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Langtang Helambu Trek – 19 Days

This classical trek combines three major areas north of Kathmandu along the border of Tibet: Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 19 Days
Max Altitude: 4,610 m/15,120 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Syabru Besi - Langtang Village - Kyanjin Gompa - Thulo Syabru - Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda - Laurebinayak Pass - Melamchi - Kathmandu

Trip Information

This classical trek combines three major areas north of Kathmandu along the border of Tibet: Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu. 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, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. You can trek to Langtang by returning to Kathmandu via the holy lakes of Gosainkunda at 4,300 m. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during the full moon festival in August. The lake is also sacred to Buddhists. Gosaikunda is actually 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 Siva plunged his trident (Trisul) into the ground in order to obtain water. The Trisuli River has its source in the lakes; thus the name.

Helambu valley is very famous for its natural beauty and wonderful climate with superb views of magnificent snow-covered mountains. The area covers typical highland Sherpa villages along with beautiful rhododendron forests. This region extends from the north to Taramarang to the Gosaikunda Lake and the lower Jugal Himal from the north. The valley is approached from Trishuli River Valley, north of Kathmandu.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) on a Public Bus – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Trek to Langtang village (3,307 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Kyanjin Gompa Exploration Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek Back to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 Trek to Thulo Syabru (2,250 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 Trek to Sing Gompa (3,250 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Trek to Gosainkunda (4,300 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Cross the Laurebinayak Pass (4,610 m) and Trek to Ghopte (3,430 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 13 Trek to Melamchi Gaon via Tharepati Pass (3,490 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 14 Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 15 Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 16 Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 17 Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu on a Public Bus – 4 hours . Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 18 Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel..

  • Day 19 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) on a Public Bus - 8 hours

    Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight hours on a public bus. Driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche, we’ll get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal after driving along the mighty Trishuli River. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Parts of the road though may be bumpy and under construction.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) - 5 hours

    The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960 m) passing rugged paths. Afterward, our trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 m). We can have lunch at this place and at the end of our trail is the Lama Hotel. En route we could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if we are lucky.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05 - Trek to Langtang village (3,307 m) - 5 hours

    The trek route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks about. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become more imposing as we trek closer.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) - 4 hours

    It is shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climbs several small peaks (hillocks).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07 - Kyanjin Gompa Exploration Day

    Today is a day to rest as we explore the area. You 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 (4,350 m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08 - Trek Back to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) - 5.5 hours

    We rejoin the trail to Lama Hotel.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09 - Trek to Thulo Syabru (2,250 m) - 5 hours

    The beginning of the trail gently descends and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru. En route we could see red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful village from where we can enjoy the amazing land feature and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7,110 m) and Langtang Himal (7,234 m).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 - Trek to Sing Gompa (3,250 m) - 5 hours

    The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3,200 m ) follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2,660 m) along with the views of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. Now the path gently ascends for a while and then it follows a flat level to Sing Gompa. There is a well managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery. Sing Gompa provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature and a yak cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered the best in Nepal.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Gosaikunda (4,300 m) - 5 hours

    The first part of the trail emerges and we steadily climb up to Laurebinayak. With a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda, we follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lake of Gosainkunda. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin – the three most important ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing poison that threatened to destroy the world.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Cross the Laurebinayak Pass (4,610 m) and Trek to Ghopte (3,430 m) - 6 hours

    The trail leaves Gosaikunda and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebinayak Pass (4,610 m), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back at the 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.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 - Trek to Melamchi Gaon via Tharepati Pass (3,490 m) - 6 hours

    The first part of the trail slightly descends and then begins to ascend through the rhododendron forests until Thearepati, after which we climb down to lower altitude. Before climbing to Tharepati, you can see settlements of cattle herders (mainly huts and mud houses) at 3,579 m as we cross a stream after coming through rhododendron, oak and juniper forests. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forests with good views of the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solukhumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. There are also some Buddhist monasteries along the way.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14 - Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,743 m) - 5.5 hours

    The early part of the trek descends until we cross the Melamchi stream. We trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 15 - Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) - 5.5 hours

    Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. We trek on crossing some small streams on the way. Situated in a beautiful village on the half way to Shermathang, another picturesque Sherpa village where we can visit many ancient monasteries. Jugal Himal range can also be seen from the north face of Shermathang village.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 16 - Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) - 5 hours

    The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, we come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking today is quite pleasant with mountain views and the possibility of interacting with the friendly locals.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 17 - Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu - 4 hours

    After breakfast, we travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda and then follow the metalled road up to Kathmandu.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 18 - Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 19 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (14 nights only)

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek)

  • Public bus transfer from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi and from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu

  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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