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Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

Facts About Trip

Days 12 Days
Grade Easy to Moderate
Best month October/November/December, April/May/June
Maxi Elevation CHERKO RI 4,984m & Laurebina pass 4,610m
Group size Based on minimum 2 pax
Accommodation Lodge accommodation on trek
Meal Choose your own meal on trek
Starts From KTM to Syabrubesi
End at Melamchi to Kathmandu

Overview And Highlights

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is the quietest of the main trekking regions and a favorite among our guides – close-up mountain views and a good taste of rural life are what this region gives trekkers.

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is surprisingly quiet, that is if you’ve been to the crowded Everest region and Annapurna trekking regions. Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek takes you across two geographically diverse valleys looked upon by towering peaks and villages that are quiet and interesting in every way. And if you have a spiritual side, there are the holy Gosainkunda lakes, which according to legends were created by the Hindu god ‘Shiva himself.

Gosainkunda is not just a trekking destination – it is a pilgrimage. The area is believed to be the abode of the Hindu god ‘Shiva’. According to Hindu mythology, the holy lakes of Gosainkund were created by Lord Shiva’s Trishul (three-pointed weapons) so that he could drink its cold water and quench the heat that he felt in his throat after he drank poison from Samudra Manthan.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek Routes

The trek begins in Syabrubesi and then the trail passes through the Tamang country and across different landscapes, including a tight river valley, an open glacial valley, towering peaks, and several lakes. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of peaks to the south – you can encounter really wonderful valley views during the trek from Lama Hotel to Kyanjin Gompa. From Kyanjin Gompa the scene gets even better as you walk mostly uphill before you come across the Gosainkunda lakes.

From Gosainkunda, you’ll follow a trail that passes through forests, suspension bridges, and several peaceful villages as you walk right across Helambu. Among these villages, Tarke Gyang and Sermathang have some very interesting Gompas (monasteries). You can also see the sunrise over the Himalayas from Sermathang and the sunset, when seen from there, is quite extraordinary too.

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport & transfer to Hotel

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.

Day 2 : Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,503m), Overnight stay in Syabrubesi, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION, (Driving about 9 hours via local bus)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
1503

It takes about 9 hours on a bus for us to reach Syabru Besi. Since tourist buses do not travel to this region we make our journey in a local bus, and overnight stay in Syabrubesi. We provide private transportation upon your services requested.

Day 3 : Trek Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480m), Overnight stay in Lama hotel, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 5 to 6 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2480

Today we walk along the Langtang river, continue hiking across waterfalls and finally stop in Rimche before the trail descends to a settlement known as the Lama Hotel.

Day 4 : Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley (3,430m), Overnight stay in Langtang valley, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 6 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3430

A three hours hike from Lama Hotel takes us to Ghortabela and another 30 minutes of climbing brings us to a point where the Langtang Valley begins.

Day 5 : Trek Langtang Valley to Kyangin Gompa (3,870m), Overnight stay in Kyangin Gompa, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 5 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3870

From Langtang, it takes us about four hours of gentle ascension to reach Kyangin Gompa.

Day 6 : Leisure day in Kyangin Gompa (3,870m), Overnight stay in Kyangin Gompa, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION and visit CHERKO RI 4,984m
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3870

A day in Kyangin Gompa gives us the opportunity to visit the famous Kyangin Monastery and visit CHERKO RI 4,984m, After visiting the monastery we always have the option of going to the Yala cheese factory or the small lake behind Yala.

Day 7 : Trek Kyangin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,480m), Overnight stay in Lama Hotel, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 5 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2480

After breakfast in Kyangin Gompa retrace our steps to Lama Hotel.

Day 8 : Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,250m), overnight in Thulo Syabru, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 6 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2250

From Lama Hotel, we head towards Syabrugaun and stop in between at Bamboo for lunch.

Day 9 : Trek Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,330m), overnight in Sing Gompa, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 6 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3330

From Syabrugaun, after crossing rivers and passing through forests where the path is mostly uphill, you will stop for an overnight stay in Sing Gompa.

Day 10 : Trek to Gosainkunda (4,165), overnight in Gosainkunda, overnight stay in Gosainkunda, overnight stay in Gosainkunda, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 5 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4165

The trail leading to Gosainkunda is mostly steep and rugged. According to Hindu mythology, the holy lakes of Gosainkuda were created by Lord Shiva’s Trishul (three-pointed weapons) so that he could drink its cold water and quench his thirst.

Day 11 : Trek Gosainkunda to Gopte/Tharepati (3,690m), overnight in Tharepati, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 7 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3690

Today, you will head towards Laurebina pass (4,610m), where the trail passes through a rugged country across three small lakes before finally arriving in Tharepati.

Day 12 : Trek Thare Pati to Targe Gyang (2,600m), overnight in Targe Gyang, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION (about 7 hours walking)
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2600

The trek to Targe Gyang from Thare Pati is a gentle climb across a school and a meadow.

Day 13 : Trek Targe Gyang to Timbu (1,580m) and drive back to Kathmandu, overnight stay in own arrangement hotel in Kathmandu
Food
Choose your own meal on trek
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
1580

The trail today passes through dense forests and crosses a number of streams before a gentle climb to the village of Timbu followed by a drive back to Kathmandu about 4 hours

Day 14 : Departure to home

Today, you have time till your departure from Kathmandu and can visit the historical city of Kathmandu and tourist places in Thamel.

Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized to our guest-specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Langtang National park entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English-speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurance, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 12 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
  • Wages: 12 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurance/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 11 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi via local bus 
  • Transportation: Melamchi to Kathmandu via local bus
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in emergency situation & worst weather conditions
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Map: Langtang trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu in every tea house.

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

Spring: March-May

The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500m, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.

There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.

This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.

Summer: June – August

Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.

The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent, while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.

Autumn: September – November

With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.

The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.

Winter: December – February

December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.

Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon HillNagarkot, Chitwan National ParkBardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in rural areas.

There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks is happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.

Check-list of personal equipment:

Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.

While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.

This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.

trekking_equipments list for trekkers

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

Client Reviews

Yhmira

Kathmandu, Nepal

May 23, 2024

Langtang Trek 12 days Hi I went on the Langtang trek with my girlfriend and had an amazing experience with Peace Nepal Treks! The email communication with Nir lama was excellent and so helpful and friendly! Nir picked me up at the airport and showed me around ktm in thamel for few days (free of charge lol) and took me out for dinner several times.. Together with our guide Prem we picked up my girlfriend at airport few days later.. Now the trek could start! Together we started at Kathmandu ... + See more and drove 6-7 hours with a private jeep to Syabrubensi with our guide Prem and porter Mayla.. Nir lama (boss) suggested us to have Mayla along with us and good we did! It was our first real trek of 12days so carrying one trekking bag for us with all our necessary belongings was a must! We left other luggage at the company in KTM and was well looked after! So one night stay in Syabrubensi and we were of for the hike! Straight up the mountain valley we went! I will not spoil you the whole trek but the heritage trail is really something not to miss out! (you can go straight up to the direction of Langtang but miss out all of the beauty of this trail ) Really lovely peoples and pictures villages up to a 360degree viewpoint at 3.2k where you can see a road that goes up to the Tibetan border! I recommend this company if you want more insights of Nepal city's and all of its mountain beauty and more.. instead of a quick passing by.. You will enjoy tea with locals and playing with the Mountain childrens.. as a tourist you will feel yourself as a little Nepali ;-) Ending at the first peak after 10days at 4.4K.. Our record was set! Now spending some more time with Nir and the other guides, i feel at home! The adventure continuous..! Lots and lots of love Yannic and mirjeta From belgium ... - See less


KI6157

Kathmandu, Nepal

May 23, 2024

We all enjoyed ourselves so much that we are coming back. We really enjoyed our Langtang/Goisankunda Trek. The mountains were magnificent and the trails were good. Our Guide and Porters were excellent and their stories and legends about the pilgrimage route made it even more interesting. We really enjoyed ourselves. Mr, Nir Lama has excellent organizational skills and makes every effort to accommodate any request that you make. We found Peace Nepal Treks to be a first-rate trekking firm. ... + See more ... - See less


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sue_peter

Ukraine

May 23, 2024

LANGTANG GOSAINKUND HELAMBU TREK We booked the Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek and we so appreciated being able to work directly with a local company in Nepal. Everything was efficient and trustworthy and we got on well with our guide and porter. It was obvious that the guide knew the trekking routes and accommodation possibilities very well. We felt that we were always staying in the best options and as a result we were welcomed and well received wherever we went. The friendly and com ... See more municative guide adapted to our pace and needs and there was a degree of flexibility with the details of the trek. We have already recommended the Company to friends and would not hesitate to use it again when we visit Nepal. See less...


david_wilson

david_wilson

United Kingdom

May 23, 2024

LANGTANG GOSAINKUND HELAMBU TREK ON APRIL 2012 Namaste, I visited Nepal in April 2012 after booking the Langtang Gosainkund Trek with Peace Nepal Treks. From my first e-mail contact with Mr. Nir Lama the Peace Nepal Manager. I was updated regularly and an itinerary was suggested and all my queries answered quickly. I was met at the airport by Nir and the next two weeks trekking proved to be a fantastic experience with all the plans failing into place. Nir introduced me to Asha Lal, m ... See more y guide and he made my trek run smoothly, being professional knowledgeable very thoughtfull and most importantly fun! I felt safe and looked after at all times Asha Lal managed to locate a hot cup of tea and an extra blanket just when it was needed most! Back in Kathmandu Nir was very happy to help me organize the rest of my stay from booking bus tickets to recommending local restaurants. My Nepal experience was made extra special with Peace Nepal Trek, Nir and his team giving me sincere, honest and friendly services. I would not hesitate to recommend the company for anybody planning a trip to Nepal. See less...


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