Overview

LANGTANG GOSAIKUNDA AND HELEMBU TREK

• Trekking Days:           12 and ½ Days.
• Kathmandu Stay:      03 Days.
• Departure Day:          01 Day.

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

Langtang valley, the closest trekking destination to Kathmandu is the site of largest single catastrophe of 2015 earthquake that got immeasurably wrecked. Witness the transformation over this fascinating Langtang after 2015 earthquake.

Legend speaks that a Lama (Buddhist Monk) discovered the valley of Langtang. He, while following a runaway yak found Langtang and was named after this incident. This 13 days Langtang Gosaikunda trekking in the sacred valley of Langtang region is another spectacular trek. It includes stopover to the holy Gosaikunda Lake at an altitude of 4380 m/14,370 ft which remains frozen for 6 months in the winter. Holy Gosaikunda Lake is religiously significant. There is belief that the supreme deity, Lord Shiva created it. Legends states that he shoved his trident into the mountain to get fresh water to cool his poisoned throat. Interestingly, in August during the full moon of Janai Purnima festival thousands of pilgrimage from Nepal and India including the Shamans visit Gosaikunda to worship Lord Shiva.

Langtang and it’s People:

Though a less visited area Langtang happens to be the most popular destination. It is certainly mesmerizing also very commonly known as the home of red pandas. The settlement in this region dates back to 300 years when Tibetan migrants traveled and took refuge. They now consider themselves to be the Tamangs. This is the reason why in their day to day life Tibetan culture still reflects unlike the Tamangs. Despite them being the Tibetan origin- the charismatic views of the mountain, the generosity of the people and the flawless surroundings creates a center of attention for thousands of tourists every year. Walking on the trail of longstanding forest of rhododendron is remarkable. Cruising through a time-honored Tamang settlement with a majestic mountain views at the backdrop is beyond belief. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is one among the most remarkable trekking route in the Langtang trekking region.

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Pick up from Airport and transfer to Hotel.
  • DAY 02: Half day city tour / afternoon trek briefing and preparation /welcome dinner.
  • DAY 03: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,460 m/4,790 ft)
  • DAY 04: Syaprubesi to Lama hotel 6 hours trek (2,410 m/7,906 ft)
  • DAY 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,430 m/11,253 ft) 6 hours trek.
  • DAY 06: Langtang to Kyangjin gompa (3,830 m/12,565 ft) 3 hours trek
  • DAY 07: Exploration day at Kyangjin Gompa climb the kyangjin Ri (4,770 m/15,649 ft)
  • DAY 08: Kyanjin to Lama hotel 6 hours trek.
  • DAY 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syapru (2,210 m/1,250 ft) 6 hours trek.
  • DAY 10: Thulo Syapru to Sing Gompa (3,330 m/10,925 ft) 5 hours trek.
  • DAY 11: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (frozen Lake 4,380 m/ 14,370 ft) 5- 6 hrs
  • DAY 12: Trek to Ghopte (3,530m/11,581ft) via Lauribinayak pass (4,610 m / 15,124 ft) 6 – 7 hrs
  • DAY 13: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470 m/8,103 ft) 5 – 6 hrs
  • DAY 14: Trek to Chisopani (2,215 m/7,267 ft) 5 – 6 hrs
  • DAY 15: Trek to Sundarijal 3 – 4 hrs and half an hour drive to Kathmandu
  • DAY 16: Transfer to International Airport.

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

FAQ's

Nepal Pyramids provides you with 4 wheel drive jeeps to transport you to the starting point of any Langtang destination and pick up will be organized as per the itinerary. Providing luxury vehicle is impracticable due to the roadway condition that exists in the Langtang region. We usually start early to get away with the traffic along the way.
This legendary classical trip to Langtang Gosaikunda is Challengin in terms of difficulty level that takes you to the land of the peace loving Tamang people is simply sensational. It’s challenging due to the undulating trail and altitude variation that takes you to the alpine terrain setting of Gosaikunda above 4000 m.

Anybody of any age group can join as our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than exhausting nonetheless, we recommend pre-physical training that will definitely add to your benefit and your doctors’ consent (mandatory) in regards to any personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart/lungs problem etc.
Tea- Houses in this trip are nothing but the extension of their own Private houses that evolved in advancement of tourism. Despite being basic accommodation facility, the family oriented lodges which Nepal Pyramids have been using since years are at its best offering you the comfort experience with its typical home-stay environment. These local tea-houses deliver twin bed sharing room with hygienic common toilets.

The organic food they prepare in their traditional kitchen is unquestionably very delicious. So far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-Houses.
Since we allow people a very relaxed pace with multiple breaks, the time duration varies. However we usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch except few long hour walking days including the Lauribinayak Pass. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up our own pace giving you ample time to enjoy the moment. We usually start early so that we could reach the destination on time which in return contributes giving you ample time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.
Langtang valley, the closest trekking destination to Kathmandu is the site of largest single catastrophe of 2015 earthquake that got immeasurably wrecked. Over 300 tragic deaths is estimated. However, the transformation over this fascinating Langtang after 2015 earthquake is startling. There has been slightest change in the regular route in few areas - we skip Langtang village as it is under rehabilitation process and stay overnight in Mundu.

Most of the lodges are still under construction specially in the Gosaikunda lake area and may take a while to complete due to transportation hardship. 2015 Earthquake was devastating but it has failed to take away the charm of the valley and its charisma is not to be missed.
Since Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helembu trek involves tremendous amount of undulating walking with altitude variation, we recommend some pre-physical training prior to your arrival in Nepal and your doctors’ consent (Mandatory) in regards to your personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart/lungs problem etc. However, no previous extensive-trekking-experience is required.

As a part of your training it’s certainly worthwhile to prepare yourself with everyday undulating walking, running or cardio carrying certain amount of weight. Walking up and down the steps is highly recommended if feasible.
Recommending Langtang-Hlembu trek during winter is quite complicated as most of the settlements around the Gosaikunda Lake and Lauribinayak pass may be vacant as people tend to leave their lodges and head out further to lower elevation due to the fear of increasing chill factor, less visitors and possibility of heavy snow.

Despite the closure of lodges and extreme chill factor visitors take all the risk to visit the frozen lake of Gosaikunda - all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance.
Acute mountain sickness is something more of a reaction that materializes in our body under lower rate of oxygen level. It’s a mountain ailment which is fatal. It’s hard to predict who of what age and physical fitness can actually get of A.M.S. However, Nepal Pyramids delivers professional Leaders who are well equipped with medication and oxygen cylinders to deal with A.M.S. Besides, there are ample preventive strategies to deal any mountain sickness.

Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, stomach problems are other very common mountain ailments that can be nightmarish than the A.M.S.
To make your trip entirely hassle free, Nepal Pyramids provides you a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with complementary Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gears in, plastic bag to separate your clean clothes with the dirty ones, our T-shirt and map.
From everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions and natural disasters, it’s important that you have the right travel insurance for your adventure in Nepal. We recommend having an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happens.
For environmental concern Nepal Pyramids is always opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you ran out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.
Being slow is not a matter of concern with Nepal Pyramids as typically your group leader sets up a ground for everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team. However, depending on the situation your group leader assigns job for the assistant guides to cater the separated group whereas for himself staying at the back with the slow walking people. But in no way people lose their charm of their trekking freedom, everyone reserves the right to take his/her time and maintain their own pace.
NO PRESSURE!!
The charging facility is not possible in all the settlements in Langtang Gosaikunda Helembu trek. It is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries to charge your devices - besides, your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold.
Over trivial cost all tea houses provide you with basic hot showers that includes solar shower, gas shower or the Bucket shower.
Not all but most lodges provide you with Wi-Fi over some charges but not always reliable.
Unquestionably and most significantly to be associated with the local company is - its hassle free. Everything is covered and prearranged prior to your arrival in Nepal. Your local leaders are very well with the knowledge and region who can share necessary information and untold stories more than anybody else. Local companies will be there with the prompt solution to any emergency situation that arises during your stay in Nepal.

Highlights

⭐ Drive to Syabribeshi through twisting roads is an unforgettable experience with scenic beauty.

⭐ To find yourself in these untouched Tamang settlements, interacting with the local (The Tamangs), knowing their time honored song, culture, flora and fauna is a great new experience.

⭐ Getting to Langtang village through the extensive valley which in reality is a true territory of the yaks and their grazing pasture is something that leaves you with satisfaction.

⭐ Moreover, along with the exceptional walk to Kyangjin Gompa, a beautiful valley at the lap of Langtang Lirung you will have a great option of visiting the Nepal’s first cheese factory established by the Swiss volunteers in the late 1950s. Side excursion to Kyangjin Ri (4770 m) or Tsergo Ri (4980 m) for the view of grandiose mountains is a must do activity which is simply remarkable.

⭐ Walk to Sing Gompa is fabulous with a panoramic mountain view where you have an option to visit the monastery and the cheese factory.

⭐ Being at Holy Gosaikunda, the habitat of Hindus supreme deity, lord Shiva which is a great pilgrimage place for Hindus in the month of August is very distinguishing.

⭐ The further trail leading to the home of red pandas which passes through the high pasture of Lauribinayak pass at the elevation of 4610 m, offers you the most stunning views.

 

Detailed Itinerary

“If you seek creative ideas go walking”

“Langtang valley, the closest trekking destination to Kathmandu is the site of largest single catastrophe of 2015 earthquake that got immeasurably wrecked. Witness the transformation over this fascinating Langtang after 2015 earthquake”.

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:
• Pick up from the international airport.
• Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
• Short preliminary briefing.
• Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.

Highlights:
• Breakfast depending on your choice and preference.
• Meet-up at 9am for the tour.
• Visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
• Lunch on your preference.
• Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
• Distribution of company’s trek equipment’s.

117km / 72miles drive to Syabru Besi in a private jeep is a thrilling experience and very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local bus which are often enormously packed. We enter into the territory of peace loving ethnicity of Tamangs.

Highlights:
• Early wake up call to skip any uncertainty of traffic jam, 7/8 hours’ drive.
• Fabulous scenery while cruising through this sensational slender road.
• A very relaxing multiple breaks gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
• We enter into a different district of Nuwakot and Lunch stop at beautiful Trishuli Bazaar.
• Being in Syabru Basi, a small town unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.

After breakfast the trail hike through the lush forest of Rhododendron, Bamboo and oak following the wild Langtang River and eventually we get to the base of Landslide settlement. Another 45min gradual walk takes us to the village of Bamboo for lunch. Couple of hours steep climb through woodland with lots of rocky steps takes us to the village Rimche. Additional 20 minutes takes us to Lama Hotel, a small village located at the banks of the wild Langtang River fenced by lush green forests.

Highlights:
• Incredible hike with awesome landscape setting.
• The view of Langtang river valley is incredible.
• Lunch break at Bamboo is worth it.
• Walking to Lama Hotel through woodland is electrifying.
• Overnight stay, despite the basic accommodation marvelous dinner and chill out follows.

Leaving Lama hotel we set off into the woodland trail of rhododendron, pine and maple. This 3 hours gradual up walk to the village of Ghodatabla into the lush forest is electrifying with so much floras to see and may encounter few wildlife. After lunch gradually we leave the tree-line area and get into the alpine with the grand view of Langtang Lirung 7227m. Eventually walking into the wider version of the Himalayan trail we get to Langtang village which was utterly ravaged by the 2015 earthquake taking countless innocent lives. We further trek to the village of Mundu for overnight stay.

NOTE: after the 2015 devastating earthquake the village of Langtang is under restoration since the village was of single mass catastrophe. A change in overnight stay is possible.

Highlights:
• Incredible hike through the dramatic forest setup.
• Being in the shade away from harsh days sun is soothing.
• Lunch at Ghodatabla is another attrachtion.
• Getting into alpine leaving the tree line is adventurous.
• Numerous prayer wheels, prayer flags, chortens, and prayer walls gives you the Tibetan Buddhism understanding.

Leaving Langtang we set off into the wide Himalayan meadow where the valley opens further before us with an outstanding view of snow-capped mountains surrounding us. Today’s short walk through several small streams with multiple small bridges and boulder tail guides us to dramatic settlement of Kyangjin Gompa.

Highlights:
• Unbelievable hike into the Himalayan meadow with remarkable view.
• Thrilling experience being into the thin air.
• View of Langtang Ri (6370m.) and Langtang Lirung (7245m.)and other neighboring peaks.
• Being at dramatic setting of Kyangjin Gompa is incredible.
• Lunch and free afternoon for self-exploration.

ACCLIMATIZATION:
Early wake up call for morning excursion to Kyangjin Ri 4300m for the sunrise view along with spectacular panoramic mountain view. We head back down to lodge for breakfast and explore the area that includes the ancient monastery and the Cheese factory founded in 1955 by Swiss Association for Technical Assistance (SATA). After lunch we hike to the glacier of Langtang Lirung.

Highlights:
• Fabulous sunrise from Kyangjin Ri.
• Ample opportunity for photography with majestic surrounding mountains at the backdrop.
• Visit the monastery and the cheese factory with its history.
• Explore to Langtang Lirung glacier is another attraction.
• Free afternoon for fun activities.

From Kyangjin we retrace our trail back to Lama Hotel through the same lush forest trail following the Langtang river. Via Langtang village and Ghoda Tabela we descend all the way passing through several prayer walls and traditional Tamang village we get to Lama hotel.

After breakfast we descend the steep trail through woodland following the Langtang River to the beautiful settlement of Bamboo. Soon the trail steeply ascends through the terraced fields of corn and millet to the yet another beautiful settlement of Thulo Syabru.

Highlights:
• Unbelievable hike through woodland.
• View of ancient terraced fields which locals use it for farming is electrifying.
• Overnight stay at pleasant village of Thulo Syabru is a bewitching experience.
• Appreciate the local architecture which you can literally see on the carved wooden windows and doors.

Today will be a short walk but it is important to not reach Gosaikunda today because the steady gain in altitude will help us acclimatize better to the high altitude. After trekking for a while we pass by a chorten and a checkpoint. From the checkpoint, we move south and pass by Garta Village and Phulung Monastery before reaching Shin Gompa to spend the night.

Today we get to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We follow a ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosaikunda (4380m), is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is one of Nepal’s most sought pilgrimage sites. The lake with the panoramic view at the backdrop is exceptional. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine.

We move around the lake’s shore before ascending towards the Laurebinayak Pass (4610m). The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La (pass) and descends to the Melamchi valley. The trail is rough and crosses moraines, but is well marked with cairns. We pass through three more small lakes before reaching the pass. We climb a small hill and enjoy excellent views of the area. Our trail passes through Surya kunda (lake) before reaching Ghopte.

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today we join the other path of Helambu, and it is a pleasant walk through alpine forest of pine and juniper for one and half hour to Tharepati, where we can have lunch and enjoy views of the snowcapped peaks of the Jugal Himalayan range in the east and Ganesh – Manaslu in the west, after lunch we follow the trail descending for few hours to Kutumsang .

Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani is quite pleasant as you continue to climb downhill. Five hours of comfortable walk brings you to Chisapani, a small town with great natural beauty.

  • Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.

After having breakfast we start our trek through serene forest and farmlands and on to the top of the ridge of Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang at 2,438m with its great views of Kathmandu Valley and from here, the trek descends to Sundarijal (beautiful water) through cool forest with basic wildlife and fresh streams, this is a popular picnic spot for many Kathmandu people who want to escape from their busy city life schedule – another hour descending from Sundarijal and we drive to Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will be there to send you off home.

Dates & Cost

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceStatus
03/24/201804/08/2018US$ 1300 Book Now

Inclusive

Cost Includes

✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every morning and evening.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
✅ Local staff insurance.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.

Cost Excludes

❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Donations.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.