Where is Langtang National Park Located?

By Glorious Himalaya on June 21, 2024 in Trekking

Langtang National Park is one of the most popular conservation areas in Nepal. It is Nepal’s first Himalayan national park and the fourth overall conservation area.  It was first established in 1976, and later, the area up to 420 sq km from the buffer zone was extended in 1998. In this blog, we will learn Where is Langtang National Park Located. Its route, geography, ecosystems, floras, faunas.

After the devastating earthquake of 2015, the Langtang region, including the national park, was partly destroyed. However, due to the efforts of the local public, government authorities, and the aid of different NGOs and INGO organizations. Ever since the rebuilding of the Langtang region, vast numbers of tourists from worldwide visit the Langtang region and their most important place of attraction Langtang National Park.

One of the significant reasons to visit Langtang National Park is to check on the endangered floors and fauna. In this blog, we will also reveal the details of the endangered species kept in the national park, along with other minor details. So let’s get into it.

Highlights

  • Indulge yourself in the Langtang National Park’s complete trek, which is full of nature and biodiversity.
  • Explore one of the essential Buddhist monasteries in Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Climb the challenging Kyanjin Ri peak and witness the sensational views of the Langtang Valley and its surrounding mountains.
  • Stroll around the Gosaikunda lakes and valleys and witness some breathtaking views.
  • Visit several excellent districts. Like Rasuwa, Sindupalchowk, etc, during your national park trek.
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Where is Langtang National Park Located?

Langtang National Park is located in the north-central side of Nepal. It is spread across three districts in Rasuwa, Nuwakot, and Sindupalchowk and covers an area of 1710 sq km. The altitude difference of the national park is over 6000m in height as it covers the altitude from 1,000 m to 7,245 m. It is the nearest national park to Kathmandu, which lies 30 kilometers from the capital and stretches to the Tibetian border.

Furthermore, Langtang National Park in Nepal is connected to the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet. The majestic Langtang National Park trek has stunning mountain views, like Langtang Lirung, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa Peak, Chimse Ridge, and Ganja La Pass. During your trek to the national park, you will cross the Langtang River, which passes through the west. 

Route to Langtang National Park

There are many routes to reach Langtang National Park. Most people use the typical highway in Trishuli to reach the National Park and take a bus or van to Dhunche or Syabru Besi. Another option is to walk from Sundarijal, Kathmandu, to Shivapuri National Park and then into Langtang National Park.

Regarding trekking to the national park, you will reach different villages and settlements, like Middle Hills, Tirsuli, Kalikasthan, Ramche, Dhunche, Syabrubesi, and Langtang Village. You will explore Kyangin Gompa and climb the Kyanjin Ri ridge before returning to the route and reaching Syabrubesi.

Geography and Ecosystems

Langtang National Park’s Geography is very interesting as it covers over 1710 sq km with a buffer zone of 420 sq km. It covers some of the central districts in the southern sector of the Nepal- China Border. The geography of this national park is quite varied as you will trek through different types of terrains, from lush subtropical forests, breathtaking valleys, and grass meadows to icy glacial moraines and finally to snowy mountains. 

In the lower region, the weather is temperate, and as you start trekking, you will enjoy the crisp, cold mountain air, whereas in the high-altitude Himalayas, the snow is permanent. The Langtang National Park is a mixture of several ecosystems living together in diversity. 

Many endangered floras and faunas are kept in conservation. Some other parks and conservation areas, like Shivapuri National Park, Manaslu Conservation Area, and Sagarmatha National Park, are located in the east and surround the Langtang region. The trek to this national park is also excellent for the mountain lovers. Some mountains like Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), Langtang Ri, Ganchenpo (6,378 m),  Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi Chachu, Yala Peak (5,520 m), Risum, and Loenpo Gang.  

Langtang National Park is also a paradise for glacier lovers, with many glaciers like  Langtang Glacier,  Yala Glacier, Barun Glacier, Lirung Glacier, Yalung Glacier, and Langtang Ngojumba Glacier around the park.

Flora and Fauna

Langtang National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular and influential conservation areas, keeping several species of Floras and Faunas. The altitude gap of the national park is over 6000m, and diverse species of these plants and animals are spread across the subtropical, temperate, alpine, grassland meadows and high mountains.

At the lower altitude, the vegetation is covered by subtropical forests of sal trees. As the altitude increases during the Langtang Valley Trek, you will trek across the hill forests with Rhododendrons, Nepalese alder, and Chirpine forests. Oak, Hemlock, larch, and several species of rhododendron flowers blossom in this region.

At a higher altitude, the alpine grassland meadows, as the soil in the Himalayas, are generally covered by permanent snow. Furthermore, a few endangered animals, like snow leopard, red panda, Ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, and Himalayan Black Bear, are protected in the alpine region. In contrast, over 250 species of birds, including Himalayan Vultures, fly in the sky of the national park.

Major Trekking Areas 

Langtang Valley

Langtang Valley is one of the key attractions of the Langtang National Park. When you pass through various trekking routes in this region, you will eventually come across Langtang Valley, where you will see stunning views of the areas and the mountains. The lore of Langtang Valley is quite mysterious and is famous for being blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, who has blessed it as a hidden valley and a sacred place for the Buddhists.

langtang valley

Kyanjin Gompa

The Kyanjin Gompa is another major attraction of the national park and the Langtang Region. In the valley, you’ll see alpine forests and have a great view of Langtang glacier. The trek to Kyanjin Gomba village offers cultural and natural experiences. Take a day to rest and enjoy the mountains. The trek to Langsisa at 4,084m offers breathtaking views of glaciers. You can reach a few huts in Langsisa within a day’s walk from Kyanjin Gompa. Highlights of this tour include visiting Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa, the monastery, and Lirung Glacier. The trek reaches an altitude of 4,300m in about eight to ten days and involves moderate hiking.

Gosaikunda Lake

If you are visiting Langtang National Park, do not waste the opportunity to explore the majestic Gosaikunda Lakes. Gosaikunda Lake is a natural and cultural heritage for the pilgrimage who believe Gosakunda Lake is a religious place. The pilgrims believe Lord Shiva created Gosaikunda Lake, and a huge festival is held during the special occasion of Janai Purnima, usually in August.

gosaikunda lake

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation is essential to consider when trekking in Langtang National Park. If you don’t find a lovely accommodation space during your trek, you will feel tired the entire tour and not enjoy the fantastic scenes or experience. In the early part of the trek, you will stay in the city areas like Kathmandu and Syabrubesi, where you will stay in excellent hotels and lodges.

As you climb the altitude, you will start staying in the teahouses. Teahouses are tiny, simple homes with expansive rooms. Typically, teahouses have separate twin beds that you must share with another trekker, especially in the peak seasons. You will get minor services like hot bucket showers, drinking water, and internet, but in some cases, you will have to pay extra for these bonus services.

Regarding food, you will have a three-course meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are a few choices for breakfast, such as Tibetan bread, roti, eggs, pancakes, etc. Generally, the menus for lunch and dinner are similar, like Dal, Bhat, Tarkari (Lentils, Rice and Vegetable Curry), Dhido, Pickle, Pizzas, Burgers, Dumplings, Spaghetti, Macaroni etc.

Best Time to visit Langtang National Park

Visiting Langtang National Park is fun. Trekking it during an ideal trekking time is even more fun and refreshing. Nepal’s best time for trekking in any region depends on the seasons. There are four seasons; among them, two seasons peak for trekking, while the other two are off-season.

Spring

Spring is the ideal season for trekking Langtang National Park. The weather and temperature are perfect for either trekking or touring packages, and there is also rainfall, especially in April. The blossoming flowers of rhododendrons and magnolias will keep you company throughout the trek.

Autumn

Like spring, autumn is another fantastic season to trek the Langtang region and its national park.  Autumn offers clear weather, mild temperatures, and less rainfall for anyone who wants to enjoy and explore the national park. Furthermore, since the weather and temperature are a bit chillier than other seasons, some experienced trekkers even prefer Autumn to Spring for the trek or tour experience in Nepal.

langtang national park view

Things to Know

  • Langtang National Park is a protected area for many rare animals and over 250 species of birds.
  • During your excursion, you will see many beautiful mountain ranges like Ganesh, Langtang, and Helambu.
  • During your Langtang National Park expedition, you can also experience the majestic Gosaikunda Lake trek.
  • Langtang National Park’s decision-making falls in the hands of local communities, with 30 to 50% revenue splitting between them.

Conclusion

Hence, Langtang National Park is near Kathmandu, so any trekkers and tourists who want to experience a short but sweet adventure have a unique place to visit. The national park has many endangered wildlife and plants ranging from subtropical climates to alpine meadows.

So if you want a quick but amazing few days trip, the Langtang Valley trek with the journey to the national park is the way to go. Enjoy the stunning views of mountains and get close to nature in this hidden gem of an adventure.

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