Langtang gosaikunda and helambu combined Trekking 

Langtang, Gosaikuna and Helambu combined trekking to meet the choice of those trekkers who looks for doing both treks in same  visit.

First attraction is Langtang valley : It begins in the lower Langtang Valley, trekking through its forests and among the villages and farmlands of its people, many of who are of Tibetan origin but now known as" Tamang". This area is rich of Tibetan culture, typical way of their living, and Buddhist Monastery, Chorten, Mani wall and prayer wheel. This was once an important trading route with Tibet, so that most of the villagers and peoples are involved in trade.

Second attractin is Gosaikunda lake: It  lies north of Kathmandu and is third most popular trek of Nepal. It combines the high mountain lakes at Gosainkund ( Frozen lakes) and spectacular valley of Langtang .Visit the beautiful Langtang National park and then trek to the end of the valley to view the wonderful mountains views. Following the Trisuli River north out of Kathmandu, we travel through Trisuli Bazaar and Dhunche which located on ridge of the mountain and you will have wonderful view of Langtang range, Ganesh himal and Dorje Lakpa. Crossing the Lauribenayak Pass (4610m./15213 ft.). There we are rewarded with the stunning views of the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal & even as far as the Annapurna massif.

Third attraction is Helambu : It covers the various range of brilliant green valleys, foggy rhododendron forests, and distant horizons of snowy peaks and the vivid contrast of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. The Helambu trek is the ideal short trek and this  region remains relatively un-spoilt. Here you will experience the yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enchanted as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo. Helambu valley trek noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. In Helambu, one can stay in highland monastery villages and small settlements in pristine forests. The Sherpa village's of Helambu focuses the charming cooperative of farmers and yak herders.
Overall, This area offer crossing passes, Superb mountain view, beautiful Holy lake like Gosainkunda, picturesque Sherpa village, impressive display of wild flower, an abundance of wild life, historical melarepa cave, Monasteries and of course friendly local people and their culture..

FACT OF THIS TREK
Trip Duration      15 days trek
Max. Altitude: 4609m./15209ft..
Minimum Altitude: 830m./2739 ft.
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Land transport ( Private/Public)
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours per day

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted  by Nepal alternative treks Airport Representative, and transfer by private vehicle  to three star level hotel (Kathmandu garden home ) then stay overnight there on B.B. basis.

Day 2: Kathmandu –Dhunche –Safru Bensi (1600m.5280ft.) 6 hrs drive

We drive public /jeep bus to Safru Bensi . We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Safru. Stay overnight there at lodge . B+L+D

Day 3: Safru Bensi- Lama Hotel (2470./8157 ft.) 5 hrs
The trail ascend to Lama Hotel. En route you will see red pandas, monkey and bear if you are lucky. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 4 : Lama Hotel -Langtang Village (3430m./11319ft.) 6 hrs
The trek continue to ascend gradually to Langtang village. As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. As you reach Ghora Tabela, the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 5 : Langtang Village -Kyanjing (3980m.13134ft.) 3 hrs.
Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin. The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and so on. We stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 6 : Explore  
We explore the side hikes today. You will have four major different choices to visit as: walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], climb Tserku ri ( 5350m.) or walk to Langsisa Kharka. We recommend you to climb ascend Kyangjin Ri for good view and easy ascend though we will take you any of those places as your interest after we brief  you about them. We will stay at same lodge after we come back from you day trip. B+L+D

Day 7 : Kyanjing Gompa - Lama Hotel (2470m./8151 ft.) 6 hrs.
We walk down to Lama Hotel . From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch you continue descent to Lama Hotel. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 8 : Lama Hotel –Thulo Sabru (2400m.7920ft.) 5 hrs.
Trek  to Thulo Syabru. The trail descend to Pairo then gradually ascend to Thulo Sabru village. The main inhabitants belong to Tamang community and they have adopted Tibetan lifestyle. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 9: Thulo Sabru-Lauribinayak (3850m./12705 ft.) 5 hrs

We climb to Laurinayak today. It is beautiful walk through oak trees and better view of mountains. We walk shorter today to make sure for our climb to Gosainkunda for altitude mountains sickness and good mountains view with sunrise from Lauribinayak. You will see Langtang Lirung, Ganesh himal, Paldor peak, Dhoreje Lakpa, Manaslu, Annapurna range  in distance and panoramic picturesque of whole area in early morning. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 10:  Lauribinayak- Gosaikunda (4460m./14718 ft.) 4 hrs.
We ascend steep to Lauribinayak pass  and gradual walk to Gosainkunda. We would see a dozen of lakes there. Among them the main lakes are Sarawoti kunda, Bhairav kunda and Gosainda.  According to the legend, the Gosainkunda was created by hindu god Shiva when he pierced glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed poison. So, the Gosainkunda is believed as holy lake and every year during July there will be Gosainkunda festival. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 11: Explore around Gosaikunda

Whole day explore around lakes. 

Day 12 : Gosaikunda- Lauribina la pass-Fedi-Ghopte(3600m.11880ft.) 5 hrs.

Early morning, we start to climb up to Laurinbina la pass (4609m.) and heading down to Ghopte. Stay overnight at lodge. ( B+L+D)

Day 13: Ghopte-Tharepati-Melamchigyang-Tarkegyang (2620m./8646 ft.) 6 hrs.

At beginning of walk, it is zig zag trail to Tharepati then turning east, the trails rapidly descend down a ravine through small Sherpa village of Malemchigaon with nice lodges and fine old and artistic Gompas. The trail again descends leaving the village and crossing Malemchi Khola by a bridge and making the long climb up the other side of the valley to Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in Helambu. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 14: Tarkegyang-Thimpu-Kathmandu

Trek down Thimpu about 3 hours then drive to Kathmandu 6 hrs by bus.  Stay overnight at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home) on b/b basis.

Day 15: Final Departure
Nepal alternative trek provides private transfer by private vehicle to International Airport for your onward Journey.

Foot Note:

B/B = Bed and Breakfast, B = breakfast. L = Lunch, D = Dinner,
FB = Full board.( accommodation, breakfast, lunch, Dinner with tea /coffee three times in a day in a cup).
M .= meter. f .= Feet, km =kilometer 

TREKKING PERMITS AND NATIONAL PARK FEE

For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS

General:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.

TREKKING GRADE

It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:

Easy

Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Moderate

this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.

Strenuous

these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

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