Langtang Helambu Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Langtang, Helambu
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure
  • Age Group: 10+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 4610m
  • Best Season: March-May and September-November
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

The Langtang Helambu Trek is a 14-day roundabout trek to the little-known neighbourhoods of Gosainkunda and Melamchi. This 91-mile awe-inspiring journey traces the Langtang’s river valley and glacial moraines, chasing after the highest standpoint Lauribina Pass. Besides, it combines adventure and spiritualism with a trip to the ancient Kyanjin Gompa Monastery and sacred Gosainkunda Lake. The trek ushers you to the tranquil enclave of the Hyolmo people and provides insight into their lifestyle and culture.

  • Immerse in the dramatic landscapes and spectacular views of the soaring snow peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Gang Chenpo, Dorje Lakpa, Kimsung, and Naya Kanga.
  • Explore the Buddhist sacred monasteries of Kyanjin Gompa and Langtang Gompa. Delve into the unique culture and tradition of Hyolmos.
  • Enjoy glimpses of native flora and fauna in Langtang National Park such as red panda, Himalayan Tahr, and musk deer. Feel the serenity and natural splendor on the scenic trails full of rhododendrons and oak trees.

Traversing through the beautiful Langtang villages, the Langtang Helambu Trek amuses you with a cultural emblem of Buddhists including prayer wheels and symbolic flags. Moreover, it provides you with countless opportunities to dig deeper into the community and learn about their culture, inspired by Nyingmapa Buddhism.

There’s more to it as the Langtang Helambu Trek awaits you with a picturesque route through the Langtang National Park which is far from the crowd. Likewise, the trail leads you to Tserko Ri at 5,033m, one of the best viewpoints in the Langtang Valley, and offers panoramic views.

The trek to Langtang Helambu starts from the small village of Syabrubusi which is just a 9-hour drive from Kathmandu. The scenic drive paves the way for the majestic landscapes and Langtang mountain ranges.

From there, you’ll trek to the Lama Hotel and continue further to the Langtang Village through lush green forests. The fourth day of the itinerary summons you for a trek to Kyanjin Gompa, where you’ll witness the Buddhist culture at its best.

On the day of acclimatization, you’ll trek Tserko Ri and enjoy the unobstructed views of Yala Peak and Langtang II. After making your way back to Lama Hotel, you’ll descend Thulo Syabru and head to Shin Gompa through remote wilderness.

The next day, you’ll set off on a steep and challenging journey to Gosainkunda, which comes with a sweet reward. You’ll be treated to a wondrous view of the sacred lake and dozens of others enclosed by striking mountains.

After exploring the Gosainkunda, you’ll make a strenuous ascent to Tharepati via Lauribina Pass. This hike is not an easy pick with several ups and downs on a rocky terrain but it’s all worth it once you reach the pass and have a magical sight of Ganesh Himal.

You’ll then head to Tarkeghyang, a hidden mountainous village soaked in rich history. This is where the untamed nature meets the unique culture of the Hyolmo people who practice Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and Shamanism.

The people here speak a distinct local language, which seems to be inspired by the Kyirong-Kagate Tibetan dialect. They honor old traditions and appreciate festivals including Lhosar, Nara, Dukpa Tsechu, and Torpe among others.

After leaving Tarkeghyang, you’ll descend to Sermathang and immerse yourself in Tibetan culture. Then, you’ll follow the trail to Melamchi Bazar and enjoy a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

How Difficult is the Langtang Helambu Trek?

Langtang Helambu Trek is a moderate walking trail with a blend of easy routes and sharp terrain. The trek includes both uphill and downhill, which is naturally challenging and needs good health and fitness.

It’s a high-altitude journey, mostly above 2,500 meters and some even higher than that. Trekkers are expected to spend each day hiking for 6-7 hours on the trail and experience a daily ascent of 900-1000 meters.

Lauribina Pass is the highest altitude marked on the trail and the most difficult one. The trek is quite demanding with steep inclines and snow-covered slopes that can cause you some trouble.

But as long as you’re trained and prepared for a trek at a high altitude, it won’t pose a threat. However, you must improve your physical fitness and integrate cardio into your exercise for more agility.

Permit for Langtang Helambu Trek

A trekking permit and fee are compulsory for any non-Nepalese citizens seeking to enter the delimited area or relevant national parks. This is quite so in the case of Langtang Helambu Trek since trekkers have to gain access to Langtang National Park.

All the trekkers have to purchase a TIMS Card worth Rs 2000, and an entry fee, which costs about USD 25 or NRS 3000. Only foreign nationals from SAARC nations and group trekkers can obtain the permit at NRS 1000. It also costs them only NRS 1500 for the entry fee.

When you trek with Sublime Trails, we will arrange all necessary permits and other documents for you, the cost included on the booking price.

Langtang Helambu Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru BesiAltitude: 1503 m
  • Day 2:Syabru Besi to Lama HotelAltitude: 2480 m
  • Day 3:Lama Hotel to Langtang VillageAltitude: 3480 m
  • Day 4:Langtang Village to Kyanjin GompaAltitude: 3830 m
  • Day 5:Kyanjin Gompa to Tsergo Ri (4984 m) and ReturnAltitude: 3830 m
  • Day 6:Kyanjin Gompa to Lama HotelAltitude: 2480 m
  • Day 7:Lama Hotel to Thulo SyabruAltitude: 2230 m
  • Day 8:Thulo Syabru to Shin GompaAltitude: 3330 m
  • Day 9:Trek from Shin Gompa to GosaikundaAltitude: 4460 m
  • Day 10:Gosaikunda Lake to Ghopte via Lauribina Pass (4610 m)Altitude: 3640 m
  • Day 11:Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi GaunAltitude: 2530m
  • Day 12:Trek from melamchi Gaun to TarkeghyangAltitude: 2600m
  • Day 13:Trek to SermanthangAltitude: 2500m
  • Day 14:Trek Down to Melamchi Pul Bazar and drive to KathmanduAltitude: 1345m

Day 1:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi

  • Max Altitude1503 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Start the day early and prepare for a 9-hour scenic drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. The journey begins with a ride to Trishuli Bazaar, which offers a stunning view of towering peaks and brimming rivers. The drive ascends to Dhunche and finishes in Syabruebsi, offering a first glimpse of the charming Tamang village.

Day 2:Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel

  • Max Altitude2480 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll trace the Langtang Khola River and weave through rhododendrons and oak forests amidst the tranquil atmosphere. After a steep ascent to Bamboo, you’ll climb further to Rimche, which is magnificently scenic and full of bamboo and birch trees.

You can spot a variety of wildlife on this route, including red panda. Then, you’ll continue with an uphill trek until arriving at Lama Hotel and spend the night here.

Day 3:Lama Hotel to Langtang Village

  • Max Altitude3480 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

This morning, you’ll trek to Langtang Village and treat yourself to panoramic views of the mountain. You’ll start the trek along the Langtang River and through the verdant forests while immersing in the awe-inspiring view right ahead.

After an uphill climb, you’ll reach Ghoda Tabela and stop here for lunch. Then you’ll cross the river and head towards the Langtang Village, passing the old prayer wheels. Once you reach the village, you’ll notice the cultural predominance of Tibeto-Burman people with prayer wheels and colorful flags all around.

Day 4:Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa

  • Max Altitude3830 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll follow the trail through Muna as you leave the Langtang Village. After a peaceful respite and lunch at Singdun, you’ll continue the journey across a glacial moraine and into the remote Himalayan settlement.

While at Kyanjin, you’ll visit the ancient Buddhist monastery and savor the uninterrupted view of Langtang Lirung, Tserko Ri, and Yala Peak. You’ll spend the night in the comfort of a teahouse in Kyanjin.

Day 5:Kyanjin Gompa to Tsergo Ri (4984 m) and Return

  • Max Altitude3830 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today’s an acclimatization day, so you’ll haul up at Kyanjin and take this time to acclimatize to the increased height. You’ll trek Tserko Ri, one of the highest viewpoints at Langtang Valley, and enjoy the panoramic vista.

Up here, you’ll marvel at the eye-popping view of staggering peaks like Langtang Lirung, Shishapangma, and Ghanchhempo. Once the exploration is done, you’ll return to Kyanjin for an overnight.

Day 6:Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

  • Max Altitude2480 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

From Kyanjin, you’ll return to Lama Hotel, gliding through the dense woods and passing the stunning Langtang village, surrounded by giant snow peaks. Then, you’ll head to Ghoda Tabela and stop here for lunch while enjoying the mesmeric scenery.

After replenishing energy, you’ll make a long descent up until reaching the Lama Hotel. You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in the Lama Hotel.

Day 7:Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru

  • Max Altitude2230 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After an easy descent to Langtang Khola, you’ll follow the trail through deep forests with an abundance of varied wildlife. Then, you’ll cross the suspension bridge and descend the trail leading towards Thulo Syabru. Overnight stay in the village.

Day 8:Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa

  • Max Altitude3330 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today’s trek is not easy, since you have to ascend the Forpang Danda, which is about 3,200m. You’ll embark on a picturesque journey while ascending to Dimsa Village and walking through the wooded forests full of oak and hemlock.

Then. you’ll make a steep uphill climb to Foprang Danda, where the stunning views of the mountains unfold before you. You’ll continue to Shin Gompa, a quaint village known for its fascinating culture and traditions.

Day 9:Trek from Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda

  • Max Altitude4460 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Get delighted for one of the major highlights of Langtang Helambu Trek, Gosainkunda. You’ll start the adventure with a gentle ascent to Cholangpati and savor the awe-inspiring view of Manaslu, Langtang Lirung, and surrounding Tibetan peaks.

You’ll follow the trail to rhododendron forests and climb on the yak pastures that lead to Lauri Binayak. Then, you’ll make a 3-hour steep ascent to Gosainkunda, which offers a spiritual adventure.

It provides you an insight into Hindu culture as the devotees worship the sacred lake and perform rituals on the auspicious day of Janai Purnima. You can see several other small ponds in the vicinity that have religious importance such as Suryakunda, Raktakunda, Chandrakunda, and Dudhkunda among 108 others.

Day 10:Gosaikunda Lake to Ghopte via Lauribina Pass (4610 m)

  • Max Altitude3640 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

On Day 10 of the trek, you’ll ascend to Lauribina Pass, walking along the shore of Gosainkunda Lake. You’ll make a tough climb through the glacial moraines to reach the mountain pass, marked by a stone stupa and prayer flags.

Then you’ll descend to High Camp and take a steep route to Ghopte via Phedi.

Day 11:Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaun

  • Max Altitude2530m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll continue the trek to the east and ascend to Tharepati. After a few hours of walking from Ghopte, you will reach Tharepati. then descend to Melamchu Gaun for your overnight stay.

Day 12:Trek from melamchi Gaun to Tarkeghyang

  • Max Altitude2600m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll continue the trek to the east and descend the trail to Melamchi Khola. After crossing the river, you’ll climb uphill to Tarkeghyang, which takes almost four hours. Once arrive at the village, you’ll spend the night in a simple teahouse.

Day 13:Trek to Sermanthang

  • Max Altitude2500m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As you slowly descend your way to Sermathang, you’ll notice an increase in your stamina. This time, you’ll be more pumped to take on the trail and enjoy the marvellous view of Jugal Himal and Helambu Village.

You’ll descend the ridge and pass through an ancient gompa after crossing several small streams along the way. Following a five-hour ascent, you’ll arrive at the beautiful village of Sermathang. The village is inhabited by the Yolmo community which holds a strong cultural value and pride in Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 14:Trek Down to Melamchi Pul Bazar and drive to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1345m
  • MealsBreakfast

Today will be an easy trek to Melamchi Bazaar. First, you’ll descend to Kakai, passing the Chorten and through the scenic village of Duwachaur. After climbing down to the confluence of the Melamchi and Indrawati Rivers, you’ll cross the suspension bridge and reach the bustling market.

From here, you’ll get on a jeep to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you can spare some time to explore Kathmandu or take a rest at your hotel.

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Cost Details

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, and 13 Dinners during the trek
  • Tea house accommodation along the way for 13 nights
  • Local bus transport from Kathmandu to Syafrubensi (Private Jeep available with an additional cost of 200USD per Jeep)
  • Private transport from Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu
  • One guide and 1 porter between two people (A porter can carry up to 25 kg)
  • Langtang National Park Entrance Fee
  • TIMS Card 
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag ( Returnable after the trek completion)
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

Excluded

  • Accomodation in Kathmandu ( Can be arranged with additional cost)
  • Airport pick-up and drop (Can be arranged as per request)
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for guide and porters

Dates, Prices & Booking

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Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJun 13, 2024PricePriceUS$880StatusStatusAvailable

Trip Essential Information

Weather and Temperature on Langtang Helambu Trek

As with most other regions, the weather in Langtang Helambu varies depending on the season. While its summer endures hot and humid weather with cyclic rain showers, winter brings more cold temperatures and snow.

Despite the frigid weather, winter remains busy with trekkers who favor the cold and enjoy outdoor snow activities. The trekking is done with extra caution, especially at higher altitudes where the temperature sinks and storms are expected.

The summer tends to be warmer and quite feasible for trekking in Langtang. But, most days during the season are overcast with storm clouds and torrential rain. The trails are often muddy and slippery while most teahouses are closed.

Spring and Autumn are the peak trekking seasons and offer marvelous weather with fair skies. They see longer, sunnier days with pleasantly warm temperatures ranging from 10-20 Degrees Celsius. The season brings mere charm to the trail while providing a stunning view of diverse landscapes with colorful hues.

Accommodation on the Trek

The teahouses along the Langtang Helambu Trek offer rooms to all. They provide simple yet cozy accommodation with basic services to meet the needs. The room is often on a twin-sharing basis with a bed for each.

Most teahouses provide you with a pillow but a blanket is an exception. Thus, bringing a sleeping bag will be a sensible thing to do, especially at higher altitudes where the accommodation is just a restful stop.

Nevertheless, they don’t come cheap as the accommodation at higher altitudes is costly, ranging from US$2 to US$7. The standard of service is up to par and any supplementary service costs an extra amount.

Meals on the Langtang Helambu Trek

One of the favorite aspects of Langtang Helambu Trek is its warm hospitality and delicious meals offered by teahouses. They provide you with a large menu of very healthy foods and nutrient-dense so that you can stay energized and ready to carry on the trek all day.

The food on the trek is a mix of Nepalese and non-Nepalese with the likes of macaroni, pasta, Tenduk spaghetti, Thukpa, pizza, dumplings, and soup. For lunch and dinner, you’ll receive typical Nepalese food: a plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, salad, and pickles.

The portion size of the meal is often huge and enough to appease you. But even if it’s not, you can freely refill it as many times as you want. Unfortunately, this is not the case for breakfast as the food is limited.

But, nothing to worry about as you get plenty of options for food including oatmeal, bread, toast, eggs, porridge, pancakes, and muesli. The breakfast has hot drinks on the menu as well like lemon tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and more. We advise you to consume these non-alcoholic drinks to stay refreshed and hydrated.

FAQs

  • Yes, there are risks of altitude sickness as you will be trekking on the altitude above 3000m for days. However, with proper acclimatization, you can prevent altitude sickness. You need to make sure you are hydrated and walk slowly and steadily.

  • Our guides and team are well experienced and trained to handle minor problems. They will take care of you well and prevent such things from happening. However, if you get extremely sick despite all the effort, helicopter evacuation services are available no matter where you are.

  • Yes, Teahouses you will be staying in providing you with the facilities of charging the batteries. However, you have to pay an extra price for their services. In trekking seasons, there might even be a queue for the charging in the teahouses.

  • The network is available in the trekking region. It might not be good at some places but it works. There will be no problem in communication. Wifi might be available in some of the teahouses. You can use an internet service provided by Nepal Telecom and Ncell during the trek.

Langtang Helambu Trek Reviews

5.0based on 6 reviews
  • Evelyn
    EvelynMay 03, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Langtang Valley trek, wonderful time in Nepal.

    I was desperate for short trek of around 10 days. I found one package to Langtang Valley by Sublime Trails. Actually, my friend recommended me this tour. He was in Nepal two years ago.
    Mr. Ram Khadka assigned Mr. Ajit as my tour guide. Ajit was cool guide. He was fantastic photographer too. He was also constantly taking my care on trek. Our hike to Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa and Kyanji Ri were awesome. Also, we hiked to cheese factory on the way. I had never tasted such fantastic fresh cheese. This trip was best for me. Also, I was able to be back on schedule.

  • Gregory Evans
    Gregory EvansOctober 16, 2018
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    Langtang trekking, Yet another trekking in Nepal

    I knew this trek would be a bit harder than last because it is a long trek and I was physically and mentally prepared. Trekking in Nepal can challenges you in different ways, the altitude, temperature and how you pack for it. I want to thank Ram that he suggested that I should take extra blanket because of the cold weather. If I didn't I would be in great troubles, I am bad at coping with cold and he knows that from our last Everest Base Camp trek. That doesn't minimize my love for mountains and Nepal.

    There were not many travellers this time because Langtang is not that popular destination like EBC but I have to say that I had one of the best experiences in my life. Everything went completely fine and my friends were happy too. If there would have been any problem they would literally kill me because I talked them into coming here. They had already trekked in such places but, they were in Nepal for the first time. I will come to Nepal again and again and there's no doubt that I will choose Sublime each time. The farewell dinner they planned for us was so amazing this time.

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