EXPLORING HELAMBU - 18 days
A long but, scenic drive from Kathmandu ends some eight hours later at Syabrubesi where your camp for the first night will be set up some distance from the village.
Trek through Rhododendron and birch forests to the Tamang villages of Ghoratabela and Lama Hotel and into the Langtang valley. Gaining elevation steadily you will arrive at the village of Kyanjin Gompa and explore the Langshisha Glacier. Return to Syabru, the diversion to Kyanjin Gompa and subsequent high altitude trek having served to acclimatize your body you will be in a better position to make the steep trek upto Gosiankund Lake at 14375 Feet/ 4380 m. via Sing Gompa at 10660 feet/3250 m.
The Gosaikunda and its surrounding Lakes are of immense importance to the Hindus and is the site of a major religious festival in August each year. The Hindu God Shiva is said to have created this lake to quench his thirst after consuming poison! From Gosiakunda Lake you will climb further to the Laurebina Pass at 15120 Feet/ 4610 m. an then heading in a general south easterly direction through the villages of Ghopte, Tharepati, Melamchi Gaon, Tarke Ghyang and Mahankal to Sundarijal from where you will drive back to Kathmandu.
From US$ 2262.00
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu a Third Eye Travel\'s representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel.
Day 02 Kathmandu – Syabrubesi
You will need to rise early in the morning to start your 80 m/132 km drive to Syabrubesi. The drive can last up to 8 hours, depending upon the condition of the road which improves or deteriorates with the weather. The road condition asides, this is a scenic drive and the mountain views are magnificent. Kakani Pass offers excellent views of the Manasulu, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal massifs. The road also passes through some fascinating villages which are typical of the Nepalese middle hills. Ranipauwa, Bidur, Trishuli Bazaar and Betrawati , Dhunce and finally Syabrubesi. Your camp for the first night will be near the village of Syabrubesi
Day 03 Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel
Descend along a ridge to Ghopcha Khola (Khola = river) from where the trail descends further, steeply, along a huge landslide. Beyond the slide, after a short rest, the trail gains elevation along the east bank of the Langtang Khola. After a while you cross the river to its western bank and walk through forests, passing many beautiful waterfalls to Changtang (7800 f/ 2380 m.) which is also called Lama Hotel.
Day 04 Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel
The trail becomes steep as you gain elevation trekking along the north bank of the Langtang Khola. The view of Langtang Lirung 23766 F/ 7246 meters from the trail is stunning. The trails crosses a stream and climbs to the meadow of Ghora Tabela (Horse Stables). From here the trail leads over a steep hill leaving the forest and passes below a monastery to reach the village of Langtang. Camp.
Day 05 Lama Hotel –Kyangin Gompa
After the village you will climb up to a Chorten (rock cairn). The long mani wall leading upto the chorten and beyond is a memorable sight. The valley widens as the trail leads into Kyanjin Gompa 12595 feet/ 3840 m. Of particular interest at Kyanjin Gompa is the monastery itself. There is also a Government owned cheese factory here which makes cheese from Nyak (the female counterpart of the Yak) milk. Camp.
Day 06 Kyangin Gompa
Rest day or excursion to Langshisha Kharka for the even better views of the Langtang Ri.
Day 07 Kyangin Gompa – Ghora Tabela
Retrace your steps to Ghora Tabela. Camp for the night.
Day 08 Ghora Tabela-Syabru
Descending from Ghora Tabela you pass through the village of Lama Hotel. The trail goes through the forest of oak and bamboo and finally to Syabru.
Day 09 Syabru-Sing Gompa
Take the steep trail to Dursagang and continue through the rhododendron forests to s seldom used Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory at Chandan Bari. This place is also know as SingGompa (10660 F/ 3250m) and camp.
Day 10 Sing Gompa - Gosaikund
Climbing steeply in the morning, there are spectacular views of the peaks of Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Descend to the shore of the lake which is Gosaikund. (14366 f/ 4380 m), one of the holiest lakes for Hindu and Buddhist as well.
Day 11 Gosaikund- Ghopte
Climb further to Lauribina Pass (15120 Feet/ 4610m) with the wonderful views of the Annapurna, Himachuli and Ganesh Himal. From Lauribina Pass, descend steeply to Ghopte (11250 Feet/ 3430m) and camp.
Day 12 Ghopte - Tarepani
Continue above the Modi Khola hiking up and down through forests to the ridge crest at Tharepati at11447 feet and camp. From here the views across central Nepal Himalaya are spectacular.
Day 13 Tarepani –Tarke Ghyang
The morning the trail descends steeply to Malemchi Gaon, From here the trail continues to descend to Malemchi Khola. Cross the river on the suspension bridge and then a long climb to Tarke Ghyang (8528 f/2600m). These are the major Sherpa villages in the Helambu region. However, they differ in many ways including dress and language.
Day 14 Tarke Ghyang -Kiul
The trail passes goes through the rhododendron forests and several mani walls and chortens. Then it enters the Malemchi and Indrawati valleys. From here you will the differences in the inhabitants, mostly Brahmin, Chetri and Newars. Steep descent to Kiul (4224 Feet) and camp.
Day 15 Kiul –Pati Bhanjyang
Passing the village of Taramarang cross the Taramarang River and follow the south bank west using the rough river bed trail. then continue to the ridge through the meadows and terraced fields to Pati Bhanjyang (5805 f/ 1770 m) and camp for tonight.
Day 16 Pati Bhanjyang-Chisopani-Kathmandu
Ascend the the next ridge crest and then a long and steep descent brings you to Sundarijal passing through the village of Chisopani. Here you will find your waiting vehicle which will bring you back to hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Kathmandu
At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 18 Kathmandu - Departure
Transfer to airport for onward flight.
***End of the Tour***