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.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us
|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!
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.
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.
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.
Want to book a different date? Contact us to book a private trip.