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Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

A splendid 16 days adventure just north of Kathmandu.

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:16 Days
  • Max Altitude:5,000m/16,400ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Challenging
All inclusive cost $ 1,500.00
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Trip Overview

Highlights

  • A splendid adventure and breathtaking views of the Himalayas
  • Alpine lakes of Gosaikunda and the Lauribina Pass
  • Insight into the ethnic Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • Climb Tserko Ri for panoramic views

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek features a splendid adventure and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, including insight into the ethnic Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Embark into the picturesque landscape of the Langtang region as you trek past beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, high pass, lakes and quaint villages. Unique biodiversity decorated with the snow-capped mountains on the backdrop. Get ready to explore the wilderness as you traverse across one of the less frequented regions in Nepal.

Starting from just 10 km north of Kathmandu valley, Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu trek is an ideal trek if you want to avoid any uncertainties of air travel and logistics. It is the most accessible of all the trekking regions in Nepal. Overall, this trek is considered a moderate grade trek but the alpine lakes of Gosaikunda and the Lauribina Pass situated at 4610m offers real challenges to this trek. Witnessing the beauty of the Gosainkunda Lake is another major highlight of this trek.

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek Itinerary Overview

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek starts at Chisapani after a short drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. The journey continues towards the Helambu valley, which is renowned for its monumental heritage and the intact culture of the Hyolmo people. Witness stunning snow-capped mountains like Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Dorje Lakpa, and many more.

The trek will then divert to the holy lake of Gosaikunda, which is a famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Gosaikunda lake is a sacred lake worshipped by both Hindu and Buddhist followers. Every year in August, thousands of pilgrims come to Gosaikunda to bathe in the lake.

From here we descend to Thulo Syabru connecting the Langtang Valley Trek trail. We continue the journey towards the alpine Himalayan valley following the inward valley of Langtang region. You can witness the diverse flora and fauna as you enter the Langtang National Park, which is home to the endangered red pandas, including numerous animals and birds. Enjoy tasting the local yak cheese and witness the icy glaciers on the peripheral region at Kyanjin Gompa. Confront the panoramic view of the glorious mountains from Kyanjin Ri or Tserko Ri.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,455ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please lookout for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of the arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani [2,300m/7,546ft]

    Sundarijal is located to the northern edge of Kathmandu. We will take about an hour ride from Central Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we will follow the stone steps upward to reach Mulkharka which is the scenic Tamang village. We will walk along the dam that supplies water to Kathmandu and enter Shivpuri National Park. We will follow the descending trail to Chisapani (cold water) (2300m).

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 03 - Trek to Kutumsang [2,446m/8,025ft]

    We will leave Chisapani and walk along the forest area to Kutumsang. It is going to be a long trek of seven hours. We will follow the descending trail through meadows and fields by enjoying the spectacular views of Langtang Mountains. We will move through Pati Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang and then proceed to another pass. Lowering down from the pass, we will reach Kutumsang where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Thadepati [3,650m/11,976ft]

    After early breakfast, we will leave Kutumsang and follow the ascending trail on a steep path lined with fir and rhododendron forest. We cannot find any permanent settlements in this trail. Walking through the forest, we will reach Yurin Danda that allows panoramic views of several surrounding mountains. Continuing further, we will arrive at Thadepati where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Phedi
    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Cross Lauribina pass [4,610m/15,120ft] and trek to Lauribina via Gosaikunda Lakes
    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Thulo Syabru
    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104ft]

    The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradual ascent up to Bamboo passing through landslide zones. Afterwards, we trek down gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the banka of Langtang Khola. En-route we can see red pandas, playful monkeys and bears if you are lucky.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Langtang Village [3,430m/11,254ft]

    After breakfast, we continue climbing amidst occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghore Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking hereabouts, we get to observe playful white monkeys enjoying themselves and hear the sweet chirping of merry local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa [3,850m/12,632ft]

    The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting customary villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjing Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory hereabouts. We can sample some of the fresh cheese down here. Overnight at our lodge

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11 - Exploration Day

    We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. We will climb Tserko Ri located at 5,000m/16,400ft from where great views of snow-capped mountains are spread out in wonderful display right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers. Overnight at our lodge

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104ft]

    From Kyanjin, we take revert back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We haul up briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel to bunk out for the night

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 13 - Trek to Syabrubesi [1,460m/4,791ft]

    Today is the last day of the trek. You will walk through the terraced field and green hills to reach Syabrubensi. En route, enjoy the rewarding views of the mighty mountains, Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. Walking through the uphill forest of oak and hemlock, you will then gradually decline towards the rhododendron forest and pastures to reach the ridge at Phoprang Danda. Gently climbing the uphill, you will pass through a few Buddhist monasteries and reach Syabrubensi village. Overnight stay at Syabrubensi village.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14 - Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    It’s a seven hours easy-going cruise through a scenic highway and typical countryside on our way back to Kathmandu. We check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free to chill out and reflect on a wonderful trip. Overnight at our hotel

    • Meal: B,L
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs drive
  • Day 15 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the our trek. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 16 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu during the trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Accommodation at clean and cosy teahouses/lodges on the trek
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • All required permits for the trek (TIMS Card & National Park Fees)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high altitude medicines
  • Use of Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket 
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Nepal visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

Difficulty

Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m for few days. Physically strenuous, involving daily trekking of approximately   6 – 8 hours.   No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions.

Prerequisite

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. We strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip at least 3 months prior to your trip date by doing regular exercises, going on hiking, running or gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience of trekking. All our trip itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind and allows ample time for acclimatization

Weather

The best seasons for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek are Autumn (latter half of September till December) and Spring (latter half of March until mid-May). On both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain etc.) 

Autumn/Fall:
Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing best mountain views, days are warmer and night time will get cold and frosty. The temperature during Autumn varies from lowest -5 degree Celsius at Kyanjin to warmest 20 degree Celsius at Syabrubesi

Spring:
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. There is a high chance of encountering deep snows near Gosaikunda during Mid march. 

Read more about the best time: https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-time-to-visit-nepal/

Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period (Day 02 to Day 14). We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel: 3 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 12 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

On Trek:
Your accommodation on the trek will be on a simple mountain lodges run by the local people with basic and shared facilities. Trekking in the (Langtang area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window.  All the teahouses/lodges have a warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. The teahouse generally provides blankets, but we will provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared, and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Guide

We possess a deep passion for alpine adventure & the outdoors, and with the small professional group we have on board, we’ve notched up experience that spans almost 3 decades on some of the most isolated trails and highest peaks. We take great pride in calling ourselves a ‘high-altitude adventure specialist’ and all this is due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in.

Your trip will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter to every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide to every 4 participants. 

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

More information: Travel Insurance

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided a night before during the briefing time. The time table for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for this kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Trousers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Thermal
- Inner wears
- Undergarments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking Boot (Waterproof and full boot)
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Snow Gaiters
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of the trek.

- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag 
- Duffel/Kit Bag

Other Information

Other information such as (Insurance, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

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