Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

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Overview The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a breathtaking journey through the Himalayan region of Nepal, offering a diverse and enchanting experience in just a few weeks. This trek also combines the stunning beauty of the Langtang Valley, the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, and the serene landscapes of the Helambu region, making it a perfect choice for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The adventure typically begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the starting point of the trek. The trail also leads through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and traditional Tamang villages, providing a glimpse into the rich local culture…


The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a breathtaking journey through the Himalayan region of Nepal, offering a diverse and enchanting experience in just a few weeks. This trek also combines the stunning beauty of the Langtang Valley, the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, and the serene landscapes of the Helambu region, making it a perfect choice for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

The adventure typically begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the starting point of the trek. The trail also leads through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and traditional Tamang villages, providing a glimpse into the rich local culture and traditions. As trekkers ascend higher, the snow-capped peaks of Langtang Lirung (7,227m) and Ganesh Himal (7,422m) come into view, captivating with their majestic presence.

The highlight of the trek is the sacred Gosainkunda Lake, a revered pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek passes numerous other glacial lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The spiritual ambiance and pristine surroundings create a sense of tranquility and inner peace.

Continuing through rhododendron and bamboo forests, the journey enters the Helambu region, where terraced fields and picturesque villages dot the landscape. Here, trekkers have the chance to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their age-old customs.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is considered a moderate trek, making it accessible to trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The best seasons to undertake this adventure are during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant, and the views are at their best.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the trek offers an unforgettable experience, combining the natural beauty of the Himalayas, the spiritual significance of sacred lakes, and the warmth of local culture. It is a must-try for anyone seeking an immersive and soul-stirring journey in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • A circular trek around the third-most-popular Langtang trekking region of Nepal
  • Experience an incredible offbeat trek in the Nepal Himalayas
  • Explore Langtang village, the valley of Glacier
  • Walkthrough Langtang National Park, famous for endangered species such as Red Panda
  • Enjoy solitude and wilderness during hiking through the remote off-beaten path of the Langtang Region
  • Visit ancient Kyanjin Gompa, glaciers, and cheese factory
  • Majestic view of snow-capped peak including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna Range
  • The trail dotted with monasteries, Buddhist shrines, chortens, and prayer flags
  • A splendid adventure and breathtaking views of diverse landscapes and Himalayas
  • Visit Gosaikunda, a pure, holy high altitude lake
  • Climb Laurebina Pass for stunning panoramic views of the Langtang range
  • Explore Helambu Village, a lower part of the Langtang region
  • Learn about Buddhism, which is similar to the Tibetan culture and tradition
  • A wonderful blend of the quaint natural beauty and culturally rich traditions and lifestyle


The Boudhanath stupa

Begin your trip with a flight into Kathmandu with thrilling views of the snow-capped peaks as you land. Your guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel, where you’ll be briefed on the rest of the trip. Depending on when you arrive, set out to explore the city in the afternoon. You might want to visit places such as the tourist district of Thamel, where you’ll find souvenirs and nighttime hangouts.

Altitude: 4,265 feet (1,300 m)


Mt Everest
View of Everest from a mountain flight

Today you’ll have the chance to fly over the Himalaya to Mt. Everest and back. This optional early morning excursion offers unforgettable views and will start your day off right. Back in Kathmandu, eat breakfast at the hotel before heading out into the city.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and is a unique blend of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist spirituality, and Western influence.  You’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Hindu Pashupatinath TempleDurbar Square in Patan and the sacred Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. In the evening, take in a dinner show at a restaurant in town. Watch a traditional dance performance as you dine on an authentic Nepali meal.

Optional mountain tour flight: 1 hour


Trisuli Valley and the Langtang range
Trisuli Valley and the Langtang range

Set out on an early morning scenic drive to reach the starting point of your trek. The road climbs up and out of the Kathmandu Valley to the foot of the Langtang Valley. Along the way, you’ll have excellent views of the Himalaya range, including AnnapurnaManaslu, and Ganesh Himal. Settle into your lodgings in the village of Syabrubesi for the night.

Transfer time: 7-8 hours
Altitude: 5,100 feet (1,550 m)


You'll cross the Bhote Koshi River on your way to Lama Hotel
You’ll cross the Bhote Koshi River on your way to Lama Hotel

Your first leg of the trek will take you across the Bhote Koshi River, which flows down from nearby Tibet. You’ll gradually climb up through the forest to join the trail from Syabrubesi. Keep an eye out for beautiful birds along the way. Follow the river through untouched oak and rhododendron forests, perhaps catching a glimpse of langur monkeys in the trees. Finally, work your way up a steep trail to your accommodations in the settlement of Lama Hotel in the forest.

Trekking time: 6 hours
Altitude: 7,830 feet (2,380 m)


On the trail near Langtang Village

As you continue climbing today, you’ll see the impressive Langtang Lirung mountain peeking through the trees. The trail ascends out of the forest at Ghora Tabela, which was once part of a Tibetan resettlement project but is now a Nepalese army post. The path here climbs gently as the valley widens, and you’ll see some makeshift lodgings used by shepherds to graze here in the summer.

You’ll pass through Langtang Village, which was decimated by an earthquake and landslide in 2015 but is on its way to being rebuilt. On your way to Mundu, you’ll also find a monastery, where you can stop in and visit before resting for the night.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Altitude: 11,620 feet (3,545 m)


Kyangjin Village
Kyangjin Village

Today the trail will climb gradually through small villages and yak pastures until the valley widens further, offering expansive views. You’ll cross several small streams and moraines to get to the settlement of Kyangjin by lunchtime. Set at the foot of dramatic peaks on all sides, you’ll have the rest of the day to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the area.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude: 12,700 feet (3,870 m)

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Challenge yourself to an optional hike up Tserko RiChallenge yourself to an optional hike up Tserko Ri

Rest today and continue exploring your surroundings. You can visit the village’s monastery and its local cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and glaciers of Langtang Lirung or choose to ascend the Kyangjin Ri and Tserko Ri peaks directly behind the village for breathtaking vistas.

Optional trekking time: 7-8 hours
Altitude: 14,275 feet (4,350 m)


Local women in Kyangjin
Local women in Kyangjin

You’ll retrace your route today from Kyangjin by following the Langtang Khola river back toward Langtang Village. Stop for lunch when you reach Ghora Tabela, and then begin the steep descent through the forest to your tea house in Lama Hotel for the night.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Altitude: 7,830 feet (2,380 m)


A traditional Tamang home
A traditional Tamang home

You’ll continue tracing your steps today toward Syabrubesi through the enchanting forested hills. Stop today in the Sherpa and Tamang village of Thulo Syabru, where you’ll have a spectacular view of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 7,315 feet (2,230 m)


Tamang women in traditional dress
Tamang women in traditional dress

Get ready for a challenging day as you ascend through mountain villages. The trail here climbs fairly relentlessly and will take you past monasteries, schools, and rhododendron forests. You’ll enter the area surrounding the Tamang Heritage Trail, where you’ll come across members of this ethnic group with Tibetan roots and pass through the village of Thuman and the hilly terrain of Nagthali.

Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude: 10,660 feet (3,250 m)


Gosaikunda Lake in the morning light
Gosaikunda Lake in the morning light

You’re in for a treat today, as you’ll leave the forests and trek along high ridges with gorgeous views for most of the way to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake. Travel along Laurebina Pass before steadily climbing past open meadows, stone walls, and two small lakes to get to Gosaikunda at the highest altitude you’ll reach on this trek.

This place of religious pilgrimage is believed to be where the Hindu deity Shiva came to soothe his burning throat after saving the world by swallowing the poison that threatened to destroy it. Its waters are believed to wash away the bather’s sins, and tens of thousands of Buddhists and Hindus visit the majestic lake each year.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 14,630 feet (4,460 m)


Heading towards Laurebina Pass
Heading towards Laurebina Pass

Cross back over the high Laurebina Pass and trek toward Ghopte along the north side of the lake. You’ll pass some smaller lakes and lodges on the way as you enter the Helambu region. Make sure to enjoy the excellent views of the Tadi Khola Valley to the south.

Trekking time: 6-8 hours
Altitude: 11,285 feet (3,440 m)


The village of Melamchi Gaon in the distance
The village of Melamchi Gaon in the distance

You’ll trek today towards the Sherpa village of Melamchi Gaon. Cross a suspension bridge over a river to get there. When you arrive, you’ll find a monastery and a shrine said to have been built by an 8th-century Buddhist guru.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Altitude: 8,400 feet (2,560 m)


A Tarkegyang tea house
A Tarkegyang tea house

Continue your descent today. Your path will take you past several holy chortens, or religious monuments, as you hike toward the bridge to cross the Melamchi Khola river.  Head toward the indigenous Hyolmo village of Tarkegyang along a ridgeline trail. You’ll spend the night at a tea house here.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 8,500 feet (2,590 m)


Sermathang Village
Sermathang Village

Travel from Tarkegyang along a dirt road uphill into the forest to reach the settlement of Sermathang. The route is a steady ascent through the forest until you reach another dirt road. Once you reach town, you’ll notice that it has a few monasteries as well as impressive views of the Dorje Lhakpa peak and the Panch Pokhari lakes. You might also catch a glimpse of Jugal Himal to the northeast. Spend your last night of the trek in a comfortable hotel where you’ll be treated to a dance performance.

Trekking time: 3-5 hours
Altitude: 8,565 feet (2,610 m)


Jugal Himal in Helambu
Jugal Himal in Helambu

Make your descent to Melamchi Bazaar, where the Melamchi Khola and Indrawati Khola rivers join. The trail drops down through Thimbu, where it meets the road. There you’ll find your ground transportation back to Kathmandu.

Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude: 2,790 feet (850 m)
Transfer time: 2 hours


A Nepalese mountain flower
A Nepalese mountain flower

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and spend the morning relaxing. If you’d like, perhaps head out to do some last minute souvenir shopping. Then get ready to make your way to the airport to catch your flight home.

What's Included

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

What's Excluded

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek is a popular trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal. This trek takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Langtang Valley, the holy lakes of Gosainkunda, and the picturesque villages of Helambu. Here’s some basic information about the Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek:

  • Duration: 15-18 days
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,610m at Tserko Ri or 4,380m at Lauribina Pass
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Best Season: Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November)
  • Trek Start/End Point: Syabrubesi/Melamchi Pul Bazaar
  • Permit Required: Langtang National Park Entry Permit and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • Accommodation: Teahouses/Lodges
  • Highlights: Stunning views of snow-capped peaks, rhododendron forests, holy lakes, traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages, and warm hospitality of the locals.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure, making it a popular trekking route in Nepal. It is recommended to hire a local guide and porter for the trek as they can provide valuable insights into the local culture and help you navigate the trails.


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