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 a good facility of communication since the internet, telephone and mobile service is available in the various points.
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
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. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give a 24-hour emergency response to an accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
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 center 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 a picnic spot as well. Then the sheer stairs in the various places go 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 encountered 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 a report and give a 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 a northern range of the 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 village 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 meadow, 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 a 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 a stick. In this point if you could walk without a 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 a long steep cliff and fantastic panoramic meadow 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 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 a hill with Tamang people in the 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 town 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)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Accommodation in Lodge during the trek.
Welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Up to 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12kg capacity bag, and trekking map are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
Langtang National Park Permit
Shivapuri National Park Permit
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trek
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Hiking shoes.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 14
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipment & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to ensure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under a sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
A cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.