Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
Langtang is a narrow
valley situated south of the Tibetan border, an
area inhabited by Tibetans and Tamang who share
a similar religion, language and clothing style.
The landscapes we cross are extremely varied:
rice-terraces, gigantic rhododendron and firs
forests and, in the highest parts, a rock and
shrub wilderness with the fascinating backdrop
of snowy peaks. The route passes by the sacred
lakes of Gosaïkund (4380m), a pilgrimage
spot where, during the full moon festival of August,
flow hundreds of pilgrims. After Gosaikund we
continue across the Laurebina pass towards the
Helambu valley and its numerous and picturesque
Sherpa villages. It is advisable to plan an extra
day, which can be spent in Melamchi Gaon, a Sherpa
village, which is sure to charm you.
Total Days :
Itinerary of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
||Katmandu - Dhunche
(1950m) by bus.
||Dhunche - Syabru (2130m) in
This is a fine day of trekking,
which traverses fir tree and rhododendron
forests towards a ridge (2300m).
From here we get a panoramic view
all the way from Ganesh Himal
in the west to Naya Kanga in the
east and the Tibetan snowy summits.
The trail drops steeply down towards
the Bothe Khosi river towards
Syabru, which is a busy village
with its houses laid out in single
file down the hillside. Sherpas
and Tamangs farm this area.
||Syabru - Lama Hotel
(2390m) in 5hrs.
Following a high trail, we pass
through terraces and bamboo massifs.
We cross Syarpagaon to continue
through a fine forest, alive with
birds and the occasional troupe
of monkeys. After crossing the
Langtang Khola, we start the ascent
of the valley and soon reach the
shepherds’ huts that are
||Lama Hotel - Langtang
(3520m) in 5hrs.
We now have a spectacular view
of the Langtang Lirung (7246m).
After a steep climb through the
Langtang gorge, the ascent eases
and the valley widens out into
an area of yak meadows and rhododendrons.
Further up, we reach Langtang,
populated by Tibetans.
||Langtang - Kyangin Gompa
(3850m) in 3hrs.
An easy and pleasant walk through
yak meadows. The village is spectacularly
situated in a glacial amphitheatre
dominated by high peaks. An excellent
base for shorter walks towards
the Langtang Lirung glacier, eastwards
to Lagshisa glacier or a tougher
ascent of the northern flank of
the valley towards Yala Peak.
||Kyangin Gompa - Ghora
Tabela (3000m) in 6hrs.
We retrace our steps downhill
and reach the army post of Ghora
||Ghora Tabela - Syabru in 6hrs.
The trail leaves the alpine country
and returns to the deep forest.
||Syabru - Sin Gompa
(3350m) in 5hrs.
We leave the Langtang valley to
climb towards the sacred Gosaikund
lakes. A stiff uphill climb leads
to the ridgeline offering views
north into Tibet and west towards
the Annapurnas. The second leg
goes through old hemlocks and
rhododendrons to Sin Gompa,high
above the Trisuli river.
||Sin Gompa - Gosaikund
(4380m) in 5hrs.
Through a rocky landscape and
sparse bushes the trail follows
two glacial lakes before reaching
the main lake--Gosaikund. This
site is a great pilgrimage for
Hindus during August, when thousands
come to bathe and make offerings.
||Gosaikund - Laurebina
Pass (4610m) - Ghopte
(3430m) in 5hrs.
We climb away out of the basin
housing the lakes for a while
on to the pass leading southrs.
Then we descend through screes
||Ghopte - Tharepati
(3500m) - Melamchi Gaon (2530
m) in 5hrs.
A hard climb leads to the ridgeline
of Tharepati. Afterwards we steeply
descend through primary rhododendrons.
In spring the area is a mass of
red flowers, doted with white
and pink. Melamchigaon is a picturesque
Sherpa village and you will surely
have long chats with its warm
and welcoming villagers.
||Melamchigaon - Gangjwal
(2500m) in 5hrs.
We plunge into the valley and
lose 700m of altitude before scrambling
up the equivalent height to Tarke
Gyang. The ridge walk to Gangjwal
offers nice views of the Melamchi
||Gangjwal - Kakani
(1800m) in 5hrs.
We continue along the hillside,
with open views in all directions
with the southern foothills of
Nepal fading towards the plains
of India. The trail starts now
to descend into the valley.
||Kakani - Melamchipul
(890m) in 3h (trek) - Katmandu
The second leg of this journey
is a knee-wobbling time as we
lose altitude rapidly,descending
to the Melamchi Kola river
- Standard Hotel accommodation
on BB Basis,
- Essential permit, fees
and climbing permit,
- Ground & Air Transportation
- Sight seeing and Airport
- Camping Equipment: Trekking
tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet
Tent, Table and Chairs, Mattresses during
the Trekking Period.
- Food: Food for Trekking
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Staff: 1 Guide, 1 Cook,
1 Kitchen, & necessary porters.
- Personal equipment for
- Travel insurance, evacuation
and rescue flight
- Sleeping bag
- Personal nature of expenses
- Tipping (Tips)
- Bar bills & beverage