Langtang region is situated in the north side of the Kathmandu valley which is named after the mountain Langtang ranges which contains 13 peaks ranging from 5520m, (Yala Peak) to Langtang Lirung (7234m). It is also the oldest National Park of Nepal declared in 1976 to protect its flora and fauna of this region. Langtang, word derived from Tibetan language which means in Nepali Lang means Yak and Tang means “to follow” and to meet the Yak one have to travel upper part of Langtang/Kyanjin Gomba or Lake Gosainkunda. These two places are popular spiritual sites for Buddhist and Hindus. The community lives in this area mostly are Tamang follows Buddhist religion. Also, Langtang is a place where animals sacrifice was forbidden since decades.
After the horrible incident, there were questions among many people. “Is Nepal a safe destination for the trekkers? Finally, the positive signs reappeared after arrival of tourist in the devastated region of Langtang, Now, we can say, “Certainly, Yes it is and it is again reopened for the visitors”. For the enthusiasts travelers it raised a question? Are you ready to move? The big earthquake and the avalanche from the mountain Langtang Lirung on April 2015 swept away the entire village, killed many trekkers and locals which was a catastrophic events.
The small village of Kyangin Gompa also a Buddhist pilgrimage site and Lake Gosainkunda both are famous destinations for the Nepalese and tourists for its scenic view. Hindus and Buddhist visit here to take a dip in a holy lake which was believed to be created by Lord Shiba from his trident when he struck into the ground. Tamang Heritage trial and Helambu Region were equally popular trials. Sadly, most of the villages in these regions were devastated badly.
Tourism, which is a major source of revenue generation of this place now need more and more tourists than before. Villagers have confidence that there will be recovery of tourism activities in this place on coming days. With a great hope, they are now using their hammer and chisels to rebuild their place. After earthquake, everything became expensive. Locals have stopped their farming and daily usable goods are carried by porters. Their source of income from tourism has dipped down and their hardship have not ended yet. One can help people of Langtang Village directly by visiting this place. If you have already been to this place, then revisit again. Earthquake has destroyed many things, but the beauty of Langtang remained unchanged.
How to Get in? Lantang National Park and Lake Gosainkunda:
If you follow the normal trekking itinerary then it will take you seven days to visit these places. Tea houses are now reopened in several places. Tents are not required but you must need sleeping bags and hiking poles. On the first day take a bus or a private vehicle up to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu, Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel on the second day where there are options of three to four tea houses.
Likewise, on the third day Lama Hotel to New Langtang or Kyangin Gompa where you have to follow the area filled up by avalanches. On the same way, fourth and fifth day visit Kyan-jin Gompa or Tsergo Ri or Kyanjin Peak (4600m, 5-6 hours), Kyanjin Ri (4300m) for the best scenic view and finally back to Kathmandu on the same way. The second option after this trek is to climb, Gosainkunda Lake which takes furthermore 4/5 days taking same way or crossing Lauribina Pass (4770m) and back to Kathmandu from Helambu/Melamchi or Sundarijal/Chisapani.
Visit Lantang and make your contribution directly to the locals, to uplift and improve their economic conditions and their morale. Listen their hardships and contribute what you can. This was a best place before and after the earthquake it is still a best place to visit once in your lifetime.