Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek is a beautiful journey in Nepal through lush forests, quaint villages, abundant wildlife and astounding views of the majestic Himalayas
Langtang Valley Trek, also known as Glacier Valley trekking is an exclusive opportunity to experience the Himalayan region located very near from the capital city, Kathmandu. Out of three different trekking trails in the Langtang region, Langtang Valley trekking trail is considered the most rewarding trail. Passing through the rhododendron forest of Langtang National Park, the trail along the Langtang River, presents the opportunity to spot extraordinary vegetations, birds and animals like Danphe (Nepal’s national bird), musk deer, Pika and monkey. Moreover, this trek to Langtang valley is also a great opportunity to get acquainted with Tamang and Sherpa settlements whose lifestyle, culture and language is highly influenced by Tibetan people.
Yala Cheese Factory, Keynjing Gompa –an old Buddhist monastery, and the panoramic view of Mt. Langtang RI, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala Peak and Langtang Lirung glacier from Tsergo RI, are some of the major attractions of this trek. You will also get to enjoy herd of Yaks during the hike. Moreover, you will get a chance to explore the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal. 4,984m (Tsergo RI is the maximum altitude covered during the trek.
Upon your arrival the Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali meal with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organise guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around midafternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Today our destination is Syabrubesi. It’s a nine hour drive from Kathmandu. Therefore, we start early. Our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel as per scheduled departure time and escort you to the bus station to catch a bus to Syabrubesi. The journey journey to Syabrubeshi begins towards the north of Kathmandu valley following the Pasang Lamu highway along the north- western hills of Kathmandu passing different settlements. A well paved highway continues till Trishuli Bazaar. From Trishuli Bazaar, following the unpaved yet the main road we continue towards Syabrubeshi passing Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa. Overnight at a lodge in Syabrubeshi.
Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Lama Hotel. The trail first drops down to the cross the bridge across the Bhote Koshi River. A right turn from here will take us to, a small settlement of Syabru Besi, then following the a stone paved trail we walk towards the bridge across the Langtang River. We cross this bridge to follow the south bank of Langtang River, through the forest up to another bridge. We cross the bridge and walk towards the road junction. From here, a moderate descent will finally take us to Changdam, also famous as the Lama Hotel which is inside the forest. Today’s walk is an easy walk. Overnight at a lodge in Lama Hotel.
Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Langtang. The walk continues through the forest following the trail along the Langtang Khola crossing Gumnachowk, Chhunama and finally up to Ghodatabela. From here we will ascend to Chamki crossing Thyngsyap village. Then, the trail finally leads towards Langtang village which is one of the largest settlements of the area. Overnight at a lodge in Langtang.
Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Kyanjin Gompa. Leaving the Tibetan village, Langtang, behind, the day’s hike begins towards Kyanjin Gompa. We first climb up to the ridge and then a steady climb will take us to Mumdu and Sindum. From here, we walk up to the cheese factory and then a short climb from here will finally take us to Kyanjin Gompa. The view of Langtang gets much better at this point. You can observe Langtang Himal to the northwest and Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung lies to the north. The day will be spent exploring the Kyanjin Gompa area. Overnight at a lodge in Kyanjin Gompa.
Today is the fourth day of the trek and we spend our day exploring the area. If your health and fitness level permits, we will walk up to Tsergo RI which is a four hour walk towards the east of Kyanjin Gompa or we hike up to the glacier, if not, we go for side trips like Yak Cheese Factory or Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at a lodge in Kyanjin Gompa.
Today is the fifth day of the trek and our destination is Lama hotel. Following the same trail used earlier to climb, we descend to Lama hotel crossing Tamang villages like Langtang Village, Thyangyap Village, Ghodatabela who share Tibetan culture. The walk continues till the Lama hotel. The trail goes downhill through the forest following the river. Overnight at a lodge in Lama Hotel.
Today is the sixth day of the trek and our destination is Thulo Syabru. Following the trail along the north bank of the Langtang River, we first walk downhill toward the riverside to cross a bridge across the river. On crossing the bridge the trail descends following the south bank of the river we walk towards another bridge where the trail split, one leading to Syabrubesi and the other one leading to Thulo Syabru. Leaving the trail that leads to Syabrubesi, we follow the uphill trail to the ridge and drop a little down to the river and continue towards Thulo Syabru crossing Pairo. Overnight at a lodge in Thulo Syabru.
Today is the seventh day of the trek and our destination is Chandanbari. We first walk up to the ridge of Thulo Syabru that offer interesting views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang mountain and other Tibetan mountains. From here, a steep uphill trail through the fir, oak, hemlock and rhododendron forest, will lead us to Foprang Danda. A light ascend from here and then a flat trail will then take us to Shin Gompa passing Phuung Gompa. We further proceed until we reach Chandanbari.The remaining day can be spent exploring the cheese factory and the Gompas. Overnight at a lodge in Chandanbari.
Today is the eighth day of the trek and we finally reach the destination of the trek, Gosainkunda. Initially a gentle ascent will take us to Lauribina crossing the cheese factory in Chandanbari enjoy the views of mountains. From Lauribina, passing several roofless huts in the pasture we walk up to the pass (4,165m) which greets us with the first view of the holy lakes. The first lake is Saraswati Kunda, Second lake is Bhairab Kunda and the final biggest lake is Goainkunda From here, we walk up till Gosainkunda. The remaining day will be spent exploring the lakes of Gosainkunda. Overnight at a lodge in Gosainkunda.
Useful information: There are more than 20 holy lakes in Gosainkunda Basin. Out of these lakes, Bhairabkunda, Saraswatikunda and are the major lakes. During Janai Purnima festival, in the month of August, lots of Hindu devotees come to take a holy bath in this lake. It is believed that the lake was created by Lord Shiva, one of the head Hindu deities while trying to quench his thirst after swallowing the poison that threatened to destroy the world.
Today is the ninth day of the trek and our destination is Ghopte. Today, our first hike following the rocky trail passing a few lakes takes us to Lauribina Passat (4,630m). Then a steep downhill walk through a rocky trail accompanied by Tinchuli Danda will first take us to Phedi. From Phedi, a gentle walk up and down hill through summer pastures will take us to Ghopte crossing Dhupi Chaur. Overnight at a lodge in Ghopte.
Today is the tenth day of the trek and our destination is Melamchi Gaon. Initially the trail takes us down that later ascends through the rhododendron forest till Tharepati Pass. Tharepati Pass is a junction of two important trail to Gosainkunda; via Helambu and via Melamchi. Leaving Helambu trail, we take the trail that descends to Melamchi through pine and rhododendron forest. Melamchi village is a Sherpa village surrounded by beautiful forests. The remaining day will be spent exploring the monasteries and the village of Melamchi. Overnight at a lodge in Melamchi village.
Today is the eleventh day of the trek and our destination is Sermathang. From Melamchi Gaon the trail descends till Melamchi River. On crossing the river, the trail is quite easier compared to other day’s trail as we walk on a flat land, accompanied by beautiful forest. We cross several streams and we walk up to Tarkeghyang, a beautiful Sherpa village. Then, we further descend till the same trail until we reach Setighyang where the trail to Kangja La, Naya Kanga Trek meets the secondary road. Following this road up and down hill we first ascend to Ghangyul and then descend toward Sermathang. This is another pretty Sherpa village that offers a lot to tourists interested in Sherpa culture. The remaining day will be spent exploring the village. Overnight at a lodge in Sermathang.
Today is the last day of the trek and our destination is Melamchi Pul (Melamchi Bridge). The trail gradually descends through meadows and cultivated fields, passing a number of Gompas, temples, Mani walls, Mane, Chorten and other small and unique settlement of people until we reach the bridge across the Indrawati River. On crossing the bridge, we walk further to cross another bridge a little away from the junction of the Indrawati River and Melamchi River before we finally reach Melamchi Bazaar. Overnight at a lodge in Melamchi Bazaar.
Today early in the morning after having breakfast we take bus to Kathmandu. It will take about 4-5 hour to reach Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the remaining day either relaxing at the hotel or you can also opt for some sight seeing tour. In the evening, a farewell dinner at a very special Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.
Ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as stated in the itinerary
Kathmandu (3 nights),
Tea house (no facilities) (13 night)