The lost glory of the Langtang Valley is being restored with gradually increasing tourist visits to this famous Nepali tourist destination.
“Tourists are returning to Langtang gradually after the earthquake,” said Sushma Rana, Chief Conservation Official, Langtang National Park.
The 2015 earthquake had robbed Langtang of its grandeur, with an entire village being swept away by a large-scale landslide.
According to Nepal Tourism Ministry records, tourist arrivals dropped to 5,016 in FY 2015-16 from 12,000 tourists per annum.
However, four years down the lane, the Langtang National Park is again drawing scores of tourists.
Langtang National Park began recording the number of tourist arrivals since the last fiscal year, which received an all-time high tourist arrival. Park officials recorded 21,945 tourists in FY 2018-19.
In the previous fiscal FY 2017-18, the Langtang Valley received 10,619 foreign visitors.
The Langtang National Park receives the fifth highest number of tourists among the top 20 national parks and conservation areas in Nepal.
The Langtang Valley is a major tourist attraction due to scenic views of the Langtang Himal, Gosaikunda Lake and the region’s varied flora and wildlife.
Langtang boasts of 70 glaciers of different sizes, the Langtang and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges and high-altitude lakes such as Bhairavkunda, Parvatikunda and Dudhkunda.
The valley is characterized by traditional stone houses, the craftsmanship and beautifully-carved wooden porches.
The region also provides a trekking opportunity for tourists with three foot trails:
“The trekking trails in Langtang are relatively easy, so many visitors choose to come here. There are lots of activities that visitors can observe in a short period in Langtang,” said Local Tourism Entrepreneur Temba Lama.
Besides, there are many hotels in Langtang, Kyanjin and Sindhum.
“Langtang tourism has rebounded to its former state after the completion of reconstruction works. All the main trekking routes and hotels damaged by the earthquake have been rebuilt,” said Dundhup Tamang, a hotel entrepreneur at Ghodatabela.
The trails have a number of hotels, shops, and restaurants after every one or two hours on the trail, enabling a fulfilling trekking experience for trekkers.
The Langtang Valley is inhabited by the Tamangs whose culture dates back to ancient Tibet.
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