Langtang and Helambu Trek

Langtang, Gosainkunda & Helambu trek begin in the ancient city of Kathmandu.This is an interesting village on the banks of the Bhote Kosi River.The trekking areas are a hop and a skip away from Nepal’s capital city. Yet you can still experience the intact, unique cultures of Tamangs, Newars and Sherpas, living in some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal. In Kyanjing Gompa you will experience the spiritual lifestyle of dedicated Buddhist monks who perform their rituals in a beautiful Monastery dating back to circa 1300 A.D. and Early in the morning you will ascend Tserko Ri (5,000m) for tremendous view of the Langtang Lirung (7,200m) range.

Here is a green and pleasant land of quiet villages, terraced slopes and pine forests leading up to Langtang National Park – perfect for relaxed, culturally oriented trekking. A little more adventurous is the popular route to the alpine lakes of Gosainkunda, holy to Hindus, Buddhists and Tamang shamans alike. Time your visit with the August full moon, when thousands of pilgrims trek up to bathe in the frigid waters at 4000m, and you’re in for an intense experience.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
    Meet group at airport. Transfer to hotel. Arrival briefing and all the sightseeing tours on offer tomorrow and what there is to see in Ktm.

     

    DAY 02:  Kathmandu
    Half-day guided city tours (tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple - Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath - The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft). Breakfast

     

    DAY 03:  Kathmandu-Syabrubesi: 8 hours by bus
    You will start early bus journey to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek. Behind Trisuli Bazaar the road is tricky because of the grubby road. During the travel you will pass through many small villages on the way will be fascinating you with snippets. Overnight in Syabrubesi (1,440m/4,724ft).

    DAY 04:  Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel: 5-6 hours
    Crossing through the suspension bridge and heading precipitously along a stream. The River you are following is mostly the Langtang River. You can enjoy the walk going through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. There is also a variety of wildlife in these forests: yellow-throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft).

     

    DAY 05: Lama Hotel- Langtang: 5- 6 hours
    After having breakfast you will continue your trip to your next destination. You are starting your trip descending towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River. You cross a bridge and head up with a winding path. The trail descends into a valley to cross a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang .Overnight in Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft).

     

    DAY 06: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa: 4-5 hours
    You pass through the tiny village, stone-built houses and climb to a Chorten and passed a huge mani along a gentle path of a hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped one as you enter into a level of riverbed. Today is short walk; allowing time to acclimatize and explore the surrounding.This place is famous for cheese and curd. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft).

     

    DAY 07: Kyanjin Gompa: explore day
    Kyanjin Ri (4,800m/15,748ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) are the good viewpoints in the area that you can climb. After the breakfast visit Tserko Ri (5000m) for spectacular view of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge lirung Glacier. Back to guest house for Lunch having short rest and walk around the Kyanjing valley with guide. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

     

    DAY 08: Kyanjin Gompa- Lama Hotel: 5-6 hours
    Today you retract to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up. Take more time and suggested you to walk very slow. Overnight in Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft).

     

    DAY 09: Lama Hotel - Thulo Syabru: 5-6 hours
    First trail decent to river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. You will see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal and more. On the way of your trek you will pass through pine and Junieerps forests. Overnight in Thulo Syabru(2,230m/ 7,316ft).

    DAY 10: Thulo Syabru- Sing Gomba: 3-5 hours
    You take the broad trail climbing up to Dimsa village and the trial continues less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and Oak forests to Shin gomba. On the way of your trek you will see fantastic views of Langtang Himala and langtang valley. Shin gomba is another popular place for Cheese. Over night in Shin gomba (3,330m/10,925ft).

     

    DAY 11: Sing Gomba- Gosainkunda: 5-6 hours
    The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron covered point to the top of the rim and through a forested area. The area in-between Shin gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepalese call cat bear. You return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at a Gosainkunda. Explore around the Lakes and overnight in Gosainkund (4,460m/14,632ft).

     

    DAY 12: Gosainkunda- Gopte: 6-8 hours
    Today is a bit challenge day; the trail is climb, rough and crosses moraines. Passing three more small lakes, the trail ascend and cross Laurebina La (4,609m/15,121ft) after the pass, the path down to phedi and you continue walk up and down throughout crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees. Overnight in Gopte(3,440m/11,286ft).

     

    DAY 13: Gopte- Malemchigaon: 6-7 hours
    You slide down through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka that is surrounded by rhododendron forest. You climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Thare Pati. Climbing the ridge directly above the village gives you a marvelous view of the Jugal area. Cross the village and enter a forested area, again descending to Melamchi River followed by yet again climbing to the Malemchigaon (2,560m/8,399ft) for overnight.

     

    DAY 14: Malemchigaon - Tarke Gyang: 5-7 hours
    The day you enter a cultural destination it call Helambu Region, walk up to Tarke Gyang where you can enjoy with Sherpa culture with traditional village and monasteries. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Overnight in Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft).

     

    DAY 15: Tarke Gyang- Sermathang: 3-5 hours
    You will cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. Overnight in Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft).

     

    DAY 16:Sermathang- Melamchi Puul Bazaar -Kathmandu : 3-4 hours; 2 hour bus Free time in Kathmandu.

     

    DAY 17: Kathmandu, Free Day  In Kathmandu.

     

    DAY 18: Depart Kathmandu
    After breakfast, Depart to airport.

Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Profile
    14 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 5000m, average 3900m.
    Accommodation
    4 nights hotels, 13 nights lodges.
    Food
    4 breakfasts included while in Kathmadu
    What to Expect
    This is a 14days point-to-point walking. The maximum altitude will be 5000 m with an average of 3,900m. Ample time is given for acclimatization, but altitude is a factor and must be considered. Good fitness is required for this trek.
    Group size and age
    Min. 2, max. 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
    Challenging
    Fitness is important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.

Trip Notes

  • Do I need to take walking poles?
    If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.
    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!
    Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
    You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.
    Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
    Momos
    This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
    Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
    Choela
    This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.
    I have some free time in Kathmandu?
    If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.
    On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
    US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.
    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.
    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Duration: 18 Days
Trip Grade: Challenging
Best Season: Feb-May & Sep-Nov
Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge
Meals: B&B
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