Langtang and Helambu Trek
Langtang and Helambu are particularly famous for trekking holidays in Nepal, providing easy and challenging trekking options for those wishing to visit the Himalayan region. Langtang and Helambu region is the third most popular trekking area in Nepal. The three most popular trekking areas including Langtang, Gosaikunda, and Helambu are accommodated, hence the name Langtang and Helambu trek. Langtang is north of Kathmandu and near the Tibetan border. It is situated between the main Himalayan range in the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks in the south. To the west of Langtang National Park lies the Ganesh Himal with peaks between 6,000 and 7,000 meters.
The name Langtang comes from the Tibetan language which is made up of two different words 'Lang' and 'Tang'. Lang means yak and Tang means to follow. The area is full of mountains: Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Gang Chhenpo (6388 m), Naya Kangri (5846 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m) and other snow-capped peaks. The area was recognized as Nepal's first Himalayan National Park in 1971 and is now a protected area. Most of the trekking within this region falls within the limits of Langtang National Park, which covers an area of 1,710 square kilometers. Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts are included in this national park.
The main attraction of this park is the Langtang Himalayan Range in the north and several lakes in the south. The main ethnic groups of the region are Sherpa and Tamang, whose religion, culture, language, and clothing are similar to those of the Tibetan people.
Animals found in this region are: wild dog, red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow, rhesus monkey, common langur, snow leopard. Birds found here include hawks, hoopoe, cuckoos, barbets, owls, and night jars, laughing thrushes, black-capped sibias, red-billed, minvet and parakeets. The flora includes sky blue gentians, epiphytic orchids and primroses. This region haves temperate sub-alpine vegetation.
Spring and autumn season is the best time for trekking in Lantang and Helambu region. Spring is rhododendron season and April presents a dramatic display of red, pink, and white flowers. Wildflowers are abundant in summer and are considered a good time for trekking in the region. Treks in the Langtang Helambu region offer the opportunity to explore villages, climb small peaks, and visit glaciers and beautiful lakes. Click on the link below for the best treks in Langtang and Helambu region