Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek is moderate rated trek to have in Nepal and is easily accessible from Kathmandu. This trek offers many splendid Buddhist monastery visit, Rhododendron forest (March/April), superb mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements and villages, friendly people. People in these are call themselves Sherpa’s but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant as dialects spoken & culture followed of here are different from other region.
We drive to Syabrubesi and start walking as trail passes through less visited ethnic group settlement, lush forest and historic Buddhist settlement of Kyanjin Gompa. There is hike from Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko ri at 5000m, which is highest point of the trek. Another prominent place we visit is Gosainkunda lake, watching the sun rising over multitude of glistening lakes of sacred hindu pilgrimage site. It is believed that this lake was created by Lord shiva. We cross Laurebina la pass of 4609m and trek down to beautiful village of Tarkegyang and Sermanthang before heading back to Kathmandu.
What are included in the package
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 – Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1550m). 7 Hrs
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 03 – Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m). 6hrs
This is our first day of trekking today. Follow the Langtang Khola or River. Pass through the dense forests. Cross several suspension bridges. We also pass by a Paira Lodge, Rimche The trail goes up and down but it's not that challenging. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 04 – Lama hotel to Langtang (3430m). 6.5 hrs
After taking morning tea, we embark our second day of the journey. Our trail continues along dense forest of oak rhododendron, hamlock and maple. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 05 – Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). 4-5 hrs
We get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. Cross several of the wooden bridges. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. Gompa. Kanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 06 – Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri (5000m) to Kyanjin Gompa
Early morning we visit to Tserko Ri 5000m for mountain sunrise views. We see spectacular view of Langtang Himalayan and phenomenal panoramas of Langtang lirung, Ghyanghempo, Langshisa ri, Ganja la and Nayakang. Then we return back to Kyanjin Gompa. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 07 – Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, proceed to Lama Hotel. Since, its mostly downhill, it is 4/ 5 hours walk from Kanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail goes all the way down hill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic Tamang settlements who follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 08 – Lama hotel to Thulo Syabru (2230m). 5-6 hrs
It takes about five hours. Your trek descends gently to Rimche throught bamboo then ascends to the landslide area then reach to Ghopche Khola and descends gradually along side the ridge on Syabru’s Main street. In route you could see red pandas, wild monkeys and bear if you are lucky. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 09 – Thulo Syabru to Sing gompa (3250m). 4-5 hrs
Today you trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing gompa and it takes about 4-5 hours. The trail from Syabru gaon to Foprang Danda (3200m.) follows steeply ascent path passing through Dursagang (2660m.) along with the view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain and oak, Hemlock, firs forests. Now the path gently ascends for some distance and then follows flat level to Sing Gompa which is popular place for Cheese. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 – Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4460m). Explore lake.
Which takes about five and half hours trekking .. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west lie Himal Chuli (7893m.,) Manaslu (8156m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikund, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva . O/N lodge (BLD)
Day 11 – Gosainkunda to Gopte (3440m). 7 hrs
The trail today is most of climbing and is bit challenging. We walk in rough and crosses moraines. The trail along with three small lakes then ascent to Laurebina la (4609m) then we walk down to phedi continue little up and down walking through pine, rhodonendron trek hill will bring us to Gopte. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 12 – Gopte to Melamchi gaon (2560m) 6.5 hrs
Morning breakfast fuels us for long trekking. We start down hill walk through forested area and climb to dry river bed arriving at Kharka, which is surrounded by rhododendron forest. With some little climb through forest we reach Tharepati. We view marvelous view of Jugal himal just above ridge of Tharepati. We then cross river and enter forest area then descend to melamchi river and climbing for some time brings to melamchi gaon. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 13 – Melamchi gaon to Tarkye Gyang (2590m). 5-7 Hrs
Today we enter to Helambu region which is cultural destination. You enjoy Sherpa culture over here and visit in sight villages and monasteries. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 14 – Tarkye gyang to Sermanthang (2610m). 4 hrs
Since, we do not gain altitude that much today, it's going to be comparatively easy walk today. We forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. Discover the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 15 – Sermanthang to Melamchi Pul Bazar. 3.5 hrs Drive to Kathmandu. 2 hrs
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa, but there are also people of other ethnicities. From the Bazaar, we return to Kathmandu catching up bus/jeep. You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BLD)
Day 16 – Trip ends, farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.