Langtang National Park, Nepal: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
It is the fourth national park in Nepal and it was established in 1976 as the first Himalayan national park. It is the nearest park to Kathmandu. The area extends from 32 km north of Kathmandu to the Nepal – China (Tibet) border. The main reason for establishing the park is to preserve the natural environment. The protected area exceeds an altitudinal range of 6,450 m and covers an area of 1,710 square kilometers. It is linked with the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet. The high altitude sacred lake of Gosainkunda falls within the park. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms and holds a rich biodiversity. The park encloses the catchments of two major river systems. There are about 45 villages located within the park boundaries, but are not under park jurisdiction. In total about 3000 households depend on park resources, primarily for wood and pasture lands. The park is home to several different ethnic groups. The majority of the people are Tamang, an ancient Nepalese race which are well known or their weaving. The weather is usually relatively dry except January – February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the park. From June to August, monsoon rains are becoming dominant at the area.