Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek combines three major areas north of Kathmandu along the border of Tibet. This is a 13 days trek in the Langtang region of Nepal designed with an expert team of Adventure Leaders Nepal. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.
This trek offers an opportunity to explore villages climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Trekking in the Langtang region is another most traveled trekking destination in Nepal after the Everest region and Annapurna region. This region is comparatively cheaper than the Everest and Annapurna region. Likewise, the trail is also less crowded and tea house accommodations are easily available.
Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek commences with a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Next on the journey is a scenic drive to Syabru Bensi or Dhunche from Kathmandu which is at the same time adventurous too. The drive through the off-the-beaten roads is exciting to travel through. The trek offers some incredible views of the mountains like Annapurna, and Mt Shipangama (8,027 m) which is the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and one of the hardest mountains to climb. Likewise, you will also get to witness the Annapurna range, Huinchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh, Lauribinayak, and many more.
The trek will give you insights into the daily lifestyle of people living in high-altitude areas and their culture, tradition, and customs. In the Langtang region, mostly Tamang, Sherpas have resided therefore, you can experience their authentic traditional culture. Also, you can visit religiously important Lake Gosainkunda (4300m) where thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during the full moon festival in August. The lake is sacred to Buddhists followers as well. Gosaikunda is the largest of three main lakes the other two being Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. Hindu legend has it that the lakes were formed when the God Shiva plunged his trident (Trisuli) into the ground to obtain water. The Trisuli River has its source in the lakes thus the name.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters)and transfer to hotel. At evening orientation meeting and welcome dinner at hotel.
You will be driving to Dhunche, about 7 hours away by bus after an early morning meal. It’s a breathtaking drive that passes through a spectacular landscape. After arrival to Dhunce in the late afternoon you will be making your mind to head to Langtang in the evening.
We can see SyabruBensi from the road that divides in Pahiro, passing through the Bamboo settlement. We’ve been heading up to ThuloSyabru village for the last few hours. ThuloSyabru is a lovely Tamang town of Langtang, which is relatively more important.
We walk uphill slowly along the bamboo and oak forest after breakfast, visit the village of Deurali and Dimsa and enter Sing Gompa for overnight. Sing Gompa has a well-known temple, so it’s really popular in the area. The location has a large view of the himalayan scenery of Langtang.
Today’s trek to Gosaikunda ‘s holy lake is special. This path is one of the most scenic on the entire trip as we pass pastures and small streams to Gosaikunda. The most important lake of our tour is Gosaikunda. Nevertheless, the town is surrounded by over hundreds of small and large lakes. Within a few hours of walking, all these beautiful lakes can be reached.
We will begin our day trip to Gopte after having seen the lovely sunrise from Gosaikunda. Next, we’ll find the Lauribina La pass, also the highest point of our trek. We will continue our uphill rocky ascent to Pass Lauribina through three small lakes along the way. When in the peak, the rocky hills and the snow-covered mountains of the horizon are breathtaking, at 360 degrees. We will continue the descent to the village of Gopte after spending some time on the road.
You walk steeply up Melamchi Gaon through settlements like Nakotegaon, where you pass the Melamchi Bridge before reaching them. You can enter Melamchi Gaon after almost two hours passing this iron bridge with steep uphill trails. A monastery, a church, chortening, flags of the priests are floating in the sky, and a few cabins and lodges are seen. The panoramic views of this village are lush hills. In fact, there is an ancient cave with a background of legend, which was once home for Guru Ringboche.
From the pass, the trail goes down to Tarkeghyang, surrounded by a small settlement by a pine and rhododendron tree. One of the oldest Buddhist monasteries can be visited here, along with Sherpa villages. Such villages are populated by wealthy, well-settled and very prosperous local residents. We are very wealthy.
It takes nearly four hours. This day, the walk through open country with spectacular trees on the way is much smoother. You pass along the way across a few small streams. On the way to Shermathang there is a lovely village. To add to your happiness, Shermathang is another lovely town where some old monasteries can be visited. Through the north side of the village of Shermathang you can see the Jugal Himal.
It takes five hours or so. The path proceeds slowly across wetlands and planted fields to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. You will encounter some old villages with a different history along the way. Walking this day is really fun, because it connects with local people with mountain views.
You travel through a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in historical and cultural places in Kathmandu valley(Pashupati, Monkey Temple, BouddhaNath, Patan darbar square.). At evening farewell dinner.
Today our airport representative will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight back to home after early morning breakfast.
To be honest you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the trek. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you to enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you’ll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise to get more oxygen into your lungs? Watch for signs of altitude sickness: symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend. Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the trip for everyone as it is quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of climbs, you may get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average, travelers can do Everest Base Camp trek.
Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets. But in higher elevation, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground and it is situated outside the room.
Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance or Travel Direct- TID. We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.
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