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Helambu Gosaikunda Trek 12 Days - from $1730

An easy trek allowing you to soak up the beauty and nature of Nepal. Rainforests, rivers and more.

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Overview

If you’re looking for a Nepal trek that is relatively easy and allows you to soak up the beauty of your natural surroundings, without being overwhelmed by huge climbs, this is the trek for you. The Helambu Gosaikunda Trek takes you through lush rainforests, alongside rivers and up close to the mighty Langtang Himalayan Range. The focus is of this trek is about experiencing people and place. Gaining an understanding of the Nepali people, culture and country. We introduce you to the spectacular night sky, where you’ll witness different constellations arching above you. This trek starts in the capital city Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. It will inspire you, leaving you in awe of the natural beauty that is the Nepali countryside. The Helambu Gosaikunda Trek is fully guided by experienced locals. The price includes most meals (as noted in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners). Departing weekly.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu
  • Langtang Himalayan Range
  • Rural Villages & Farms
  • Sing Gompa
  • Lauribina Pass
  • Night Sky Viewing
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
  • Day 2: Drive to Dunche  (2030m)
  • Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)
  • Day 4: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4470m)
  • Day 5: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3430m)
  • Day 6: Gopte to Tade Pati (3690m)
  • Day 7:  Thadepati to Melamchi Gyang to Tarkeghyang  (2700m)
  • Day 8: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2600m)
  • Day 9: Sermathang to Batase Village (1800m)
  • Day 10: Batase Rest Day
  • Day 11: Batase village to Chisopani (2100m)
  • Day 12: Chisopani to Kathmandu via Naranthan (1400m)
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
  • Day 2: Drive to Dunche  (2030m)
  • Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)
  • Day 4: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4470m)
  • Day 5: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3430m)
  • Day 6: Gopte to Tade Pati (3690m)
  • Day 7:  Thadepati to Melamchi Gyang to Tarkeghyang  (2700m)
  • Day 8: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2600m)
  • Day 9: Sermathang to Batase Village (1800m)
  • Day 10: Batase Rest Day
  • Day 11: Batase village to Chisopani (2100m)
  • Day 12: Chisopani to Kathmandu via Naranthan (1400m)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

The adventure of discovery begins. You’ll be met in Kathmandu by one of our happy and professional team members, who will transfer you to your hotel. Be warned, our guides ask lots of questions. In the evening, our lovely guides will brief you on the magnificent experience you are about to undertake. You will be excited about the adventure ahead. [Welcome evening meal included]

Day 2: Drive to Dunche  (2030m)

Day 2: Drive to Dunche (2030m)

Drive alongside the famous Trisuli river, this is the only road that takes people into the Langtang region. You will pass through many villages and see different ethnic groups, living their daily lives. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)

Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)

It is a short 6km trek, taking you up hill into forests, which are home to the red panda. In the evening you will arrive in Sing Gompa, home of the ethnic Buddhist Yolmo people. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 4: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4470m)

Day 4: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4470m)

An incredible day, filled with amazing views of the high peaks. Your first view of the Gosaikunda Lakes will happen once you cross the Lauribina Pass, there are approximately 12 lakes in the area. The lakes are a holy site for the Hindu people of Nepal. Although the distance today is relatively short, you are at altitude and it is all uphill. [Breakfast lunch and evening meal included]

Day 5: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3430m)

Day 5: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3430m)

Your day will start with an uphill trek, passing the beautiful holy lakes, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world! Once you reach the Gosaikunda Pass, you will begin a downhill walk to Gosaikunda Base Camp (Phedi). [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 6: Gopte to Tade Pati (3690m)

Day 6: Gopte to Tade Pati (3690m)

Today will take you to incredible places. You will be just one mountain behind Langtang Himal, this place has undoubtedly one of the best mountain views of your trip, when you reach the top. You will then be walking through the forest, until you reach Tade Pati. After what will have been a lovely day of trekking, you will be taken outside, where you can spend some time with a cup of tea or hot water, to experience the night sky. With its dark skies and lack of light pollution, you’re in the perfect location to view constellations and even the Milky Way. Your guide will be excited to share the stunning night sky with you. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 7:  Thadepati to Melamchi Gyang to Tarkeghyang  (2700m)

Day 7: Thadepati to Melamchi Gyang to Tarkeghyang (2700m)

This morning we will set off to Melamchi Gyang, we will visit the local school. It’s a remote village getting international support, which has resulted in the school students achieving amazing things. Lunch will be at Melamchi Gyang. The walk after lunch includes some downhill and then uphill before arriving in Tarkeghyang. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 8: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2600m)

Day 8: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2600m)

Today you will enjoy a nice, relaxing day of walking: a straight walk, through lush forest. Sermathang is a lovely little village with a Buddhist monastery, that you can visit if you choose. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 9: Sermathang to Batase Village (1800m)

Day 9: Sermathang to Batase Village (1800m)

This is a long day but begins nicely as you walk downhill to Gyalthum, where you will enjoy your lunch. From Gyalthum, you’ll begin your ascent up to Batase Village which will be your place of rest for the evening and the following day. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 10: Batase Rest Day

Day 10: Batase Rest Day

Today you have the unique opportunity to learn about a typical Nepali Tamang village. You’ll be shown the farming practices of the local people and taken for a visit to the local village school. There’s time to wash your clothing, put your feet up and enjoy your incredible surroundings. [Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included]

Day 11: Batase village to Chisopani (2100m)

Day 11: Batase village to Chisopani (2100m)

After breakfast, we commence our walk to Patybanjyang, where you will experience some great views of the Himalayas you’ve been walking for the last few days. After a short stop in Patybanjyang, we’ll walk uphill towards Chisopani. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, looking across a vast valley to see rice fields, villages and people going about their daily lives in rural Nepal. This section of the walk will take you along the ridge of a mountain, overlooking the other surrounding mountains. Many travellers have commented on it being a humbling experience. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 12: Chisopani to Kathmandu via Naranthan (1400m)

Day 12: Chisopani to Kathmandu via Naranthan (1400m)

Your final day of trekking will end with you arriving back in Kathmandu. After an early start, you’ll enjoy up and downhill running, until you arrive at Chisopani for snacks. After snacks, your run is mostly downhill and through small villages, until you arrive at Sundarijal where there will be a mini bus will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

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Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic Transport
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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Best Nepalese Experience of my life. Don’t expect luxury or luxurious. But Enjoy the basics and healthy Environment, good tracks and fantastic hospitalities of families and young strong guides who can get you anywhere from the most basic place to the most Remote area of Nepal. I say JUST DO IT.

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