The highlights of this trek are full of diversity, natural beauty, ancient monastery, cheese factories in Kyanjin Gompa and Chandan Bari, splendid glaciers, colorful Rhododendron flowers in spring season and breathe taking views of snowcapped mountain peaks and unique Tamang culture rewards you the excellent mountain holiday. Langtang inhabited by most welcoming and friendly Tamang people. Gosainkunda Lake is magnificent and scenic.
Langtang Helambu Trek first goes to the delightful Langtang valley and the journey through holy Gosainkunda Lake to charming Helambu is; a life changing trip that takes you to the insight of Langtang treasure and soak yourself in the nature; that is one of most pleasing trekking holiday in Nepal. Experience the intact, unique cultures of Tamang, Newars and Sherpas, living in some of the most beautiful hamlets in Nepal. Langtang Helambu trek is an ultimate destination easily accessed from Kathamndu whereas other major treks needs long and expensive transport of air travel, Langtang and Helambu offer breath-stopping mountain view from Tsergo Ri, Kyanjin Ri, Lauribina and cultural experiences every bit as magnificent as anywhere else in Nepal.
Two distinct basins and an intervening lek (ridge) lend their names to the major treks here; each stands on its own, but given enough time and good weather you can mix-and-match them. Helambu is closest to Kathmandu, comprising the rugged north–south valleys and ridges that lie just beyond the northeast rim of the Kathmandu Valley. North of Helambu, running east–west and tantalizingly close to the Tibet border, lies the high, alpine Langtang Valley, which in its upper reaches burrows spectacularly between the Langtang and Jugal Himals. Gosainkunda comprises a chain of blessed holy lakes located in a rugged intermediate range northwest of Helambu. One practical inconvenience is that the connections between these three treks aren’t reliable – winter snow may block the passes between Helambu and the other two – and done on their own, the Langtang and Gosainkunda trek require you to retrace your steps for much of the return journey. All these routes take you into Langtang National Park, for which there’s a Rs 3390 entry fee and TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) is required as the trekking permits.
This trek is remarkably categorized and relatively well-liked trek. It is well suited for 13 to 15 days itineraries. What it lacks in superlatives – there are no 8000m peaks in the vicinity (unless you count Shisha Pangma, across the border in Tibet) – it makes up for in base-to-peak rises that are as dramatic as anywhere. Langtang, in particular, delivers more amazing views in a short time than any other walk-in trek in Nepal, with the possible exception of the Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Sanctuary & Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.
Shortening this trip: To make this trip short we can remove or skip 3 spare days that we have in Kyanjin Gompa (day 7), extra excursion day at Tarke Gyang (day 15) and spare day in Kathmandu (day 18). So then this trip will be just 16 days total in Nepal. Many people include Tamang Heritage trail to make this trek longer. We can add Ganja La Pass to make this trip more adventurous.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, meet and greet and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or visit ancient old temples (optaional)
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi (1470m) drive 6-7 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Lama hotel (2324m), 5-6 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang (3330m), 5-6 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), 3-4 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 07: Excursion Tserko Ri (4985m) or explore the area. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Lama hotel (2324m), 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Thulosyabru (2210m), 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Chandan Bari (3330m), 5-6 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkunda (4380m), 4-5 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Gopte (3430m), 6-7 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Ghyang (25300m) 5-6 hours of walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2590m), 4-5 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Excursion Ama Yang Ri Peak, or explore surrounding holy caves/monasteries.
Day 16: Trek to Thimbu/1580m, about 3 hours walk. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 17: Thimbu - Kathmandu by private car or local bus.
Day 18: A free day and last hour shopping. Stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 19: Fly back to Home country.
Trip Note: This trek can be personalized as per client’s interest. Please send us your detail for your customized tour that suits your time and travelling budget. Trip price will be according to budget, standard and deluxe tour plan and group sizes. International tour leaders are high encourage to get especial discounted rate.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Wilderness Excursion will officially greet and meet you at Airport and transfer you to Hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an short evening briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Rest and preparation or sightseeing.
Rest day if you have long flight from home, adjust with Nepalese GMT time, Wilderness Excursion prepares your permits and set up rest of things. We can arrange guided sightseeing tour to The UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites. Or you can also visit on your own. A short briefing in the evening again for next day departure schedule. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi, 7-8 hours by Jeep
You will start early bus journey to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek. Behind Trisuli Bazaar the road is tricky because of the grubby road. During the travel you will pass through many small villages on the way will be fascinating you with snippets. Overnight in Syabrubesi (1,440m/4,724ft).
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft), 5-6 hours walking
Going through the suspension bridge and heading precipitously along a stream. The River you are following 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.
Day 05: Trek Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft), 5- 6 hours walking
After hot breakfast we continue our journey to our next destination Langtang. We start our trip ascending towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River. You 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 .Overnight in Langtang.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft), 4-5 hours walking
We walk through the tiny village, stone-built houses and climb to a Chorten and passed a huge mani along a gentle path of a hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped one as you enter into a level of riverbed. Today is short walk; allowing time to acclimatize and explore the surrounding.This place is famous for cheese and curd. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa
Day 07: Day excursion and explore nearby natural heritage
Today it is excursion day around depending on your interest. Many people hike to Kyanjin Ri which is at 4,800m and day hike to Tserko Ri (5,000m) for more adventure and stunning mountain scenery. You see Mount Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung Himal, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier. There is an option to hike to Langshisa Khara (The place where monk found his lost yak dead that he was following during when Langtang Valley was found several centuries back, later he skinned the yak and placed it's skin on a big rock, so still we can see a red rock there because of the red blood of the yak. Back to guest house for Lunch having short rest and walk around the Kyanjing valley with guide. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft), 5-6 hours walking
Today you retract to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up. Take more time and suggested you to walk very slow.
Day 09: Trek to Thulo Syabru(2,230m/ 7,316ft), 5-6 hours walking
First trail decent to river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. You will see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal and more. On the way of your trek you will pass through pine and bamboo forests.
Day 10: Shin gomba (3,330m/10,925ft), 3-5 hours walking
You take the wide trail ascending up to Dimsa village and the trail continues steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and Oak forests to Shin gomba Dursa Gang which is best place to rest have lunch or tea break, offers an outstanding view over Ganesh Himal Range. Now the trail is pleasurable to Shing Gompa through the blue pine and rhododendron forest. Shing Gomba is another popular place for Cheese. There is Cheese factory that was founded in 1964.
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund(4,380m/14,366ft), 5-6 hours walking
Gosainkund(4,460m/14,632ft), 5-6 hours walking The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron covered point to the top of the rim and through a forested area. 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. Explore around the holy glacial Lakes and overnight in Gosainkund
Day 12: Trek to Gopte (3,430m/11,250ft), 6-8 hours walking
Today is a bit challenge day; the trail is climb, rough and crosses moraines. 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 you continue walk up and down through out crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees.
Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Gyang (2,530m/8,299ft), 6-7 hours
You slide down through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka that is surrounded by rhododendron forest. You 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 Gyang for overnight.
Day 14: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft), 5-7 hours walking
The day you enter a cultural destination it call Helambu Region, walk up to Tarke Gyang where you can enjoy with Sherpa culture with traditional village and monasteries. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleyways separating them.
Day 15: Day Hike to Ama Yang Ri Peak
It is worth to do day excursion to Yang Ri Peak locals called Ama Jyomo Yangri and believed to be Holy Mountain. Many people explore ancient old monastreis and surrounding sacred caves where Buddhist deities believed to be meditated here. This place is center of Helmbu attraction for the national and international tourist and Buddhist pilgrims. If you would want we can skip one night extra here and your trek will be one day shorter than original itinerary.
Day 16: Trek to Thipu/Kakani (1580m), about 3-4 hours walking
You will cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
Day 17 & 18: Free and spare day in Kathmandu to relax or shopping
It is a free and spare day in Kathmandu if you would like to do shopping for dear ones back home or you could go sightseeing. There are lots of things to see in Kathmandu, ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, medical old royal places. Swaybhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Templs, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan – the city of and ancient old Newari town of Bhaktapur is the best place to stroll whole day.
Day 19: Fly back to home or further destination
Wilderness Excursion will take you to the airport to see you off and say good bye. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal, Namaste!
Packing List and Equipment for Langtang Helambu Trek
Personal Trekking Equipment
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade etc.
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen James Frawley,
In September 2016, I completed the Lantang Helambu 15 day trek organized by Wilderness Excursion. For the first time in quite a few treks in different countries, everything went as planned, from being met at the airport on arrival, up to the taxi back to the airport at the end of the trek. Pradip made sure I had all the permits and information I required, attending such matters in person. My guide, Suppa, was cheerful, energetic and patient with the many questions I asked, and made sure I was well ...
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