Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek
This trek combines the best of three popular trekking trails that this region has to offer, namely, Langtang valley, Gosaikunda lake and Helambu valley. As these three trails (Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek) have their own peculiar landscapes and diversity of flora and fauna, this trek is designed in order to encapsulate stunning panorama that mother nature has to offer along with the cultural heritage of Sherpa and Tamang people that are indigenous to this area.
The Tamang people who make up for the most of the population in this region are culturally and traditionally related to their Tibetan brethren on the north. It is believed that they actually migrated from Tibet and thus carry within them glimpse of Tibetan way of life which is quite obvious in their religious and cultural practices, as well as their language and mode of living.
Even though sparse, the Sherpa population thrives in their own unique culture, living their way of life which is distinct from the mainstream Nepalese society, in terms of language, spiritual beliefs as well as the appearance and way of life. Thus, it is a curious amalgamation of different lifestyles that have lived and thrived in harmony from many centuries and it is an unforgettable experience for anyone who walks through their villages and monasteries. Also, their genuine smile, their welcoming attitude and their authentic as well as inviting nature is a treat for any traveller, local or foreign.
This trek begins in Kathmandu and then we drive to Syabrubesi, which is a Tamang village located on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River. There one gets a glimpse of their lifestyle and their culture. Then we hike towards Kyanjin Gompa and then climb towards Tserko Ri the next day.
From there, we get tremendous views of the Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft) range. As we continue trekking in the beautiful Langtang Valley and finally reach Gosaikunda, which is a revered place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus, one will feel at peace with the serenity that this place has to offer.
Moreover, this place is named after the glistening Gosaikunda Lake, whose water is believed to have magical healing powers. We pass by a few more lakes on our trek and then cross the Laurebina Pass, which heralds us towards Helambu Valley. Another highlight of our hike is to reach the top of Ama Yangri at 3,800m. The view of the Himalayas from the top of the hill is believed to rival that of very popular site, Poon Hill. From here, Mt. Shishapangma and Langtang ranges appear so close that we feel that we can almost touch them. We continue trekking in the Helambu region for a few more days and end our remarkable journey to the mountains with a drive to Kathmandu.