Helambu Trek or Gosaikunda Lake Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Total Duration:07

Helambu Trek or Gosaikunda Lake Trek is one of the most exciting treks suitable for those seeking for short stay. Despite being so close to Kathmandu it is rather still untouched and unexploited trekking route.

Easy to plan and execute in a week-long stay, we take an hour drive to Sundarijal from where we commence our walk through Shivapuri National Park to Chisapani, Kutumsang, Tharepati, Sherpagaun, Tarkeghyang, Shermathang and finally back to Kathmandu. And you can experience the purest side that nature offers. The trek to Helambu region opens up the gateway to the unprecedented kingdom of the great Himalayas filled with rich natural beauties, majestic waterfalls, mesmerizing diverse landscapes, deep forests of bamboos, oak and blooming rhododendrons that also provides shelter to old villages rich in culture, beautiful paddy terraces and numerous monasteries and full of welcoming smiles.

A fantastic trekking destination of Nepal for all – national and international guests, Tarkeghyang and Shermathang offers the best of the cultural riches and so much to learn about the people. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day-01: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani and O/N
  • Day-02: Trek to Kutumsang 4 to 5 hours and O/N
  • Day-03: Trek to Tharepati 3 to 4 hours and O/N
  • Day-04: Trek to Sherpagaun 4 to 5 hours and O/N
  • Day-05: Trek to Tarkeghyang 2 to 3 hours and O/N
  • Day-06: Trek to Shermathang 3 to 4 hours and O/N
  • Day-07: Drive back to Kathmandu by Jeep it takes 3 to 4 hours
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Detail Itinerary

Day-01: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani and O/N
Day-02: Trek to Kutumsang 4 to 5 hours and O/N
Day-03: Trek to Tharepati 3 to 4 hours and O/N
Day-04: Trek to Sherpagaun 4 to 5 hours and O/N
Day-05: Trek to Tarkeghyang 2 to 3 hours and O/N
Day-06: Trek to Shermathang 3 to 4 hours and O/N
Day-07: Drive back to Kathmandu by Jeep it takes 3 to 4 hours

Cost Includes

1. Service in Kathmandu

 Kathmandu Airport pick up and drop

During the Trip

  • All local Surface land Transportation
  • 3 times, delicious/standard foods except for Alcoholic beverages, bottled, can soft drinks during the treks.
  • Standard hotel/Guest house/Lodge accommodation as per possibilities will be provided during the trek except for star categories hotels But Be sure I will provide you the accommodation with well quality of well facilities.
  • Permit and conservation Fees for all regions of Nepal trekking.
  • All Local Taxes.
  • Our Sincere Guide service.
  • Kind and honest porter numbers of necessary.
  • The salary for the guide porters.
  • Food for guide porters.
  • Accommodation for Guide porters.
  • Insurance for guide porters.
  • Overland Transportation for Guide porters.
  • Necessary gears for all crews.

Cost Excludes

  • -Personal gear for the trekking
  • -Foods in Kathmandu.
  • -Alcoholic beverages and Bottled, canned, soft drinks and some essential things during the trek.
  • -Needful clothes.
  • -Sudden rescue Charge, If incase
  • (Maximum 6000 U.S Dollar Travel Insurance will be enough)
  • -Clinical treatment and drugs.
  • -Buying personal wanted materials, souvenir, gift etc.
  • -Tipping for Guide and Porters after your trek 

What to Bring for the trip? (Trekking Gears)

  • Pair of trekking boots
  • Pair lightweight trekking sandals
  • Pairs thin walking socks
  • Pairs lightweight trekking trousers must be windproof as well.
  • Pair shorts
  • Trekking shirts
  • Fleece jumper
  • Wind stopper
  • Set lightweight thermals
  • Down body warmer
  • North Face Waterproof Jacket (Preferably)
  • North Face Waterproof trousers (Preferably)
  • Hat with ear covers
  • Neck warmer
  • Pairs ‘thinners’ gloves
  • Rucksack with hydration kit and belt bag
  • Personal wash kit (include fabric washing solution)
  • Leki Pole (Preferably)
  • Pack tissues and wet wipes and liquid detergent
  • Pair sunglasses
  • Camera and films
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag (rated -10(above) deg C during your trip)
  • Towels for your daily use

But, if you can’t bring from your own, you can buy or hire in Nepal cheaper then there.

Program structure:

-Accommodation in hotel lodges

Nepal’s Accommodation in trekking areas is slowly moving to mini urbanization process. Wherever you go, the National Parks and Conservation Projects are working to enhance the living standard compared to the clean and hygienic society. So everywhere you will see breaking the rocks to build the new buildings and cemented to make clean. You will find cottage types of lodges with separate and dormitory beds rooms in every shelter with improving toilets, hot shower and sunroom with clean and wooden dining table with the big metal chimney on the middle of Dining Room to have the fire while in the evening burning fallen woods below 3500m. and the Yak Dungs over 3500m.

There have been many changes along popular trekking routes over the past few years, especially since the barrage of bestsellers about the 1996 Everest drama, which caused a renewed interest, especially in the Solu Khumbu region. Since then many new lodges have been built along all trekking paths, offering a variety of amenities.

Generally, the lodges in the trekking region are more basic. Rooms tend to be small, unheated wooden boxes with two beds, and only the more upscale versions offer electric lights fed by solar panels. Toilets are often squat-style wooden outhouses. Toilet paper is available for purchase everywhere.

-3 times meals BF, LN, DN in same lodges every day.

All our meals will be at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive.

However, the menus in all lodges offer a surprising variety of foods. Most lodge owners have learned about western food preferences and offer items such as pizza, lasagna, muesli, sandwiches and even burgers. If you wish, we provide you with an opportunity to watch a lodge kitchen in action, producing an enormous number and variety of meals on a single wood-burning stove. You will definitely gain an appreciation for the effort that goes into satisfying the appetites of tourists from all over the world. But keep in mind that a lot of the ingredients for such "exotic" foods have to be carried on porters’ backs, and the further you get from original food supplies, the higher the price tag will be on some of these items.

We, Nepalese eat a meal of Dhal Bhaat (rice with lentil soup, curry, and pickles) twice daily. The ingredients vary according to local and seasonal availability, but vegetarian options are the norm. Another cheap popular local dish is the ubiquitous instant noodle soup, enhanced by local vegetables, or meat or egg, depending on availability. Eating Nepali-style will provide you with a truly local experience, guarantees fresh ingredients everywhere, and rules out disappointments. Let’s face it: Lasagna Himalaya-style will not be the true Italian version you may be accustomed to.

The Kitchens staffs you will find are trained for cooking, and guest relation, The foods will be served with according to the Lodge Management Committee approved Menu system providing Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Continental western foods. Beers, Whisky western and Nepalese, Snickers, Mar Bars, Coca-Cola, Mineral water, Cereals and many others essentials foods will be available in every lodge. And do not forget of Garlic and RARA noodles soups will make you smelly going up to avoid high altitude sickness. For a quick fix: Tea is available everywhere and Nepali biscuits are cheap, delicious and provide a great energy boost for long uphill climbs.

Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season.

  • -Staffs (A Trekking Guide and Porter number of necessary)
  • -Drive Back to Kathmandu

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The Helambu trek usually demands 5 to 6 hours of walking each day. The trek is moderate in grade so interested people who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack can enjoy this trek. It is suitable for the young children and elderly people as well. All it requires is good health and average fitness level. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset. If required you can consult your doctor before you decide to sign up for the Helambu trek. Please inform us if you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease before booking the trek.


This is the fairly demanding trek and so you should be reasonably fit, or know that you can get fit quickly. It isn't possible nor necessary to get truly trekking fit before the trek. I trek a daily itinerary that suits loaded porter, who carried 20 kg loads cover more distance than you might think, but not so much so as to finish you. Over the course of the first week, you'll be amazed at how your fitness improves. You can even get exercise in your city before you come, swimming, small day hiking, and physical fitness may help you to hike and climb in Nepal Himalaya.

High Altitude Sickness:

When trekking or climbing above 3000m/10,000ft it is important to take into account the effect of altitude on your body. The thinner air affects you in many ways and if you go high too fast you can kill yourself as we have seen on this year one of 53 years old Indian and 57 years Russian citizens from Pune and Moscow died suddenly in Namche as soon as they arrived.

AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness

Commonly called altitude sickness, this has the potential to affect all trekkers from 2500m and higher. Your body needs time to adjust to smaller quantities of oxygen in the air - at 5500m/18,044ft the air pressure is approximately half that of sea level, i.e. there is half the amount of oxygen (and nitrogen). This is approximately equivalent to the top of Kala Pattar or Island peak in the Everest region.

For treks below an altitude of about 3000m/10,000ft, it is not normally a problem. AMS is caused by going up high too fast and can be fatal if all the warning signals are ignored. Note that it is not the actual altitude, but the speed at which you reach higher altitudes which causes the problems.

Altitude sickness is preventable. Go up slowly, giving your body enough time to adjust. These are the 'safe' rates for the majority of trekkers: spend 2-3 nights between 2000m/6562ft and 3000m/10,000ft before going higher. From 3000m sleep an average of 300m/1000ft higher each night with a rest day every 900-1000m/3000ft. ultimately it is up to you to recognize the symptoms, and only ascend if you are relatively symptom-free. Later on............................... If you are interested.

Rescue? if in case?

I trek with limited distance every day so that my every client can take advantage of being in the Himalaya, However, Some time suddenly or Just in case of your usual disease or other accidental causes may need you to get rescued from Himalaya. So at that duration you will be fully responsible to pay the Helicopter charges as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu by yourself or asking amount from your home country or with the response from related Embassy in Kathmandu, which will be paid back by your Insurance company in your country after claiming your paid in Nepal amount with the help of Doctors certificates, Airlines Certificates and other documents given from authorized Person like Guide, Local Govt. Member or People of related fields where you get sick.


Chisapani, Thadepaty, Kutumsang, Tarkeghyang and Shermathang and Melamchi does have hydro -electricity, You can recharge your camera batteries just in those places. After that level you will need to sleep with candles and Solar battery lights just in the Dining Room during the dinnertime and you cannot recharge the batteries.

Water and Chances of Getting sick:

However Nepal is second richest in the world for water after Brazil, The water here is just 0.3% of total water is pure. Because most of the rivers flow from the glacier and from top to bottom and hilly mountains. As you know people live on the mountain and the animals graze in the pastures and most of the manual flows together. On the other hand, you can buy the mineral water bottle but we feel very sorry to discourage you from not to buy, considering our Environment. But there is an idea, We can purify the water using some Iodine Pills or Purifying drops which can be available in drug stores in Kathmandu. We can use the water after nearly boiled which is safe.

I have a lot of different experience that people get diarrhea, vomiting during the trek because of water and food, So always I take my medication with me which can kill Guardia and bacteria in the Himalaya because sometimes the drugs you bring cannot match with Himalayan Bacteria and Germs. I use locally manufactured drugs with me but If the clients are o.k I feel very happy.

Telephone and E-mail facilities during your Trek:

You can call at your home or friends from everywhere of this trekking region by now. Those destinations have telephone facilities for the moment. However, you have chances to send and receive e-mail from Tarkeghyang or Shermathang.

Insurances of Guide and Porters.

We do our life insurance and Trekking insurance for the duration of 10 or 15 years from the reputed insurance company in Kathmandu, Nepal which covers our insurance for the duration of our trek as well.

Well, I hope above details will be quite enough for you to understand for your upcoming trip to Nepal Trekking. If you agree with my proposal please do let me know your opinion. Please do feel free to contact me if you have found any error in my sending. Also, as soon as your arrival information will be much appreciated to prepare your trip arrangement here.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring(March to May) are the best seasons for Helambu Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Helambu Trek, only colder.

Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one

I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs. 

From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek. 

I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.

I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.

Love from Malaysia,


WanLing ,

This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.

I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
Mark Lui,

It was my dream trip come true.

I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.

We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weíve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.

At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.

From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Bob Hacken / Catherine L. Bordner,

Dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
May 2010

In April/May 2010 I was part of a group of nine individuals who used Jagat Lama to coordinate our trek to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. From taking care of obtaining our TIMS cards on the first day all the way through to seeing us off to the airport in Kathmandu when our trip was finished, Jagat took care of everything. Trust me when I say that there are a lot of details that need tending to in between the two above events. Jagat and his crew exceeded all expectations and made our trip stress free. This fact allows one to concentrate of the arduous task of getting to Base Camp while trusting Jagat and his crew to care of the daily details such as obtaining food and shelter. I highly recommend that you do as I did and have Jagat and his crew work with you to meet your Nepali dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
Tom Tracey,
Rose Valley, WA USA

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