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Travel Year 2011

Langtang area, is toward the north of Kathmandu Valley. The scenery here is spectacular, and the trek more adventurous as the area is visited by fewer tourists. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000 meters. The main ethnic groups living here are Sherpas and Tamangs. The forests in the region have temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. Wildlife include migratory birds, deer, monkeys, Tahr and Pika. The best time for trekking in the Langtang area is spring and autumn. Most of the trekking routes in Helambu and Langtang are well served with teahouses making independent trekking quite possible. But, there are no such facilities in the Ganesh Himal area or Ganja La area.
Getting there
Access to Helambu is particularly easy and quick. Sundarijal, which is one of the most convenient starting points is an hour's drive from Kathmandu. Other possible road heads are at Budhanilakantha, s Kakani and four-1 hour drive away'? .at Melamchi Pul. ! For Langtang and
Ganesh Himal the choice is limited-drive to Dhunche inRasuwa district. The road then continues to Syabrubesi from where Ganesh Himal and Langtang treks can start. Hindu pilgrimage site and popular tourist place Gosainkunda can be reached from either of the two routes. However, the way via Rasuwa is easier. Buses leave regularly from the Balaju bypass close to the main bus park at Gongabu.
Permits and fees
The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Park. Entry permits should be obtained from Thamel, Kathmandu, before starting the trek. To reach Helambu from Kathmandu, a permit to pass through S h i v a p u r i Watershed Area is required. This can be obtained at the entry permit counter at the National Park.

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