January 6, 2017

The Langtang Valley

The destination to be visited in 2017 is Langtang Region of Nepal. The New York Times 2017 has listed the Langtang Valley of Nepal in 43rd Destination to be visited once. Out of 52 destination, the first and second listed destination are Canada and Atacama Desert of Chile. The Langtang valley was nearly wiped out by the avalanche of 2015, which is now standing as one of the most targeted destination. Appreciating Tourism as an important source of livelihood, the welcoming people of Langtang has now opened the valley for visitors.
This Langtang valley is the closest Himalayan region from Kathmandu valley bordering to Tibet. It is an isolated and awe-inspiring place which is visited by fewer tourists. Just some hours’ drive with no options of flight to valley unfolds the colorful culture, religion and traditions of Tibetan origin ethnic groups on the back dropped of astonishing mountain scenario with least effort while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. The area is protected under Langtang National park and also designated as first protected Himalayan National Park of Nepal in 1971 A.D., becoming home to the number of flora and fauna; wildlife includes the migratory birds, Tahr, Panda, monkey and Pika. Changes in elevation combined with the complex topography and geology have produced a unique patchwork of vegetation in this region. This trekking route heads through a varied landscape ranging from ever green forests, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to sub-alpine grasslands and closer to the peak profile of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Lenpo Gang (7083m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m). To give extra flavor, trekking to Langtang region could be combined with Gosaikunda and Helambu in the south and Ganesh Himal in the south. Trekking to these routes, is an opportunity to enter to the secret land exposing the Tibetan Buddhism, maintaining rich cultural heritage evident in ornately carved wooden windows, lively dance festivals, and skilled weaving traditions. Access to Gosaikunda and Helambu is very quick and easy while trekking from Sundarijal, the nearest stop for trekking. However, for the Ganesh and Langtang, the stop starts and ends at Dhunche and Syabrubesi. The highlight of this region are: Kyanjin Gompa, Shin Gompa, and sacred Gosaikunda with more than 108 lakes, Briddim cultural dance and the historical fort- Rasuwagadi. The festival celebrated here are the Shaman worship on the Janaipurnima (Full moon day during August/September), Lhosar, and Sakadhowa.

Trekking to Langtang region is accessible with good transportation services, enough lodges en-route expect in Ganesh Himal area giving an opportunity to explore the Tamang villages, Himalayan culture and tradition and a climb to small peaks along with a visit of glaciers in more comfortable altitude.

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