Langtang National Park is the nearest Himalayan trekking region from Kathmandu Valley, located close to Tibet. Falling within Rasuwa district, Langtang region is the third most popular trekking area in Nepal after Everest and Annapurna and has some of the easiest and most accessible trekking routes. It takes about 6 hours to reach Dhunche, the district headquarters of Rasuwa District, and nearby Syabrubesi, the starting point of all treks in Langtang region. Regular public bus services along with private vehicles are available daily.
Langtang Region is home to Langtang Himalayan ranges which include a host of prominent mountains, such as Langtang Lirung (7234m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Loenpo Gang (6979m), Changbu (6781m), Langshisha Ri (6427m), Yala Peak (5520m) etc. Lirung Glacier is a pristine and one of the largest glaciers formation in central Himalayas. Along the trekking trail, you can easily captuer breathtaking, majestic views of Langtang range as well as Ganesh Himal, Naya Kanga, Gauri Shanker and even Shisha Pangma in Tibet. The highest point of Langtang treks is the Ganja La Pass (5106m) which affords majestic panorama of Himalayan peaks.
Covering an area of 1710 sq. km., Langtang National park is a jewel of Langtang region. Established in 1976 as Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park, Langtang National Park hosts 14 vegetation types in 18 ecosystem types, ranging from upper tropical forests below 1,000 m altitude to alpine scrub and glaciers. The lush forests of Larch, rhododendron, oak, maple and alder is home of Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Langur monkey, Musk deer and Snow leopard. But the most prized species of Langtang is the endangered Red Panda. The park also includes freshwater lakes such as Gosai kunda (4300m), Saraswati kunda, Ganesh kunda, Surya Kunda etc.
The ethnic inhabitants of Langtang are Tamangs. Originally migrated from Tibet, the Tamangs of Rasuwa share close cultural, religious and historical ties with their Tibetan cousins across the border. However, Helambu region, which part of Langtang, is inhabited by majority of Hyolmo Sherpa people. The people of Langtang region practices Tibetan Buddhism of which Kyanjin Gompa situated at the altitude of 3870m is a finest example.