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A Complete Guide to Langtang Trek

A Complete Guide to Langtang Trek

Highlights of Langtang Trek :

The Langtang Trek lying in the central region is the first national park in the country. Forming the upper catchments of the Trisuli and Betrawati rivers its topography ranging from subtropical  to the alpine zone are the meeting points of Indomalayan and Palearctic realms

The park lies along the trade route between Nepal and Tibet(China). The historical site of Rasuwagadhi a medieval period fort lies at the border

Climate :

The period of September through may is relatively dry except in January- February where there is occasional snowfall. By April bursts of red pink and white rhododendron blooms from towering canopies amidst the fir and oak forests. From June through August the sky is heavy with monsoon rains. Autumn (sep-oct) is the best time for trekking within the park.

Flora and Fauna :

The park represents eighteen ecosystems ranging from the hill sal and pine forests in the lower belt to the alpine belt glaciers snow and rocks. The main tree species are sal Chir pine Schima Wallichii, Castanopsis Indica in the lower belt, oak laurel and blue pine in the middle belt and larch, fir, birch, rhododendron in higher belt Of the 1043 species of vascular plants recorded 15 are endemic species including rhododendron conium, R.lowndesii, Larix Nepalensis. Langtang expensive high meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr.

The park is home for 46 mammalian species including red panda, snow leopard, clouded leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, and over 345 species of birds including the Impeyan pheasant, Ibisbill,white-winged redstart, snow partridge. There are 4 hereto and 30 fish species

Area of interest :

Its landscape comprises mountains peaks glaciers glacial lake rivers hot water spring gorges cliffs pastures and forests within this landscape are settlement and cattle shed etc and the mountains from Langtang trek is Langtang Lirjung(7227m), Yala peak(5520m) Ganesh Himal, Gangchenpo(6387m), Langshisa Ri(6427m), pomade, Baden Powell peak(5825m), poring RI(7292m), etc

The three main trek routes in the park namely 1)Langtang Valley 2) Helambu 3) Gonsaikunda lake cover much of the park and southern Helambu region significant wilderness sites include Ghora Tabela Kyanjin Panch Pokhari, Helambu toe of Langshisa glacier and Ganja la pass. Among the cultural site are Langtang valleys Melamchighyang, Tarkeghyang, and Shermathang which are worth visiting

Among the rich cultural heritage of Tamang and Sherpas, one of the important aspects is the indigenous knowledge of herbal medicine transhumance systems cheese production some community works include garbage management, trail management, heritage conservation, etc information centers and museums established at Dunche are very useful to the visitors.

Activities:

With the assistance of guides and tour operators, visitors can participate in a variety of activities around the park. Depending upon the level of adventure and interest visitors can go trekking, climbing, bird watching or go to a nature walk, village walks, visit hot springs after the trek to get a hot bath, etc.

Access:

From Kathmandu there are easiest means of reaching the park is to take a public bus or hire jeep or car to reach Dunche. The road continues all the way to Syafrubensi.