Langtang - Gosainkunda - Helambu Trekking- 17 Days

Two distinctly unique valleys that could be trekked separately, but as a single trek, they make for an amazing variety of superb natural beauty, wildlife and culture.  A high glacial region separates the Langtang Valley from the Helambu Valley.  This place is called Gosainkunda, as Kunda means lake, there are beautiful glacial lakes here, most notably, the legendary lake believed to be created by Lord Shiva.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is one of the most accessible trekking routes in Nepal yet one of the least commercialized; perhaps because its peaks are less well-known, though they are just as spectacular. Isolation has helped this pleasant land to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. The distinct cultures of Tamangs, Newars and Sherpas remain unaffected by outside influences.

The trailhead at Sybru Bensi, 1400m is only an 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. The Langtang portion takes about a week. The Langtang Valley runs east-west and extends up to the Tibet border. The trek begins with a brisk climb up a gorge of the Langtang Valley to where it opens into a U-shaped glacial valley. Two Sherpa villages in the upper valley are Langtang, 3300m, and Kyanjin Gompa, 3750m, which has a monastery and a yoghurt and cheese factory. From Kyanjin Gompa we can climb either of two equally awesome peaks, depending on your stamina. The more challenging is Tsergo Ri, 4984m, a 6hr or 7hr round trip; the relatively easy one, Kyanjin Ri, 4773m, is a mere 2-3 hour hike from Kyanjin Gompa.

From Kyanjin Gompa the trail to Goasaikunda goes down the valley and turns off to Thulo Syaphru. A steep climb through the mossy rhododendron forest takes you to the monastery and cheese factory of Sing Gompa, 3250m. Above Sing Gompa, the trail ascends through a pine forest, emerging above the tree line where there is a spectacular view of snow-capped peaks.

After reaching the barren glacial moraines and rockslides of Gosainkunda, 4000m, we relax in along on the shore of Gosainkundas crystal clear and frigid lakes with the backdrop of the snowy peaks behind. Hindu worshippers recount the legend of how Shiva, having saved the world by drinking a dangerous poison, struck this mountainside with his trisul to create the lake and cool his burning throat. Devotees make a yearly pilgrimage to bath in these icy waters, which are the origin of the famous Trisuli River.

After climbing two hours southeast of Gosainkund we reach the Laurebinayak La pass, 4610m; this is another highlight of the trek where there are exceptional mountain views. The steep descent passes through the small hamlets of Bera Goth and Phedi, and Gopte, 3530m.

From Gopte, the trail climbs up onto the windy and sometimes snowy ridge of Thare Pati, 3510m, a small settlement. From here the trail descends into the lush Helambu (Helmu) Valley of alpine meadows, rolling green hills, fertile valleys and cheese factories. Helambu’s valleys and ridges run north-south and the highest point is not more than 3200m. The mighty peaks of Langtang Himal are seen in the distance. An interesting village is Tarkeghyang, which means 100 horses. History tells that Kantipur, King of Kathmandu, called on a Buddhist Lama from this place, to stop an epidemic. The King rewarded the Lama with 100 horses. That Lama built the Tarkeghyang temple in 1727. The temple was rebuilt later in a Bhutanese style. The final stretch of the trail descends into a verdant gorge of the Langtang Khola to Melamchi Bazzar, which lies just beyond the northeast rim of the Kathmandu Valley.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is as spectacular as any trek in Nepal.  Moreover, this trek is close enough to Kathmandu to avoid the uncertainties of air travel which depends on weather. There is no risk of altitude sickness as the elevation range is less than most treks, which means its slightly less strenuous and the temperatures more moderate.


Trip Highlights


  • less commercialized trails
  • authentic culture of Tamang (Tibetan ancestry)
  • two beautiful valleys
  • glacial lakes, high passes and mountain views
  • no flight necessary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi, 1505m

Day 4 : Trek to Lama Hotel, 2415m

Day 5 : Trek to Langtang Village, 3430m

Day 6 : Trek to Kyanjing Gompa, 3870m

Day 7 : Rest day in Kyangjin Gompa

Day 8 : Return to Lama Hotel, 2470m: 5-6 Hours

Day 9 : Trek to Thulo Syabru, 2230m: 5-6 Hours

Day 10 : Trek to Shin Gomba, 3330m: 4-5 Hours

Day 11 : Trek to Gosainkunda Lake 4460m: 5-6 Hours

Day 12 : Trek over Suryabinayak La Pass, 4609m to Gopte, 3440m: 7-8 Hours

Day 13 : Trek to Malemchigaon, 2560m: 5-6 Hours

Day 14 : Trek to Tarke Ghyang, 2590m: 4-5 Hours

Day 15 : Trek to Sermathang, 2610m: 4-5 Hours

Day 16 : Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar, 820m: 4-5 Hours Trekking and 3 Hours by Road to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Depart Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  •     Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 14 days (13 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms: beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guide; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder
  •     Porters: 2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Transportation Kathamndu – Syabru Besi - Kathmandu Tourist Bus
  •     Transportation Malemchi Pool Bazaar - Kathmandu by Private Car
  •     Langtang National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Four Season Sleeping Bag
  •     Insurance for Nepalese staff
  •     Our Service charge

Cost Exclude(s)

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal
  •     Lunches & Dinners in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tips - Tipping is customary
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls
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29 October, 2016 14 November, 2016 USD 999 per person Available
10 November, 2016 26 November, 2016 USD 999 per person Available Book Now
22 November, 2016 08 December, 2016 USD 999 per person Available Book Now
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22 November, 2017 08 December, 2017 USD 999 per person Available Book Now

Best Seasons for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trekking

The best seasons for the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek are from September to mid-December and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.  

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Meals  on the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Langtang Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 17 Days

Price : US $999 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Group Size:2-12 Persons

Minimum Height:1300m

Maximum Height:4460m





Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 14 days (13 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included )

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