This trek brings you to the Langtang Valley surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. Langtang Lirung-7240 m and Ganesh Himal are the highest in the region. Trek to the sacred Lakes of Gosainkunda, climb the Gosainkunda pass into the Valley of Helambu. This circuit finishs in the Kathmandu valley a short distance from Kathmandu. This trek is considered as a non-technical trek and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure you will enjoy this trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not to experience high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itinerary. Please note that the following program is prepared in the fact basis however can change in some circumstances and sometimes adjustments will have to be made during the trekking. We request you to be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself. As the trek is designed for camping arrangement, everything is handled by our team of porters, sherpas and cooks who carry the equipment, fix the camp and have hot meals waiting for you at every food break. This trek is ideal for people with less time who do not wish to travel too far from the Kathmandu Valley. Helambu is a lush region to the North of Kathmandu inhabited by Sherpas and Tamang people although the Sherpas of this region differ in their practices from their cousins in the Everest region. The trek passes through some beautiful forests and very interesting villages on route.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Dhunche is the center of this area. You are heading north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche or Syaprubesi. While passing along the road on the banks of the Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal.
Our first day walks with a climb for a few hours, then on the gradual path through terraced farms and scattered villages, the walk continues reaching a riverside where the trail meets with a few teahouses and lodges. After a short rest here walk uphill through serene forested areas of tall rhododendron, upstream to Lama hotel for overnight stay.
After a pleasant breakfast with the sounds of nature, the walk leads into a river gorge within dense woodland passing a few small settlements and farms. The mid-day walk reaches a nice place at Ghoretabla, the name means “Horse-Stable” in Nepali. After a lunch stop, we will continue with our afternoon walk which leads to our overnight destination at Langtang village with Bhotia’s and Tamang people, the native of Langtang region for hundreds of years. (The villages were completely destroyed from the avalanche and huge earthquakes of 25th April & 12th May 2015 and people are slowly returning back to every day normal life.)
It will be a short walk today to Kyanjin Gompa. Enjoy a few hours as the trail enters a wide valley. This morning walk follows a short steep hill where the tree line declines for short bushes of azalea (bush rhododendron), juniper and prickly Burberry bushes. Finally, the track enters a wide path around a glacial valley with splendid scenery of snow-capped mountains of Dorji Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Tserko RI, Langshsisa and Naya Kanga or Ganja la peak. After a wonderful scenic walk, we finish at Kyanjin Gompa. This is a beautiful valley with close views of Langtang Lirung glacier/ icefall. Just next to the lodges of Kyanjin there is an old small monastery located on a rocky moraine ridgetop. Here you see Langtang valley’s huge grazing areas occupied by yaks, topped with a yak cheese factory.
Today is a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa and you can choose whatever you want to do. You may decide to hike up to the hilltop at Tserku Ri of 5,033m high. The climb to Tserku Ri leads to another steep climb offering glorious mountain views of the central Himalayan range. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to rest with the panorama of Chimsedang Lekh, Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south. See super views of more great mountains, Naya Kanga 5,844m and dominating the Langtang valley, Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245m and across the northern boundary in Tibet rises the huge massive Shishapangma 8,046 m the last worlds 14th highest mountain.
With wonderful views and memories of a lifetime at Kyanjin Gompa around the Langtang valley we will head off after breakfast. The trail is easier on a downhill path most of the way through Langtang village and Ghoretablea, following Langtang Khola back into the cool forest. Pause at Lama Hotel stay overnight.
Today is our last days’ walk of this fabulous journey, leading downhill with a few ups on the same route heading back at Syabubesi. After crossing a suspension bridge and then reaching the main road head and village of Syabrubesi we stop for the overnight stay.
We will start early morning with breakfast and then taking an exciting drive which leads uphill to Dhunche town, and then on a winding downhill road reaching the warmer areas of Trishuli Bazaar where we will stop for lunch and then continue with the drive to Kathmandu. After some wonderful trekking we check into our respective hotels and then we all join in for farewell group dinner in a nice restaurant around the Thamel area, overnight stay in Kathmandu.