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Langtang and Helambu over Gosainkunda lakes 15 days

Langtang and Helambu over Gosainkunda lakes 15 days

Duration: 15 days

Trip level: moderate to strenuous (info?)

Maximum altitude: 5605 m

Accommodation: teahouse/lodge

Season: March, April, May, September, October, November

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Langtang Valley

The Langtang Valley is not far situated from Kathmandu. From certain view points in the city you can clearly see the peaks of the Langtang mountain range. The valley is a National Park and is inhabited by the local ethnic Tamang people.
From Kathmandu it’s a day’s drive, past local villages and farming terraces, to the tiny village of Syabrubesi. The trek starts with crossing a suspension bridge over the river Langtang Khola. The first days of the trekking you will follow the roaring river that cuts through a gorge. After a few days the valley opens up to meadows and small farming settlements. You will be treated with a view of stunning views far into the valley. The local population is Buddhist Tamang and on your way you will pass many mani walls.

In the valley you will pass the former village of Langtang. This local village is no longer there for it was buried under millions of tons of rock and ice during the devastating earthquake in the spring of 2015. The only building still standing is the Gompa. Ten additional buildings on the edge of the landslide were totally destroyed by the air pressure wave. In the center of the debris are five white flags, in memory of the deceased.

You continue on to Mundu near the former village of Langtang. In the village Kyangjin Gompa we take a resting day. An optional day hike is possible to one of the surrounding peaks, the Kyangjin Ri (4600 meters) or the Tsergo Ri (5200 meters). From these peaks you will have a panoramic view of the entire Langtang mountain range including the Langtang Lirung and Shishapangma.

From Kyanngjin Gompa you follow back your footsteps out of the valley the same way you came. At the village of Syabru, you will turn towards to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda. These lakes are at an altitude of 4600 meters. You walk along the main large lake at Gosainkunda for an overnight stay. This is a fascinating place in a charming setting surrounded by high mountain peaks. This place is considered to be sacred over hundreds of years. Every year in August the lakes are visited by hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims and Shamans (medicine men) during the festival of “Jani Purnima”. After the Gosainkunda lakes you cross the Laurebina La pass (4605 meters) and walk into charming hills of Helambu. You will leave the high mountains behind you and hike through the wooded hills afterwards you reach Sunderijal in the city of Kathmandu.

Note: Langtang is badly affected by the earthquake of April 2015. You will inevitably encounter the remains of the devastation during this trek. Nevertheless, we offer trekkings in the Langtang valley to support the local community. They have worked hard to rebuild their villages and teahouses, and are once more ready to welcome tourists.

Day 01               Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1460 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 02               Trek to Lama Hotel (2350 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03               Trek to Ghoretabela (3015 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 04               Trek to Mundu (3500 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 05               Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3749 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06               Resting day in Kyangjin Gompa, optional day hike to Kyangjin Ri (4600 m) or Tsergo Ri (5200 m)
Day 07               Trek to Bamboo lodge (2350 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 08               Trek to Thulo Syabru (2118 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09               Trek to Singh Gompa (3254 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                Trek to Gosainkunda lakes (4381 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11                 Cross over Laurabina La pass (4609 m) to Ghopte (3566 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12                Trek to Kutumsang (2445 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13                Trek to Ghul Bhanjyang (2125 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14                Trek to Chisopani (2195 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 15                Trek to Sunderijal (1380 m- 4 hrs.) and drive Kathmandu (1/2 hr.)

Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.

The starting price for Langtang&Helambu 15 days is:
€ 340,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 500,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)

We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.

When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Cost include:
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by private jeep
Drive Sunderijal to Kathmandu by private car
Certificate of CO2- emission free drive to Syabrubesi
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide & porters
Free use of waterproof bag (only available with porter service)
Langtang National Park entrance fee, TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
Lodging and food during trek
Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, maximum luggage ten kilograms per person
All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel insuranceRescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)