Helambu & Gosainkunda hiking holiday 13 Days

This lodge trek takes you from the Helambu region, through the Lauribina pass and along the seven lakes of Gosainkunda to Dunche. Helambu is inhabited by fascinating ethnic groups of Tamangs Gosainkunda area is located in the mountains between 4000 and 4600 meters with beautiful views, lakes, snow and rock walls.

One special aspect of this journey organized by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is that in the short time we’ll receive a representative picture of Nepal and the Himalayas. On the whole trek we stay in lodges, which are sometimes basic in nature. We start right away just north of Kathmandu and pass through the famous rhododendron forests of Helambu.
We get an impression of real Nepalese rural life and come by beautiful nature including the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda – places of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. In July countless pilgrims gather here for a ritual bath in the cold water. We finish the trek in a Tamang village in the Dunche region, and drive from there back to Kathmandu.
In this trek, there is good facility of communication since the internet, telephone and mobile service is available in the various points.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)
Day 3 Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal (1460 m) walk to Chisapani (2165 m)4-hours
Day 04: Chisapani -Gol Banjyang (2130 m)4-5 hours
Day 05: Gul Banjyang – Kyula Bhanjyang (3280 m)4-5 hours
Day 06: Kyuola Bhanjyang- Tharepati (3690 m) 3-4 hours
Day 07: Tharepati – Phedi (3730 m) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Phedi – Laurrbina Pass (4610 m) to Gosainkunda (4380 m)4-5 hours
Day 09: Gosainkunda-Sing Gompa (3,330 m) 3-4 hours
Day 10: Sing Gomba – Dhunche (1960 m) 3-hours
Day 11: Dhunche- Kathmandu by bus 7-8 hours
Day 12: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu 1337

Important Information:
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu 1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu drive – Sundarijal (1460 m), walk to Chisapani (2165 m) 4-5hours
We drive to Sundarijal bus stop, 15km far from the centre of Kathmandu city, for about one hour. A large drinking water project is located here. After the bus stop, we walk the route slightly goes uphill through the village first then a jungle. We go through an army barrack, a check post for Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park. Then we see a water reservoir. This point is picnic spot as well. Then the sheer stairs in the various places goes slightly through the Tamang village up to Mulkharka. Then the path goes through the jungle leading us to Chisapani.
There are a few small tea stalls where we can sit and enjoy a stunning view of the Kathmandu valley on the way. After Mulkharka it goes up through the dense jungle. We cross Burlang Bhanjyang (pass) at the altitude of 2472meters. The jungle in this area is full of wild animals like leopard, bear, jackal, monkey, deer and birds. So may have encounter with any of them. The forest is of pine, oak and rhododendron. The Mountain View from the pass is dazzling. After the pass we go slightly down to our campsite, Chisapani through the forest walking for about 40 minutes. There is a check post before our campsite. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Chisapani -Gol Banjyang (2130 m) 4-5 hours 
We are in the Helambu region. We can have a spectacular view of northern range of Himalayas from Chisapani. The path goes down in the beginning for some time through the beautiful meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang. Then we walk through the village called Thulo Bhanjyang, it is a Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetri village with a few shops and tea houses .Nearby is a glorious stupa (Buddhist) with the beautiful prayer flags. Then we head to another beautiful village called Chip Ling at 2170 meters where we have lunch. Then we head to Jhogin Danda from where we can have a nice view of the surrounding mountains. We continue walking through forests to Thotung Danda. We continue our path up to the Tamang village of Gul Banjyang where we camp for the night.
Day 05: Gul Banjyang – Kyula Bhanjyang (3280 m)  4-5 hours 
The path slightly goes up from Gul Banjyang to a pass at 2580 meters. From a grassy meadow we can look back over Gul Banjyang at large chorten which we had passed just yesterday. It is downhill to Khutumsang.This vilage has completely adjusted to trekkers. Almost every house in the village is a shop or lodge. There is a national park office here. Also a cave is there. The route continues north to Yurin Danda, with magnificent views of the peaks of Langtang and Gosainkunda. After Khutumsang the path goes uphill through pine and rhododendron forests. After crossing the Bhanjyang Kharka, a midow, we camp at Kyuola Bhanjyang.
Day 06: Kyuola Bhanjyang- Tharepati (3690 m) 3-4 hours 
The path goes slightly uphill to Mangengoth for half an hour in the beginning. Mangengoth is also a campsite for the trekkers with lodge and tea houses. Today we have short trek. We are trekking in the higher altitude; so slight acclimatization is needed. The first path is a bit steep, and then more gradually goes up and down. We pass through beautiful pine forests and meadows and arrive at Tharepati, the campsite. Since we have enough time, we can have a visit to Melamchigaon, a beautiful village.
Day 07: Tharepati – Phedi (3730 m) 4-hours 
The path is little hard today. From Tharepati the path to Gosainkunda goes to the northwest.  We descend towards Ghopte, after which the path goes quite “up and down” to Phedi through the Rhododendron forest. We spend the night in a lodge in Phedi.
Day 08: Phedi – Laurrbina Pass (4610 meters) to Gosainkunda (4380 m)4-hours 
The path still goes up. We walk enjoying the views around acclimatizing ourselves slowly. The beautiful views of the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna are spectacular. We cross the Lauribina Pass. The term ‘‘Lauribina’’ means climbing uphill without stick. In this point if you could walk without stick, you will be blessed by the Almighty, This is what the Nepali pilgrimages to Gosaikund believe. We finally descend to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda. It’s cold here and we are in really high mountains between snow-covered rocky peaks. The lakes look beautiful blue. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will take us around and above the lakes to see spectacular views.
Day 09: Gosainkunda-Sing Gompa (3,330 m) 3-hours 
From Gosaikunda the path goes flat in the beginning then downhill to Sing Gompa. We gradually go down along steep cliffs and fantastic panoramic medow and eventually get back to the tree line. Around the tree line Sing Gompa, we have in clear weather here magnificent view of Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Peak 29, Annapurna. Sing Gompa is a small village with an old monastery and a cheese factory. This place is called Chandanbari as well.
Day 10: Sing Gomba – Dhunche (1960 m) 3-4 hours 
The path goes steeply downhill to Dunche from Sing Gompa. First through beautiful forests in which we can distinguish three layers of huge tall spruce and underneath large rhododendrons and again below the low sweet-smelling herbs and ferns. Later in the day, we are more and more built on terraces. We pass through an army barrack and check post of Langtang National Park. We walk down to the stream which is originated from Gosaikunda Lake and have a lunch resting in one of the tea houses. We walk along the stream Trisuli heading Dhunche, the headquarter of Rasuwa Districts. This is a big town in hill with Tamang people in majority.
Day 11: Dhunche- Kathmandu by bus 7-8 hours 
A long journey (8 to 9 hours) with many villages on the way takes us from Dunche to Kathmandu,on the way we have lunch in Trishuli Bazar a small down in the bank of Trisuli River.
Day 12: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours 

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition..

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.