Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek - 19 Days

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  • Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

Highlights

  • Visit the first Himalayan national park of Nepal, Langtang National Park
  • Trek to the highest point of Tserko RI (4980m) during the trek
  • Explore the traditional lifestyle and culture of the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa tribes
  • Explore the popular Tamang Heritage Trail or Helambu trail along the trek.
  • Duration19 Days
  • Max. Altitude3690 m
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Group Size1 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner During the trek
  • Accommodation4-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouse during the trek

Overview

Enjoy the spectacular trek to divine Gosainkunda Lake located amidst scenic mountains inside Langtang Region. Traverse through the pristine alpine forests and varied landscapes along the Nepal-Tibet Border and take a plunge into one of the holiest lakes in the world. Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is one of the closest trek destinations to Kathmandu.

Home of Langtang Lirung Peak (7227m), the cultural Helambu region, and the most elusive Red Panda, the trek explores the ancient Shamanistic culture of the region along with traversing the ancient trans-Himalayan trade route. Gosainkunda Lake is situated at 4360m and consists of numerous holy lakes that are frequented by thousands of pilgrims each year.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek extends from the historical Kathmandu City to the mountainous Langtang Region. Langtang valley remains one of the top 5 trek destinations in Nepal with more than 12,000 tourists visiting the region every year. An 8hr drive northwest will take you to Sybrubensi from where you’ll begin trekking along with the cultural Tamang villages en route to Langtang.

The trek rises along the Himalayan route towards Kyanjin Gompa. You’ll make a short hike to Tserko RI (4980m) and enjoy the pristine sights of Langtang Lirung, Langshisha RI, and Shishapangma peaks before heading down to Lama Hotel. The trail converges into a detour that goes past Thulo Syabru village towards the historical Sing Gompa (Monastery).

You’ll trek further up to make your way towards Gosainkunda Lake. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the lakes remain frozen and inaccessible for 6 consecutive months. You will explore the holy site and the oligotrophic lake before heading towards the Helambu trekking. You’ll trek through some of the most culturally preserved Tamang villages en route. You’ll walk past Ghopte, Thadepati Pass, Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang to reach Melamchi Bazaar. The trek concedes once you drive back to Kathmandu.

High Route Adventure specializes in tailored treks around Nepal. We conduct private, group, and family treks inside the Langtang region. Our all-inclusive trek packages cover transportation inside the country, three meals a day, an experienced guide, porter, permits, and the finest logistics.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Kathmandu City! Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be warmly welcomed by one of our representatives at the airport. He will escort you to your hotel located at the heart of the city where you'll get to meet your trek guide and discuss the itinerary in detail. In the evening, you can choose to go out to shop for any needed gear or equipment.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation

    A preparatory day, you and your guide will assess all the trek gear and equipment. Afterward, you'll embark on a scenic sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. Accompanied by a tour guide, you'll get to witness some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites around Kathmandu. The tour begins with a visit to Swayambhunath located atop the hill. You'll climb the 300+ steps to reach the Stupa that offers one of the best panoramic views of the city. Afterward, you'll drive towards Pashupatinath, a revered Hindu temple that is frequented by thousands of pilgrim every day. After exploring the site, you'll embark on a short drive towards Bouddha to witness the largest spherical Stupa in the world of Boudhanath.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 03: Drive to Sybrubensi

    After early breakfast at the hotel, you'll embark on a scenic road journey to northwest of Kathmandu. An 8hr drive will take you to Sybrubensi town located in Rasuwa district of central Nepal. Spanning almost 122km, you'll traverse along with the colorful towns and villages, massive Trishuli and Bhote Koshi Rivers en route to Sybrubensi. Once at Sybrubensi village, you can relax and prepare for the upcoming trek.

    Altitude: 1500 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 04: Trek from Sybrubensi to Lama Hotel

    After early breakfast, you'll prepare for the first day of the trek. You'll commence the trek at Sybrubensi and gradually advance along the forested trail and traditional villages en route to Lama Hotel. The trail advances north along the Bhote Koshi River and follows the upstream trail upstream towards Langtang Khola. You'll walk past lush Bamboo forest and Rimche village to reach Lama Hotel.

    Altitude: 2410 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: teahouse
  • Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village

    Leaving Lama Hotel, you'll begin ascending uphill and make way towards Langtang National Park. The first Himalayan national park of Nepal, Langtang National Park is home to rich wildlife and vegetation. Although rare, you may spot the endangered Red Panda amidst the lush forests. You'll trek further and head towards Langtang valley via Ghoda Tabela village that offers the beautiful sights of Langtang Lirung, Tserko RI, and Shishapangma. You'll walk past Chyamki and Mundu villages to reach Langtang village located at the foothill of Langtang Lirung Peak.

    Altitude: 3430 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 06: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gumba

    Langtang village was heavily affected by the major earthquake of 2015, however, it has been rebuilt to its former glory by the locals. Today, you'll leave Langtang village and trek northward to a discreet Himalayan village of Kyanjin Gompa. After completing the 3-4hr trek, you'll be surrounded by a jaw-dropping panorama of some of the majestic peaks in the region. The area mostly inhabited by Sherpa tribe. Overnights stay at Kyanjin.

    Altitude: 3830 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 07: Day trip to Tserko RI |4,984m| back to Kyanjin Gumba

    Leaving Kyanjin, you'll make a hike towards Tserko RI. Often referred to as Tserko RI, you may need to walk almost five hours from Kyanjin Gompa to reach Tserko RI. You'll follow the trail north and take a detour to the left. A steep climb for 10 minutes will bring you to the top of Tserko RI from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains including mountains located inside Tibet. Afterward, you'll head down to Kyanjin Gompa for the overnight stay.

    Altitude: 3830 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

    Today, you'll retrace your path and make your way back to Langtang Village. You'll begin trekking along the snow moraines to reach Langtang village. After a hot lunch, you'll make your way back to Lama Hotel via Mundu and Ghoda Tabela. Going down the trail you will catch the magnificent sight of Langtang Lirung. You'll cross the lush Bamboo forest, pine, and Cyprus trees en route to Lama Hotel.

    Altitude: 2410 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru

    Leaving Lama Hotel, you'll begin walking northeast towards Syabru village. It may take almost 5hr to traverse along the forests path and past Tamang villages to arrive at Thulo Syabru. You'll cross Bamboo village en route. At Bamboo, you can enjoy a hot meal before trekking towards Thulo Syabru. The trek is fairly easy and may will the beautiful sight of the Langtang Valley.

    Altitude: 2210 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 10: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gomba (Chandanbari)

    Leaving Thulo Syabru, you'll begin ascending uphill and make way towards Sing Gompa (3250m). You'll walk past some of the traditional villages namely Foprang Danda and Dursagang en route. The villages will offer a unique insight into the life of locals. You can also catch magnificent views of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal on the way. The path gently rises before reaching the flats leading to Sing Gompa. At Sing Gompa, you can witness the ancient Bon-Po monastery along with visiting the local cheese factory.

    Altitude: 3330 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 11: Trek from Sing Gumba to Gosainkunda

    After exploring the Sing Gumba, you'll begin making way towards Gosainkunda Lake through the rugged terrain. You'll walk past grasslands and rocky terrain to reach the holy site that boasts of dozens of oligotrophic lakes. Along with Gosainkunda Lake, you'll find Saraswatikunda, Bhairab Kunda, and many other smaller lakes. The site is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Once at the site, you can explore the surroundings and enjoy the magnificent view of the lake from the hilltop in a distance. The lake remains inaccessible during winter mainly because it remains frozen. You can avoid visiting the place in winter.

    Altitude: 4380 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte

    Leaving the holy site of Gosainkunda, you'll begin trekking towards Ghopte. It may last 6-8hr following a 300m ascent and 1320m descent towards Ghopte. You'll walk along the rocky terrain and glacier moraines towards Lauribinayak La Pass. A gentle hike to the top will offer amazing scenery of Langtang Himal, Naya Kanga, Surya Peak, and the magnificent Dorje Lakpa (6966m). You'll walk downhill to reach Phedi village before heading towards Ghopte.

    Altitude: 3530 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Thadepati Pass

    You'll be trekking through the rich Tamang Heritage Trail. Also known as the birthplace of indigenous Tamang inhabitants, you'll walk past many rich Tamang settlements before reaching Thadepati Pass. The trek may last only a few hours and you will encounter numerous detours before reaching the quaint village of Thadepati. You'll walk past rich oak and rhododendron forests en route.

    Altitude: 3690 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 14: Trek from Thadepati Pass to Melamchi Gaon

    You'll follow the northern end of the village and head steeply down into a ravine. You'll walk past large firs, oaks, and rhododendron forests to arrive at the Chyandi Khola. After crossing the bridge, you'll continue ascending towards the traditionally rich Sherpa village of Melamchi Gaon. You can spend the day exploring Melamchi Gaon and witness the rich fields of barley, corn, and potatoes. You can also visit the nearby Tibetan Gumba that is decorated by prayer flags, brightly painted walls, and a statue of Guru Rimpoche.

    Altitude: 2530 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 15: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang

    Leaving Melamchi Gaon, you'll head towards Tarkeghyang village. The trail drops through the lush bamboo forests towards a bamboo teashop at 2360 meters. The trail further drops towards the fields beside the Melamchi River. After crossing the suspension bridge, you'll begin climbing the trail towards Tarke Gyang, also the largest village in the Helambu region. In the evening, you can visit Tarke Gyang.

    Altitude: 2600 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 16: Trek from Tarke Gyang to Sermathang

    Leaving Tarke Gyang, you'll make your way towards the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul. The inhabitants of the village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, also the national religion of Bhutan. The trail drops over a ridge and starts climbing through deep forests. You'll walk past a large Gompa at Chumik before heading down towards Sermathang village.

    Altitude: 2590 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 17: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar

    Leaving Sermathang, you'll follow the ridge down to Melamchi Bazaar. You'll make a descent of almost 1730 meters. You'll walk past traditional settlements of Niggle, Gyalsha, and Raithani Gyang and through lush pine forests to reach Kakani. From here, you'll begin entering the lowlands inhabited mostly by Brahmans and Chhetri. You'll hike towards Dubhachaur and continuing along the trail to reach Melamchi Bazaar.

    Altitude: 870 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar1350

    From Melamchi Pul, you'll catch a commute back to Kathmandu. You'll drive for almost five hours through the gravel and bumpy path up to reach Lami Danda. From here, you'll follow a pitched road Dhulikhel and Banepa to reach Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 19: Departure

    Bidding adieu to Kathmandu, you'll leave for home. We'll drive you towards Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 2 hours early so to avoid any traffic delays or hassles which are common during office hour in Kathmandu.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private transportion
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu in BB plan
  • Professional English speaking, Government licenced tour guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Best accessible clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)  during the trek
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubeshi. From malamche Bazaar to kathmandu local Bus.
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained for trekking Guide
  • Porter service to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Langtang National Park Entry Fee and TIMS Fee
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program
  • First Aid kit bag
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not included ?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Monument entry fees during sightseeing tour in world Heritage site in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Notes

Meals

Nepal is not just famous for its mountains and cultural sites; the country also boasts varieties of delicious cuisines.

The most popular food in Nepal is the Khana set which consists of dal (lentils), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (vegetables), and chutney (picked curry). Another famous dish that you can try out is Momo (meat-filled dumplings). In the cities, you can also choose from a wide range of cuisines.

While trekking, there are ample teahouses along the way where you can savor the local delicacies. The teahouses have a local and western food menu which includes a Khana set (Dal Bhat), porridge, soup, instant noodles, oatmeal, bread, eggs, and many more options.

Accommodation in Langtang Region

Trek to Langtang valley and Gosaikunda Helambu, you will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a 4-star hotel- Hotel Shankar or similar and 15 nights best available teahouse during the trek. Accommodations in Kathmandu, and on the path area unit are enclosed within the package price.

Trekking in the Langtang region in a "lodge" also known as Tea-House from the early days, which is a typical local inn with minimum western facilities due to harsh terrain, high elevation, and extreme cold conditions. The room has thin walls and is not insulated. Most rooms have two beds with tables in between. The teahouse provides mattresses, pillows, and blankets.  You will be staying at the simplest available teahouses while trekking. There is travel by local families & mountain communities. Your room will have an attached bathroom and a hot shower at syabrubeshi. At higher altitudes, only basic facilities are going to be available at the lodge- Wi-Fi service, clean air-conditioned rooms, shared clean bathrooms (western-style toilet), a restaurant, an eating place, and a bar. You would like to pay extra for using Wi-Fi, and electronic devices. You can carry toilet paper rolls. Most teahouses do not have toilet paper in the bathroom.

We arrange the accommodation on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling solo, you will get to share a room with a traveler of the same gender. If you would like to get a single room will be available on request, added cost. While trekking, it's possible to get a single room in Kathmandu at and lower altitude on trekking. At higher altitude, there are a few lodges that accommodate many trekkers and a single room is not available during the picking season.

FAQs of Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

  • Where is the Langtang valley?

    Located about 30 kilometers north of Kathmandu, Langtang Valley is one of the nearest destinations for adventures like trekking and mountaineering from Kathmandu. Bordered by Tibet to the north, the Ganesh Himal range to the west, and Gauri Shankar range to the east, Langtang Valley is also known as the Valley of Glaciers. Langtang Valley sits in the lap of the Langtang Lirung (7227m).
  • What are the health requirements to trek in Nepal?

    Travelers need to have a moderate level of physical fitness, even if you want to be involved in short treks. Especially, while traveling to higher altitudes, it is necessary to have some sort of experience and a level of physical fitness so that your fatigue doesn’t ruin the whole mood of the trip. There are some lower altitude treks with leveled routes which can be enjoyed by children and elders as well. It is better to consult with your doctor and take proper vaccines for diseases that can be prevalent in Nepal. Health insurance is also a must-have, especially if your trekking destination is at a height above 5000m. Also, be prepared with your prescribed medications beforehand if you have any as it is possible that medication provided outside the country may not be available in Nepal.
  • What kind of food are available during the trek?

    The types of food you will get during treks depends on the trekking destination. If you are planning to trek at places around Kathmandu, then you will have no problem finding proper traditional meals and also other snacks along the way. If your trek destination is at a higher altitude then you will be getting home-cooked meals that include Dal, Bhat (rice), and Tarkari. Food from homestays and tea houses are of good quality and also nutritious so you do not have to worry. But, it is better to be wary while eating meat products and alcohol while in higher altitudes.
  • What kind of clothes are needed for trekking?

    While trekking in lower altitudes, you will require soft cotton clothes that don’t let sweat be trapped inside and also lets some air in. It is better to have thin fleece jackets and also waterproof trekking gear if you are traveling to areas that are prone to unexpected drizzles. While trekking to higher altitudes, make sure to dress warmly. It is better to have warm jackets, thermal tops, and trekking pants along with good quality hiking boots. Woolen hats that cover your ears and waterproof gloves are a must, especially if your trek includes colder heights.
  • How many liters of water should I be carrying in our day pack?

    The average requirement of water while you trek, in higher or lower altitude is four cups (roughly one liter) per hour. In colder regions, you only need to have two cups in an hour. As for how much you should be carrying, make sure you have at least one liter of water in your day pack. In Nepal, many trekking routes are filled with teahouses that offer drinking water to travelers. If you are traveling to higher altitudes where water resources are rare, you can carry more than one liter. But, be aware to keep your travel baggage light so that it is not a nuisance during the trek. Also, make sure the water is boiled or filtered properly. You can also carry portable water purifiers and other purifying tablets to make sure that you can consume safe drinking water.
  • How many kilos to carry for potter?

    A porter can carry a maximum load of 30 Kg depending on the individual. Some will carry less but the weight of the load can vary as per the trekking route, destination, and the porter himself. Most porters carry loads around 15 to 20 Kg but make sure to have a talk with them beforehand and inform them about the weight they are supposed to carry. The official guideline given by Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) is 25 Kg per porter. Making people carry more than 30 Kg, even if they are willing to, can be taken as rude or inconsiderate so, be mindful of this fact.
  • What can I expect on a teahouse trek?

    Teahouse trek is one of the best ways to enjoy the ravishing nature along with the rich culture and traditions of the people in Nepal. The simple food and lodging on the teahouse treks allow travelers to experience a simple lifestyle. You also get a chance to witness the unique lifestyle of people living in and around the teahouses. These people offer genuine, down-to-earth, and surreal hospitality. All in all, teahouse treks are the best way to enjoy the natural beauty and remoteness of Nepal while gaining the best experiences in the world.
  • What types of insurance should I need to have before coming to Nepal? Can I get insurance there?

    Travel insurance is a must if you are traveling to Nepal. These insurances help you to cover the costs of numerous travel issues on a trip. Your travel insurance must cover medical services as well as emergency helicopter services. Likewise, your insurance must also cover issues like theft, flight delays, and trip cancellations. No, you will have to get insurance in your home country. This way, you can receive the maximum benefits of travel insurance and you also get to choose from several packages.
  • How long do I walk each day?

    On average, an individual ought to walk around 15 kilometers during a day whereas on a trek to higher altitudes in the Kingdom of Nepal. Though 15 kilometers may appear sort of a little range, most of the treks in the Kingdom of Nepal square measure difficult thus, it may be quite wearing counting on the trek destination and trekking route. Likewise, the period of the trek is around 6-7 hours per day that additionally depends upon the trekking path and destination. On some days, you would possibly even have to be compelled to walk for 9-10 hours. Make sure to travel slowly and have ample time to adjust so that you are doing not fall prey to acute altitude sickness.
  • What is the accommodation during the trek?

    During most of the treks, your accommodation will be small lodges or teahouses. In higher altitudes, tea houses are cheaper and offer basic facilities. They provide a simple meal along with warm beds. These tea houses are known for their hospitality and good service even in such high altitudes. In lower altitudes and places around Kathmandu, you will find proper hotels which provide quality service and accommodation facilities. In camping treks, you will have to sleep in camps and tents with the assistance of our guides and porters. During the peak seasons, it is better to have a prior reservation and in extreme conditions, you may have to share a room with strangers.

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