Langtang & Helambu Trek

Trek to the culturally rich and visually stunning Langtang, Gosainkunda and Helambu region of Nepal

17 Days | Grade/Difficulty
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From CAD $2195.00
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Meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal

Langtang & Helambu Trek Trip Overview

The snowy south face of Langtang Lirung (7,227m) peers right over the looming green mass of Shivapuri, and presides over the closest trekking area to the Kathmandu Valley. Here you may join Hindu and Buddhist devotees on a full moon pilgrimage to the high-altitude lakes around Gosainkund, explore the unfrequented passes overlooking Tibet up from the flower-scattered alpine meadows of the Langtang Valley, and enjoy the heartfelt hospitality of Sherpa and Tamang households.Rhododendrons blend into moss-hung pine giants, yaks trundle down pastures on their way home, and in the monsoon, the blanket of clouds filling the lower valleys transports you a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, Kathmandu.

An ideal destination if you are short on time or simply want to cut out the uncertainties of air travel, Langtang and Helambu offer landscapes and cultural experiences every bit as spectacular as anywhere else in Nepal. The Helambu and Langtang trekking areas are a hop and a skip away from Nepal's capital city. You can literally walk out of the Kathmandu Valley to get there. Yet you can still experience the intact, unique cultures of Tamangs, Newars and Sherpas, living in some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal. The welcoming Sherpas who live here call themselves Hyalmo after the name of their sacred valley, Helambu. Here is a green and pleasant land of quiet villages, terraced slopes and pine forests leading up to Langtang National Park, perfect for relaxed, culturally oriented trekking.

A little more adventurous is the popular route to the alpine lakes of Gosainkunda, holy to Hindus, Buddhists and Tamang shamans alike. Time your visit with the August full moon, when thousands of pilgrims trek up to bathe in the frigid waters at 4,000m, and you're in for an intense experience. The Great Himalaya Trail passes over into Langtang via the 5,308m Tilman pass from where you can see right into Tibet. The descent delivers you into another, very different hidden valley, of glaciers, alpine meadows and cheese factories. After sampling the delicious yak cheese and curd, you can head homeward via the verdant gorge of the Langtang Khola, keeping an eye out for families of playful grey langur monkeys and the iridescent Impeyan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal.

In an attempt to give back to the country we love so much, we've partnered with Himalayan Life, a not-for-profit organization who work to protect, nurture and educate children in the Himalayas. Please consider adding a donation in the options below when making your booking. Outdoor explore will also be donating by volunteering to help Himalayan Life on the ground in Nepal!

Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 4 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
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  • Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal:
    • Visit Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), a 2,000 year old Buddhist Stupa
    • Visit Boudhanath Stupa with its’ 130 ft. dome
    • Visit Pashupatinath Temple with its holy cremation site
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi along mountain roads
  • Langtang village aptly called ‘the valley of glaciers'
  • Visit traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages
  • Visit old Buddhist shrines, Langtang Gompa and Kyanjin Gompa
  • Hike to the holy Gosainkunda Lake and other pilgrimage sites
  • Climb Tserko-Ri (4,984m) for stunning views
  • Panoramic views of Mt Langtang-Ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala Peak
  • Tibetan Buddhist Culture
  • Beautiful rhododendron forest

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Day Activity
1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
2 Relax and Kathmandu sightseeing tour
3 Bus to Syabrubesi (1,440m)
4 Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m)
5 Trek to Langtang (3,430m)
6 Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
7 Acclimatization day at Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
8 Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m)
9 Trek to Thulo Syabru (2,230m)
10 Trek to Shin Gomba (3,330m)
11 Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m)
12 Trek to Gopte (3,440m)
13 Trek to Malemchi-goan (2,560m)
14 Tarke Gyang (2,590m)
15 Trek to Sermathang (2,610m)
16 Trek to Melamchi Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu
17 Depart Kathmandu for home

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in 4 star hotel. Breakfast is included and rooms are on a 2 person sharing basis.
  • Trekking permits, National park entry fees, TIMS Card & all government taxes.
  • Private transportation to and from the trekking area.
  • All pickup and drop off transportation from and to the airport for international flights.
  • One day sightseeing tour in & around Kathmandu (largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath; the most important Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath; the ancient monkey temple, Swayambhunath).
  • All lodging & meals during the trekking period. 3 meals per day: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/all hot drinks
  • One local Sherpa guide. One porter per two guests. Depending on the size of the group, additional staff may be required.
  • Cultural celebration meal in Kathmandu after the trek
  • Insurance for all local staff & porters
  • One locally made duffel bag with Outdoor Explore Logo will be provided by us for the trek, it is yours to take home if you wish
  • A comprehensive medical kit (bring your personal first aid kit with personal medications).

Price Excludes

  • International & home country domestic airfares, transfers en route & excess baggage
  • Your personal insurance: Medical, mountain rescue cover and repatriation is obligatory
  • Your personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverage, mineral water, charges for showers, cost of electronic device charging and Wi-Fi on the trek
  • Main meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu apart from celebration meal in Kathmandu. (Allow up to US $12-15 per meal)
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure
  • Tipping to the Sherpa & staff
  • Personal trekking gear


Accommodation in Kathmandu

The trip cost includes 4 star category hotels in Kathmandu on B&B (Bed & Breakfast) basis. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in en-suite rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable. A member of the Outdoor Explore team will be more than happy to show you around Kathmandu and suggest good restaurants, shopping areas, tourist sites etc.

Important note: Power cuts are a regular occurrence in Nepal, especially throughout Kathmandu. Although the hotels usually have generators, there may be times when these won’t work.

Accommodation on trek

We will stay in teahouses in local villages along our trekking route, the price is included in the trip cost. We will choose the best available lodges in the area, but please bear in mind that at higher elevations, lodge accommodations will become more basic. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis.

Most of the lodges in this area will have hot showers available at the charge of US $5-10 per shower which is not included in your trip cost. Some of the showers are solar heated and hot water may not be available.

Note: Irrigation in the area feeds into rivers and streams. It is advisable (if possible) to bring a biodegradable soap which will be more sensitive to the environment.

Additional Information

Group Size: Small - medium group
Groups of 4 - 12 clients per trip. For smaller or larger groups, or for private trips, please contact Outdoor Explore.

Trip Timing: March - May or October - November
Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek in Nepal. The winter is very cold, and the summer monsoons bring lots of rain. The Spring trekking season is generally longer and has warmer days, with a wider variety of colourful wild flowers. The Autumn trekking season usually has better weather and clearer skies, however it is colder.

Location: Langtang & Helambu Valley, Nepal
Langtang is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is located in the area. About 4,500 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood.

Sadly in 2015, the Langtang village was destroyed by a massive earthquake. With a huge amount of generous donations and volunteer work, along with efforts from local Nepali people, the village has been re-built and the area is now open for trekking again.

Note: As this is a high altitude trek in a remote area, the itinerary/schedule may be subject to be change due to weather, however there are always safer alternative routes in the area to complete the trip.

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