The Gosainkund Helambu Trek offers spectacular views of the high Himalaya that stretch for a distance of 150km. Distant views of the Annapurna Range to the west; closer, to the north, the snow covered giant of Langtang Lirung (7227m), and more distant Shisha Pangma (8046m) in Tibet and Ganesh Himal in the northwest.
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trekking
Bamboo, rhododendron and pine forests abound and host a wide variety of bird life and animals including shy red pandas. Displays of flowers are at their best during the summer season, although epiphytic orchards and other flowers bloom at different times. Lauribinayak a fabulous view point offer tremendous view of sunset, sunrise and 360 degree view from Annapurna to mighty Everest Region. The holy Gosainkund lakes, waterfalls and turbulent rivers add to the enjoyment of this Langtang Gosaikunda trek.
A mountainous bus ride to the north of Kathmandu winds over the Middle Hill ridges to the important Trisuli Nadi, and then follows it upstream to Dhunche; the start of the trek. On the up-route we visit a traditional cheese factory: the produce manufactured by hand. The second afternoon, at Shin Gompa, offers your first full views of the towering, snow-covered Ganesh Himal (7600m) and the Langtang Himal.
On the fourth afternoon you will reach the beautiful and holy Gosainkund Lakes, revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the Laurebina La (4610m), the altitude gradually drops as you descend through terraced rice paddies and several villages with splendid monasteries. Good boots, warm/waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items.
What's included ?
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 star category hotel, on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- Langtang National Park trekking Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- First aid kit for comprehensive medical supplies
- Round trip / overland transport as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest houses/lodges
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and a cup of tea/coffee a day during the trek and seasonal fresh fruit after every dinner
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Sleeping bag, down jacket, rucksack, duffle bag, trekking poles if required
- Farewell Dinner with typical local cultural program
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
What's not included ?
- Meals other than breakfast when staying in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses and bar bills
- Clients’ travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)We will meet you outside the Terminal Hall in Kathmandu airport for warm welcome. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking staffs and check the necessities. If you wish to stroll then you can see the colorful tourist market around Thamel.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1,950m), approx., 7-8 hrs driveDrive on a northern highway that twists and climbs ridges to Trishuil Bazar. The journey will take 7-8 hours through picturesque landscapes, Himalayan sceneries and local villages. On the way, we have magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan mountain range including Mt. Kerung..
Day 03: Dhunche – Shing Gompa (3,330 m), approx. 5-6 hrs.We take the broad trail climbing up to Dimsa village and trial continues less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and Oak forests to Shing Gomba. On the way of your trek you will see fantastic views of Ganesh Himal ranges, Langtang ranges and langtang valley. Shing gomba has Yak Cheese factory opened on the association of Swiss government.
Day 04: Shing Gomba – Lauribina Yak (3,950m), approx. 3-4 hrsWe ascend smoothly through the rhododendron forest offering free view of Ganesh Himal range and Lantang ranges including tranquility view of Langtang valley. The area in-between Shing gomba to Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepalese call cat bear. We leave tree lines behind reaching after perfect tea break Cholang Pati (3,550m /11,715ft) Trail continues to climb to Laurebina Yak with the wide range breathtaking view of Manaslu(8,156m) range, Langtang and Tibetan range mountain. It’s just perfect place to acclimatize for AMS, evening sunset and sunrise.
Day 05: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikund Lake (4,380m), approx., 3-4 hrs.After morning tranquility photo shooting, we climb to a pass and then continues on an expected trail through the small ridge, with view of Saraswati Kund (Sarswati Lake. 4100m,) Bhairav Kund and finally emerge Goidanda Kund overnight by the lakeside. Afternoon explore vicinity of Gosiakund Lake.
Day 06: Gosainkunda Lake- Ghopte (3,440m), approx., 6-8 hrs.After breakfast, our trail climbs from the Gosaikund Lake to four more lakes en-route to Laurebina La (4610m) then drop down to Phedi. Nearby is the site of Thai International Airbus crash site into a mountain in 1992. Continue walking over side valley up and down crossing through rhododendron and pine trees, then approach you to Ghopte.
Day 07: Ghopte- Tharpati (3,640m), approx., 2-3 hrsToday is short walk. Trail descend down to the steam and moderate flat then rise up to barren hill Tharepati. It’s a view point to north east range of Himalaya such as Dorje Lakpa, Jugal himal range, Gauri Shankar and Tibetan range mountain including Shisa Pangma (8,012m) can be seen from Tharepati in the clear morning.
Day 08: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450 m), approx., 4-5 hrs.Our trail for today descends down through the dense forest of rhododendron, oak and pines to Mangen goth. Walk through the ridge and steeply downhill.
Day 09: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2,160m), approx., 5-6 hrs.After breakfast we continue descending and ascending passing typical villages along ridge with the view of Helambu lower valley, social sites and far left behind snow capped Himalayas.
Day 10: Chisopani – Nagarkot, approx., 6-7 hrs.,The place very famous in Nepal for observing sunset and sunrise over the Himalayas. It is one the best scenic spots in the country. It is the second highest point on the valley. It offers the breathtaking views of Khumbu ranges, Langtang ranges, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees.
Day 11: Nagarkot – Changunarayan Temple – KathmanduAfter breakfast, trek ( approx., 2-3 hrs.) to Changunarayan Temple, ancient temple with traditional art and architecture with walk along the Tamang village, corn-maize, rice, vegetables and paddy fields and drive back to Kathmandu by car.
Day 12: Final departureTransfer to international airport and fly to onward destination with beautiful memory.