Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek 18 Days

Langtang ,Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Maximum Altitude5000 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn
  • Trip styleTrek
  • Start/EndKathmandu

About Langtang ,Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek follows an adventurous trail that begins in the Langtang National Park and gradually joins the Shivapuri National Park, crossing Laurebina La pass. It is an 18 days long trekking program that explores the wonders of the beautiful Langtang region and ends in the undisturbed Helambu region. The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking is for individuals who can walk 6 hours a day and can adapt to the limitations of the mountains.

Located north of Kathmandu valley, you can reach the starting point of Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek within 6 to 7 hours of comfortable drive. Following the banks of the Bhote Kosi and Lantang rivers, you will walk through dense rhododendron and pine forests. The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek route lets you spend nights in picturesque villages resided by Sherpas, Tamangs, and Hyolmos.

The expansive mountain views along the trail, the rich cultural heritage of the locals, and the tranquility of the region make Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking wonderful. The trail is dotted with mani walls, chortens, stupas, and prayer flags. There are artistic monasteries and inscribed rocks along the way too. The villagers are quite friendly and kind. Trust us, you will feel at home.

Langtang valley is also known as the valley of glaciers. So, expect a lot of glacier views during the trek. While trekking, you'll come across a range of flora and fauna. Do not touch or eat any flower or fruit randomly on the way. The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is guided by an expert mountain guide who will give you profound insights into the region and assure your safety in the mountains.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek in Nepal covers three major destinations- the Langtang valley, the holy Gosaikunda Lake, and the unspoiled Helambu region. Langtang valley covers lovely villages like Lama Hotel (2,480 m), Langtang village (3,430 m), and Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m). The trail goes up to Tsero Ri at 5,000 meters.

Then you retrace the path back to Lama Hotel and turn towards Gosaikunda lake via Thulo Syabru (2,230 m) and Singompa (3,250 m). Gosaikunda lake (4,460 m) is considered the home of lord Shiva and his wife, goddess Parvati as per Hindu mythology. It is a pilgrimage site with a huge religious significance. From here, the trail crosses the Laurebina La pass (4,600 m), which joins the Langtang region to the Helambu region.

You will descend to Gopte (3,440 m) to spend the night from the pass and walk past villages like Melamchi Gaon (2,560 m), Tarke Ghyang (2,590 m), Sermathang (2,610 m), and Melamchi Pul Bazar over the next few days. The Gosaikunda Helambu trek ends in Melamchi Pul Bazar, and you drive back to Kathmandu. The overall journey is very adventurous, thrilling, and immersive.

You will learn a lot about the Nepali rural lifestyle on this trek. Mountains like Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Yala Peak (5,500 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Gyachung Kang (7,952 m), etc, are seen along the way. The landscape keeps changing as the trek progresses and only gets better.

Join our Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek in Nepal to embark on a lifetime journey in the Himalayas. We have the best Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek itinerary for the upcoming season of 2023. You can customize the itinerary with us if you are not satisfied with our proposed itinerary. Check out our Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek map for more information.

Good to Know

  • Follow an adventurous trail via Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park
  • Cross a mountain pass called Laurebina La that connects the Langtang region with the Helambu region
  • Explore the beautiful Langtang valley and its picturesque villages
  • Walk through lush rhododendron forests, crossing suspension bridges over Bhote Kosi and Lantang rivers
  • Witness stunning mountains views and diverse landscapes
  • Experience the true rural lifestyle of Nepal and the rich cultural heritage of the villagers along the trail
  • Hike to Tserko Ri and explore the holy Gosaikunda Lake
  • Come across numerous stupas, mani walls, chortens, and monasteries while trekking
  • Get to meet people from communities like Sherpa, Tamang, and Hyolmo 
  • A less rowed trekking route and unspoiled Helambu region

Itinerary

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Arrive in Kathmandu and meet with our airport representatives at the terminal gate holding your name card. He will take you to the hotel and also let you know any important information. You can take your time to unpack and later meet with the rest of the team members over the welcome dinner.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Max. Altitude1300 m

We have planned a half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You'll meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby. The tour involves a visit to Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these monuments present Nepali art and architecture. In the afternoon, we do the necessary preparation for the trek. Meet with the trek guide and do the final packing. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast only
  • Max. Altitude1300 m
  • Duration5-6hours

The trek starts at Syabrubesi. We'll drive from Kathmandu to this place early in the morning. The drive is long and offers beautiful scenery. We pass by Dhunche and Trishuli Bazaar before reaching Syabrubesi.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,550 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

On your first day of trekking, you will follow the Bhote Koshi river and the Langtang Khola. The trail starts with a moderate climb and zigzags up the valley. As you continue, you will pass the village of Thulo Syabru and enter a deep gorge, marking the start of the Langtang valley. From here, you will descend through a bamboo forest where red pandas and Langur monkeys live. 

Following the Langtang Khola upstream, you will pass through the hamlets of Pairo and Bamboo, where the trail often needs to be rebuilt due to river flooding. After crossing a bridge to the north side of the river, you will pass through Rimche and briefly climb out of the forest to reach Lama Hotel.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,480 m
  • Duration6 hours

After leaving Lama Hotel, you will continue your trek up the Langtang valley. The majestic peak of Langtang Lirung will come into view as you pass a waterfall and continue along the west bank of the Langtang Khola. You will pass through the hamlet of Gumnchok, and the trail will begin to flatten as the valley widens. You will trek past Ghora Tabela, a National Park checkpoint, and cross a small wooden bridge. 

As you continue through the forest, you may see villagers advertising local yak curd, which you can try if you wish. By the time you reach Langtang, you will have left the tree line behind. You will see a 400-year-old Buddhist monastery on your left before entering the village itself.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,430 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

Today's trek will be relatively short, as you continue up the Langtang valley to Kyanjin Gompa. After passing through Upper Langtang village, you will walk along a series of long mani walls. You will have great views of the peaks Dorji Lakpa and Urkinmang to the east, and Naya Kanga and Pongen Dopku to the south. The trail will become steep and undulating before you cross a rise and Kyanjin Gompa comes into view. 

Kyanjin Gompa is situated in an amphitheater surrounded by snow-capped peaks. After lunch, your guide may suggest a hike up a small hill to the north of the village, which offers stunning views of Langtang Lirung, the Langtang glacier, and Kimshing peak. To the south, you can see a long ridge on top of which is the Ganja La, a high pass to Helambu.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,870 m
  • Duration4 hours

Following the same trail back, you'll descend to Lama Hotel. On the way, you will walk past Ghoda Tabela and Langtang village. The trail goes along the Langtang river and lush rhododendron forests. The views of the mountains along the way are fantastic.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,480 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

After leaving Lama Hotel, you will continue down the Langtang valley and cross the Langtang Khola just before the village of Bamboo. You will then follow the contours of the valley, and Thulo Syabru will come into view, perched atop a ridge. You will need to cross a bridge and climb up through terraced fields and farmhouses to reach this picturesque village.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,230 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

After leaving Thulo Syabru, you will head south to Sing Gompa. The trail will zigzag uphill, and after 45 minutes, you will reach a stupa with spectacular views of the valley below. You will see the Ganesh Himal to the west and a range of unnamed peaks just over the border in Tibet to the north. There will be a few tea shops along the way, and after about three and a half hours of climbing, you will reach Phoprang Hill, where you can enjoy refreshments and lunch. 

From there, you will continue south, contouring around the western side of the ridge. The trail will lead you through a forest and over another ridge before climbing a ladder to cross a wall and enter Sing Gompa, a small village with a few lodges, a gompa, and its cheese factory. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,250 m
  • Duration5 hours

After leaving Sing Gompa, you will head northeast. There will be a 30-minute climb before reaching a more level stretch of trail. You will then cross to the other side of the forested ridge you are following. After another short climb, you will pass through the hamlet of Chalang Pati. From there, you will continue climbing and rise above the tree line at about 11,483 feet (3,500 meters). 

After another few hundred meters of climbing, you will have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Ganesh Himal rises to the north, and Langtang Lirung is to the east. You will pass through Laurebina Yak and a moderate climb, reaching a stupa with more beautiful views. The terrain becomes more rugged as you follow the trail, passing a lake called Saraswati Kund on your right. 

After crossing the shoulder of a ridge, you will descend slightly, and another lake, Bhairav Kund, will come into view. Following a short climb, you will crest a ridge, and the sacred Gosainkunda lake will open before you.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,460 m
  • Duration6 hours

You will follow the trail around the edge of Gosainkunda and begin to climb, passing prayer flags and even a trident, supposedly left by Shiva. You will see smaller lakes to your left and a coal-black lake to your right. The Laurebina La pass, just past this lake, is decorated with hundreds of prayer flags that flutter in the cold breeze, and you will have excellent views of the Helambu valley below. 

From there, it will be a long descent to the river, which you will need to cross. You will then follow a trail strewn with boulders that climb in and out of ravines for a few hours before reaching Ghopte Cave.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m
  • Duration6 -7 hours

After leaving Ghopte Cave, you will climb for a couple of hours to reach the village of Tharepati, which sits on a ridge. From there, the trail will make a rapid descent through fir forest, then through oak, rhododendron, and juniper. At one point, you will have a good view of Dorje Lhakpa. The descent will take at least a couple of hours, after which you will cross a suspension bridge with a waterfall to your left before climbing to the village of Melamchi Gaon. The gompa (monastery) here is particularly impressive.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,560 m
  • Duration6 hours

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,590 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

Leaving Tarke Gyang, the trail will be gentle and offer great views of the Helambu valley below. Keep an eye out for Langur monkeys that live in the valley. After a short while, you will see the terraced fields of Gangjwal stretching down the hillside. Passing through Gangjwal, you will continue along the valley side and a newly constructed "peace" stupa before ending the day's trek in Sermathang.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,610 m
  • Duration3-5 hours

The trail descends along the lush woodlands and Shivapuri watershed to Melamchi Pul Bazar. From here, you'll drive back to Kathmandu. The guide will drop you at the hotel. The remaining day is free. Enjoy as you wish. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,440 m
  • Duration3-4 hours trek & 2 hours drive

Today is your last full day in Kathmandu. Take this opportunity and explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Do window shopping in Thamel and visit the local market. We meet you in the late evening over a farewell dinner. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & farewell dinner

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek ends here. Our team will drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time. 

 

    Useful Information

    Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek difficulty

    The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking is a moderate to challenging trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. The trek involves hiking at high altitudes, with some steep and challenging sections, and can take up to 14 days to complete. 

    It is important to be in good physical shape and have some previous hiking experience to tackle this trek. The use of trekking poles and proper hiking gear, such as hiking boots and warm clothing, is also recommended.

    The trek begins in the Langtang valley and takes you through forests, pastures, and terraced fields, with the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.

    Altitude Sickness during the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

    Altitude sickness is a common concern on this trek, as it involves ascending to high elevations. To prevent altitude sickness, it is important to ascend gradually, allowing your body time to adjust to the change in altitude. 

    It is also recommended to avoid strenuous activities, stay well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and tobacco. If you start to experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention if necessary.

    Our mountain guide will help you in case you see any symptoms of altitude sickness. He will provide you with first aid and help you subside it. Our Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu itinerary has a gradual increase in elevation, so you will have ample time to acclimatize.

    Best time to do Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek 

    The best time to do the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is from March to May and from September to November. These seasons offer the most favorable weather for trekking, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. 

    The months of March and April are particularly popular, as they coincide with the blooming of the rhododendrons, which add a beautiful burst of color to the landscape. 

    The monsoon season from June to August is an off time along with winter. Trekking in these two seasons will not be ideal. The trails are muddy and slippery during this time, and the views may not be as clear. Winter is generally considered to be a less ideal time for trekking, as the trails can be snowy and the temperatures can be very cold.

    Food & Drinks

    During the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, you will have the opportunity to try a variety of local foods and drinks. Many of the dishes will be made, with ingredients that are locally sourced and produced, such as potatoes, rice, lentils, and vegetables. 

    You may also have the chance to try traditional Nepali dishes such as dal bhat (a hearty meal of rice, lentils, and vegetables) and momos (steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables). 

    Additionally, you will be able to find a variety of snacks and drinks at tea houses along the trail, such as biscuits, noodles, soups, and tea. It is also possible to find bottled water, sodas, and beers in some of the larger villages. It is important to stay hydrated during the trek, so be sure to drink plenty of water and other beverages to avoid dehydration.

    Accommodation

    During the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, you will have the option to stay in a variety of accommodations. In the larger villages, you will be able to find lodges and guesthouses that offer basic but comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms. 

    These lodges typically have dining rooms where you can enjoy meals, and some may also have a common area where you can relax and socialize with other travelers. In the smaller villages and along the trail, you may have the option to stay in teahouses, which are basic establishments that offer simple rooms with shared facilities. 

    Some teahouses may also have a dining area where you can have meals. It is also possible to camp along the trail in designated areas, but this will require carrying your own camping equipment and supplies. Overall, the accommodations on the trek are basic but provide a comfortable place to rest after a day of hiking.

     

    FAQs

    • Q1. Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

      How much does it cost for Gosaikunda Helambu Trek?

      The price of the package may vary from one company to another. Factors like itinerary, service, etc determine the package cost. In general, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek cost USD 800 to USD 1200 per person. 

      How difficult is Langtang Helambu Gosaikunda Trek?

      The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking is a difficult trek. The trek crosses a mountain pass and has a handful of steep, slippery climbs. You will be trekking in a remote area with no proper facilities for trekkers. And high elevation, along with limited food options, make the trek a bit more challenging. 
      Is Langtang open for trekking?

      Yes, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is open to join in 2023. You can join our spring or autumn departure for the best trekking experience. Get in touch with us for more booking information. 

      How long does Langtang Helambu Gosaikunda Trek take?

      The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking goes anywhere from 14 to 18 days. You can do Langtang valley, Gosaikunda lake, and Helambu trek separately with us, too, in case you are bound by time and cannot do this long trek.

      Can you trek to Gosaikunda and Helambu without a guide?

      Yes, you can trek to Gosaikunda lake and Helambu trek without a guide, but it'll not be a good idea. This trek explores a very less crowded trekking route and crosses a high mountain pass, which demands professional assistance. Trekking alone will put you in danger, and you will have no one to tell you the legends revolving around the trial. 

      How do you do a Gosaikunda Helambu trek?

      To do the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek, first, you have to book the trek with us. After the booking is confirmed from our site, you will start preparing for the trek. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our team will pick you up at the airport and help you throughout your trek with us in Nepal. We will brief you about the journey and help you arrange everything. 

      Who can join the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek?

      Anyone who has previous high-altitude experience or has done some kind of trek can join the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek with us. You have to be in good shape and health to do Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking. 

      Is the Gosaikunda Helambu trek safe for solo female trekkers?

      Yes, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is safe for solo female travelers. You will be trekking with an experienced guide and porters who are very reliable and keep you safe. As a solo trekker, you can join our group or do a private trek as you feel comfortable. 

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