Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Helambu Trek is an adventurous Trek that combines a unique and one of the best trekking trails in Langtang Himalayan ranges. This trekking has three popular trekking trails; Langtang Valley, Gosaikunda Lake, and Helambu valley that lie to the north of Kathmandu valley, offering numerous stunning views of mountains with rare varieties of vegetation and glimpse sight of wildlife. The main attractions are rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, a chance to bath in soothing hot springs, magnificent views of the snow-covered white giant Langtang Lirung.
You are visiting the holy lakes of Gosainkunda. The Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Helambu Trek route goes through traditional, ethnic Tamang heritage villages and untouched forests of juniper, pine, and so forth. This trek offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers and sacred lakes at a comfortably low elevation.
Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Helambu Trek begins with the drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, which takes you to the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trail. The trail gains elevation as you make your way along the Langtang Khola, first through forests of oak and rhododendron, and then bamboo forests on the higher reaches of the trail. Most of this region falls into Langtang National Park, which offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock, and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs, and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals.
Traveling through Langtang, you will reach the Langtang Valley and the friendly Sherpa village of Kyanjing, where you will experience the spiritual lifestyle of dedicated Buddhist monks who perform their rituals in a beautiful Monastery. In the Gosaikunda trek, we climb the farmland; the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a substantial Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes. There are 108 lakes in this area; among them, the most famous lake is Gosaikunda, Saraswatikunda, and Ganesh Kunda, which are nearby each other. Every year, these sacred places are visited by thousands of Hindu Pilgrims during August on the occasion of Janai Purnima on full moon day.
Crossing over this the trail, we will take you up to the beautiful Sherpa land of Helambu. In Helambu, you can explore the famous Tibetan gompa and experience the Tibetan culture. The trail leads to the Helambu path. Helambu valley is very famous for its natural beauty and excellent climate with superb views of magnificent snow-covered mountains. It lacks the views of mountains as Langtang and Gosainkunda but offers a close look at village life and is an excellent winter or cultural trek.
It’s an easy trail with the surprising amount of steep climbs and stiff descents, through deep forests or across glacial moraines. The area is inhabited by Sherpa and other ethnic groups possessing Buddhist Gompas. The three path trek offers you beautiful Tamang villages, a wide range of animals including Red Panda, Pika, Muntjac, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Thar, and Ghoral, Common Langur and other wild animals. Spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Mount, Gaurishanker, Mount Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak, and Naya Kanga seems to be marvelous.
This Langtang –Helambu Trekking or Lauri Binayak Pass Trekking is famous for the Tea House Trekking, where Camping can be organized too. Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Helambu Trek can be the best trekking destination for all those who enjoy the natural landscape and distinct cultural practices along with biodiversity.
Duration: 18 Days from Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay, and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 18 days, 3 night’s hotels, 14 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek; the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg, including your sleeping bag and down jacket; other items not required on a trek, you can put in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.
Transportation: Local Bus/Private Land Cruiser
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 02: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 03: - Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5085ft) 7-8 hours drive
After morning breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness the beautiful scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers, and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The landscape of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche. You feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further toDhunche. We descend to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.
Day 04: - Syabru Bensi trek to Lama Hotel (2450m/8038ft): walking distance 6-7 hours, 1070m ascent - 10.9 km
The first day excitement trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. After a visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail gradually ascends to Bamboo passing by a landslide. The trail goes through the subtropical forest, which is cover by oak and maple, massive spruce, fir, and blue pine. We pass through the forests of oak and rhododendron. The variety wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas, and Himalayan black bears, etc. are inhabitance of the forest. Afterward, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m). And In the end, your trail is level to the Lama Hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 05: - Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m/11253ft): walking distance 4-5 hours, 980m ascent - 14.8 km
The day starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples, and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpse of the snow-capped peaks starts appearing along with a fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge, and on climbing further, we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m). The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the path across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons, and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper town are worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.
Day 06: - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m/12697ft): walking distance 2-3 hours, 460m ascent - 6.8 km
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. It then climbs gradually past an impressive mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are attractive also because of the famous Government operated cheese factory. We have the chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk; it is remarkable in this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).
Day 07: - Acclimatization day in Kyanjin Gompa (3870m/12697ft)
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking. We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is the highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to make a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided tours, the surroundings areas of North having many smaller uninhabited valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.
Day 08: - Trekking back to Lama Hotel (2450m/8038ft): walking distance 6 hours, 1430m descent - 21.6 km
Have your breakfast with observing surrounding genetic snowy capped mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill, you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.
Day 09: - Lama Hotel trek to Big Syabru Bensi (2230m/7316ft): walking distance 6-7 hours - 13.1 km
The beginning trail gently descends along the river to the landslide then passes through pine and Junipers forests steeply up to Thulo (Big) Syabru. The trail offers magnificent views of red pandas, boar, monkeys and various species of birds. The Tamang Cultural Heritage “Thulo Syabru Gaun” preserves fantastic ethnic custom, culture, and traditional. Here, you can enjoy the incredible landscape and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7110m), Langtang Himal, and its ranges. The rest of the day exploring around the small village of Syabru.
Day 10: - Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa (3330m/10925ft): walking distance 3-4 hours, 1040m ascent - 6.8 km
The trails lead us from Thulo Syabru follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2735m), passing aline of chotens. Along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Phoparng Danda (3190m). Watch the langur monkeys playing in the forest and a beautiful sunset views over the Ganesh Himal. The more massive trail cuts across the ridge top, staying relatively level through silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat standard to the Sing Gompa. The local well managed cheese factory, and Buddhist monasteries can be the visiting places which provide panoramic views, exhilarating nature. Spend your night at teahouse.
Day 11: - Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft): walking distance 4-6 hours, 1130 m ascent - 11.2 km
The trail today takes two parts. Initially, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The slope is the sanctuary for the red pandas and providing a magnificent view of snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The trail to Lauri Binayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged path with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks, and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. The myth is, Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.
Day 12: - Gosaikunda to Ghopte (3440m/11286ft): walking distance 6-8 hours, 300m ascent and 1320m descent
After we explore around at Gosaikunda, we start a bit challenge day. The trail traverses the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and climbs on a rocky path. We climb through rugged country, crosses glacier moraines, and past four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610m). On a clear day, we can see Annapurna range through the way. Then the trail leads us steeply down to Phedi (3740m). From here, the route drops to the stream then climbs through the scrub Bamboo to a crest. Continue to walk down throughout crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees to Ghopte. At night you can see the lights of Trishuli Bazaar far below, and Kathmandu glows behind the mountains to the west.
Day 13: - Ghopte to Tharepati (3510m/11516ft): walking distance 1-2 hours, 330m ascent
Descending from the ridge at Ghopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines. The trail slightly descends and then begins to ascend through the rhododendron, oak and juniper forests up to the Tharepati. A steep path rises above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a windswept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. Spend your day strolling around the town.
Day 14: - Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m/8399ft): walking distance 4-5 hours
Heading east from Tharepati, the trail drops rapidly down the ridge. The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with birdlife along with excellent views down into the Helambu valley. The peak gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Crossing the village and enter a forested area descending to Melamchi River, followed to the Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their unique culture and spectacular Buddhist monasteries.
Day 15: - Melamchi to Tarke Ghyang (2590m/8497ft): walking distance 5-6 hours
From the Gompa in Melamchi Goan, the trail drops rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large chortens, a reminder of the strong Buddhist influence in the village. The trek descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well-earned dip in the crystal- clear stream named Melamchi. After crossing the bridge, the trail climbs steeply up to the sprawling valley of Nakote (1980m). Then the trail goes gently up to beautiful Sherpa village Take ghyang (ghyang means monastery) passing through Sherpa old settlements and biggest monasteries. Narrow cobbled lanes and tightly packed houses here resemble the high altitude villages of Mustang and Dolpo, which are worth viewing. Tarkegyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with a huge brass prayer wheel.
Day 16: - Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2610m/8563ft): walking distance 5-6 hours
Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us to cross small forest with the view of the charming village of Helambu region. The path makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range. On a clear day, the communities provide excellent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling, Even Everest, also in the distance.
Day 17: - Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive
After breakfast, the trail gradually descends to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the fresh air and forested road.
Day 18: - Farewell Departure
Today is free or the last minute. You have a few hours of unique shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe jour shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your safe journey.
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Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)