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Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Circuit Trek - 17 Days

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Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Circuit Trek - 17 Days
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This trek comprehensively explores a quieter, yet glorious and diverse region north of Kathmandu. Trek to its glacial valleys in the north; the sacred lakes along the southern ridges of the Gosaikunda region; then descend to explore of the lower, greener Middle Hill District of Helambu. Several Hindu and Buddhist communities inhabit the trekking region and will warmly welcome you to their villages. Altitudes are not excessive and are gained gradually, giving ample time for acclimatisation.

A drive from Kathmandu along the northern highway leads to the start of the trek at Syabru Besi. The narrow east-west Langtang Valley nestles between Parallel Mountain ranges offering a mix of forest, farmland and high glacial valleys. A rest day at Kyanjin Gompa invites walks to Spectacular Mountain and glacial views.

The landmark Gosaikunda Lakes are reached in two days from the upper valley along forested trekking trails. This region is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Mountain vistas are magical.  From there, the trail rises to a 4 610m/15 210ft pass, but quickly drops 1 200m for a warmer and more comfortable night.

The Helambu district offers glorious Middle Hill rhododendron and oak forests, terraced farmlands and friendly villages: with a close mix of cultures to explore. The last village is only an hour’s drive from your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 01: Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport ( 1300m/4260ft) 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 – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 8-10 hrs drive

Day 04: Syabru Besi – Changtang/Lama Hotel (2 470m/8 100ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Lama Hotel – Thangshyap (3 200m/10 500ft), 4- 5 hrs

Day 06: Thangshyap – Kyanjin Gompa (3 870m/12 700ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa: Rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Changtang/Lama Hotel (2 470m/8 150ft), 7-8 hrs

Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru (2 230m/7 350ft), 5-6 hrs 

Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3 330m/10 930ft), 4-5 hrs 

Day 11: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3 950m/12 960ft), 3-4 hrs 

Day 12: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikunda (4 380m/14 450ft), 3-4 hrs.  

Day 13: Gosaikunda – Laurebina La (4 610m/15 210ft) – Gopte (3 440m/11 290ft), 6-8 hrs

Day 14: Gopte -  Kutumsang (2 450m/8 090ft), 6-7 hrs 

Day 15: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2 160m/7 130ft), 5-6, hrs 

Day 16: Chisopani – Sundarijal (1 350m/4 430ft) – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft) 4-5 hrs trek, 1 hour drive

Day 17: 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 – Syabru Besi (1 440m/4 750ft), 7-8 hrs drive             

The tarred Northern Highway from Kathmandu heads NW 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 NE up the Trisuli Valley to Betrawati, snakes over a pass to Ramche and continues, more sedately, to Dhunche. Continue to Syabru Besi (where the Trisuli becomes the Bhote Koshi Nadi above its confluence with the Langtang Khola). Overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 04: Syabru Besi – Changtang/Lama Hotel (2 470m/8 100ft), 5-6 hrs

The Langtang Khola rises from the Langtang and Porong Ri glacier fields on the Tibetan border in the NE of the valley. It then flows in a SE direction, flanked by the ice capped Langtang Range along the border and a lower parallel snow range to its south. Walk SE, along the north bank to a bridge: cross onto a narrow trail high above the south bank, through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. Forest wildlife includes numerous birds, grey langurs, red pandas, wild boars, Himalayan black bears, et al. 
At Bamboo (1 930m), the trail crosses to the northern side of the stream, into drier scrub forest, and passes several waterfalls before climbing to the split-village of Renche (2 400m). The path then rises gently to Changtang and the Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Changtang – Thangshyap (3 200m/10 500ft), 4- 5 hrs       

The trail climbs gently at first, then more steeply through mixed rhododendron, oak, hemlock and maple forest. Intriguing glimpses of the Langtang Himal appear to the north. Later, drop back to a quaint teahouse at the river, before climbing to the hotel-settlement and army post of Ghora Tabela (2 970m).
Beyond is the broad, U-shaped valley carved by the Langtang, Shalbachum and Lirung Glaciers. Climb the hillside through scrub forest and terraced fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes, to the village of Thangshyap. Due to the destruction of the village further up the valley: Overnight in Thangshyap.

Day 06: Thangshyap – Kyanjin Gompa Village (3 870m/12 700ft), 3-4 hrs

Follow the trail to Chamki (3 300m) and Ghumba (3 400m, with an interesting gompa). Water driven prayer wheels and mills should then have heralded the village of Langtang (3 430m) in its lovely valley: also headquarters of the National Park. Sadly, it was completely buried beneath an avalanche during the recent earthquakes.
Impressive twin waterfalls drop from a cliff-cleft above the former village of flat-roofed stone and wooden homes. Cattle and yaks grazed above the town. Local cheeses, breads and apple pie pampered to foreign tastes. Langtang Lirung (7 227m/23 712ft) is north of the trail.

Ascend to a ridge beyond the former village and a long mani wall on the trail to Mundu (3 440m) then down to Sindum (3 280m). Descend to a huge boulder and bridge at the river, before climbing to Yamphu (3 640m). Drop to cross the Laja Chu beneath a glacial moraine – from the top of which are great views of the icefall from the Langtang Lirung and Kinshung Peaks. Kyanjin Monastery is ahead: climb a final ridge and descend to the village below it. After lunch, explore the village and gompa. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa Village.

Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa: rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration       

This is a scheduled acclimatization day. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) experts recommend at least a 24 hr rest period. Keep active: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatisation advice.

A morning hike up the trail on Tsergo Ri (5 000m, at the top) overlooks the impressive glacier from Langtang Lirung (7 227m) with great views of Kinshung (6 781m) and Yansa Tsenji (6 567m). Towards the W, Dorie Lakpa (6 966m), Ganchenpo (6 387m), Dshabu Ri (5 202m) and Urking Kanggari (5 863m) are prominent peaks. To the NE, some 5km beyond the border is landmark Shisha Pangma (8 027m/26 335ft), China’s only 8 000m peak. A trail south of Kyanjin leads to the difficult pass over the Ganja La (5 130m, frequently snow bound) to Helambu.

Return to the teahouse for lunch; explore the Kyanjin Valley and its glaciers. Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Changtang/Lama Hotel: (2 470m/8 150ft), 7-8 hrs

Wander back to Changtang, enjoying the views on this easier walk. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 09: Changtang – Thulo Syabru (2 230m/7 350ft), 5-6 hrs

Walk back to the bridge over the Langtang Khola and cross to Bamboo (1 930m) and continue to Pairo (1 800m) for lunch. Ascend to a T junction: with great NW views of the Ganesh Himal. Turn south (left) and trek up to the hamlet of U Kyang. Continue to the large village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Chandan Bari/Shin Gompa (3 330m/10 930ft), 4-5 hrs

Today’s trail involves a 1 000m/3 300ft ascent with great NE views of the Ganesh Himal, the Langtang Valley and its northern Ranges. The trail zigzags up through potato fields and on to Dursagang (2 740m) before rising through forests of oak and hemlock, then through rhododendrons and open pastures towards a ridge at Phoprang Danda (3 190m). A broad trail then follows the ridge before rising to a second ridge of spruce: and a final ridge with the village of Chandan Bari – and Shin Gompa. The Gompa has a cheese factory; both worth visiting! Overnight in Chandan Bari.

Day 11: 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 and the sweep of peaks, including some north of the border, stretching to the Annapurnas in the west. Enjoy a free afternoon and night in Laurebina Yak.

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: Gopte – Kutumsang (2 450m/8 090ft), 6-7 hrs

 Trek across several rocky ravines with old boulder-strewn moraine beds before finally 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). After that 1 200m descent over a succession of ridges 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 cruse Kathmandu to Syabru besi
  • 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 as possible as good
  • 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

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A group of us from Cape Town,South Africa have trekked on 2 seperate occassions with Prem Panta,owner of Landmark Discovery Treks,namely the Annapurna circuit (with a side trip to ABC),Langtang and part Helambu circuits as well as Everest base camp.Each trip involved around 3-4 weeks trekking.We all experienced his kindness and consideration in making both treks a memorable and long lasting experience. Prem was able to organise a clean warm place each and every night for us to sleep and eat at.We also never got lost once due to his exceptional guiding skills.When one of us had a issue of some sort, Prem was quick to alleviate the situation and restore calm.His knowledge of the Himilayas is without doubt first class and contributed to our exceptional and fairly priced experience overall.Our friendly,willing porters ensured all we carried from day to day was a small daypack with water and camera therein. Our group would not hesitate to call on Prem again when planning to trek in Nepal.He thus comes highly recommended.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Cape Town Central, South Africa
Published on: 2016-01-13

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek

Duration: 17 days

Trek Days: 14 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang Region

Altitude: 4984m(Tserok Ri) 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 865 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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