This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal, among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country. Lying 30 km north of Kathmandu, Helambu is the most accessible trekking region in Nepal. The trek starts from Syabru, after driving 150 km from Kathmandu. The trail gradually ascends upstream along the Bhote Kosi River, passing through the forests of the Langtang valley to the alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin. After an ascent of Kyangjin Ri (4773m), from where the 360 degree mountain views are truly spectacular, the trail goes to Thulo Syabru. From here, we further trek to the sacred Gosainkunda Lake situated at an elevation of 4336 meters and to Kathmandu via the lovely Helambu region.
>GRADE :Moderate (grade explanation)
>SEASON : september to december and february to may
>MODE OF TREK : tea house.
>MAX.ELEVATION : 4610m (Laurebina pass)
-Kathmandu city tour.
-Explore Langtang valley.
-Hiking up to Kyanjin Ri 4350 meters.
-Visiting the sacred lake of Gosaikunda.
-Crossing over Laurebina Yak 4610 meters.
-Explore Helambu Valley.
D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.
D-2: visit of Kathmandu: Durbar Square and its bazar, temples, Royal Palace, the goddess Kumaris home.
Afternoon: visit of the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath, one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal, worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.
Visit of Pashupatinath, the Benares of Nepal, dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati River and visit of Bouddhanath and its famous Stupa, one of the biggest in southern Asia.
D-3: KTM-Dhunche by bus (1950 m): 7h
D-4: Dhunche-Syabru (2250 m): 5h
The route leads us to a ridge, we walk through forests, then we descent to the charmant village of Syabru, a Tamang village.
D-5: Syabru-Lamahotel (2380 m): 6h
From Syabru the path descends to the river bed (1600 m) then we follow the valley through the rhododendrons forest by a gradual ascent.
D-6: Lamahotel-Langtang (3400 m): 6h
We spend the main part of the day ascending gradually in the forest, sometimes we can see the Langtang Lirung (7246 m), then the forest ends and we merge in yak pastures and meadows in a U-shape valley. Langtang is a Tibetan style village inhabited by Tamang people.
D-7: Langtang-Kyangjing (3870 m): 4/5h
We continue in this grass-carpeted valley, we pass many Tibetan Mani stone walls, to the north we can see the Langtang Range with the highest peak, the Langtang Lirung, to the south is another range of mountains with the Naya Kanga peak (5846 m).
Kyangjing is located in a wide U-shape valley with yak pastures and meadows, surrounded by set of peaks. There is also a monastery there.
D-8: ascent of Kyangji Ri (4773 m): 3h
The Kyangji Ri is one of the best scenic point: vast 360 panorama over set of peaks and glaciers.
Descent to Kyangjin.
D-9: Descent to Lama Hotel by the same route: 6h
D-10: Lama Hotel-Syabru: 6h
D-11: Syabru-Singompa (3360 m): 7h
From Syabru its a long ascent through forests until a ridge top (3000 m), then the route follows the ridge path surrounded by rhododendrons to the overnight lodgings at SinGompa.
D-12: SinGompa-Gosainkund (4360 m): 6h
After a first ridge at 3400 m, the route climbs wide ridges from which Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal are visible. The mountain slope eases when we approach the first lake, then we pass a 2nd lake and a last short climb brings us to the main lake where there are few lodges.
This lake is holy; on the lake shore are a linga and yoni representation of Shiva.
D-13: Gosainkund-Ghopte (3560m) via the Laurebina pass (4610 m): 7h
The ascent to the pass is not technically difficult, its a gradual ascent on a moraine terrain. From the top to Ghopte there is no lodge, only some stone huts, its a long descent into a wide valley along a gentle slope and the mountain flank. Many up and down on the final phase.
D-14: Ghopte-Tharepati (3640 m): 5h
The route follows an up and down mountain path on the side of the valley through dense forests.
D-15: Tharepati-Tarkegyang (2590 m): 6h
We descend to the river bed of the Malemchi Khola (1900m) then ascent to the Sherpa village of Tarkegyang. We are now in the Helambu region inhabited by Sherpa people.
D-16: Tarkegyang-Sermathang (2610 m):3h
Tranquil day, many villages and lifestyle scenery.
D-17: Sermathang-Malemchi (830m): 6h
Now we descend through forets, terrace fields, we pass many villages.
D-18: drive back to KTM (7h)
D-19: rest day in KTM
D-20: Transfert to airport and return.
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