GOSAIKUND & HELAMBU TREK (7 NIGHTS - 8 DAYS TREK)
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Day 01: Katmandu (1375m) to Dhunche (1950m)
After an early breakfast, drive north west of Katmandu with packed lunch boxes. The drive till Trishuli Bazaar 71 Kms by Nepali standards is quite comfortable and takes about 4 hours and normally everyone stops for lunch here. After lunch, the road becomes a track with incessant twists and turns. This combined with under maintained roads make the journey a nightmare. Fortunately, the views of the Trishuli Ganga below that accompany the road for nearly 4 hours will keep one distracted. Dunche (1950 Meters), the main town of the Raswa District lies where the Trishuli Khola (which originates in Gosaikund) and the Trishuli Ganga meet. Here are many lodges and some camping sites offering exceptional views of the Tibetan mountain range and Mount Langtang (6958 Meters).
Dinner and Overnight at Camp.
Day 02: Dhunche to Singompa (3350m)
From Dhunche, take the road leading to Syabru Bensi to the northeast. At the end of the village there is a sharp U- turn, and a steep, narrow path starts on the right towards the direction of Gosainkund. Once you have crossed some fields, another forty-five minutes walk will take you to the banks of Trisuli Khola. We cross the river on a small wooden bridge and then the path soon moves away from the north side of the river before it starts climbing up quite steeply in the direction of Deurali, which should be reached after two strenuous hours. The path continues through rhododendron forest and ancient hemlock to the little settlement of Sing Gompa. Duration â€“5 Â½ hrs approx.
Day 03: Singompa to Laurebina hamlet (3900 m)
After Singompa, the ascent is quite easy and only takes one hour to reach Chalang Pati (3584m). The country changes again becoming alpine and the slope becomes steeper, and after two hours of walking along the ridge and stony scrubland, arrive at the hamlet of Laurebina (3900 m) for lunch and Camp.
This is the last inhabited spot before reaching Gosaikund and because of the steep increase in altitude, we recommend that the guests camp here for the night to have more time to acclimatize as per the normal ascent rate of not exceeding 500m per day. The afternoon can be spent taking sidewalks along the ridge and enjoying the serene mountain scenery. Duration of the trek 3 hrs.
Dinner and Overnight at Camp.
Day 04: Laurebina Hamlet (3900m) to Gosainkund (4312 m).
After a leisurely breakfast, follow the ridge for about an hour then the path gently descends until it reaches the first glacial lake Saraswati Kund (4,000m). A little further up is the Bhairav Kund (4,150m) and from here it takes about an hour to reach the final lake Gosainkund (4,380m). Duration of the trek 2 Â½ hrs.
In the afternoon it is worth exploring the surroundings. There are some caves which the pilgrims use as shelters during festivals. A huge white rock, engraved with a stylised trident, emerges dramatically from the centre of the lake. According to legend, when Divine Shiva threw his trident (Trishul) here, the glacier melted giving birth to the Trishuli river.
Dinner and Overnight at Camp.
Day 05: Gosaikund to Ghopte (3430 m) through Laurebina pass (4,609m).
After leaving the hamlet of Gosaikund, walk along the northern bank of the river until we meet up with the trail leading to the pass. The climb may require two to three hours depending upon ones staying power. On the way there are many smaller lakes but the most significant one is the Surja Kund, as it is the largest as well as closest to the track leading to the Laurebina pass. The Laurebina Pass, at the height of 4,609 meters, is at somewhat modest altitude for the Himalaya and presents no technical difficulties. The path suddenly descends along the northern bank of the Thadi Khola and it may take about two to three hours to reach Ghopte, where a few rocks will provide you shelter for the night.
(Note : If all goes well and have enough time on our hands, one can continue on to Tharepatti for overnight Camp instead of Ghopte because there are better camping spots at Tharepatti. The trek entails another 1 Â½ - 2 hours of walking most of which is downhill and quite pleasant.)
Dinner and Overnight at camp
Day 06: Ghopte to Kutumsang (2460 m) via Tharepati (3630 m).
As you descend down the ridge at Ghopte, the trail continues up the ravines and across the boulders, then you make the final ascent to Tharepati at 3630 meters. The trail from Tharepati is all the way downhill till Sundarijal except for a few surprising ascents. From Tharepati it takes 5 hrs to reach Kutunsang and the path is mostly downhill. Duration of Trek 7 Hours.
Overnight and Overnight camp at Kutumsang.
Day 07: Kutumsang to Chisapani (2181m)
From Kutumsang you can easily reach Chisapani in about 6 hours via Gulbhanjyang. The view from Chisapani is spectacular enough to justify a night here.
Dinner and Overnight camp at Chisopani.
Day 08: Trek from Chisapani to Sundarijal (1350m) and drive back to Katmandu.
Following the ridgeline, the trail makes an ascent for about 45 minutes to bring one to the crest of the ridge. Then it descends through jungly country passing the deserted ruins of the Buryong Bhanjyang Village where once a thriving village was located. Descend steeply further down for about an hour to arrive at a army camp. Normally lunch is prepared here because of the beautiful and quiet location however one can continue down for another hour arriving at a large water project which supplies much of Katmanduâ€™s drinking water in an immense pipe. From here it is about 30 minutes to the settlement of Sundarijal.
Upon arrival meet waiting vehicles for the 1 hour drive to Katmandu.
*End of arrangements*
The Cost includes:
- Transportation of Equipment, food and staff by local bus pre and post trek.
- 07 nights/ 08 days fully organized Camping trek inclusive of all vegetarian meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Tea + Dinner), accommodations is A or dome tents with mattresses, pillow, dining tent with furnishings such as table and chairs, Toilet tents and the services of a trained Sherpa team (consisting of a cook with assistants, an experienced English speaking trek sardar and assistant) and reliable porters.
The Cost excludes:
- Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
- Insurance and evacuation charges if applicable.
- National Park Fee if applicable.
- Video Camera fees for taking a video camera inside the National Park.
- Extra expenses such as bar-bills, telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage, personal gratuities, mineral water, aerated drinks or alcoholic beverages etc.
- Transportation for guests Katmandu / Dunche pre trek
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