Langtang & Helambu Trekking

Posted by Andy on Sunday, August 29, 2010

This area is directly north of the Kathmandu Valley and is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible parts of Nepal, providing some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. The soaring, snow-capped mountains at the head of the Langtang valley, the beautiful glacial lakes at Gosainkund and the friendly Tamang villages blend to make this a perfect alternative to the better know Everest and Annapurna treks.

A trekking tour around the Langtang and Helambu region offers a unique possibility to watch the Nepalese Himalaya from west to east in its totality. Langtang Himal and its multiple peaks quite inspire the trekker. The major areas are Langtang, Gosainkund and Helambu, which can be combined in many different ways to make treks lasting from 10 to 17 days. Langtang trek offers an experience not found elsewhere.

Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung (7246m) dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and Naya Kangri (5846m) lie to the south; and Dorje Lakpa (6966m) protects the east end of the valley. The Langtang National Park incorporates the high altitude Himalayan valley of Langtang, the Langtang Lirung peak and the famous Gosainkund chain of sacred lakes (to which there is an annual pilgrimage in August). The park is home to musk deer, Himalayan black bear, common leopard, and sometimes the red panda and snow leopard, but is particularly noted for its birds and flowers. Trails will lead through evergreen forests, pass rivers, lakes, and waterfalls and even a glacier. This high and isolated region is inhabited by Tamangs whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the Middle Hills.

The Helambu is a region just south of Langtang. It is at a lower altitude and is excellent for shorter and less strenuous treks. The routes here pass through many small villages and provide an excellent cultural experience as well as a good walk. One can enjoy a good short trek that avoids high elevations. Helambu treks are easy to organize because transport from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek, is readily available and inexpensive.

 For further trek information Click on your preferred trek for a description plus all itinerary details.

Langtang Valley Trek

11 days | Easy-Medium

A trek up into the Langtang valley has to be one of the most rewarding of the short treks available anywhere in Nepal. Famous for its alpine scenery as well as being a great place to meet a the unique Tamang people. Read more

Langtang Circuit Trek

21 days | Medium

Alpine scenery, moderate altitude requiring minimal acclimatization, sacred lakes at Gosaikunda, hot springs at Tatopani, uncrowded and easily accessible trails, welcoming homestays. Read more

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

9 days | Medium

This is a relatively easy trek through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and peaceful valleys where you will encounter few other trekkers. Enjoy panoramic mountain views, the natural hot springs at Tatopan, and the unique architecture of the Tamang village homes. Read more

Helambu Trek

10 days | Easy-Medium

A relatively low altitude, short and crowd less trek. The trek passes through some beautiful forests and very interesting villages of Sherpas on the route. Read more

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

17 days | Medium

Extremely varied landscapes, rice-terraces, pine forest with the fascinating backdrop of snow capped peaks. Chance to observe one of holy site of Hindu and Buddhist the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. Read more