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Gosainkunda/Helambu Trek

Highlights of Helambu Trek

Helambu trek is a short and sweet trek which would take you to the place of ancient Hyolmo people and their culture. The trek can be categorized as an easy one and is the best way to learn the natural and cultural side of Helambu within a very short space of time. The trail you will be covering falls under both Langtang and Helambu region with an opportunity to see some of the rarest species of plants and animals. As it is a short and easy trek, your starting point of the trek will be from Chisapani to Kutumsang to Tarkeghyang and finally ends in Melamchi Pul bazaar.


Overview of Helambu Trek

Helambu is a beautiful highland region situated just about 80 kilometers north of Kathmandu valley. It is a short and easy trek for those who want to enjoy the beauty of trial in a convenient way. Helambu is a home to legendary Hyolmo people who are the indigenous people of Himalayan region and is recognized by Government of Nepal among 59 indigenous people of Nepal. Some of them have scattered as far as Bhutan and Sikkim and Darjeeling. They speak a specific language called Yolmo which is inherited largely from Tibetan and some of it from Mandarin. The genes of Hyolmo people can be traced back to Tibetan origin. It is believed that these people about two or three century ago migrated from the high Tibetan plateau towards Himalayan region of Nepal.

Despite being so close to the modernity of Kathmandu Helambu region is still primitive in many ways. Most of the parts of this region have been cut off from the luxuries and comforts of the modern world. The people of this region follow a typical Hyolmo culture which has been passed from one generation to another and is pretty amazing that they have been able to preserve and maintain the culture just like it was back in old days. The people living in Helambu region have very close ties with nature and its surroundings. In fact they have learned to adjust and live side by side with nature without disturbing any of the natural process. Environmentalists who advocate nature would be excited to learn the ways Hyolmo people have been doing all their life.

It is not the traditional culture and the life of the people that attracts tourists, Helambu is also rich in natural beauty. The green Rhododendron and Bamboo forest, tall standing Himalayas high waterfall are some of its major assets that make this place a perfect place for a visit. The best way to know the true color of the culture is to go there and experience it. Not just the culture you will get to know as you walk by past from one village to another you will see the meadows, waterfalls, glaciers, forests, mountains and pretty much everything you want to see.

Gosainkunda Helambu Trekkingis one of middle level trekking. This trekking requires trekking experience and a good physical form. This trekking covers Langtang valley, the pretty Langtang valleys, Kyanjin Monastery, the majestic view of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Lang sisa-Ri, Yabru Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Langup, Morimoto peak. This trekking route follows along Langtang River from Shyabrubesi. Gosainkund is a very popular and holly lake in Hinduism and Buddhism. If the lake remain calm, it can be seen the image of Lord Shiva in middle of the lake at bottom. People celebrate great festivals two times in a year. These festivals are very important in shamanism. There are other lakes more than 100 lakes. Among  them Bhairab Kund, Saraswati kund, Dhudh Kund, Nag Kund, Surya Kund, Bhut Kunda etc.

From Lauri Binayak pass Ganesh himal range and Langtang Lirung I and II, Manaslu, Nadgi Chuli, Nagdi Himal and Jugal Himal ragne can be seen as well. There are villages of mixed ethnics, Tamang villages and Sherpa villages. The route passes through forest and villages. Moreover Rhododendron blossom in March April surrounding and beautiful landscape.

  • Total duration of trek: 9 days where 3 would be accounted for arrival and departure.
  • Trek Category: Easy
  • The highest altitude: Tharepati (3650m).
  • The lowest altitude: Chisapni (2300m).
  • The best time to visit: Between October and December or between March and May
  • Major Attraction: Native flora and fauna, Diversified cultures and religions, life styles of indigenous Tamang and Sherpa people of Langtang and Helambu region the historical places with religious and cultural value.
  • Mountains: Langtang Lirung(7227m), Manaslu (8156m)

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff member will be there at the airport to pick you up and then drop off to one of the deluxe hotel in Kathmandu. your guide will visit sometime in evening to brief you about your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2300m)

After you grab your breakfast you will take a drive to Sundarijal, within 1 hour you will reach there. Your trek will start entering Shivapuri National park after you walk by past a small hydroelectric dam. It will take about 4 hours to reach Chisapani. On reaching there you will be arranged a lodge to spend the night.

Day 03 Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446m)

Once you have your breakfast you will start walking downhill and flat trail through meadows and paddy fields. After about 3-4 hours you will reach Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. After reaching Gul Bhanjayng you will hike up the ridge to another pass and then downhill to reach Kutumsang to spend the night.

Day 04 Kutumsang to Tharepati (3650m)

On your fourth day you will enter the wilderness, the trail you will be going today is almost without any permanent settlements of people. You will take break on reaching Yurin Danda and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. After the wonderful view you will continue towards Tharepati to spend your 4th night.

Day 05 Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2560m)

The first part of the trail will be a descend until you reach Melamchi river. After crossing the river you will enter a small Sherpa village with couple of monasteries. Today you will enter, which many people consider the capital of Helambu region as the people living here are dominated by hyolmo people. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06 Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m)

Today much of your trail will be easy one on a flat trail with some uphill and downhillhill on multiple occasions. You will walk by past forest, streams and waterfalls going aroung Parachin and Gyangul village to reach Sermathang where you will spend your sixth night.

Day 07 Sermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazar and drive to Kathmandu

On your final day of the trek you will walk for about 3 -4 hours to reach Melamchi pul bazaar which is a village inhabited by multi-ethnic people. After reaching there you will take a short break and hop into a bus which will take you back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 Kathmandu sightseeing.

The day before your departure will be a grand city tour. The places likely to be visited will be Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhu. Pashupatinath is the main temple of Hindus which is abode of the supreme Hindu god Shiva. After the educational tour and some insight in Hinduism you will then head to another major shrine of Buddhism Swayambhu and then finally to Kathmandu Durbar square where some parts of it is under renovation after that devastating Earthquake of 2015. All of the activities of your tour will end after the completion of your city tour. You can spend the evening shopping and celebrating in some of the finest restaurants of Kathmandu.

Day 09 Departure day

A chauffeured vehicle will be there at your hotel to pick and drop you off to the airport 3 hours prior to your departure time.


  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van /Bus.
  • Three meal during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • All Domestic Flights with Airport Tax and/or Private Car/Tourist Bus/Local Bus for the trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking in a Tea House Trek.
  • Porter with Insurance. (We provide 1 Porter for 1 Trekker).
  • An English Speaking Trekking Guide with Government Licence Holder.
  • Trekking starting and ending points by Private Car/Tourist Bus/Local Bus.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu / Pokhara on a twin share bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking  permit (Conservation fee), TIMS.
  • Insurance for all staffs.


  • International Airfare.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Drinks, Dessert and main meals in cities/trekking.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal Visa
  • Tips
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Duration: 9 Days

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Difficulty: Easy

Atitude : Tharepati (3650m).

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