• Duration:14 Nights 15 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 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 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 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 Gosainkunda 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 Gosainkunda 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 Gosainkunda 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 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 Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking is as spectacular as any trek in the Himalaya of Nepal. Moreover, this trek is close enough to Kathmandu to avoid the uncertainties of air travel which depends on weather. There is less risk of altitude sickness as the elevation range is less than most treks, which means its slightly less strenuous and the temperatures more moderate. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, travel guide, time duration, private or group departures.

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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1,300 m/4,265 ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.
The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. 

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Hotel

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 private bus back to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. 

  • Breakfast

What's Included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • 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).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Langtang National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Ground transfers Kathmandu - Syabru Besi by local bus (Upgrade to Private Jeep - $180 USD)
  • Ground transfers Sermathang - Kathamndu
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

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