Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
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Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek “A walk through the Langtang National Park”.

Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Village photo@pnepalensis

Explore the 14-day Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek for a unique trekking adventure as this trail showcases Nepal’s stunning landscapes, a rewarding classic trek within reach north of Kathmandu valley. Instead of going through hair raising mountain flights as accompanies the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal, this trek starts with a simple bus ride to Syabru Besi Village, the trek head.

Away from the crowds, it offers solitude and peace, allowing you to fully appreciate nature’s beauty. With views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung, the trek stays below 3,800 meters, minimizing acclimatization needs. This means more time to enjoy the journey without lengthy breaks. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to Himalayan trails, this trek promises unforgettable memories.

In the shadow of the Himalayan giants like the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Liru, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek presents some of the most mesmerizing Himalayan sceneries of central Nepal Himalayas. With a trek through dense Rhododendron forests and herds of Blue Sheep that abound in these high alpine meadows it makes for a perfect trekking holiday in Nepal Himalayas.

Starting and Ending Point of the Trek

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek offers a classic and rewarding experience North of Kathmandu valley. Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek which involves challenging mountain flights, this trek begins with a pleasant bus ride to Syabru Besi. From there, you can discover the beauty of the Langtang valley, Gosaikunda Lake, and Helambu villages. The trek concludes at Melamchi Bazaar, just two-hour’s drive from Kathmandu Valley.

Langtang Valley that you do not know

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
Trekking in the Langtang Valley: photo@Laurentiu

The Langtang Valley is a hidden gem in the North Central region of Nepal, just a short distance (51 km) from the bustling Kathmandu Valley. This breathtaking area is home to the renowned Langtang National Park, which boasts a diverse range of climatic zones, from sub-tropical to alpine.

What truly sets Langtang apart is its rich cultural heritage. The valley is inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa tribes, who have long called this region home. The Tamang people make up the majority of the local population, and their unique traditions and way of life add to the allure of the Langtang Valley.

The park itself is a true natural wonder, with 25% of its area covered in a lush tapestry of rhododendron, maple, oak, walnut, and pine forests. The main attractions of the valley include the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, revered by Hindus, and the Kyanjin Gumba, a spiritual site for Buddhists.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, a chance to immerse yourself in a vibrant cultural landscape, or the opportunity to explore a pristine natural environment, the Langtang Valley is a destination that should not be overlooked. Its beauty and charm will captivate you, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Langtang Helambu Trek
Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Map

Langtang Himal 

The Langtang Himal is a breathtakingly beautiful mountain range located in the north-central region of Nepal. Boasting peaks ranging from 5,520 meters to an impressive 7,200 meters, this stunning landscape is a true gem of the Himalayan region.

At the heart of the Langtang Himal lies a collection of iconic peaks that have captivated adventurers and trekkers from around the world. Langtang Lirung, standing tall at 7,234 meters, is the undisputed crown jewel of the range, while Langtang Ri (7,205 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 meters), Langshisha Ri (6,427 meters), and Yala Peak (5,520 meters) are equally awe-inspiring in their own right.

Trekking through the Langtang Himal is a truly transformative experience, offering breathtaking vistas, challenging terrain, and a deep connection with the natural world. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a passionate outdoor enthusiast, this region promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul, inspiring you to return time and time again.

Side Trek from Kyangjin Gumpa

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Trekking to Tsergo Ri is a must-do activity for any adventurer on a rest day at Kyangjin Gumpa. This challenging yet rewarding climb offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Langtang Lirung massif and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

As you ascend the steep, winding trail, you’ll be treated to a visual feast of pristine glaciers, glistening snowfields, and rugged, snow-capped summits. The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel upon reaching the 5,088-meter summit is truly unmatched, providing a profound connection with the majestic natural world that envelops you.

While the trek to Tsergo Ri is not for the faint of heart, the effort is more than worth it. The breathtaking vistas and the personal sense of achievement make this journey a highlight of any trip to the Kyangjin Gumpa region. So lace up your boots, pack your gear, and prepare to be awed by the sheer beauty and grandeur of Tsergo Ri.

Alternatively, you can choose to trek to the foot of the Langshisha glacier itself, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular display of nature’s grandeur. The glacier, surrounded by the lofty Himalayan peaks, is a sight to behold and will leave a lasting impression on your heart and mind. Whether you choose to conquer the Yala Peak or explore the Langshisha glacier, your rest day at Kyangjin Gumpa is sure to be a highlight of your journey.

Good For

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is an excellent choice for those seeking a rewarding trekking experience in Nepal. With its stunning mountain vistas, serene monasteries, and proximity to the Kathmandu Valley, this trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

One of the primary advantages is the opportunity to witness the majestic Himalayan peaks, including the iconic Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to alpine meadows, providing a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding mountains.

Additionally, the trek also offers the chance to explore the rich Buddhist heritage of the region, with numerous monasteries and spiritual sites along the way. This cultural aspect of the trek adds depth and authenticity to the overall experience, allowing trekkers to gain a deeper understanding of the local way of life.

Compared to the more popular and challenging treks like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is relatively lower in elevation, making it an attractive option for those seeking a less strenuous yet equally rewarding trekking adventure. This factor, combined with its proximity to the Kathmandu Valley, makes it an excellent choice for those with limited time or fitness levels.

Furthermore, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is known for its peaceful and less crowded nature, offering trekkers a chance to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape without the distractions of large crowds. This sense of solitude and connection with nature is a significant draw for many adventurers.

The best time to visit Langtang Valley

The best time is during the spring and autumn seasons. These times of year offer the most favorable weather conditions and stunning views of the Himalayan landscape.

In the spring, from March to May, the valley comes alive with blooming rhododendrons, creating a vibrant and colorful backdrop for your trekking adventure. Temperatures are mild, making it an ideal time for hiking without the extreme heat or cold. The skies are typically clear, providing excellent visibility of the snow-capped peaks.

Autumn, from September to November, is another prime season to explore Langtang Valley. The weather is dry and stable, with clear days that offer unobstructed vistas of the majestic mountains. The autumn foliage adds a touch of golden hues to the already breathtaking scenery. Trekking during this time of year is particularly rewarding, as you can enjoy the crisp, refreshing air and the serene atmosphere of the valley.

Whether you choose to visit in the spring or autumn, Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is sure to leave a lasting impression. With its diverse flora and fauna, awe-inspiring landscapes, and welcoming local communities, the Langtang Valley is a must-visit destination for any outdoor enthusiast.

TRIP FACTS :

  • Style of Trek: Tea House Trek.
  • Duration: 13 Nights and 14 Days.
  • Number of Days on Trek: 13 Days.
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 2 Persons.
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Kathmandu
  • Tour Availiblity: Join a group trek (dates shown below).
  • Customized Private treks available on request for a minimum of Two Persons.

LANGTANG HELAMBU TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Dunche and Syabrubesi (1460 m/7 Hours). Overnight Stay at Syabrubesi.

The trek commences with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, which serves as the starting point. The drive provides breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, terraced paddy fields and quaint settlements.

En route to Syabrubesi lies Trisuli Bazaar – a bustling market. As you continue your ride towards Dhunche (1,780 meters), an alluring town nestled in the Langtang region of Nepal awaits. From Dhunche it takes approximately 1-2 hours by car to Syabrubesi village – where your trek truly begins its ascent into the Langtang Valley

Day 2: Trek Starts. Trek Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2560 m/6 Hrs).

The first day of the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek, takes you to Lama Hotel, a popular stop on the Langtang Valley trekking route. The trail gently descends towards the Bhote Khosi River.

Along the way, you will traverse uneven and rocky paths until you reach Bamboo beside the Langtang Khola. As you progress, prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking rhododendron and conifer forests as well as scenic river views. Continuing onwards to Rimche will eventually lead you to Lama Hotel itself.

Upon reaching Lama Hotel, let yourself be serenaded by soothing sounds emanating from a nearby river – an enchanting symphony of nature’s melody.

Day 3: Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3500 m/4 Hrs).

After breakfast, head towards the stunning Langtang Village, a hidden gem in the Langtang Valley. As you make your way through this picturesque valley, you will be treated to breathtaking views of nature’s untouched beauty.

The trail meanders through lush forests and takes you to Ghore Tabela, also known as “Horse Stable.” Continuing on from there, you will gradually ascend through charming settlements until finally reaching Langtang Village.

Langtang Valley is truly a paradise for photographers. Everywhere you turn, there are incredible vistas that beg to be captured by your wide-angle lens. And if that wasn’t enough, the panoramic view of the majestic Manaslu and Langtang ranges is an experience that makes every step of this trek worthwhile.

Day 4: Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gumpa (3800 m/ 4 hours).

The fourth-day of the trek will take you from the picturesque Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa, passing through charming Tamang settlements along the way. As you continue your trek, keep an eye out for small chortens, mani-prayer walls adorned with inscriptions and sacred rocks that hold Buddhist significance.

The trail’s enchanting beauty serves as a constant source of motivation and inspiration as you forge ahead. Walking amidst the forested path at the base of Langtang Himal’s foothills, eventually leads you to Kyanjin Gompa.

Upon reaching the high ridge you will be rewarded with panoramic views of majestic snow-capped peaks belonging to the renowned Langtang range. Situated atop a ridge line is where Kyanjin Gompa rests and it offers one of the finest vantage points from which to behold Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,234 meters) in all its glory.

Day 5: Day hike around Kyangjin Gumpa. Morning climb to Tsergo Ri (4983 m).

Today is a day of rest and exploration during the Langtang, Gosaikunda, and Helambu trek. Take advantage of this full day to discover the beautiful surroundings of Kyanjin Gompa. Start by visiting the monastery. For cheese lovers, don’t miss out on a visit to the local cheese factory.

If you’re up for a challenge and breathtaking views are what you seek, consider ascending Tserko Ri (5,000 meters). This peak offers one of the best vantage points in this region, allowing for an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of majestic mountains all around you. Prepare to be awestruck as high snowy peaks and glaciers form an incredible backdrop that will leave lasting memories.

Make sure your camera is ready because every turn presents another stunning vista waiting to be captured. Take your time at each viewpoint along Tserko Ri’s trail as it promises extraordinary sights at every step.

Whether you opt for a leisurely exploration or choose to conquer new heights on Tserko Ri’s summit hike, today provides ample opportunities for adventure seekers or those simply looking forward to soaking up natural beauty at their own pace

Day 6: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2560 m/7 Hrs).

Head back the same route that you had taken earlier beside the river, accompanied by the mountain range within your sight.

Day 7: Trek Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2230 m/6 Hrs).

The trek to Thulo Syabru, starting from the Lama Hotel takes us on a steep ascent as we progress through pine forests and clusters of rhododendron. Eventually, we reach Thulo Syabru by descending from the forest via Pairo.

During our trek, there is a possibility of encountering various wildlife such as red pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, and Langur monkeys. This adds an element of excitement to our adventure in this scenic region.

Day 8: Trek Thulo Syabru to Singh Gompa (3250 m/4 Hrs).

It typically takes approximately six hours to trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gomba. Once there, visitors have the opportunity to explore an ancient monastery and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist culture. Situated at an altitude of around 3330 m, Sing Gomba offers a tranquil setting.

It is an uphill trek, particularly the 2 hour climb from Thulo Syabru to Phalung Danda, the ridge-crest before Sing Gompa.

Day 9: Trek Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4397 m/6 Hrs).

From the Sing Gomba, we make our way up to the breathtaking Gosaikunda Lake, situated at an altitude of approximately 4380 m. The trek typically takes around 5 hours (depending on your ability), starting from the monastery and heading towards this stunning destination. As we ascend along the trail, we gradually reach an elevation gain of over 4000 meters above sea level. Along this path, we are treated to mesmerizing views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the Langtang range.

Finally reaching Gosaikunda is a truly awe-inspiring experience. This sacred pilgrimage site holds great significance for Hindus. Despite being at such a high altitude, it’s easy to forget about any discomfort once immersed in its incredible atmosphere

Day 10: Trek Gosaikunda to Gopte (3440 m/6-7 Hrs) via the Laurebina Pass (4700 m).

After an early breakfast trek down to Ghopte after crossing the Laurebina Pass, which is one of the highest passes on this trek. This part of the trek route offers breathtaking views of Manaslu and other majestic mountain ranges. The descent from the pass is steep and challenging, with a path that winds through boulders and uneven terrain.

Despite its difficulty, this section also presents beautiful meadows filled with vibrant vegetation. Walking through dense forests adds an element of adventure to your trek as you emerge into a vast valley.

Eventually, you will reach Ghopte at the end of this leg of your trek route. From there, take a moment to appreciate stunning views over Tasi Khola Valley towards the south side before continuing on your trek.

The initial descent to Phedi and Gopte is hard on the knees, but otherwise ok, and there are reasonable lodges at both of those places.

Day 11: Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaon (2560m/6 to 7 hours).

The six-hour trek to Melamchi Gaon is a true test of endurance, but the breathtaking scenery that awaits you makes every step worth it. During the six hour trek will have the opportunity to witness numerous crystal-clear streams and as you cross Thadepati Pass at an altitude of 3,690 meters, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking panoramic view of Helambu valley that stretches out before your eyes.

As you begin your descent from Thadepati Pass, take the left route and find yourself immersed in a serene forest trail leading towards Melamchi Gaon.

Once in Melamchi Gaon village,take time to explore its unique charms by visiting its monastery while also getting acquainted with local residents who follow Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 12: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang (2590m/5 to 6 hours).

Today’s trail unveils a hidden paradise nestled amidst the high-altitude meadows of the breathtaking Helambu Valley. As you embark on this trekking route, you’ll encounter a multitude of Buddhist monasteries and chortens, adding an air of spirituality to your journey.

The trail meanders through dense forests adorned with vibrant rhododendrons, while small streams gracefully flow alongside it. Along the way, you’ll also come across picturesque yak grazing pastures that further enhance the natural beauty of this region.

Upon reaching Tarkegyang, a fascinating ancient Gekye Gompa awaits your exploration. Additionally, Tarkegyang offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the simple yet captivating lifestyle embraced by Hyolmo people.

Day 13: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermanthang (2610m/4 to 5 hours).

Leaving behind Tarkegyang, a cultural village, trek towards another stunning Hyolmo village in the Helambu region called Sermanthang.

As you continue along the route, you will come across a Buddhist monastery in Ghangyul. Here, you will pass by a Mani wall and gradually descend until reaching Chimighyang.

After enjoying a pleasant walk on flat terrain, Sermathang awaits—the most northern side of Nepal. This area remains untouched by many travelers; therefore, it offers an opportunity to witness some of the original Tibetan tribes and learn about their local traditions.

Day 14: Trek Shermathang to Melamchi Bazaar (870 m/2 hours). Drive to Kathmandu (2 hours drive).

From Sermanthang, the trek route will lead you down to Melamchi Bazaar. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing sight of the majestic Jugal Himal range, which includes Langtang, Ganesh, and Rolwaling Himal.

As you make your way through this scenic route, you’ll encounter numerous temples and monasteries. Passing by quaint settlements and lush green meadows dotted with cultivated fields adds to the charm of the journey. Finally arriving at Melamchi Bazaar marks a significant milestone in your adventure.

To continue towards Kathmandu from here, prepare yourself for a bumpy ride along the road starting from Melamchi Pul. Despite its rough nature, this road holds promises of more captivating vistas as it leads back to Kathmandu’s vibrant city life. End of the Trek.

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  • Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Cost : US$1100/Person
  • Indian Participants Kindly Enquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in Tourist Bus( Kathmandu to Syabru Besi).
  • Basic accomodation in local lodges on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) included for the duration of the trek.
  • Services of experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters etc.,
  • National Park entrance fees.

EXCLUDES:

  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, boiled drinking water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, tips and any personal expenses.
  • Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara at the End of the Trek.
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage, or otherwise.

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
  • in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
  • 2 passport photos will be required.
  •  Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
  • Indian Nationals do not need Nepal Visa to Travel inside Nepal.

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Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

  • Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Cost: US$1100/Person
  • Indian Participants Kindly Enquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in Tourist Bus( Kathmandu to Syabru Besi).
  • Basic accomodation in local lodges on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) included for the duration of the trek.
  • Services of experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters etc.,
  • National Park entrance fees.

EXCLUDES:

  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, boiled drinking water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, tips and any personal expenses.
  • Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara at the End of the Trek.
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage, or otherwise.

NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
  • in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
  • 2 passport photos will be required.
  •  Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
  • Indian Nationals do not need Nepal Visa to Travel inside Nepal.

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(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

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