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Descent to Dhunche
Sing Gompa
Descent from Gosaikunda lakes
Laurebina
Gosaikunda
Approaching Gosaikunda
Approaching Gosaikunda
Lauribina pass
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Thadepati pass
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Chisipani - Mangengoth
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Gosaikunda lakes

Helambu Gosaikunda lakes trek, Nepal – 11 Days

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Helambu and Gosaikunda lakes trekking itinerary

An easily accessible trek from north of Kathmandu, UNESCO world heritage site. The Tamang region of Helambu and the Langtang national park. En route we see Langtang Lirung (7246m) the highest peak of the Langtang Himaland and Ganesh Himal.  Popular for the stunning array of flowering rhododendrons and Magnolia along the route with a chance to seek the endangered red panda.

 

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    All about the Helambu Gosaikunda lakes trek, Nepal – 11 Days.

    Helambu Gosaikunda Lakes Trek, Nepal – 11 Days

    Duration:  11 days meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 or 4* hotel in Thamel in a popular and vibrant tourist district. Lodges with twin, triple or dormitory style accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • Rhododendrons in bloom and magnolia
    • Seeking the rare red panda opportunity- we saw its footprints in the snow
    • Being able to contribute to some of the Lodge businesses that were affected by 2015
    • Nepal earthquake where aid had not always reached on time, or at all
    • Seeing a black mountain fox and several eagles
    • Crossing the stunning Lauribina pass 4610m in windy but sunny conditions.

     

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 or 4 star hotel
    • Welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu
    • All meals according to the itinerary
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
    • Entry Permit for Langtang National Park
    • Information Management system (TIMS) card
    • All necessary transportation
    • International Mountain Leader and Nepali porter guide
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, battery recharge etc.
    • Tips
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Your travel insurance
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Nepal visa fee
    • Allow £550-700 for return flights from London or Manchester.
    1. Day 1 Arrival to Kathamandu

      Arrival and meet our team at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

      Stay overnight in Kathmandu in a 3* Hotel.

    2. Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.)

      Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) which takes about one hour and then the uphill walk to Chisopani. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will enter through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.) For small groups, it is also possible to get a 4×4 to Chisapani in 2 hours.

    3. Day 3 Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2470m.) - 7h

      The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, sometimes level, trail that crosses meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang park post seeing stupa along the way on the way to Chipling (2170m). The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge.

    4. Day 4 Trek from Kutumsang to Mangengoth (3390 m) - 5h

      The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements.  The trail then descends to Magen Goth.

    5. Day 5 Trek Mangengoth to Ghopte (3550m)

      Next, you have to climb, steeply at first then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through the forest, across flower strewn meadows and crossing streams. You will reach Tharepati pass (3690m) which consists of a few Goths and lodges on a fine open plateau. From the top of this famous ridge the trail descends through the forest, climbing in and out of ravines across and crossing sandy river beds the head of the valley. Cliffs tower above as we ascend to Ghopte.

       

    6. Day 6 Ghopte – Phedi (3630m)

      Today we take it easy and complete this half day trek in anticipation of crossing Lauribinayak pass (4610m) pass the following morning. This is the opportunity to look out for red panda when we meet out local guide at the hut. These pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add an additional 18 inches. The pandas use their ringed tails as wraparound blankets in the chilly mountain heights. We have seen their footprints in the snow outside the refuge. Red pandas have a taste for bamboo but, unlike their larger relatives, they eat many other foods as well—fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. We keep flexibility in mind here in case it is best to continue for weather or group reasons.

    7. Day 7 Phedi - Lauribina pass (4610m) - Gosaikunda lake (4460m)

      We climb from the refuge to the spectacular Lauribina pass (4610m) and then drop down to Gosaikunda lake (4460m) and it takes about seven hours. From the top of Lauribina pass, you get an excellent views of Rolwaling, Jugal Himal, Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Langshisha (6427 m.) and many other snow caped mountains and peaks. We climb down 300 m down passing four lakes with spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna to reach Gosaikunda Lake. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. There are few tea houses and lodges at the lakeside. Gosaikunda lake is a holy lake where people gather during the month of August to pay homage to God Mahadev (Shiva). There is held a big fair during this time on full moon day.

    8. Day 8 Gosaikunda lake – Chadanbari {Sing Gompa) – Deurali - Dhunche (2250m). - 6 hrs

      We will trek from Gosainkunda to Dhunche and it takes about 6 hours via Sing Gompa Buddhist monastery (3330m). However, its major attraction is the yak-cheese factory, where the owner is happy to show off his store and explain the cheese making procedure. This is a descending trail all the way through and we will follow mainly forest paths in the afternoon. On the way, we can see the view of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal, Manaslu Range and the good view of Dorje Laktpa (6966m). We trek downhill all the way to Ghatte Khola (stream) passing forest, a small village Dimsa and terraces. Overnight in tea house.

    9. Day 9 Return to Kathmandu

      Drive from Dhunche (1960m) to Kathmandu takes about eight hours once we have checked out of the national park. You drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas on a rough road/track. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is through gravel and bumpy road and then well paved road up to Kathmandu.

    10. Day 10 Departure Day

      Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you will be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.