Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking is a combined trek of three different regions that offers stunning Langtang valley with Kyangjin Gompa where we can visit 400 years old monastery and cheese factory. Gosaindunda Lake is another attraction of this trek. The lake is also known as frozen lake and high altitude lake which presents awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan vistas. It is said that if we take a dip in to this lake the skin diseases and knowingly done sins will be erased. Helambu is fascinating region, Here; we can experience Sherpa culture and traditions without having to go to Everest region. Also, the beautiful region is home to some of the wildlife and species of birds. The views of mountain peaks and landscapes seen from Helambu region are always Marvelous.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking

North of Kathmandu, Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking is easily accessible, flight is not involves in the region, we can take a scenic 8 to 9 hours bus journey from capital city to Syabrubensi, the large Tamang village. The best seasons for this trek are spring and autumn. This trek provides stunning views of the great peaks of Langtang Lirung (7250m) which dominates the upper Langtang valley and straddles the Tibetan boarder. Langtang is a narrow valley, sandwiched between main Himalayan range to the northern and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. This high alpine valley is inhabited by Tamang people of Tibetan origin who practice Buddhism. Trek to Langtang valleys offers an opportunity to explore village and monasteries as well as to visit glaciers at the head of the valley and views of Mt. Langtang, Mt. Dorje Lakpsa 6990m, Mt. Ganesh 7406m and Tibetan Himalayan ranges.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking is a most popular trekking in Langtang region with many attraction such as scenic landscapes, glimpse of Sherpa and Tamang lifestyle, lush rhododendron.

Forests, frozen lakes, glaciers and snowy peaks. This trek starts from Syabrubensi and the trail leads up to Kyangjin Gompa and passes the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. Exploring colorful Helambu region with fascinating Sherpa villages, the trek ends in Kathmandu. A stunningly picturesque region provides amazing panoramic views of Himalayas stretching from the Annapurna massif to Mont Everest and is really an awesome region for Trekking holidays.

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.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, scenic 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Big Syabru Bensi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 14: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 15: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 16: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 17: Trek from from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 19: 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.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greets you and transfer to hotel. After rest and refreshment, join the welcome dinner in the evening at a typical Nepali 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 Syabru Bensi, scenic 9 hours drive.
After breakfast at hotel, start a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi, The zigzag drives provide us high mountain sceneries and beautiful landscapes. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Climb through a variety of small villages and tracts of dense forest, the trek becomes a pleasant walk through trees where Langur monkey (The honey hunter animal) frolic, passing a sice stream and small waterfalls. Stay overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
From Lama Hotel, we take a short ascends which brings us to the right of where the valley begins as we start going up we will be able to see the beautiful view of Langtang Lirung peak. It is easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Langtang valley is a beautiful alpine village which provides excellent panoramic close up view of Langtang Lirung Genjempol, Ganjala and Naya Kenga Himal ranges. A visit to cheese factory, see the beautiful Buddhist Monastery built 400 years ago. It is a good experience to try to climb to Tsergo Ri (5033m). Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Today is a rest at this amazing village, we visit cheese factory, 400 years old monastery and explore around the glacier and Himalayan Yak pasture. We try climbing small peaks from Kyangjin Gompa.
Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Sadly, we leave this wonderful place and trek down to Lama Hotel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Big Syabru Bensi, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Walking on a pleasant trail, we trek back to Syabru bensi from where we will start our Gosainkunda lake trek. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
This part of our trek is delightful and warm temperature as we walk through the nice Tibetan Tamang villages, terrace farming lands to Sing Gopma where will stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake, 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trail to Lauribina Yak is steep 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. From Lauribina Yak takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach to Gosainkunda Lake. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After exploring around at Gosainkunda Lake, we set for another day's walk. The walk goes through a steep trail for three hours and crosses Lauribina La Passs at 4500m and the trail is too rocky. After the pass the trail becomes to descend and the slope continues for about 3 hours and reaches to Ghopte for the night halt. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati, 3 to 4 hours walking.
The trail continues through the forest of pine and juniper about 4 hour's slope up to Thadepati. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
A short and steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forests rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as we approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkegyang, 5 to 6 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 16: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
A flat pleasant walk to Shermathang for walking, this is a an entering 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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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Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Kyangjin Gompa, Gosainkunda.

Trip Duration: 19 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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