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Langtang - Gosainkund - Helambu

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Trip Fact

Trip name: Langtang - Gosainkund - Helambu
Duration: 17 days
Grade: Moderate
Max. Altitude: 4984m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov

Strengths

  • The closest massif from Kathmandu
  • Blooming Rhododendron forests in spring season
  • A complete discovery of the Langtang Valley, Gosainkund lakes and Helambu
  • Moderate altitude trek
  • Cultural and panoramic trip

  • Level 11/20 13 days trekking with maximum altitude maximum of 4984m. Stages average from 5 to 6hours.

    This trekking in the mountainous region north of Kathmandu combines the visit of the three different areas: The Langtang Valley, the Gosainkund Lakes and the Helambu hilly region. The first one is located in between the Langtang massif to the north bordering the Tibet and the shorter Naya Kanga and Ganjala Himal to the south. This isolated valley is inhabited by the Tamang, the second most important ethnic group of Nepal. Its religious rites, its language and dress are very similar to the Tibetan ones. The access to the Langtang Valley is made by road till Syabru Besi that has been upgraded in 2012 making the drive shorter. From that starting point, the walking days are short to better acclimatize because of the rapid altitude increase. The path goes upstream the Langtang Khola till its last village of Kyangjin Gompa at the bottom of the majestic Langtang Lirung (7227m).You will spend one day around that village ascending short peaks such as Tsergo Ri or Kyangjin Ri, easy peaks less than 5000m and view points of the Shisha Pangma and other mountains. The path descends the same valley and takes to the Gosainkund Lakes at 4300m. The sacred lake is visited every August during the monsoon in Nepal by the local pilgrims. From the lake by crossing a short pass at 4800m you enter the Helambu region, inhabited by Hyolmo who came from Tibet fleeing the religious persecution in the 15th century. These people are called Sherpa but are completely different from those of the Everest region.

    DAYS PROGRAM ALTITUDE SERVICE
    Day1 Arrive Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day2 Transfer >Dhunche – Syabrubesi 6/7h bus 1570m lodge
    Day3 Trek 1 Riverside, 4/5h 2000m lodge
    Day4 Trek 2 Ghode Tabela, 5h 2970m lodge
    Day5 Trek 3 Langtang, 3h 3480m lodge
    Day6 Trek 4Kyangjin Gompa, 4h 3870m lodge
    Day7 Trek 5 Around Kyangjin Gompa 3870m lodge
    Day8 Trek 6 Lama Hotel,6h 3020m lodge
    Day9 Trek 7 Thulo Shyabru, 6h 2250m lodge
    Day10 Trek 8 Shing Gompa 3250m lodge
    Day11 Trek 9 Gosainkund Lakes, 5h 30 3280m lodge
    Day12 Trek 10 Ghopte 3430m lodge
    Day13 Trek 11 Kutumsang 2470m lodge
    Day14 Trek 12 Chisopani 2165m lodge
    Day15 Trek 13 Sundarijal, transfer Kathmandu lodge
    Day16 Kathmandu Valley sightseeing hotel
    Day17 Final departure transfer to airport

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

    Day 02 Kathmandu – Dhunche – Syabru Besi (1460m) 7h
    From Kathmandu the road twists and climbs up to Kakani pass at 2145m, which offers excellent views of Annapurna II, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, and descends into the broad Trisuli Valley. It is a long descent through terraced fields and the road crosses the Tadi Khola at km 60, climbs onto a plateau of red soil. From Trisuli the road climbs up to Kalikasthan at 1390m, the entrance to Langtang National Park. The road reaches its high point on the ridge at 1980m, makes a long contour through forests to reach Dhunche at 1950m. The road continues to Syabru Besi with some more twists. Night in lodge.

    Day 03 Syabru Besi – Riverside (2000m)
    The trail starts through bamboo forest and terraced fields on the hillside witness the patient work from the local people through generations. The path crosses the Langtang Khola on a suspension bridge and on the other side enters a dense and mixed forested area with pine trees, oaks, maple, alder and bamboo. This forest is home of a true wild life with yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear.

    Day 04 Riverside – Ghode Tabela (2970m)
    The path ascends steeply amid the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and gradually descends to Lama Hotel also known as Changtang at 2380m. The route makes now a gentle climb and becomes steeper, climbing high above the river. Tantalising glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7246m) appear through the trees and after crossing Ghumnachok, the path crosses a stream on a log bridge, then climbs through meadows to Ghode Tabela.

    Day 05 Ghode Tabela – Langtang (3430m)
    The route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. You arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3500 meters. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc.

    Day 06 Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa (3870m)
    The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna and Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyanjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory.

    Day 07 – Around Kyanjin [3870m]
    After much gain in elevation we take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. For those who want to do exercise, they can climb Tsergo Ri located at 4984m from where amazing views of snow-capped mountains are spreading right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers.

    Day 08 Kyangjin Gompa - Lama Hotel [2470m] 6h
    From Kyangjin, we take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

    Day 09 Lama Hotel - Thulo Syabru [2250m] 6h
    The path continues descending along the river bank till Rimche and after crossing the river enters the dense forested area. The route comes to the junction with the path linking to Syabru Besi. We take another route leading to Thulo Syabru. After crossing a stream, the route makes a steep ascent through bamboo, alder, maple and oak forests. Approaching the village, the forest makes place to terraced fields.

    Day 10 Thulo Syabru - Sing Gompa [3250m]
    The path leaves the village and passes by the monastery and the army post before winding up a steep hillside above the village through potato fields till Dursagang at 2550m. The path continues to climb through forest passing by an old chorten on the top of a ridge at 3000m. There is a trail on the right leading directly to Dhunche. We take the other one climbing up through a forested area till the top of a ridge at 3260m. The gompa of Singh Gompa is not well cared-for.

    Day 11 Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda [4380m]
    The trail climbs steeply up the ridge, at several points on top of the ridge itself. The path crosses behind the ridge and stays in deep forests before emerging onto a saddle at Chalang Pati at 3380m. The trail continues ascending providing outstanding views across Langtang Valley to Langtang Lirung. There are few sheds before reaching Laurebina. The views here are truly magnificent with Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and finally Langtang Lirung. The trail continues ascending through meadows till the top of the ridge at 4100m. The path leaves the ridge and follows a trail high above the Trishuli Valley and after crossing a spur, Bhairav Kund comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to a ridge and drops to the third and largest lake, Gosainkund at 4380m.

    Day 12 Gosainkunda - Ghopte [3430m]
    The trail passes the north side of the lake and climbs further through rugged country towards the pass. Passing three more small lakes, the trail finally reaches Laurebina pass at 4610m. From the pass, the trail descends alongside a stream through alpine country to a hut at Bhera Goth. The low trail descends along the middle of the valley to Phedi and continues on an extremely rough trail, across moraines to the bottom of a steep climb. From the top of the ridge, the trail descends through forests, climbing in and out of ravines across the head of the valley. Giant cliffs tower far above, forming the top of the Thade Danda.

    Day 13 Ghopte - Kutumsang [2470m]
    The trail goes down through rhododendron and juniper forests till a stream before climbing up to Tharepati at 3490m. From that village, the path descends gently through pine and rhododendron forests with Helambu Valley and Jugal Himal coming in view. The path goes through a herding country with many Goths along the way. The trail descends to Mangen Goth and climbs shortly up to a short pass at Kyuola Bhanjyang. The path continues descending through forested area with Numbur Himal and Jugal Himal in the background.

    Day 14 Kutumsang - Chisopani [2165m]
    The trail climbs up to a short pass at 2620m and descends to Gulphu Bhanjyang Tamang village. This is a delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street. From the village you have a superb panorama going from Annapurna to Numbur via Manaslu. The path climbs up again to a pass at 2470m on top of a ridge before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a big Tamang village on a saddle at the bottom of a ridge. You need two hours more climb to reach Chisopani.

    Day 15 Chisopani - Sundarijal, transfer to Kathmandu [1450m]
    The path goes through meadows and cultivated fields and climbs up through oak and rhododendron forestes till Borlang Bhanjyang, an excellent mountain views point. The ridge makes the northern border of the Kathmandu Valley and the path enters the Shivapuri Watershed & Wildlife Reserve, a 112 square km walled area. Most of the Shivapuri ridge is a dense forest of pine, oak and rhododendron trees. The path goes down to Mulkharka and you can see the anarchic city of Kathmandu. The trail makes a steep descent to Sundarijal where your vehicle is waiting for you. The transfer to your hotel will take about 45 mn.

    Day 16 Kathmandu sightseeing
    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 10 Transfer to airport for return flight