Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwitched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung (7246 m.) dominates the valley to the north. Gang Chhenpo (6388 m.) and Naya Kangri (5846 m.) lie to the south; and Dorje Lakpa (6966 m.) protects the east end of the valley.
A visit to the Langtang Valley offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. As there are moderate climbing excursions here, a few extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system is highly recommended.
One of the lesser traveled trails, helambu maintains it’s natural beauty and ruggedness. The mountains, monasteries, rivers, waterfalls, plants and animals, culture of people make this trek an enthralling one. The famous Red Panda, exclusive to this region in the world, might give a visit during trek!
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
It entirely depends upon your level of fitness and determination because at some point trekking can become strenuous as we gain elevation. The highest point on this trek is 5334 m. Nevertheless, if you are physically and mentally fit, you can enjoy this trek like all the other participants.
You can either choose to take the 8-hour bus ride to Langtang from Kathmandu or, rent a private jeep for an additional cost that can cut the travel time to 5 hours.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
On your way to trek, there are trekkers’ hotel (Guest Lodges), most are adequate and some are outstanding, that provide good accommodation and a appreciable choice of prepared meals. However, it is highly advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the peak season, most lodges are crammed beyond their capacity, in case everything is full and you are forced to sleep on a floor and it can get very cold at higher altitudes.
Helambu trek in Langtang region is recognized by most trekkers for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate and is rated as an easier trek as the elevations are lower ranging between 800 m. to 3600 m. One of the advantage of Helambu trek is that there are fewer trekkers here than on the region like Annapurna and Everest, but there is still a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery to view.
Langtang Helambu trek is an easy and enjoyable destination to trek which doesn’t require any special training, but would be much better if one is in good physical condition and who love to walk with a innermost desire to enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and the village life of Helambu, Langtang region.