Langtang Valley,Gosainkunda, Helambu Trek

Langtang valley and Gosainkunda, Helambu Trek

18 Days Langtang Region Easy Trekking

Langtang valley and sacred Gosainkunda trek are the best destination for trekkers and adventurers seeking for less crowded region with authentic culture.
“One of the world’s most beautiful valleys” – Bill Tilman (British Mountaineer)
It is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu and is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches.
It lies about 130 km north of the Kathmandu Valley close to the border with Tibet, China.
The name Langtang comes from Tibetan language, where ‘Lang’ Yak and ‘Teng’ mean – to follow. Yet trekkers can encounter with yak in upper valley of Langtang.
And Langtang is Nepal’s first national park, and lies between the Himalayan range to the north, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area, and smaller peaks to the south – Chimse Danda (ridge), Ganja La pass (5,122 m), Jugal Himal and Dorje Lakpa (6,989 m).
Trekking in Marvelous Langtang Region welcomes you with grandeur snowy peaks, terraced field, alpine yak pasture, glacial moraines, cascading waterfalls,opportunity to witness rare animals like the red panda, snow leopard, langur, and musk deer, swinging bridges hanging over raging rivers and festooned with spiritual prayer flags.Climb Laurebina Pass for stunning panoramic views of the Langtang range.
Langtang Trek can be done at any time of the year. But the seasons of autumn and spring are the best for actually embarking upon the Langtang Valley Trek.
Apart from the spectacular scenery, a visit to the area is an opportunity to explore the lifestyle and culture of the Tamangs, whose craftsmanship, language, dress and houses bear their uniqueness.
Langtang is also known for its many glaciers – of which there are more than 70 of varying sizes – and high altitude lakes that include Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda and Dudhkunda. The stunning sacred lakes of Gosainkun, holy high altitude lake and laurebina pass (4610m). After the pass, we can discover another region of Helambu Trek, which is famous for meditation and yoga trek. We can see local people with local life style houses with cultivation. The forests in the region have temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkeys, tahr and pika.

 

Langtang valley and Gosainkunda, Helambu Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Activities

    Trekking

  • Trip Grade

    Easy

  • Starting Price

    €1550/Person

  • Accommodation

    Tea house/Lodge

  • Max. Altitude

    4984meters

  • Best Season

    Sep-Dec, Mars-May

  • Active Hours

    6hours

  • Group Size

    04-15

Highlights & Attractions

  • Short and Accessible Trekking Destination with a fantastic Himalayan experience
  • Splendid view of the mountains like Dorje Lakpa (6,990 m), Langtang -II (7,227 m), and Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), Ganesh Himal(7,429 m), Manaslu (8163m), Annapurnas
  • Walkthrough Langtang National, walk through stunning forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures
  • The trail dotted with monasteries, Buddhist shrines, chortens, and prayer flags
  • The high mountain atmosphere at Kyanjin Gompa, visit ancient Kyanjin Gompa, glaciers, and cheese factory
  • Climb Laurebina Pass for stunning panoramic views of the Langtang range
  • The stunning sacred lakes of Gosainkun, holy high altitude lake
  • Langtang Trek can be done at any time of the year. But the seasons of autumn and spring are the best for actually embarking upon the Langtang Valley Trek.
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Trip Itinerary

Flight from the different cities

Arrival at Kathmandu airport (usually in the afternoon) already marks our entry into another world... Customs formalities, baggage collection and welcome by our local French-speaking guide. Crossing the city to the hotel already offers a first discovery of the bustling and colorful capital of Nepal. Buses, trucks, bicycles and sacred cows crisscross in a friendly chaos... Depending on the arrival time, visit the surrounding area or simply settle in and rest at the hotel before your dinner at the hotel.


Free time
Accommodation: In hotel

Early in the morning, we take the bus towards Syabrubesi, a small shopping and tourist town at the entrance to the Langtang park at the foot of the mountains toward Dhunche.It takes around 7 hours of drive.

 

Distance: 137km
Driving time: approximately 6 hours.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After crossing a Bhote koshi river, we arrive one small village and we pass by left side of the Langtang khola. we walk for two hours on a Nepalese flat (succession of ups and downs) in an often humid subtropical forest, and in which it is sometimes possible to observe monkeys.
we lunch at silent Bomboo village (1970m) at the side of the river.Then, it is by a fairly steep climb of one hour that we reach the village of Rimche (2400m). Half an hour further, we reach Lama Hotel (2480m), a small hamlet located in the middle of the forest.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking time: between 5h to 5h30
Accommodation:in lodge
Height difference :+1200m/-100m

We attack towards important village of this region, which region is named by that village (Langtang).
We walk in the forest, the valley widens, dominated by Lantang Lirung (7225m). An hour and a half later we arrive at Ghodatabela (2972m, lunch break at Thayangsyap (3140m).We start to see Tserko-Ri (4984m).(The path climbs gently and in two hours we reach the village of Langtang (3410m) whose inhabitants are mainly of Tibetan origin. On the horizon we see the snow-covered slopes of Ganchenpo (6387m). The village was completely destroyed during the 2015 earthquake following an avalanche (rock, snow, ice).
The new village is rebuilt slightly higher in the valley. We can see the still the traces of the earthquake.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

• Walking time: between 5h30 to 6h
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +1150 m
• Height difference: -250 m

We start to climb of pretty steepy towards where we can see long manies with lots of mantras written in the stones. We pass through some beautiful villages of Mundu and Singdum then the relatively easy climb continues to the Yamphu, which we cross just before arriving at Kyanjin Gompa (3860m) at the foot of the Langtang Lirung glacier. We stay near to Buddhist monastery. Kyanjin Gompa mainly serves as summer pasture for herds of yaks.
After lunch, we can climb towards Kyanjin Ri 1st to acclimatize (4350m), magnificent viewpoint over the upper Langtang valley and the surrounding peaks: Langtang Lirung (7225m), Yansa Tsenji (6575m), Ganchenpo (6387m).

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

• Walking time: between 3h to 3h30
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +5150 m
• Height difference: -165 m

This day is known as rest day but we do most important activities, where we do the highest summit of this trek. Early in morning we climb towards the summit of Tsherko Ri (4985m), from where we have a magnificent viewpoint over Tibet and the surrounding peaks. Towards the north, Yala Peak (5500m) and Yansa Tsenji (6575m) mark the border. Towards the east, Langshisa Ri (6424m) and Ganchempo (6387m). Towards the south, Ponggen Dokpu (5930m) and Naya Peak (5844m).

 

Time of walk around 7 to 8 hours

And 1200 D+/D-

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Accommodation : In lodge

It's time to return back to Lama hotel by the same route from where we climb up. We follow the Langtang Khola and hike through a super coniferous forest. Our camp at Lama Hotel.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: between 6h to 6h30
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +200 m
• Height difference: -1450 m

We continue to descent towards the village of Thulo Syabru, a pretty and large village in the region which is located in the ridge with a Buddhist monastery. We follow the path that we climbed on the first day of trekking towards Bomboo and Pairo. After 3 hours of walking, we change the path and go up to our Thulo Syabru evening camp. We cross the suspension bridge to arrive at the pretty village.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
• Walking time: between 5h to 5h30
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +400 m
• Height difference: -700 m

We leave the charming village of Syabru to head towards Singh Gompa. As this hike progresses, we discover some typical houses, potato crops as well as pleasant tea rooms upon arrival at Dursagang Danda. We continue our hike through a forest of rhododendrons and big pines trees, before arriving at the top of the ridge where we discover an old chörten. We then enter the second valley and arrive at our lodge for the night. The small Buddhist monastery of Singh Gompa is 100 meters down the path on the left. We can visit cheese factory.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: between 5h to 5h30.
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +1300 m
• Height difference: -40 m

We find different vegetations and landscapes that we saw to another side of the trek. We find pretty open area. From Shing Gompa, we hike gradually extends through the rhododendron and big pines forest up to Chandanbari (3330m), We follow the ridge towards the side of Langtang and cross a new forest to arrive at the Cholang Pati summit (4165m) from where we can see a magnificent panorama view of the Langtang Lirung peaks, to the north of the ridge, and to the west, Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli and Manaslu. We start to walk gradually on the balcony towards to holy lake Gosainkunda. The path becomes narrower but the village community has managed well now, We can see two more lakes before reaching sacred lake Gosainkunda, near which we spend the night. There are lots of peligrim who come to workship Hindu god Shiva, Shiva had created this sacred lake many years ago.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
in lodge
1135m
55m

Our journey stary by walking on the bank of the holy lake, we can see the temple and some cabiens made for the piligrim to shettle. After Gosainkund, we climb up pretty steepy stone part towards where Shiva created water. And gradually climb to the Lauberina Pass (4610m), this pass is not so difficult and long then another passes of treks. After an hour of walking, we discover the stone huts of the shepherds who use these paths. We cross numerous lakes like Surya kunda and streams. After the summit, we descends towards the Phedi (Base camp 3730m) where we stop for lunch break and we go back up to a new ridge and arrive at Ghopte. The path are beautiful but pretty hard as well. We find different up and downs path and arrive at slient and peace place Ghopte which is surrounded by forest of rhododendrons. Ghopte is our camp for the night.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: between 5h30 to 6h
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +m
• Height difference: - m

From Ghopte, the trail passes through numerous caves as well as a thick forest of pine and rhododendrons. We continue with the crossing of a river which is dry most of the year, and make our last efforts for the Tharepati and stop for lunch at Mangengoth (3420m) which is surrounded by the forest, very peace and slient place to stay. The path are very pleasent to hike inside the forest. After lunch, around 10 minutes of pretty climb up and then we descents non-stop up to Kutumsang village around for 1000m negative. The views and landscap are different. We start to see the civilisation, cultivation and some beautiful real houses.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: 6h
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +m
• Height difference: - m

From kutusang village, we start to cilmb up and straight way which is very pleasent. We can see some effects done by wild-pork. After we descents and meet lots of small vilages, local people and cultivation. We join time to time the roads as well. We left the roads and descents down and pass through villages like Golphu bhanjyag and Chipling. We climb up steepy part by following old path which is narrow sometimes. In one hour of climb, we arrive at the summit of Chisapani (2194). Chisapani is very famous for the panaroma views of Langtang Himal range and sunrise in morning. We can see local toursites, as it is not so far from kathamandu mostly in the week-end. We can still see some effects of earthquake of 2015 at Chisapani.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: 6h
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +m
• Height difference: - m

We can see maqnificent view of Langtang himal range with Dorje Lakhpa Himal (6966m). It is one of the best place from where we can observe both sunset and sunrise. We continue our trek towards Mulkharka village and pass through Shivapuri National Park with one small pass in the forest. We descents down up to Sundarijal which is small city where we can find our vehicule to go to Kathmandu. The water from Sundarijal are supplies to Kathmandu.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

• Walking time: 6h
• Accommodation: In lodge
• Height difference: +m
• Height difference: - m

Free time to visit the sites, shopping, rest and visit.

 

Breakfast included

Flight of return back to the destination.

 

Breakfast included.

Arrival at the destination

 

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Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the mountains (dinner, breakfast and lunch)
  • 3 nights city accommodation (Kathmandu) with breakfast.
  • All transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off, Kathmandu - Sybru beshi & Sundarijal - kathmandu .
  • Trekking permit in the national park and TIMS Card
  • French-speaking guide, assistants guides (1 assis. for 4 guests), Porters (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • First aid medical kit (Your guide will carry the medical kit but we also advise you to bring it for your own use)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepali staff's insurance
  • Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at immigration at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (approximately 50 USD) per person per month.
  • Location of trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Shower, Wi-Fi, cell phone battery charging and device
  • Unexpected costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trek.
  • insurance
  • International flight

Why Langtang and Gosainkunda Trek?

Autumn occurs between the months of September and November, promising clear mountain views, blue skies, and comfortable weather.If you prefer to travel during the spring months of February through May, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of rhododendrons blooming brilliantly across the alpine slopes of the Langtang Valley.

 

What is the difficulty level of the Langtang valley and Gosainkunda Trek?

moderately difficult
Short, moderately difficult, and heavenly views make Langtang Valley Trek ideal for all. You can be on the lap of the mountains in a short itinerary. But do not get fooled by it, this Trekking offers you some of the best views of the mountains and beautiful landscapes. Gosaikunda trek is one of moderate and some of strenuous, passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude.

 

What is the name of the range of Langtang?

Langtang Lirung is the highest peak of the Langtang Himal, which is the sub range of the Nepalese Himalaya, southwest of the Eight thousander Shishapangma. It forms the western portion of a complex of mountain This complex lies between the Sun Kosi Valley on the east and the Trisuli Gandaki Valley on the west.

What is the history of the Langtang Valley?

History. Langtang Village is thought to have been first settled by ethnic Tibetans in approximately the 15th century. Local legends state that a traveling Buddhist Lama was chasing an escaped yak when he spotted the fertile valley. For most of its history, Langtang Village depended on subsistence agriculture.

What are the unique features of Langtang National Park?

Langtang's expansive high meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

What is the importance of Gosaikunda?

Religious significance

Hindu mythology attributes Gosaikunda as the abode of the Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri. The Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana and the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to Samudra manthan, which is directly related to the origin of Gosaikunda.

Can you trek Langtang and Gosainkunda trek without guide?

You can enjoy the beauty of the Langtang region to the fullest according to your own time and schedule. Langtang Valley Solo Trek will also save you some money as you won't have to hire any guides or porters for the trek. So, if you are a budget traveler, Langtang Trek without a guide is a good option.

Food and Accommodation

Langtang Trek is a much-loved destination, and you can find plenty of tea houses and hotels for Food and accommodation.

As always you are far away from your home, therefore, don’t expect the food to be of your choice instead adjust with the items in the guesthouse.

The choices in the menu are limited, but portions of the food will be quite substantial and filling. Generally, the menu offers Dal Bhat, chowmein, omelet, fried potatoes, pancakes, Tibetan bread, and soups. The non-veg items include yak meat, canned fish, and chicken.

Required Documents

Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) is a card that you get as a permit and permit for the Langtang National Park.

They must be shown at checkpoints in different places. This Card helps trekkers in case of an earthquake, extreme weather, and for finding lost trekkers.