Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek -17 Days

Trip Code

NOA-78079

Starts At

Kathmandu

Ends At

Kathmandu

Trip Grades

Challenging

Maximum Altitude

4460m

Country

Nepal

Activities

Langtang Region Trek

Duration

17 days

Trip Highlights

  • Feel the Alpine zone and experience Himalayas
  • Experience Hyolmo cultural wonders of the Helambu region
  • Breathtaking views of majestic mountains like the Langtang range, Mt Manaslu , Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, DorjeLakap and Gauri Shankar
  • Benefit from the varied Nepalese landscape and culture 
  • Have the taste of fresh and juicy apples straight from the orchard
  • Opportunity to witness the exotic flora, and wildlife of Langtang National Park and andShivapuri National Park like the Red Panda which is an imperil creature of Nepal Himalayas or Musk Deer, Himalayan wild goat or snow leopards.
  • 108 lakes to maybe even dive to including Gosaikunda
  • Get a chance to see religious events and Hindu devotees as it’s a pilgrimage site
  • Trek through the dense and colorful Rhododendron forests
  • Get to visit TserkoRi and some lakes on the way
     

Trip Description

Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu trek is the combination of three of the popular trekking destinations. The three places are separate trekking destinations but we have brought you the combination of all three of these so that you would get in all in one pack. Some of the treks are easy and some are considered moderately difficult but during this trek of the combination of all these three you will be away from the bustling city to the wilderness and nature.You will be amid pristine nature without any human interference. On the trek there will be sceneries of many mountains of the Langtang region and many others.

KyangjinGompa monastery, Gosaikundalake and Helambu are our three main destinations but on the way there shall be numerous other places to visit, observe and know. There are so many places alongside this trek where there is not any influence of the modern world. Dense and colorful Rhododendron forests, snow-capped mountains, exalted waterfalls and unique civilizations are what this trek has to offer to you. 

Besides the natural sceneries the shrines, monasteries and stupas of Buddhist people including the shrines visited or made for Guru Rinpoche are a treat as well. You can get to know about the Buddhist culture and know their ways of life and their stories. While doing so you will get an experience of what Buddhist lifestyle is really like. Exploring TreskoRi, the Buddhist locals and the shrines and monasteries will be a great experience as well. Since this trek is going to be pretty long you might feel exhausted and tired at times but the natural sceneries and warmth from people will keep you motivated to complete it.
 

Outlined Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1350m

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore BoudhanathStupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and SwayambhunathStupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city. 
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1350m

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

After the breakfast early in the morning we will start our trek on the drive along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. There will be views of the mountainous life and Himalayas on the way with terraced fields and rustic villages which will make you feel like you are back in time. Later, we will have lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche we will descend downwards to reach Syabrubesi and call it a day at SyabruBesi.
 

  • Walking Hours

    7-8 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1550m

  • Trek Distance

    7-8 hrs

Day 4 : SyabruBesi to Lama Hotel

This is the day when our first day of the actual trekking starts. It will be an 8 hour trek to the Lama Hotel today. We will walk following the LangtangKhola River as the sun will rise higher in the horizon. Passing through the dense forests and suspension bridge to cross rivers and go from one mountain to another we will find tea houses on the way. We will be ascending upwards in the trek for a few hours which will take us to Lama hotel in the evening.
 

  • Walking Hours

    6 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2380m

  • Trek Distance

    6 hrs

Day 5 : Mundu via Langtang village

Early in the morning after our breakfast our trek starts to go towards Mundu via Langtang village. There are dense forests everywhere and through there we will make a steady climb up through the valley. Leaving the tree line behind us, the marvelous views of the LangtangLirung will be waiting to welcome us. We will pass the Langtang village where we can still see some of the ruins of the earthquake-triggered avalanche. Many people died during that incident but now people have recovered as some tea houses are opened in the Mundu village. That is where we will be spending the night. Maybe we will even get to listen some stories from the people there in the night time.
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3543m

  • Trek Distance

    6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Mundu to KyangjinGompa

Leaving the people of Mundu early in the morning we will have a short trek today. We will be heading to KyangjinGompa which is a principal monastery of the region. There are water mills, prayer wheels, sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them, and chortens. You will also get to see the largest mani wall in Nepal that is from stone with prayers written on them. After the 3 hour trek we will be spending our time aroungKyangjinGompa exploring the Buddhist shrines and the surrounding areas with the breathtaking views of the mountains.  
 

  • Walking Hours

    4-5 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3870m

  • Trek Distance

    4-5 hrs

Day 7 : Acclimatization: Explore TserkoRi

On moving from KyangjinGompa to TserkoRi we will moving from around 3000 meters to 5000 meters so the climatical changes might be drastic so stay prepared for it. As we get out from KyangjinGompa we will pass through Yak pastures and start for visiting TserkoRi. We will return to KanjinGompa in the afternoon when it will all be surrounded by Himalayas around. We can walk around KanjinGompa and enjoy the views, icefalls, birds, yaks and glaciers.
 

  • Walking Hours

    7-8 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5000m

  • Trek Distance

    7-8 hrs

Day 8 : KyangjinGompa to Lama Hotel

After reaching at KyangjinGompa now our journey is back through the same trail. KyangjinGompa; TserkoRi was the highest point to reach in our trek and now we descend downwards towards Lama Hotel. Although it took us about 12 hours to get from Lama Hotel to KyangjinGompa for two days, on returning the trek is comparatively easier because we will be descending downwards. It will take us about 7-8 hours to pass through the luscious forests, streams, lakes and rivers. As we are descending downwards the LangtangLirung will start hiding. Passing through the Langtang village we will reach at Lama hotel which will be our stopping point for today’s long trek. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2380m

  • Trek Distance

    6-7 hrs

Day 9 : Lama Hotel to ThuloSyabru

We will continue to trace our steps towards Syabrubesi through the enchanting forested hills. There will be plenty Sherpa and Tamang people on the way and in the ThuloSyabru village where we would be able to have a spectacular view of the LangtangHimal and Ganesh Himal.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2230m

  • Trek Distance

    5-6 hrs

Day 10 : ThuloSyabru to Shin Gompa

Today will be comparatively challenging as we will start ascending downwards  through the mountain villages. We will walk past monasteries, schools, and Rhododendron forests. We will enter the area surrounding the Tamang Heritage Trail where we will come across the members of this ethnic group. They are people with Tibetian roots and we will pass through the village of Thuman and the hilly terrain of  Nagthali to finally reach Shin Gompa.
 

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3330m

  • Trek Distance

    3-4 hrs

Day 11 : Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda

We will leave the forests and trek along the ridges today with the beautiful views for the most of the way to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake. Going along the Laurebina Pass we will steadily climb past open meadows, stone walls, and two small lakes to get to the holy Gosaikunda Lake. On this trek this is the lake which is also the highest altitude where you will get on this trek. Tens of thousands of Hindu come here during August or Janaipurnima but during other times this place is calm and quiet.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    4460m

  • Trek Distance

    5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Gosaikunda to Ghopte

We will cross back over the high Laurebina Pass today and keep trekking towards Ghopte along the north side of  theGosaikunda Lake. There are other smaller lakes on the way and as we enter the Helambu region from there lodges and tea houses will start showing up. To the south is TadiKhola Valley which looks great from above. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-8 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3439m

  • Trek Distance

    6-8 hrs

Day 13 : Ghopte to Melamchigaon

Moving from Ghopte to Melamchigaon, the trek today is to the Sherpa village. We will cross a suspension bridge over a river to get to Melamchigaon. The village has monasteries and shrines that are said to have been built by an 8th century Buddhist guru. We will spend some time exploring the monasteries and shrines there and also know Buddhist culture and people from close. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2560m

  • Trek Distance

    6-7 hrs

Day 14 : Melamchigaon to Tarkeghyang

We will have our breakfast and lunch then, start our todays trek. After descending the previous day again this day we will have to climb upwards to go to Tarkegyang. We will be passing through the same Sherpa people and the stupa and monasteries on the way where the mountains will start appearing again. We will also get to the village’s ancient monastery which is one of the biggest and oldest monasteries in the region. Tarkegyang is popularly known as Helambu which is our destination. The place is called Helambu because of the Hyolmo caste of people that live there.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2590m

  • Trek Distance

    5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Tarkeghyang to Sermanthang

We will not be gaining much altitude today so it might be a pleasant day. We will pass through dense forests, waterfalls and streams on the way with stunning scenaries. On the way are some small villages between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. There are beautiful settlements with a few Buddhist monasteries ahead in Sermanthang. We will be able to get close to the Buddhist culture and learn about it there. The mountain views from Sermanthang are great as well. We will continue exploring Buddhist culture there and call it a day at Sermanthang.
 

  • Walking Hours

    3-5 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2610m

  • Trek Distance

    3-5 hrs

Day 16 : Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, and drive to Kathmandu

Waking up early in the morning during these treks will always be a treat for you as we can cherish the sunrise mountain views. We will have our breakfast and continue on our trekking. This is our last day on foot so it’s going to be exciting and pleasant. We will make an amiable hike down the beautiful valley to the Melamchiriver. We will pass through a large shrine to Guru Rinpoche and keep descending through the villages and terraced fields. Over the Melamchi river is MelamchiPul or we can say that we reached Melamchibajar where we will call it a day and arrange transport to go back to Kathmandu the next day.
 

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1350m

  • Trek Distance

    3-4 hrs

Day 17 : Final departure

The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you have collected on your Langtang ,Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek over the past 16 days. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer! 
Today’s breakfast is included.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 2 night’s accommodation in standard hotel in Kathmandu (bed & breakfast)
  • Accommodation in basic tea houses during the trek 
  • Meals during the trek: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
  • Professional English speaking trekking guide
  • Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
  • Complete printed trip information and trekking map
  • Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
  • Trekking bags to pack and carry your necessary items for trekking
  • Trekking permit (TIMS, Entry Permit for Sagarmatha National Park)
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff (guide and porters)
     

Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
  • Hotel accommodation and other expenses in Kathmandu, if you return earlier from trek
  • Personal clothing and other equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
  • Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
  • Any unseen expenses produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters
  • Tips for guide, porters and other staff
     

Costs & Dates

Extra Information

1. Domestic Flight 
Domestic flights are often affected by weather conditions and congestion which may cause delays, sometimes even for several days. We request you to ensure that you have planned for spare days to account for moderate delays, but can't guarantee against longer delays which can even affect your international flight.

2. A typical Trekking hours per day 
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, instead of any Western time schedule. You’ll be walking 5-6 hrs each day on an average.

3. Health Issues 
We recommend you to consult the doctor to discuss the health issues associated with your trek. We also suggest you to bring your own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive. Although, the first aid kit is carried by the Trek Leader.

4. Altitude Sickness 
Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you must give your body the time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can adapt then you will likely start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Headache is the most common symptom, while nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances are some others.
The best way to adapt to higher altitude is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common method is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m. If traveling to above this height remember to have extra acclimatization days.

5. Safety and security 
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

6. Insurance 
We recommend you to have an appropriate insurance policy which covers travel in such isolated and mountainous areas, and also includes helicopter rescue from a trusted agency. We recommend you to do a good research and find a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist.

7. Recommended Equipment 

  • Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
  • Down or fibre Jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long undergarments, woolen hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Insect repellent, toiletries, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
     

Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

While coming to trek, the weather and the time is one of the most important factors. Although you can trek in any time of the year to trek to Helambu but it is best to come during spring and the autumn to get the best view of the crystal clear sky from dusk till dawn. During the winters and monsoon, the trek will be a bit challenging but some people are excited by such challenges. If you are someone who likes challenges then coming during winters or monsoon is good but if you want a more comfortable and pleasant experience then better come during spring and autumn.
 

We will run our booked trips under normal situations. There is an opportunity to go for the trip even if other hikers cancel at the end moment. We will not cancel the entire trip even if there is a fewer number of people. Please note that we cannot carry on the trip if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemic or catastrophes, etc. 
 

You will be provided continental food which you can choose from the menu. Every vegetable served in the tea houses is nearby shaped. Such type of foods is organic and good for your health. If you love non-veg, you need to make sure whether the meat is fresh or not. 
 

Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trail. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby.
 

You can find various ways to access the web. If you have purchased a SIM card, you will be able to use data to access the internet. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access might not be consistently good. As you progress higher, the connection may get weak. You will be able to get Wi-Fi service from the tea houses, but please expect to be charged for this.
 

Trekking needs few days of walking that is continuous. You may find it difficult and boring at some times. Sometimes, you also need to fight with the high altitude. Trekking is not exhausting if you are reasonably fit. We design our trek to make your journey comfortable.  
 

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