16 days
Availability : September through June
Max Altitude: 4610 m
Trip Grade: Easy to Moderate
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 14


Trekkers mistakenly overlook the valleys of Langtang and Helambu for the Annapurna and Everest regions. Although only a day’s drive from Kathmandu this region is a relatively isolated wilderness with sacred lakes and great snowcapped peaks. Langtang is situated north of Kathmandu Valley, bordering Tibet, whilst Helambu Valley lies north east of the valley, bordering Langtang. Both of these areas are predominately inhabited by Tibetans and Tamangs who share a similar religion, language and attire.

The trek traverses from the west to the east crossing extremely diverse landscapes: rice-terraces, gigantic rhododendron and fir forests in the lowlands, and in the highest parts you will find a rock and shrub wilderness with incredible backdrops of snowy peaks, and an arena of glaciers below Langtang Lirung (7,225m). A climb to the summit of Kyanjin Ri opens up a magnificent panorama of Langtang Lirung, Langshisha Ri (6,427m) and fluted and tent peaks of summits greater than 6,000m. The route passes by the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda (4,380m), a pilgrimage spot where during the full moon festival in August flow hundreds of pilgrims. Across the Lauribinayak Pass (4,610m) towards the Helambu Valley we pass through numerous picturesque Sherpa villages. In all, a truly magical and spiritual journey.


Climbing to Kyanjin Ri’s viewpoint for a panorama of summits greater than 6,000m
Traversing alpine pastures to arrive at the amphitheatre of huge glaciers at Kyanjin Gompa
Immersing in the peace and tranquility of Gosainkunda’s sacred lakes
Crossing over Lauribinayak La at 4,610m
Immersion into Buddhist culture


Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Drive to Syabru Besi

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast lunch and dinner.
Alt. 1503m. Drive 5 hours
We drive northwards out of the Kathmandu Valley to Trisuli Bazaar. From here, our journey ascends above the valleys along a winding road. Shortly after entering Langtang National Park the road drops to cross the Trisuli Khola (river), continuing onwards we arrive at Syabru Besi, a Sherpa village where we stay the night. En route we pass through a number of villages many clinging to valley ridges, and there are spectacular views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan ra

Day 3 Lama Hotel

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2,410m. Trek 7 hours.
Walking into the heart of the Syabru Besi Valley we begin the day in a northwards direction following the Langtang Khola. Crossing the river the trail leads us into a forest alive with birds and the occasional troupe of monkeys. Further on, we come to the area which is famous for scrumptious honey; production takes place on the opposite river bank. The trail undulates constantly through forests of oak and rhododendron until the crossing of Langtang Khola On the left side of the river the trail climbs steeply up a winding rocky ridge of a rhododendron forest. As we climb, the rushing river that we have been following and listening to becomes a calming background noise as we arrive at Rimche, a small village that commands spectacular views of the green valley we have just walked through. Following a short descent we reach the Sherpa huts of Lama Hotel.

Day 4 Langtang

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3430m. Trek 6 hours.
Continuing to follow the river course we ascend through the forest; after passing Gumnachok there is a short steep climb before the trail brings us to Ghoratabela (2,992m).Here we encounter our first view of the snow capped peak Langtang Lirung (7,225m) and register at the first checkpoint, which is operated by the army. The trail continues to climb with the valley widening, after Thyangsyapu there are several level sections, which are a welcomed respite. Passing hamlets, small streams – some with water driven prayer wheels, and Mani stone walls before a gradual rise brings us to Langtang village. Inhabited by Sherpas, the architecture and layout of the land – arable fields with yaks and cattle grazing above the village, creates a strong Tibetan atmosphere. There is a small cheese factory where we can taste delicious yak cheese.

Day 5 Kyanjin Gompa

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3,830m. Trek 3 hours.
Climbing out of the village crossing yak pastures, we proceed on a short steep wide trail passing several Mani stone walls. Beyond the valley opens presenting the impressive Langtang Lirung and Ganchenpo (6,387m). The trail goes through the Tamang settlements of Mundu and Sindum, both of which exude a Tibetan feel. After crossing the Langtang Khola, Kyanjin Gompa comes into sight guarded by the snow peaks of Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kimshung. A short descent takes us in to Kyanjin Gompa a spectacular glacial amphitheatre. It is an excellent base for exploring, to the north west there is the Langtang Lirung glacier; in the east is Langshisa glacier; and Kyanjin Gompa Ri a smaller peak north of this delightful village.

Day 6 Kyanjin Gompa.

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3,830m. Trek 3 hours.
A day to explore. We commence with a climb to the summit of Kyanjin Ri (4,350m). A steep narrow trail, with Juniper bushes scattered along it, leads us there. Throughout the entire ascent we witness spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. At the top we are rewarded with breathtaking views of numerous snowcapped peaks with many of their glaciers at the valley floor: Langtang ll, Langtang Lirung, Langshisa Ri , Ganchenpo and many more peaks of 6,000m and above; across the valley is the peak of Naya Kang (5,844m) and Ganja La pass. This viewpoint offers one of the most stunning panoramas in Nepal, completely mesmerizing. Retracing our steps the steep descent takes half the time to reach the village. The afternoon is free to explore the village where you can visit the Swiss influenced cheese factory, Kyanjin’s old monastery – in August it celebrates a festival where food and drink is free to everyone, or explore one of the many surrounding glaciers.

Day 7 Lama Hotel

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2,410m. Trek 7 hours.
Leaving Kyanjin Gompa we retrace our route westwards down the valley, following the Langtang Khola, through Langtang to Ghoratabela then onwards to Lama Hotel. The trail leaves the alpine country and returns to deep forest.

Day 8 Thulo Syabru

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2,210m. Trek 6 hours.
Continuing down the valley to cross the Langtang Khola. Shortly we arrive at Pahara Hotel from where we take a sharp left to commence the steep climb through forest to the Sherpa village of Thulo Syabru. From here there are distant snowcapped views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal.

Day 9 Shin Gompa

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3330m. Trek 6 hours.
Leaving Thulo Syabru we begin with a steep climb to Dursagang. The gradient eases hereafter as the trail makes it way through forest that changes from pine to hemlock and rhododendron. With only an occasional sign of human habitation this tranquil route takes us to the ridge top and Shin Gompa Monastery, high above the Trisuli Khola. The valley views from here are spectacular.

Day 10 Gosainkunda

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3480m. Trek 6 hours.
Away from Shin Gompa the climb is less steep as we make our way through a juniper and pine forest to Chyolangpati, where appears an impressive snow lined horizon. Continuing our ascent up the steep ridge line an imposing view of Surya looms before us, in the west lies Himal Chuli (7,893), Manaslu (8,156m) Annapurnas and Ganesh Himal,whilst to the north is Langtang Lirung. In this protected haven the red panda is prevalent. Beyond the steep climb to Laurebina, we cross the ridge to its south side. Descending we catch our first sight of the sacred glacial lakes. There are numerous lakes associated with Gosainkunda but the most important ones are Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda and Gosainkunda. As we traverse the ridge this is the order in which we come across them. The third lake, Gosainkunda, is particularly revered, its holy waters are particularly significant at Gangadashahara when it becomes a place of pilgrimage for Hindus during August. It is believed the lake formed when Shiva drove his Tishil into the mountain side in search of water after drinking poison. Time is available to explore this special place and delight in the magnificent sunset.

Day 11 Ghopte via Laurebinayak Pass

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 3,530m. Trek 7 hours.
We climb out of the basin housing the lakes along a rugged trail, with cairns as way makers, to the summit of Laurebinayak Pass. En route we pass several smaller lakes. At 4,610m there is a breathtaking view of Surya peak and Langtang Himal in the north east and to the south lies Chhyarkung Chuli. The descent from the pass can be difficult as we traverse over scree and moraines, leveling as we approach Phedi (3,500m). The trail remains challenging from here as we descend. Leaving behind the arid terrain we travel through rhododendron forest and ravines as we head to Ghopte an unspoilt village with spectacular views to the south.

Day 12 Melamchi Gaon

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2,530m. Trek 5 hours.
In Helambu Valley the mountains are left behind, now we are steeped in unspoilt foothills and fascinating cultures; as we lose elevation the temperature rises and the landscape becomes greener. Steadily the trail makes it way through alpine landscape, at a small stream it ascends steeply leading us to the ridgeline of Tharepati, where there are stunning views of the surrounding Langtang range. Crossing the ridge we steeply descend through a large rhododendron forest that emerges out to open landscape. After crossing a small bridge followed by a short climb we will arrive at Melamchi Gaon, a picturesque and prosperous Sherpa village. The Sherpas welcome you warmly, and who are more than ready to chat about their culture and yours. The monastery here only operates during festivals but a visit can be arranged.

Day 13 Tarke Ghyang

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2600m. Trek 4 hours.
Descending from Melamchi Gaon we shortly arrive at a suspension bridge over the Melamchi Khola. The trail begins to climb as we plunge into the countryside of rich, fertile arable land. Passing by a number of settlements and small streams before a final ascent to Tarke Ghyang, which is situated on a ridge above Melamchi Khola. The village is the largest in Helambu and is very similar to Melamchi Gaon, Buddhism is predominant and the inhabitants have similar customs and beliefs, as well as having a penchant for conversation.

Day 14 Shermathang

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 2,590m. Trek 4 hours.
The trail away from Melamchi Gaon is flat and easy through beautiful forests. As we walk along the ridge to Gangjawal spectacular views of Melamchi Valley open up before us. As we continue, the views turn to rolling green hills with distant views of the Melamchi Khola. Villagers meanwhile attend to their land, as we continue traversing the flat trail to Shermathang. The village has a number of ancient monasteries that may be visited. Standing on the ridge to the south are valley views, whilst in the north there are distant views of the snowcapped Langtang Himal and Rolwaling ranges

Day 15 Melamchi Pull Bazaar

Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Alt. 870m. Trek 4 hours.
Our final day of walking is a descent to the Melamchi River. The trail gradually descends through villages, meadows and rice terraces. At a large Chorten (Buddhist temple) we descend a stone staircase until we reach the traditional village of Kakani, where we continue along a narrow trail of rice fields to a big suspension bridge that takes us to Melamchi Pull Bazaar.

Day 16 Kathmandu

Included meals breakfast. Alt. 1,350m. Drive 4 hours.
Drive back to Kathmandu, initially following the Melamchi River.

On your return to Kathmandu, you are free to further explore the city and its shops or simply chill out.

Cost Includes

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary.  Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings).  It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”

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