Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek in the Langtang Region combines the remote and spectacular valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda and the beautiful Helambu Valley.
Trail of Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek also known as Langtang Circuit Trek is in the most unspoiled national parks of Nepal, which is perhaps why there is such a high appeal of this trekking route.
Situated at North of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border, it is the most easily accessible highland sanctuary from the capital.
This remote area is enclosed by snow-capped mountains which culminate in the peak of Langtang Lirung (7246m).
Langtang Circuit Trek starts from the lower Langtang Valley which takes you through forests and among the villages and farmlands of many who are of Tibetan origin. The deep gorges of Bhote Koshi river and Langtang Khola river are thickly forested with rhododendron, oak, maple and alder. The stretch of forest around Ghoda Tabela in the lower Langtang Valley and below Gosainkunda is inhabited by the red panda, a rare and threatened symbol of a healthy Himalayan ecosystem.
We pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu then we take six/seven hours drive to Syabru Besi. Route goes Kathmandu to Syabrubesi via Trishuli and Dhunche. Overnight at teahouse.
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi river and follows the Langtang Khola river. This trail gradually ascents up Rimche (2400meters) through Bamboo (1960meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears, if you are lucky! Overnight at teahouse.
From lama hotel, we continue gently ascending above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. From time and again we can have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meter. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages showcasing water-driven mills and prayer wheels. On descending for a while, we arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching to the height 3430 meters. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc. Overnight at teahouse.
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending along the mountain passes we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. Overnight at teahouse.
Today we will be exploring amazing mountain views from Tsergo Ri or Kyanjin Ri. Tsergo Ri require a longer retrun trip whereas Kyanjin Ri trip is shorter, it is up to group deciding on which one to take. Either way, you will get best Himalayan views. Overnight at teahouse.
Morning visit around Kyangjin Gompa and afternoon return Lama Hotel, we take a route back to Lama Hotel following trail of we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight at teahouse.
The beginning of the trail gently descents and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful village. From where you can enjoy the amazing land feature and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Mount Ganesh Himal (7110meters), Mount Langtang Himal and its ranges. Overnight at teahouse.
The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3200 meters) follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2660 meters) along with the views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, Hemlock and forests. Now the path gently ascends for a while then it follows a flat level to Sing Gompa.. Singgompa provides panoramic views and exhilarating nature. Overnight at teahouse.
The first part of the trail emerges and we steadily climb up to Lauribinayak and the top of Lauribinayak gives you an exotic feeling. With a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend in Hindu religion, Gosainkunda was created by lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Overnight at teahouse.
The trail leaves Gosaikund and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610 meters), the highest pass of this trek. Keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to camp near Ghopte. Overnight at teahouse.
We do mostly downhill trek to Kutumsang with only one small ridge to cross. Our day end here at Kutumsang an interesting typically old-fashioned Helambu village. Overnight at teahouse.
A shorter day but with two descends and climbs to Chisapani where the view of the whole central Himalayas is breathtaking. Landscapes will be reflective in the evening and early morning hours. Overnight at teahouse.
More super views today while descending to the road through oak and rhododendron forests, with some pine a lower altitude. Continuing on down towards Sundarijal you will intersect a road and waterworks project, which supplies much of Kathmandu ‘s drinking water. Where the road becomes passable vehicle and takes back to Kathmandu you will arrive in Kathmandu around mid day and transferred to your hotel.
What is included
- Kathmandu to Syabrubesi local bus ride (private jeep available at an extra cost)
- An English speaking professional guide (trained, licensed and experienced)
- A porter (to carry your bag / one porter between 2 participants / porter are allowed to carry maximum 20 kilos)
- Required permits for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek.
- Teahouse accommodation (basic lodges built along the trail to provide shelter and meal to trekkers)
- All your standard meals as per itinerary during the trek. (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- First aid kit carried by guide (including diamox for altitude sickness).
- Renting of Mosaic Adventure sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag (without additional cost).
- Applicable taxes.
What is not included
- Beverages (tea/coffee, bottled water, coke etc)
- Extras (battery charing, wi-fi, any personal expenses etc)
- Tipping to guide and porter(s).
- Personal gears and clothing suitable for the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek.