Descent to Dhunche
Sing Gompa
Descent from Gosaikunda lakes
Approaching Gosaikunda
Approaching Gosaikunda
Lauribina pass
Approaching Lauribina pass
Climbing up to Lauribina pass
Red panda forest
Descent from Theripati
Thadepati pass
Thadepati pass
Chisipani - Mangengoth
Gosaikunda lakes
Red panda

Helambu Gosaikunda lakes trek, Nepal – 12 Days OCT I APR


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 – 12 Days OCT I APR.

    Helambu Gosaikunda Lakes Trek, Nepal – 12 Days

    Duration:  14 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.


    • 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.

    Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

    Day 2: Tour the ancient temples of Kathmandu

    Day 3: Transfer to Sundarijal and walk Sundarijal – Chisopani

    Day 4: Trek Chisopani – Kutumsang

    Day 5: Trek Kutumsang –  Mangengoth

    Day 6: Trek Mangengoth –  Gopte

    Day 7: Trek to Gopte – Phedi

    Day 8: Trek Phedi – Gosainkunda Lakes

    Day 9: Trek Gosainkunda Lakes – Chadanbari {Sing Gompa) – Deurali – Dhunche (2250m)

    Day 10: Drive from Dhunche (1960m) to Kathmandu

    Day 11: Kathmandu rest day

    Day 12: Departures

    Day 13: Rest day to enjoy the shops and sights of Kathmandu

    Day 14: Fly home




    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 transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 or 4 star hotel
    • Welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
    • Entry Permit for Langtang National Park
    • Information Management system (TIMS) card trekking fee.
    • All necessary transportation
    • International Mountain Leader and Nepali porter guide
    • Included meals: All meals while trekking, breakfasts in Kathmandu, welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. The food available in the tea houses is brilliant, there is a large selection of western, Chinese and Nepalese food available for you to choose from. We do not want you to be restricted in your menu choices and want you to enjoy the vast menus and locally grown produce of the tea houses.
    • Afternoon tea and biscuits while trekking
    • Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
    • All transportation for duration of tour (unless otherwise stated)
    • Entrance fees and trekking permits
    • Porters for carrying your bags whilst trekking
    • Guided tour of the three temples of Kathmandu
    • Sufficient means of communication. Satellite phones can be rented on request for £10 per day.
    • Guides will check in with our office to get regular bespoke weather updates and confirm locations
    • Financial protection: We are IPP London protected as a UK based tour operator
    • Pre-departure support and advice by email, phone and face to face meetings if you would like.
    • After booking with us we will send you a highly informative and comprehensive trip information pack
    • Remote medical support from specialist doctors
    • Small groups. No more than 12 people on a set departure trip
    • Our teams are supported with plenty of staff so you can walk at your own pace. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
    • Our guides and porters are paid fairly, properly equipped and fully insured for rescue and medical emergencies
    • Map of the Langtang valley
    • T shirt
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    Red panda forest
    Red panda forest
    • 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 and 2 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 or the fabulous Kathmandu Guesthouse. Rest day and a chance to explore Kathmandu.

    2. Day 3 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. It is a busy picnic spot of the valley-dwellers on public holidays. Lush greenery, sources of water and serene environment greet us as soon as we reach there. 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 Chisapani (2300m.) For small groups, it is also possible to get a 4×4 to Chisapani in 2 hours.

      Walking through a few settlements and a lot of forest with variety of birds and chances of sighting animals, we arrive at Chisapani. There is an added fun of having packed lunch on the way. The total duration of the hike is nearly five hours. Chisapani is a Sherpa village, offering grand views of the mountains. Relieve yourself in the evening by watching a picturesque sunset from the village, and retire to a teahouse to spend the night.



    3. Day 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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). 

    8. Day 9 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 10 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 11 Kathmandu day

      Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. One can take cultural tours to the various heritage sites such as the Kathmandu Hanuman Dhoka, Patan, Bhaktapur and the Buddhist stupas such as the Boudhanath and the Swayambhunath. While in the city, one can visit the many museums like the Natural Art History Museum, the Taragoan Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Kaiser Library, the Nepali Art Council Gallery and many more. Kathmandu also has a Jazz festival known as Jazzmandu during October/November.

    11. Day 12 Departures

      Airport transfers. If departing, you will be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.


    We will stay in the fabulous Kathmandu Guesthouse, assuming available, which is 4* and more pleasing than any of the hotels we tried. It has excellent coffee, beautiful relaxing outdoor space and tranquil atmosphere.

    Wellness facilities
    • Full body massage
    • Hand massage
    • Head massage
    • Couples massage
    • Foot massage
    • Neck massage
    • Back massage
    • Spa Facilities
    • Massage Additional charge
    • Spa and wellness centre


    Lodges en route are simple and dormitory of bedroom style with blankets available to add to your sleeping bag. Some days we eat in the lodge or alternatively your guide will cook depending on the location. There are a few choices and our guide will direct us to the best available option. The teahouse accommodation is quite rustic. There is never more than two people per room and the rooms are always kept clean. We spend a few nights above 3,500m sea level and it can be below freezing. A good-quality sleeping bag is essential.Ghopte


    You will carry your day pack, lunch, snacks and water plus your wash kit and sleeping bag liner. We will provide a full kit list and further explanation on booking.

    The Gosainkunda Lakes and Helambu regions are slightly off the main tourist trail.

    This trip is  fairly demanding and on some days, we’ll walk up and down steep hills for 6-8 hours. We can easily accommodate the different paces of a group.


    You’ll need a passport with 6-month’s validity as well as a Nepalese visa. The best way to obtain this is to buy it on entry to Nepal in any major currency but not Nepali Rupees. Typically, the cost is $30 for 15 days.

    You should visit your GP or a health professional at least 4-6 weeks before you travel to check which vaccinations you may need.

    Yes you will need to acclimatise for this trek. Please check the guidelines for trekking up to 5000m.

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