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Helambu,Gosainkunda, Langtang and ruby valley combined Trekking

Helambu,Gosainkunda, Langtang and ruby valley combined Trekking

Nepal alternative treks offer unique attractions. We have combined four different beautiful trekking regions as Helambu, Gosainkunda, Langtang and Ruby valley to make it best complex to our valued clients

Overview

Nepal alternative treks offer unique attractions. We have combined four different beautiful trekking regions as Helambu, Gosainkunda, Langtang and Ruby valley to make it best complex to our valued clients. One can experience of different cultures, nature beauties, people and verities in this trek. It is an alternative offers for those trekkers who are interested for doing all in once than doing separately.
Helambu

Helambu is popular among the trekkers for its scenic grandeur, pleasant & favorable climate, located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, is extending from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Melamchi Khola.

It covers the various range of brilliant green valleys, foggy rhododendron forests, and distant horizons of snowy peaks and the vivid contrast of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. Here you will experience the yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enchanted as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo. Helambu valley trek noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. In Helambu, one can stay in highland monastery villages and small settlements in pristine forests. The Sherpa village’s of Helambu focuses the charming cooperative of farmers and yak herders.
Gosaindkunda

Gosaikunda lies north of Kathmandu and is third most popular trek of Nepal. It combines the high mountain lakes at Gosainkund ( Frozen lakes) and spectacular valley of Langtang .You will have wonderful view of Langtang range, Ganesh himal and Dorje Lakpa.Crossing the Lauribenayak Pass (4610m./15213 ft.), there we are rewarded with the stunning views of the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal & even as far as the Annapurna massif.

Overall, This area offer crossing passes, Superb mountain view, beautiful Holy lake like Gosainkunda, picturesque Sherpa village, impressive display of wild flower, an abundance of wild life, Monasteries and of course friendly local people and their culture.
Langtang

Langtang is known as” Tamang land”. This area is rich of Tibetan culture, typical way of their living, and Buddhist Monastery, Chorten, Mani wall and prayer wheel.This was once an important trading route with Tibet, so that most of the villagers and peoples are involved in trade.

On the way of journey, you will walk through Langtang National Park. Although wildlife is never easy to spot in a forest setting, there we get the chances of seeing some interesting animals and birds. Among those found in the park are monkeys, musk deer, Peacock and the national bird of Nepal, the colorful danphe. At Langtang village, we continue to Kyangjin Gompa (3,740 m), which is the site of the Yak Cheese Factory. There is a STOL airstrip at Chhaldang, a short distance east of Kyangjin.
Ruby valley

Ruby valleyis newly named after recently conducted survey by TAAN and Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee (GHTDC) in 2012 . “Ruby” is named for the precious stones harvested in the area.This route is well combined of hidden nature, authentic culture and high Himalaya which will be attractive for adventure and nature lover.

Ruby valley offers the client meetings with typical real Nepalese people which also could be called an educational tour. You will stay in local people’s houses where you find their familiar environment, so that you will see Nepalese people’s real lifestyle.  You will have face to face interaction with them. You will always be surrounded by the snow capped mountains, such as Mount Manasulu (over 8000 metres), Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal and many more. From Mugu Danda, you can see more then 12 snowcapped peaks – a panoramic and magnificent view. Wildflowers flourish, and waterfalls embellish the lush hill scenery in a land blessed with wide-ranging geographical, cultural and biological diversity. Sensational viewpoints feature the sublime Himalaya to the north.

Most prominent is the Ganesh Himal Range, a family of peaks among the most attractive of the entire Himalaya. The Ganesh massif is named in honor of Hindu deity Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. Selected viewpoints in the area offer immense panoramas! Most rewarding are the cultural attractions including magnificent Ganga Jamana a twin waterfall, Kalo, Seto lakes and Ganesh kunda/lake, and Tripurasundari temples and especially the hospitable people that inhabit the region. The area is populated mainly by Tamang Gurung, Ghale, and to the north, and Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Newar and Chepang at the lower elevations in the south. Visitors are warmly welcomed by all with a friendliness that makes Nepal legendary.

Suggested Itinenary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1295m.)

Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by Nepal Airport Representative, and transfer by private vehicle  to selected hotel (Hotel Utse or similar category) then stay overnight there on B.B. basis. B

Day 2: Kathmandu – Sundarijal -Chisopani (2300m.) 4 hrs

We drive an hour (15 km.) from Kathmandu by private vehicle, you will reach to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek. As you arrive there, you can observe Shivapuri watershed and Wild life Reserve there. The trail leads up to the concrete steps beside the pipeline which supplies drinking water for the valley. Finally, we leave the pipeline from near the dam. We then reach Mulkharka, sprawling up the ridge. There you can take some time to spend in the convenient tea shops, and to enjoy the nice view back over the Kathmandu valley. We then continue walking to Chisopani from where stunning mountains’ view can be seen. Stay at Chosopani overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 3: Chisopani- Paty Bhanjyang-Gul Bhanjyan-Kutumsang (2470m.) 6 hrs

The trail leads down to Pati Bhanjyang , a small fine village. After reaching Pati Bhanjyang, the trail leads up and downs to the village called Gul Bhanjyang. Then the trails climbs up to 2620m./8646ft. and again descents along the rocky path to Kutumsang .Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 4: Kutumsang-Magen goth-Tharepati (3490m.) 6 hrs

Following a ridge line the trails continues via lightly populated forest to Magen Goth from where view of Makalu, Langtang and Gosaikund peak is stunning and finally reaching to Tharepati. The trails to Gosaikund branches off north – west from here. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 5: Tharepati-Ghopte-Phedi (3650m.) 3-4 hrs

We head zig-zag and tricky trail to Ghopte and continues to Phedi (3650m.12045ft.). It takes about 3-4 hours walking. Stay overnight there at lodge. B+L+D

Day 6: Phedi-Lauribinayak Pass-Gosainkunda (4460m.) 4-5 hrs

Early morning, we start to climb up to Laurinbina la pass (4609m.) and heading down to Gosainkunda lake. There are no lodge between Phedi and Gosainkunda . So, we need to be prepared some pack lunch and enough drinking water. Explore sacred holy lake Gosainkunda and other lakes around then stay at Gosainkunda at lodge. B+L+D

Day 7: Gosainkunda-Thulo Sabru (2581m.) 6 hrs

After breakfast, trail will descend to Thulo Sabru village. It is a typical Sherpa village  and classical route of Langtang Trekking. Gosainkunda trek joins here for Langtang trekking. Stay overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 8 : Syabru Gaun – Lama Hotel (2470 m.) 5 hrs

The trail ascend to Lama Hotel. The trail descends in the beginning along the ridge on Syabru’s main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola and again descends to the Landslide. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche walking through bamboo forest and water fall then you reaches to the Lama Hotel. En route you will see red pandas, monkey and bear if you are lucky. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 9 : Lama Hotel -Langtang Village (3430m.) 6 hrs

The trek continue to ascend gradually to Langtang village. As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. As you reach Ghora Tabela, the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 10 : Langtang Village -Kyanjing  (3980m.) 3 hrs.

Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa. The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and so on. We stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 11 : Explore  

We explore the side hikes today. You will have four major different choices to visit as: walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], climb Tserku ri ( 5350m.) or walk to Langsisa Kharka. We recommend you to climb ascend Kyangjin Ri for good view and easy ascend though we will take you any of those places as your interest after we brief  you about them. We will stay at same lodge overnight on FB basis after we come back from you day trip.B+L+D

Day 12 : Kyanjing Gompa – Lama Hotel (2470m.) 6 hrs.

We walk down to Lama Hotel . From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch you continue descent to Lama Hotel. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 13 : Lama Hotel -syafru Besi ( 1600m.) 5 hrs.

Trek down to Syabru Besi via Sherpa Gaon. The upper part of the trail is more beautiful for the panoramic view of mountains and green hill views. This path is broader and remains sunny through the different Shepra and Tamang villages. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steeply descent to the Syabru Besi . There was run a project called Chilime Power Plant. The main inhabitants belong to Tamang community and they have adopted Tibetan lifestyle. Stay there overnight at lodge. B+L+D

Day 14: Syafru Besi to Gatlang 2337m. 6 hrs

A dirt track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnima when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. Stay overnight at local lodge. B+L+D

Day 15: Gatlang to Somdang 3271 m. 6 hrs

The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts.

A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies. Stay overnight at local lodge. B+L+D

Day 16:  Somdang – Pangsang Pass (3842 m) – Tipling (2078m.) 8 hrs 

Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise.

Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Being a majority of Tamang people it has beautiful Tamang culture show. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Mane dance, Mendo Maya, Paru dance and Ghode (horse) dance as well as Lama (monk) dance are quite popular. Stay overnight at local lodge. B+L+D

Day 17: Tipling –Sertung- Chalish (1900m.) 4 hrs.

Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields.

Sertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means ‘place of gold’. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors Jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. B+L+D

Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but they migrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Maruni Dance during Dasai and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali month of Chaitra. Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a bangle representing a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded by Barmase or periwinkle flowers. Have lunch in Sertung  and then trek down to Chalish. Stay overnight at home stay.  B+L+D

Day 18:Chalish- Borang – Darkha Gaun ( 850m) 6 hrs 

After breakfast trek all the way to Borand and down to Lishne khola (3 ½ hours walking) and trek continue to Percho where stop for lunch and trek continue to Darkha Gaon. Passing through suspension bridges, breath taking views of Ankhu khola and Chyamchyat as well as Ri village other side of the river finally reach at Darkha gaon. This village is mix culture village of Brahmin people and Tamang as well and Dalit.  Stay overnight at local lodge. B+L+D

Day 19:  Darkha Gaun – Darkha Phedi – Dhading Besi – Kathmandu

After breakfast trek all the way down to Darkha Phedi taking 45 minutes down hill walk and then take sharing local Jeep with other people and the arrive in Dhading Besi after 3-4 hours rough and tough zig –zags road. Crossing through Ankhu Khola as well as Kimdang phedi villages as well as Katunje and Jyamrung village will make you fun driving having fabulous landscape surroundings. From Dhading change another bus and drive back to Kathmandu taking 3 hours Prithivi high way drive.

Stay overnight at selected hotel ( Hotel Utse or similar category ) on b/b basis.  B+L

Day 20: Final departure

Nepal alternative treks provide private transportation to International airport.  B

Foot Note:

B/B = Bed and Breakfast, B = breakfast. L = Lunch, D = Dinner,

M .= meter.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Cost Includs

  • Pick up and drop by private vehicle from/to international airport.
  •  Two nights hotel (Hotel Utse or similar category) on B/B basis in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea/coffee three times in a day in a cup).
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis private room) accommodation during the trekking.
  • One experienced, educated, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, and government authorized local trekking guide including required porters (one porter for two clients).
  • Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Kathmandu-Sundarijal and Darkha Fedi-Kathmandu overland.
  • Langtang national park fee and TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) card.
  • Trekking equipments as sleeping bag, duffle bag and down jacket etc.
  • Water purification iodine drops/pills.
  • Government tax and service charge.

Cost Excluds

  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, battery charge, laundry.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operation.
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal tourist visa fee ( $ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days multiple entry visa).
  • Tips for guide and porter.( Highly suggested).

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Facts of this trek

Trip Duration: 20 days
Max. Altitude: 3490m
Minimum Altitude: 830m
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Land transport ( Private/Public)
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours per day
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