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Langtang Valley Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek

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Package name Langtang Valley Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek
Duration 18
Max. elevation 4620 m
Level Moderate
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Lama Hotel - Langtang Village - Kyanjin - Lama Hotel - Upper Syabru - Chandanbari - Gosaikunda - Thadepati - Melamchi - Tarke Gyang - Sermathang - Melamchi Bazar - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,075 per person



‘a scenic and cultural walks covering all of Langtang Himal southern range’
Langtang Valley-Gosainkunda & Helambu Trekking with Himalayan Forever Treks, covering the whole of Langtang Himal's southern ridges and lovely villages.
An interesting and exciting country walks, on the high green hills and valley of the scenic Langtang Himal range. The first section of the adventure is on moderate trails, with slow uphill to enter the beautiful forest. Covered in lovely tall tree lines of rhododendron, pines with thick bamboo grooves, and lush green vegetation.
As the trek progresses follow the river gorge on a high hill route to Langtang village, adorned with Buddhist prayer monuments. Having time to explore the nice traditional village, which has changed over the years, after a big earthquake in 2015. The tremor destroyed many houses and human life, a memorial is placed near the present newly built village. From Lama Hotel, head up to an open wide Langtang Valley, where Kyanjin Gompa is located.
A large settlement amidst beautiful and picturesque surroundings is enclosed within the giant peaks of Langtang Himal. Enjoy the full rest day at magnificent Langtang Valley and Kyanjin Gompa. Interested people can hike to scenic viewpoints on top Kyanjin-Ri or Tserko-Ri above 4,500 m high. Rewards spectacular panorama of all Langtang, Jugal Himal range with some peaks across the border in Tibet.
After a wonderful rest day at Kyanjin Gompa, a perfect spot and height for acclimatization before heading towards high Gosainkunda.
From Kyanjin Gompa, return walks back to the dense forest at Lama Hotel, and then our route diverts to higher terrains. Enjoy the climb to Thulo Syabru a nice farm village, the climb continues to another lovely village at Sing Gompa.
Located on the main route to the high holy lakes of Gosainkunda, a scenic climb facing outstanding views of the Western Himalayas. Includes close vista of Ganesh, Manaslu, and Annapurna Himalayas towards the far west with Langtang Himal in the north. A steep climb leads to the top of Laurabinaya west ridge, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of surrounding beautiful landscapes and snow peaks.

The walk gets better on a pleasant trail reaching the main highlight at Gosainkunda glacial lake. One of the sacred and holiest of all holy places around the Himalayas range. A great religious festival is held called ‘Jana-Purnima’ falls during the auspicious time of August; as per the Hindu Lunar calendar. 

Located on a basin within a tranquil environment surrounded by high rocky cliffs, ridges, and snow peaks. After feeling in high spirits, and being blessed visiting the holy spot, the return journey leads towards the highest point of an adventure. 
Reaching on top of East Laurabinaya and Gosainkunda-La Pass at 4,600 m / 15,092 feet high.     
From the tallest spot of the trek, a long descent leads towards beautiful areas of Helambu to Ghopte. The adventure then follows to a high scenic hill of Thadepati, entering into Helambu areas at Melamche farm village. A lovely settlement with every house decorated with impressive Buddhism cultural arts and carvings.
After Melamche village few hours' climbs to the main village of Helambu reaching Tarke-Gyang, a charming nice village. Having an ample time to explore the village and visit the old interesting monastery Ama Yangri situated on top of a village.
From this exciting Tarke-Gyang village of Hyalmo, the indigenous tribes of Helambu, walk leads to another lovely Sermathang village. 

Enjoying the grand views of Jugal Himalayan range peaks with the backdrop of Helambu village’s immense cultures. Slowly the trek completes taking an interesting drive to Kathmandu. After a grand marvelous adventure and experience on Langtang Valley-Gosainkunda & Helambu Trekking. 

1. Why To Select Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek?
The Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is a popular choice for several reasons. Firstly, it offers stunning mountain views of the Langtang Range, including majestic peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu, among others. Unlike some other trekking areas in Nepal, Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is less crowded, allowing for a more peaceful and intimate experience with nature.

Secondly, the trek passes through the Langtang National Park, a protected area teeming with diverse wildlife and vegetation. Trekkers have the opportunity to spot rare species such as the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, and Himalayan Tahr, as well as various birds and flora unique to the region.

Thirdly, the trek provides a rich cultural experience as it traverses traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages. Trekking through these villages allows visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture, learning about the customs, traditions, and way of life of the indigenous people.

Overall, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and adventure, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a memorable trekking experience in Nepal.

2. How To Prepare For Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek?
Preparing for the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek requires careful consideration and planning. Here are some important factors to keep in mind:
  • Fitness Level: The trek involves long hours of walking in challenging terrain, so it's essential to be physically fit. Engage in regular exercise and cardiovascular workouts to build endurance and stamina.
  • Altitude Sickness: Due to high altitude, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Consult with your doctor if you have a history of altitude-related issues or any respiratory or heart conditions.
  • Trekking Experience: While the trek is rated moderate, prior trekking experience is beneficial. Familiarize yourself with trekking equipment, trail conditions, and the challenges of high-altitude trekking.
  • Weather Conditions: The Himalayan region experiences unpredictable weather, including rain, snow, and cold temperatures. Be prepared with appropriate clothing and gear for all weather conditions.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Respect the customs and traditions of the local communities you encounter along the trek. Practice cultural sensitivity and engage respectfully with the local people.

3. Is Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Right For Trekkers?
The Langtang Valley Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek cater to a wide range of trekkers, from beginners to seasoned adventurers. The moderate difficulty level makes it accessible, while the diverse landscapes and cultural encounters offer a fulfilling experience for those seeking an immersive Himalayan trek.

4. What Is The Best Season Or Month For Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek?
The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is best undertaken during the autumn (September to November) and spring (February to May) seasons. These periods offer favorable weather conditions for trekking, with stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures.

During autumn, trekkers can enjoy clear skies and stunning mountain views, making it a popular choice for trekking. Spring brings warmer temperatures and vibrant rhododendron blooms, enhancing the scenic beauty of the trekking route.

However, the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails muddy and slippery. While trekking during this time can offer a unique experience with fewer crowds, it requires careful preparation and may pose additional challenges.

Regardless of the season, it's important to check local weather conditions and trek with an experienced guide for safety. Overall, autumn and spring offer the best conditions for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, allowing trekkers to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

5. Local Culture And Tradition Around Langtang Gosainkunda And Helambu
The Langtang Gosainkunda and Helambu region is steeped in local culture and tradition, offering visitors a rich experience of the unique lifestyle, customs, and beliefs of the local people. The predominant communities in this area are the Tamang and Sherpa, known for their warm hospitality and vibrant cultural heritage.

Both the Tamang and Sherpa communities have distinctive clothing, language, cuisine, and festivals that reflect their culture and identity. Tamang women typically wear colorful attire like the 'pangi' skirt, 'cholo' shirt, and 'khada' scarf, while Sherpa attire includes the 'khachipar' shirt, 'thara' skirt, and 'pangi' apron.

The local cuisine features traditional dishes such as dal bhat, momos, thukpa, and chhang, providing essential energy for trekkers. Additionally, various festivals like Losar, Sonam Lhosar, Dumji, and Mani Rimdu are celebrated throughout the year, offering insights into local culture through music, dance, and culinary delights.

6. Can Trekkers Get Altitude Sickness During The Trek?
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can affect trekkers during the journey to high elevations. This condition occurs when the body struggles to adjust to rapid changes in altitude. The trek starts at a low elevation and climbs to over 4,900 meters, where AMS can occur.

Symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, it can lead to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), which can be life-threatening.

To prevent AMS, it's important to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and smoking, and eat small, high-carbohydrate meals. If symptoms occur, resting and taking medication can help, but if they persist or worsen, descending to a lower altitude and seeking medical help is crucial.

Understanding and recognizing the symptoms of AMS, along with proper acclimatization and hydration, are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek in the Gosaikunda Helambu Region.

7. Washing, Toilet And Accommodation Facilities During The Trek
During the Langtang Helambu Trek, the availability of washing, toilet, and accommodation facilities can vary depending on where you stay. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

Washing: Tea houses and lodges along the route typically have shared washing facilities. Hot showers may not be available at higher elevations, and if they are, they may come at an extra cost. It's a good idea to bring your own toiletries like soap, shampoo, and a towel.

Toilets: Most places have squat toilets, and running water may not always be available. Bringing your own toilet paper or tissues is recommended as they may not be provided. At higher elevations, toilet facilities may be limited, and outdoor options may be necessary.

Accommodation: Lodging options range from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges. Rooms are often small and may have shared bathrooms. It's wise to bring a warm sleeping bag as temperatures can drop significantly at higher altitudes.

During peak seasons, Trekking Planner Nepal can assist with pre-booking accommodations once your trip is confirmed.

8. Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking Route: A Guide to the Trail
This guide provides detailed information about the Gosainkunda Helambu trekking route. The journey begins in the Langtang Valley, goes up to Gosainkunda, crosses Laurebina Pass, and then descends to join the Helambu trekking route, ending at Kutumsang or Sundarijal north of Kathmandu (or vice versa). It offers section-by-section statistics, along with details about food, services, and accommodation options available along the route. Additionally, the guide describes the trail, and a downloadable route map is provided for both online and offline use. For a visual reference, there is also a Gosainkunda Trek film available. For comprehensive planning information, you can refer to our complete Gosainkunda Trekking Guide.

9. Moderately difficult trek
The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is considered moderately difficult, offering captivating natural scenery and interactions with friendly locals. Starting with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the trek winds through charming villages, terraced fields, and lush woodlands. The journey includes a climb to nearly 5,000 meters at Kyanjin Gompa, providing breathtaking mountain views.

However, the trek involves significant altitude gain, increasing the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). To prepare, regular cardiovascular exercise like running or walking is recommended to improve fitness and endurance. An experienced guide from a reputable agency, like Alpine Ramble Treks, is essential for safety. They'll ensure a suitable pace and provide guidance on symptoms of AMS.

Adequate acclimatization days are included in the itinerary to minimize altitude-related issues. By following precautions, hiking sensibly, and listening to your guide, you can enjoy a safe and memorable adventure in Nepal's Langtang Valley. Nepal Nomad offers assistance with itinerary coordination, accommodations, permits, and flights, ensuring a thrilling and well-organized journey tailored to your preferences.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda trek.

Day 3 : Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Dhunche town 1,950 - 06 hrs.

Morning after breakfast, adventure starts with an interesting drive heading north Of Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the exciting ride overlooking beautiful landscapes of rolling green hills and valleys. The drive continues past farm villages and towns, facing views of snow peaks towards north-west. As the road follows to winding uphill to Dhunche, a large town and headquarters of the Rasuwa district. From here entering Langtang National Park, the first park around Nepal Himalayan. Which is also the home of Tamang, the indigenous old tribes interwoven with Buddhism religion and culture. After a short refreshing break at Dhunche, drive continues downhill on winding road to Syabrubesi village for overnight stop.

Day 4 : Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350 m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant first overnight around the mountain village and town, having Breakfast. Start the trek heading for a climb towards farm areas, the walk leads to dense cool forest. Lined with tall rhododendron and pine trees within a river gorge. Then trek to an open expose area amidst beautiful forest, reaching Lama Hotel for overnight. The lodges are simple, but nice and cozy serves good food for dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 : Trek to Langtang village 3, 310 m-06 hrs.

Second day walk starts after breakfast, heading north following uphill trail above Langtang Khola / stream. Climb continues to Ghoretabela reaching for lunch stop, a nice small area within tall tree lines. Afternoon few hours walks on gradual up to Langtang village, situated on a wide open area. The village is slowly coming back to normal, after a great earthquake of 2015. Which destroyed most of the houses and took many life of the villagers, as well of some foreign trekkers. Check into a nice lodge, and browse around the village and witness a memorial of people who lost their life.

Day 6 : Trek to Kyanjin 3, 749 m- 04 hrs.

Today a short day walk for lunch and overnight at Kyanjin our main highlight of the adventure. Morning from Langtang walk leads to short climb, and then entering a wide open valley. The trail follows past few prayer wall called Mani, from here tall tree lines gives away for short juniper bushes. Finally the morning walk completes reaching Kyanjin Gompa for lunch and overnight stop. Kyanjin the highest point of the trek, a nice settlement with a small monastery. Located amidst scenic Langtang valley, surrounded by an series of snow peaks of Langtang Himal range. After lunch enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore around Kyanjin and witness the local culture of Tamang the native of Langtang Himal.

Day 7 : Rest-Day for leisure scenic hike and short excursion.

After a continues walk for three days, a lovely place for rest day to enjoy local Hike. Options to the highest view-point s, either on top Tserko or Kyanjin-Ri for excellent vista of surrounding snow-mountains.

Enjoy the panorama of Ganesh Himal (7,405 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Ghengu Liru (Langtang- II 6,571 m) and Kimshun (6,745 m) with Shalbachum (6,918 m), Chimsedang, Naya-Kanga / Ganja Chuli (5,846 m), and far towards Gangchenpo, Tillman’s Fluted Peak.

The view extends as far as Jugal Himal in the east with Dorje Lakpa (6,980 m), Includes some of Tibet. Langtang Himal forms a great barrier between Nepal and Tibet / China. After a breathtaking views from the high hills back to Kyanjin with afternoon at leisure.

Day 8 : Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350 m - 06 hrs.

Morning enjoy the last glorious views of surrounding giant snow peaks, having breakfast, return journey to Lama Hotel. Back into lush green forest, the walk follows on the same path downhill. Walking past Langtang village, and Ghoretabela to reach Lama Hotel for overnight halt, after a long day walk from Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 9 : Trek to Thulo / Upper Syabru 2,118 m -06 hrs.

From Lama Hotel walk from the river gorge and past the dense forest, to Riverside a small place. Having few shops and tea-house, cross a bridge to reach another settlement at Bamboo, located amidst thick bamboo groves. A possible lunch stop, afternoon few hours up hill to Thulo Syabru for overnight stop in a nice simple lodge. An interesting Tamang village perched on a high ridge with an old monastery.

Day 10 : Trek to Sing Gompa / Chandanbari-3,254 m -05 hrs.

After an exciting stop in Thulo/ Upper Syabru, morning leaving the village climb leads into dense woods. Covered in tall rhododendron, pines, oaks and hemlocks. Reaching on top around a nice flat green meadow, from here on gentle winding trail to Sing Gompa for overnight. This small nice village is also known as Chandanbari, means a place for Sandalwood trees. Sing Gompa offers nice cozy lodge, located on route to Gosainkunda and to Dhunche town. A village with a nice old monastery on top of a village, enjoy the afternoon browsing around its small cheese processing factory.

Day 11 : Trek to Gosainkunda holy Lake 4,380 m/14,370 feet- 05 hrs.

Enjoy the glorious morning views of Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu as far to Annapurna Himalaya towards far west. After breakfast a steep climb for short hour, and then on nice gradual path entering a serene cool forest.

The route slowly leads past tall tree lines on reaching Laurabinaya, a place with few Lodge, shops and restaurants. Overlooking grand panorama of Mid-Western Himalayan peaks with Langtang Himal towards north. The climb continues reaching on top of high western Laurabinaya ridge surrounded by lovely views of rolling hills and snow peaks. From the top walk downhill, coming across Bhairab and Saraswati Kund / ponds, then short climb to a small plateau.

Where the holiest of all holy lake located, enclosed by high giant windblown cliffs and rocky hills. A tranquil holy spot with a crystal clear lake, on the northern shore a small shrine of Lord Shiva. The place with number of shades and few Lodges for trekkers and pilgrims. Where hundreds of pilgrims and devotees visits on auspicious time of religious events called Janai Purnima. A day for Hindu Menfolk to change their yearly holy thread with a bathe and dip in the holy pond. belief it relinquishes the sins of a lifetime.

Day 12 : Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566 m crossing Gosainkunda / East Laurabinaya-La Pass. 4,640 m - 07 hrs.

Spending a pleasant overnight in a serene environment of holy Gosainkunda; today the longest and toughest day walks of the adventure. Start early morning, and climb to a boulders of rocks, after leaving the holy lake down behind.

A steep climb of few hours reaching a small pond of Surya Kund, as ascent continues. Then reaching on top of Gosainkunda or East Laurabinaya-La Pass, enjoy the incredible views of surrounding dramatic landscapes.

From the highest point of the adventure, an undulating descent takes you at the Phedi, bottom of a pass. A place with few shades serving as tea-houses, possible quick lunch stop, before a long afternoon walk to Ghopte Odar.

After lunch walk is on gradual ups and down path coming across lovely forest of pines, juniper and rhododendron tree lines. Walk continues on winding path then completing the tough long day reaching a small settlement at Ghopte.

Located on the road-side with a huge overhanging cave nearby, a good shelter for early travelers and pilgrims. Overnight in the comfort of a small cozy tea-house after a good hard day trekking.

Day 13 : Trek to Thadepati 3, 597 m / 11, 801 feet -05 hrs.

From here onwards for few days around the Helambu region, on the south eastern side of Langtang Himal range. Morning walk follows on gradual winding path into lush green vegetation and dense tree lines. A short climb to Thadepati, a settlement on route to Tarke Gyang, the main village of Helambu.

At Thadepati for lunch and overnight stop, in the comfort of small and nice lodge facing grand views of snow-capped peaks of Langtang and Jugal Himal.

Day 14 : Trek to Melamche-Gaon 2,530 m -05 hrs.

From Tharepati catching morning grand views of snow-capped peaks with long downhill into dense rhododendron and pine forest. As the walk enters within Helambu region. The walk continues to cross a small stream over Chyodi Khola on a suspension bridge. After hours of good walk reaching Melamche-Gaon for overnight stop, located within beautiful coniferous forest.

Day 15 : Trek to Tarke-Gyang 2,550 m -04 hrs.

Today a short morning walk to the main village at Tarke-Gyang, the walk descend into a forest to Melamche Khola (Stream). After crossing a suspension bridge and then climb for an hour or more. Then reaching a charming village at Tarke Gyang, the major hub and largest village around Helambu area.

Tarke-Gyang, main village and home to smallest group of hill tribes of Nepal the Hyalmo people. Afternoon explore the lovely village and the old monastery of Helambu area. Tarke-Gyang, the major hub of Hyalmo tribe follows similar Buddhism culture and traditions like Sherpa and Tamang.

Day 16 : Trek to Sermathang 2,693 m - 04 hrs.

After a pleasant, enjoyable time at Tarke Gyang village our journey continues morning walk on a pleasant path. Entering into a lovely forest as the trail leads to another lovely village at Sermathang. After checking into a nice lodge, visit the interesting Gompa (monastery), a nice traditional village with views of Jugal Himal.

Day 17 : Trek and drive to Kathmandu via Melamche Bazaar 846 m -05 hrs.

Today our wonderful trek comes to an end after walking a short distance and then taking a drive on exciting dirt road. A long winding downhill drive leads to low warm farm area at Melamche Bazaar. Having a refreshing stop, continue drive on the good road, the climb towards Dhulikhel, a scenic town for panorama of Himalayan peaks. After possible lunch stop at old town of Dhulikhel, an hour or more with pleasant ride brings you back Kathmandu. Rest of the afternoon at leisure after an exciting trek and drives.

Day 18 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda and Helambu Trekking.


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