Langtang Helambu trek takes you to an amazing journey providing views of snow-peaked mountains, picturesque villages, rivers, forests, wildlife through the Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu route. This less-explored region of Langtang is slowly getting the attention it deserves. This trek is an extension to Langtang Valley trek by taking you to additional places like Gosaikunda lake and the amazing village of Helambu.
This 16 days Langtang Helambu trek package includes 12 days of trekking starting from Syabru Besi. This is the perfect trek to get the close views of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Pemathang Ri, Langshisha Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and Kangchenpo by trekking inside the region of Langtang National Park. Langtang National Park is home to several species of plants, animals and birds as well as various snow-peaked mountains. Walking through several villages like Langtang, Kyanjin Gompa, Thulo Syabru and Helambu village draped by beautiful mountains is also an amazing opportunity to explore the lifestyle of Tamang, Sherpa and other ethnic groups living in those villages.
Gosaikunda Lake is another highlight of this trek. This lake lying at the height of 4380 m showcasing the outstanding beauty of itself and surrounding mountains also holds a major religious significance. Climbing the top of Tsergo Ri is another thrilling activity during this trek from where the best view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ghangchhempo, Yala Peak can be seen.
Sublime Trails has designed this trek to let you enjoy the scenic beauty, wildlife, culture and tradition of the Himalayan region of Nepal within these 16 days including the sightseeing in the city of temples, Kathmandu.
LANGTANG HELAMBU TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
- Excursion of UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu
- Chance to enjoy the glorious view of mountains such as Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, Ganesh, Hiunchuli, Jugal, etc.
- Visit the Kyanjin Gompa, Shin Gompa and other Buddhist monasteries and Swiss Cheese factory
- Walk through dense alpine and rhododendron forests
- Explore the culture and tradition of Tamang, Sherpa and other ethnic people living in the villages like Langtang and Helambu
- Reaching Tsergo Ri, the highest point of the trek to get outstanding views of the mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ghangchhempo, Yala Peak, Morimoto peak, Pogen Dhopku, etc.
- Visit the majestic Gosaikunda Lake with holding enormous religious significance
- Chance to witness the diverse flora and fauna in Langtang National Park
What to Expect:
1. Food and Accommodation
Staying at tea houses gives you the chance to explore the simple way of living away from luxury products and modern devices. You will have three meals, all provided by these tea houses. Food may include Dal Bhat, pasta, noodles, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, etc. These tea houses are clean and provide homely services. While in Kathmandu, you will stay at a 3-starred hotel with breakfast service. For other meals than breakfast, we don't want to bore you with a fixed meal and want you to explore amazing restaurants serving a variety of food and services.
2. Langtang National Park
This sacred region of Langtang National Park consists of tropical to alpine forests. Among several mountains in this region, Langtang Lirung (7245 m) is the highest point within this park. This park is also a shared home to different ethnic people living in several villages and wildlife in forests. Different animals like monkeys and deer and other exotic animals like red panda, black bear, Himalayan thar live in the forests of Langtang National Park. During this trek, you have the chance to see these animals if you get lucky.
3. Tamang, Sherpa and other ethnic people
Walking past different villages, you will encounter people living in these areas. They are mostly Tamang and Sherpas and preserve their culture dearly. While living at tea houses run by them, their way of life can be observed which is quite unique. Enjoying their warm hospitality, you can communicate with them with the help of our guides. Visiting different gompas, monasteries and villages is also important to know about the religion, culture and tradition of these ethnic people.
4. Kyanjin Gompa, Shin Gompa and Buddhist Monasteries
Several small and big monsteries, gompas and religious sites can be seen along the way which showcases architecture inspired by Tibetan architecture. Kyanjin Gompa lies at the foot of Langtang Lirung and gives you the beautiful views of mountains and the village with few settlements and serene environment. This is a holy place for Buddhist monks and lets you feel spiritual as you visit it. Another Buddhist site you will encounter is Shin Gompa lying in a village named after it.
5. Tsergo Ri
Tsergo Ri is the highest place you will get to during this trek and is a vantage point to view the majestic Langtang Lirung and other peaks. Climbing to its top in the early morning is the most adventurous thing to do during this trek. This gives you the most beautiful scene of the mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ghangchhempo, Yala Peak, Morimoto peak, Pogen Dhopku, etc. during sunrise.
5. Gosaikunda Lake
Gosaikunda Lake is the most popular and religiously significant place in this area. The blue water draped by mountains and rugged terrain pleases your eyes like nothing else. This lake stays frozen for about 6 months, so it depends on the time of your trek. There are other small lakes as well in this area.
6. Laurebina La Pass
You will reach Laurebina Pass after leaving Gosaikunda and other three lakes and climbing an uphill. Getting to the top of Laurebina pass gives some amazing views of sunset and sunrise over mountains like Langtang and Ganesh. Landscapes look amazing from here including the Gosaikunda Lake. This can be a pretty strenuous trek after which you will descend down to the village named Ghopte.
7. Landscapes along the way
Landscapes during this Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu trek is dominated by the views of snow-capped mountains, forests, rivers and villages. Though the terrain gets a bit rocky and villages starts to thin as the destination approaches, it never gets boring. Some terrain may be a bit difficult and may take some strength but the beautiful landscapes energize you and keep you motivated. Since the trekking route falls mostly in the area of Langtang National Park, beautiful sceneries never leave your sight.