Langtang is a region in Nepal to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet.The Langtang Valley is an alpine valley situated 130 km north of Kathmandu. It is a National Park close to the border with Tibet, China. It is Nepal’s first national park, and lies between the Himalayan range to the north, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area, and smaller peaks to the south – Chimse Danda (ridge), Ganja La pass (5,122 m), Jugal Himal and Dorje Lakpa (6,989 m). Langtang is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu.
It is protected as Langtang National Park and has a number of high peaks including Langtang Lirung (7246m). As of 2012, the entrance ticket to the park cost 3000 Nepali Rupees which you must buy at the park entrance.TIMS are also available there; you need to bring passport photos for foreigners. About 4,500 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood. The majority of the residents are Tamang.
The park contains a wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. Approximately 25% of the park is forested. Trees include the deciduous Oak and Maple, and evergreens like Pine, and various types of Rhododendron. Animal life includes Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, Rhesus monkeys and Red Pandas. There are also stories of Yeti sightings.
The park contains the Gosainkunda lakes, sacred to Hindus. Pilgrimages are made there in August. Another spiritual site is the Buddhist monastery Kyanjin Gompa. Popular activities for tourists in the park include trekking, climbing, and white-water rafting.
|Area||Elevation 7246 m above Sea Level|
|Languages spoken||Nepali, English|
|Currency||Nepalese Rupees, Dollors|
|Visa requirements||No Visa Required|