Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Lauri Binayak Pass (4600m)

Highlights

  • Three popular trekking trails – Langtang Valley, Gosaikunda Lake, and Helambu valley
  • Stunning views of mountains with rare varieties of vegetation and glimpse sight of wildlife
  • Yak Cheese factory in Sing Gomba
  • Magnificent views of the snow covered white giant Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna Range
  • Gosaikunda Holy Lake
  • Spot Red Panda and other wildlife creatures 
  • Rhododendron and Pine forests
  • Natural Waterfalls 

Description

Our Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is a beautiful journey to one of the remote areas close to the Kathmandu valley. This trek is a unique trekking trail that takes you very close to the Himalayas. If you don’t think that you are ready for trekking in Himalayas of Nepal, you can do this trek. Everest and Annapurna are not the only regions with mesmerizing Himalaya and beautiful trekking trails.
 
Langtang region is a beautiful region with lots of green valleys and lush jungles. This trek combines the Langtang trek, Langtang Gosaikunda, and the Helambu trek. You will have great experiences while doing this trek. The remoteness and uniqueness of Langtang are genuinely inspiring.
 
You will have the best time of your life while walking through the quaint villages, amazing valleys, rocky landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and the beautiful Laurebina pass. Gosaikunda Helambu trek brings you so close to the Langtang Himalayan range. You will see excellent views of many Himalayas.
 
The Gosaikunda basin is one of the major attractions of this trek. There are many small and big lakes in the pool. Gosaikunda, a holy lake is a religious pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhists. Every year, lots of devotees from Nepal and India visit this lake. This high altitude freshwater lake is a Ramsar site also.
 
The Langtang National park is also among the trek highlights. Trekking for 10 days through the park, there are possibilities of spotting many species of wildlife and birds along with species of plants.
 
Along with fantastic nature, Langtang region is unique because of its life and culture as well. Walking through the exotic villages, you can witness lifestyles, culture, and traditions people have. The Langtang valley trekking route is also popular as the Tamang Heritage Trail.
 
Trek with us. We will organize a memorable trip to the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trail. Contact us.
 

Itinerary

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Dhunche is the headquarter of Rasuwa district situated at a driving distance of 114 kilometres distance from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we take a bus from Gongabu New Bus Station. From Kathmandu, the bus moves towards the westward direction. From Kathmandu, we will ride towards Kakani. From Kakani, we will ride towards Ranipauwa, Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, Ramche, Thare, and then to Dhunche.

The total duration of the bus ride is around 6.5 to 7 hours. We will stop for lunch somewhere on the road. This will take us an hour. The bus ride is scenic. You will see Trishuli river, big rocky hills on both sides, and the beautiful village along the roadsides.

The last two hours on the bus was tough and rough. The trail was utterly bumpy and dusty. You will have a tiring bumpy ride over the holes and hard rocks on the road. There is a checkpoint just before Dhunche. Some trekkers who have not arranged the permit for Langtang National Park can get one there.

Finally, we will arrive at Dhunche. There are various lodges in Dhunche where we can stay overnight.

Total Duration: 7 to 8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Dhunche
  • Altitude: 2050m

Today, we will begin to trek after having breakfast at Dhunche. The first part of the trail passes through flat trails across some settlements and the mineral water factories. Walking through small traditional villages in Langtang feels exciting. On the way, we will meet some locals and the yak herds transporting goods to the higher regions in Langtang.

As we trek further, we will meet the Shin Gompa stream (Ghatte Khola). We will cross the stream over a suspension bridge. This is our first suspension bridge on the trek to Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu. After crossing the stream, the trail narrows up and ascends through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests. You will also see lots of marijuana plants on this part of the road.

The steep climb through the forest will guide us towards a beautiful monastery of Shin Gompa. At Shin Gompa, there is an old cheese factory also. Here, you will see small settlements with few teahouses.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Shin Gompa
  • Altitude: 3330m

Today is the day that when we will be visiting the tranquil lake of Gosaikunda. We will start at 7 am after having breakfast at the lodge in Shin Gompa. We will begin to trek with an ascend towards the Laurebina pass. The mountain pass at Laurebina (4610m) has an exciting story. People believe that conquering this pass is impossible without the help of a trekking pole, ‘Lauri’ in Nepali.

Climbing up the pass through the steep trails, you will have a beautiful time. Ascend gently. Drink plenty of water. As we meet the top of Laurebina pass, we will see the Himalayan views if the weather is clear. You will see the stunning views of Mt. Himal Chuli Himal Chuli (7893m) Mt. Manaslu (8156mm), Ganesh Himal (7406m), some Tibetan peaks, and Langtang Lirung.

We will walk past the high Yak pastures in Laurebina. There are some huts where the farmers stay while their cattle are grazing on the grasslands. Walking further with beautiful sceneries around, we will walk over a small ridge. After crossing the hill, we will get the first sight of the lakes. In the Gosaikunda basin, you will see many lakes, almost a dozen of them. Among all, the major are the Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, and Gosaikunda.

Gosaikunda is a holy lake having religious importance to Hindus and Buddhists. According to a myth, Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity, swallowed poison to save the world. To quench his thirst after having the poison, he created Gosaikunda lake by piercing a glacier with his trident. Some devotees believe that you can still see a large image of Lord Shiva sleeping under the water in Gosaikunda.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Gosaikunda
  • Altitude: 4460m

We will explore around Gosaikunda lake in the morning. Mornings are bright, with best views of different lakes and Himalayas around. We will have a nice and warm breakfast at the lodge in Gosaikunda. Then, we will set off on the trekking trail back to Laurebina pass.

The trail is majestic with impressive views of the entire surrounding. You will see the majestic Himalayas standing high. We will look back at the enchanting view of large Gosaikunda basin with several lakes in it. The blue lake, tranquil, and beautiful is eye soothing.

Walking through the beautiful ridge top, we will have a relishing time. We will walk down the Laurebina pass. The trail is rugged. Be careful. Lots of trekkers get injuries while they descend the pass. Do not hurry, walk slowly and carefully.

After several hours of walking, we will reach Phedi. At Phedi, there is a tiny village. You can walk around the place, interacting with the locals and observing their lifestyles. The Langtang Tamang Heritage trail and Langtang valley is a beautiful blend of nature with culture. At the village, you can see the Tamang people, their traditions and customs.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Phedi
  • Altitude: 3600m

From Phedi, we will start to trek towards Tharepati after having breakfast. The trekking trail is remote, scenic, and beautiful. At a short distance from Phedi, there is a site where a Thai International Airbus crashed in 1992.

We will walk further over the beautiful trails with green hills, lush forests, and beautiful mountains around. Walking through the peaceful valleys feels wonderful. We will continue to walk up through the side valley. After some instant, we will descend down the trail through majestic trails surrounded by Rhododendron and pine trees.

After a beautiful walk through the shades of trees, we will reach Ghopte. We will stop at a lodge in Ghopte for lunch. From Ghopte, Tharepati is at a trekking distance of 2 to 3 hours from Ghopte.

From Ghopte, we will take the descending trail. The beautiful trail descends down to a stream. From there, the trail remains moderately flat till we meet the ascending trail. We will walk up through the barren hill until we reach Tharepati.

While ascending, we will see the beautiful views of the northeast Himalayan ranges made by Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, and Tibetan ranges. On reaching Tharepati, the views become more prominent and stunning.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Tharepati
  • Altitude: 3900m

Starting after early morning breakfast in Tharepati, we will trek on the beautiful trails towards Kutungsung. The trek route passes through the village in Helambu. Today is a beautiful day as you will get to observe Helambu- Chisapani trail.

The trail passes through a dense forest to Magen Goth. if you are lucky, there are chances of spotting various wildlife and birds in the forest. From Magen Goth, we will trek along the refreshing trekking trails towards Panghu. We will have lunch at Panghu. From there, the trekking trail descends down through the lush jungles of Fir and Rhododendron. This trail becomes very beautiful with colorful Rhododendron blossoms in Spring.

After walking for several hours, we will arrive at Kutungsung. Overnight at a lodge.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Kutungsung
  • Altitude: 2450m

We will start to trek at around 7 am in the morning. It’s a long day today. We will be trekking all the way from Kutungsung to Chisapani.

From Kutungsung, we will walk through beautiful trails with alluring views of the surrounding landscapes. After walking for some time, we will walk down to Gul Bhanjyang. Bhanjyang is the place where two hills meet. While trekking in the hills and Himalayas, after a descend there is definitely an ascend.

From Gul Bhanjyang, we will take an ascend towards Chipling. After climbing the trail for some time, we will reach Chipling. From Chipling, the trail again dips steeply towards Thodang Betini. From Thodang Betini, we will walk towards Pati Bhanjyang.

Pati Bhanjyang is again a beautiful place from where the trail becomes smooth. Walking on the flat scenic trails, we will trek towards Chisapani. There are many lodges at Chisapani. There is an army camp.

 Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Chisopani
  • Altitude: 2250m

Chispani is a popular place for its magnificent sunrise views. We will wake up early for a sunrise view. If the weather is clear, we will see the sun coming out of the high mountains. After observing the sunrise view, we will have a nice breakfast at the lodge.

We will make our way towards Sundarijal walking through the flat trails. The trail passes between the forests. Everything is beautiful, you will see the settlements from some places. The trail consists of the stone steps at some places.

There is a lake in Chisapani, which is one of the attractions of the place. There is a water project being constructed now at the lake. We will walk through the Shivapuri National park towards Mulkharka. From Mulkharka, the trekking trail descends all the way to Sundarijal. Descending through the stone stairs, we will reach the waterfalls in Sundarijal. It is a point of attraction on the route.

Descending down, we will check out from the Shivapuri National park at a checkpoint. Finally, we will reach the bus park at Sundarijal. From there, we can either take a public bus or private transport to Kathmandu. The bus ride is wonderful. You will see lush the wide green fields and farmlands on your way back. We will drive through the Boudhanath Stupa, a World Heritage Site.

We will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours 

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop  
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu to Dhunche)
  • Local Bus Ticket (Sundarijal to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (Langtang National Park Entry Fee, Shivapuri National Park Permit and TIMS card)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
15 Dec, 2019 - 22 Dec, 2019AvailableUS$500
22 Dec, 2019 - 29 Dec, 2019AvailableUS$500
29 Dec, 2019 - 05 Jan, 2020AvailableUS$500

Useful Information

Best Time for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Like most of the other treks in Nepal, Autumn and Spring are the most popular time of the year for trekking in Langtang. Autumn is also called the best time because of its best weather and temperature conditions. In Autumn, the sky is crystal clear. Also, the air quality remains at its best, providing the best visibility.
 
Langtang Gosaikunda trail in Spring is one of the best things to do in Nepal. Most of the parts of this trek pass through lush jungles of Rhododendron trees. In Spring, you will see picturesque hills. At places, the trail gets covered with the petals of Rhododendrons.
 
Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek in monsoon is quite a bad idea. Since most of the trail is forested area, trekkers say that leeches fall from leaves of the trees. You are more prone to leech bites. Along with it, the trails will become so slippery and steep to trek.
 
Winter is a beautiful time when the lakes in Gosaikunda basin turn into frozen lakes. Also, at the Laurebina pass, it will snow. The trek route at the high ridges remains covered in snow. So, if you are willing to go in winter, you’ll need lots of preparations. It is going to be so severe.

Trek Difficulties During Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

The Laurebina Pass (4610 meters): 
This is a challenging high altitude pass. You should take care of yourself. Watch out for altitude sickness symptoms. Drink plenty of water and walk slow.
 

Long and remote trails: 
Walking for hours on the remote trails can be difficult. Prepare a healthy mindset so that you won’t feel exhausted in the middle of the trek.
 

Weather and Temperature

At high altitudes, weather and temperatures can vary at any time. So, you must keep updated on the currently prevailing weather and temperature in the region before and at the time of trekking.
 

Packing and Gearing List

If you lack essential gears on the trek, it will definitely add more difficulty to your trek. So, you must pack everything necessary. 

Clothing

  • Jackets (Fiber or down)
  • Head Scarf (can be used also as masks or dusty conditions)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters
  • Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho
  • Tracksuit
  • Track shoes
  • Trousers
  • Sun Hat
  • Thermal Underwear and Thermal coat
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Pair of sandals
  • Woolen hat
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Towel and Hankies
  • Lightweight walking boots
  • 2 pairs of thin socks and 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sleeping Bag -10 C (Can be Hire in Kathmandu – NPR 100 / Day)

Equipment‘s and Accessories

  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Crampons (Winter Season in High-Pass)
  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
  • 2-4 plastics bags 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose of garbage
  • Daypack bag to carry your personal requirements
  • Water Bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Toilet articles and towels, Toilet paper
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Headlamp, Torch
  • Suncream SPF 50+
  • Binocular, Camera, compass, pillow, knife, passport photograph, reading materials, pencil, rubber, pen and notebook, lip guard
  • Personal Medical Kits
  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • A cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

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