Langtang Circuit Trek is magical combination of adventure, biodiversity, spectacular Himalayan snow-capped peaks and Tibetan influenced ethnic encounters. This region offers several reasons to commence a trek; rhododendron forests, settlements in the cliffs, white Himalayan peaks, majestic waterfalls, high altitude lakes, glaciers, endangered wild animals, natural hot springs etc. Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a representative of stunning trekking route. The trekking starts from Syabrubensi after long and tiring bus ride, then goes all the way up to Kyanjin Gompa, Tserko RI and descends down to Pahiro before we start climbing uphill once again. This time we ascend all the way up to Lauribinayak Pass and then again descends down towards Tharepati and Kathmandu. This trek is a combination of Langtang Valley Trekking, Gosainkunda Lake Trek and Helambu Trek, with spectacular Himalayan views, natural wonders, peaceful lakes, thundering rivers, towering waterfalls, wildlife, isolated villages, centuries old cultures, cheerful people and peaceful environment with few tourists.
Langtang Circuit Trek is a pleasuring trekking route. This trek is suitable for everyone, either you are beginner or experienced hiker. Most of the past of the trek is easy to moderate however the route also involves some steep ascending and descending. Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking or Langtang Circuit Trek is a mix of everything and is a moderate trekking trail in Langtang region, north of Kathmandu valley. The trek is popular among trekkers looking for peaceful routes where you are likely to meet few trekkers during the journey. We will be walking through Tamang and Shera communities most of the time. Unlike crowded and commercialized Annapurna and Everest region treks, trekking in this region is a lot different and most enjoyable. As the region serves less tourists every year, Langtang Circuit Trekking is also an ideal route for travelers looking for peaceful journey in the Himalayas. Taking about two and half weeks, this trek is sure to make you glad and blessed.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubenshi (1,450M / 8 Hours Drive)
Our first day starts with a long and tiring drive to Syabrubensi. The road takes us via North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route. We will stop in Trisuli or Kalikasthan for a quick lunch and proceed further towards Syabrubensi for overnight stay. The road specially after Kalikasthan looks thrilling as landslides are continuously found during monsoon season. The trail passes through beautiful forests of high Hilly regions with some occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers and beautiful crystal waterfalls falling from the top of the hills. We will also have some sights of villages situated in the cliffs of rocky mountains along the drive. This is the first impression of Langtang Valley Trekking. Soon we will reach Dhunche and the road starts gradually descending towards Syabrubensi; a small town with few lodges made for travelers visiting this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 03: Trek on the north side of the Langtang Valley to Sherpa Gaon (2,560M / 5.5 Hours)
This is relatively short and easy day. Our trekking starts after crossing Bhote Koshi river. From here we will start Wankal village, a small village inhabited by Tamang people. From here the trail ascends steeply towards Khanjung village, offers some good camping sites. This is another village inhabited by Tamang community. We will reach Khanjung by lunch time. We will proceed further ascending towards Syarpa Gaon village. The trail is mostly uphill until we reach Syarpa Gaon where we will spend first overnight in a typical trekking lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04: Trek to Langtang Village (3,540M / 7 Hours)
We will enjoy some freshly prepared breakfast in Syarpa Gaon before we commence walking to Langtang village. We will have numerous ups and downs today. We will first reach a small place with couple of houses called Rimche. From here the trail continues flat until we reach Lama Hotel. Lama Hotel is one of the major overnight stop for many trekkers. Lama Hotel is another small town mostly for arranging meals and accommodation for trekkers. Proceeding further, we will enter inside dense green forests giving us fresh breath. The thundering Langtang river in one hand and enchanting Himalayan birds in another hand, Langtang Valley Trekking is simply awesome. We will reach Gumma Chok AKA Riverside before we reach Ghora Tabela (2,950M) for lunch. Ghora Tabela has very few lodges specially opened for serving hot lunch for trekkers. This place is spacious and offers first close views of Himalayas. Soon after starting from Ghora Tabela we will let our permits checked by Army officials then continuing the trek further takes us to Thangsyap and Chamki village before we reach Langtang Village. Langtang village is probably the biggest village of the region on the shade of Langtang Lirung Peak. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900M / 4 Hours), and explore the valley
In Langtang we will have another great meal before we start our trek towards Kyanjin village. The trail is mostly flat alike gentle ascending surrounded by several Himalayan peaks in 360 degree panorama. We will be passing by typical villages like Mondoo and Singdum along the way. At the mean time we will be walking along with numerous Yaks grazing is the grassland. There are many religious stone mani walls with Buddhist prayers written on them. We are supposed to walk clockwise while passing along the religious spots. We will be crossing small and big bridges everywhere. Finally, we will reach an authentic and stunning village surrounded by Himalayan peaks everywhere. This place is really - really beautiful that any trekker gets peace of mind after reaching this beautiful village. If we are not tired then we can hike up to the glacier else we can stroll around the village. There is a cheese factory that serves some fresh cheese. Kyanjin Gompa also has a monastery that is believed to be hundreds of years old. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 06: Hike to Tserko RI (4,985M) and return back to Kyanjin Gompa (5 Hours)
This is one of the major days throughout our Langtang Valley Trekking. We will collect packed meal to eat on the top of Tserko RI. The trail to Tserko RI is confusing, difficult and long as well however reaching the top makes all tiredness forgetting. Tserko RI offers close Himalayan views of uncountable Himalayan peaks in 360 degree panorama. It simply feels the best to be in top of such place. We will then return back to Kyanjin Gompa. We will spend rest of the day in this town enjoying being in touch with wonders of nature. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 07: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,480M / 4 Hours)
We will have our meal in the lodge before starting descending down to Lama Hotel. The trail is same that we used while ascending up. We have no rush as the trail is mostly downhill and short. We will pass the trail enjoying the beautiful views surrounded and at the same time pushing them far and far as we continue. Lama Hotel is situated alongside of Langtang River, we will have to spend whole night hearing the sound of thundering river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 08: Trek to Thulo Syabru Village (2,200M / 6 Hours)
The trail reaches Rimche from where we will take a newer trail that we haven't followed yet. We will descend down to Bamboo village. Continuing further from here, we will be in front of two trails separated; one goes to Syabrubensi where another goes to Thulu Syabru village and of course we will take the left one. From here the trail starts ascending up through beautiful green forests with distant views of Thulo Syabru on top. Thulo Syabru village is a pretty village, close to district headquarters; Dhunche has all the minimum facilities for a trekker. Some nice lodges are built, internet and telephone is available etc. We will also have some nice views of Ganesh Himal and Tibetan peaks from this spot. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 09: Trek to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 5 - 6 Hours Trek)
We will enjoy our first breakfast out of the town. Usually, meals in the villages are lot better than meals in the cities. Village meals are prepared fresh using locally available spices and tastes fresh. Enjoy mouth watering breakfast here. We will then pack our stuffs and start ascending uphill trail leaving Thulo Syabru village behind. Langtang Circuit Trekking is one of the nicest natural treks of Nepal. The trails are not totally commercialized and it's not crowded like Annapurna and Everest routes. We will at least have space to walk on our own. We will be passing via different villages of the region; i.e. Gardagaon and Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari and Sing Gompa. Chandanbari hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories of Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season. We will find a lodge for overnight stay. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks in the horizon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Trek to Lauribinayak (3,925M / 3 - 4 Hours Trek)
We have another short day however it may be difficult for many trekkers due to high altitude. We will start the trek with gentle uphill then enter inside dense pine forests. The forest gives occasional sights of endangered Himalayan red panda. Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati; our first tea stop today. We will then start slightly difficult walking trekking before we reach Lauribinayak for overnight stay. Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons of doing Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. We will reach Lauribinayak by lunch time. We will enjoy lunch here and walk around the village. We can hike to top of the hill if interested. The views on the side of Langtang valley is impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtnag Himalayan range looks amazing. The Himalayan peaks look very close from here. We will stroll around the village and stay overnight here. High altitude can cause basic to mild headaches here, please consult with your guide if you have any symptoms here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,381M / 4 Hours Trek)
We will enjoy another fresh meal in the Himalayas before commencing the trek. The trek starts with highly steep and difficult uphill climbing till we reach top of Lauribinayak hilltop. Lauribinayak hilltop is the perfect point for 360 degree views around the mountains. You will have perfect views of Himalayan peaks, green hills, villages and towns in the horizon, river, waterfalls and forests as well. It's perfect place to have some rest. Well, we will continue further via stone cliffs and tiny trail towards Gosainkunda Lake; our main destination. The trail is mostly gentle uphill with occasional short downhill walk. As we enter towards the gorge we will have closer sound of water coming out of the lake; it's sign that we are close. Walking further will give us views of lodges nearby the lake; that's our place for overnight stay. We will look for our look and then stroll around the lake and hills around the lake. You can walk around the village, take pictures and enjoy this amazing place. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Mera Kharka (3,320M / 7 Hours Trek)
We reached our main destination of Langtang Circuit Trek and now it's time to leave Gosainkunda Lake and approach for new destination. The trail is gentle uphill from Gosainkunda Lake until we reach Gosainkunda Pass also known as Lauribinayak Pass (4,610M). Gosainkunda Pass is also the highest point of our route. The pass can be easily pointed. It is covered with lots of praying flags and situated on top of a hill. We will see Gosainkunda in one side and our upcoming route in another side. It's amazing to be here. From here the trail descends down towards Phedi. On 31 July 1992, a Thai Air plane was crashed near Phedi causing 113 casualties. A small metal piece is still seen in a lodge here. We will then reach Ghopte (3,430M) and continuing further from Phedi will take us to Mera Kharka for overnight stay. Only one lodge is available in Mera Kharka, if we are unable to find room here then we may need to walk further to Tharepati for overnight stay. It is a long and tiring day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Gaon, the pleasant village of the whole region (2,550M / 5 - 6 Hours Trek)
We enjoy breakfast in the middle of the forest and start climbing gentle uphill before we reach another small pass called Tharepati (3,600M). Tharepati is also popular as a view point for peaks of Langtang region. The whole trail after Tharepati is downhill walk. We may stop in Tharepati for a short tea break along with wonderful Himalayan views before we start steeply descending down to Melamchigaon village. Soon after we leave Tharepati, we will start walking inside the dense green forests. The trail is steep and sometimes slippery. There are no lodges or settlements until we reach the beautiful Melamchigaon village. Langtang Circuit Trekking gives different experiences within the same trekking route. Melamchi is a part of it. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 14: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,550M / 6 Hours)
We will enjoy mouth watering breakfast in the highest point of our Langtang Circuit Trekking; Tharepati before descending down to Melamchigaon. We will walk through dense green forest of Himalayas. Melamchigaon is the the most pleasant village of whole region at an altitude of 2,550M. This village represents the major settlements of Hyalmo people influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions. This is undoubtedly a beautiful village. Here we will also visit one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of the whole region. This monastery suffered with a serious theft around 2010 A.D. We will descend further down towards Melamchi river and start ascending uphill towards Tarkeghyang via another small village called Nakotegaon. As we go higher the views of the villages also goes faraway leaving memories in your head. Finally, we will reach another village called Tarkeghyang on the top of hill. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 15: Trek to Sermathang (2,693M / 4 Hours)
The trail starts with flat walk from Sermathang. Today, we will have comparatively easy day passes through soft green forests. We will be walking via beautiful forests, waterfalls, paddies and chanting streams then we will reach Ghyangyul; our probably lunch stop. Ghyangyul is a smiling Sherpa village with few lunch places for trekkers. Continuing further from Ghyangyul will take us to Sermathang village. We will have some time to explore around the village including an old and beautiful Buddhist monastery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, drive back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (4 Hours Trek + 2 Hours Drive)
We will enjoy our last meal in the remote village of Sermathang and then start descending down towards Kakani village. Kakani is another small village situated on top of a hill at an elevation of 1,500 meters with few lodges for trekkers. We will continue descending further where we will reach another village called Dubachaur. The trail is mostly downhill walk takes us via paddy fields most of the time. We will be walking near Indrawati river and cross the river near Melamchi Pul Bazzar; inhabbited by various ethnic groups. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is a small town that has frequent buses to Kathmandu. This town is also popular for delicious local fishes from the river. We will enjoy our lunch here and catch our transportation that will take us to Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch, Complimentary Farewell Dinner)
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Circuit Trek in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Syabrubensi - Melamchi Pul - Kathmandu transportation by local bus
- Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
- Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
- Langtang National Park Entry Permit
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
Please Note: We can also arrange private jeep for Kathmandu - Syabrubensi drive at an optional cost of US$ 180 / per jeep.
Langtang Circuit Trekking / Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a easy to moderate trekking route with few difficult parts including steep ascending and descending. The trek will take you as high as 4,610 meters with option climb to Tserko RI at 5,000 meters. Langtang Circuit Trek can be fun for most trekkers however altitude sickness can occur to some trekkers not having previous high altitude climbing / trekking experience. The trail is mostly clear and tidy with some steady uphill and step downhill walk. People with knee problems may need a good knee support. Langtang Circuit trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced and the trekking route will surely give you pleasant experiences of classic trekking in Nepal. With only little pain it is sure that Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking will leave some beautiful pages in your holiday. This trekking can be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. If you have had any treks previously then it's even better. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If there are some hills or small mountains near your place then you can practice some walk there. For a regular trekker Langtang Trekking won't be a seriously hard route, it will be a real fun. The biggest part of success of self confidence, please do not take the trekking as a serious exam. With your confidence, we are sure that you will make this trek successful.
Meals on Trek
Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Places like Syabrubensi offers wider range of meal options with better quality comparing to remote parts of the Langtang Circuit trekking. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. They are basic meals served only to kill your hunger. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks during the trek. Basically, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served along the day walk. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.
Breakfasts are provided free of cost even in Kathmandu in your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or alternatively foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room wit private bathroom. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.
We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Places like Syabrubensi has better lodges for trekkers. It is for sure that you will have no complains in these places. Lantang Circuit Trekking has enough lodges to accommodate you during the trek. We will be accommodating you in the lodges on the whole trek, there won't be any camping involved. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Please do not expect high standard rooms specially in the trek as they don't exist on Langtang Trekking. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex ). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is a high-altitude trekking route in the north of Kathmandu valley. This trekking can be done throughout the year however February to May and October to December is better time. During these months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are inspiring and the weather is breath taking. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this region. December and January is main winter months. Trekkers do Langtang Circuit Trek throughout the year. Monsoon is not good season; both for views and trails. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. The views are not clear as well and trails in the lower area may have many leeches. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful on the trail. From October to December you will see more greens in the forest.
Highlights of the Trip
Langtang Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking is one of the beautiful treks suitable for beginners to experienced trekkers. This region offers some fantastic views of Himalayas that includes peaks from Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range and some distant views of Himalayan peaks of Tibetan plateau. Places like Langtang Village, Kyanjin Village, Tserko Ri, Lauribinayak, Thulo Syabru, Tharepati etc. offers stunning Himalayan scenery. More than that green forests, villages in the cliffs, distant views of horizon, smiling Tamang and Sherpa people are always around you. Langtang Circuit Trekking takes you via some of the interesting villages like Syarpa Gaon, Lama Hotel, Thulo Syabru, Ghopte, Melamchigaon, Kakani etc. and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas. Langtang Circuit Trekking also has beautiful Buddhist mani walls in numerous places, monasteries and Stupas. Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa has one of the oldest cheese factories that serves fresh cheese. As an optional activity one can also hike up to the glacier from Kyanjin Gompa. This trek will give a lot of memories more than a bit of tiredness. The Cheese factory in Langtang Valley and Kyanjin Gompa is also one of the major attractions of Langtang Valley Trek. Gosainkunda Lake always fascinates travelers once they reach there. It's high Himalayan glacial holy lake at an altitude of 4,380M. Green forests, wild bee hives, endangered animals are also part of this breathtaking trekking route.
Equipment and Packing List
Langtang Circuit Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.
Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body: - T-shirts - Light and expedition weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket *
Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash
Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * - Basic First Aid Kit - Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror
Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal & Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble - Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)
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