Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is approximately 18 days trekking. The Langtang Valley lies to the north of Kathmandu and is reached by a bus ride to the little trail head of Dhunche. From here the valley runs northeast to Langtang village and beyond it Kyanjin Gompa and Langshisha Karka. From Kyanjin Gompa a serious 5,100m pass leads down into the Helambu valley, whilst back down the Langtang Valley a trail leads up past Sing Gompa to the Gosainkunda Lakes, over the 4,610m Laurebina La and down into Helambu via a village called Ghopte. From Kyanjin Gompa the nearby hillock of Tserko Ri (4984m) gives outstanding views and is recommended, as is the walk to Langshisha Karka should time allow. The Langtang Valley can be walked straight up and down but if you want to include Helambu you clearly have to cross some fairly meaty passes.
The Langtang/Ganja La/Helambu routes around the same. Note that the Ganja La route is hazardous and need a guide; there are no lodges so camping gear is essential too: take this route only if you are an experienced mountain walker.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)


Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping Centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.


Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek


Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa:One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5100ft) 7-8hrs drive.
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridge line vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further toDhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2450m)5-6hrs trek
The first day excitement trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. After a visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail gradually ascend up to Bamboo passing by landslide. The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest which is cover by oak and maple, massive spruce, fir and blue pine. We pass through the forests of oak and rhododendron. The variety wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears etc. are inhabitance of the forest. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m). And at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. We will have lunch on the way to Lama hotel. Lama means the family name of the Nepalese ethnic group. Before there was only one tea house when trekking route was newly opened. Now there is more than 10 tea house/lodge. Every trekkers stop there for stay overnight.        


Day 05: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m)5-6hrs trek 
The day start with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpses of snowcapped peaks start appearing along with fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the trail across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat- roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village is worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.

Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m)4-5hrs
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large Chorten. It then climbs gradually past an impressive Mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic Icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Government operated Cheese factory. We have chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).

Day 07: Acclimatization day in Kyanjin
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking .We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surroundings areas of North having many smaller uninhabited valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.

Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel (5-6 hours walk)

After breakfast, proceed to Lama Hotel. Since, its mostly downhill, it is 4/ 5 hours walk from Kanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail goes all the way downhill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic Tamang settlements that follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans.

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel trek to Big Syabru Bensi (2230m) 5-6hrs trek.
The beginning trail gently descends along the river to the landslide then passes through pine and Junipers forests steeply up to Thulo (Big) Syabru. The trail offers magnificent views of red pandas, boar, monkeys and various species of birds. The Tamang Cultural Heritage “Thulo Syabru Gaun” preserves wonderful ethnic custom, culture and their traditional. Here, you can enjoy the amazing landscape and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7110m), Langtang Himal and its ranges. Rest of the day explore around the small village of Syabru.

Day 10: Trek from Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa (3330m) 3-5hrs trek
The trails lead us from Thulo Syabru follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2735m), passing aline of chotens. Along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Phoparng Danda (3190m). Watch the langur monkeys playing in the forest and a fine sunset views over the Ganesh Himal. The larger trail cuts across the ridge top, staying fairly level through silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat level to the Sing Gompa. The local well managed cheese factory and a Buddhist Monasteries can be the visiting places which provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature. Spend your night at teahouse.

Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m) 5-6hrs trek.
The trail today takes two parts. Initially the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. Slope is the sanctuary for the red pandas and providing magnificent view of snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The trail to LauriBinayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosaikunda. The myth is, Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison which threatened to destroy the world. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.

Day 12: Trek from Gosaikunda to Ghopte (3440m) 6-8hrs trek.
After explore around at Gosaikunda, we start a bit challenge day. The trail traverses the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and climbs on a rocky trail. We climb through rugged country, crosses glacier moraines and past four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610m). On a clear day we can see Annapurna range through the way. Then the trail leads us steeply down to Phedi (3740m). From here, the route drops to the stream then climbs through the scrub Bamboo to a crest. Continue walk down throughout crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees to Ghopte. At night you can see the lights of Trishuli Bazaar far below and Kathmandu glow behind the hills to the west.

Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati (3510m) 6-7 hrs trek
Descending from the ridge at Ghopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines. The trail slightly descends and then begins to ascend through the rhododendron, oak and juniper forests up to the Tharepati. A steep path rises above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a windswept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. Spend your day strolling around the village.

Day 14: Trek from Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m) 5-6 hrs trek.
Heading east from Tharepati, the trail drops rapidly down the ridge. The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with bird life along with good views down into the Helambu valley. The ridge gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Crossing the village and enter a forested area descending to Melamchi River followed to the Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their unique culture and spectacular Buddhist monasteries.

Day 15: Trek from Melamchi to Tarke Ghyang (2590m) 5-6 hrs
From the Gompa in Melamchi Goan, the trail drops rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large Chortens, a reminder of the strong Buddhist influence in the village. The trek descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well-earned dip in the crystal- clear stream named as Melamchi. After crossing the bridge the trail climbs steeply up to the sprawling valley of Nakote (1980m). Then the trail goes gently up to beautiful Sherpa village Tarke Ghyang (Ghyang means monastery) passing through Sherpa old settlements and biggest monasteries. Narrow cobbled lanes and tightly packed houses here resemble the high altitude villages of Mustang and Dolpo which are worth viewing. Tarkegyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel.

Day 16: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2610m) 4-5hrs.
Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range. In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling, Even Everest also in a distance.

Day 17: Trek to Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu:3-4hrs trek and 2 hrs drive
After breakfast the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the cool air and forested road.

Day 18: Farewell Departure.
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
4.    Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
5.    All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
       sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
6.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.    All transportation.
8.    Trekking permit.
9.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
10.  Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
11.  All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
12.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
        transport etc for Nepalese staff.
13.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek).
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  and   suitcase (Optional/Duffel bag we can provide one
       if you need it but is to be returned after    the trek).
3.    Daypack .
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses.
5.    Headlamp.
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other
       gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this  makes it easier to put on over boots without
       getting undressed should the weather change once you    are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks
      or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-3 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep
       your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
7.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape,  anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.|

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful,
       to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached.
       Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new
       since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag,
       hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional,
       these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally
       clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill.
2.    Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
       keep these items light weight.
4.    Binoculars.
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
       but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip.
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos.

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