Langtang National Park lies on north of Kathmandu and it is one of the easiest and short trekking routes available in Nepal which can be done in just about a week depending on the type of trekking and additional sight seeing. The Langtang village was totally devastated by the earthquake in 2015 and has been rebuilt again with few hotels. The settlement is in the process of revival and the major help is through tourism.
There are plenty of things to explore in Langtang valley from breath-taking landscape to the unique Tibetan culture and the great hospitality from the locals . The main attraction for landscape photography to me was riverside and Kyanjin Gompa; a small and beautiful village surrounded by the majestic mountains. This village is famous for ancient monastery, yak cheese factories and needless to say; panoramic view of the glacial mountain range from Kyanjin Ri (4,773m). Lots of traditional Buddhist ‘Mane'(prayers wheels) and ‘Chortens’ (Buddhist shrine) can be seen along the trails as it is totally influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture with majority of ‘Tamang’ and ‘Sherpa’ tribes residing in this region.
Langtang Lirung (7,227m) looks majestic and up-close from Kyanjin Ri along with other mountains creating a border with China on opposite direction. The shapes of the glacier and pointed ridges of the mountain always brings awe inspiring moments. With good weather and perfect sunrise and sunset, this place is Utopia. It also offers a variation of vegetation throughout the trek (from sub-tropical to alpine vegetation). Thick and lush green forest of pine and oak laurel trees makes a trail so dreamy and the colourful autumn transition with pristine river flowing along the side of the trail is like icing on the cake. This forest is rich in diverse wildlife such as the red panda, black bear, Langur monkeys, leopard, Himalayan Tahr (mountain goat) and different varieties of birds. I spotted lots of Langur monkeys basking in the sun eating wild berries and also spotted few colourful pheasant during the trek. Not to mention the Himalayan traffic from the mules and donkeys carrying the goods to and from Langtang region and the fierce looking fat Yaks at Kyanjin Gompa.
All the photos here are from my visit in October 2018. Usually the month of September-November is also the festive season in Nepal where most people return their village from Kathmandu to celebrate with their family and close ones which makes a trek to witness cultural activities and try some traditional food only made during festival. The weather this time of year is often good with clear blue sky and without haze or rain most of the time. The night sky looks spectacular and bright stars can be perfect for capturing astro photography (star trails and milky way). All this features also implies that it is a peak season for trekking and tourism industry and early booking might be necessary in some places while trekking.
I am organising a Landscape Photography Tour this year between the month of September and November for a group of 2-6 person maximum which includes a trekking plus advanced photography workshops in Himalayan region. For more information and queries please feel free to contact me through my website or DM on my social media page. Stay healthy and happy travels after the lockdown!