Gosainkunda with Helambu Trek

Visit the holy lake, gripping views, Alpine pastures and cross stunning mountain passes and ancient villages of Tamangs and Sherpas

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13 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4600 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

The Gosainkunda Lake with Helambu trek is a perfect choice for those trekkers who wish to explore the sheer beauty of Nepali nature, discover traditional and fascinating villages and see the lush rhododendron forests. Situated just north of Kathmandu, this trek is close to the capital and easily accessible without a flight. This is one of the most magnificent treks in Langtang and Helambu region.

This amazingly beautiful trek through Gosainkunda with Helambu begins with a scenic eight to nine hour drive from Kathmandu. We spend our first night in a mountain lodge in Dhunche from where our trek truly begins. We begin following a very pleasant trail, which takes us through terrace farmlands, traditional Tamang villages, lush and full rhododendron forests and gorgeous alpine pastures. We will encounter the world famous Gosainkunda Lake, which provides eye-catching views of the snowy peaks and tranquil lake. It is said that if we are to take a dip into the Gosainkunda Lake, skin diseases and knowingly committed sins will be erased.

After crossing the stunning Laurebina la Pass (4,600m), the Gosainkunda with Helambu trek enters to the Helambu region. This is a fascinating trekking area that will immerse you into the unique Sherpa culture. The region also provides awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Taking us through lush forests, terrace farming villages, and a picturesque trail that ends near Kathmandu valley, this trek is one the most breathtaking treks in the Langtang and Helambu region.

Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu Trekking short Itinerary:  

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Gosainkunda with Helambu trek as a small group departure or a private trek, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu Trekking - Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. Free for rest and refreshment, evening join the welcome dinner at a typical restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
After early breakfast, we take a scenic drive which will takes about 8 to 9 hours local bus or can drive by a private Land cruiser. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge in Dhunche from where we will have a majestic mountains view including Ganesh Himal, few peaks of Langtang range and the Tibetan peaks. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After breakfast, we start our trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, walking on a pleasant trail enjoying the beautiful villages and local landscapes we reach Sing Gompa. Overnight at a lodge.  

Day 05: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The trail to Lauribina Yak is steep up and continues for three hours. Then the trail becomes much narrow and misty as well as change in vegetation too as the green vegetation becomes much deserted and rocky. We reach Gosainkunda Lake where we will spend our overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After exploring around at Gosainkunda and holy dip into the Lake, we set for another day's walk. The walk goes through a steep trail for three hours and crosses an amazing Lauribina La pass at 4600m and the trail is too rocky. After the pass the trail becomes to descend and the slope continues for about three hours and reaches to Ghopte. Overnight at a lodge. 

Day 07: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail from Ghopte to Tharepati continues through the forest of pine and juniper about 4 hour's slope up to Thadepati. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 4 to 5 hours walking.
From Tharepanti, a short and steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forest rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as we approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail descends steeply to the valley floor, where we can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear river before completing the short and mild ascent up the other side of the valley. Tarkegyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
A flat pleasant trail to Shermathang, this is an interesting  Sherpa village and they will be happy to introduce themselves that they are different from the Sherpa of Khumbu (Everest region) In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling, even Everest also in a distance. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Today the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, we will get to interact with local and friendly people. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is a free day for shopping and stroll around. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and celebrate the trek with your trekking crew. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your onward flight, wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary transportation from Kathmandu return trips
  • Gosainkunda and Helambu National Park fee with trekking permits
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Gosainkunda with Helambu trek:

How can I book Gosainkunda with Helambu trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Gosainkunda with Helambu trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Gosainkunda and Helambu Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Gosainkunda with Helambu trek?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Gosainkunda with Helambu trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Gosainkunda with Helambu trek is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 4600m walking through villages, rivers, green hills and snow trails, so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Gosainkunda with Helambu trek

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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