Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek is a combine trekking holidays of three treks: Langtang valley, Gosaikunda and Helambu treks in Langtang National Park. Langtang valley is one of the most beautiful pasture valleys in Nepal. Its range of mountains, the Langtang Lirung is spectacular. And its rhododendron and fir forest is beautiful. The next valley is higher and sites the sacred lakes Gosaikunda. It is also the transit point into the Helambu valley trek with its hinder Buddhist culture, a landscape dotted with Chorten, Mani walls and a flutter myriad prayer flags. In the lower regions, the Solemn Buddhist culture gives way to the colorful air of the tropics as you enter to Kathmandu valley through predominantly Hindu villages.
This is a moderate level trekking ideal for passionate trekkers who have desire to walk at least 5-6 hours with light daypack on a sunny day. This trek is also famous by Langtang circuit trek amongst trekkers, and along Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek, there are nice tea houses. No need to worry about accommodation and meals are Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian.
Autumn and spring are the best season for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekking. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views in the day, but at nights is cold. In winter, we can also do this trek though it is colder than autumn and spring. It is great idea to bring warm enough good trekking gear I mean clothes with good sleeping bag and trekking poles are highly supportive for your trekking if you would bring with you. Ask to trek tour expert for tailor made trekking itinerary, the best and cheapest trekking package deal and group trekking departure.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
On arrival to Nepal you will be met at Kathmandu airport by us and transferred to Hotel. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place in the morning. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you are fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 3: Drive to Syabru Besi (1,420m, 8-9 hrs drive: Lunch at Trisuli).
This morning we will drive on a northern highway that twists and climbs over mountain ridges to the Trishuil valley for lunch and on to Syabru village for the overnight. The journey will take 8-9 hours through picturesque landscapes, mountain scenery and local villages. From Syabru we will have magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Mt Kerung of Tibet. We will relax tonight at a local teahouse.
Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2340m, 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast we start to walk own our pace and the trail ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by a climb of about an hour to reach Bamboo village (1,850m/6,068ft) where we will stop for lunch. This forested path with well stabilized trails and following the upstream and can be seen birds life around the bushes. Bee hives hanging on a cliff are another attraction for the visitors. From here we will again steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach the Lama Hotel.
Day 5: Trek to Langtang (3,480m, 5-6 hrs walks)
Today we will have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghora Tabela where we stop for lunch. This surrounding area dense wild habitat area and many small babblers with lot of herbal can be found here. After lunch we walk another three hours on the scenic trail takes us to Langtang village where we relax for the evening.
Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (2,920m, 3-4 hrs walk)
After breakfast this morning we leave the village and start our trek leisurely for around three to four hours to visit Kyanjin Gompa. From here we also have beautiful views of Mt Ganchempo and Langtang Lirung. We visit surrounding area like Yak cheese Factory, Monastery and local houses as we relax for the evening at teahouse.
Day 7: Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa
Today you may have full day of rest and relaxation at the surrounding area. We will be able to simply relax and enjoy the views or to explore the local area or visit some highlights of Cherku-ri (5,150 meters), glacier walk or Langshisha kharka depends on your fitness and interest. We will back to hotel for overnight stop.
Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel (2340m, 6-7 hrs walk)
This morning we retrace our steps somewhat as we head back from the Gompa. We have an easy downhill and pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest to Lama Hotel where we rest for the night before continuing our journey tomorrow for the Thulo Syabru village.
Day 9: Trek to Thulo Syabru (1,900m, 5-6 hrs walk)
Today our trail leads again through bamboo & rhododendron forest where we may see the local wild boar as well as other animal and birdlife on the route to Thulo Syabru. En route we have marvelous views of Mt Ganesh Himal, so close it seems like it is beside us. Firstly easy downhill follows the river bank but last part steeply uphill for couple of hours to get to the village.
Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa (3584m)
From Syabru the trail takes a steep climb to Dursagang and then through the forests of hemlock and oak passing an old chorten to the top of the ridge at Foprang Danda and then to Chadan Bari which is at an elevation of 3330m, this place’s main attraction is Sing Gompa. This place is commonly known as Sing Gompa than Chadan Bari.
Day 11: Trek to Gosaikunda(4381m)
Climbing steeply from Sing Gompa at several points the trail crossing behind the ridges moves in deep forests to Chalang Pati, walk from here will enter us to the protected areas of Gosaikunda. The other point where we trek on the way to Gosainkunda is Laurebina Yak. We continue to ascend to the ridge and then climb to Saraswati Kund and Bhairav Kund continues climbing gently and then drop about 20m to reach to the lake Gosaikunda
Day 12: Trek to Tharepati (3600m)
Leaving Gosaikunda the trail moves to Gopte, passing three more small lakes, we reach to Laurebina La, then to Phedi, from where the route drops to a stream and crosses the head of the valley, descending to Dupi Chaur, with all these ups and downs we make a final ascent to Tharepati, a windy ridge.
Day 13: Trek to Tarkyagang (2,600m, 5-6hrs walk)
This morning we begin our trek with a steep descent down a ravine where the vegetation changes first to large firs then to oak and rhododendron forest. Crossing over a stream via a suspension bridge, we follow the trail as it makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village of Melamchi gaun. The trail continues its descent to the Melamchi Khola (river). After crossing the bridge the trail begins to climb up the other side of the valley towards Tarkyagang. It is a long climb to this picturesque village, situated on a shelf high above the river. It is the largest village in Helambu and the main destination for trekkers traveling in this region as well as a good place to take a rest and enjoy the views and overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Sermanthang (2,690m, 4-5 hrs walk)
We left the big village of Tarkyagang the trail makes a sweep around the head of the wide valley between Parachin and the pretty village of Gangjwal at around 2500m. The trail then drops down from the edge of the ridge and continues at around the same altitude along the side of the ridge crossing over a number of streams and waterfalls. Finally we pass a Gompa before reaching the large village of Sermanthang for our overnight stop. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong.
Day 15: Trek to Melamchi and drive to Kathmandu (1300m, 5-6 hrs walk)
After breakfast we follow the trail along the ridge all the way down to Melamchi. After passing a large Gompa at the southern end of the village the trail undulates along the west side of the ridge, passing numerous chortens before dropping down to Kakani. From here the trail descends again to the small village of Dubochaur and continues to descend even more steeply across the ridge to the junction of the Indrawati and Melamchi rivers. We cross the suspension bridge over the Melamchi River to reach at Melamchi Bazaar for our lunch. From here, we take a bus, along the Helambu highway which is not well settled and back to Kathmandu where we return to this evening. Arriving in Kathmandu we check in to our hotel with the remainder of the evening and night at leisure.
Day 16: Day at leisure
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc.
Day 17: Kathmandu Airport or Holidays extension.
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight.
Trekking Tips for Clothing and Packing
While having the right kit with you for a trek is important, high-tech kit is not essential, especially for the lower treks which some people do in trainers, especially in the warmer months. Mountain Travel treks provide porters who will carry personal belonging but it is an idea to have a day-pack for essentials such as a water bottle, torch, gloves, hat, sun cream etc. Bring plenty of sun screens and never underestimate the power of the sun at high altitude.
We recommend that the best type of luggage on trek is a good sized, strong, cylindrical bag with a top-length zip. In addition you will require a day-pack and an additional bag for things that you may wish to leave in Kathmandu.
What to leave in Kathmandu
Basically, leave whatever “smart” clothes (if any) you have brought for evening and city day wear. Things are very informal at even the best hotels in Kathmandu and many visitors wear clean trekking clothes throughout the day. Bags can be left in the safe-keeping of your hotel whilst on trek as hotels in Kathmandu hotels are well-versed in the habits of trekkers and mountaineers. Do not leave valuables in your luggage. Arrange with the manager for them to be deposited in the hotel safe. We suggest leaving valuable documents, ornament, original passport and anything you think that you do not need on trek.
What to wear on trek
You must anticipate your daily clothing requirements at the beginning of each day and you will be assisted in this choice by your Sherpa leader or sirdar. Morning and late afternoons are cool in the mountains, so you will start the day’s walk warmly clad and proceed to shed clothes as the sun’s heat increases. For example, you may start the day in trousers and pullover but by midday shorts and a light shirt will do. This is where the day pack comes in handy.
What you carry on trek
On an organized trek you will just need to carry your day pack which should be a small, soft, light rucksack, comfortable enough to carry throughout the day. Fully packed it should weigh 5-7 pounds and should hold your warm or lightweight clothing, jacket, pullover, trousers or shorts. Also, a lightweight waterproof, water bottle, camera, notebook, map and other personal effects should be kept with you - try to anticipate what you will need for the day as the rest of your luggage will be ahead or behind you with the porters. Keep your day pack light or else misery will result!
What will be carried for you?
The porters will carry your bag containing clothes and personal items not required during the day and are carried from camp/teahouse to camp/teahouse in a pannier on a porter’s back.
Once you have packed your duffel bag in the morning, you will not see it until the next camp or teahouse is reached in the late afternoon. A duffel or soft canvas bag should be used, not a suitcase as it has to be packed into a basket. Crushable or fragile items in the bag are prone to damage if not well-padded with clothes...
Food and drink
Full Support treks provide each person with substantial and delicious food throughout the day. Early morning your Sherpa leader will wake you with tea and coffee and hot water for washing. A light breakfast of bread, butter, jam and crackers will then be served - the point of the light breakfast is that the early start allows you to make the most of the day on the trail, frequently the best mountain views are in the morning.
Brunch on the trail will consist of porridge, eggs (usually with sausage or meat and beans), potatoes, bread, jam etc. with tea or coffee. On arrival at the campsite it is possible to have tea consisting of a hot drink, bread, crackers, jam, peanut butter and probably cheese (depending on local supply). The evening meal will consist of soup, main course, sometimes a dessert and hot drinks.
For those doing a teahouse trek, the teahouses are well stocked for trekkers offering a staple diet of eggs, porridge, custard, chocolate and muesli amongst other foods. Often, the international delicacies promised on the menu are unavailable. Local dishes of dal bhaat, chowmein, packet noodles and seasonal vegetables are readily available unlike much of the western food on offer.
Due to a recent change in government regulations many areas no longer require trekking permits. However, should one be required we will forward you a trekking permit application form which should be completed as soon as possible and returned to us with 3 passport sized photographs and photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport. Your actual trekking permit will be handed over in Kathmandu.
For those planning to trek independently you will need to look into whether or not you need a permit. Permits are no longer required for the standard routes in the Annapurna, Everest and Langtang/Helambu/Gosainkunda areas. However, National Park Fees and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) are required before entry.
Permits are still required for treks passing through the restricted areas of Kanchenjunga, Olangchung Gola, Rolwaling, Manang, Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Mugu, Humla and Api-Saipal. Permits for these routes must be obtained by or through a registered trekking company, and for some routes a government liaison officer is required
Types of Trekking Arrangement
Trekking mean “travel by foot along mountain trails”, can be done for just a few days or for a month or more, in the same style as exploratory or mountaineering expeditions. Whilst trekking, Sherpas serve as guides, interpreters, cooks and camp staffs. Porters, horses or yaks carry all food, fuel, camping equipment and your personal belongings so that you need only carry what you might want during the day. At night either you can stay in tents or local lodges known as tea-houses and sleep in sleeping bags, all of which are carried with the trekking party.
Full Support Treks
Full Support treks provide a charming angle to trekking in the Himalayas. Accommodation is in the form of luxury tents, which are put up at the end of each day by the expert porters who carry the equipment from place to place throughout the trek with the help of pack animals. 3-course meals are prepared and cooked for you by our trained chefs that accompany you on your trek. Fresh supplies of vegetables, eggs and meat are purchased locally wherever available. Warm water is provided for washing in the mornings and evenings.
Full Support Group Treks & Expeditions
We have offered some popular trekking -tours in Nepal and Tibet on a fixed departure basis. These trips are joined by our valued clients from all around the world and are normally comprised of two to ten participants. Most of the trips are guaranteed to operate with only two persons without affecting the cost.
Tailor - Made Full Support Treks
We designs customized itineraries for individuals, families, and small groups of friends wishing to trek alone with full support services.
Full - Arrangement Tea House Treks
We highly recommend this Eco-friendly arrangement of trek wherever the lodges have been built so money can be spent locally. During this trek client will spend night in a cozy tea houses which is a normally built in a traditional Nepali house with private room with 2 beds with bathroom normally shared by 2 or 3 rooms. We provide with a guide as well as a porter for your personal belongings and sleeping bags. Meals are taken at the restaurant of tea houses.
Part - Arrangement Tea House Treks
We also arrange guide, porter, accommodation support for the more independent-minded trekker who do not mind organizing their own meal as per their budget. We set you on your way with one of our experienced guides and a porter to carry your equipment.
We cater for major full scale Himalayan expeditions. Our involvement can be tailored to suit the budget of the Expedition but in most cases we cut out the bureaucratic hurdles involved with obtaining permission as well as provide the support of some of our top Sherpas.
Expedition Support Treks
For major Himalayan expeditions we also organize special support treks to expedition base camps for families & supporters of the expedition members.
Today, many of the smaller Himalayan peaks can be successfully climbed by recreational mountaineers on a relatively short holiday expedition. Considering the distances one must fly, the costs can be quite reasonable, and a small expedition to Nepal need no longer be an impossible dream. We organize short-duration expeditions to a number of 20,000-foot Himalayan peaks.
We also offer a complete Himalayan treks & expedition service to the student of schools. We can advise on the appropriate region and destination in the Himalayas to suit the school objectives. We will handle all the arrangements, supplying detailed itineraries, comprehensive information booklets and equipment lists.
Gap Year Programmed
We have been successfully organizing long and short term Gap Year program for both student experience individual now.
Special Interest Treks
Many individuals or organizations want to arrange a special interest trek which is precisely tailored to suit their particular interest. These trips might be culturally orientated or specifically for bird watching and the like. Together with our associate companies we are also able to provide trek leaders with expert knowledge on specific subjects. We have already organized Buddhist Pilgrimage tour both in Nepal and other outbound destination, Tour of Power places.
Counseling for Trekking
It is up to the trekker’s interest what sort of trek would like to do and this can be discussed with the expert team of advisors when you come to book your trek. Trekking involve an element of fitness and obviously, the more strenuous the trek, the better it is to be fit. People of all ages, standards and abilities trek through the Himalayas - whatever your specifications, we can fulfill them.
If your trek goes through any of the national parks or conservation areas a separate entry ticket is required. In most cases the fee is simply collected at entry point; however, for Annapurna treks tickets must be bought in advance in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Children under 10 receive free admission.
Other considerations before embarking on a trek include good insurance that covers “hazardous sports”. It is also a good idea to register with your embassy in Kathmandu as this will speed up the rescue process in the highly unlikely event that you will need rescuing.