• Duration:12 Nights 13 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Max. Altitude: 4460m
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking


Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking is naturally and culturally one of the most beautiful and 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 to preserve Langtang cultural and natural heritage. The distinct cultures of Tamangs, Newars, and Sherpas remain unaffected by outside influences.

Two distinctly unique valleys 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 have been created by Lord Shiva.

The trailhead at Syabrubensi, 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 yogurt 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 Gosainkunda goes down the valley and turns off at 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 along the shore of Gosainkunda's 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 bathe in these icy waters, which are the origin of the famous Trisuli River.

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

From Gopte, the trail climbs 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 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 Bazaar, which lies just beyond the northeast rim of the Kathmandu valley.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking is as spectacular as any trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Moreover, this trek is close enough to Kathmandu to avoid the uncertainties of air travel, which depends on the weather. There is less risk of altitude sickness as the elevation range is less than most treks, which means it's slightly less strenuous and the temperatures more moderate. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, travel guide, time duration, and private or group departures.

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Best Seasons 

The optimal times to embark on the Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek are from September to mid-December and March to May. The weather is typically sunny and warm during these months, providing excellent visibility and comfortable trekking conditions. If you prefer fewer crowds and don't mind colder temperatures, trekking between December and February is also a good option, offering solitude on the trails.

 Tea House/Lodge Trek

During the Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek, accommodation is arranged in tea houses or lodges, which are included in the trekking package. These accommodations are clean, comfortable, and full of character, providing an authentic experience of Nepalese hospitality. The simple rooms usually feature two narrow beds. Staying in these family-run lodges offers a great opportunity to interact with the local people and learn about Nepalese culture, where guests are treated with the utmost respect.

Meals on the Langtang Trekking

Three meals a day are provided during the trek. The food, while simple, is freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy a variety of Nepali, Tibetan, and Sherpa dishes, along with international cuisine. Breakfast and dinner are served at the tea house or lodge where you spend the night, while lunch is typically taken at a teashop along the trekking route.

Drinking Water on Langtang Helambu Trekking

It is recommended that trekkers drink boiled water or use chlorine tablets to purify the water available in guest houses. Boiled water is usually available for a small fee. Although mineral water can be found in most places, there is no proper disposal system for plastic bottles, so trekkers are encouraged to minimize their environmental impact by avoiding bottled water.


A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trek. As altitude increases as you progress, the trek is paced slowly, with frequent breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs for Langtang Helambu Trekking

The ethnic groups in the hilly and mountainous regions are predominantly Buddhist. Respect local customs by passing religious objects like mani stones, stupas, gumbas, and prayer wheels on the right side in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on these religious symbols or tables used for worship.

Travel Insurance 

It is strongly recommended to have adequate travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment. Ensure that your insurance policy covers all your activities during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can assist in organizing the appropriate medical response based on your insurance policy.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:

Most teahouses in the lower regions will have electricity to charge. However, be prepared for limited hours and potential power cuts. The higher you climb, the less likely you are to find electricity. Solar power becomes more common at higher altitudes.

Many teahouses also have solar charging facilities, but these may be expensive and slow. Consider bringing a portable solar charger for more reliable charging, especially at higher altitudes.

Nepal uses a different plug type than some countries. To avoid any charging mishaps, you can buy a universal adapter in Kathmandu before starting your trek. Double-check that your devices can handle the voltage (220-240v) used in Nepal.

Highlights of Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking

  • less commercialized and remote trails
  • authentic culture of Tamang (Tibetan ancestry)
  • explore two beautiful valleys in a single trek
  • glacial lakes, high passes and mountain views
  • rich flora and fauna
  • sacred Gosainkunda Lake
  • langtang valley, kyanjin gomba


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Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi, 7-8 hrs 1,505 m/4936 ft

We take a  scenic drive north of Kathmandu along the Trishuli River Valley to Sybru Besi, via Dhunche village. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We trek from Sybrubensi to Lama Hotel, walking along the Bhote Koshi river and Langtang Khola river passing through a village, Bamboo, which is famous for the red panda. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We trek 6hrs from Lama Hotel to Langtang via Ghodatabela. At Ghodatabela, the trail emerges from the forest and we'll have our lunch at Thangsyep and after having lunch, we'll continue our walk to Langtang.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures. As the valley opens out, the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, we reach the settlement of Kyangjin Gompa by lunch time. There is a small monastery and a cheese factory. It is a dramatic setting with a panoramic view of snow covered peaks surrounding us. From this point, you will see the Dorje Larpa, 6990m, Langtang Ri, 6370m, Langtang Lirung, 7245m and others peaks.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We take a day off to acclimatize, explore and have a proper rest. We can climb hike to Kyangjin Ri from where you get wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

From Kyangjin Gompa, we will take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghoda Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter, continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We cross the valley through forests of rhododendron, oak, maple and alder to reach the village of Thulo Syabru. The Langtang Himal towers above as we walk. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We continue uphill through the forests of rhododendrons, hemlock and oak to the village of Dimsa. The trail to Shin Gomba levels out onto a broad trail through pine forest. There is a cheese factory here which was built by a Swiss project. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, We will trek through a sanctuary for the endangered red panda. The trail is a steep incline through juniper forests and sweet smelling grasses used for incense. As we walk, we enjoy the excellent views of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Annapurna before arriving at the torquoise lakes of Gosainkunda. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

A long, gradual climb takes us to the pass where we get absolutely stunning views of the surrounding peaks. From the pass, the trail through pine and rhododendron forests drops down rather quickly to Gopte.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

The trail traverses the shallow river bed of Langtang Khola and goes through rhododendron forests to reach the small villages of Kharka and Thare Pati before descending into Malemchigaon. 

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, we will descend two hours into the Helambu Valley and then climb up two more hours to the Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang where there are some ancient Buddhist monasteries. . We will celebrate our last night of the trek here.

  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

A flat trail arcs around the wide valley through the Buddhist villages of Parachin and Gangyul. As we walk we will feel surrounded by the Buddhist culture: walking under colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind and walking past many chortens and sculptured mani stones. The journey ends in the village of Sermathang, one of the loveliest villages of the Langtang Region with comfortable lodges and a small village monastery. We will take a bus back to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel

Trip Map

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking map

What's Included

  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 12 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese Guide.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Langtang National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Ground transfers Kathmandu - Syabru Besi- Sermathang- Kathamndu by Local Bus (Upgrade to Private Jeep we arrange on your request)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu  
  • Tips for guide  (customary)
  • Porter to carry luggage - but we arrange on your request 1 porter between 2 guests. 
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Departure Dates

Start Date10 Sep, 2024End Date22 Sep, 2024AvailableUS$ 870

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekkingis available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.

Useful Info

Here is the complete packing checklist for Langtang Gosainkunda  Helambu Trek or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalayas of Nepal.

Upper Body:

  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  • Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
  • Sunscreen with a factor of 30+

Upper Body (Core body):

  • 2 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
  • 2 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1 Down Jacket

Lower Body:

  • 2 Thermal base layers (merino or Polartec power dry)
  • 2 Pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 Heavyweight hiking trousers (windproof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
  • 1 Fleece Pants
  • 4 Underwear (merino)


1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves

1 Pair of shell gloves (Gore-Tex)


  • 2 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
  • 3 Pairs of liner socks
  • 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
  • 2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
  • Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses


  • 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
  • 2 Water bottles or camel bags, 1 litre (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
  • Sleeping Bag liner
  • Ear Plugs
  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Smart Trekking Watch

Personal First Aid Kit:

Please do note that our trekking guides, too, will be carrying the first aid kit with them, especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

  • Personal Medication
  • Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
  • Paracetamol Tablets
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has a knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
  • Water Purification tablets or drops
  • Blister kit / Zinc Tape
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Dressing Gauze
  • Antibiotic Cream


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