Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

The name Lang is Tibetan for ‘Yak” and teng means to ‘follow”. Langtand is narrow valley sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north, bordering Tibet, and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.  A visit to Langtang valley offers and opportunity to explore villages, small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Though it’s close to Kathmandu, the region sees far fewer trekkers than Everest and Annapurna. Mighty Langtang Lirung (7246m) dominates the valley to the north: Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and the trekking peak of Naya Khangri(5846m) lie to the south: and Dorje Lakpa (6966m) protects to the east end of the valley. The area was designated Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park in 1971, although the park was not officially established until 1976.

This itinerary allows plenty of time to explore the upper reaches of the valley, with the chance to ascend 4680m Kyanjing-Ri for stunning views of Langtang Lirung and many other magnificent mountains rising in Tibet. The route leads to Nepal’s most holy lakes and after crossing a high pass, you’ll enter the region of Helambu for a real taste of Nepalese hill life. The people here are mainly Sherpas (Yolmu) and Tamangs and the richness of their Buddhist cultural traditions are everywhere to be seen.

 

01 Day

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi takes about nine hours

You head north our of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi, passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. Stay overnight at lodge.

02 Day

Day 02: Trek from Syabru Besi (1600 m) to Lama hotel (2470 m)

It takes about five and half hours. The first part of the trail crosses the Bote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola.The trail then gradually ascends up to Bamboo passing through the landslide area. Afterward, you trek gently down to Rimche (2400 m) through Bamboo (1960m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. En-route you can see red pandas, monkeys, and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight at lodge.

03Day

Day 03: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430 m) via Ghore tabela  

It takes about six hours as you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the threes. At Ghora Tabela (3000 m) the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here you can catch glimpses of white monkeys and local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer. There is a monastery you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang and its neighboring village is of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley. Stay overnight at lodge

04Day

Day 04: Trek from Langtang village to Kyangjin (3870m)

It takes about three hours. The trail climbs gradually through small villages and pastures at the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. You arrive at Kyangjin by lunchtime allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Dorje Larpa (6990m), Langtang Ri (6370 m), Langtang Lirung (7245 m) and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.

05Day

Day 05: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion in and around the area

You can visit the monastery and cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), directly behind the village for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

06Day

Day 06: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

It takes about six hours from Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on the Ghora Tabela. After lunch you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel, Stay overnight at lodge.

07Day

Day 07: Trek from Lama Hotel (2470 m) to Thulo Syabru (2260 m)

It takes about five hours, the beginning of the trail is a gentle descent to landslide and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru. En-route you can see red pandas, monkeys, and various birds species. Stay overnight at lodge.

08Day

Day 08: Trek from Thulo Syabro to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3330 m)

It takes about five hours. The trail from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3200 m) follows a steeply ascending path passing through Durangang (2660 m) and offers views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountains and oak, Hemlock and fir forests. The path then gently ascends for some distance before following a flat level to Sing Gompa. Stay overnight at lodge.

09Day

Day 09: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460 m) via Lauribinayak La (3920m)

It takes about five and half hours. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of the Himal Chuli (7893 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m). You pass a few huts in the high pastures of Laurebina, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswati Kund, Bharab Kunda, and Gosainkunda. Stay overnight at lodge.

10Day

Day 10: Trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribinayak pass (4610 m) and back to Dhunche

The trail leaves Gosainkund and Climbs through rugged country, at four more small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610 m) the highest point of the trek. After visiting few lakes and pass, we will return to Gosainkunda and walk back to Dhunche, Stay overnight at lodge.

12Day

Day 11: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu

At morning we'll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for lunch and breakfast. It takes 8 hrs back to Kathmandu

Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Trailfinder. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; However, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration15 Days
  • Tour GradeModerate
  • Trip CostAsk
  • Trip Discount No
  • Max Elevation4610 m
  • Best Month:Mar - May / Sep - Nov
  • Trip start/End:Syabru Beshi / Sundarijal

Trip Maps

  • Tims card and national park entry permit

  • Experienced guide and porter one for two guests

  • Kathmandu-Chautara-Melamchi bazar and all ground trasportation during the trip.

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and accomodation in local family house/lodge.

  • Emergency rescue arrangement.

  • First aid kit.

  • Water resistant kit bag.

  • Walking poles.

  • High quality Italian camping eqipment (Ferino, La Sportiva, Salewa).

  • Down sleeping bag, Down jacket air mat on request.

  • Drinks, beverage water

  • Donations, tips

  • Personal expenses

  • Visa fee on arrival.