The Langtang Region is a heterogenic kaleidoscope of natural majesties and cultural splendors. Also known as “The Valley of Glaciers”, the valley of Langtang lies nineteen miles north of Kathmandu, and is utterly embedded with wonderful panoramic views of the snowy Himalayas and mesmerizing cerulean glaciers. Lying within the perimeters of the Langtang national Park, the region conserves and has the perseverance of rare and exotic flora and fauna. Endangered animals like the Red Pandas and Snow Leopards have their habitats within the verdant forests in the region. Along with these fauna, the national park also has the inclusion of animals like Thars, Ghorals, Himalayan Black Bears and more than 250 species of avifauna. The flora and the foliages of the place is also stunning, with alpine vegetations of Sal, Oak, hemlocks and junipers and a vast variety of rhododendron trees blossoming with their ethereal blooms in magnificent colors of red, white and pink. The forests of the region provide a natural canopy for the trekkers while on the trail, the quintessence of the flowery canopy are like thin gossamers of pastels.
The Langtang region presents you with the opportunity to visit the Helambu Region as well, where you are gifted with ravishing sights of the mountain peaks all encompassed in a moderate climate. The Tamang and the Sherpa villages laying in the bosoms of the verdant hills and emerald acreages of the terrain lets you encounter with the local traditions and cultures of the people residing there. All along the trekking route, you will be coming across many monasteries, gumbas, chortens and temples, their pious ambiance filling the very atmosphere with tranquility. The spires of the monasteries ornately decorated with colorful prayer flags swaying gently in the wind is a spectacular sight and is a contrast to the cyan of the environment. The natural quintessence of the region is enthralling.
Excursing around to the Kyanjin Gompa and its surrounding monasteries is also a fascinating part of the treks in the Langtang region. At the Kyanjin Gompa, you can have a look at the lives of the Buddhist monks who carry out different customs and rituals in the monastery. Magnificent views of mountains like Gyangchempo, Langtang Lirung and many more present us with their resplendent palatial quiddity.
Hiking to the holy Gosainkunda Lake, you would see the sapphire water-bodies in the Himalayas. The Gosainkunda Lakes hold a special religious importance to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The shimmering turquoise lake has a famous myth behind its creation, with the Hindu myth telling the lore of Lord Shiva striking the mountain side with his trident to make the glacier flow and drink from its snow to quench his thirst after swallowing a poison that was threatening to destroy the world. It is in that crater that the Gosainkunda Lake filled up with the mountain water. Traversing through the Laurebinayak pass (4610m), you would be greeted by panoramic vistas of the Ganesh Himal, the Manaslu range and lots of other surrounding peaks.
The Langtang Region also has its Tamang Heritage Trail which incorporates the idiosyncratic traditions and cultures of the people residing in dainty settlements of the trek. You would be presented the opportunity to observe their customs and religious manifestations up close. The traditions and rituals of the people in these isolated areas of the valley have been untouched by modernization, and they present within themselves an era that has gone by in the past.
So come along with Escape Himalaya to explore and discover the glorious elegance of Langtang with us!