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Gosaikunda - Helambu Trek - 11 Days

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Gosaikunda - Helambu Trek - 11 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 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 360 o 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: Arrival   Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: in the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour   OR   A day at leisure. Trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs drive

Day 04: Dhunche – Deorali (2 660m/8 730ft) - Chandan Bari/Shin Gompa (3 330m/10 930ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3 950m/12 960ft), 3-4 hrs 

Day 06: Laurebina Yak – Gosainkund Lake (4 380m/14 450ft), 3-4 hrs     

Day 07: Gosaikunda Lake – Laurebina La (4 610m/15 213ft) – Gopte (3 440m/11 290ft), 6-8 hrs

Day 08: Gopte – Tharepati (3 640m/12 010ft) – Kutumsang (2 450m/8 090ft), 6-8 hrs

Day 09: Kutumsang - Chisopani (2 160m/7 130ft), 5-6 hrs                                    

Day 10: Chisopani – Sundarijal (1 350m/4 430ft) – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 4-5 hrs, 1 hr drive hrs                  

Day 11: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Day 01: Arrival: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)                                    

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: in the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing   OR   A Day at Leisure

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1 950m/6 440ft), 7-8 hrs drive

The tarred Northern Highway from Kathmandu 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 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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. The lakes are holy to both Hindus and Buddhists alike. 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 07: 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 08: 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 northeast include Gauri Shankar in the NE, Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal, and ranges into Tibet: with 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 09: 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. Finally, negotiate two lower ridges before rising gently to Chisopani: with distant peak views to the north once more. Overnight in Chisopani.  

Day 10: 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. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Land cruser 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

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

Route Map:

13 days – Himalayas – Langtang trek (1300m to 4600m) (19-31 December 2014)

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A good experienced tour guide is important when trekking in Himalayas. This was my third times trekking in Himalayas with Prem, my tour guide from Landmark Discovery Treks. As before he has well organized our entire trip, including all airport and hotel transfers, meals and accommodation in the mountain, rental of trekking tools, etc. I am glad that we could completed our journey safely with Prem and his porter team’s help. Especially thanks Prem’s help, as I was well cared under the symptoms of altitude sickness.

The trekking was fantastic with the magnificent views and picturesque landscapes, especially all along with those snow-capped Himal, Langtang and Tibetan range mountains. Although the Gosaikund Lake was frozen, it provides another different taste of the splendid view. Anyway you won’t regret even the trek is not easy. As the trail passed through different road conditions, including dense forests, frozen stream, muddy road, knee-thick deep snowy road, slippery ice road, climbing up and down with all those zip-zap road, etc… Thank goodness that all of us could safety completed our entire trek finally. And that’s why I said a good experienced tour guide is important. We will never forget all those experience and photos that we had!! Amazing!!

I would highly recommend anyone to cooperate with them to enjoy the trip in Himalayas, as well as Kathmandu/Nepal.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Hong Kong, China
Published on: 2015-11-30

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Gosaikunda Helambu trek

Duration: 11 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, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

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

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost: USD 748 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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