Langtang National Park
Langtang National Park extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchok district in the mountainous terrain of Nepal-China (Tibet) border. The chief attraction of this park is the Langtang range in the north and several lakes in the south. High-altitude jungles with diverse vegetation and wildlife, scenic lakes, glaciers and Himalayan peaks combine to make Langtang an attractive destination for visitors. Twenty five percent of the park’s total is area is covered by forest, starting at sub-tropical forest below 1000 meters giving way to alpine scrubs and grasslands towards higher altitude. Animals seen here are wild dog, red panda, pika, mountjac, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan tahr, ghoral, serow, rhesus, monkey, common langur, snow leopard among others. Out of 373 species of birds commonly seen birds here are tragopan and impheyan pheasants. The Langtang valley is also renowned for its holy lake Gosainkunda. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake area every yea, especially during the Janai Purnima festival every august.
Langtang National Park can be reached with 117 kilometers drive to Dhunche from Kathmandu. Trekking and climbing are most popular activities done in the park. There are several lodges along the trekking route in the park. March to May and October to November is the best time to explore or trekking in Langtang National Park. Langtang Valley Trek, Helambu Gosainkunda Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail Trek are some popular trekking trails in Langtang National Park.