Langtang and Helambu Circuit trek

Trip Overview

You’re not very far from modern way of life but you still can have a wonderful experience in the middle part of the Himalaya. Just less than 50 km to the north of Kathmandu, there is a beautiful valley surrounded by snow capped mountains which is a wonderful destination for true travellers. If you are keen on wild life and flowers this valley offers one of the best ways you can make your journey with good variety of natural beauty.

At the beginning of the trip you’ll confront Bhote Koshi River and follow Langtang Khola all the way up to Kyanjin Gompa where you may be able to spot the elusive Red Panda or the Lungur monkey. Turning back down following Langtang Khola you’ll trek up to Gosainkund lake. Actually there are several small lakes (kund in Nepali) which are important spiritual sites for Hindu pilgrims. Hindu people believe after having washed their face in the holy lake all their past sins are washed away. Leaving this holy place you’ll go over Laurebina La pass (4610m) and encounter a completely different Buddhist religious zone of Helambu valley.

The people here are known as’ Yolmo Sherpas’, one of the well known ethnic groups which for many centuries have brought their rich Buddhist culture, tradition and way of life to the country. When you explore this valley during your trip you’ll receive a homely welcome which makes your journey a unique and extraordinary experience.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Day 02: Sightseeng in Kathmandu (1350m),
Day 03: Drive to Syabru Besi (1420m),
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2380m),
Day 05: Trek to Langtang (3500m),
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3800m),
Day 07: Acclimatization day/Hike to Langshisa Kharka (4060m),
Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel (2380m),
Day 09: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2250m),
Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa (3250m),
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund Lake (4380m),
Day 12: Trek to Ghopte cave (3430m),
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2560m),
Day 14: Trek to Sermathang (2590m),
Day 15: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Final Depart.

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu. Full board is provided during the trek.

Trip Highlight

» A beautiful tea house trek with incredible panoramic mountain views.
» A superb Himalayan trek - only a short drive from Kathmandu.
» Passing the Holy lake of Gosainkund and crossing the Laurebina La pass,
» Culturally rich trek into the heart of the Tamang and the Yolmo people in the Helumbu region.
» All meals, snacks, welcome drink and 'bed tea' included on trek
» First rate local leader, guide and support crew
» 4-star hotel, a walking tour and time at leisure in Kathmandu

    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city.Here is the old Royal palace,with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers.There’re several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images  including the resident for  Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th  century.You’ll get magnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square.Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys,full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.
    You’re free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    DAY 03:
    DRIVE TO SYABRU BESI (1,420m/4,658ft): 8 hours driving.
    Your morning transport from Kathmandu takes you all the way through Dhunche, administrative centre of Rasuwa district to Syabru Besi, a lovely small village on the banks of the Bhote Koshi. Beginning the trek from here allows you to cover some of the best trekking country in Nepal that relatively few foreign trekkers visit.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 04: TREK TO LAMA HOTEL (2,380m/7,808ft): 6 hours walking.
    Leaving Syabru Besi you start your trek to Lama Hotel. The trail crosses the Bhote Koshi River by a suspension bridge and continues eastwards. You encounter the Langtang Khola which will be your companion all the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail starts as a moderate climb and zig-zags up the broad valley. Continuing up, you will see the village of Thulu Syabru clinging to the high valley side. Shortly after you will join a trail which leads to (and from) Thulu Syabru. You will then enter a deep gorge which signifies the start of the Langtang valley. From here you will start a steady descent through a bamboo forest to the valley floor. Red pandas and Langur monkeys inhabit this forest. Upon reaching the Langtang Khola you will follow it up stream. Passing through the hamlet of Pairo you will reach the village of Bamboo. This village is situated on the riverside and the trail here is constantly having to be rebuilt due to the river flooding and washing the trail away. After an hour or so you will cross a bridge to the northern side of the river and pass through the village of Rimche. Shortly after this you will briefly climb out of the forest to reach the village of Lama Hotel.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 05: TREK TO LANGTANG VILLAGE (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 hours.
    From Lama Guest House you continue your climb up the Langtang valley. The area here is still forested and again you might catch a glimpse of a red panda. After a short while the mighty peak of Langtang Lirung comes into view from the north. Passing a waterfall you continue up the west bank of the Langtang Khola and pass through the hamlet of Gumnchok. After a couple of hours the valley begins to widen and the trail flattens. You pass through Ghora Tabela which means “stable of the horse”. You will trek past a National Park checkpoint and then cross a small wooden bridge and continue through the forest. Many villagers in this area advertise the local “yak curd” - you could try some here! Around 10,335ft/3,150m you climb above the tree-line. Approaching Langtang you will see a 400 year old Buddhist gompa (monastery) on your left and a few minutes later you climb into Langtang village just below Langtang Lirung itself.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 06: TREK TO KYANJIN GOMPA (3,800m/12,467ft): 3 hours.
    From Langtang village you continue up the ever-widening valley to Kyanjin Gompa. After passing through the Upper Langtang village you will walk past a series of long mani walls. To the east you will gain great views of the peak “Dorji Lakpa” with “Urkinmang” to its left. Also to the south, the peaks of “Naya Kanga” and “Pongen Dopku” will come into view. After a steep, undulating trail you will cross a rise and Kyanjin Gompa will appear. Kyanjin Gompa lies in an elongated amphitheatre surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks. After lunch, your guide might suggest a hike up the small hill to the north of the village at the height of about 14,107ft/4,300m. This offers great views of Langtang Lirung (23,765ft/7,245m), the Langtang glacier, Kimshing peak with its glacier and to the south, a long ridge on top of which is the Ganja La, a high pass to Helambu region.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 07: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY OR HIKE TO LANGSHISA KHARKA (4,060m/13,320ft): 5-6 hours.
    Today is a great day for acclimatization and alpine experience. After breakfast you leave the village of Kyanjin and walk east towards Langtang Khola. You cross a small stream and walk close to the abandoned airport. You can see yaks grazing in the valley and several yak herders’ shelters (Goths). Once you reach Langshisa Kharka, you can see views of Langshisa Ri (6310m), Morimoto Peak (6750m), and nearby glaciers. Today either you can take pack lunch or return to Kyanjin Gompa for late lunch. Or you may go for quite a tough little climb to the challenging hill walk up Chergo Ri– a local peak just short of 5,000m. for the breath-taking views of the surrounding snow-capped Peaks.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    People and the culture,
    There are two major ethnic groups in this region. They are the Tamangs of the Langtang valley and the Sherpas of the Helambu valley. The Tamangs are an ancient tribe who originally came from Tibet hundreds of years ago. They not only occupy the Langtang valley but also areas to the east and west of Kathmandu and the countryside surrounding the drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. The name is said to derive from the Tibetan “ta-mang” which means “horse trader”. Their religion is Tibetan Buddhism but it also combines more ancient beliefs in earth spirits and evil spirits. There are no monasteries in the region with celibate monks as the lamas belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. As such they are also family men and farmers who inherited their religious role from their fathers. The Sherpas of the Helambu valley also known as “Yolmo Sherpas” are a distinct group from their cousins in the Everest region. Their language is different as is their culture and traditional dress. They originally migrated from Tibet around 500 years ago. The name Sherpa derives from the Tibetan- “Shar Pa” which means “easterner”. Their primary occupation is farming but their income is supplemented by tourism. They are followers of Tibetan Buddhism and celebrate Tibetan festivals. Again this Buddhism also has more ancient beliefs interweaved within it.

    DAY 08: TREK TO LAMA HOTEL (2,380m/7,808ft): 6 hours.
    After your exploration in Kyanjin Gompa, you now return down the valley. As the next two days are mostly downhill following the gorge, you are able to cover a lot of distance. You will gain great views returning down the valley, especially the sun flitting through the leaves once you have dropped below the tree line.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 09: TREK TO THULO SYABRU (2,250m/6,889ft): 6 hours.
    From Lama Hotel you continue down the valley crossing the Langtang Khola just before the village of Bamboo. You will contour round the head of the valley and Thulo Syabru village will come into view perched atop of a ridge. You drop down to cross a bridge and then climb up through terraced fields and farm houses to reach this pretty village.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 10: TREK TO SING GOMPA (3,250m/10,663ft): 5 hours.
    Leaving Thulo Syabru you head south east to Sing Gompa. The trail zig-zags up hill and after 45 minutes you will reach a white stupa. There are spectacular views of the valley below with “Ganesh Himal” reaching up to the west and to the north a range of unnamed peaks just over the border in Tibet. There are a few teashops on your climb and after about 3½ hours of climbing through huge forest of pine, rhododendron and fir trees, you reach the top of the ridge where you will be pleased to have refreshments and lunch at Phoprang Hill. From here you head south contouring around the western side of the ridge. The trail leads you again through a forest, over another ridge before climbing a ladder to cross a wall and into Sing Gompa itself, which is a small village with a few lodges, a gompa (from which the village derives its name) and its own cheese factory. ‘Sing’ is the Tibetan name for the trees in the area.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 11: TREK TO GOSAINKUND LAKE (4,380m/14,369ft):  5 hours.
    Leaving Sing Gompa you head north east. There is a 30 minute climb before reaching an even stretch. You then cross to the other side of the forested ridge you are following. After another short climb you pass through the hamlet of Chalang Pati. From here you continue climbing and rise above the tree-line just over 11,483ft/3,500m. After another few hundred meters climb, you will gain stunning panoramic views of the mountains around. Ganesh Himal rises up to the north and Langtang Lirung is to your east. To the left of Ganesh Himal you will be able to see Manaslu and even the Annapurnas including Machhapuchare (the “fish tail” peak) and Annapurna II. You pass through Laurebina Yak, which means “yak without a stick” and after a moderate climb you will reach a stupa, again with stunning views all around. The land becomes more rugged as you follow the trail, passing a lake on your right called “Saraswate Kund”. After crossing the shoulder of a ridge, you descend a little and another lake comes into view. This one is called “Bhairav Kund”. In Nepali there are at least two words for lake. The most common is “tal”, however “kund” is used when a lake has a sacred property. After another short climb you crest a ridge and the sacred lake Gosainkund opens out before you. You may feel cold again tonight.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Holy lake of Gosainkund,
    Usually at the month of August each summer thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal and India make the trek up to Gosainkund Lake during the Janai Purnima festival to nullify their sins. Hindulegend states that the lakes at Gosainkund were formed when Shiva pierced a glacier with his trident. There is also another legend that states that the water from Gosainkund emerges at a spring at the Kumbeshwar temple in Patan. The lake has a black rock in the middle, which is said to be the head of Shiva.

    DAY 12: TREK TO GHOPTE CAVE (3,430m/11,253ft): 6 hours.
    You follow the trail around the edge of Gosainkund and start to climb past assorted prayer flags and even a trident, apparently left by Shiva! You will pass smaller lakes to your left and then a coal-black lake to your right. The Laurebina La (15,124ft/4,610m), just past this lake, is decorated with hundreds of prayer flags which flutter in the icy breeze and you will have excellent views of the Helambu valley below. From here it is a long descent to the river which you will cross. You then follow a boulder-strewn trail which climbs in and out of ravines for a few hours before arriving at Ghopte Cave.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 13: TREK TO MALAMCHI GAON (2,560m/8,399ft): 6 hours.
    From Ghopte Cave the trail contours round and climbs up for a couple of hours to the village of Tharepati which sits on a ridge. After this the trail makes a rapid descent through fir forest, then through oak, rhododendron and juniper. At one point you will have a good view of the peak “Dorji Lakpa”. The descent will take you at least a couple of hours, after which you cross a short suspension bridge with a waterfall to your left before climbing to the village of Malamchi Gaon. The gompa here is particularly impressive.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 14: TREK TO SERMATHANG (2,590m/8,495ft): 7 hours.
    From Melamchi Gaon you continue to descend before crossing the Melamchi Khola. You climb up through the terraced fields of Paraghang village spreads out over the valley side. We then continue climbing to reach another beautiful village of Tarke Gyang where you visit its impressive Monastery. From here the trail is gentle and gives great views of the Helambu valley below. Keep an eye out for the Langur monkeys which inhabit the valley. After a short while you will see the terraced fields of Gangjwal stretching down the hillside. After passing through Gangjwal you will continue round the valley side passing a newly constructed “peace” stupa, before ending this lovely day’s trek in Sermathang.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    DAY 15: TREK TO MELAMCHI BAZAAR (848m/2782ft) AND DRIVE BACK KATHMANDU:  hours walking and 3 hours driving.
    In the morning you spend some time looking around some of the beautiful monasteries in Sermathang as it is the last large village of the Hyolmo community. The trail towards Kakani village is wide and obvious and you pass a huge statue of Guru Rinpoche which is situated on top of a little hillock and the views are superb. You can see Dorje Lakpa and Gangchhenpo and other peaks in the range. You now walk downhill through the Tamang and Hyolmo villages to Kakani. From here you continue descend through villages down at the valley floor at Melamchi Bazaar.From here it’s about 3 hours drive back to Kathmandu.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast, lunch

    You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Meals included: breakfast


Price Includes:
» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes:
» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel


Equipment List

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipment's here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2 pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot/shoes or sandals for the evenings
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (Optional- handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal First Aid Kit

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TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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