Langtang Circuit Trek 16 Days
Trek in the beautiful Langtang and Helambu regions on our Langtang circuit trek for 16 days. Explore two national parks, gorgeous mountain views, and picturesque villages on this trek. Escape the bustle of modern society and follow a less crowded trekking route.
Langtang circuit trek is an adventurous trip in the Langtang region that extends to the Helambu region. It is a strenuous trek that also involves a high pass crossing. Located north of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, the Langtang circuit trail is easily accessible within a 7/8 hour drive. You begin trekking in the Langtang National Park and join the Shivapuri National Park at the end of the trek.
Langtang circuit trek combines all the wonders of the Langtang region, including beautiful Langtang village (3,430 m), Kyanjin Gompa (3,830 m), Sing Gompa (3,250 m), and Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m). The trail crosses the Lauribinayak pass (4,610 m) and explores picturesque villages like Ghopte (3,640 m) and Kutumsang (2,470 m) in the Helambu before descending to Chisapani and Sundarijal.
If you are someone with previous trekking experience and looking for something different in the Himalayas, then we highly recommend the Langtang circuit trek for 16 days. This trek tests your fitness and endurance. Because it is a guided trek by an expert mountain guide, you'll have a safe journey. Likewise, you'll learn a lot about steep Himalayan terrain and how to approach them.
Langtang Circuit Trek Attractions
Trek in two national parks connected by a high mountain pass
We have mentioned earlier that the Langtang circuit trekking encompasses two national parks close to Kathmandu- the Langtang National Park and the Shivapuri National Park. The Langtang National Park was established in 1976 in the southern mountain chain of the Nepal-Tibet border.
The climate varies from lush temperate river valleys to snow-capped giant mountains. Likewise, the vegetation ranges from the subtropical (2 000 m-2,600 m), temperate zone (2,600 m-3,000 m), subalpine zone (3,000 m-3,600 m), scrubs & juniper (4,000 m) to alpine grassland meadows before ascending to the arctic zone.
Shivapuri National Park is located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu valley. The park lies in the transitional zone between subtropical and temperate climates. The forest types include pine, oak, rhododendron, etc. Likewise, the park is home to 177 species of birds, 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies, 129 species of mushrooms, and many mammals.
Kyanjin Gompa & Cheese factory
The Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most significant religious places in the Langtang region. There's not much about the history of this gompa, and locals are trying to collect as much as they can. The Kyanjin Gompa was built 280 to 300 years ago. And the early settlers immigrated from Tibet.
Right next to the gompa is the famous Kyanjin Yak Cheese Factory. You can visit the cheese factory and taste some yak cheese as well as see the cheese-making process. You can also buy cheese to bring back with you.
Meet with people of indigenous communities such as Tamangs & Hyolmos
Trekking in the Langtang region takes you close to Sherpas and Tamangs. The Tamangs are believed to be descendants of the Tibetans. If you are aware of Tibetan culture and traditions, you'll notice a lot of similarities.
Likewise, while traversing the Helambu region, you'll meet with the locals of the Hyolmo community. An indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage. The Langtang circuit trek route is covered with mani walls, stupas, prayer wheels, and chortens.
Our Tamang Heritage Trek takes you very close to the Tamangs and lets you observe their ancient culture first-hand.
Gosaikunda Lake- holy lakes related to epic Hindu mythology
Located at 4,380 meters, Gosaikunda lake is a sacred lake, situated in the Langtang National Park. There are 108 lakes around Gosaikunda lake. According to the belief of the locals, this lake is connected to Hindu mythology and directly related to the god of power & destruction, Lord Shiva.
Locals believe lord Shiva meditated here for a long time and took bath in this lake. Therefore, on the occasion of Janai Purnima (on the full moon day of August), pilgrims visit this lake to purify their souls and get rid of their sins by bathing in the Gosainkunda Lake.
There's a story that tells how Gosaikunda Lake is formed. And it says the lake is created when lord Shiva thrust his Trishul (Trident) into a mountain to extract the water to soothe his poisoned throat.
Locals say that people with pure souls can see the reflection of Shiva on the lake. The Gosaikunda Lake origin is also mentioned in the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, and Bhagavata Purana at the time of Samudra Manthan, which makes this lake very prominent for Hindus.
Snow-capped mountain views, stunning glaciers, and perfect landscapes
The Langtang region is dominated by the Langtang Himalayas and numerous glaciers. Do you know the Langtang valley is also called the valley of the glaciers?
The mountain panorama throughout the Langtang circuit trek is phenomenal. You get to witness jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Langtang Ri (7,205 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), etc.
Likewise, the views of hills and rivers with occasional waterfalls will soothe your soul. At Gosaikunda Lake, you can see snow-capped mountains surrounding it. From Lauribnayak's pass, the views are equally rewarding and fantastic.