Langtang National Park is the first Himalayan National Park of the country which was established in 1976. The protected area exceeds an altitude range of 6450m (21,260ft) and covers an area of 1,710km2 and Buffer Zone (420km2) in the Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk district of the Central Himalayan Region. The high altitude sacred lake Gosaikunda which falls within the park. The Gosaikunda Lake (4380m, 14100ft) and the summit of of Langtang Lirung (7245m, 23770ft) is the highest point in the park. The northern and eastern border concede the international border to Tibet where Bhote Khosi and Trisuli river are flown.
The sub-tropical vegetation is characterized by the Sal (Shorea rubusta), Schima castanopsis, Chirpine and Nepalese alder.The temperated zone is covered mainly by Rhododendron, Oak, Silverfir, Hemlock and Larch forest in the lower sub-alpine zone. Throughout these zones, different species of Rhododendron, to name a few, form a colorful understory. Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R.anthopogon) slowly dissolve into the expansive alpine grassland mwadows.
Langtang’s expansive high altitude meadows provide a summer habitat for the Musk deer and Himalayan Tahr. The park is also well known for its Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Wild Dog, Goral, Serow and more than 250 species of birds.
BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING
Autumn is the best time to visit the park, when brilliant greens fed by the monsoon fade to golden/amber against the crystal blue skies, and grains ripen in the enclaves.
By April, bursts of red, pink and white rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests.
A lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims.
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