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Langtang Gosainkunda Melamchi trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

A spectacular trek combining Langtang and Helambu valley

17

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Scenic drive through winding mountain road to Syabru Besi.
  • Verdant forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures.
  • Close up views of the peaks and glaciers from Tserko Ri.
  • Trek to the alpine lakes of Gosaikunda.
  • Visit the ethnic Sherpa villages of the Helambu region.

This Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu trek is one of the most spectacular journeys in the Himalayas. This journey will take you across the Langtang Valley, the sacred Gosaikunda Lakes, and the Helambu valley. Sherpa and Tamang tribes inhabit this region. They share a similar religion, language, and clothing style. The landscapes are exceptionally varied, with terraced rice fields, gigantic rhododendron and fir forests in the lower region, and rugged rocky landscapes in the higher region with fascinating snowy peaks at the backdrop.

As usual, our trek begins from Syabrubesi, a Sherpa village situated on the edge of the Langtang National Park. We climb through beautiful thick oak and rhododendron forests up to Langtang valley. Further, we make our way towards Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is well known for its local cheese factory. Following the beautiful views from Tserko Ri, we retrace our hike back to Lama hotel and continue towards Gosaikunda. We cross over the Lauribina La pass and reach Gosaikunda. Gosainkunda is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over Nepal and India visit this place during the Janai Purnima festival.

After Gosaikunda lakes, the trail continues across the Lauribina La pass towards the beautiful Helambu valley. Helambu valley is a collection of numerous and picturesque Sherpa villages. Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, the trails remain blissfully quiet as you wind your way through cultivated terraces, Sherpa villages, and mountain views. Enjoy the authentic taste of rural Nepal before returning to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, our representative/guide will meet you and transfer you to your designated hotel. You may either relax at your hotel or take a self-guided tour around the city, depending on your arrival time. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal. Today in the first half, we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city. It may include Pasupatinath temple, Boudanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We shall keep the latter part of the day for preparing and planning for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,440m/7-8 hrs)
After breakfast, we shall drive to Syabrubesi, the starting point of our trek. The road is quite scenic with the views of the Annapurna Mountains in the west and Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the numerous peaks ahead. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,420m/6 hrs)
We begin our trek from Syabrubesi. The trail follows the Langtang river across woodland of oak, rhododendron, verdant meadows, and several Tamang villages. The hike goes along with stunning views of the great Himalayan peaks. It further ascends through Rimche and reaches Lama Hotel. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village(Sherpagaon/Mundu 3430m/6-7 hrs)
The first part of the journey is a gentle ascend above the Langtang Khola but soon turns into a steep climb. The trail goes through rhododendron and pine forest with the view of the Langtang Lirung. The path further ascends to the meadows of Ghoda Tabela. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. Depending on our time, we either halt for the night at Sherpagaon or Mundu village. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6 Mundu/Sherpagaon to Kyanjin Gompa (3,810m/4-5 hrs)
Today's trek is a short and easy one. The trail gradually climbs past tiny villages, stone-built houses, and several small streams and Kyanjin Gompa by lunchtime. After lunch, we could either choose to rest or visit the monastery, cheese factory and explore around the village. Kyanjin Gompa provides a beautiful view of Langtang Lirung, Kyanjin RI, Tserko Ri, Langshisha Ri, Yala Peak, and others. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Excursion to Tserko Ri (4984m/5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, trek for about 5 hours to summit the Tserko Ri. The trail begins on a flat path but soon turns into a steep climb. The climb gets strenuous until the summit. The summit of Tserko Ri offers a stunning 360° view of Langtang valley. Along with the fantastic views of the Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), and Naya Khang (5,844m). Thus, making it the most unforgettable experience of your life. After spending some time at the summit, we will descend and retrace back to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel(6-7 hrs)
Today we shall retrace our steps back to Lama Hotel. For the most part, it is a downhill walk past forests and villages with the view of the snow-covered peaks along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2230m/6hrs)
Today we begin with a gentle descent down to the river through beautiful pine and Juniper forest. Then it is a steep climb to Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syabru is a lovely village that has preserved the ethnic custom, culture, and traditions of the Tamang tribe. Enjoy the magnificent view of nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and other peaks. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa(3320m/5hrs)
Leaving Thulo Syabru, we ascend steeply uphill through the forested hill, across pasture lands to the ridge at Phoprang. From here, the trail goes along the ridge top and finally arrives at Sing Gompa. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda(4380m/5-6hr)
Today we start with a steep climb up to a ridge with a great view of the Langtang Lirung Himal. The trail to Lauribina la pass is a steep one over harsh mountain surroundings. After walking for about three hours, we finally reach the Luaribina pass. After a short break, we continue our journey and arrive at a small ridge, from where we shall have the first glimpse of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda basin. Saraswatikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Gosainkunda are prominent ones. This place is of religious significance to Buddhists and Hindus as well. People believe that a dip in the holy lake washes away the bather's sin. Thousands of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims visit this lake every year. Overnight in Trekkers lodge

Day 12. Gosaikunda to Ghopte(3440m/7hrs).
After witnessing the beautiful sunrise view along with the panoramic view of the Himalayas, we retrace our step back to Lauribina la pass. Hereafter, we descend over a rough trail with some up and down and trek towards Ghopte. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Ghopte - Tharepati – Melamchigaon(2560m/5-6hrs)
The trail descends and ascends across ravines and rocks and then ascends through rhododendron, oak, and juniper forest to Tharepati. From Tharepati, the trail steeply descends through pine and rhododendron forest with great views of the Helambu valley until Melamchigaon. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Melamchigaon-Tarkeghyang(2580m/5-6hrs)
We continue our trek across the village and cross over a river. After crossing the river, it is a gradual uphill walk through scenic landscape and forest to Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is the largest village in the Helambu region. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 15.Tarkheghyang-Sermathang(2610m/4-5hrs)
The trail today is less physically demanding. The hike is a steady uphill walk over a dirt road, small villages, and terraced rice fields to Sermathang. Sermathang provides good views of Dorje Lhakpa, Jugal Himal, and the Panch Pokhari lakes. Overnight in Sermathang.

Day 16. Sermathang-Melamchi Bazaar
Today we will have a short downhill trek about three hours through meadows and cultivated fields to reach Melamchi Bazaar. We will have lunch at Melamchi Bazaar. After lunch, drive to Kathmandu(3-4 hrs) and transfer to your hotel(within the city limit).

Day 17. Departure
Transfer to the airport for your final departure.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel-Mundu/Sherpagoan-Kyanjin Gompa-Lama Hotel-Thulo Syabru-Sing Gompa-Gosainkunda-Ghopte-Melamchigoan-Tarkeyghyang-Sermathang-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information coming soon !!

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Half-day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in the above-listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two-member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/NP fee).
  • Hire of sleeping bags available on request with minimal cleaning charges.
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

3-4* hotel in Kathmandu and trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek.