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Gosaikunda – Helambu Budget Trek - 8 Days

Gosaikunda – Helambu Budget Trek - 8 Days
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The Langtang and Helambu Districts lie to the north of Kathmandu. The east-west Langtang Valley is set between the high border ranges and a lower range to the south – which includes the Gosaikunda Lakes. The Helambu District lies further south in the softer Middle Hills just north of the capital. The trekking region is less crowded than the most popular routes, yet offers broader Himalayan panoramas than elsewhere.

This short trek explores the region south of the Langtang Valley; and from ridges offers a fuller view of the High Himalaya. The first day is steep and two other days are long: demanding pre-fitness and stamina. The Laurebina La crossing at 4 610m/15 210ft is not difficult. From the pass, drop 1 200m for a warmer and more comfortable night.

A drive north of Kathmandu through rural scenery on the Northern Highway leads to the start of the trek at Dhunche. The trekking trail sets out through rhododendron and oak forest landscapes as you climb to Shin Gompa and explore the Buddhist culture of this region. Spend an afternoon at the lovely Gosaikunda Lakes exploring a region sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. The ascent of the Laurebina La is not long or difficult: from its summit there are breathtaking 360o views: including a Himalayan panorama from the Annapurnas in the west across the northern chain to Manaslu in the east.     

The downward trek into the green Helambu District offers lush forests, terraced farmlands and a mix of Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, and Yolmo cultures to explore. The last village is only an hour’s drive from your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs drive

Day 02: Dhunche – Deorali (2 660m/8 730ft) - Chandan Bari/Shin Gompa (3 330m/10 930ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 03: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3 950m/12 960ft), 3-4 hrs 

Day 04: Laurebina Yak – Gosainkund Lake (4 380m/14 450ft), 3-4 hrs     

Day 05: Gosaikunda Lake – Laurebina La (4 610m/15 213ft) – Gopte (3 440m/11 290ft), 6-8 hrs

Day 06: Gopte – Tharepati (3 640m/12 010ft) – Kutumsang (2 450m/8 090ft), 6-8 hrs

Day 07: Kutumsang - Chisopani (2 160m/7 130ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Chisopani – Sundarijal (1 350m/4 430ft) – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 4-5 hrs, 1 hr drive hrs.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs drive

From you  hotel, we take the tarred Northern Highway from Kathmandu that snakes northeast through Middle Hill forest and farmland to cross the Tadi Khola at Devighat, near its confluence with the Trisuli Nadi from Tibet. It then swings northeast up the Trisuli Valley to Betrawati, snakes over a pass to Ramche and continues, more sedately, to Dhunche. Overnight in Dhunche.

Day 02: Dhunche – Deorali (2 660m/8 730ft) – Chandan Bari/Shin Gompa (3 330m/10 930ft) 5-6 hrs

An upward day: begin up a road from the lower end of the village to a trail through fields on the south bank of the Trisuli Khola. Cross to the north bank and head steeply up the narrowing valley to a spur before turning NE to Deorali. Continue upwards, for ~1hr, through stands of fir and rhododendron towards a higher ridge and on to a clearing. An hour on is a small hamlet and later a single teahouse with views over the valley. The next ridge leads to the hamlet of Dimsa (3 030m) and a fork: the right trail leading to an army post and final pull, through scrub oak, to Chandan Bari and the Shin Gompa. The Gompa has a cheese factory; both worth visiting! Overnight in Chandan Bari.

Day 03: Chandan Bari – Laurebina Yak (3 950m/12 960ft), 3-4 hrs 

Views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals continue as the trail steadily rises. A sanctuary for the preservation of the endangered red panda (in Nepalese: cat bear) has been created on the northern slopes.

With altitude, trees are gradually replaced by scrub vegetation: Chalang Pati’s (3 550m) open panorama makes a good tea venue. The views broaden as the trail continues to rise with Manaslu (8 156m) appearing in the east while the sweep of peaks, including some north of the border, stretches to the Annapurnas in the west. Enjoy a free afternoon and night in Laurebina Yak.

Day 04: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikunda (4 380m/14 450ft), 3-4 hrs

Catch the sunrise on camera before breakfast. Hike to a ridge and pass waterfalls from the Saraswati Kund (4 100m, lake). A high, exposed trail overlooks the south-western Trisuli Valley then the Bhairav Kund.  Ahead is the largest lake; Gosain Kund with the village on its north-western shore. A ridge behind the village offers good viewpoints: including semi-frozen lakes to the S. These lakes are holy to both Hindus and Buddhists. There is an important Hindu Temple to Shiva in the village. A revered festival is held annually over full moon in August. Afternoon exploration and overnight in Gosaikunda. 

Day 05: Gosaikunda – Laurebina La (4 610m/15 210ft) – Gopte (3 440m/11 290ft), 6-8 hrs

Approximately 1½ hrs is needed to summit the La, passing three smaller lakes and the Sura (Sun) Kund. Summit views are magnificent. The 1 200m descent follows a stream to a seasonal ‘high camp teahouse’ before dropping down to Phedi (3 740m). A rocky trail then undulates down several ridges, eventually descending into pine and rhododendron forest below the cliffs of the Thare Danda (ridge). Finally, negotiate more ravines before ascending to Gopte’s ridge. Overnight in warmer Gopte. 

Day 06: Gopte – Tharepati (3 640m/12 010ft) – Kutumsang (2 450m/8 090ft), 6-8 hrs       

Trek across several rocky ravines with old boulder-strewn moraine beds before climbing to a high, windy ridge and the village of Tharepati. Views to the NE include Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal, and ranges into Tibet: including Shisha Pangma (8 027m/26 335ft), China’s only 8 000m peak.
A further 1 200m descent over a succession of ridges, promises a more comfortable night. It begins steeply through dense pines to Magin Goth (3 290m); in hilly Helambu. Then climb the Mera Danda (3 510m) for the last good sighting of the Langtang Himal. A further valley crossing heads for Panghu Danda (3 350m). Then follow ridges down, past a waterfall, through fir and rhododendron forest to the fields surrounding Kutumsang.  Overnight in Kutumsang.

Day 07: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2 160m/7 130ft), 5-6 hrs

Initially the trail climbs past granite cliffs, then meanders to the Tamang village of Golphu Bhanjyang (2 140m). It then continues gently upward to Thotong (2 260m) and the Lapchu Danda (2 420m). Fine views over this lovely region continue to the south from high ground. The trail then descends through terraces and new forest to substantial Chipling (2 170m). Finally, negotiate two lower ridges before rising gently to Chisopani: with distant peak views to the north once more. Overnight in Chisopani.   

Day 08: Chisopani – Sundarijal (1 350m/4 430ft) -- Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 4-5 hrs trek, 1 hr drive

Chisopani lies on the northern border of the Shivapuri National Park; and is Kathmandu’s chief water catchment basin. Walk through dense forest, up to the Borlang Bhanjyang (2 430m) before undulating to Mulkharka (1 800m) and descending to Sundarijal on the southern border of the park. A car will return you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Land cruse Kathmandu to Dhunche
  • Comfortable private transport (Car/Jeep/Van/ bus)  trekking ending point( sundarijal)  to Kathmandu
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private bed and share bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

 

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Gosaikunda Helambu Budget trek

Duration: 8 days

Trek Days: 8 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang Region

Altitude: 4610m (Laurebina La)

Difficulty: Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of all the Langtang and Ganesh Hemal, Tamang and Sherpa Culture

Activities: Trekking,

Accommodation: Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus all the ground Transport

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost: USD 578 per person

Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10

Note: If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.

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