Unlike popular trekking destinations of Nepal such as Annapurna region, Mustang, Manang, and Everest Langtang is suited for those looking for a shorter trek. Langtang is also closer to Kathmandu in terms of location and can be reached easily.
The entire region is protected as Langtang National Park since 1971. This region is home to a mountain and valley of the same name. Rich in biodiversity, some major highlights of this region are the holy Gosainkunda Lake, the Kyanjin Gompa, Singa Gompa moasteries, and tatopani (natural hot springs).
There are few different trekking routes for trekkers. Top 3 most popular ones are listed below.
8 days Langtang Trek
Another good thing about trekking in the Langtang region is that it is suprisingly quiet and peaceful compared to other trekking destinations such as Mustang or Annapurna regions. The 8 days Langtang trek takes you across a narrow valley located at the south of the Tibetian border. The view is beautiful from the valley as there are high mountain range at the north and comparatively lower range of peaks at the south.
The trek begins in Sybru besi, from where you will have to pass through the Tamang country. The hike is sure to be a memorable and pleasant experience as you will be crossing through streams, and walking past waterfalls, forests and couple of villages here and there. Along with the sights of beautiful Himalayas, you also get the chance to observe unique way of living and culture of the local people.
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek
The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek is a 15 day long trek that takes you across two different valleys. You will be able to enjoy some amazing scenes of towering peaks and also immerse yourself in the unique culture of the villages that you will come across on your path.
This trek also begins at Sybrubesi and you will be passing through the Tamang country, and enjoy the exact same route as the Langtang trek. But you will be heading uphill from Kyajin Gompa as you make your way to the Gosainkunda lakes. Gosainkunda isn’t exactly a trekking destination, in fact, it’s a pilgrimage, regarded highly in Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, the Gosaikund was created by Lord Shiva because he wanted to drink cold water to quench his thirst caused from drinking poison from Samudra Manthan. You’ll be making your way to Helambu from there enjoying amazing view and your walk through forests and suspension bridges.
Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek
This is the longest trek to the Langtang region you can do, which takes about 12 days. This amazing trek begins in Sybru Bensi and ends at melamchi pul bajar. You will then follow the Langtang River to make your way to Kyanchin Gompa. You will see some amazing views of mountain peaks en route. You will be spending much of this trek above 3000m, with the highest point of the trek being the Ganjala Pass at 5,122m.
This trek is quite difficult compared to other treks in the region. You will require to be extremely careful at the last 100m of the Ganja La Pass, and travel agencies even organize ropes for added safety. Also, the decent from the pass is just as dangerous because of its steep slope. You will get plenty of opportunities to marvel at the beautiful view, visit monasteries and enjoy the company of local Tamang and Gurung people.