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Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang Trekking – 13 Days

13 Days Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang Trekking Facts

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 13 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate View Difficulty Detail

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodge

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April & May

Transportation

Transportation Bus/Jeep

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Tamang, Sherpa

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village, Lake, Hills, Rivers, Terrace

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Langtang Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 4700m./15510ft.

Overview

The trek to Helambu, Gosaikunda, and Langtang starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. You can visit the Boudhanath Stupa on the way if you wish. Once you arrive at Sundarijal, you will start the trek with a rocky route through Shivapuri National Park. Enjoying the watershed area, you will leave the national park and head to Chisapani through a lush rhododendron forest.

From Chisapani, you will continue into the Helambu Valley, walking past the Gul Bhanjyang and Kutumsang fields. Then, you will head to Tharepati and take the left route to Ghopte. Early the following day, you will cross Lauribinaya Pass at 4700 meters and reach the sacred Hindu frozen lake, Gosaikunda. From Gosaikunda, you will follow the trek route down through the small settlement of Lauribina and reach Thulo Syabru, joining the Langtang Valley trail. The trail will continue east to Pairo and Bamboo. Following the Langtang River, you will arrive at Lama Hotel.

The trail then heads north into the deeper parts of Langtang National Park, leading you past Ghoda Tabela to Langtang Village. The next destination will be Kyanjin Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in the valley, which houses many artifacts and monuments dedicated to Tibetan heritage. While exploring the village, you will also hike to the nearby Tserko Ri peak, standing at 4984 meters. The top offers a panoramic view of the Langtang, Phurbi Ghyachu, and Rolwaling ranges. Afterward, you will return to Lama Hotel, trekking past several Tamang villages. The final part of the trail will take you to Syabru, where you can get a ride back to Kathmandu.

Helambu

Helambu Trekking is popular among trekkers for its beautiful scenery and pleasant climate. It is located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu and stretches from north of Taramarang to the tree line of Gosaikunda Lake and the lower slopes of Jugal Himal. In Helambu, many highland Tamang and Sherpa villages are on both sides of the Melamchi Khola.

The area features a range of green valleys, misty rhododendron forests, and distant snowy peaks. You will see a mix of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. You can experience the Yolmo culture of the high mountain villages, enjoy the views of lonely high mountains, and watch farmers work in the fields with handmade tools and water buffalo.

The Helambu Valley trek is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather. You can stay in highland monastery villages and small settlements in pristine forests. The Sherpa villages in Helambu are home to farmers and yak herders who work together in a charming, cooperative way.

Gosaindkunda

Gosaikunda lies north of Kathmandu and is Nepal’s third most popular trek. It combines the high mountain lakes at Gosaikunda (Frozen Lakes) with the beautiful Langtang Valley. You will enjoy wonderful views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa. When you cross the Lauribinayak Pass (4610m/15213 ft.), you will be rewarded with stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and even the Annapurna range.

This area offers crossing mountain passes, superb views, and a beautiful holy lake like Gosaikunda. You will visit picturesque Sherpa villages, see an impressive display of wildflowers, and encounter abundant wildlife. There are also monasteries to explore and friendly local people to meet and learn about their culture.

Langtang

Langtang is known as “Tamang Land.” This area is rich in Tibetan culture, showcasing their typical way of living with Buddhist monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and prayer wheels. It was once an important trading route with Tibet, so many villagers were involved in trade.

During the trek, you will walk through Langtang National Park. Although wildlife can be hard to spot, you may see some interesting animals and birds, such as monkeys, musk deer, peacocks, and the colorful Danphe, Nepal’s national bird. At Langtang Village, you will continue to Kyanjin Gompa (3,740 m), the Yak Cheese Factory site. There is also an STOL airstrip at Chhaldang, east of Kyanjin.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy a unique experience of Helambu, Gosainkunda, and Langtang Trekking routes on the same trip.
  • Discover the beauty of the Helambu Valley within five days.
  • Enjoy the Panoramic view of mountains like Langtang Ri, Langshisha, and Ganesh Himal, among others.
  • Walk through the beautiful forests of Langtang National Park and get a chance to witness the rare Red Panda.
  • Peek into the lifestyle of the Tamang and Sherpa people and learn about their culture and tradition.
  • Stunning view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, Ganesh, Annapurna, and other snow-clad mountain peaks.
  • Dive into the holy water of the beautiful Gosainkunda Lake.
  • Visit the impressive Buddhist monasteries, including the famous Shin Gompa and Kyanjin Gompa.

Trek Difficulty

The trek to the Langtang region is a moderate-level trek. Hiking above 4000 meters is always a challenging feat. This region will present you with several challenges during the trek. You need to be physically and mentally fit for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. Despite being suitable for beginners, we recommend you take a few hikes before you trek toward the Langtang Circuit. Trekking for several days will make you feel monotonous. So, you should be mentally prepared for this trek. Intense willpower and a positive mindset are always a plus for trekkers.

Altitude sickness is another common concern in the Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek. The oxygen level is always low in higher altitudes. Since you will be hiking above 4000 meters, there is a high chance of altitude sickness. You should be well prepared for this trek. Performing several cardiovascular exercises and improving your fitness level will help you breathe easily in higher altitudes. Acclimatizing to the conditions is very important. Your body gets habitual to the environment.

January
-5°C to 10°C
February
-3°C to 12°C
March
0°C to 15°C
April
5°C to 18°C
May
10°C to 20°C
June
12°C to 22°C
July
12°C to 22°C
August
12°C to 22°C
September
10°C to 20°C
October
5°C to 18°C
November
0°C to 15°C
December
-3°C to 12°C

The best time for Langtang Valley Trek

Spring and autumn are the best times to trek in Helambu, Gosaikunda, and Langtang Region. At this time of the year, the temperature of Nepal is moderate. Similarly, the weather and climate are stable and suitable for trekking in the Himalayas. Similarly, trekking in this region will give you panoramic views of mountains like Langtang Ri, Langshisha, Ganesh Himal, etc. The national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron, blooms during spring.

The whole forest turns colorful, adding beauty to the trails in this region. Autumn is the festive season in Nepal. Trekking during this season will let you experience Nepal’s different Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Both seasons offer excellent visibility of the mountains of the Langtang Region.

13 Days Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang Trekking Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Sundarijal - Trek to Chisapani

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

01 hour Drive to Sundarijal
04 hours Trek to Chisapani

Accommodation

Lodge in Chisapani

Altitude

(2,300 m /7590ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you head east of Kathmandu Valley and drive towards Sundarijal. En route, you come across Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can do a quick tour of the place if you want. Once you arrive at Sundarijal, you go straight uphill via a rocky route. The route goes through the Shivapuri National Park. Enjoying the watershed of the Bagmati River, you arrive at Mulkharka. From here, the road goes down to a gorge, and you arrive at Chisapani after crossing the rhododendron and oak forest. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 2

Trek to Kutumsang

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hour walk)

Accommodation

Lodge in Kutumsang

Altitude

(2,446m./8071ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, you head to the trail leading to Kutumsang. The route today goes through various ridges. Walking through the forest, you arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang. From here onwards, the road goes through green meadows till Gul Bhanjyang. The route then goes through another ridge and a pass. Then, you arrive at the lush meadows of Kutumsang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 3

Trek to Tharepati

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours walk)

Accommodation

Lodge in Tharepati

Altitude

(3490m. /11517ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After cleaning up and having breakfast, you resume the trek. The route goes through Yurin Danda Ridge, and you get to see spectacular views of the Langtang and the neighboring mountains. The route ascends into the rhododendron and pine forest. The road again descends as you approach Magengoth, the first settlement you see on the route. From here, the route again ascends through the forest, and you reach Tharepati for an overnight stay.

Day 4

Trek to Phedi

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Trek to the Phedi
(Av.05 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in Phedi

Altitude

(3650m./12045ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We head zig-zag and tricky trail to Ghopte and continue to Phedi. It takes about 3-4 hours walking. Stay overnight in Phedi.

Day 5

Trek to Gosaikunda

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

09kmUphill hike
(Av.05 hours walk)

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet or similar category

Altitude

(4460m./14718ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, we climb to Laurinbina la Pass (4700m.) and head down to Gosaikunda Lake. There are no lodges between Phedi and Gosaikunda. So, we need to prepare a packed lunch and enough drinking water. Explore the sacred holy lake Gosaikunda and other lakes, then stay overnight at Gosaikunda.

Day 6

Trek to Thulo Syabru

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18 km hills hike
(Av.07 hours walk)

Accommodation

Yak Hotel & Lodge or Similar category

Altitude

(2581m./8309ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, the trail will descend to Thulo Syabru village. It is a typical Sherpa village and a classical route of Langtang Trekking. Gosaikunda trek joins here for Langtang trekking. Stay overnight in Thulo Syabru.

Day 7

Trek to Lama Hotel

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours walk )

Accommodation

Friendly Guest house or Hotel Sherpa

Altitude

(2470m./8151ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail ascends to Lama Hotel. The trail begins along the ridge on Syabru’s main street, drops to the Ghopche Khola, and descends to the Landslide again. Afterward, your trek ascends gently to Rimche, walking through bamboo forests and water, and then you reach the Lama Hotel. En route, if you are lucky, you will see red pandas, monkeys, and bears. Stay overnight at the Lama Hotel.

Day 8

Trek to Langtang Village

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours walk)

Accommodation

Hotel Sun Rise or similar category

Altitude

(3430m./11319ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in the Lama Hotel, we will trek to Langtang village today. We start the trek with a slightly steep route, gradually becoming steeper and tougher. The trail heads through the dense forests as the beautiful view of the Langtang range starts appearing in front of us. We then trek through meadows and cross several bridges to reach Langtang village. We can see the blend of Tibetan and Nepali culture in this village. Overnight in Langtang.

Day 9

Trek to Kyanjin

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

6 km Uphill hike
(A.03 hours)

Accommodation

Nurling Guest House or similar category

Altitude

(3980m./13134ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will be trekking to the most important places in the Langtang region – Kyanjin. After breakfast in Langtang Village, we will trek through a small village with stone walls and prayer flags as we ascend the gentle steep up to Kyanjin. Passing Mundu on the way, we will walk to Kyanjin. We get enough time to roam around the village after reaching there. Overnight in Kyanjin.

Day 10

Explore around

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Day excursion

Accommodation

Nurling Guest House or Similar Category

Altitude

(3980m./13134ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We allocate a full day to explore the Kyanjin village and Langtang area. In Kyanjin, we explore the nearby Kyanjin Gompa. You can hike to the nearby Tserko Ri (4884m) and enjoy the beautiful view of the valley, including the mountains surrounding the valley, like Mt. Langtang (7227m) and its ranges. You can also interact with the locals and understand their lifestyle. You can also hike to Langshisha Kharka and visit the local cheese factory. Overnight in Kyanjin.

Day 11

Trek to Lama Hotel

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km hill hike
(Av.06 hours walk)

Accommodation

Hotel Sherpa or Friendly Guest House

Altitude

(2470m./8151ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we start our journey towards the Lama Hotel. Then, we retrace the same route we trekked before. Today’s trek is relatively more straightforward than the earlier days. We trek down through the rhododendron forests, enjoying the beautiful scenes. We come across small Tamang settlements as we descend to Lama Hotel. On the way, we can stop at various places and take photographs before reaching Lama Hotel, overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 12

Trek to Safru Besi

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km hill hike
(Av.06 hours walk)

Accommodation

Hotel Old Namaste or Similar category

Altitude

( 1600m./5280ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the last day of our trek, we will leave behind the beautiful Langtang region and trek down to Syabru Besi. After breakfast, we start the trek with descent and trek down through the dense forests, enjoying the views of the Langtang range. We descend to Sherpa Gaon and then continue to trek to Syabru Besi. We will drive back to Kathmandu from Syabru Besi the next day. Overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 13

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive to Kathmandu
(Av.06 hours )

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we head towards the bus stop to board the bus to Kathmandu. We drive back to Trishuli Highway through the terraced fields and small settlements. After a while, we will drive along the Trishuli River with a beautiful view of green hills. A drive of about 6 hours brings us to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) transfer in Kathmandu .
  • Lodge (Twin share basis ) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) during trek.
  • One experienced, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Helambu and Langtang region and government authorized trekking guide including required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide/porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • Langtang National Park fee and Shivapuri National Park fee
  • Trekking map, duffle bag, water purification, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, company t-shirt, first aid medical and trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Pulbic Liability Insurance.

What's Not Included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • All kind of hard and soft table drinks as tea/coffee, mineral water, coke, fanta, alcoholic drinks, hot shower, laundry, phone bill, bar bill, hot water etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.( Highly suggested ).

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 1 - 1 $1,050.00 PP $850.00 PP
Group of 2 - 4 $850.00 PP $650.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $820.00 PP $620.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $790.00 PP $590.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $760.00 PP $560.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $730.00 PP $530.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $700.00 PP $500.00 PP

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Nov 2022 • Friends In November 2022 we did the Langtang and Gosaikunda trekking with Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions. It was an unforgettable experience. And with Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions even more amazing. Experienced guide, always smiling and willing to help, well planned trek. Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions is a company you can rely on. if you are going trekking in nepal, only with them! Lena (Germany) & Ela (Poland)

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Poland

Additional Trip Information

Travel Insurance For Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang Trekking

We don’t provide you with personal insurance. You should have your insurance with you. So, you ensure your insurance company has covered all your trekking-related facilities, including all medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue missions, and property loss. Likewise, make sure that your insurance does not expire.
In addition, make sure that your insurance company has ticked all your trekking-related policies, such as rescue missions, medical expenses, and loss of personal equipment.

Meals and Accommodation

During your stay in Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a star hotel with all amenities. All three daily meals will be at this hotel. Once you start your trek, you’ll stay in tea houses or lodges run by locals. These provide basic amenities, but we aim for comfortable options with hot showers, toilets, western food, and private rooms. Extra charges may apply for hot showers and charging.

You’ll have three meals a day. Breakfast will be at your lodging, with options like Tibetan bread, tea, cornflakes, and eggs. Lunch will be during your hike, and dinner will be at your lodging. Meals will mostly be local food, with Daal Bhaat as your staple meal. Other options include noodles, potato wedges, soup, pasta, Thukpa, Dhindo, Momo, Pizza, and Sherpa Stew. Some places may offer continental dishes.

Fitness and experience requirements

The Helambu, Gosaikunda, and Langtang Trekking is a challenging 13-day trek that combines three trekking routes. Trekkers must be in excellent health, have good stamina, and possess a resilient attitude. Prior experience of going on small hikes/treks is highly recommended to ensure you can complete this trek. This trek is not suitable for those with any health-related issues. We strongly advise hiring a guide if you decide to undertake this trek.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of this trek are mostly moderate throughout the year. But the best time to visit this place is spring and autumn. But, this trekking is done at high altitudes. So, it is a bit cold. The average temperature in this place is about 11 degrees Celsius. But if you travel here during this time of the year, you can catch a panoramic view of Langtang Ri, Langshisha, and Ganesh Himal, among others.

Safety and security

The safety and security of our trekkers are of utmost priority to us. You can feel free and travel with us. We are cautious in that case. Similarly, we ensure that our trekkers have no problems during their trek. Likewise, we carefully check our trail before our departure to the trek. So, don’t worry, and thoroughly enjoy your trek. We make sure that our trekkers are enjoying themselves as well.

A typical day in Trek

Your daily hike will be around 6-8 hours. Your day starts with breakfast at the place where you are staying. There will be a short meeting after your breakfast, where your guide will describe your today’s hike. Your lunch will be at a Tea House or a local restaurant between the trek. You might get some time to rest after your lunch, but it depends on the remaining distance to be covered. However, you will have 10-15 minutes to relax after lunch. You will stop at several scenic spots to click pictures between your trek. Your dinner will be at the place where you will be staying.

Trek Permits For Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang Trekking

Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card is mandatory for trekking in Nepal. It holds your data and information and is used for safety and security while trekking in Nepal. The cost for a TIMS card is Rs 2000. You can get the TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board Office or any Trekking Agencies in Nepal. You can also contact your travel company as they can obtain it for you.

Besides the TIMS card, there are two other national park permits you need to trek in this region. They are the Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park permits. The cost of a Shivapuri National Park is NPR. 1000 for foreigners and NPR. 600 for SAARC nationals. The cost for the Langtang National Park is NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR. 1500 for SAARC nationals. There are no national park charges for kids below 10 years of age.

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