Langtang Trek -Holy Trail of Northern Nepal

The varying altitude and temperature of the region can take its toll sometimes, however, the fun exists in enjoying the wilderness. Popular since the ancient times, the region also possess a holy site for Hindus -Gosainkunda.

Langtang has been declared safe by the Trekkers Association of Nepal (TAAN) & Nepal Tourism Board. The region is open for the visiting tourists.

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Overview

Bordering with Tibet in the north, Langtang region is a popular trekking destination, containing wide varieties of flora and fauna and similarly awestruck mountains. Closer to the capital city Kathmandu, the region can is a great choice for holidaymakers to trek or hike into the greater Himalaya region of Northern Nepal.

Predominantly inhabited by the Tamang tribe, the region includes some marvelous natural and cultural wonders. Observing the local festivity and traditions can be an overwhelming experience.

Gosainkunda -Pilgrimage Site

Gosainkunda is an oligotrophic lake located inside Langtang National park. It is a holy site for Hindus. Situated at an elevation of 4,380 m/14,370 ft, it experiences throngs of devotees making a strenuous trip to the location and taking a holy dip in the lake every year.

Gosainkunda is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva (One of the Hindu Trinity God) and Goddess Gauri, and the mythological evidences support the fact that the lake was dug up by the Holy Trident of Lord Shiva!

Holy lake of Gosainkunda

Holy lake of Gosainkunda

Langtang-Gosainkunda trek makes it possible for trekkers to make a trip to this very site. A large exodus of Hindu devotees, as pilgrims, from the whole of Indian Subcontinent arrive during the month of August, making it the most busy time in a year for the locals. Many of them open make-shift shops, diners and accessory stores on the premise of the lake to cater arriving pilgrims. Generally, winter here freezes the lake for 6 consecutive months, making it the coldest time to travel.

Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park (420 km2 /160 sq mi) is the fourth largest national park in Nepal. Established in 1976 as first Himalaya park, the region has been used by many holidaymakers as a recreation spot. Approximately 25% of the park is forested.

Red Panda

Red Panda, an endangered species, found in Makalu Barun valley and other forested areas of northeastern Himalaya

Some of the majestic peaks dominating the regions are; Langtang Lirung (7,246 m/23,773 ft), Yala Peak (5,520 m/18,110 ft), Dorje lakpa (6,966 m/22,854 ft), Morimoto (6,570 m/21,555 ft) and Dragmarpo Ri (6,578 m/21,581 ft).

The park is also a protected area. Around 4,500 people inhabit the region, depending upon wildly available reserves for sustenance.

Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Rhesus monkey and Red Panda are few of the faunas exclusively found here. It also exhibits a high diversity of 14 vegetation types in 18 ecosystem types.

Cherko Ri (5,150m/16896ft) is the highest elevation one can reach during the trek.

~Trail Map~

~Gallery~


~Video~

Langtang was one of the region which was heavily affected by the major earthquake of April 2015. Most of the people left the village, however, few of those who remained are rebuilding the local economy. Here’s an appeal from the local for the tourists to revisit the region.


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