The Langtang, Gosainkunda & Helambu trek starts in the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You board the bus to Syabrubesi; the starting point of this incredible trekking adventure. This is an interesting village on the banks of the Bhote Kosi River.
The trail gains elevation as you make your way along the Langtang Khola, first through forests of oak and rhododendron and then bamboo forests on the higher reaches of the trail. Traveling through Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft), you will reach the Langtang valley and the friendly Sherpa village of Kyanjing Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft). In Kyanjing Gompa, you will experience the spiritual lifestyle of dedicated Buddhist monks who perform their rituals in a beautiful Monastery dating back to circa 1300 A.D.
Early in the morning, you will ascend Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) for tremendous views of the Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft) range. A short hike will also be taken to a magnificent glacial moraine (4,300m/14,107ft), which can be climbed depending on the time factor and offers more spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the foot of one of its major glaciers.
There will also be the opportunity of visiting a traditional cheese factory, where the produce is manufactured by hand.
Once in Chadan Bari (3,330m/10,925ft), having traveled through Lama Hotel, you can relish magnificent views of the towering snow-covered Ganesh Himal (7,600m/24,934ft) and Langtang -II (7,227m/23,711ft) peaks. If lucky you might be able to spot the shy Red Panda that inhabits the Langtang region.
Moving on to Gosainkund, watch the sun rise over a multitude of glistening Lakes of this sacred pilgrimage site. It is believed that Lord Shiva created the holy lake with his trident. After Laurebinayak pass (4,609m/15,121ft), you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang (2,621m/8,599ft), before heading back to Kathmandu.
You should let us know about your arrival to Kathmandu, we will be there to pick you up from Airport to your Hotel but our package only starts from the second day of your arrival.
Our representative will come at your door, at your hotel in Kathmandu, to receive you before we start the trip.
The trip also starts with a drive of around 6 to 7 hours through lush green forest, meandering road through the hills and gracefully flowing riverside, like the way to Pokhara.
As we start journey early by bus to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek, after we pass Trisuli Bazaar the road might be slightly tricky and adventurous because of the grubby road. During the travel you will pass through many small villages on the way will be fascinating you with snippets. We stay overnight in Syabrubesi and get ourselves ready for adventurous tomorrow.
The River we are following today, all along our way, is mostly the Langtang River. You can enjoy the walk going through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. There is also a variety of wildlife in these forests: yellow-throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears
After having breakfast, we will continue our trip to our next destination. Today we are starting our trip descending towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River. We cross a bridge and head up with a winding path. The trail descends into a valley to cross a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang.
Today we pass through the tiny village with stone-built houses and climb to a Chorten and pass a huge Mani along a gentle path of a hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped view as we enter into a level of riverbed. Today is short walk; allowing us some time to acclimatize and explore the surrounding.This place is famous for cheese and curd. You can enjoy your free-time here in this environment full of lush and greenery along with local ethnic culture.
We walk all the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.
We will descend down to Bamboo village. Continuing further from here, we will be in front of two trails separated; one goes to Syabrubensi where another goes to Thulo Syabru village and of course we will take the left(the latter) one. From here the trail starts ascending up through beautiful green forests with distant views of Thulo Syabru on top. Thulo Syabru village is a pretty village, close to district headquarters; Dhunche has all the minimum facilities for a trekker. Some nice lodges are built, internet and telephone is available here.
Usually, meals in the villages are lot better than meals in the cities. Village meals are prepared fresh using locally available spices and tastes fresh. we will enjoy your fresh meal here.
The area in-between Shin gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepalese call Cat-Bear. You return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at a Gosainkunda.
Today is going to be a bit challenging day; the trail is a rough climb and crosses moraines. We will be passing three more small lakes, the trail ascend and cross Laurebina La (4,609m/15,121ft) after the pass, the path down to Phedi and we continue walk up and down through out crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees.
We slide(walk) down and explore through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka, that is surrounded by rhododendron forest. We climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Thare Pati. Climbing the ridge directly above the village gives you a marvelous view of the Jugal area. Cross the village and enter a forested area, again descending to Melamchi River followed by yet again climbing to the Malemchi-Gaon.
The day we enter a cultural destination named Helambu Region, and walk up to Tarke-Ghyang where you can enjoy with Sherpa culture with traditional village and monasteries.
Enjoy a view of a beautiful village in the Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sherpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. The is the place where you can enjoy an entirely different culture of this region.
Short walk down to Malemchi Puul Bazaar, exploring many Sherpa villages along the way and catch transport to Katmandu.