Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking

Explore the indigenous birds and flowers of Nepal and a glimpse of Tibetan life, crystal clear lake, glaciers and snowed mountains...

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19Days 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 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Situated in the north east of Kathmandu valley, Langtang is a narrow valley, that also lies just south of the Tibetan boarder, sandwiched between main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snow clad peaks to the south. This high and isolated region is habituated by people of Tibetan origin, who practice Buddhism. A visit to Langtang will bring you the opportunity to explore remote traditional villages and monasteries, magnificent glaciers at the head of the valley and views of Mt. Langtang 7,246m Mt. Dorje Lakpa 6,990m., Mt. Lirung 7,245m., Mt. Ganesh 7,406m and Chinese mountains.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek is closer to Kathmandu than other trekking regions. Just after the monsoon, this trek gives superb views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung, which dominates the upper valley and straddles the Tibetan border. In spring time, the Langtang Gosainkunda trek is an ideal place to spot the indigenous birds and flowers of Nepal. According to a legend, a lama following a runaway yak discovered the valley, hence the name -Lang (Tibetan name for YAK), Tang (colloquially known as "Dhang" means to follow). There are good opportunities for moderate climbing excursions throughout this trek, you should allow some extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system.

The return trail takes us past the holy lakes of Gosainkunda, an important place of pilgrimage, and over a high pass that brings us almost to the edge of Kathmandu itself. Langtang Gosainkunda is one of the most popular short and medium range treks in Nepal with many amazing highlights: natural scenery which cannot be compared to anywhere else in the world, a glimpse of Sherpa & Tamang life, rhododendron forest, crystal clear lake, glaciers & snow topped mountains. The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek begins from Dhunche and the trail leads up to Kyanjin Gompa and passes the sacred lake, Gosainkunda (4,602m.). Exploring the colorful Helambu region with delightful Sherpa villages, the trek ends in Kathmandu. A stunningly picturesque region provides superb panoramic views of Himalayas stretching from the Annapurna to Mt. Everest and is a truly perfect destination for trekking.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking - Short Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, scenic 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
Day 06: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Big Syabru Bensi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 10:
Trek from Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11:
Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 12:
Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 14:
Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
Day 15: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 16:
Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 17: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Day 18:
Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 19:
Final departure.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking 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.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking - Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greets you and transfer to hotel. After rest and refreshment, join the welcome dinner in the evening at a typical Nepali 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 Syabru Bensi, scenic 9 hours drive.
After breakfast at hotel, start a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi, The zigzag drives provide us high mountain sceneries and beautiful landscapes. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Climb through a variety of small villages and tracts of dense forest, the trek becomes a pleasant walk through trees where Langur monkey (The honey hunter animal) frolic, passing a sice stream and small waterfalls. Stay overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
From Lama Hotel, we take a short ascends which brings us to the right of where the valley begins as we start going up we will be able to see the beautiful view of Langtang Lirung peak. It is easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you. Overnight at a lodge. 

Day 06: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Langtang valley is a beautiful alpine village which provides excellent panoramic close up view of Langtang Lirung Genjempol, Ganjala and Naya Kenga Himal ranges. A visit to cheese factory, see the beautiful Buddhist Monastery built 400 years ago. It is a good experience to try to climb to Tsergo Ri (5033m). Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Today is a rest at this amazing village, we visit cheese factory, 400 years old monastery and explore around the glacier and Himalayan Yak pasture. We try climbing small peaks from Kyangjin Gompa.
Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Sadly, we leave this wonderful place and trek down to Lama Hotel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Big Syabru Bensi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Walking on a pleasant trail, we trek back to Syabru bensi from where we will start our Gosainkunda lake trek. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
This part of our trek is delightful and warm temperature as we walk through the nice Tibetan Tamang villages, terrace farming lands to Sing Gopma where will stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail to Lauribina Yak is steep 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. From Lauribina Yak takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach to Gosainkunda Lake. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After exploring around at Gosainkunda Lake, we set for another day's walk. The walk goes through a steep trail for three hours and crosses Lauribina La Passs at 4500m and the trail is too rocky. After the pass the trail becomes to descend and the slope continues for about 3 hours and reaches to Ghopte for the night halt. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 3 to 4 hours walking.
The trail continues through the forest of pine and juniper about 4 hour's slope up to Thadepati. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
A short and steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forests rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as we approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 5 to 6 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 16: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
A flat pleasant walk to Shermathang for walking, this is a an entering 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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
  • Langtang 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 Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking: 

How can I book Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking?
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 Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Langtang 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 Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking?
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 Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking. 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?
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking 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 Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking

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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