Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek

Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek

Tour Highlights

Traversing through the Langtang and Helambu valleys to the sacred lakes at Gosainkunda, this trek include encounters with a wide range of sights within a reasonable timeframe. From the Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa, the trek takes us through colorful Tamang and Sherpa villages among a picturesque backdrop painted by the Langtang range. At Kyanjin Gompa we’ll have a chance to explore the monastery and the glacial formations around the valley. Retracing our steps through the Langtang valley, we’ll break off toward Gosainkunda, where we’ll stop to admire the stunning aqua hue of its holy lakes, and continue to cross the Laurebina Pass at 4600m. From this tremendously scenic altitude, we’ll descend into Helambu valley, a landscape of lush alpine meadows, with spectacular views of the Everest, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang ranges.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
  • Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
  • Accommodations in tea-houses during trekking
  • Three daily meals while trekking
  • All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)

Price Excludes

  • Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
  • Visa fee for entry into Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Get received at the arrival area of Tribhuvan International Airport by a representative from Era Tours and transported to your designated hotel. Unwind from your flight and meet us in the evening for a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

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Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Relax for the afternoon and enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu’s unique attractions. We’ll spend the day exploring several of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks like the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, Swayambunath Stupa also known as The Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath – Nepal’s largest and most revered Buddhist stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square with numerous cultural and historical monuments scattered around the vicinity.

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Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1550m/5100ft: 7 hours drive

We depart in the morning for a scenic drive through Nepal’s middle hills along the Trishuli River to Syabrubesi via Dhunche.

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Day 4: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel 2380m/7830ft: 6 hours walk

The first day of trekking begins along the rolling hillsides on a trail flanking the Langtang Khola. We’ll cross the river several times over suspension bridges as we meander through thick forests and meadows, encountering several rural hillsides along the way.

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Day 5: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village 3430m/11253ft: 6 – 7 hours walk

Continuing through the lush forests surrounding river valley, we ascend above the tree line for spectacular views of LangtangLirung. Cultural gems abound on our journey to Langtang Village as we pass by numerous chortens, prayer wheels, and many stones carved with sacred mantras.

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Day 6: Trek from Langtang Village to KyanjinGompa 3870m/12697ft: 4 hours walk

Our trail takes us through scenic meadows where wild yaks graze to Nepal's largest mani wall, a fascinating stone structure scrawled with inscriptions and festooned with prayer flags. Beautiful scenery abounds as we approach KyanjinGompa, with a Himalayan skyline surrounding us punctuated by glacial formations and rocky icefalls.

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Day 7: Ascend to Tserko Ri 5000m/16404ft : 5 – 6 hours walk

We make a steep ascent to the excellent lookout from TserkoRi this morning for an unforgettable sunrise. From this viewpoint, we can see a vast expanse of the Langtang range, including LangtangLirung, Kinshung, YansaTsenji, and the base of the Lirung Glacier. We spend the day enjoying the views and ascend for another evening in Kyanjin Gompa.

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Day 8: Trek from KyanjinGompa to Lama Hotel 2470m/8104ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

Descending the Langtang range’s majestic peaks into lush forests, we pass through several Tamang villages whose inhabitants share a distinctly Tibetan culture en route to Lama Hotel.

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Day 9: Trek from Lama Hotel to ThuloSyabru 2230m/7316ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

We descend to a river crossing through thick juniper forests this morning. Stunning mountain views accompany us throughout the day. Several moderate climbs and descents will bring us to ThuloSyabru.

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Day 10: Trek from ThuloSyabru to Shin Gompa 3330m/10925ft: 4 hours walk

A wide trail through oak, hemlock, and rhododendron forest us through Dimsa to Shin Gompa, a village known for the local cheese it produces.

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Day 11: Trek from Shin Gompa to Gosainkunda 4460m/14632ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

We enter an area today that is known to be a sanctuary for the red panda, one of Nepal’s rare and endangered mammal species. Ascending through pine forests to Gosainkunda, we reach the fantastic surroundings of the beautiful Gosainkunda lakes. We have clear views of the impossibly azure waters mirroring the majestic peaks of the LangtangHimal. Ascend a stunning ridgeline to Gosainkunda.

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Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda across Laurabina La 4609m/15121ft to Gopte 3440m/11286ft: 6 – 8 hours walk

An arduous journey across glacial moraines will take us across the Laurabina La, from where epic views of the surrounding valleys sprawl before us. We pass further through a craggy forested area via Phedi to Gopte.

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Day 13: Trek from Gopte to Melamchigaon 2590m/8497ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

Ascending through thick forests we arrive in a dry riverbed and reach Kharka. We ascend from here to TharePati, climbing further to a ridge where excellent views of the Jugal region await us. We descend from here to the Melamchiriver and make a final ascent to Melamchigaon.

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Day 14: Trek from Melamchigaon to TarkeGyang 2590m/8497ft: 6 hours walk

We enter the Helambu region today, marked by the Sherpa influence in the villages nestled within the valley. We descend to TarkeGyang, an interesting village typical of Sherpa tradition, home to a monastery we can visit in the evening.

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Day 15: Trek from TarkeGyang to Sermethang 2610m/8563ft: 4 hours walk

Traversing the picturesque Helambu valley, we pass Parachin to Gangyul, a village whose inhabitants practice the Bhutanese national religion of Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. We take our time to explore the village before the final stretch to Sermethang.

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Day 16: Trek from Sermethang to Melamchi Pull Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu: 4 hours walk and 2 hour drive

We pass through a string of Sherpa settlement on our final day of walking to Melamchi Pull Bazaar. From here we board a bus or private van bound for Kathmandu. We’ll reach Kathmandu in the evening and transport you to your hotel. Spend the evening taking care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing after an amazing trip.

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Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing as time permits. You’ll be picked up at your hotel three hours prior to your departure flight. Thanks for traveling with Era Tours. Farewell and Namaste.

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