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Gosainkunda - Helambu Trek (09 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-GSHT1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 09 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3600 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
Gosainkunda Lake

Gosainkunda Lake

Gosainkunda Helambu trek offer an opportunity for the trekkers and adventures to follow in Bill Tillman’s footsteps and rediscover the Himalayan passes, pristine valley and diverse ethno culture.
 
This trek is a short one as compared to other treks but is really adventurous and slightly strenuous. You have to walk through the high passes at times. You will come across splendid frozen lakes, beautifully woven Sherpa and Tamang hamlets, vibrant rhododendron shrubs, exotic orchids, wildlife and many other eyes soothing landscapes. You will also witness the magnificent view stretching from Dhaulagiri to Mt. Everest, the holy Gosainkunda Lake and alpine yak pasture of Kyanjin Gompa, while the mountain views are genuinely inspiring.
 
During, Gosainkunda Helambu trek , you will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enthralled as the farmers toil in the fields using hand made tools and teams of water buffalo. Gosainkunda Helambu trek is noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate and lies north of the Kathmandu Valley across the Laurebina Pass at an altitude of 4620m.

 Trip code: NET-TR-GSHT1
  Region Langtang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 09 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3600 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Tea house) Accommodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) takes about seven hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along a gravel road. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 2 Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa it takes about five hours. The first part of the trail ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek steep up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests with marijuana plants. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 3 Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920m.) takes about five and half hours. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west lie Himal Chuli (7893m.,) Manaslu (8156m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pastures of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. Stay overnight at lodge.
 

Trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribinayak Pass (4610m.) to Ghopte (3430m.). The trail leaves Gosainkunda and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebinayak La [4610m], the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back for spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to camp near Gopte. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaon via Tharepati Pass (3490m.). The first part of the trails slightly descends and then begins to ascend through rhododendron forests until Tharepati and then your hike gets into a descending mode. Before climbing to Tharepati, you cross a stream after coming through rhododendron, oak and juniper forests. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which are mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. You will also find some Buddhist monasteries around here. Stay overnight at lodge (tea house).

Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about three hours. The early part of the trek descends until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Stay overnight at lodge (tea house).

Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) takes about five hours. This day the trail gets quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is also a beautiful village on the half way to Shermathang. To add to your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit several ancient monasteries. From here you can see Jugal Himal range from the north face of Shermathang village. Stay overnight at lodge (tea house).

Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.). The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Stay overnight at lodge.

Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu takes about five hours.


The Trip includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permits for Langtang & Shivapuri National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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    Alex Dane & Nelleke Van Ooigen

    Langtang Helambu Trek

    With this agency we did the Langtang trek and a part of the Helambu area trek. We had a guide and porter ,both very fine people.

     

    The Langtang trek is very nice and had some very spectacular sight. …

     

    Ramesh(the guide) and Raj Kumar(the porter) took very good care of us. Not only during the trek but also afterwards.

     

    This agency also helps you with arranging things outside scoop of the trekking. We are very satisfied with the guide service and can highly recommend this agency. If we ever comeback to Nepal we surely arrange the trekking here again.

     

    Alex Dane

    Nelleke Van Ooigen

    E-mail: mailaanlex@freeler.nl,  n.g.vanooijen@freeler.nl


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