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Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

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Price starting from

$1,865 USD 1,196

per person

Duration

17 days

Max. Elevation

4545m

Group size

2+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle, Public bus as itinerary
Best Season
February-May, September-December
Accomodation
Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; and tea house lodges during a trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu; and three meals such a day (breakfast+Lunch+dinner and cup of tea) during the trip
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel-Langtang-Kyanjin Gompa-Lama Hotel-Thulo Syabru-Chandanbari-Sing Gompa-Gosainkunda-Ghopte-Laraubinaya-Thadepati-Tarke-Gyang-Sermathang-Melamchi-Pul Bazar-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Adventure around Central Himalaya with great Langtang and Jugal Himal range.
  • Adventure around Langtang Himal high scenic ridges and picturesque valleys.
  • The nearest Himalayan Mountain region is directly north of the capital Kathmandu city.
  • Enchanting forest of tall trees to bush rhododendron with magnolia and pines.
  • Land of rare, elusive, and endangered Red Panda and other mammals habitats.
  • Explore lovely Tamang and Hyalmo villages around scenic Langtang and Helambu.
  • Beautiful Langtang valley is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of Langtang Himal.
  • Walk to the holiest of all holy pilgrimage spots at the serene Gosainkunda glacial pond.

Overview

Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu Trek, an adventure of great scenic and cultural country walk, around the north of Kathmandu. The nearest Himalayan Mountain Range from the capital of Nepal takes you to awesome and picturesque areas. Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu Trek, allow trekkers an opportunity to immerse themselves within the lovely local cultures of native Tamang and Halo. The indigenous hill tribes of Central Himalayas include massive Langtang and Jugal Himal ranges of peaks. A scenic trek in the shade of giant snow peaks of Langtang Himal, exploring beautiful traditional farm villages. Festooned with Buddhist religious culture and custom of age-old heritage custom in the harmony of pristine natural surroundings.

The first part of the adventure takes you to the famous Langtang Valley at Kyanjin Gompa, a popular and fabulous trek. Begins with an exciting overland journey from Kathmandu to reach the starting point of the walk from Syabrubesi village. Located within the district of Rasuwa, also links to the border of Tibet / China at a mere distance of 76 km towards straight north, while our route diverts to the northeast on the scenic path to Langtang valley at Kyanjin. The route leads above into a beautiful dense forest of rhododendron, pines, and oaks with thick bamboo thickets. Which makes excellent habitation for the elusive Red Panda rarely seen on treks, which looks more like a raccoon.

As walking progress entering into a river gorge heading through Langtang village, then suddenly the shady area opens. Into a wide-open valley where the famous Kyanjin Gompa is located, enclosed within an array of high snow-clad peaks. Spent two overnights at Kyanjin for acclimatization before heading towards holy Gosainkunda and Laraubinaya-La Pass. Where one can hike to higher hills and ridges above Kyanjin on top Tserko-Ri and Kyanjin-Ri at 4,700 m. Great way to get acclimatized adding extra heights facing a breathtaking panorama of the snow mountain range of central Himalayas peaks. The mountains surround both sides of the valley, from here towards our next destination heading eastern areas of Langtang Himal.   

After an enjoyable moment around scenic Langtang valley, and around Tamang villages of great interesting Buddhist culture. The adventure takes you to higher ridges on explores the Tamang farm villages of Thulo Syabru and Sing Gompa. Walking into the beautiful cool shade of the coniferous forest, then tree lines stop for short bush and shrubs. As our route leads into an open well-exposed high country to reach holy Gosainkunda. The highest overnight stop at 4,460 m high before crossing over Laraubinaya-La Pass at 4, 609 m. Gosainkunda is one of the major and important pilgrimages and a holy spot for all Hindu religions. A place of great myth, Hindu followers believe that the glacial pond was created by Lord Shiva. When he drank a lethal poison to save the earth and earthly beings, spread by the devils.

Lord Shiva then with his mighty weapon a trident or Trisul struck the ground. Desperately in need of fresh water to drink to dilute the poison, he consumed which formed 108 ponds. At present exists fewer than dozen ponds around this sacred place, the main holy pond is Gosainkund. Where once a year in August, during Full Moon time known as Janai Purnima religious festival takes place. Thousands of devotees pay homage and take a dip and bathe in the icy pond. Believing that it relinquishes the sin of a thousand lifetimes, a great prayer and worship take place at this religious event. A great holy spot Gosainkunda to experience on this wonderful adventure, as the trek slowly leads to other ends of the Langtang region.

A steep climb towards the highest point of Laraubinaya-La Pass at 4, 609 m / 15, 100 feet high. But worth the climb facing alluring views of surrounding beautiful country landscapes, as the walk leads to a long descent. On reaching the bottom on a gradual trail back into lush green vegetation and tree lines with few short ups. To reach into Helambu area at the impressive village of Tarke-Gyang, home of the small hill tribe the Hyalmo people. A similar culture of Tamang and Sherpa is interwoven with the Buddhism religion, where one can witness nice houses with intricate Tibetan-style designs.

The area of Helambu is also famous for its delicious apples and craftsmanship, a great place to explore around the village. Including the old monastery Ama Yangri situated on top of the village, of great interest steeped with age-old traditional custom. After an impressive and wonderful time at Helambu, our adventure slowly comes to an end. Where walk leads to the last village of Helambu at Sermathang, an interesting village, and then on the drive to Kathmandu. A scenic drive towards the warmer low valley and then up to Dhulikhel, an old Newar town famous for sunrise and mountain panorama. From here a short drive brings you into the hustle, bustle busy city life of Kathmandu to complete our mesmerizing adventure on Langtang, Gosainkund, and Helambu Trek.

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking height:

Langtang Trekking is a short and medium-style trek in the northeastern Langtang region of Nepal. The highest elevation of Langtang Valley is 5033 meters. This is the place; You can admire the 360-degree Langtang mountain view and the perspective on the rich Gosainkund Helambu and the green pine woodland. This short trek starts from Saprubesi which is only 1550 meters, then the trek continues in Langtang valley and the height goes up in the same way. If you are basically fit, this trek will not give you any problem as it starts from a low altitude of 1550 meters. The daily normal walking hours will be about 4 to 7 hours. When we follow the schedule of trekking, new excellent food, adequate alcohol, and moderate speed, there is no danger of getting sick at altitude.

Meals and accommodation at Langtang Gosaikunda Helmu Trek:

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek is a complete tea house (visitor house) trek in the Langtang area. You will be housed in a very clean tea-house overall, they give you local food, and (momo, Noodles, Rice, Indian, and continental food) clean facilities, and a variety of specialties. In the lounge area you can expect a radiator (smokestack), hot and cold shower, extra cover, electronic gadget charging, and many more you can choose the menu for your favorite food but not accessible above meat. Sabrubesi. Due to the inaccessibility and inaccessibility of road transport, there is a unique variety of food at each extraordinary height. Throughout the Langtang trek, in general, the rooms are twin basics that may have an attached toilet. In case of non-connection, you should share a common toilet and toilet.

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek Safety, and satisfaction:

Hiker Himalaya Treks guarantees our valued customers (safety, security, and satisfaction). Security is the most important concern for us. For the trip, we will carry all the necessary trekking gear, equipment types, and first aid kits box. Our professional leaders and local trekking guides have experience, knowledge, and extensive first aid training. When we are walking on the road, if any pedestrian (AMS) is found - Acute mountain sickness due to altitude, in general: headache, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty breathing you can share with our leader. Our local trekking guide leader will give you tips on how to treat AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness and he helps a lot, if he/she can't do anything, trekkers should decide, that health is the most important thing going forward. Only in case of emergency, rescue helicopters will always be stationed at high altitudes to take you back to the hospital. No worries, we are always here to serve you and our time is always on the mountain with mountain lovers and hikers.

Equipment & Packing List for Langtang Gosaikunda and HelambuTrekking:

The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important in your hiking. We advise you to pack only what is necessary

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Important Note

  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.
  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu Trek, information includes other useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day

2
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

Day

3
Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, because of the long and scenic drive to reach high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting drive of little more than 6 hours, during the ride, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 1, 950 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche on winding downhill to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop, mostly inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.

Day

4
The first day trek of the adventure starts with a nice gradual path and then over a bridge above Langtang River, from here climb begins towards a higher area within spread-out farm villages with nice tended crops terraces. The walk continues past a small settlement of Bamboo with few tea houses and lodges, then into the lovely cool shade of dense forest lines with tall rhododendron magnolia-oaks and pines trees with thick bamboo stalks. Finally, the day ends on reaching open areas where Lama Hotel is situated with few simple lodges for an overnight stop, within forest surroundings.

Day

5
From Lama, Hotel morning starts with a slow climb into a river gorge covered with dense forest trail, after few hours reach a small place of Ghoretabela, a nice place in the middle of woods with few lodges around A possible lunch stop, from here the walk continues into the forest of fir, hemlocks, and rhododendron trees to reach an open area at Langtang village, the last permanent settlement before Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight in a nice lodge, the village is populated by Tamang the hill tribe of Langtang area, and central Himalaya as well on the suburb of Kathmandu valley. Here one can witness rock falls and landslide, where all houses were destroyed during the 2015 huge earthquake, many life was lost. At present, the villages slowly returning to normal as it was before the earthquake.

Day

6
Walk from Langtang village takes you on a level path with a short climb to reach an open area around Langtang valley, facing grand views of snow peaks as trek ends for the day on reaching Kyanjin Gompa for lunch and overnight stop.>A beautiful spot located in the heart of scenic Langtang valley, with time to browse around and catch glimpse herds of yaks grazing over the yonder

Day

7
A great lovely place for a rest day, for acclimatization morning, after breakfast enjoys few hour hikes with options to high hills of Kyanjin-Ri or Tsego-Ri at above 4,600 m high. Where you can enjoy the grand panorama of Ghengu Liru (Langtang -II 6, 571 m / 21,560 feet), Langtang Lirung (7,425 m / 23,765 feet) Kimshun (6, 745 m / 22,137 feet), and Shalbachum (6, 918 m / 22, 699 feet) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh. That forms a ridge lined with peaks of Naya-Kanga 5,846 m and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. The mountain continues beyond the Jugal Himal, terminating with Dorje Lakpa (6,980 m / 22, 929 feet) in the far east of the valley floor.

Day

8
An enjoyable and wonderful time at Kyanjin within scenic Langtang valley, then depart from this beautiful location for our next adventure. The walk leads on the same exciting trail to Lama Hotel, past Langtang village and Ghoretabela as well back into a forested area. After a long day walk reaches at Lama Hotel for the last overnight around the west side of the Langtang area.

Day

9
From Lama Hotel, on the same path for an hour as route diverts from a small settlement called Bamboo, after a short rest heading for a climb to a nice village of Thulo Syabru, also called Upper Syabru. A nice traditional Tamang village, located on a high ridge with an old monastery on top of the village, which is on route to Sing Gompa. At Thulo Syabru enjoy overnight in a simple lodge, with time to observe farm life and local culture of the impressive custom of the Tamang tribe.

Day

10
The morning starts with a climb on leaving Thulo Syabru village and the monastery, uphill continues into the dense forest of tall rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines, and fir trees to reach a large grazing pastures field on a hilltop From here the walk is much pleasant into beautiful woodland to reach Sing Gompa also called Chandanbari, which means a sandalwood tree area. Check into a nice small lodge within this small village with several lodges and a guest house with an old monastery atop the lodge.

Day

11

Today's walk takes you to one of the major highlights of great religious importance to Gosainkunda. The morning route offers more views of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang and Ganesh-Himal towards the northwest with Manaslu and Annapurna range in the far west. The adventure leads with gradual up for an hour entering oaks, pines, and rhododendron forest. Enjoying brief stops with facing grand views, the walk continues with a climb uphill on leaving forest and tree lines behind for short, dwarf rhododendron, juniper shrubs, and bushes.

The path unwinds uphill passing through a few teahouses at Laurabina, which means a place with walking sticks, (an auspicious time in August with the full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, pilgrims visiting Gosainkunda for ritual bathe and dips where belief is, it delivers one into paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. This is the spot where Hindu devotees leave their walking stick here, hence the name Laurabina. From the high ridge with short descend and then up reaching across Saraswati and Bhairab Kund, with the little climb, brings you at Gosainkunda within its holy pristine glacial pond.

One can witness some traces left behind by the pilgrims during the great festival event of Janai Purnima that falls in monsoon time of August, in a full moon day, where a large crowd of worshippers and pilgrims makes a hard trek to be in this sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva and the creator of many ponds around.

Day

12
Morning from Gosainkunda, gradual walk along the shore of a pond, and then climb to a small creek in between rocks and boulders, as walk leads close to small Surjakund pond, then with winding straight up to Gosainkund pass or East Laurabina La the highest spot of the adventure. From the top, enjoying tremendous scenery of rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks, then towards long downhill to reach at the bottom known as Phedi (bottom) at near 3,694 m. A small place with few teahouses, possible lunch stop and then walk continues heading east within Helambu area and back into green vegetation’s and tree lines of junipers, rhododendron and then reach at Ghopte (meaning overhanging rocks) for an overnight stop.

Day

13
After being around the complete wilderness, walk from this small settlement where trails of Helambu and Kathmandu route joins; morning a short day trek with a pleasant walk into the forest for an hour, with an hour uphill to Tharepati 3, 650 m for an overnight stop as well reaching for lunchtime. A nice spot situated on a ridge overlooking views of peaks with Jugal Himal range and Ganesh-Manaslu towards west. Thadepati with few small lodges and shops to cater to the needs of travelers passing this route.

Day

14

After overnight at scenic views point at Thadepati, start morning walk downhill through a lovely forest of rhododendron, pines, and oak trees for a few hours, as the walk continues further past several Sheppard’s huts to reach Melamchi Khola (stream), with a climb to Melamchi-Gaon for a lunch stop. A nice typical hill village enriched with Buddhist culture in the land of the Hyalmo tribe the major inhabitants of Helambu.

Afternoon walk of a few hours to reach the main village of Helambu at Tarke Gyang. Start with downhill to Melamchi River then cross over a suspension bridge, and then climb for an hour to Tarke Gyang village via Nakote village for an overnight stop. Take Gyang, a lovely village with well-built houses enriched with fascinating Buddhist culture, witness the wood carving on windows and doors on its nice houses. Afternoon explores the lovely village and the old monastery of Ama Yangri situated on top of the village.

Day

15
From Tarke Gyang walk on a nice pleasant path through the cool forest past many Chorten (Buddhist prayer monuments), to reach at Gangyul a small village, then on a winding trail facing views of beautiful landscape to reach at Sermathang for the overnight stop, another lovely village of Helambu with time to visit an old interesting monastery.

Day

16
After a great marvelous time around Helambu within its green surroundings with impress culture, morning a short walk and then board on a vehicle for a few hour drive to Kathmandu, as drive leads through Melamchi-Pul Bazaar a large town. Drive continues towards high hills at Dhulikhel, an old Newar town with a grand panorama of Himalayan peaks, then on an interesting highway to reach Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, check-in at your hotel with time in the afternoon for individual activities and shopping.

Day

17
Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu Trek, then time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.

Inclusions

  • The airport picks up and drops services by private vehicle.
  • Three nights three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (twin sharing base).
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with a city tour guide by private van.
  • All the required permits and paperwork (National park permit, TIMS, etc).
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi by Public bus. 
  • Transportation Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu by Public bus.
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and cup of tea).
  • Teahouse accommodations during the trip with a family environment.
  • Licensed holder, English or Chinese a speaking trekking guide.
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of Staff during the trip.
  • 1 Porter between 2 people (who will help to carry your backpack).
  • Tourists’ service charge, vat. 
  • International Airfare and Nepali visa fee.
  • Your travel and medical insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, treks equipment, etc..)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Food in Kathmandu.
  • Private vehicle transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi and back to Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on a charted helicopter.
  • Tips for staff ( it is expected).

Complimentary

    • Welcome, / farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • seasonal sleeping bag during the trek, (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Seasonal fresh fruits during the trek.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Adventure certificate of achievement.
    • Langtang Gosainkunda and Helambu trekking map
    • First Aid Medical Kit(Carried by the guide).

Frequently Asked Questions

Like any other normal treks around the Himalayas, where walk leads from moderate to adventurous, with many steep ups for some days and long downhill. All Himalaya region trekking leads to ups and downs walking, where trekkers need to be physically fit and in good health to cope with long steep climb and downhills. The best is to walk slowly and steadily with few rest in between as well to admire the views of the surrounding. It is not that hard, except for one day crossing Gosainkund or Laurabina pass where altitude makes the difference and with long descend. Once you take it slowly with enough rest it will make an easier day walks with time to enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes.

Average hours of 5 to 6 hours a day minimum of 4-5 hours that is walking from Langtang village to Kyanjin around Langtang valley. Maximum of 7 to 8 hours walking from Gosainkund to cross the pass to reach Ghopte.

Tourist standard lodges throughout the trek, where rooms are neat and clean with large warm dining, but most places with common baths and toilets. Where one needs to pay for a hot shower at an extra cost.

Yes, on route treks where one can charge their electronic items like lap-top, cell-phone and etc. Paying an extra cost per hour per item. Most lodges run electricity either by normal hydro or solar power.

All food prepared by the lodge is hygienic and good, where you can order from the long list of menus from continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese foods. On a larger group of more than 4-6 people, we serve set meals with changes every day with different varieties of excellent cooked foods. 


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