Trekking in Langtang valley allows you to touch glaciers and get beautiful views at low elevation. It lies between contrasting landscapes – to the north are spectacular views of the Himalayas and Tibetan border. To the south are smaller, snowy peaks and scenic, alpine lakes.
In Langtang, nature and culture are closely linked and its scenery is peppered with prayer flags, stupas and stone monuments. Sacred Gosainkunda is the area’s most famous lake, attracting thousands of pilgrims, especially during the Janai Purnima festival in August.
The Tamang people are the main ethnic group in Langtang and their lifestyle strongly echoes the Tibetan influences found throughout the region. Even the name ‘Langtang’ is derived from the Tibetan word for ‘yak’, which is an animal many visitors encounter on the trails.
Yak herds produce milk for cheese factories in the area and share the ecosystem with animals such as the endangered red panda . While trekking, you are welcome to visit the cheese factories and sample the produce.
Langtang is accessible by bus but is less crowded than Annapurna and Everest. Trekking here is challenging but with a low risk of altitude sickness, plenty of comfortable teahouses and the option of female guides.
Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa,
Lantang – Helambu trek