The Langtang National Park stands out to be one of the unspoiled national parks of Nepal. This is a place, which attracts both the religious devotees as well as the adventure seekers. This park has so much to offer from breathtaking views to rich culture and biodiversity of the area. Langtang National Park provides an opportunity for the trekkers to explore and visit the amazing Himalayas, glaciers, small villages, and mountains.
Langtang National Park is one of the first Himalayan national park established in 1976. This national park is the nearest protected area to Kathmandu in the Central Development Region extending over the parts of Nuwakot, Rusuwa, and Sindhupalchowk. It covers the area around 1710 square kilometers. Where the northern and eastern parts are linked with Qomolangma National Nature, Preserve in Tibet. The western boundary follows the Bhote Koshi & Trishuli rivers and the southern border lies north in Kathmandu valley.
Langtang National Park is the part of sacred Himalayan landscapes with lavishing greenery, amazing biodiversity, and magnificent mountain ranges like Dorje Lakpa & the summit of Langtang Lirung, which is the highest point at the park. Along with that, the high altitude lake Gosaikunda is located at the height of 4,300 meters above sea level, which is considered to be one of the most important religious spots for Hindus.
Climate of Langtang National Park
The climate of Langtang national park differs from place to place due to the difference in the altitude of the total area. Langtang National Park encounters monsoon from June to August. During August this place observes the wide flow of religious devotees who flock here to observe the sacred water of the Gosainkunda Lake.
The weather remains snowy from January to February. Autumn is considered to be the best time to visit the Langtang National Park where one can enjoy the lush greenery and the blossoms, which can lure anyone to fall in love with the beauty that place.
Vegetation in Langtang National park
Langtang National Park is very rich when it comes to vegetation’s as more than 1000 species of plants are founded in this place out of which nearly 21 spices are endangered. This place has diverse vegetation with nearly 14 types of flora and 18 ecosystem types. Within a single space, one can have the tropical forests below 1,000 meters to the high altitude alpine and perennial ice forests in Langtang National Park.
Wildlife in Langtang National park
Langtang National Park is famous for being home to the one of the most endangered species of mammals that is the red panda & snow leopard and a part from them, animals like Himalayan black bear, wild dog, ghoral, serow can be found here. Similarly, Langtang National Park is a home for nearly 250 species of birds. During summers the green lush meadows of this region become an attracting point for the species like musk deer and Himalayan Tahr.
People of Langtang national park
The major inhabitants of Langtang National park are basically the Tibetans or the Tamangs. The people of this Langtang National park still follow their old culture and traditions, which is reflected in their culture, costume, craftsmanship, and architecture. This place provides an opportunity for the visitors to have a closer view upon the way of living of the Tamangs and their cultural heritage. The people of this area are mostly & strictly vegetarian and are mainly yak and sheepherders. They live a very simple life by raising animals, doing agriculture, and trading with Kerung in Tibet. The major crops of this region are Maize, Wheat, Soybean, and Millet.
How to Reach Langtang National park
This region stands as a small valley, which is located in the border of Tibet. Langtang National Park has so much to offer for those who actually want to devote themselves in the lap of the Himalayas or feel the need to get closer to oneself.
Syabrubesi is the gate way of Langtang National park, which is a small town in Rasuwa district. It is easier to reach this town via bus, jeep or any private vehicle. This journey will take you down to experience the unpaved road of Nepal, with an amazing view of the mountains and yaks grazing at the meadows of the nearby areas. Syabrubesi is basically the trailhead of the Langtang region, which is located at the altitude of 1,460 meters above sea level. This place is fully equipped with the tourist standard facilities like delicious food, clean lodging, and there are few of the banks located in this region.
From this place, a 20 minutes’ walk can lead towards the old Syabrubesi, where one can enjoy the old architecture of houses along with meals from the small tea houses. This place is located in the banks of the Trishuli River, so visiting this place enables the tourists to enjoy the proper blend of the natural as well as the culture and tradition of people living in this place. From here, one can reach another village via the new bridge. It is a small village situated at the river bank where one can have the unique taste of the small tea houses and enjoy the view of lush greenery of the small vegetable gardens.
Moving forward from here, and trek towards the steep uphill to the Pairo, Pairo will lead towards the village called Bamboo, which is comparatively larger than the other villages with a lot of tea shops and vegetable gardens. From Bamboo, one reaches Rimche, which is at a height of 2,470 meters, and from here, it is nearly 20 minutes’ walk to the famous Lama hotel. The trek resumes, and the trekkers reach the Gumna chowk or the riverside, which is at the height of 2,770 meters. The trail from here takes to Langtang Village then to Kyanjin Gompa, which is located at a height of 3,800 meters above sea level. The Kyanging Gumpa is the final place one can stay overnights at lodges.
Trekking Permit and Fees in Langtang national park
Langtang National Park requires a national park entrance fees, for trekking in this region, the trekkers are required to have a trekker’s information management system or TIMS, which can be obtained from any TAAN registered company in Kathmandu. The permit is in the form of a paper ticket, which the trekkers must not forget to carry wherever he goes, as it will be checked at the park entrances along with the trekking routes and at some places the tourists are required to register their passport number too. The National park permit cost 3000.00 NPR and another 1000.00 NPR for the TIMS permit.