LANGTANG VALLEY AND HELAMBU TREK - Alpinist Club

LANGTANG VALLEY AND HELAMBU TREK

Group Size

5-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Hotel, Lodge

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

4773 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The magnificent views of the high Himalayan mountains.
  • The discovery of Tamang, Sherpa, and Newar villages.
  • The ascent to the Gosainkund lakes, grandiose belvedere.
  • An uncrowded, varied trek that stays below 5000 meters above sea level.

trip introduction

Langtang valley and Helambu trek lie on the  North of Kathmandu, you can make pleasant trekking in the Langtang Helambu range away from the classical circuits. Halfway between the Annapurnas and the Rolwaling Himal, not far from the Shishapangma (8012 m), it offers several peaks of great magnitude such as Langtang Lirung (7225 m) and Dorje Lhakpa (6990 m). The latter, a magnificent glacial pyramid, sits at the bottom of the valley.

Langtang valley and Helambu trek ascent of Tsergo Ri (5033 m) mark the ultimate point reached during the course. At the top, a spectacular panorama awaits you: to the northwest the Langtang Lirung (7225 m). Southwest, the Naya Kanga (5844 m). Finally Yansa Tsenji (6575 m) to the north. At your feet, the entire valley of Langtang stretches to Tibet.

Encircled by numerous glacial passes of difficult access, the only way out is the Laurebina pass (4610 m). To approach it, we climb to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, water reserves that are the subject of an annual Hindu pilgrimage. From the pass, the view is clear on Manaslu and Annapurnas. The numerous lodges that dot the course guarantee a good quality of accommodation.

The spring and autumn seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights. During these seasons, you will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery. Which makes the spring and autumn season the busiest time to trek in Nepal. 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

As soon as we leave Kathmandu, the road rises and crosses a small pass to Kakani, at 2 145 meters above sea level. On a clear day, the panorama is superb: on our left the Annapurna II, the Manaslu, and in front of us the massif of Ganesh Himal. The road then plunges to the broad valley of Trisuli to reach the big town of the same name. Then we go up by a winding road to Shyabru Bensi with a stop at Kalikhastan, the entry point into Langtang National Park. 8 hours drive.

approximately 8 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,460 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

today we will rough climb for this first day of warm-up. Gatlang is one of the first Tamang villages visited on our team.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

Gatlang is composed mainly of the Tamang ethnic group, people of Tibetan-Mongol origin with their own language and culture. Along the way, it is not uncommon to observe men and women in traditional costumes. After a descent through the terraced crops, we go up the other side of the valley to join Tatopani (“hot water” in Nepali). Splendid view of the Ganesh Himal range, including the Paldor (5930 m).

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,610 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

 

If you wish, you can take a morning bath in the big pools of hot water with the Nepalese. We continue our ascent to the pass of Nagthali (3165 m) before reaching the charming village of Thuman. crossing the pass, we leave behind the chain of Ganesh Himal to find ourselves facing that of Langtang. The peaks of the Langtang II (6560 m) and Langtang Lirung (7225 m) are imposing on us for this day of walking.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,340 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

At the bottom of the valley, we cross the road connecting Lhasa to Kathmandu, subsidized by Beijing and that wanting the counterpart of that passing more east of Kathmandu. Fortunately, there is less traffic. We drive along the Bhote Koshi River before climbing to the village of Briddim, surrounded by terraced fields and orchards.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,230 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

The classic route of the Langtang Valley begins 600 meters lower! We take the opportunity to stay level by taking a path of shepherds making us enjoy the ridge leading to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, another beautiful trekking Langtang. After the village of Sherpagaon and a clear and clear landscape, we descend gently towards the forest towards Changtang, called Lama Hotel (name of the first lodge built in this hamlet).

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,470 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

We climb gradually into the forest and some openings between the trees let us contemplate the clear blue river below. Then, at the turn of a clearing, the Langtang Lirung (7246 m) makes its appearance, majestic. The trail crosses a suspension bridge and climbs through the yak meadows to Ghora Tabela, a pastoral village occupied mainly by Tibetans. The trail climbs regularly in the valley widening as we progress. We meet several typical Tamang houses, as well as the first manis, the prayer walls. The arrival to Langtang, a village recognizable by its Tibetan-style houses with flat roofs, is imminent.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,400m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

The trail winds through the largest village in the valley and join a ridge dominated by a large square chorten and its long prayer wall. From there, access to a small moraine allows contemplating the gompa of Kyanjin: the site is magnificent. Then a short descent towards the lodges and the local cheese dairy.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,870 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

In the afternoon you can take an excursion to Kyanjin Ri (4773 m) which offers a remarkable view: Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Yala Peak (5050 m), Langshisha Ri (6560 m), massive Urkeinmang Himal (6143 m), among many other peaks. If you do not want to go on this excursion, you can go up the wide Langtang Valley, which rises very gently, towards the summer pastures of the yaks.

 

 

Day dedicated to the discovery of the Upper Langtang Valley. The Tsergo Ri, from where the wide circular view imposes itself as a belvedere, offers a grandiose panorama: Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Naya Kanga (5846 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Langshisa Ri (6427 m), Ganchenpo (6378 m) and, in the distance, the summit of Shishapangma (8013 m). The return trip is a good day of effort. The terrain does not present any particular difficulties other than altitude. The end of the course, among large blocks of rock, is demanding.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,984m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

Descent by the same path as the one way.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,470 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

Descent by the way of the go by following the Langtang Khola, until taking a small way on our left. The path is a little rough among the ferns. We arrive at a sumptuous belvedere. Sometime later, we come to a flat and see the village of Thulo Shyabru. Suspended at a crest with its white chorten at the entrance of the village, it is a beautiful belvedere in the foothills of Tibet. At dusk, the changing colors of the trees, hills, and snow-covered peaks of the distance leave pleasant memories and delight photographers.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,250 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

 

The road leaves us little choice: we have to climb a hard climb in laces on the hill overlooking Shyabru. We spend most of the time covered, in a rainforest where a few monkeys jump from one tree to another, before reaching Dursagang (2550 m). The slope softens, then the last effort allows us to reach the top of the ridge at 3,360 meters, on a balcony with a wide view of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges. We arrive at Sing Gompa, a charming village with its small cheese factory and monastery along the way.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

The trail climbs steeply to the top of a ridge until Laurebina Yak (3930 m). The landscape is revealed, majestic: Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung. The climb continues passes  4,400 meters, and dives to the largest lake, dedicated to Shiva, a place of pilgrimage in August for thousands of Hindus.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,380 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

Snaking from one lake to another, the trail climbs to the Laurebina pass (4610 m) through a moraine area: a pretty view from the pass. On the opposite slope, the descent is steep and stony. The path, at the edge of a stream, goes up and down like a roller coaster.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,430m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

The trail rises towards Tharepati on a ridge (3490 m). We see Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma, and Khumbu! The descent on the other side is beautiful, through forests and pastures. A few more roller coasters, then a steep descent, and we arrive at Magen Goth (3220 m), an alpine pastoral area with many shepherds’ shelters. One more climb up to Panghu Danda Ridge (3345 m). From there, by a steep descent, we reach the village of Kutumsang, located on a flat surface.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,470m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

Today, wake up normally as usual in the treks. After breakfast, we head to Melamchi Ghyang. Difficult step on often stony paths in “roller coasters” on the mountainside through a forest of rhododendrons and junipers. Passage to Thade Pati (3654m), We pass through the huge forest of rhododendrons, then a long descent to Melamchi Ghyang (2555m).

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,555 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

The trail descends and then falls rapidly through paddy fields to the Melamchi Khola River. After crossing the bridge suspended, the trail begins its long climb to Tarke Ghyang, a picturesque village hung on a corniche the river, and the bigger village of Helambu.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,570 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge.

 

About 3 hours of walking. 5 hours drive. The trail descends gradually through meadows and cultivated fields towards Melamchi Pul Bazar. On the way, you cross several old villages. Easy walking with beautiful mountain scenery and meeting with locals. After arriving at Melamchi Bazar, return to Kathmandu by bus (5 hours drive).

approximately 8 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes  of driving 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

 
Best Time to Visit

WHEN TO GO NEPAL

 AUTUMN

During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER

Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high-altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING

From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER

In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  •  Private jeep described in the program.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

 Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.
  • Tips

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

 DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles,

 

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