The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek has a different perspective of trekking in Nepal and this particular trek is one of the most popular trekking packages in Nepal. It offers immense miscellany in nature, interesting ethnic groups, and culture throughout. Relatively lesser crowded than other classic counterparts such as the popular treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions, this trek coalesces the far-flung and impressive Langtang valley with the high mountain lakes at Gosaikunda and the pristine Helambu Valley. Regarded as one of the best trekking routes in Nepal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu region offers excellent views of renowned peaks such as the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Ganchhenpo, Hiunchuli, Jugal Himal, Shishapangma, Rolwaling, Gaurishanker, Paanch Pokhari, Gosaikunda peaks and many more. Besides, the trail is filled with beautiful forests, picturesque Sherpa and Tamang settlements, abundant wildlife, attractive waterfalls, and hot springs.
The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek itinerary has been watchfully created as it is slightly strenuous due to frequent walks through the high passes at times. Experiencing the Yolmo culture of high mountain settlements, trekkers will hike past splendid frozen lakes, vibrant rhododendron shrubs, exotic orchids, and several eye-soothing landscapes. The holy Gosaikunda Lake, government-operated cheese factory, Shin Gompa, Lauribinayak La Pass, Tserko Ri, and the yak pasture of Kyangjin Gompa are some major highlights of this awesome trekking destination in Nepal. This amazing trip commences with a sensational exploration to some of the famous cultural and historical landmarks solicited by UNESCO as world heritage sites in Kathmandu. An adventurous scenic drive on mountainous terrains winding through the beautiful valleys alongside the Trishuli River culminates at Syabrubesi, which is the starting point of Gosaikunda Helambu Trek. Villages that come across this sensational trek are Ghoda Tabela, Mundu, Lama Hotel, Kyangjin, Thulo Syabru, Ghopte, Melamchigaon, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang.
The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek can be done during the spring and autumn season which is the best season for trekking in Nepal. Join Royal Holidays and get along with the friendly Sherpa and Tamang people of the Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu Valley and flock a substantial experience. Take delight in the picturesque landscapes and the eye-catching natural beauty during the entire trip. The only requirement for this trip is good health, physically fit, and a strong determination to hike along the exotic and enchanting trail just taking enough precautions not to be hit by altitude sickness at certain portions of the trip. A prior hiking experience or regular exercise would certainly make the walking on varied trails much easier.
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On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Annapurna region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After an early breakfast in your Kathmandu hotel, you embark on a rather long drive to reach the starting point of your Langtang trekking trip. The road trip to Syabrubesi traverses you through winding roads along the scenic banks of the river Trishuli amidst beautiful valleys, meadows, small streamlets and mountains. The road, in due course of time, gets on an unpaved track making it a rough and adventurous ride on the dazzling route through high valley ridges and stunning panoramic glimpses of the Himalayan giants including the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang range. It may be possible to catch sight of few faunal endangered species of the Himalayan black bears, red pandas, the yellow-throated martens, and oodles of monkeys. The trip culminates at a small village of Syabrubesi in the valley of glaciers, the Langtang Valley. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
The first day of your trek begins with a sumptuous breakfast at your Syabrubesi hotel. Walking along the Langtang River with several ups and downs immersing into slightly thick rhododendron and oak forests, you will pass by several tiny Tamang villages en route. After lunch in one of the small bamboo villages on the hiking trail on the edge of Langtang River, you will keep on walking through the leveled path. You will possibly get to witness a number of bird species and beehives hanging on the cliffs while you proceed to move into the deep forests of bamboo and rhododendron. You will then have to cross a bridge over the Langtang River before steeply climbing up to reach Lama Hotel, which isn’t really a hotel but the name of a tiny town inside the forests of Langtang Valley with small hotels, lodges and pleasant teahouses. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
After breakfast at Lama Hotel, you will begin the day’s hike with more ascents through the forest with sporadic views of Langtang Lirung amidst the trees and plentiful waterfalls. Reaching Ghoda Tabela, (literally the Horse’s Stable in Nepali), magnificent views of the snow-clad mountains on either side of the valley presents itself in its most spectacular outline. The hiking path continues with another gentle ascend and the valley transforms into wider segments crossing few impermanent settlements of herders who come up here to graze their cattle during summertime. The upcoming portion of the trail is a dismal remembrance of the devastating 2015 earthquake, where the village of Langtang once stood; in the present day, it is nothing more than a massive rock turf. Continuing further on the trail is the Mundu village where old houses are just memoirs of what villages once looked like, but now they have been built in a more contemporary fashion. Overnight in Mundu.
You will begin the day’s hike to Kyangjin Gompa after breakfast in Mundu village, with a gentle ascend through tiny hamlets and yak pastures. Crossing few water mills, prayer wheels, and chortens, the valley opens for better views and you will walk across small streams and moraines to reach your final destination of the trek, Kyangjin Gompa. Today, you will also walk past the largest Mani wall in Nepal that is made up of stone with prayer inscriptions on them. Kyangjin village is a serene and a quaint place offering magnificent views of Mt. Ganchhenpo and Langtang Lirung. This village also has a government-operated cheese factory supported by the Swiss government. Since you will arrive at Kyangjin Gompa during lunchtime, you will have ample time to explore the surrounding area or you could even head up the valley towards Langshisha Kharka before calling it a day. Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.
This day is kept aside for getting acquainted with the high elevations and dedicating yourself to indulge in the natural splendor and tranquility of the environs of the famous monastery at Kyangjin. As a part of acclimatization, you will have your breakfast before exploring the peaceful environment and then ascending up to Tserko Ri past several yak pastures including Langshisha Kharka. If you have stored sufficient energy in your body, you could hike up the moraine to catch sensational views of the ice faces and plummeting glaciers of Langtang Lirung. Another option for acclimatization could be summiting Kyangjin Ri, locally known by the name Brana Chumbo. You will return to Kyangjin Gompa in the late afternoon and enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks, glaciers, species of birds and legendary yaks. Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.
A day to retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel, you will kick off on the trail that you embarked earlier. Following the Langtang River on your way back through the village of Mundu and eventually Ghoda Tabela, you will stop for lunch en route before proceeding further. The trail is flat and the walk is comparatively easier than your ascent. After lunch at some appropriate stoppage point depending on the pace of your walk, you will continue your downhill ramble until you arrive at Lama Hotel, which is one of the oldest undisturbed valleys in Nepal. The day’s hike involves mostly downhill walk through quaint Tamang villages and picturesque views of the Himalayan fraternity, Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Climbing up to Rimche village after breakfast at Lama Hotel, this pleasant morning walk leads through a new walking trail on an undulating path through forests. Then, it is a short descend till you reach the banks of the Langtang Khola from where you will continue on an easy trail to Bamboo which is a place with few small lodges. There are two trails after crossing a bridge over the river, and you will follow the one that passes the Pahare hotel which will lead you to Upper Syabru, better known as Thulo Syabru. Upper Syabru is a nice village situated on the lap of Gosaikunda with traditional built Tamang style houses having beautiful carved windows and doors. The village also houses a very old monastery above the village. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
Today after breakfast, you will climb uphill through lovely forests of rhododendron, hemlock, pine and oak accompanied by magnificent views of Langtang peak and Ganesh Himal. After hiking for a short while, you will pass a chorten as well as a checkpoint. Moving southwards and passing the village of Garta and Phulung monastery with summer pasturelands and pleasant winding trails, you will reach Shin Gompa. Also known as Chandanbari village, this small settlement has the popular yak cheese factory and one of the oldest monasteries above the village. Overnight at a teahouse in Shin Gompa.
Your day begins with a climb through pine and rhododendron forests following a ridge for the most part of the day. Walking amidst dramatic views of the Himalayan giants such as the Annapurna massifs, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Manaslu, you will pass a few huts in the high pastures of Lauribinayak. Crossing a small ridge, you will catch the first glimpses of the holy lakes at Gosaikunda. There are 108 lakes in the Gosaikunda basin amongst which the three main lakes are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. Mythology has in its records that Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva after he drank the waters of the lake to quench his thirst on drinking poison on some account. Overnight in Gosaikunda.
Walking towards the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and crossing a moraine, you will begin ascending towards Lauribinayak La Pass at 4610 meters which is the beginning point of the Helambu region and also the highest point on this trek. From here the trail descends to the Melamchi valley through a national park post at Bheda Goth and to Phedi. From here, the route drops and passes through Suryakunda before finally arriving at Ghopte, a small settlement situated in the middle of a forest. Today’s trek involves spectacular views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Lirung. Overnight in Ghopte.
After breakfast today, you will ramble on undulating paths through dense bamboo and rhododendron forest until you arrive at Tharepati village. Climbing further over the ridge above the village offers marvelous views of the Jugal area including the Gosaikunda mountain range and Helambu valley. The trail descends from here dipping through forests of pine and rhododendron with several waterfalls on the way. Crossing two suspension bridges followed by another gentle climb will bring you to the beautiful village of Melamchigaon. Situated on the lap of the Himalayas, this village is nice and houses an old monastery. Overnight in Melamchigaon.
The day’s hike begins after breakfast where you will drop down to the Melamchi River and cross a suspension bridge. The walk then continues on an uphill path to the other side of the valley. Stunning views of Mt. Shishapangma and the Langtang ranges greet you during your trip today in their spectacular forms. During the considerable climb, you will witness grazing yaks in the small bushes before finally arriving at the picturesque village of Tarkeghyang. Entering the cultural destination of the Helambu region, you can enjoy the rich Sherpa culture, time-honored villages and medieval monasteries on the trails built of broken stones. Although Tarkeghyang is not the largest village of this region, trekkers prefer to stop by here to call it a day amidst the stone houses lying close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Overnight in Tarkeghyang.
You will start walking after breakfast on a relatively easier flatland passing through beautiful lush forests and views of the charming villages, chortens, monasteries and Mani walls of the Helambu region. The trail drops from the edge of a ridge before continuing at almost the same altitude along the valley leaving behind a number of streams, waterfalls and landslide areas. You will finally reach Sermathang, a quaint Sherpa village with spectacular vistas of Jugal Himal, Langtang Lirung, Gosaikunda, Rolwaling, Ganesh Himal and even Mt. Everest quite in the distance. People of the village of Sermathang practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, which is also practiced in Bhutan. Overnight in Sermathang.
Today is officially the last day of your trekking, so after breakfast, you will walk downhill all the way through meadows, cultivated fields and beautiful old villages like Kakani. With spectacular views of Jugal Himal, Gaurishanker, Paanch Pokhari, and Gosaikunda peaks, you get opportunities to interact with friendly local people on the trail leading towards Melamchi Bazaar. After lunch at Melamchi, you will drive back to Kathmandu by road, which is just a few hours drive. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the evening, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or simply stroll around the bustling streets of Thamel or sit down in an upbeat pub enjoying every sip of your favorite Nepali beer and live musical bands performing your favorite songs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.
Yes, of course trekking in any region of Nepal requires you to purchase a permit unless you are a bonafide citizen of Nepal. However, Langtang area does not require any special permit like Nar Phu Valley Trek or Tsum Valley Trek etc. as Langtang is not a restricted area. The permit cost for Langtang trek is as follows:
TIMS Card: It is compulsory for everyone and it costs US$ 20 per person.
Langtang National Park entry permit fee (foreigners): US$ 30 per person
Langtang National Park entry permit fee (SAARC nationals): NPR. 200
Locals need not pay the National Park entry permit fee. Both these permits can be easily purchased from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
Trekking in the Langtang region is considered to be moderate in terms of difficulty level. Hence, a good level of fitness is required to accomplish trekking in this region. Trekking involves a daily walk of almost 5 – 6 hours. The trekking route comprises of steep ascents and descents amid varied terrains. As long as you are physically fit and possess sound health, trekking in Langtang region can be completed even by first-time trekkers. Reaching the highest point in Langtang region, that is Kyanjin Gompa (4500m) could be a little challenging due to its elevation. All our Langtang trekking itineraries have been designed carefully allowing proper and sufficient acclimatization rest days for trekkers. During the trek, our guide will suggest you to take various levels of walking pace and he will help you to make your hiking trip more fun and physical-friendly.
The most favorable time to trek in the Langtang region is during the autumn and spring seasons. Autumn falls during the months between September and November During this season trekkers can experience the beautiful mountains and green hills. The weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. Spring falls during the months between March and May. During this season, flowers bloom and there is lush greenery everywhere with excellent backgrounds of the sparkling mountain peaks. Langtang region trekking can also be done during the winter months (December to February). During these months, the Himalayan region freezes and there is plenty of snowfall. Trekking could be challenging due to the excess cold. Summer season is also the monsoon season in Nepal and it falls during the months between June to August. But trekking during these months is not advisable as it is very uncomfortable to walk due to the muddy and slippery trails.
First and foremost, Langtang region is the nearest trekking destination from the capital city. The trekking trails in the Langtang region are comparatively quieter and peaceful and usually not crowded like other popular trails in the country such as the Everest or Annapurna trekking trails. The Langtang Valley is famous for the ethnic Tamang community and the very popular Tamang Heritage Trail Trek lies in this region. While trekking in the Langtang region, trekkers will be blessed with spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa to name a few. In this region, one can explore the enchanting streams, waterfalls and beautiful rhododendron forests. It is in this region, one of the holiest Hindu lakes, Gosaikunda stands at a quite high elevation. The monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and climbing the Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri are some major highlights while trekking in the Langtang region. Besides, one may visit the popular cheese factory to witness the processing of cheese in this region. If luck favors, visitors will be able to witness wildlife such as the black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, monkeys and different species of birds.
Langtang Valley is a less frequented trekking destination in Nepal. However, in the recent past, the flow of trekkers has been rapidly increasing in this route. Previously, there were not so many teahouses or lodges in the Langtang region and frequent trekkers would spend their nights at home-stays that were known by the local guides. Now, as trekkers are increasing in numbers which has brought vast improvement in lodging facilities in the region. There are many decent guesthouses with cozy and well-furnished rooms available at most of the villages where trekkers stop for the night. Over and above, it is the great hospitality of the people of this area that has won many a heart of the trekkers.
Except at some places in the trekking trails, there is not much option about your food menu. At most of the places you will be eating the typical Nepali dish of Dal Bhaat Tarkari that is lentil soup, steamed rice and seasonal vegetable complemented with salad and chutney. Drinking water like other popular trekking destinations is not safe to drink from the taps or the clear streams. We recommend trekkers to carry water purification tablets or other purifying agents including Steripen UV or iodine etc, from Kathmandu. Bottled mineral water is available at the teahouses but for environmental reasons, we do not encourage our customers to buy bottled water while trekking.
In fact, there are chances of getting the altitude sickness as you will be walking past 3000 meter elevation while trekking in the Langtang region. Getting sick depends on what levels of altitude you will be trekking. It also depends on how a person’s body reacts to changes in altitude regardless of their fitness and experience. Walking at faster pace, no frequent rest, not drinking sufficient water or gaining altitude of more than 500 meters per day could possibly increase chances of being hit by altitude sickness. It is always recommended that a trekker acquire information about altitude sickness and the symptoms and remedies before beginning to trek.
Trekking in the Langtang Valley is regarded as a moderate trek. It is suitable for all level of walkers. It is not a problem for those people who can walk 5 to 7 hours in day. People with moderate fitness can easily accomplish trekking in Langtang. As such, no prior experience of hiking is required to embark on this trekking trip. However, regular running, walking or swimming are fitness activities we would recommend our guests to indulge at least a month before trekking. Walking in higher elevations is physically difficult so exercising regularly before the actual trek will help build up stamina. Any one suffering from any disease or health issues must consult with their physician before taking up a trek in high altitudes. Any person with excellent health conditions and a fit body can attempt the Langtang region trekking. Bearing positive attitude and a strong determination is key to a successful trip in the Himalayas.
Trekking in Langtang region comprises mostly mountainous terrains, so Wi-Fi or mobile phone network may not always be reliable at all places on the trail. Guesthouses at most places do offer Wi-Fi service for an extra charge. We recommend you to buy a local SIM card and use data packs for internet service on the trails where Wi-Fi facilities are not available.
Yes, it is possible to trek in the Langtang region without a porter or a guide. But, it is always advisable to take a guide even if you are traveling solo in this area. Not hiring a guide may save a few hundred dollars, but there are lots of disadvantages going without a guide. Firstly, the routes are quite confusing as there are different routes amidst dense forests. You could get lost somewhere on the trail. There are limited teahouses on the Langtang trail so it is hard to get a room during peak seasons. If your guide is going with you, he will help to book a room prior to your arrival. Your guide will take care that you are not prone to falling into freezing rivers or breaking your ankle against some solid rocks. Communication becomes much easier when you are with your guide as village people hardly understand the English language. To navigate through the mountains, your guide makes it easier. In cases of emergency or sickness, he is always present for your well-being. Another advantage of having a guide is that he will know the best places to eat and stop for the night.
There are hundreds of ATMs in Kathmandu at different places. You can also use your credit card to purchase or make bill payments at most shopping areas, hotels, and restaurants. But when you begin trekking in the Langtang region, there are no ATMs available. You will not be able to use your debit or credit cards for any purposes while on the trails. So, it is better to withdraw sufficient money in Kathmandu for you to pay for your personal expenses on the trekking trail.