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Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambhu Trek

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Duration14 days

Difficultymoderate

Max Altitude5,184 m

Group Size1 +

Trip StartsKathmandu/Pokhara

Trip EndsKathmandu/Pokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private

ActivitiesTrekking

Best SeasonMar-Jun & Sept-Dec

Highlights

  • Discover the enchanting Langtang Valley, with its scenic beauty and friendly local communities.
  • Witness the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, surrounded by breathtaking mountain panoramas, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Helambu region, interacting with Tamang and Sherpa communities.
  • Traverse from the lush forests and sparkling waterfalls of Sundarijal to the vibrant Melamchi Pul Bazaar, capturing the essence of the trek.

Overview about Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambhu Trek

The Langtang Valley, Gosaikunda, and Helambu Trek spans 15 days, encompassing a diverse range of terrains and attractions. Commencing from Syabrubesi, traverse through the Langtang Valley, where you’ll explore charming villages, lush forests, and awe-inspiring views of Langtang Lirung and other peaks. Journey onwards to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, nestled amidst the mountains, and then venture into the culturally rich Helambu region. Marvel at the landscapes of rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and quaint settlements. The trek culminates in the Melamchi Pul Bazaar, a fitting closure to this remarkable journey.

Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,320 m)

On your arrival our representative or guide will receive you at the Airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you will be given briefing about Langtang trek.

Day 1: Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi (1,450 m) 7-8 hrs.

After early breakfast, our trip starts with an early drive to our trek starting point at Syabrubeshi by Jeep/Bus. Syabrubeshi is also known as the gateway to the Langtang region trek. After having quick lunch at Trishuli or Kalikasthan we move further towards the traditional village of Syabrubeshi.

Day 2: Syabrubeshi to Lama Hotel (2,480m) 5-6 hrs.

After the breakfast we start our trek along with the Bhote Koshi River and trail passes through ups and down hills simultaneously through the dense rhododendron and oak forest. Then we cross the bridge over Langtang Khola and ascend on a steep trail towards the Rimche village. Lunch on the way.

Day 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,541m) 6-7 hrs.

After breakfast, trek continues ascending from Lama Hotel enjoying the mountain land along with the natural beauty of the Langtang region. Then we reach the green meadows of Ghoretabela, while trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements of Tamang, and old Buddhist monasteries to reach the beautiful Langtang village- the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. Lunch on the way.

Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, we will start our journey following the gradual uphill trial through small villages and yak meadows. Then we trek through the typical villages of Mundu and Singdum along the way. Then we will be walking along with numerous Yaks grazing lands, small streams and rubble, water mills, prayer flags, Chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. We also pass by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayer mantras written on them. Lunch on the way.

Day 5: Hike to Tserko RI (5,184 m) & back to Kyanjin Gompa (acclimatization day) 4-5 hrs.

Today is the wonderful day in Langtang circuit trekking. After a late breakfast, we will climb over Tserko RI for the spectacular 360 panoramic views of Langtang ranges along with other mighty peaks. The trial to Tserko RI is long and difficult however reaching the top is rewarded. Then we back to Kyanjin Gompa in the late afternoon and explore Buddhist monasteries there and also visit a traditional yak cheese factory, where yak cheeses are manufactured by hand.

Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,480m) 6-7

After breakfast, start descending towards the Lama Hotel. We follow the same trial that we have trekked already since there is no other route to Lama Hotel. Lama Hotel is situated alongside of Langtang River where we will spend our night hearing the sound of the thundering river.

Day 7: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,230 m) 5-6 hrs.

After having breakfast we begin our, trek with a steep climb towards Rimche village. Then we descend to the bank of Langtang Khola and easy walk towards Bamboo village. Giving continuity to our trek, we will be in front of two trials that separate the way to Syabrubeshi and Thulo Syabru village. From here we continue our trek crossing the beautiful lush green forest, suspension bridges, and waterfalls to reach the Pahare hotel. Lunch on the way.

Day 8: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,330 m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, our trial starts ascending uphill leaving Thulo Syabru village. The trial from the Syabru to Forpang danda climbs over steadily slopes and we pass through Dursagang. The trial continues less steeply from here, mostly in the forest to the top of the ridge at Foprang Danda and walk towards the checkpoint and traditional villages of Chandanbari (the oldest Yak cheese factory in Nepal) before we reach Sing Gompa. Lunch on the way.

Day 9: Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4,381 m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, we continue our walk slowly begins with the beautiful landscape and fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including Langtang Lirung, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, & Ganesh Himal, and so on. Then we slightly ascend uphill to reach Chlolang Pati and  to Lauribinayak. And walk continue until we reach an impressive view of Gosainkunda Lake. We then continue further via stone cliffs and tiny trials with occasional short downhill towards Gosainkunda Lake. Gosainkunda is one of the major pilgrimages and the Holy Lake of both Hindus and Buddhists of Nepal. Lunch on the way.

Day 10: Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3,440 m) via Lauribina La pass (4,610 m) 6-8 hrs.

Today is the hardest and longest day of the entire trek because we are passing through the great adventurous pass of Lauribina La pass. After having breakfast we continue our trek with a short excursion around Gosainkunda Lake. Then we ascend towards the great adventurous pass Lauribina La pass (4,610 m),then we slowly descend down towards Phedi. The Helambu regions begin from Phedi. Then the rough trial takes us towards the small lake of Surya Kunda before reaching Ghopte. Lunch on the way.

Day 11: Ghopte to Kutumsang (2,470 m) 6-7 hrs.

After breakfast, we continue our day descending towards the Mera Kharka. Our trial leads us through numerous uphill and downhill across the dense forest of pine and Rhododendron to reach Tharepati village. This village that separates the routes of the longer Helambu valley trek. From here the two routes separate one towards the Melamchi Gaun and another towards Kutumsang; we follow the shorter trail of Helambu valley trekking. The trail descends through the beautiful landscape, Rhododendron forest, and ridges towards the village of Mangengoth and reach to Kutumsang. Lunch on the way.

Day 12: Kutumsang to Chisapani (2,300 m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, we start descending through classical hills and delightful villages towards Gul Bhanjyang. On the way pass a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling and Thankune Bhanjyang. Then we trek down towards Pati Bhanjyang-unique settlements of Tamang and Chhetries. Thereafter we continue our trek gently climbing up through meadows and growing fields until we reach the small settlements of the Tamang people at Chisapani.

Day 13: Kutumsang to Chisapani (2,300 m) 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, we start descending through classical hills and delightful villages towards Gul Bhanjyang. On the way pass a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling and Thankune Bhanjyang. Then we trek down towards Pati Bhanjyang-unique settlements of Tamang and Chhetries.

Thereafter we continue our trek gently climbing up through meadows and growing fields until we reach the small settlements of the Tamang people at Chisapani.

Day 14: Chisapani to Sundarijal (1,929 m) 3-4 hrs. & drive to Kathmandu. 1 hr.

Today is the last day of our trek. After breakfast, we begin with the early breathtaking sunrise view over the snow-capped mountains where we can witness the panoramic views of mountains ranges including Mt. Gaurishankar, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Annapurna, and Langtang ranges.

We slowly trek climbing towards the small village of Borlang which is close to Shivapuri hills. From here our walk descends through the forests, and army barrack, towards the Mulkharka village. After lunch we drive back to Kathmandu by private vehichle.

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Inclusions

What‘s included

    National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    To and Fro from Trek Start Point to Trek End Point by Bus/Jeep.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.
    All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter

Raincoat

4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries

FAQs

Q1. Is this combined trek suitable for beginners?

While a moderate level of fitness is recommended, trekkers with previous experience will find this combined trek more enjoyable. However, determination and enthusiasm are key for all participants.

Q2. What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Accommodation is available in tea houses and lodges along the trail, providing cozy stays with basic facilities.

Q3. What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essentials such as warm clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a reliable backpack, trekking poles, waterproof gear, and more. A comprehensive packing list will be provided upon booking.

Q4. Is prior trekking experience necessary for this adventure?

While not mandatory, prior trekking experience will enhance your trekking enjoyment. Good fitness levels and a positive attitude are essential.

Q5. Are permits required for the trek?

Yes, you’ll need a Langtang National Park entry permit and a TIMS card. Our team will facilitate the permit process for you.

Q6. How is safety ensured during the trek?

Our experienced guides are well-trained in first aid and altitude sickness management. We conduct thorough safety briefings and carry communication devices for emergencies.

Q7. Are vegetarian meal options available on the trail?

Yes, the teahouses provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal options to cater to your dietary preferences.

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