Langtang, Helambu & Gosainkunda


12 Days | 11 Nights

Overview

This 8-day short trekking will take you to the north of Kathmandu, a region easily accessible by road from both sides and consequently hassle free from the aerial transport connection. It’s a very good introduction to trekking in the Himalaya with different cultures and religions, ridge top paths with extensive views on both sides, rhododendron forests blooming during spring season, terraced fields, a high pass to cross followed by a sacred lake to visit.

The trek starts from Melamchi area, going up through the Helambu region inhabited by various ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Newar, Tamang, as well as numerous Brahmanes and Chettris. The route follows a ridge line through beautiful forests and extensive terraced fields till Melamchigaon. The route makes a series of ups and downs on moraines till the top of the Laurebina Pass at 4600m, the gateway to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund. Then it descends to Thulo Barkhu before boarding into a bus for a return drive to the capital.

Short Itineraries

  • DAY 1:
    Arrive in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2:
    Drive To Melamchi & To Talamarang 5h
  • DAY 3:
    Trek To Kakani, 5h
  • DAY 4:
    Trek To Tarkegyang 6h
  • DAY 5:
    Trek To Melamchigaon 4/5h
  • DAY 6:
    Trek To Tharepati, 5h
  • DAY 7:
    Trek To Phedi, 5h
  • DAY 8:
    Trek To Laurebina Pass - Laurebina 6/7h
  • DAY 9:
    Trek To Thulo Shyabru, 5h30
  • DAY 10:
    Trek To Thulo Barkhu 3h, & Transfer Back To Kathmandu
  • DAY 11:
    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
  • DAY 12:
    Final Departure

Detailed Itineraries

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you are transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 02: DRIVE KATHMANDU TO MELAMCHI AND TALAMARANG (950M) IN ABOUT 5 HOURS.

Drive to Melamchi and then to Talamarang. You won’t walk that day due to the non availability of lodges in between Talamarang and Kakani. The vehicle heads to the east of the capital on the road linking Nepal with Tibet. The pagoda like temples in Bhaktapur tower the landscape and the road goes through terraced fields and brick kilns belching black smoke in the blue sky. The road makes a short ascent to Sankhu and crosses newar towns of Banepa and Dhulikhel with the mighty Himalaya in the background. The route winds down to Lamidanda before taking to the left along the Indrawati river till Melamchi bazaar. At the confluence with the Melamchi Khola, the road goes upstream the river till Talamarang.

>Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 3: TREK FROM TALAMARANG – KAKANI (1990M). 6H

The route makes a traverse from the Melamchi Khola river bank towards the Palchok Danda ridge line through terraced fields and typical villages. The route joins the ridge at Dubachaur and with the elevation rising, the mountains are seen in the background. The path goes on the ridge overlooking the Melamchi and Indrawati valleys. The path continues going up crossing Pokhare and reaching Kakani for the night stop.

Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 4: TREK KAKANI – TARKEGHYANG (2550M). 6H

The route starts through the terraced fields surrounding Kakani and goes up to a short pass marked by a golden statue of Guru Rimpoche at Kakani Bhanjyang (1995m). You enter the Buddhist area with its stupas, mani walls, prayer flags fluttering in the wind and tall pole adorned with flags in front of each house. The path enters a forested area and reaches another pass: Nigale Bhanjyang at 2460m with bamboos as expressed by its name. The path continues till the Sherpa village of Sermathang at 2590m and a short stop is required. The path continues till Gyangyul at 2770m, a village nestled into terraced fields. Another one and half hour walk is required to arrive at Tarkeghyang, a beautiful Sherpa village.

Overnight at Local lodge
DAY 5: TREK TARKEGHYANG – MELAMCHI GAON (2550M). 4/5H

The trek begins with a steep descent to reach Nakotegaon monastery. The way down continues till the Melamchi Khola crossed on a suspension bridge. On the other side the path goes steeply up till a promontory sheltering Melamchigaon village and its gompa. You are at the southern border of the Langtang National Park.

Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 6: TREK MELAMCHI GAON – THAREPATI (3600M). 5H

The route starts descending to a suspension bridge and on the other side of the river, it makes a hard and steep climb through a forest. The roots of the trees have carved some steps not so easy to manage. After a thousand meter elevation gain, you reach Tharepati at the top of the climb. From that point you can admire the mountains and the Laurebina pass you will cross in the coming days.

Overnight at Local lodge
DAY 7: TREK THAREPATI – PHEDI (3750M). 5H

The path makes a way down crossing meadows and passes by a cave before arriving at Ghopte at 3300m. The path is not easy today, making some ups and downs on a rocky trail rendering the advance uneasy. The route goes in between wild and high cliffs and the absence of villages gives a strange feeling. The surrounds are dramatic, deep gullies and waterfalls, pinnacled ridges and scatterings of pines and arching bamboo, silhouetted against a blue sky. Phedi means a foothill in Nepalese language.

Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 8: TREK PHEDI – LAUREBINA PASS (4600M) – GOSAINKUND – LAUREBINA (3930M). 6/7H

Today is the pass crossing day and the ascent is long through a mineral environment made of shrubs and rocks to reach the highest point of your trek at 4600m, just above a small lake. The views do not really appear until you have walked a bit further, rounding a corner and then looking down towards the Gosaikunda (4336m) - the very best views are to be had by climbing one of the small hills, either to the right or left, for a panorama of the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal and the very close looking and very snowy peaks of the Langtang.

You soon reach the holy lake of Gosiankund, the black rock in the middle said to be the head of Shiva, the waters formed by him from a glacier, to slake his thirst after drinking poison. During the full moon in August, the place is thronging with Hindu pilgrims. You now follow an excellently constructed path, contouring the north side of the valley, now the headwaters of the Trisuli Khola, to come out onto a ridge that overlooks the main Langtang Valley, with Syrabrubensi almost 3000m below! You descend the ridge to the few lodges of Laurebina Yak (3950m.) where you can leisurely watch the sunset behind Manaslu and the Ganesh, and rise again, making the mountains glow pink, beyond the misty depths of the valley of the Bhote Kosi. The mountains of Tibet are clearly in view, just right of the Ganesh peaks.

Overnight at Local lodge
DAY 9: TREK LAUREBINA – THULO SYABRU (2300M). 5H30

If the weather is clear, it is advisable to get up early to take some pictures of the sunrise on the mountains. The route descends on the ridge and enters a forest before reaching Singh Gompa and its cheese factory. The path goes through high spruce forest to reach Chandbari for the lunch stop. After the lunch, the path continues through forest and before Thulo Syabru through cultivated fields surrounding the village. Langtang Lirung summit towers the village.

Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 10: TREK THULO SYABRU – THULO BARKU (1960M). 3H. THEN CONTINUE DRIVE TO KATHMANDU.

Today is the last day walk with a last descent through a nice forest till Brabal village overlooking the Trishuli valley The descent goes on to Sano Barkhu and Thulo Barkhu, end of the trek. A vechicle is waiting for you here.

The road goes to Dhunche, the head quarter of the district and the road is high above the Trishuli Khola crossing Ramche and Kalikasthan. From that village, the road winds down to Trishuli bazaar After crossing the Tadi Khola on a metallic bridge, the narrow road winds up till Kakani. In the vicinity of Ranipauwa, there is a classic panorama, including the Annapurnas, the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, the now familiar Langtang Lirung and much of the earlier part of the trek.

Overnight at Local Lodge
DAY 11: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

Today start your day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 12: DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for return flight.

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