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Langtang-Helambu Trek - 17 days

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Introduction 

The Langtang Helambu area is best known for its pristine forest, high-elevation meadows of wild sheep, Tibetan-like culture and lovely mountain views.  The name "Langtang" comes from the story of the ancient Buddhist lama who followed his lost yak into the valley - "Lang" means "yak" and "Tang" means "follow".  Mirroring the diverse culture of Nepal itself.

Langtang Helambu trekking is one of most popular trekking trail in langtang Himalaya region. Lantang Helambu trekking offers panoramic Himalayan views, Holy gosainkund, lush valley and amazing Helambu valley. Langtang Gosainkund Helambu trekking is known as Buddhist pilgrimage trekking trail in Nepal. The Langtang valley populated by Sherpa and Tamang families lies to the northwest of Kathmandu valley and is over shadowed to the north by the high peak of Langtang Lirung (23,756ft) on Tibetan border. Most of the area has been designated a national park, which is noted for its birds and flowers. To the south of Langtang area are the holy lakes of Gosainkund scene of a colorful festival each summer, but equally beautiful in spring and autumn which we visit on our return journey from Langtang.

Our route to Gosaikund takes us back down the valley before a long climb up to the lakes in spectacular alpine setting. Crossing a 15,000ft pass, we come down pass a waterfall to a pretty Helambu region, making our way on one of several alternative trails through small Sherpa villages towards the road head at Melamchi pul bazar.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Holy Lake Gosaikunda
  • Kyanjin Gompa
  • Dorje Lakpa
  • Gaurishanker
  • Annapurna Range
  • Ganesh Himal Range
  • Langtang Lirung

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel& trek briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing tours, packing and preparations

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Drive to SyabruBesi (1,450m), 8 hours

After breakfast, you will drive few minutes to arrive at the meeting point from where we will start our trip. We will meet with trekking guide and porters and then drive northwest from Kathmandu. Follow the scenic swirling road through villages, river and mountains at the backdrop. The bus will stop at a hotel nearby highway for lunch. Drive through Trishuli Valley to Syabrubesi. The path beyond Dhunche is bumpy as it is graveled. Enjoy the views of Ganesh Mountain. Stay overnight in Syabrubesi.

Day 4

Trek to Lama Hotel (2,480m), 4 hours

LangtangHelambuTrek begins from this day. We will reach to Bhotekoshi River and then continue to follow the path towards Langtang River. The trail escalates uphill from Langtang River to Bamboo (1,960m) passing through rugged terrain. Moving uphill from Bamboo, we will reach Rimche (2,400m) that is located at the edge of calm Langtang River. After taking lunch at Rimche, we will move further to Lama Hotel through forest area where we can enjoy wildlife views like red pandas and monkeys. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 5

Trek to Langtang (3,541m), 5 hours

Leaving Lama Hotel early in the morning, we will follow the picturesque path towards Gumanechok which will provide us with an access to the pretty village of GhodaTabela.
We will choose the gradually ascending trail to the lush green alpine valley where we can see Yaks grazing lazily. Continuing our journey through the valley, we will reach pretty Langtang village. This is one of the oldest villages in Langtang region. Enjoy the close-up views of mountains. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6

Trek to KyanjinGompa (3,900m), 5 hours

After early morning breakfast, we will leave Langtang Village and take short trek to KyanjingGompa. Enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Ganchempo and LangtangLirung Mountain from KyagjinGompa. We will visit Yak cheese Factory where we can buy local made fresh cheese. Located below LangtangLirung, the area is surrounded with several peaks. Enjoy the close-up views of surrounding peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at KyanjinGompa.

Day 7

Acclimatization and explore day

This is an acclimatization day. KyangjinRi is the highest point of Langtang Trek. Located right behind the village, KyangjinRi offers spectacular panorama of Langtang peaks.We can follow the trail upward through moraine to reachKyanjinRi or TserkoRi for superb Himalayan scenery of LangtangLirung(7,245m), Ganesh Himal(7,406m), Naya kanga (5,846m), DorjeLakpa(6,988m), Gauri Shanker(7,145m), Gangchenpo(6,387m) andYala peak (5500m). Alternatively, we can alsohike to LangtangLirung Base camp. Stay overnight at KyanjinGompa.

Day 8

Trek to Lama Hotel (2,480m), 6 hours

We will return from KyangjinGompa to Lama Hotel on this day. The trail lowers gradually down from KyangjinGompa and passes through forest and river. The path is scenic with spectacular mountain views at the backdrop. We will pass through Sindum, Mumdu, Langtang Village, GhodaTabela and Gumanchok villages to reach Lama Hotel. Stay overnight at Lama Hotel. 

Day 9

Trek to Syabru village (2,200m), 5 hours

After an early morning tea, we will follow the raising path toRimche. From Rimche, the trail lowers down to LangtangRiver. Crossing River over suspension bridge, we will walk through Bamboo forest. Lowering down through the landslide area, we will climb to ThuloSyabru. The trail branches off after brief period. One of the trail leads us to SyabruBesiwhile the other one takes us toThuloSyabru. Passing through Kyang (2040m), we will ascend uphill to ThuloSyabruvillage.Overnight at teahouse

Day 10

Trek to Singh Gompa (3,584m), 4 hours

Leaving ThuloSyabru, we will take brief walk to FoprangDanda (3200m). Lowering down from the hill, we will reach Dursagang (2660m). Enjoy the scenic views ofLangtangMountain, Ganesh Mountain and Sisapangma and other Mountains in Tibet side. Traversing the dense forest of Oak, Hemlock and Fir, we will arrive at Sing Gompa. Wewill visit local cheese factory at Sing Gompa. Buddhist Monastery is another attraction of Sing Gompa. Overnight at Sing Gompa.

Day 11

Trek to GosaikundaLake (4,381m), 5 hours

Crossing the mountain pass of Lauribinayak La (3920m.), we will reach to Gosaikunda Lake on this day. Walk through the jagged terrain that offers picturesue views of HimalChuli Mountain (7893m),ManasluMountain (8156m) and Ganesh Mountain (7406m). LangtangLirung Mountain can be seen towards the north.Gosainkunda area is crowded with more than dozen lakes. Saraswatikunda, BhairabKunda and Gosainkunda are three major lakes. Stay overnight at Gosainkunda. 

Day 12

Trek to Ghopte (3,440m), 6 hours via Gosainkunda pass 4,610m

If you like, you can take dip in Gosaikunda Lake. But remember that the water is chilling. We will leave Gosaikunda Lake and reach Gosaikunda Pass. Climbing to the top of Pass, we will follow the lowering path along river to Langtang National Park post at Bhera Goth. The trail continues further along the valley to Phedi (3740m). We will lower down from Phedi to river and pass bamboo forest to reachDupiChaur (3630m). Walking along moraines, we will climb toKastureeDanda. The path then takes us through forest and valley to Ghopte (3440m). Stay overnight at teahouse. 

Day 13

Trek to MelamchiGaon (2530m), 4 hours

On this day, we will lower down from the ridge at Ghopte and pass through series of ups and downs, crossing small river and boulders. We will make final climb to Tharepati (3640m) where we will arrive at the branched path. One path leads us to MelamchiGaon (2530m) while the other pass through Kutumsangto Sundarijal. We will walk through Tharepati and lower down to MelamchiGaon. Stay overnight in MelamchiGaon. 

Day 14

Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,743m), 4 hours

We will lower down to Melamchi River where we can engage in recreational activities. You can swim in clear water of Melamchi River if you like. Walking through dispersed Sherpa villages, we will reach Tarkeghyang. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Tarkeghayng village. 

Day 15

Trek to Sermathang (2,590m), 5 hours and drive to KTM

After an early morning tea, we will walk through the wide valley toGanyul. Ganyul is a big Sherpa village. Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism is the chief religion that is dominated in this region. We will lower down from Ganyul and reach to the bank of river. Follow the ascending path through forest to biggompa at Chumnik. From Chumnik, we will reach Sermathang village. From Sermathang, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Kathmandu. 

Day 16

Free day in KTM, celebration dinner and last minute shopping in KTM

This is Free Day. You can visit the freak street of Thamelfor the last minute shopping from where you can buy different souvenir items like Nepali handicrafts, Khukuri, pashmina and more. Celebration dinner will be served in the evening.   

Day 17

Drop at Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.

This is the end of LangtangHelambuTrek. We will transfer you to the Airport as per your schedule flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.

COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • KTM - Sybrubensi and Shermathang - KTM by private vehicle
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness
This kind of trek doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences. It doesn’t require any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike 4 – 6 hours over hilly terrain up to 4,300m of altitude with a light day pack.
 
Experience
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.     

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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/LHT-17
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 13 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 nights
Trek Type : Lodge
Maximum Elevation : 4,610M.
Average hours of walking per day : 5 Hours
Destination: : Nepal

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