The Langtang Trek is to the north of the valley of Kathmandu. It is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibet border and is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung (7246 m) dominates the valley to the north; Gang Chhenpo (6388 m) and NayaKhangri (5846 m) lie to the south; and DorjeeLakpa (6966m) protects the east end of the valley. The area was designated Nepal’s first HimalayanNational Park in 1971.
People: This high and isolated region is inhabited by Tamang’s whose religious practices, language and dress are much more similar to those of Tibet than to the traditions of their cousins in the middle hills. A visit to Langtang offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.
Legend: According to legend, a lama following a runaway Yak discovered the valley. Hence the name ‘Lang ‘- Tibetan for Yak and ‘Tang’ (more correctly Dhang) means to follow. Yaks still live in the valley but they now share it with trekkers.