Langtang & Helambu
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About Langtang & Helambu
The mountains north of Kathmandu offer a great range of trekking choices, all within a day’s drive of the capital. The major areas are the Langtang Valley, the sacred alpine lakes of Gosainkund and the rolling Sherpa farmland of Helambu. And, these are easily combined in different ways to make a trek lasting from 7 to 16 days.
Langtang is a narrow valley sandwiched between the Himalayan range to the north, bordering Tibet, and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. Though it is close to Kathmandu, the region sees far fewer trekkers than Everest and Annapurna.
Helambu lacks the mountain views of Langtang and Gosainkund but, it offers a closer look at village life and is a fine winter or cultural trek. None of the treks are particularly easy, with a surprising amount of steep climbs and stiff descents, often through deep forests or across glacial moraines.