This thrilling Langtang Circuit Trekking combination connects the breathtaking Langtang Valley with the holy lake of Gosainkunda and the Helambu Trek. Along the way, we cross over the challenging mountain pass known as the Lauribina La (4610 mt, 15,124 ft). This adventurous trek provides the opportunity to visit thick jungles, picturesque villages, soaring peaks, sacred lands along with many other highlights! The journey passes through areas with both Buddhist and Hindu influences and with relatively easy access to Kathmandu, it is one of the favorite trekking options in all of Nepal.
The Langtang Circuit Trekking journey begins with a visit to Langtang National Park, one of the top three destinations of Nepal after Annapurna and Everest region. It is a popular region for very good reasons! The Langtang Circuit Trekking journey follows along a serene river valley up to a plateau surrounded by peaks soaring into the sky. This upper valley was formed by glaciers long ago and is a sacred ‘hidden valley’ according to the local Buddhist culture. As such it is regarded as free from the problems of the world and it really does seem that way!
The Langtang Circuit Trekking route passes through forests with rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower), as well as bamboo, birch, pine and eventually juniper. The trail passes by scenic waterfalls and local wildlife includes the Red Panda. Our ultimate destination on the Langtang portion of this Langtang Circuit Trek is a settlement known as Kyangin Gompa, with a famous monastery of the same name. Kyangin Gomba is also famous for a cheese factory and we will take the opportunity of a tour and sampling the locally made products.
We then return to down the valley and take a route on the way out to pay a visit to the enchanting village of Sing Gomba. This high elevation settlement has its own cheese factory and monastery as well as marvelous views. We then descend through tranquil pine forests to the road a scenic ride back to Kathmandu. Eventually, we climb to the otherworldly setting of sacred Gosainkunda Lake. This lake is a pilgrimage destination and believed to be a favored location for meditation by Shiva himself.
From this lake, we traverse a desolate high pass known as the Laurebina La and descend into the picturesque Helambu section of the trek. The Helambu area is populated chiefly by people who call themselves Sherpa and people of the Tamang ethnicity. The residents in this area have cultural ties Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the tranquil hills. Along the trails are exquisite monasteries, mani prayer stones, and prayer flags and other icons of Buddhist faith.
The Langtang Circuit Trekking route visits scenic villages before dropping down to the rushing Melamchi River. We then meet the road and take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Please Note: Our Langtang Circuit Trek by way of Gosainkunda Lake has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a combination of this Langtang Circuit Trek with the Tamang Heritage Trail treks for people with the time and interest as well as other inviting options in the area.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420 mt.) by bus. Driving 7-8 hours .Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2340 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3480 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06Exploration around Langtang valley and hike to Tserko Ri. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Kyanjin Gumpa to Lama Hotel (2340 mt.) Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village (1900 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 09Thulo Syabru to Chandanbari (3330 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10Chandanbari to Gosaikunda lake (4380 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 11Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3530m) via Lauribina-La Pass (4610 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 12Ghopte to Kutumsang (2470 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13Kutumsang to Chisapani (2200 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 14Chisapani to Sundarijal (1400 mt.) and drive to Kathmandu by car/van. Driving 1 hour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1420 mt.) by bus. Driving 7-8 hours .Overnight at guest house.Our destination today is Syaphrubeshi. We start early on a local deluxe bus, which stops for breakfast and lunch on the way and brings us to Syaphrubeshi in about six to seven hours. This riverside settlement on the confluence of Bhotekoshi River and Langtang River has now become a favored trailhead. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 3Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2340 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our walk to Bamboo, where we stop for lunch, starts out by crossing both the Rivers. We then walk on a trail that many should feel comfortable on the legs all the way along the banks of Langtang Khola. Bamboo awaits our arrival with a few teahouses. It is the Ganesh Himal that keeps many engaged. The walk up to Rimche and Lama Hotel after lunch is taxing, on an ascent that many find steep. Once in Lama Hotel, we check-in in one of the few lodges.
Day 4Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3480 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.Leaving Lama Hotel in less than a quarter of an hour, today’s walk starts out through a subtropical forest with the Langtang Khola somewhere close all the time. As we continue to gain height, the vegetation changes to sub-alpine by the time we reach GhodaTabela, where we stop for lunch. Dal-Bhat is a filling option for many. Dal-Bhat does not just come with the Dal (a thick lentil soup) and Bhat (rice); it comes with at least vegetables and pickles and one can ask for some more helpings for no extra charge. After all, ‘Dal-Bhat-Power, 24-Hour’ is how the common saying goes. With Langtang Himal, Langtang Lirung (7245 mt.), GosaikundaHimal in close proximity, the gentle ascent after lunch is a treat of its own. Once we arrive in Langtang Village, we check-in in one of the few lodges.
Day 5Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.Once again, we start out today on a gentle uphill. However, as the air starts to thin a little at these heights, slow-and-steady is no more a cliché. Surrounded by these huge elevations, Kyanjin Gompa is nestled in a valley. With slightly less than two dozen constructions, the entire village, along with yaks, are up and ready to welcome its visitors as we reach the place. Many find the glaciers, rivers and the Himalayas all around fascinating for a closer look. We stop here for lunch, dinner as well as the night.
Day 6Exploration around Langtang valley and hike to Tserko Ri. Overnight at guest house.Today is for a hike to Tserko-Ri, a vantage point at a soaring 4,984 meters. Around five hours up to a sharp incline and we finally come atop Tserko-Ri. The view is simply breathtaking and only the ones who have made it this far remain witness to this claim. A broad panoramic view that includes Yala Peak, Morimoto Peak, Kyunggari, Mt Ganchenpo, Mt Urkinmang, Mt DorjeLakpa, PangenDopku Peak, Naya Kang Peak LangtangLirung, Mt Kinshung and Mt Yubrato name a few leaves but every soul wondering. The sights Langtang Glacier and KyanjinGompa Village to the West simply add to this pampering. The walk back should take around three hours to most.
Day 7Kyanjin Gumpa to Lama Hotel (2340 mt.) Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.Today, we return all the way to Lama Hotel/Rimche. Most of us would find ourselves pacing a bit faster now that the route is mostly a gentle downhill. Stopping for lunch, once again, in GhodaTabela, we walk on, retracing our footsteps to Lama Hotel/Rimche, where we stop for the night.
Day 8Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village (1900 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.From Lama Hotel/Rimche, we take a hike down to Bamboo and Pahiro Thapla, The next hour and a half is a steep, painful and exhausting up a sharp incline to get the top. A little tea shop at this top which provides soft drinks, tea and some snacks make the people feel relief. The vantage point offers an excellent view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang and other mountains in its close proximity. Lasting for around an hour, this mostly a gradual uphill is favored not a difficult walk which leads Thulo Syapru where we stop for the night.
Day 9Thulo Syabru to Chandanbari (3330 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.As we stroll on a path that leads to the dense forest the route passes through comes as a respite, one has to agree though. Deurali, with its lone teahouse, is located ideally to bring those smiles of relief in many. A short break here for lunch, the one perhaps many would not even consider at other times, comes as so very relieving at these times. With pines taking over the forest, we finally arrive in Chandabari. About half a dozen or so construction, a factory churning cheese and a Monastery to go by its other name (Sing Gompa), this is Chandanbari and this is where we stop for the night.
Day 10Chandanbari to Gosaikunda lake (4380 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouseOur trek today to starts out on a path our legs won’t mind, a steady uphill for about an hour and a half. After Coolangatta, however, the story changes. While the thinning of the air slowly starts taking its toll, even the path is no merciful, turns vertical. The demanding climb uphill does offer an opportunity of a lifetime. The area is home to the rare red pandas. But only our Red Pandas can tell whether we meet one on this day. With mostly the grasses and shrubs clinging on in conditions at these elevations and their larger counterparts, the trees, bowing out, the trail brings us all to Lauribinayak. Lauribinayak, where we stop for lunch, also happens to beautifully showcase the Himalayas in its proximity: the whole of the Annapurna Range along with the Langtang Himal, the Ganesh Himal, and Mt Manaslu.
It’s time for our next three hours of walk to Gosaikunda after lunch. The trail is still no blessing on the legs as it seems unwilling to let go the sharpness for another half an hour or so. From here on, however, we can clearly sense that relief as the path now steadies a little. But, this does not mean that we can enjoy nonchalance. The location of the path is what demands due attention. The path comes with the danger of the loose rocks up the hill falling upon disturbance, irrespective of whether the cause was the wind or the wildlife walking about. Now, the lakes start appearing in order, first Saraswati filled with clear blue water, next to the BhairavKunda dark but bigger, and finally the Gosaikunda. We stop for the night in one of the accommodation facilities next to this third lake. The feel of the area is stimulating and many choose to walk around for a look.
Day 11Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3530m) via Lauribina-La Pass (4610 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.Our first objective today is to cross the Lauribina Pass (4,615 metres), meaning that we still have to go up. We oblige and walk for those forty-five minutes or so up a steep and exhausting incline. Upon crossing the pass, the downhill that follows is a very steep one. Two hours on and we reach Phedi, where we stop for lunch. Three hours on comfortable ups and downs and we arrive in Ghopte, situated almost on the foothills of grey rocky structures but amidst trees, has only a few construction built for accommodation travelers. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 12Ghopte to Kutumsang (2470 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.Today, we start out on a downhill that lasts for around sixty by the minutes. A forest starts filling the landscape and in the next half an hour or thereabouts, we arrive in Thadepatti. The place forces a break. The view on offer is, once again, worth soaking in. The cameras don’t seem to find rest in this land of the Himalayas. Break over and it’s time to move on; the destination, for now, is Magen Goth, where we stop for lunch. The route, from here on is a mix. The flats certainly are comfortable, but the downhills are burdensome for the knees. Magen Goth is basically a barn with pastures and lands the locals use for growing their crops. On a trail that does not differ much from the one just traveled, we trudge on after lunch. With trees on either side, the route leads us all toKutumsang in about three hours by most people’s watch. Many find the accommodation in this village with a Chaitya, a Buddhist shrine, relatively to their comfort zone, of course, in comparison to the ones for the past few days. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 13Kutumsang to Chisapani (2200 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.The place we have our lunch today is GulfuBhanjyang. We head to this direction after breakfast. Filled with ups and downs, the trail walks us through a landscape that now sees more plants. With this added green texture to our atmosphere, we arrive in GulfuBhanjyang right in time for lunch. Dal-Bhat is a filling option for many. Dal-Bhat does not just come with the Dal (a thick lentil soup) and Bhat (rice); it comes with at least vegetables and pickles and one can ask for some more helpings for no extra charge. After all, ‘Dal-Bhat-Power, 24-Hour’ is how the common saying goes. Lunch over and we move on. Mostly through land that sees cultivation, we arrive in Firfiré after an hour or so. The beauty of the landscape around with the addition of that refreshing air simply does not allow most to walk on. We take a break of around half an hour. The trail, from here on, is lenient on the legs until Party Bhanjyang. Presenting a sharp uphill for the climb, the path takes us all to Chisapani in roughly sixty by the minutes. Chisapani is yet another village that comes with a spectacular view of the gigantic elevations to the North: Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, DorjeLakpaand Mt Gaurishanker.
Day 14Chisapani to Sundarijal (1400 mt.) and drive to Kathmandu by car/van. Driving 1 hour. Overnight at hotel.Today, we traverse through the Shivapuri National Park. The village that arrives in about three hours or so is Mulkharka. It’s almost an hour from here to Sundarijal, a town located at the North-Eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. The way to our hotel from Sundarijal is an hour’s ride.
Day 15Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.
Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a tea house trek, generally one porter is provided for every two clients who carries between 15 to 20 kg. However in a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipments such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipments, fuel and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you dont' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Physical Fitness and Experience
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also play vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek. Where normally days are sunny, temperature is perfect, sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We therefore advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.