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14 days to experience the Langtang Valley, Kyangjin Gompa, Gosainkund Lake & Helambu.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 14 days
Best season: October to May
Trek Grade: Moderate to demanding (altitude)


A visit to the Langtang and Helambu regions will take you to some of the most superb trekking in Nepal. Lying just north of the Kathmandu Valley, Helambu is the most accessible trekking region in Nepal, where you can experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country and trek through unspoiled Sherpa villages.

This 14 day trek begins at Syabru besi, 90 km from Kathmandu. The trail gradually ascends upstream along the Bhote Kosi river, passing through the forests of the Langtang valley to the alpine meadows and yak pastures around the holy Kyangjin Gompa. You have the opportunity to ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), from which point the 360 degree views of the Himalayan mountains are truly spectacular. You trek to the sacred and spectacularly beautiful Gosainkund Lake situated at an elevation of 4336 metres and on to Kathmandu via the lovely Helambu region and Sundarijal.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu to Syabru besi [1460m]
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 03: Trek to Langtang village [3500m]
Day 04: Trek to Kyangjin [3800m]
Day 05: Rest day in Kyangjin
Day 06: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 07: Trek to Syabru [2130m]
Day 08: Trek to Sing gompa [3254m]
Day 09: Trek to Gosainkund [4336m]
Day 10: Trek to Gopte [3359m]
Day 11: Trek to Mangann kharka [3285m]
Day 12: Trek to Gulphu bhanjyang [2125m]
Day 13: Trek to Chisapani [2194m]
Day 14: Chisapani to Kathmandu [1350m]

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu to Syabru besi [1460m]
We have an early departure for the 7 hour drive to our starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley. The road takes a spectacular route, climbing high over the ridges to escape the Kathmandu Valley and providing us with a superb panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that we will soon become better acquainted with.

Day 02: Trek to Lama hotel [2470m]
The trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, which is literally just a few kilometres away. We then gradually climb up through the sub-tropical forests, teeming with bird-life, to join the trail from Syabru. We follow the river, climbing though uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and maybe catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. To reach camp we climb along a steep trail through the stunning forest.

Day 03: Trek to Langtang village [3500m]
As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m] the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 04: Trek to Kyangjin [3800m]
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting with snowy peaks surrounding us in all directions.

Day 05: Rest day in Kyangjin
A day to rest and explore the area. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, which we can visit; we can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung; or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

Day 06 - Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
From Kyangjin we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

Day 07: Trek to Syabru [2130m]
We continue retracing our steps some of the way to Syabru Besi, but then branch left up a steep path through forest to suddenly emerge with a view of Syabru and its extensive area of millet terraces. An undulating path brings us to this fascinating village where each house is set above its neighbour, in a long line up the very crest of the ridge. It's a great place to wander about, catching glimpses of Tamang life, admiring the beautifully carved wooden windows or simply relaxing in the sun.

Day 08: Trek to Sing gompa [3254m]
From Syabru it is a steep climb through forests of oak, fir and rhododendron to the top of a ridge. From here it is only a short descent to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here.

Day 09: Trek to Gosainkund [4336m]
From Sing Gompa we climb a ridge to the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang Valley to Langtang Lirung. To the west there are dramatic views of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkund. This lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend, this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water, quenching his thirst after taking some poison.

Day 10: Trek to Gopte [3359m]
The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La [4610m], the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back for spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. We then descend steeply to camp near Gopte.

Day 11: Trek to Mangann kharka [3285m]
We continue descending along the ridge, through rhododendron and juniper forests to a stream before climbing to Tharepati, a group of herders' huts at 3490m. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu.

Day 12: Trek to Gulphu Bhanjyang [2125m]
From Mangan kharka (high grazing fields) it is a short climb to cross a ridge before following a pleasant trail through forest, with superb views across to Numbur, the Jugal Himal and many other snow-capped peaks. From Kutumsang, we climb to a pass at 2620m, before descending to the Tamang village of Gulphu Bhanjyang (saddle). We camp beyond Gulphu bhanjyang on a ridge with splendid views, stretching from the Annapurnas and Manaslu in the west, to Numbur in the east.

Day 13: Trek to Chisapani [2194m]
From our camp it is an easy climb to a small pass before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village with a few shops and a police check post. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisapani and our camp.

Day 14: Chisapani to Kathmandu [1350m]
Leaving Chisapani, the trail passes through meadows and cultivated fields and then climbs through oak and rhododendron forest to Burlang bhanjyang. From here there are magnificent views, from Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley. We now begin descending steeply through dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron to cross a dam and then follow a large water pipe which supplies much of the water for Kathmandu. Soon we are down into Sundarijal where we pick up transport back to Kathmandu and the comforts of our hotel.
IMPORTANT NOTE
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

 

 

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