Langtang-Helambu Trek - 17 Days

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Langtang-Helambu Trek - 17 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1875
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Langtang
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    4,773 m

Highlight

  • Trek in the Langtang National Park, and explore Langtang, the valley of glaciers.
  • Hiking up to Kyanjin Ri 4,773m and Tsergo Ri 4,984m
  • Get a taste of authentic Yak cheese produced in the cheese factory nearby Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Visit the holy Gosaikunda Lake perched at an altitude of 4,380 meters. 
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Yolmo community.
  • Enticing views of Langtang Lirung 7,234m, Langtang Ri 7,205m, and Dorje Lakpa 6,966m.

Overview

Just north of Kathmandu Valley, hugging the Tibetan border, lies the prominent regions of Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu. The Langtang Valley, a narrow gorge perfect for exploration of peaks, villages and gompas, was nearly destroyed by the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, and is currently in the verge of complete restoration. Likewise, Helambu is renowned for its Yolmo cultural villages, rhododendron forests and favorable climate, and boasts stunning views of snow-capped mountains as well. 

 

The trail also takes you to the sacred Gosainkunda, an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake sits at an elevation of 4,380 meters above sea level high up in the mountains of the Rasuwa. Gosainkunda draws thousands of Hindu pilgrims during the full moon festival in August, while also holding sacred significance for Buddhists. Legend has it that the lakes—Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda, and Bhairab Kunda—were formed when Lord Shiva thrust his trident (Trisul) into the ground. And also, the Trisuli River originates from these lakes. Langtang Lirung 7,234 m (23,734 ft), Langtang Ri 7,205 m (23,638 ft), and Dorje Lakpa 6,966 m (22,854 ft) are the major mountain peaks that can be observed in this trek. 

 

Offering a diverse array of experiences, Langtang-Helambu trek allows immersion in village life, ascents of small peaks, and exploration of glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Its appeal is further increased by its relatively easy accessibility from the capital. Thus, a blend of mountains, lakes and enliven local communities makes this trek a one to not miss out on.

Itinerary (Plan)

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Max Altitude : 1400 m
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : Drive - 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 1503 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After an early breakfast, we depart from the Kathmandu Valley and begin a scenic drive northwest towards Syabrubesi.
  • Along the way, we get to enjoy stunning views of raging rivers, terraced fields, rural Nepali villages, and the majestic Himalayas in the distance.
  • The road remains smooth until we reach Trishuli Bazaar, from there onwards we drive on gravel road until we reach the town of Syabrubesi.
  • Arrive at this lively trading hub nestled amid the mountains, with much to explore in the local area.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2480 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart Syabrubesi and begin your trek by crossing the Bhote Kosi river towards the Langtang Khola.
  • Follow the trail along the Langtang Khola, passing through fertile jungle areas and terraced fields.
  • Continue the climb to reach Rimche, located on the banks of the Langtang Khola.
  • From Rimche, trek further uphill towards your overnight stop in Lama Hotel. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the rare red panda and other local wildlife of the Langtang region.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3430 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Lama Hotel, continue the trek hugging the Langtang Khola, ascending through forest areas.
  • The Langtang Khola gets up close and personal with our trail in Riverside.
  • The narrow river valley eventually opens up at the wide meadows of Ghoda Tabela. This area was once home to a Tibetan resettlement project in the past.
  • Cross over to the east side of the river as we get closer to the main Langtang Village.
  • Spend the night in this picturesque village of Langtang,  surrounded by mountain vistas before continuing further up the valley tomorrow.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 3830 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Langtang Village, continue ascending up the widening valley, passing through small abandoned settlements.
  • Cross over several tributaries and glacial moraines as we make your way up to Kyanjin Gompa.
  • This beautiful mountain village sits nestled in the lap of the towering Langtang Lirung peak. Here lies a vantage point of  Kyanjin Ri at an elevation of 4,773m, from where we can get a view of the peaks nearby.

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Max Altitude : 2830 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Spend an extra day in Kyanjin Gompa to properly acclimatize to the high altitude before proceeding further.
  • A must-visit is the famous cheese factory of Kyanjin - be sure to try some locally produced fresh cheese.
  • We go on a day hike to Langshisha Kharka and Tsergo Ri viewpoint at an altitude of 4,984m for panoramic Himalayan vistas.
  • From Tsergo Ri, take in breathtaking views of peaks like Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, and Yala Peak.
  • For those preferring a lighter day, simply relax and acclimatize in Kyanjin, soaking in the high alpine scenery.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2480 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We retrace our steps back to Lama Hotel, where a new chapter of our adventure begins.

Time : 2210 m
Max Altitude : 5 to 6 hours
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After acclimatizing in Kyanjin, begin the descent today down alongside Langtang Khola towards Thulo Syabru.
  • Keep an eye out for potential animal sightings as you trek through this richly biodiverse area.
  • Along the way, enjoy impressive views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang mountains.
  • Towards the end of the day's trek, we arrive at a suspension bridge which we will cross before a short final push to reach the village of Thulo Syabru at the bottom of the valley.

Time : 3654 m
Max Altitude : 6 to 7 hours
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart Thulo Syabru and begin gradually climbing upwards from the valley bottom.
  • After around an hour of uphill trekking, we'll reach the village of Dursagang. From here,  the trail becomes less steep as it winds through hemlock and oak forests.
  • Continue trekking onwards, passing through the settlements of Forang Danda and Sing Gompa.
  • Make your way to the village of Cholangpati, which will be our overnight stop for the day.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4380 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Today we start out on a desolate, barren mountain trail leaving vegetation behind.
  • With the ascent, more Himalayan giants will reveal themselves - the majestic Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Ganesh Himal, and even the distant Annapurnas to the west.
  • A few hours in, arrive at the area of Laurebinayak before beginning the steep uphill push to Gosainkunda.
  • After around three hours of walk from Laurebinayak, we’ll be greeted by breathtaking sights of waterfalls and the sacred Gosainkunda lakes.
  • There are 108 lakes in the vicinity of Gosaikunda with two of the three most significant ones, Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda, are nourished by water originating from Gosainkunda itself.
  • This holy site is a revered Hindu pilgrimage destination, especially during Janai Purnima and Maha Shivaratri festivals.
  • Spend the night in Gosainkunda surrounded by beautiful lakes and alpine scenery.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 4610 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We start today’s trek beginning with a descent to Gosaikunda Lake from our accommodation. 
  • Along the way, we pass by more Kunds till we reach the Laurebina La Pass at an altitude of 4,610m, which marks the highest point of our entire Langtang-Helambu trek.
  • After taking in the views, start descending down the trail that becomes steeper and rockier as we make our way down to Phedi.
  • Just past Phedi, we cross over a stream via a footbridge before more downhill trekking.
  • Finally arrive at the village of Ghopte after a grueling but scenically rewarding day on the trail.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2530 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Ghopte, the trail initially descends slightly before beginning an ascent through fiery rhododendron forests towards Thadepati.
  • From Thadepati, the path descends gently through the forest on the western ridge slope.
  • After 6-7 hours of trekking through the forested terrain, we’ll arrive at the village of Melamchi Gaon.
  • Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests and inhabited by the Sherpa community.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2600 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Start the trek by descending towards the Melamchi stream. Feel the cool breeze and listen to the gentle flow of water as you cross the stream.
  • Continue our journey by trekking gently upwards towards Tarkeghyang. As we move along, observe the Sherpa abodes that dot the path.
  • Finally, arrive at Tarkeghyang, a beautiful Sherpa village. This village is home to one of the oldest monasteries in this region.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2590 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin our trek through flat land, surrounded by beautiful forests. The trail is quite easy, making it a perfect day to soak in the natural beauty around us.
  • Arrive at Shermathang, another scenic Sherpa village. From the north face of the village, we can see the stunning Jugal Himal range. As the day ends, consider exploring the village and its surroundings. 

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 870 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We begin our trek today by gradually descending towards Melamchi. The trail takes us through lush meadows and cultivated fields, offering a different perspective of the landscape.
  • Arrive in Melamchi, marking the end of our trek. Take some time to rest and reflect on the day’s journey.

Time : Drive - 3 to 4 hours
Max Altitude : 1400 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast and Lunch
  • Brace yourself for a bit of a bumpy ride on our drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Langtang region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 17-day trek of the Langtang and Helambu. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 11-night trek in the Langtang Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Langtang-Helambu Trek trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Langtang-Helambu Trek are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Langtang National Park Permit - Nepalese - NPR 100, SAARC - NPR 1500, Foreigners - NPR 3000

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Langtang-Helambu Trek Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 14 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek. Altitude exceeding 3,000m most of the trek is dizzying for most people. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent in Langtang-Helambu Trek  is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 400-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

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Equipments

For the Langtang-Helambu Trek trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to -10°C (50°F). We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Manaslu region.

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Langtang-Helambu Trek is a the shadow of Langtang Lirung making our trekking activity done entirely within the confines of Langtang National Park, inway down to Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu Village.

The most common way to start the Langtang-Helambu Trek is by driving to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. From there, you can begin trekking through the Langtang Region. The trek typically takes around 14 days.

The best time to trek the Langtang-Helambu is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: Langtang National Park Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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