Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek
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.
- Explore beautiful Kathmandu and its religious sites
- See Mt. Everest from above on a mountain flight
- Get close up views of the peaks and glaciers at Kyangjin Ri
- Trek to the majestic high alpine lake of Gosaikunda
- Visit the villages of the Helambu region’s ethnic and indigenous groups
- One of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu
- Rich in biodiversity and scenic beauty
- Experience unique culture of the Tamangs
- Accessible without flights
- Outstanding close-up mountain views and unique villages with well-established teahouses
- Visit Gosaikunda (4381 m.), a famous pilgrimage site
Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
We take early drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi via. Dhunche (1966m.). We drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of our drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. Syabru Bensi is the starting point of our trek. It is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. Overnight stay at Syabru Bensi.
Today we trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2470 m.). The trail goes along the ridge of Syabru’s main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and then to Pairo (1810 m.). From this point, the trail goes to Rimche (2400 m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and finally end at Lama Hotel. En route one can see red pandas, monkey and bear.
Having lunch at Lama Hotel, we trek to Langtang village (3430 m.) via Ghore Tabela (3000 m.) which takes about six hours. We would find some grazing grounds of Yak on the way. The local people bring their livestock for grazing in the high pastures during the summer months. We find a monastery before we reach Langtang Village. We pay our short visit to the monastery and arrive at our destination.
It is our turn to trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870 m.). It takes about three hours to reach there. Our trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens further and the views become more extensive. Kyangjin Gompa is reached after crossing several small streams and moraines. We would visit the cheese factory at Kyangjin Gompa. We would enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990 m.), Langtang Ri (6370 m.), Langtang Lirung (7245 m.) and many more.
We would acclimatize at Kyangjin Gompa and go for excursion to utilize our time. We would visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice falls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m).
Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. From Kyangjin, we retrace our route following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. Having lunch at Ghora Tabela, we trek steep descent to Lama Hotel.
We trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2260 m.). The beginning of the trek is gently descending till Pairo and then goes steep up to Thulo Syabru. En route, one could see red pandas, monkey and various species of birds.
It is our turn to trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3330 m.). Our trail from Thulo Syabru goes to Foprang Danda (3200m.) passing through Dursagang (2660 m.). We would be lucky enough to view Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain and forests of Oak, Hemlock and Firs. After a while, we reach Sing Gompa. We would find a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery at Sing Gompa too.
Today we trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460 m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920 m.). We would follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of Himal Chuli (7893 m.,) Manaslu (8156 m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m.). On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up gently behind. To the north, we would see Langtang Lirung. At Gosainkunda, we would see a dozen of lakes. Among them, the major three are Saraswatikund, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to a legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed poison.
We would acclimatize at Gosainkunda and go for excursion at our leisure.
Trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribinayak Pass (4610 m.) to Ghopte (3430 m.). The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610 m), 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.
Today we trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaon (2650 m.) via Tharepati Pass (3490 m.) The first part of our trail is slightly descending and then starts ascending through the rhododendron forests until Thearepati. From Tharepati, the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forests down to Helambu valley. We would see Jugal Himal and Numbur of Solu Khumbu from here. Melamchi Gaon is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people. We would visit the monasteries at our leisure at Melamchi.
We trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743 m.) The early part of the trek descends until we cross the stream named as Melamchi. From here, our trail goes to Tarkeghyang. It is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries.
Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621 m.) Trekking today is comparatively easier than the previous days as the trail goes through flat land with beautiful forests. On the way, we would penetrate the village called Shermathang where we would visit some ancient monasteries.
Today we trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.) The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several villages. En route, we would interact with the local people and know their culture and way of life.
From Melamchi Pul Bazaar, we drive to Kathmandu. The road is graveled and bumpy till Lamidanda and then we will have pitched road up to Kathmandu.
It is our last day in Nepal. Having breakfast in the hotel, we would go for sightseeing around the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served in Bhojan Griha, a typical Nepali hotel in the valley.
Back home destination.
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.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
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.
This two-and-a-half-week trek through Langtang and Helambu is one of the most spectacular Nepal has to offer. Just north of the Kathmandu Valley, this route is classified as moderate and will take you from the banks of the Bhote Kosi River through the Langtang Valley to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and the Hyolmo villages of Helambu. You’ll see expansive mountain views, travel through lush forests and sleep in Nepali tea houses on this Himalayan adventure.
Trekking in Langtang region offers an experience not to be found elsewhere. The trails in the region are challenging with long, steep climbs and descents, often moraines. We would have outstanding close-up mountain views in this trek. The trek also offers an opportunity for the trekkers to interact with the local inhabitants. Tamangs are the indigenous inhabitants of this region. The region has well-established lodges along the trail.
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