Gosainkunda with Helambu trek

Gosainkunda Lake with Helambu trek is a perfect choice for those trekkers who wish to explore the beauty of nature and want trek through fascinating villages and lush rhododendron forests. This trek is easily accessible without flight, north of Kathmandu, this is one of the nearest trekking destinations in Nepal. Also this is one of the most beautiful treks in Langtang and Helambu region. 

Gosainkunda with Helambu trek

This amazingly beautiful Gosainkunda with Helambu trek starts with a scenic eight to nine hours overland journey from Kathmandu. Dhunche is a place where we spend our first night at a mountain lodge and from here our trek really begins. Following a pleasant trail we enjoy our trekking holidays walking through terrace farming lands, traditional Tamang villages, lush rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to world famous Gosainkunda Lake which provides stunning views of snowy peaks and tranquil lake. It is said that if we take a dip into the Gosainkunda Lake the skin disease and knowingly done sins will be erased.

After crossing the stunning Laurebina la Pass (4600m), the Gosainkunda with Helambu trek enters to the Helambu region. This is a fascinating trekking area that offers a unique Sherpa culture. The region also provides awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Walking through lush forests, terrace farming villages, and stunning and pleasant trail that ends near Kathmandu valley, this trek is one the breathtaking treks in Langtang and Helambu region.

Attraction of the Langtang Region

Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.

In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.

Seasonal Attractions
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures

Flora & Fauna
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.

The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.

In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

Gosainkunda with Helambu trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Gosainkunda with Helambu trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. Free for rest and refreshment, evening join the welcome dinner at a typical restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
After early breakfast, we take a scenic drive which will takes about 8 to 9 hours local bus or can drive by a private Land cruiser. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge in Dhunche from where we will have a majestic mountains view including Ganesh Himal, few peaks of Langtang range and the Tibetan peaks. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After breakfast, we start our trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa, walking on a pleasant trail enjoying the beautiful villages and local landscapes we reach Sing Gompa. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The trail to Lauribina Yak is steep up and continues for three hours. Then the trail becomes much narrow and misty as well as change in vegetation too as the green vegetation becomes much deserted and rocky. We reach Gosainkunda Lake where we will spend our overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After exploring around at Gosainkunda and holy dip into the Lake, we set for another day's walk. The walk goes through a steep trail for three hours and crosses an amazing Lauribina La pass at 4600m and the trail is too rocky. After the pass the trail becomes to descend and the slope continues for about three hours and reaches to Ghopte. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail from Ghopte to Tharepati continues through the forest of pine and juniper about 4 hour's slope up to Thadepati. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 4 to 5 hours walking.
From Tharepanti, a short and steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forest rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as we approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight at a lodge.  

Day 09: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail descends steeply to the valley floor, where we can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear river before completing the short and mild ascent up the other side of the valley. Tarkegyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel. Overnight at a lodge.                                                                                                                                                                            
Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
A flat pleasant trail to Shermathang, this is an interesting  Sherpa village and they will be happy to introduce themselves that they are different from the Sherpa of Khumbu (Everest region) In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling, even Everest also in a distance. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Today the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, we will get to interact with local and friendly people. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle.
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is a free day for shopping and stroll around. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and celebrate the trek with your trekking crew. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 13: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your onward flight, wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.

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Gosainkunda with Helambu trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu

Trip Duration: 13 days

Max. Altitude: 4600 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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