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Langtang-Gosainkunda-Helambu Trek (16 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 16 Days

Type of Trek: Tea House (Lodge) / Camping

Max Altitude: 3730 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek takes you through a narrow valley sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. The three major areas you will be explore are Langtang, Gosainkunda (a holy lake at 4300m) and Helambu.Gosainkunda is a sacred lake, which is very important for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Helambu valley is very famous for its natural beauty and wonderful climate with the superb views of the magnificent snow-covered mountains. The area covers typical highland Sherpa villages along with beautiful Rhododendron forests. 

Same as Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, this trek is of longer duration, approximately 15 days. You will have more opportunity to see the landscapes and lifestyles of Langtang region in this trek.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) takes about eight hrs.

Day 02: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 03: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) takes about five hours.

Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.) takes about three hours.

Day 06: This is a day for rest in Kyangjin Gompa and you do some excursions in and around the area.

Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel takes about six hours.

Day 08: Trek from Lama Hotel (2470m.) to Thulo Syabru (2260m.) takes about five hours.

Day 09: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3330m.) takes about five hours.

Day 10: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920m.) takes about five and a half hours.

Day 11: Trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribinayak Pass (4610m.) to Ghopte (3430m.).

Day 12: Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaon via Tharepati Pass (3490m.).

Day 13: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about three hours.

Day 14: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) takes about five hours.

Day 15: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.).

Day 16: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu takes about five hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) takes about eight hrs.

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth until the path changes to a gravel road. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m.) takes about five and half hours.

The trek today is a very leisurely one that takes you through forests and terraced hill slopes. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (7245m.), Tibetan Himal ranges and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) takes about five hours.

The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru's main street and then drops to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and again descends to the Landslide area (1810m.). Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) before reaching Lama Hotel. En-route you can see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela takes about six hours.

As you continue climbing you can get occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post and has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.) takes about three hours.

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of Dorje Larpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and several other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: This is a day for rest in Kyangjin Gompa and you do some excursions in and around the area.

You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel takes about six hours.

From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Lama Hotel (2470m.) to Thulo Syabru (2260m.) takes about five hours.

The beginning of the trail is gently descending up to Landslide and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and various bird species. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3330m.) takes about five hours.

The trail from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3200m.) follows a steeply ascending path passing through Dursagang (2660m.). You are greeted with views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, the Tibetan Mountains and oak, hemlock and fir forests. The path then gently ascends for some distance before following along a flat level to Sing Gompa. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920m.) takes about five and a half hours.

You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of Himal Chuli (7893m.,) Manaslu (8156m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north, across the valley, is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pastures of Laurebina and cross a small ridge and are greeted with your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikund, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribinayak Pass (4610m.) to Ghopte (3430m.).

The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La [4610m], the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back for spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to camp near Gopte. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaon via Tharepati Pass (3490m.).

The first part of the trail slightly descends and then begins to ascend through rhododendron forests until Thearepati where your hike gets into a descending mode. Before climbing to Tharepati, you cross a stream after coming through rhododendron, oak and juniper forests. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which are mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. You will also find some Buddhist monasteries around here. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about three hours.

The early part of the trek descends until you cross the Melamchi stream. You then trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) takes about five hours.

This day the trail gets quite easier moving across flat land with beautiful forests and crossing some small streams on the way. There is also a beautiful village half way to Shermathang. To add to your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit several ancient monasteries. From here you can see Jugal Himal range from the north face of the Shermathang village. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.).

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu takes about five hours.

You travel along a gravel and bumpy path up to Zero Kilo and then you culminate onto a pitched road to Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea hose) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Langtang National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Langtang-Gosainkunda-Helambu Trek(16 days)

(5/5)

Dear Nava & Pancha,
I can’t express with words how much of a fantastic and sweet time I experienced trekking through the Himalayas.Langtang National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited. After a whole 2 weeks of walking up, down and around the mountains I still want more. All have a vivid memory of the view ghanging R. I will definitely be back for more on another including the Daalbhat!!

Dhanyabat!!!

Andrew Arnell
Australia
06/07/2010

Helambu –Gosainkunda – Langtang trek

(5/5)

We did the Helambu –Gosainkunda – Langtang trek. The trek itself was very good, hard physical work but very rewarding, especially the views on the pass and the Cherco Ri. Our guide Santosh could tell a lot about the region and its history. We had lot of fun!

It was my first in the mountains of Nepal and I loved it! It was hard work but afterwards it was all worth it.

We had a lot of fun with our guide Santosh and our porter Ashok. We were well taken care of with the food and our wished to sleep sometimes in another lodge than planned.
So I would really recommend the trip and this organization and guide !

Joost and Verena
The Netherlands
04/11/2009

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