This trek is the reverse of the previous Helambu trek mantioned on this web site and what we mention here is the extension trail if you are planning to trek back to Kathmandu via Helambu rather than exit the Langtang Valley at Dunche.
We trek out of the valley and travel on though a beautiful wood to Sing Ghompa.From here we travel on to The Sacred Lakes of Gosainkunda a very holy pilgrimage site for Hindus.The trail is quite rugged at times and seems to go on forever before reaching Gosainkunda.
There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison thunderbolt that threatened to destroy the world.From Gosainkunda we trek on to the Laurabina pass and then down into the Helambu region.For a better description of the region please go to the Helambu trekking page.
Trekking Destination : Gosainkunda Lake
Minimum altitude : 1965m.
Maximum altitude : 4609m.
Grade : Moderate and fairly strenuous
Season : Spring, Summer & Autumn
Accommodation : Lodge / Tented Camp
Duration : 16 &12 Days
Entry : Syabru Bensi
Exit : Sundarijal
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival Kathmandu / pick up from airport
DAY 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley,
A full days sightseeing around the Kathmandu vValley visiting the major sites of cultural and historical importance / overnight
DAY 03: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi, 1440m: approx. 7-8 hours by private vehicle
An early morning drive by private vehicle to Syabrubesi (eight hours) / scenic drive / Syabrubesi trek start point / overnight.
DAY 04: Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel, 2470m approx 5-6 hours
Crossing the suspension bridge / we continue along a stream and river / Langtang River / trek through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests / variety of wildlife in these forests / yellow-throated martens, wild boar, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bear to Lama Hotel / overnight
DAY 05: Lama Hotel- Langtang, 3430m approx 5- 6 hours
After breakfast we continue by descending forest slope to the Langtang River / cross a bridge and head up a winding path where the valley opens up / the trail ascends up the valley / climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels / to the large settlement of Langtang / overnight.
DAY 06: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa, 3870m approx 4-5 hours
Today is an easy day / we leave the village / pass through stone-built houses and climb to a chorten / then past a huge mani wall (wall made of stones inscripted with carved religious text) along a gentle path of a hill / continue up slowly to allow time to acclimatize / arrival Kyanjin / time to explore the surroundings / this place is famous for cheese and curd / overnight
DAY 07: Kyanjin Gompa- Rest day
A full day to relax and take in the beauty of the Himalayas / we are up at the base of the mountains / good for side hikes or a visit to the glacier higher up the valley.
DAY 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel approx 2470 meters 5-6 hours
We retrace our steps back down the valley through Langtang and back to Lama Hotel / good today as we already have the altitude in our lungs / and it is all downhill.
DAY 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru- 2250 meters,approx 5 hours
We take the broad trail / climbing up to Dimsa village / the trial continues less steeply / through rhododendron / hemlock and oak forests to the village of Thulo Saybru / settlement that lies mainly on the ridge.
DAY 10: Thulo Syabru- Sing gomba-3330 meters approx 4/5 hours
Todays begins with a fairly stiff climb up to a ridge / fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas and into Tibet / continue along the ridge through an achient rhododendron forest before a slight descent to Sing Ghompa / cheese factory / great Himalayan cheese
Day 11: Sing gomba-Gosainkunda, 4460m, approx 5 hours
The trail climbs smoothly through rhododendron forest / the area in-between Shin Gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda / endangered species / the Nepalese call cat bear / return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at a Gosainkunda. explore around the lakes / overnight
DAY 12: Gosainkunda- Gopte, 3440m, approx 6-7 hours
Today is a bit challenge / the trail climbs accross rough moraines / past three more small lakes / before a pretty stiff climb up and over the Laurebina La (4,609m / highest point on the trek) after the pass, the path goes steep down to Phedi / continue with a long series of small ups and downs whilst crossing a pretty long rocky hill with pine and rhododendron trees to reach Gopter Cave / overnight
DAY 13: Ghopte - Tharepati, 3640m. approx 5-6 hours
Descending from Ghopte the trail makes several ups and down across moraines, then makes a final ascent to Tharepati /some great panoramic mountain views / to Tharapati / overnight
DAY 14: Tharepani - Kutumsang, 2470m. approx 5-6 hours
From Tharepati we travel through forests of fir and rhododendron and the villages of Megangoth (3420m) and Panghu / finally to reach Khutumsang. The view from here is breathtaking / overnight
DAY 15: Kutumsang - Chisapani, 2134m, approx 5 -6 hours
It’s a fairly long but pleasant walk today / down to Pati Bhanjyang and up to Chisopani / also here some great panoramic Himalayan views / overnight
DAY 16: Chisapani - Sundarijal 1300 and drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle. Approx 4-5 hours
From Chisopani we trek gently up / through the forest of oak and rhododendron / to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) / past the Army check post then to Mulkharka (1800m) / spectacular view of Kathmandu valley / we trek down through forest to reach Sundarijal where there is a large water project to supply water to Kathmandu / Private transport awaits us for the hours drive back to Kathmandu / transfer hotel.
DAY 17: Kathmandu at Leisure / Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18:Departure / Transfer to airport / departure for onward destination
10. Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
11. All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
12. Airport transfers for internal flights
13. Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
14. Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure