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Gosaikunda Helambu Trekking

gosaikunda trek
This is a superb introduction to Langtang trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country. Lying 30 km north of Kathmandu, Helambu is most accessible trekking region in Nepal. The Langtan & Helumbu trek starts from Syabrubensi after driving 150 km from Kathmandu. The trail gradually ascends upstream along the Bhote Kosi river, passing through the forests of the Langtang valley to the alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin. After an ascent of Kyangjin Ri [4350m.], from where the 360 degree mountain views are truly spectacular, the trail retrace to Syabru. From here we further trek to the sacred Gosainkund lake situated at an elevation of 4336 meter and to Kathmandu via the lovely Helambu region. This Langtang & Helumbu trek can be done any time of the year except during. monsoon

Trip Highlights

Duration 14 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Gosai Kunda Helambu Trekking Region Langtang
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 4150m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Suabru Beshi Trip end Point Sundari Jal

Itinerary

Day 01 Drive to Saybru Besi [2000M]
Day 02 Syabru Besi to Lama hotel [2748M]
Day 03 Lama hotel to Langtang village[3500M]
Day 04 Langtang village to Kyangjin[3800M]
Day 05 Rest day in Kyangjin
Day 06 Kyangjin to Lama hotel [2784M]
Day 07 Lama hotel to Syabru [2130M]
Day 08 Syabru to Sing Gompa [3254M]
Day 09 Sing Gompa to Gosaikund [4336M]
Day 10 Gosaikund to Gopte [3359M]
Day 11 Gopte to Mangan Kharka [3285M]
Day 12 Mangan Kharka to Gulphu Bhanjyang [2125M]
Day 13 Gulphu Bhanjyang to Chisopani [2194M]
Day 14 Conclude trek at Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu [1450M]

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Drive to Saybru Besi [2000M]
An early departure for the 7 hour drive to our starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley. The road takes a spectacular route, climbing high over the ridges to escape the Kathmandu Valley and providing us with a superb panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that we will soon become better acquainted with.

Day 02 Syabru Besi to Lama hotel [2748M]
The trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, literally a few kilometres away, and then gradually climbs up through the sub-tropical forests, teeming with bird-life, to join the trail from Syabru. We then follow the river, climbing though uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and maybe catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. We climb along a steep trail to our camp in the forest.

Day 03 Lama hotel to Langtang village [3500M]
As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m] the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. 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 months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 04 Trek Langtang village to Kyangjin [3800M]
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as 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. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting with snowy peaks surrounding us in all directions.

Day 05 Rest day in Kyangjin
A day to rest and explore the area. We can visit the monastery and the 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.

Day 06 Trek Kyangjin to Lama hotel [2784M]
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

Day 07 Lama hotel to Syabru [2130M]
We continue retracing our steps some of the way to Syabru Besi, but then branch left up a steep path through forest to suddenly emerge with a view of Syabru and its extensive area of millet terraces. An undulating path brings us to this fascinating village where each house is set above its neighbour, in a long line up the very crest of the ridge. It’s a great place to wander about, catching glimpses of Tamang life, admiring the beautifully carved wooden windows or simply relaxing in the sun.

Day 08 Trek Syabru to Sing Gompa [3254M]
From Syabru it is a steep climb through forests of oak, fir and rhododendron to the top of a ridge. From here it is only a short descent to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here.

Day 09 Trek Sing Gompa to Gosaikund [4336M]
From Sing Gompa we climb a ridge to the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. To the west there are dramatic views of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkund. This lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend, this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water, quenching his thirst after taking some poison.

Day 10 Gosaikund to Gopte [3359M]
The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La [4610m], the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back for spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. We then descend steeply to camp near Gopte.

Day 11 Gopte to Mangan Kharka [3285M]
We continue descending along the ridge, through rhododendron and juniper forests to a stream before climbing to Tharepati, a group of herders’ huts at 3490m. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu.

Day 12 Mangan Kharka to Gulphu Bhanjyang [2125M]
From Mangan Kharka it is a short climb to cross a ridge before following a pleasant trail through forest, with superb views across to Number, the Jugal Himal and many other snow-capped peaks. From Kutumsang, we climb to a pass at 2620m, before descending to the Tamang village of Gulphu Bhanjyang. We camp beyond Gulphu Bhanjyang on a ridge with splendid views, stretching from the Annapurnas and Manaslu in the west to Numbur in the east.

Day 13 Gulphu Bhanjyang to Chisopani [2194M]
From our camp it is an easy climb to a small pass before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village with a few shops and a police check post. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisopani and our camp.

Day 14 Conclude trek at Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu [1450M]
Leaving Chisopani, the trail passes through meadows and cultivated fields and then climbs through oak and rhododendron forest to Burlang Bhanjyang. From here there are magnificent views, from Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley. We now begin descending steeply through dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron to cross a dam and then follow a large water pipe which supplies much of the water for Kathmandu. Soon we are down into Sundarijal where we pick up transport back to Kathmandu and the comforts of our hotel.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this trip Cost USD 1525 Per/Person

  • Airport pickup and drop to (TIA) Airport Transfer to Hotel.
  • Drive to syabru beshi by private bus / Jeep
  • One English speaking Guide (government license holder trek Guide)
  • 2 client have 1 porter ( porter carry only 25 Kg)
  • All Nepali trekking stuff Insurance and accommodation food transportation salary.
  • 3 time meal I.e (breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Tea, coffee, Hot lemon)
  • Accommodation at local guest house twin sharing
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3/ 4 star categories twin sharing with B/B Basic
  • Langtang National park fee and TIM card.
  • Sundari jal National park fee
  • Drive back from Sundari jal to Kathmandu
  • Porter equipment

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  • International airfare charges
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  • Extra porters, boiled water, shower, heater, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and porter

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