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Langtang region offers some of the best and highly refreshing treks including the Langtang Valley Trek and Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek that takes us to one of the sacred pilgrimage sites of the Hindus; Gosaikunda. Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu trek runs through a quieter but very attractive trekking route that starts at Syabrubesi and ends at Melamchi Bazaar.
The trekking region falls within the Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan National Park, established in 1976 in order to protect wildlife and natural vegetation. So, expect to encounter some rare species like Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar, Red Pandas, Leopards, Langur, Ghoral, and much other wildlife that wander in the area. We trek along with the temperate and sub-alpine vegetation during the trek. Hence, we can observe beautiful terraced farmlands in the lower parts rising towards dense forests of Pine, Deodars, Rhododendron, and Bamboo forests. Later, when we gain much elevation, we will be walking above the tree line on barren landscapes with wild bushes only.
The most attractive aspect of this trek is the Gosaikunda Lake with 108 other smaller lakes in its vicinity. Carrying its own religious history, Gosaikunda is one heavenly attraction to tourists as well as pilgrims. The beautiful sights of the Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Himal Range, Annapurna massif, and other smaller peaks in the proximity are the bonus that rewards us during the tiring trek.
The trekking trail from Langtang to Helambu is inhabited by ethnic communities such as Tamang and Sherpas whose lifestyle, culture, and traditions are highly influenced by Tibetan practices. We will get to visit several old monasteries including the popular Kyanjin Gompa, Gompas and witness prayer flags along the trail that make our trip divine.
To summarize the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is an exceptional opportunity to travel in the remote and adventurous trekking trail on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley witnessing major Himalayan ranges exploring the ethnic culture, and spending nights in villages resided by heartwarming kind people.
Who can go on this trek?
Trekkers and travelers with strong physical fitness and endurance can opt for this trek. We will be walking for 6-7 hours on average on rugged terrain and some days above the treeline. Hence, prepare yourself mentally and train your body physically to walk long distances with a backpack.
Best seasons to go on Langtang-Gosaikunda -Helambu Trek
The best seasons to travel in the Langtang region are Spring and Autumn where you get the best views of the Himalayan range, the sky is blue and clear, the weather is highly favorable and nature blooms at its best giving the best possible experience of trekking. However, we are open to any customizations in the itinerary and dates of travel.
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to complete some immigration procedures. Then, one of our representatives will meet and greet you and drive you to the hotel. Please get some rest and the next day, you will be taken sightseeing around the city. Meanwhile, we will prepare for the trek to the beautiful Langtang Valley.
We wake up to a wonderful breakfast at the hotel and then take a tourist vehicle that will take us to Syabrubesi. The journey along the highway is an interesting one showcasing the rustic villages settled on hillsides with terraced farmlands as if they were drawn by some artist. After a brief stop at Trishuli bazaar for lunch, we head towards Dhunche and then descend down the road towards Syabrubesi. We get off our tiredness with the rest at a hotel.
After a long ride, we will finally start our trek on the 4th day. The trail initially takes us along the Langtang river slowly ascending towards green, dense forests. Along the way, we will come across several suspension bridges and small tea houses for rest. Although the trail is not very challenging, our body after 6 hours of trek will surely crave some rest.
After breakfast at Lama Hotel, we will head towards the Langtang Village. We will take a steep climb up the valley slowly realizing that the tree line has been left behind. Our trek will be worth it as we pass along carved stones, sacred mounds of rocks, prayer wheels, chhortens, prayer flags and witness the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. We will also be astonished by the views of breathtaking mountain ranges in the backdrops.
Kyanjin gompa is a popular sacred monastery for Buddhist devotees and a popular landmark in the Langtang valley. On the trek to Kyanjin Gompa, we will pass through yak pastures, crossing the wooden bridges and exploring the stunning landscapes. We will witness the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stones carved with prayers. The air may feel thin due to a rise in altitude but slow and steady walking is the key to avoiding altitude sickness.
After early morning breakfast, we hike up to Tserko Ri at 5000 m to view the panoramic sceneries of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Range. If we start early enough, we will also be able to see the sunrise behind the snow-capped peaks. After some time of exploration, we will trek back to Kyanjin Gompa for lunch and descend back to Lama Hotel to rest overnight.
Our trek to Thulo Syabru passes through several picturesque villages and dense forests of Rhododendron and Pine.
The trek to Shin Gompa begins with a climb to the Dimsa village continuing towards Rhododendron forests on a steady uphill climb. The views of the Langtang Himal range are legendary. After 4-5 hours of trek, we reach our destination, Shin Gompa, a place popular for Cheese.
It is one of the remarkable days of our trek as we will be reaching the sacred Gosaikunda which has so much beauty to bless our eyes. Traversing through the part of a dense forest, marked as a sanctuary for Red Pandas, we reach Lauribinayak. Then the trail continues on the ridge with rocks and stones until we reach Gosaikunda. We will gain significant elevation so make sure to walk slowly and steadily with proper rest at times.
After exploring the areas around Gosaikunda, we head towards Gopte. Most parts of the trail are rugged and rocky. We cross three more lakes towards the Laurebina La pass and then descend to Bheda Goth. Continuing the trek on rocky terrain, we reach Phedi at 3740 m. After a series of ascend and descend, we reach our destination, Gopte.
The trail on this day begins with a descent through the forest and an uphill climb to Kharka, amidst the Rhododendron forest. Then ascending to the Tharepati village, we further climb the ridge viewing the majestic Jugal area. Later, descending towards Melamchi river followed by a short climb, we reach Melamchi Gaon.
Our trekking trail enters the Helambu region with Sherpa Settlements and monasteries. The Stonehouse separated by narrow alleys are magical to watch. We will explore the rich Sherpa culture and traditions on this day.
Walking around the wide valley with the beautiful Helambu village in view, we will trek towards Sermathang to rest overnight.
Our trek comes to an end as we trek from Sermathang to the Melamchi Bazaar. From there, we will take a bus that will drive us to Kathmandu. We will have our farewell dinner together and rest at the hotel.
With a delighted heart, we will bid you farewell and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. We hope to see you soon for a brand new adventure.
We schedule our trips in the most favorable seasons. However, the above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the expedition’s obstructions but the quality of our service is guaranteed. In case of a delayed flight, we are obliged to inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients are compelled to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves. Apparently, 8k Expeditions will assist necessary arrangements for your comfort.
Trekkers are advised to schedule their flights at convenient time frames as we shall not be responsible for missed international flights or luggage before our reception. You are also suggested not to carry insignificant materials for your own ease.
We are cordially grateful to you for joining us!