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Helambu - Gosainkund

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Trip Fact

Trip name: HELAMBU - GOSAINKUND
Duration: 12 days
Grade: Moderate
Trip activity: Trekking
Max. Altitude: 4600m
Best time to Travel : March, April, May, Oct, Nov

Strengths

  • Out of the beaten track itinerary, the closest massif from Kathmandu
  • Blooming rhododendron forests in spring season
  • A pilgrimage to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund
  • Moderate altitude trek

  • Level 9/20 8 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 4600m. Stages average 5 to 6hours. The trek starts at low altitude and gains elevation every day to reach the highest point at Laurebina Pass making no problem of High Altitude Sickness.

    During 8 days trekking you are completing a pilgrimage to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund, the climax of this trip. The area lies north of the capital city of Kathmandu. The starting and ending points are linked by road and you will never have to depend on air connection troubles.

    The trek starts at Talamarang and goes through the Helambu region inhabited by different ethnic groups as always in low altitude areas where local are indulging in farming activities. The trek is getting higher each day following ridges and crossing rhododendron and oak forests. After Melamchigaon the path goes across some moraines on the hardest section before reaching the beautiful and serene area of the lakes. The trek now goes down to Thulo Barku end of the walk.

    DAYS PROGRAM ALTITUDE SERVICE
    Day1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day2 Bus drive > Melamchi - Talamarang 5h 950m logde
    Day3 Trek 1 Kakani, 5h 1990m lodge
    Day4 Trek 2 Tarkegyang, 6h 2550m lodge
    Day5 Trek 3 Melamchigaon, 4/5h 2550m lodge
    Day6 Trek 4 Tharepati, 5h 3600m lodge
    Day7 Trek 5 Phedi, 5h 3750m lodge
    Day8 Trek 6 Laurebina Pass - Laurebina, 6/7h 3930m lodge
    Day9 Trek 7 Thulo Shyabru, 5h30 2300m lodge
    Day10 Trek 8 Thulo Barkhu 3h, bus drive to Kathmandu hotel
    Day11 Kathmandu Valley sightseeing hotel
    Day12 Departure transfer to airport

    Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle

    Day 2 bus drive to Melamchi and Talamarang. 4/5h
    It’s not necessary to get up early today as for many trekking starting days as we just go by bus to our trekking starting point in Talamarang. Beyond that village there is no close accommodation for spending the night so you will stay here and not walk today. The bus takes the road linking with the Tibetan border, east of Kathmandu and soon the pagoda temples of Bhaktapur loom around towering the city. The road continues through nice carved terraces fields before entering Banepa and further on Dhulikhel, two newar cities. From the latter one the majestic Himalayan range is on display. The road goes on a twisting downhill till Panchkal before taking on the left fork after Lamidanda. The road now goes upstream the Indrawati river till Melamchi Pul, a city at the confluence of two big rivers coming from Helambu. From the confluence point, the road now goes upstream the Melamchi River till Talamarang.

    Day 3 Trek Talamarang – Kakani (1990m). 6h
    The trek starts today by a crossing through terraced fields and typical villages till the ridge of Palchok danda that we reach at Dubachaur. With the gain of elevation, the snow capped peaks appear. The path follows the ridge above the valleys of the Indrawati and Melamchi rivers on each side. Still going up, the path reaches Pokhare and further on arrives in Kakani for the night here.

    Day 4 Trek Kakani – Tarkeghyang (2550m). 6h
    The path starts through the terraced fields around the village towards the short pass of Kakani Bhanjyang at 1995m where there is a gilt statue of Guru Rimpoche. We enter into the Buddhist Sherpa land with plenty of stupas, engraved stones, prayer flags, big poles with colored flags in front of each house. Then the path enters a forested area before crossing another short pass: Nigale Bhanjyang at 2460m with many short bamboos around. At 2590m we arrive at Sermathang, a very pleasant Sherpa village where we have a short rest. Now the path continues on hillside till Gyangyul at 2770m, a village nestled amidst beautiful fields of barley, cabbages and potatoes. One and half hour later we reach Tarkeygyang, another very charming Sherpa village.

    Day 5 Trek Tarkeghyang – Melamchi Gaon (2550m). 4/5h
    Today the path starts descending till Nakoptegaon with its monastery. It’s still going down to a suspension bridge before climbing steeply up on the other side. The way is always up till Melamchi Gaon, a village on a headland on the very border of the Langtang National park.

    Day 6 Trek Melamchi Gaon – Tharepati (3600m). 5h
    Like yesterday, today the path starts going down till a suspension bridge and like yesterday on the other side of the bridge the path is going steeply up through a forested area. During the spring season rhododendrons are blooming. The big roots of the trees have carved some high steps not so easy to follow. The way up ends in Tharepati situated on a pass at 3600m. We have gained 1000m of ascent today and from the path we have a wonderful panorama of the Himalaya and the Laurebina pass.

    Day 7 Trek Tharepati – Phedi (3750m). 5h
    The path goes down through green pastures and passes by a cave before going further on to Ghopte at 3330m. Today’s path is quite uneasy with many up and downs on a very rocky track that makes its way in between wild high slopes above our heads and without village crossing. Phedi in local language means foothill.

    Day 8 Trek Phedi – Laurebina Pass (4600m) – Gosainkund – Laurebina (3930m). 6/7h
    Today is D-day with the Laurebina Pass crossing reaching the highest point of the trek. Phedi meaning foothill, we are not surprised that the path goes up through a mineral landscape with shrubs and rocks. From the top of the pass we have superb views of each side. The way down is still in a wild atmosphere and soon we reach the first sacred lake of Gosainkund, a pilgrimage site very important for the people of Nepal especially during monsoon time. The place is ideal for a lunch break and after the break the way continues till Laurebina where we will stay during the night. The hamlet is situated on a ridge offering a 170km-from west to east- panorama including the Langtang Range on the Tibetan border, the Ganesh Himal massif, the Manaslu Range and the whole Annapurna Range. It was worth coming here and all the tough walking days are rewarded.

    Day 9 Trek Laurebina – Thulo Syabru (2300m). 5h30
    If it is a clear morning, you are advised to get up early to enjoy a super sun rise from the vantage point. After breakfast the path begins descending along the ridge and enters a forested area before Shing Gompa with its well known cheese factory. Getting out of this hamlet the path goes through a devastated forested area till Chandbari where you have lunch break. The path continues through forested area with plenty of monkeys living there. At the end of the forest the path enters a cultivated area around Thulo Syabru. The Langtang Massif is the king of the area in the background.

    Day 10 Trek Thulo Syabru – Thulo Barku (1960m). 3h
    DToday is the last trekking day with a last way down through a beautiful forest till Brabal, a village offering a panoramic view of the Trisuli Valley. The path continues down till Sano Barkhu and further on till Thulo Barkhu, ending point of the trek.
    Our private bus is already here and it’s a relief for back and shoulders to take off our backpack. The bus goes down till Dhunche, headquarter of the Rasuwa District. According to the time we might have our lunch break here or later on in Trisuli. Going out of Dhunche the road is in bad condition high above the Trisuli river bed. From Kalikasthan the road is getting good and starts twisting down till the bridge over the Betrawati river which marks the border with the Nuwakot District. Trisuli is the head quarter of Nuwakot District. The road goes till a bridge over the Trisuli at Tandi before making a long and slow ascent on a quite narrow road clung to the hillside till Kakani, a short pass. On the other side of that pass we can see the broad Kathmandu Valley. It’s a long way downhill till the capital.

    Day 11 Katmandou Valley Sightseeing
    Today you spend the all day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.

    Day 12: Depart from Katmandou
    According to the flight time you might have some time for last shopping before your transfer to airport for check in requiring 3 hours before your departure time.