Langtang & Helambu
Despite easy access and grand scenery, Langtang and Helambu regions are not overcrowded with tourists yet. There is a multitude of nice treks of all difficulties.
Langtang is a narrow valley south of the Tibetan border and was designated Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park in 1971. The culture that can be observed here is much more similar to the Tibetan people than to the rest of Nepal. Attractive for trekkers in this region are specially the glaciers and small peaks at low elevations! A very popular destination in this area is Gosaikunda lake, a holy lake at 4,300m.
Because it covers altitudes from just over 1,000m to over 7,000m, Langtang contains a wide range of different habitats and vegetation zones. Coming here on a botanical trek is a specially rewarding experience. A range of rare animals can be found here as well, if you are lucky you might spot a Lesser (Red) Panda or Snow Leopard.
Helambu lies between Langtang and Kathmandu at low elevations and is home to many Sherpa villages with their very own, unique culture. The area has a pleasant climate and features grand scenery. The low elevations and easy accessability make the region extremely suitable for trekking, without risk of AMS while still providing grand views of the Himalayan peaks. It is most famous for its Buddhist monasteries and is a popular pilgrimage site.