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.
- 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.
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.
Will we take local bus to our starting point?
Is Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helembu trek difficult?
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.
What are the Tea-Houses like in Langtang region?
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.
What is the usual walking distance like?
What was the 2015 Earthquake aftermath?
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.
How to train myself for this trip?
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.
Is it feasible to trek during winter?
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.
Any chances of Altitude sickness?
Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, stomach problems are other very common mountain ailments that can be nightmarish than the A.M.S.
What equipment’s do you provide?
Do I need to have travel insurance?
Do you have any arrangements for drinking water?
do you have any provision for slow walking people?
Device charging, hot-shower and Wi-Fi facility?
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.
Why always trek with local company?
⭐ 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.
“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”.
DAY 1: IN KATHMANDU (1400m/4593ft)
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.
• 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.
DAY 2: IN THE CAPITAL
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.
• 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.
DAY 3: DRIVE TO SYABRU BESI (1460m/4790ft) 7 – 8 hrs.
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.
• 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.
DAY 04: TREK FROM SYABRUBESI TO LAMA HOTEL (2,380M/7,830FT): 6 HOURS
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.
• 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.
DAY 05: TREK TO MUNDU (3543M/11,621FT) VIA LANGTANG VILLAGE: 6-7 HOURS
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.
• 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.
DAY 06 & 07 MUNDU TO KYANGJIN GOMPA (3,870M/12,697FT): 4-5 HOURS AND REST DAY
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
DAY 08: KYANGJIN GOMPA TO LAMA HOTEL: 6-7 HOURS
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.
DAY 09: LAMA HOTEL TO THULO SYABRU (2,230M/ 7,316 FT): 5-6 HOURS
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.
• 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.
DAY 10: THULO SYABRU TO SHING GOMPA: 3-4 HOURS
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.
DAY 11: SHIN GOMPA TO GOSAIKUNDA (4,460M/14,632FT): 5-6 HOURS
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.
DAY 12: GOSAIKUNDA TO GHOPTE (3,440M/11,286FT): 6-8 HOURS
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.
DAY 13: GHOPTE TO KUTUMSANG 6hrs
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 .
DAY 14: KUTUMSANG TO CHISAPANI 5hrs
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.
DAY 15: CHISAPANI TO SUNDARIJAL AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
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.
DAY 16: DEPARTURE DAY
Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will be there to send you off home.
Dates & Cost
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Price||Status|
|03/24/2018||04/08/2018||US$ 1300||Book Now|
✅ 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.
❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ 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.