Langtang - Gosainkunda - Helambu Trek
Langtang - Gosainkunda - Helambu trekking is one of the most popular medium range trekkings in Nepal with many attractions: scenic grandeur, glimpse of Sherpa & Tamang life, rhododendron forest, lakes, glaciers & snowy mountains. We trek through dense forest, traditional ethnic settlements, alpine yak pastures and reach Kyanjin Gompa surrounded by snow capped mountains.
While crossing over Lauribina pass at an altitude of 4620 meters in Langtang - Gosainkunda trekking, an excellent view of Tibet is remarkably breathtaking. Langtang - Helamu trekking trail passes through holy Gosainkunda Lake which has become the site of many Hindu and Buddhist devotees over the years. Exploring colorful Helambu region with delightful Sherpa villages, Helambu trekking offers superb panoramic views of Himalayas stretching from the Annapurnas to Mt. Everest and ends in Melamchi Pul Bazar
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Himalayan Trekking Team as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Syabrubensi ( 7 – 8 hrs. drive )
We depart from Kathmandu in the morning and drive for 4 hours to Trishuli via Kakani, an excellent spot to view mountain range and another 4 hours to Dhunche (1,970 m) from where we have magnificent views high peaks of Gheng (6,581 m.) and Langtang Lirung (7,246 m.) to the north and Ganesh Peak (7,460 m.) to the west. We cross Trisuli River that drains away from the Gosainkunda Lake and our drive gradually climbs up through beautiful chir and blue pine forest and arrives at Syabrubensi,
Day 03: Syabrubensi – Lama Hotel ( 2380m., 5 – 6 hrs. )
We descend to Langtang Khola (18,90 m.), cross and head up the river through an impressive gorge. There is no human habitation over here but only the forest of rhododendron and other vegetation. We arrive at Lama Hotel.
Day 04: Lama Hotel – Langtang Village ( 3430m., 5 – 6 hrs )
We hike up through the dense forest following the valley and then leave the tree line behind. The view of Langtang Lirung is magnificent. We pass by water mills, prayer wheels and chortens and view Langtang Valley and its soaring peaks. We arrive at the high alpine valley of Langtang inhabited by yak herding people.
Day 05: Langtang Village – Kyanjin Gompa ( 3870m., 5 – 4 hrs )
We pass through yak pastures and one of the largest mani walls made from the stones carven with prayers under the great snow peaks and arrive at Kyanchin Gompa, the last village in Langtang with a lovely Buddhist monastery under the shadow of stunning Himalayas and glaciers.
Day 06: Exploration Day
Kyanjin Gompa Valley is in the midst of exceptionally rugged and beautiful mountain ranges ringed with glaciers, snowfalls and huge moraines. The views of Langtang Lirung (7,246 m.), Langtang Ri (7,239 m.), Lanpo Gang (7100 m.) and Dorji Lakpa (6,989 m) are magnificent. One may opt for taking worthwhile excursion up to the glaciers or a 2-hour or climb to Tserko Ri peak ( 4984m. ) which requires no technical skills nor any mountaineering gears. You may visit a cheese factory as well.
Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel ( 2380m., 6 – 7 hrs )
We pass through yak pastures, crossing several wooden bridges leaving behind Langtang Valley. We follow the downhill trail passing through forest and arrive at Lama Hotel.
Day 08: Lama Hotel – Syabru ( 2210m., 5 – 6 hrs. )
We walk downhill and cross the Langtang Khola again. We pass though lush green vegetation enjoying the spectacular view of larch, flowers and the valley. We walk down gradually through the forest and cross Langtang Khola again and steeply climb up to arrive Syabru.
Day 09: Syabru – Sing Gompa (3254m.5 – 6 hrs.)
This will be the day of climbing through forests of fir and rhododendron. The only sign of human habitation are the occasional shepherds’ huts at the points where water is found. We arrive at Sing Gompa (3254m).
Day 10: Sing Gompa – Gosainkunda Lake (4300m., 6 – 7 hrs)
A steep rugged trail but adequately compensated for dramatic views: to the west- Himal Chuli (7893m), Manaslu (8156m) and Ganesh peak (7460m) and possibly even the Annapurna ranges. We pass a few huts in high yak pastures of Lauribina (3901m), cross a small ridge and have our first views of the Holy Lakes. We arrive at Gosainkunda (4300m).
Day 11: Gosainkunda – Ghopte ( 3430m., 7 – 8 hrs.)
We continue over rugged trails and pass several other small lakes to Lauribinayak pass (4609m). After the pass the trail descend to Phedi and we continue walking up and down crossing a rocky hill with pine and rhododendron trees to arrive at Ghopte.
Day 12: Ghopte – Melamchigaon ( 2530m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We descend and climb up in the forested places to arrive at Tharepati and enter to Helambu region which consists of colorful Sherpa villages. The views of Jugal Himal attract us as we climb the ridge above the village. We descend to Melamchi River and climb up to arrive at Melamchigaon.
Day 13: Melamchigaon – Tarkeghyang (2600m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
The trail continues to descend to Melamchi Khola passing through the patches of pine forest. We cross a suspension bridge and immediately start ascending towards a picturesque village, Tarkehgyang which is the largest village in Helambu. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleys which separate them.
Day 14: Tarkeghyabg – Sermathang ( 2490m., 4 – 5 hrs.)
The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Gangjwl to a ridge which offers nice view of Shermathang. We walk through the ridge and pass pine forest descending gradually passing several streams and waterfalls to arrive Sermathang.
Day 15: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazar ( 4 – 5 hrs.) – Drive to Kathmandu ( 3 hrs.)
After passing a large Gompa at the southern end of Sermathang, we walk through the ridge and villages passing several chortens and finally descend to Melamchi Pul Bazar. We drive back to Kathmandu. You check – in at hotel in Kathmandu. A farewell dinner with culture program will be arranged in the evening.
Day 16: Airport transfer for onward journey
You can do your last minute shopping, buying souvenirs to your loved ones before we bid farewell to you and transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward journey.
- International airport arrival and departure
- Private land transportation to trekking starting and ending points
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
- Any other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking).
- Gratuity for the trekking staffs
Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.