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Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu Trek

Trip code
Package name Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu Trek
Duration 17 Days
Max. elevation 4800 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Public Bus | Private Vehicle
Accomodation Hotel | Guest House
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 0 per person

Overview

Langtang-Gosaikunda Trek is a beautiful fusion of nature, Tamang culture, and snowcapped high mountains. It is one of the closest destinations from Kathmandu to the border of Tibet. The beautiful forests of rhododendron and bamboo, the villages of Shaprubesi, Langtang, and Kyanjin Gompa, the secret lake at Gosaikunda, spectacular mountain scenery, and the hospitality of the Tamang people make this trek one of the most attractive and unique journeys in Nepal. The monastery, prayer flags, and prayer wheels give us an opportunity to witness the spirituality of the Buddist people.
Our trek begins with a bus drive from Kathmandu to Shaprubesi. This ride will give us an opportunity to see the beautiful scenery and observe the local people going about their daily lives. At first, we will trek through the Langtang valley then we follow the path to Gosaikund Lake. As we climb, the types of trees and forest change from subtropical to Alpine. The smiling faces of the people, their friendliness, the scenic beauty of surrounding mountains and landscape, the 360-degree view from Kyangin Ri, and the Holy lake of Gosaikunda makes this trek one of the most interesting and stunning holidays you will have

Accommodation During Trekking
During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin shared basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it may occasionally be necessary to share a room with more than 2 people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared and the toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.

Meals During Trekking
In Kathmandu, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance, a Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food (the Newari are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley). Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek, we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian, and continental). Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrived in Kathmandu(1,300m/3,280ft)

On arrival at Tribhuvan airport, a representative of Open Trail Treks will meet you and drive you to your hotel.  After taking a rest you may wish to visit the office of Open Trail which is situated in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. Thamel is the vibrant tourist area of the city and is full of colorful shops selling everything from pashminas to trekking equipment.  The numerous restaurants serve both European and Nepalese cuisine and ATMs are easily accessible.

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. We will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), and the Hindus secret temple, Pashupatinath. We will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. In the middle of the tour, we will take you to a very special local restaurant for lunch.

After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for discussion and preparation for our upcoming days of trekking.


Day 3 : Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(1,503m/4,931ft): 8 hours by bus

We start our 8-hour bus journey after breakfast. The bus journey will take us to the northern side of Kathmandu through the beautiful green mountain landscapes, villages, rice, corn, and paddy fields. During the journey, there will be comfort stops and the opportunity to buy food

We will have an overnight stop at Shaprubesi.

Drive: 8-10 hours

Day 4 : Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel(2,470m/8,104ft)

The first day of our trek begins with breakfast at Shaprubesi. We then cross the suspension bridge and start to follow the Langtang River. The trail climbs steadily uphill through the oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests. We might be fortunate to see some wildlife in this forest. After an hour or more trekking, we will come across several teahouses where we can stop for lunch and a hot drink. We will have an overnight stay at the Lama hotel.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5 : Lama Hotel to Langtang(3,430m/11,253ft)

After breakfast, we start our trek and continue through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest. The trail goes uphill to Ghodatabala. From Ghodatabala we walk up to Langtang. Langtang used to be the biggest settlement of this region. The Earthquake which occurred in April 2015 has badly affected this area and buildings are still being rebuilt. An overnight stop at Langtang.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 6 : Langtang to KyanjinGompa(4,800m/15,748ft)

Today we will trek for a short time so that we can acclimatize to the altitude. We will pass through Langtang village and follow the small Langtang River to KyanjinGompa. This whole area is covered by alpine tundra. KyanjinGompa is famous for its cheese factory and the spectacular scenery of the mountains. It is also a holy place.

Total Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 7 : Rest day in KyanjinGompa

After breakfast we can climb up to the amazing viewpoints atKyanjinRi (4,800m/15,748ft) and TserkoRi (5000m/15,748ft). These two viewpoints offer a majestic view of the mountains including LangtangLirung, YannsaTsenji, and the whole Langtang range. We will then return to KyanjinGompa for an overnight stay.

Day 8 : KyanjinGompa to Lama Hotel(2470m/8,104 ft)

Today’s trail is mostly downhill with a spectacular view of the mountains. We are going to follow the same trail that we used previously. We pass through the forest of oak, maple, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trek continues along the right-hand side of the Langtang River. We will spend the night at the Lama Hotel.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 9 : Lama Hotel to Thulosyabru(2,230m/ 7,316ft)

We begin our trek downhill to the river through the oak and pine forest. We cross the river and continue our trek through the forest until we reach Pahire. From Pahire the trail starts to climb and after an hour and a half walk, we will arrive at the Thulosyabru village. Overnight at Thuloshabru village.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 10 : Thulosyabru to Shin Gomba(3,330m/10,925ft)

The trek starts with a steep climb. It passes through the rhododendron and oak forest but as we get to the Dhumsa village, the trail gets less steep. The spectacular view of Mt.Langtang and its ranges keeps rewarding us during this climb. At the end of the walk, we will arrive at Shin Gamba, where there is another famous cheese factory.

Total Trekking Time: 3-5 hours

Day 11 : Shin Gomba to Gosainkunda(4,460m/14,632ft)

The trail climbs through the rhododendron forest to Lauribina. While trekking from Shin Gompa to Lauribina, if we are fortunate enough, we might see Red Pandas, an endangered species. The trek further continues through the Alpine Tundra to the holy Lake Gosaikunda. We can spend some time exploring Gosikundalake. We will have an overnight stay in Gosainkunda.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours


Day 12 : Gosainkunda to Gopte(4,609m/15,121ft)

Today is the most challenging day of our trek. The trail ascends through a rough rocky path and passes alongside three more lakes. The trail climbs further toLaurebinaLa(4,609m/15,121ft). This is the highest point of our trek. Then we pass through Lauribina La and climb down to Phedi. The trek to Ghopte continues descending along the rocky trail through the pine and rhododendron forest.

Overnight at Ghopte.

Total Trekking Time: 6-8 hours

Day 13 : Gopte to Malemchigaon(2,560m/8,399ft)

We go downhill through the forest and continue our descent through the dry river bed. We cross the grassland surrounded by the rhododendron forest, and going steadily uphill, we reach Tharepati. Further downhill trekking leads us to the Melamchi River and then a climb uphill will bring us toMelamchigaonwhere we will finish our trek for today.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 14 : Malemchigaon to Tarkeghyang (2,590m/8,497ft)

We start our trek downhill to the Melamchi River. We will cross the Melamchi River and then start to head uphill passing through a Sherpa settlement. Crossing this settlement, we arrive at Tarkeghyang. This walk gives us magnificent views of the Himalaya. We then continue our walk through some very old villages and reachHelambu, one of the most popular villages in the region.where the biggest monastery in the area is situated. Exploring this monastery with its colorful prayer flags will give us an opportunity to observe the spirituality of the local people.

Total Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 15 : Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft)

We begin our day trekking by walking through the forest and passing a waterfall. The trail keeps going through a wide valley. We will pass settlements inhabited by Sherpa people at Parachin and Gangyul. From Gangyul, we trek to Sermathang. We will spend our day here sightseeing around the town which will give us an opportunity to observe the lifestyle and customs of the local people. We can also visit the monastery which is located at the top of the village. Overnight at Sermanthang.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 16 : Sermathang to MalemchiBazaar(2,610m/8,563ft) and Back to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of our trek. We walk down from Sermathang to the Sherpa settlement at MelamchiBazzar. From Melamchi, we will return to Kathmandu by bus. After you get back to Kathmandu you can rest or indulge in some last-minute souvenir shopping or a bit more sightseeing. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at a local authentic restaurant with unique Nepalese food.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Drive: 2 hours

Day 17 : Farewell

Today we can have breakfast together and reminisce about our journey. A representative from Open Trail will drive you to the airport 3 hours before you fly home.

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