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Helambu to Langtang Trek

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Langtang Helambu trek is one of the most popular and appreciated trekking trail in the Langtang Trekking region. Situated close to Tibetan border in the north of Kathmandu the trek offers an outstanding opportunity to explore culturally rich traditional villages, dense forest providing habitat to diverse range of wild animals such as Red panda, Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan thar, Ghoral, Serow, Rhesus monkey and common langur which is further accompanied by great Himalayan grandeur of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak and Naya kanga. The Helambu region extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of Gosainkunda and lower slopes of Jugal Himal has many highland Tamang and Sherpa villages on the both sides of Melamchi Khola.

This extravagant trek starts with short drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful village of Sundarijal. From here we will begin to trek through the unspoiled region and explore the virgin beauty of Helambu. Following the trail through the Thare danda we will cross Laurbina La (4600m) and make our way to the holy lakes at Gosainkunda which offers the magnificent view of Peaks of Rolwaling and distant Khumbu. From Syabru we will make our way to heart of Langtang at the monastery village of Kyanjin. From Kyanjin we have the optional trek to Tsergo Ri(4984m) which offers the magnificent view Shisha pangma. From here we will fly back to Kathmandu via helicopter from the STOL airstrip at Kyanjin which gives an aesthetic feeling to the whole trip.

Generally trekking here is quite easy and follows the good paths throughout. Our itinerary is designed in such a way that you are provided with sufficient acclimatization period and ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. To complete this trek you need to walk 4-6hours daily. An optional hike to Tsergo Ri is not technically difficult but it can be challenging. Beside all these the trek is rewarding and gives you a larger than life feeling.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisapani (2095m); 4-5hours

Early in the morning after having breakfast we will ride to Sundarijal, below the Shivapuri Ridge which is the starting point of our trek. From here the trail steadly goes uphill through the villages inhabited by Tamang people and dense forest and Rhododendron and Oak to our camping site in chisapani.

Day 03: Trek to Gal Bhanjyang

The trek starts with a descent crossing alpine pastures and fields. Enjoying the magnificent vista of Langtang Himal we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and then to our camping site in Gul Bhanjyang.

Day 04: Trek to Mangengoth (3250m)

The trail steeply goes uphill to Thodang Danda and then to Panghu Danda. We will camp in Mangengoth.

Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3490m)

From Mangengoth the trek continues along the ridge with the magnificent views of Himalayas to our camping site in Tharepati.

Day 06: Trek to Surche

Approaching the Laurebina the day’s trek continues to our camping site in Surche via Gopte.

Day 07: Trek to Laurebina Camp (3900m)

The trail goes uphill to the Laurebina La (4600m) and drop down to our camping site via Gosainkund Lakes.

Day 08: Trek to Syabru (2100m)

The trek goes downhill to our camping site in the village of Syabru which is situated in the ridge just above the entrance to Langtang valley.

Day 09: Trek to Lama Hotel (3500m)

As the trail drop down to Langtang valley we begin a gradual climb beside the river to Ghodatabela. From here we continue the walk through the forest of Bamboo, Rhododendron, Pine and Oak to our camping site in Lama Hotel.

Day 10: Trek to Langtang Village (3430m)

Leaving Lama Hotel behind us we climb up the valley and distinctly vegetation becomes sparse and the peaks tower above. Continuing the trek through open country along with mesmerizing mountain views we arrive to our camping site in Langtang village.

Day 11: Trek to Kanjin Gompa (3870m)

Continuing the uphill walk of Langtang Khola we reach our camping site in Kanjin Gompa. This highest settlement of the valley is situated in the lap of sky-scrapping Langtang Lirung. This one of a kind place is ideal to explore and has many small peaks to climb.

Day 12: Explore Kanjin Gompa

Today we will explore the area, options include ascent to Tsergo Ri (4984m) for the astonishing view of Shishapangma along with many other Himalayas.

Day 13: fly back to Kathmandu

A short walk from our camping site takes us to the STOL airport of Langtang. From here we board our helicopter and fly through the Himalayas back to Kathmandu. As we arrive Kathmandu we check into our hotel and rest of the day is free for either relaxing or sightseeing or shopping.

Day 14: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will indulge ourselves in the surreal of Kathmandu valley. We will pay our visit to Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Bhaktapur Durbar square. In the evening we will meet in our office and conduct briefing on our Kanchanjunga trek by trekking guide.

Day 15: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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