Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu TrekLangtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5000m
  • Group Size 2-10+
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking, Climbing, Day Tour
  • Best Season Autumn and Spring

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is a 14-day trek that takes you to an altitude of 4,380 meters. This trek is located in the Langtang region, north of the Kathmandu valley in Nepal. The region is known for its beautiful mountain glacial lakes, including the famous Gosaikunda Lake.

The Langtang region is lightly populated by Sherpa and Tamang families, which gives you the opportunity to experience their unique culture and traditions. The Gosaikunda region holds great spiritual significance, with Hindu folklore believing it to be the abode of the Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri.

The trekking route in the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is challenging yet rewarding. It takes you through diverse landscapes, including sub-alpine forests with beautiful tree species, orchids, and primroses. You will also be treated to breathtaking views of glaciers and magnificent Himalayan peaks.

One of the highlights of this trek is the chance to explore relatively isolated and less-frequented areas, allowing you to embrace the remoteness and tranquility of the surroundings. Overall, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek offers a unique and immersive trekking experience, combining natural beauty, cultural encounters, and spiritual significance.

Amid with the fusion of the grand and far- flung gorge of the Langtang, Langtang Gosaikunda trek is truly remarkable.

  • During the Langtang Valley Trek, you will have the opportunity to sightsee the amazing Langtang Gorge, a natural wonder that showcases the power and beauty of nature. The gorge is carved by the powerful Langtang River and offers stunning views of steep cliffs and rugged terrain.
  • As you trek through the region, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and get to know the Tamang and Sherpa communities. These ethnic groups have their own unique traditions, language, and way of life, and interacting with the locals will provide insights into their rich cultural heritage.
  • The trek also offers the chance to relish the beauty of the peaks that surround the Langtang Valley. Mountains like Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), and Naya Kangri (5,846m) dominate the skyline, showcasing their majestic presence.
  • One of the highlights of the trek is experiencing the fusion of diverse landscapes, cultures, and vegetation. The trail takes you through lush forests, alpine meadows, and rugged terrains, offering a unique blend of natural beauty at every step.
  • Another notable feature of the Langtang Valley Trek is the opportunity to visit the renowned lakes of Gosaikunda (4,460m), Ganeshkunda, and Saraswatikunda. These sacred lakes are considered holy by Hindus and Buddhists and are surrounded by pristine beauty.
  • Overall, the Langtang Valley Trek offers a remarkable journey through stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and breathtaking mountain views, making it an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

Experience Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek can be started from Syabru Bensi or Sundarijal, located on the border of Kathmandu. Many trekkers choose to stay at Laure Binayak, which offers a breathtaking view of the Langtang Lirung (7,234m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429m) during sunrise.

During the trek, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region, particularly the Tamang and Sherpa communities. These communities share similarities in religion, ethnicity, language, and traditional attire with the people residing in the northern border regions. The craftsmanship, costumes, and traditionally built stone houses are a testament to centuries of existence.

The trek offers stunning views of majestic peaks such as Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), Naya Kangri (5,846m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), which are a treat for nature enthusiasts and mountain lovers. Additionally, the trek provides opportunities to encounter diverse wildlife, including wild boars, red pandas, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan Thars, snow leopards, rhesus monkeys, hoopoes, barbets, nightjars, laughing thrushes, and over 250 species of birds.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek takes you through the scenic Langtang gorge and eventually leads to the holy lake of Gosainkunda. The journey involves ascending steeply through farmland and crossing the tree line to reach the alpine crest, offering breathtaking Himalayan panoramas. There are around 108 lakes in the region, with Gosaikunda (4,460m), Ganeshkunda, and Saraswatikunda being the most renowned.

The Gosaikunda lakes hold great religious significance for both Buddhists and Hindus, who consider the water to be sacred for prayers. During the August full moon festival of Janai Purnima, many Hindus undertake a pilgrimage to bathe in the lakes.

The trek includes challenging ascents and descents through lush forests and glacial moraines, leading to Ghopte and then Chisopani before returning to Kathmandu. It offers a remarkable adventure for those with ample time and energy. You will have the opportunity to witness the unique fusion of landscapes, cultures, diverse vegetation, wildlife, and stunning mountains.

Best time of year for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

The best time to undertake the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (February to May) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally favorable, providing optimal conditions for trekking.

In autumn, the weather is stable with clear skies, offering excellent visibility of the mountains. The temperatures are comfortable, making it enjoyable to trek through the Langtang Valley and witness the stunning landscapes. This season is popular among trekkers due to its favorable weather conditions and breathtaking views.

Spring is another great time to embark on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. During this season, the temperatures gradually start to warm up, and the valley comes alive with the vibrant colors of blooming rhododendron flowers. The hills and slopes are adorned with these beautiful flowers, creating a picturesque scenery that adds to the trekking experience.

On the other hand, the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall to the Langtang Valley. The trails can become muddy and slippery, making trekking more challenging. However, if you are prepared for the rain and enjoy the solitude of the trails with fewer crowds, this season can offer a unique and adventurous experience. The fog-bound atmosphere adds a mystical touch to the surroundings, creating a different ambiance.

Before embarking on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, it is important to check the local weather conditions and forecasts. It is also recommended to trek with an experienced guide who can provide guidance and ensure your safety throughout the journey.

In summary, the autumn and spring seasons provide the best weather and overall conditions for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, allowing trekkers to fully enjoy the natural beauty of the region and have a memorable experience.

Moderately difficult trek

The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. While it is accessible from Kathmandu and offers captivating natural scenery and interactions with friendly locals, it does present certain challenges.

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Syabrubesi, eliminating the need for costly flights or overnight transfers. From there, each day of the trek takes you through charming villages, terraced fields, and lush woodlands of pine and bamboo. The journey includes a climb to an altitude of almost 5,000 meters at Kyanjin Gompa, where you can enjoy spectacular mountain views.

It's important to note that the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek involves a significant gain in altitude, which increases the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). To prepare for the trek, it is recommended to engage in regular cardiovascular exercise such as running or walking to improve your fitness level and endurance.

Having an experienced guide from a reputable trekking agency, such as Alpine Ramble Treks, is crucial. Your guide will have ample experience in the mountains and will ensure that you do not overexert yourself during the trek. It is important to listen to your guide's advice, hike at your own pace, and pay attention to any symptoms of AMS. Adequate acclimatization days are usually included in the itinerary to help minimize the risk of altitude-related issues. By taking necessary precautions, hiking at a suitable pace, and following your guide's instructions, you can have a safe and unforgettable adventure in Nepal's Langtang Valley.

Nepal Nomad will assist you with the coordination of the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek itinerary, accommodations, climbing permits, and flights. They will guide you throughout this thrilling and adventurous journey. If you have specific mountains or routes in mind, you can contact Nepal Nomad for personalized assistance.


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Our team member will be there to pick you up at Tribhuvan international airport and escort you to your accommodation on the very first day. In the remaining time, you can stroll around the streets of Basantapur, Thamel, and some other places. You will be provided with the best hospitality along with a delicious Nepali cuisine dinner. You will be staying overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:1 hour
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner
  • Walking Distance:5.5km
  • Transport:Car / Jeep

Today we will move as we pass through Dhunche through a drive from Kathmandu while heading all the way to Syabru Besi at 2000 meters of height where we will be resting our first night out of the valley before beginning our next day’s trek.

  • Max. Altitude:2000m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Today is the second day we start trekking as we make our way through the amazing Bhote Koshi River in order to reach Lama Hotel from Syabru Besi. Lama Hotel is situated at 2,748 meters and we will be walking for five hours or less to get there.

  • Max. Altitude:2748m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Passing through Thangshep Village, we reach Langtang village at last. However, before that we make our way through some forests and Ghodatabels, walking for a total of four hours to reach an elevation of 3500 meters where Langtang Village situates at.

  • Max. Altitude:3500m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:4 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Four hours of total walk from the Langtang village and we reach Kyanjing Gompa for our sixth night’s stay at an elevation of 3800 meters. We will be leaving Langtang Village after breakfast and catching the trails for Kyanjing Gompa.

  • Max. Altitude:3800m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:4 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Day seven is for resting purposes as we acclimatize and conduct a few explorations while still staying at the Gompa.

  • Max. Altitude:3800m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:3 hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Today we descend back to the Lama Hotel and the duration to reach back to the Lama Hotel is about 5 – 6 hrs. We will have our lunch and progress the descent to the Lama Hotel and stay for an overnight at the accommodation

  • Max. Altitude:2784m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Today we begin our trek to Thulo Syabru out from the Lama Hotel as we take steep ascent travel, we progress our travel to the pine forests and the rhododendron cluster. We then ultimately reach the Thulo Syabru descending from the forest through the Pairo. We might get a chance to see some wild lives including red pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Langur monkeys. We stay overnight at the tea house at the Thulo Syabru.

  • Max. Altitude:2250m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

It takes about six hours to reach the Sing Gomba from the Thulo Syabru. Today we visit an ancient monastery in the area where we get to learn and understand more Buddhist Culture at the Sing Gomba which has an altitude of about 3330m. It takes about 6 hrs to reach this place from the Thulo Syabru by walking.

  • Max. Altitude:3330m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:6 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Out from the Sing Gomba, we ascend progressively to the Gosaikunda Lake which has an altitude of about 4380m. It takes about 5 hrs to reach there out from the monastery as we head out to the gorgeous Gosaikunda Lake. The trail winds up with an elevation gain above 4000 meters from sea level. The path brings us closer to the astounding destinations from the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the Langtang range. We ultimately reach the Gosaikunda which is one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. We forget the high altitude when we reach this amazing atmosphere.

  • Max. Altitude:4380m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Out from the Gosaikunda Lake, we descend down to the Tharepati which winds to the 7 hrs of a trek to the rough path. The trek head down through the rhododendron forests and Melamchigaun village.

  • Max. Altitude:3600m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

From the Tharepati, we will head to the Tarkeghyang which is at an altitude of about 2600m. After six hours of trekking, we will reach the place. The path unwinds through the beautiful lush green forest and then an amazing sight of the place. We will stay overnight at the Tarkeghyang.

  • Max. Altitude:2600m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:6 houre
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Out from the Tarkeghyang, today we head to our designation to the Sermathang which takes about 5 hrs of trekking after an early breakfast. In the late afternoon, we will reach the designation, and then we will be staying at the accommodation in the afternoon.

  • Max. Altitude:2590m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

From the Sermathang, we gradually descent to the Melamchi Bazaar which is at the altitude of about 870m and then heads towards to Kathmandu which then later takes about 4 hrs more of trekking and then 2 hrs of the bus then we finally reach the Kathmandu where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Max. Altitude:870m
  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Time:6 hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
What's Included

During the Langtang Valley Trek, the following services are included in the package:

  • Meals: You will be provided with meals as specified in the trek itinerary, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals will be prepared by the trekking team and will typically consist of local and international cuisine to keep you energized throughout the trek.
  • Internal Local Transport: All transportation within the local area, as per the trek itinerary, is included. This may involve private vehicles, buses, or other modes of transport necessary for the trek.
  • National Park Entrance Fees and Trekking Permits: The cost of national park entrance fees and necessary trekking permits will be covered. These permits are required to enter the Langtang Valley region and help support conservation efforts.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided in twin-sharing basis at local lodges or the best available places along the trekking route. These lodges offer basic amenities and a comfortable place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking.
  • Guide and Porters: You will be accompanied by an experienced trekking guide who will lead the way and provide valuable insights into the local culture, nature, and safety measures. Porters will also be provided to carry your main luggage during the trek. Their salaries, insurance, food, and accommodations are included in the trekking arrangements.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Your guide will carry a basic first aid kit to handle any minor injuries or ailments that may occur during the trek. However, it is recommended to bring your own personal medications and specific medical supplies if needed.
  • Single Supplement: There is no additional charge for single supplement in Kathmandu or during the trek. Twin-sharing accommodations will be provided unless you specifically request for a single room, which may incur an additional cost.
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers: Airport pick-up upon your arrival in Kathmandu and drop-off at the end of your trip are included for your convenience.

Please note that the above inclusions may vary depending on the specific trekking package and tour operator. It is always advisable to carefully review the details of the package you choose to ensure clarity on what is included.

What's not Included

The following items are not included in the Langtang Valley Trek package and are the responsibility of the traveler:

  • Food and Accommodation in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not included in the package. You will be responsible for your own meals during your stay in the city. Similarly, accommodation in Kathmandu is not included, and you will need to arrange and cover the costs of your stay.
  • International Flights: The package does not include international flights from your home country to Kathmandu and back. Travelers are responsible for booking and purchasing their own international flights.
  • Airport Taxes and Visa Fees: Any airport taxes, visa fees, or entry permits required for your travel to Nepal are not included. These fees are the responsibility of the traveler and must be paid separately.
  • Medical Examination and Vaccination Costs: If any medical examinations or vaccinations are required for your travel, the costs for these are not included in the package. You should consult with your healthcare provider regarding any necessary medical preparations and cover the associated expenses.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot showers in the mountains, mineral water, and sweet desserts are not included. These costs should be covered by the traveler.
  • Drinks and Meals Not Specified: Any drinks or meals not specified in the trek itinerary are not included in the package. You will need to cover the costs of these additional items.
  • Personal Clothing and Equipment: The package does not include personal clothing and trekking equipment. It is recommended that you bring your own appropriate clothing and gear for the trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the package. It is highly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance coverage for the duration of your trip, including medical coverage and emergency evacuation.
  • Optional Trips: Any optional trips or activities not specified in the trek itinerary are not included. If you wish to participate in additional excursions or side trips, you will need to cover the costs associated with them.
  • Tipping: While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to tip the trek crew, including the driver, trek leader, and porters, as a gesture of appreciation for their services. The tipping amount is not included in the package and should be considered as an additional cost.
  • Delays and Unforeseen Expenses: Any charges or expenses incurred as a result of delays or circumstances beyond the control of Nepal Nomad are not included in the package. These additional costs are the responsibility of the traveler.

It is important to review the specific details of the package you choose to ensure a clear understanding of what is included and what is not.

Good to Know

Experience Required:

Yes, the Langtang Valley Trek is suitable for beginners with good health. Prior trekking experience is not required to join this trek. However, it is important to be in good physical health and have a basic level of fitness to undertake the trekking journey. The Langtang Valley Trek does not involve extremely challenging or technical sections, making it accessible for beginners. It is a great opportunity for beginners to experience the beauty of the Langtang region and enjoy the trekking adventure.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Yes, holding a pre-trek meeting before the beginning of the actual trek is a common practice to ensure proper organization and coordination among the trekking team. During this meeting, the trek leader or guide will provide important information about the trek, such as the itinerary, safety precautions, equipment requirements, and any other necessary details. It also provides an opportunity for the participants to ask questions, clarify any doubts, and get to know each other. This pre-trek meeting helps in establishing a sense of camaraderie among the team members and ensures that everyone is well-prepared and informed before embarking on the trek.

Equipment Check List:


When preparing for a trek, it is important to pack wisely and keep your backpack weight manageable. While the specific equipment you'll need can vary depending on the trek and personal preferences, here are some essential items commonly recommended for treks:

  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack with a capacity of around 40-50 liters to carry your gear.
  • Trekking boots: Good quality, waterproof, and comfortable hiking boots for trekking on uneven terrain.
  • Clothing: Layered clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, including lightweight and quick-drying shirts, trekking pants, fleece jackets, and a waterproof outer shell.
  • Sleeping bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for the expected temperatures during the trek.
  • Trekking poles: Adjustable trekking poles to provide stability and support while walking on steep and uneven trails.
  • Headlamp or flashlight: Essential for navigating in low-light conditions or during early morning or evening hikes.
  • Water bottles or hydration system: Sufficient capacity to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Snacks and energy bars: Lightweight and high-energy snacks to keep you fueled during the trek.
  • Personal toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and toilet paper.
  • Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect against strong UV rays.
  • First aid kit: Basic medical supplies including adhesive bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any personal medications.
  • Trekking towel: Quick-drying and compact towel for personal hygiene.
  • Trekking socks: Moisture-wicking and comfortable socks to prevent blisters.
  • Gloves and hat: Warm and insulated gloves and a hat for colder temperatures at higher altitudes.
  • Personal items: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and a journal or notebook to capture memories and record your journey.

Remember to pack only what is necessary and avoid overpacking. It's also advisable to check with your trek operator or guide for any specific equipment recommendations based on the trek you're undertaking.

Food and Accommodation:

The Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trek, like many other treks in the Himalayas, may not have abundant lodging facilities. It is important to be aware that the resources and amenities in these remote areas may be limited. Therefore, it is necessary to keep your expectations realistic and be prepared to make adjustments during the trek.

Accommodations along the Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trek are typically basic tea houses or guesthouses. These establishments provide a simple and comfortable place to rest and recharge after a day of trekking. However, it's important to note that the facilities may vary in terms of cleanliness, comfort, and availability of amenities.

You can expect twin-sharing accommodations in these tea houses or guesthouses, which means you will be sharing a room with another trekker. The rooms usually have basic beds, blankets, and sometimes a small table. In some places, shared bathrooms and toilets are available, and hot showers may be limited or not available at all.

It is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag for added comfort and cleanliness, as the provided blankets may not be sufficient in colder weather. Additionally, it's a good idea to carry toiletries, such as toilet paper, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer, as they may not always be readily available.

By being prepared for basic accommodations and embracing the simplicity of the trekking experience, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trek and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and local culture.


For the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trekking, it is essential to have comprehensive insurance coverage. This includes medical insurance, emergency rescue evacuation insurance, and trip cancellation insurance.

Medical insurance will provide coverage for any medical expenses that may arise during the trek, such as treatment for altitude sickness, injuries, or illnesses. It is important to ensure that your insurance policy covers high-altitude trekking and provides adequate coverage for medical emergencies in remote areas.

Emergency rescue evacuation insurance is crucial in case of any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that require immediate evacuation from the trekking trail. This insurance will cover the costs associated with helicopter rescue or emergency evacuation to the nearest medical facility.

Trip cancellation insurance protects you financially in case you are unable to participate in the trek due to unexpected circumstances, such as illness, injury, or other personal reasons. It can reimburse you for pre-paid expenses, including trekking permits, accommodations, and transportation costs.

Before embarking on the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trek, make sure to carefully review your insurance policy to ensure that it covers all the necessary aspects mentioned above. It is also advisable to carry a copy of your insurance documents with you during the trek.

Having the appropriate insurance coverage will provide you with peace of mind and financial protection throughout your trekking journey.

Altitude Sickness:

During the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Helambu Trekking, we take several measures to prevent and mitigate the risk of altitude sickness. We emphasize the importance of proper acclimatization to ensure the well-being of trekkers. Here are some steps we take:

  • Gradual ascent: We follow a well-designed itinerary that allows for gradual ascent, giving your body time to adjust to increasing altitudes. This helps minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Rest and acclimatization days: We incorporate rest days into the trekking itinerary to allow for proper acclimatization. These days are essential for your body to adapt to the higher altitudes and reduce the chances of altitude-related illnesses.
  • Hydration and nutrition: We emphasize the importance of staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet throughout the trek. Drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious meals can help prevent altitude sickness.
  • Slow pace: We maintain a slow and steady pace while trekking, allowing your body to adjust to the changing altitude gradually. This helps minimize the stress on your body and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Recognizing symptoms: Our experienced guides are trained to recognize the early symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. They will closely monitor your health and provide necessary guidance.
  • Descending if necessary: If someone experiences severe symptoms of altitude sickness, we take immediate action by descending to lower altitudes. This is the most effective way to treat altitude sickness and ensure your safety.

It is important to note that altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. By following these precautions and listening to your body, you can minimize the risk and have a safe trekking experience in the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Helambu region.