Langtang and Helambu Area
Straight north from Kathmandu is the Langtang- Helambu region
which enjoys snow-covered peaks, a mild climate, and friendly
hospitable inhabitants which makes it the ideal trek almost year
round. The 1,710 SQ km Langtang National Park hosts a variety of
natural splendours, from lush valleys alive with langur
monkeys to the towering fir and rhododendron forests bursting with
spring colour. The 7,246 meter Langtang Lirung to the north, Gang
Chhenpo (6,388 meters) to the south and Dorje Lhakpa (6,975
meters) to the east dominates the beautiful Langtang valley.
Helambu, the mid-elevation region to the Park's south, is a study
centre of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama and Tamang people maintain a rich
cultural heritage, evident in ornately carved wooden windows,
lively dance festivals, and skilled weaving traditions. Trekkers
can enjoy these sights on any of the three main trekking routes.
Hiking times and overnight stops are planned for a moderate hiking
pace, and proper acclimatization to altitude. Treks range in
difficulty from moderate to challenging. All trail heads are
accessible by bus or private transports from Kathmandu.