Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

This trek is the combination of three beautiful treks in Langtang region. Trek will start at Syabrubensi after 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu. In first part, this trek gives an opportunity to explore the Langtang glacier River, dense rhododendron forest with blooming flowers in spring season, Langtang Valley, different types of vegetation, flowers, wild animals, typical Tamang villages, Tibetan Buddhist influenced societies, local houses, traditional cultivation, Buddhist monuments like Chhortens, Stupas, monasteries with colorful Buddhist holy flags, excellent views of Langtang Lerung, Langtang Himal, Nayakaga (Ganjala Chuli), Yala Peak, Gangchhenpo, Lanshisha peak, Dorje Lakpa, Shishapangma, Tibetan Himalayan range etc.

Second part, you will enjoy with the view of sacred Gosaikunda Lake which is very famous place for Hinduism and Shamanism. Once in year, there will be a religious festival in this lake. Many Hindu and Shaman  pilgrims will come to take bath in this lake spiritually to make them purify. Third part, after crossing  Laurebena Pass, you will descend to Helambu village area where you will explore the  ethnic groups like Tamang, Sherpa, Hyolmo etc. their Buddhist culture and communities. Finally,you will trek down to Melamchi Bazar and come back to Kathmandu by bus or jeep.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip  Title: Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
Maximum Elevation: 4980m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip  Duration: 16 Days.
Mode of Operation: Tea house lodge trek
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and fairly hard.
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people.

Outline Itinerary: Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member  and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 02:  Kathmandu to Syabrubensi 1467m by local bus 7 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 03: Syabrubensi trek to Lama Hotel 2470m 6 hours  along the Langtang River. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 04: Lama Hotel trek to Lantang village 3400m 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 05: Langtang trek to Kyangjing Gompa 3850m 4 hours. Visit Langtang glacier and Langtang Ri 4700m optional. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 06: Kyangjing Gompa - visit Cherku ri peak 4980m- Kyangjing Gompa  7 hours. The excellant views of Tibetan range, Yala peak, Lanshisha peak,Gabgchhenpo peak,Shisapangma peak, Ganjala Chuli etc. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 07: Kyangjing Gompa trek to Lama Hotel (2610m) 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 08: Lama hotel trek to Thulo Syabru (2150m), 6 hours. The biggest Tamang ethnic village in the region. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 09: Thulo Syabru trek to Sing Gompa (3380m), 5 hours. This is vert famous place for yak cheese production in the mountain. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Sing Gompa trek to Goshainkunda (4360m ) 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Goshainkunda trek to Ghopte 3570m via crossing Lauribinak pass 4609m 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Ghopte trek to Tharepathi (3600m) 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Tharepathi trek to Kutumsang (2450m) 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Kutumsang trek down to Melamchi Bazaar  5 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu by local bus 5 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 16: International departure

-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Langtang National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Syabrubensi & Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu by local bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide  and porters

-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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