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The Langtang Region of Nepal has been regarded to be one of the most natural areas in Nepal, untouched by the waves of modernization and urbanization. Though it is situated near the capital, the Langtang region and its inhabitants have managed to uphold the age-old grace and natural beauty of the region, without letting it be ruined by modern day needs. The Gosainkunda trek is one such trek, taking us deep within the mystical Langtang valley to explore its raw, rugged nature.
Along the roaring Bhote Koshi, the trek to Gosainkunda is an adventure worth embarking upon. The trails when clear, offers the views of the exquisite looking snow-capped peaks of the Helambu region. Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Shishapangma and other Tibetan peaks offer a welcome sight and ease away the pain in the aching muscles during the trek.
The opportunity to mix in with the ethnic inhabitants of the Langtang region is in itself a glorious experience not to be missed. The trail takes us through Tibetan and Buddhist influenced regions, inhabited mostly by ethnic tribes. Exploring the religious affinity and the cultural variations of people residing in the region is another experience worth exploring.
The major attraction of the Gosainkunda Trek, as the name suggests, is the Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda is a Hindu pilgrimage site visited by thousands of internal tourists. 108 more associated lakes surround the Gosakinda Lake, which is frozen for half a year during winter. The views from this region are worth capturing. The tough trek is suitable to be carried out by trekkers with little or no previous experience too. The itinerary is designed in a way that makes it possible for the body to adapt with the changing altitudes.
The wilderness and the raw natural beauty put forward by the Gosainkunda trek welcomes trekkers of all kinds. Explore this paradise of mystical natural beauty and you are surely set to come back for more.
Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the raw and mystical Langtang region of Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.
You have the rest of the day free to stroll around the streets of the throbbing capital city or or you can also opt to take a day off and rest. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and recharge for the adventure to follow.
The adventurous trek into the depths of the Helambu region of Nepal starts today. We start off with an early morning drive towards Timbu. The drive takes us through Bahunepati and Melamchi Bazaar. The 7-hour drive takes us to the village of Timbu after passage through the Jogin Danda. From here, it is an uphill walk to Sermathang.
Sermanthang is a Hyolmo village which is adorned with glimpses of the Tibetan and Buddhist influence that the region possesses. Hyolmo tribes are influenced greatly by the Buddhist and Tibetan heritage. Sermanthang is home to a Buddha statue and a monastery which can be visited in the evening. Hyolmo people depend on animal husbandry and are welcoming inhabitants who will surely make us feel at home. Approximately 7-hour of drive and 3-hour trek.
Today, we wake up to excellent sunrise views from our lodge. This day takes us through alternating flat and downhill path to reach the village of Tarkeghyang. The trail takes us through forests of rhododendron. We will firstly pass through the Sherpa village of Ghyangul and then through the Ghyang village. Tarkheghyang is an hour’s walk from the Ghyang village. The largest village in the Helambu region, this village is also home to the ethnic Hyolmo tribes.
Tarkheghyang village is situated in the middle of a forest and is in an area high above the river. This village is adorned by Gompas and monasteries which are worth exploring. People here live mostly through animal husbandry and generally move to India for business opportunities during the winter season. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
We will use this day to acclimatize to the altitude and hike up to the famous Ama Yangri peak (3500m). Ama Yangri is considered to be the protector of the entire Hyolmo valley. Ama Yangri is considered to be a Dakini who became a goddess protector of Helambu by the help of her compassion. On the month of Chaitra (March or April), there is a big festival held in the honor of Ama Yangri.
The top of the Ama Yangri peak consists of a Chhorten of the Goddess Ama Yangri. There are age-old caves on the way to the top of the peak. The top is not just a spot for pilgrimage significance but is also home to views of the exquisite mountain peaks. Mesmerizing views of the snowcapped mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal and Langtang makes the trip to the top even more interesting.
We start off today with a steep downhill walk. The trail comes to an end by reaching the roaring MelamchiKhola down the valley. The crystal clear stream of Melamchi is crossed before we continue to our destination further upwards. The trail from this point onwards is a steep uphill climb through a forest to the Melamchi Gaon.
The undulating path of the day comes to an end with the village which is equipped with modern day facilities and yet retains its raw and natural beauty. Mani walls and colored flags adorn the region. Tibetan influence can be clearly seen in the dressing sense and the houses in this village. Melamchi Gaon is home to a huge number of houses and an old school. Animal husbandry is the major profession of Hyolmo tribes residing in the region. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
This day takes us through rough and steep uphill trials. There are no teahouses along the way, and we will be carrying packed lunch to last throughout the day. This day showcases the real, raw, wild nature of Nepal as the scenery rapidly changes from forests of rhododendron to that of fir and oak. We will make our way through bushes of bamboo to reach the village of Tharepati.
The path today can be called as one of the best ridges walks among all trials in Nepal. Sparsely forested areas, alternated by little greenery, takes us to the village of Tharepati. On a clear day, the trial showcases the mind-boggling views of the magnificent peaks of Langtang and Gosainkunda shining at us in full glory. Tharepati itself is a viewpoint of sorts, offering views of the magnificent Tibetan peaks, Gyangchampo, Shishapangma and the entire Dorjee Lakpa range glistening before us. This village is famous for a verity of flowers, mostly orchids. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
The trek today takes us to the base point of the trek to Gosainkunda. The trail is a descending one at first. We pass through rhododendron jungles, which paint the entire region red in spring. Bamboo forests alternate with rhododendron forests and guide our way downwards to the village of Ghopte. From here, it is an uphill walk to reach Phedi. The scenery changes as we now pass through trees of pine. The steep uphill walk takes us to the base for the next day at Phedi. This day is devoid of views of mountain peaks. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
This is a challenging yet an extremely adventures day. A mixed trail, alternated by steep uphill climb makes the day exhausting yet a memorable one. This is also the day that we reach the highest point of our trek. The trek starts off with a steep uphill walk of about 5 hours, to finally reach the Laurebinayak Pass (4610 m). This pass offers never before view of the entire mountain ranges of the Helambu region.
From atop the pass, the azure blue waters of several lakes down below including the likes of Gosainkunda, Bhairabkundaetc are seen. Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and the entire Dorjee Lakpa range make the views worth capturing. The views of the glistening, snow-capped mountain peaks push us along a descending path to Gosainkunda. Many lakes are present along the way to Gosainkunda. Suryakunda, Bhairabkunda are the lakes in the region to name a few. Yala Peak, Cherpo Peak etc shine down at us as we reach the famous pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda. Approximately 6 hours trek.
This is yet another day that helps us mix in and explore the cultural and religious significance of the Helambu region of Nepal. We climb on to the Laurebinayak and drop down through the steep downhill path to reach the Sing Gompa today. Beautiful Himalayan range greets us and pushes us forward on our way. The exquisite views of the LangtangLirung (7227 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m) and even the Annapurna range on a clear day, is unparalleled to any.
Along the path, we pass through forested ridges. We pass through Chogompati which is known for the presence of red pandas. Sing Gompa is home to the famous Sing Gompa. Also home to a famous cheese factory, this settlement is also home to the Chandan Bari, filled with trees of Sandalwood. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
We descend downward mainly through forest trials today. Rhododendrons can be seen in full bloom during the spring season and the trees paint the entire region red with the blooming flowers.
ThuloSyabru is home to views of the mesmerizing mastiffs like LangtangLirung. On a clear day, you can also see the views of the beautiful Tibetan peaks around us. We get a chance to mix in with the welcoming ethnic inhabitants of this region today. After lunch, we will the settlement of Syabrubesi which brings an end to this wonderful trek. Syabrubensi is where the BhoteKoshi and the Trishuli rivers meet. The walk from ThuloSyabru to Syabrubesi is a short one. We start off with a downhill path through rhododendron forests for about three hours to reach Syabrubesi.
It is now time to bid farewell to the raw, untouched Langtang valley and return back to the throbbing capital. Leaving the glory of silence and wild nature behind, we embark on a drive back to Kathmandu. we reach the capital after a 6 to 7-hour drive through the banks of the Trishuli River.
On the afternoon, you will have time to yourself. Depending upon your interest, you can either relax in the premises of the hotel or go out to explore the capital city. Approximately 6-7 hours of drive.
For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.
The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.
The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
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
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Pokhara or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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The Gosainkunda & helambu trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the Annapurna region and is considered a moderate one. It is required that you have a good hiking experience before embarking on the journey. The trek passes through different types of terrains, and the roads change quite often. Muddy road, rock steps, and steep ascents and descents are extremely common. It is crucial that you know how to place your footing in the most precipitous of areas, prone to loose rocks and transverse with creeks. As altitude gains, the trek becomes harder. It is recommended hence that you give resting as much importance as walking. There are risks associated with Altitude Sickness one your cross the 3000m mark. However, with proper acclimatization, you can complete the trip with almost no altitude sickness at all.
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