Helambu and Gosaikunda Trek

The region of Helambu (Helmu) lies to the North-east of Kathmandu valley, just 45 km. away on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Gosainkund - the abode of Lord Shiva is a religious site where Thousands of Hindu pilgrims congregate every year in mid august to worship Shiva. Helambu Trek is popular among the trekkers for its scenery and favorable climate. it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Malemchi Khola.

The Langtang valley is aptly called "the valley of glaciers". Here the mountain-scape is spectacular. On either side of valley, mountains rise, soaring into the sky. The valley offers pine forest, slow moving rivers and swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild primulas. In the upper part of the valley there are snow bridges spanning angry torrents, high passes enveloped in mist, tiny lakes with icebergs floating on them and waters of crystalline brightness.

This trek is comparatively easier one due to the fact that the elevations are lower, ranging between 800m to 3,600m, offering less climbing as well as warmer temperatures. The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and some parts of the Everest treks. Besides this, the trek offers a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu / Sundarijal (1,350m) / Chisopani (2,300m)
Day 04: Chisopani to Kutumsang (2,492m)
Day 05: Trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati (3,630m)
Day 06: Trek from Tharepati to Ghopte (3,430m)
Day 07: Trek from Ghopte to Gosainkund (4,312m)
Day 08: Trek from Gosainkund to Sing Gompa (3,350m)
Day 09: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1,950m) & drive back Kathmandu
Day 10: Final Departure

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May & Oct to Dec
Time Period: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Trek Period: 06 Nights/ 07 Days
In Kathmandu: 03 Nights
Trek Type: Moderate
Highest Altitude: 4,610m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Sundarijal
Trek End Point: Dhunche
Accomodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request

Features

National Park: Shivapuri National Park (159 sq. kms), Langtang National Park (1,710 sq. kms)
Mountains: Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Loen Ponang, Phurbi Gyachu
Rivers: Bagmati, Trishuli
Villages: Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, etc.
Tribes: Tamang, Bhramins, Chettris, Sherpas, Yolmos
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

Maps

Map of Helambu and Gosaikunda Trek