtang region is the most popular trekking venture. The trek explores the glorious Langtang Valley to reach Kyanjin Gompa, where trekkers can revere the ancient Tibetan heritage. Similarly, Tamang Heritage Trail enjoys the beautiful display of Tamang culture and traditions. On the other hand, Gosainkunda Lake Trek heads to the serene lake system with a majestic backdrop of Langtang Himalayas. Trekkers can explore this region independently or add it to their Langtang Valley Trek itinerary.
Finally, Helambu Valley is another trekking destination in the Langtang region. The culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa community in this region add to the natural allure of Helambu Trekking. Additionally, Ganga La Pass connects the Langtang Valley with Helambu Valley. So, the difficult crossing over the Ganja La Pass (5130m) adds enthralling adventure to the Langtang region trekking.
Best Time for Treks
Langtang Region is a haven for diverse wildlife and vegetation. Also, the spectacular display of the Himalayas is quite sublime as well. As such, trekkers have to choose a certain time frame to do the Langtang region treks. The autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best time to explore the Langtang region's riches. These seasons offer stable weather conditions, moderate temperatures, and outstanding views to make your trek safer and fun.
Similarly, the winter season (December to February) has more challenging climatic conditions like cold weather, snowstorms, and even avalanches. Summer/monsoon (June to August) brings torrential downpour of rain due to which trails become slippery. Similarly, the trails are also prone to landslide during this season.