Langtang Trekking

Langtang Trekking ! Langtang Helambu Trekking

Trekking in the Langtang and Helambu area

The Langtang and Helambu regions lie north of the Kathmandu Valley and both regions are quite access able. People may choose to trek in either region or combine the two into a longer trek. While the area cannot boast any of the Himalayan giants, the scenery here is every bit as spectacular as most of the better known destinations and it is also far less frequented by tourists making a trek here somewhat more of an adventure. Just above Kathmandu is the area known as Helambu which, is ideal for short duration treks and is especially suited to winter season trips if you are planning to trek in the Langtang region you need to take a bus around seven or eight hours. The region is a series of north-south running valleys that provide a variety of possible trekking routes. At the head of these valleys is a ridge that separates Helambu from the east-west running Langtang valley, the high alpine scenery, with mountains visible from their base to their peak, and the sparsely inhabited nature of the country makes this an ideal destination for trekkers who are on a tight time schedule.

To the west of Langtang is a virtual wilderness area centered on the Ganesh Himal range, a collection of 6-7000 meter peaks that see very little tourist activity.

Permits and fees

Langtang TrekkingThe northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang national park. Entry permits should be obtained in Kathmandu before starting to trek. Helambu to the south and Ganesh Himal to the west are the exceptions although to reach Ganesh Himal from Kathmandu an entry permit is required as the motor road is partly within the park. No trekking permits are required in this area. If accessing Helambu from Kathmandu you must obtain a permit to pass through the Shivapuri watershed area declared nowadays a National Park it can be purchased at the ticket counter in Kathmandu at the Tourism Board Office.

 


 

 

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